Homecoming 2020 goes virtual - October 15 - 17, 2020

As we continue to adjust to the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, STS has made the difficult decision to cancel all in-person activities related to Homecoming and Fall Fair 2020. 

Yet, we know that our alumni look forward to reconnecting with their classmates and community. Our Alumni Association, in partnership with the Advancement Team, is actively exploring virtual activities to help keep the spirit of Homecoming and Reunions alive.

We have booked October 15 - 17, 2020 as the dates for the Virtual Homecoming and our team is actively looking forward to bringing you a fun and unique lineup of events to connect and celebrate our alumni community. Whether your class chooses to celebrate as a group virtually this year, or postpone to 2021, all are welcome to take part in our STS Virtual Homecoming 2020 activities.

Information on the activities planned will be shared as confirmation is received. For any questions, please contact, Brenda Thompson, Alumni Relations Manager, alumni@sts.ab.ca, 403-938-8318.

STS Virtual Homecoming Program, October 15 - 17, 2020 (All sessions are FREE!)   

Note:  All event times are in Mountain Standard Time (MST)

Thursday, October 15, 2020

8:00 – 8:45 am     What’s new in Snowbirding with Roy Klassen, Partner, McLeod Law.  

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Roy will cover such topics as: buying, selling, Arizona vs. California, Estate and Incapacity Planning, Health Insurance issues.  Roy Klassen is a partner and head of the Wills, Trusts & Estates group at McLeod Law. With over 25 years of wealth management and protection experience, he advises high net worth individuals, their families, family offices, and related businesses. His focus is on international, U.S./cross-border planning, trust creation, and compliance.

 

11:30 am – 12:30 pm     Common Job Search Pitfalls and Fixes for Recent Grads with Linda Williams

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Now, more than ever, job hunting can feel overwhelming. A solid process builds confidence that you’re doing the ‘right’ thing, making you more productive and more effective. There’s no silver bullet. But there are four key pillars every job hunter needs to master:

  • Resumes
  • Information Interviews
  • Job Interviews
  • Digital footprint

Linda Williams has taught Marketing You at the SAIT School of Business to guide students launching their careers. 

 

2:00 – 3:00 pm     The Love of Art with Allison Thompson, Class of 2007

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Allison Thompson is an art consultant and interior designer living and working in Vancouver, Canada. Allison will cover topics – how to get started and be involved in the art world, and highlight her art consultancy and artists. Bring your questions with you for a Q and A at the end of the session.

Allison Thompson has been exposed to a diverse range of international art and design markets through both educational pursuits and through a passion for travel. She completed a Bachelor of Science (Honours) at Kings College London as well as a Masters of Arts in Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London and New York City. She currently is also completing a interior design degree at LaSalle College Vancouver. She has worked at numerous modern and contemporary art galleries with a strong focus on curation of contemporary art. In an effort to expose art savvy Canadians to international art markets, Allison founded a mobile art gallery entitled “Allison Thompson Art & Interiors” in 2014. Through this venue she has put on several large-scale exhibitions and deals in high end artworks.  

 

4:00 – 5:00 pm    Getting to know STS from the comfort of your own home Special Open House for alumni with Lara Unsworth ’95

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Lara Unsworth '95 is the Director of Strategic Enrollment Management and Communications at STS and will take you on a trip down memory lane through a virtual tour of Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School.  Q & A to follow.

 

6:00 – 7:00 pm     Celebrating our 2020 Nil Nisi Optimum Notable Alumni Recipients

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Opening Remarks and Welcome by:

    • President of Alumni Association, Jason Fong ‘03
    • Head of School, Carol Grant-Watt
  • NNO Introduction & Celebration—Jason Fong ’03
    • Alex Aspinall ’86
    • Sarah Hall ’95
    • Jaspreet Khangura ’03

7:30 – 8:15 pm      Coffee Brewing Tips with Jeremy Ho ’05, Monogram Coffee 

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In this class you will learn how to brew great coffee at home! We will cover the fundamentals of extraction theory, learn new recipes and brew several coffees together on different manual brew methods. You will learn to diagnose your brews to make better, more consistent coffee at home. No coffee or brewing experience is required for this class!  Bring your brewing questions with you for a Q and A at the end of this session.

First 15 participates to register and attend this event will receive a $10 gift card from Monogram Coffee. 

 

Friday, October 16, 2020

9:45 – 10:45 am     Listen to Your Heart, a Yoga Class for all Levels with Anju Giri STS ParentCertified Yoga Instructor  (Free)
(maximum 20 participants)

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Anju is the Mom of two STS students, one in grade 4 and one in Kindergarten. Originally, from New York, Anju is a Human Resource Consultant by profession but her love of yoga led her to becoming a certified yoga instructor in 2018. Anju has taught in many different environments, including classes for STS Parents and Teachers on the beautiful STS campus. Anju is very excited to share her passion for yoga with STS Alumni. 

11:00 – 11:45 am   Outdoor Education, Recollections, Lies and Propaganda with Bruce Hendricks, Director of Outdoor Education, STS

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  • What are some of your outdoor education humorous experiences?
  • What was something that didn’t work out as planned?
  • What did you take away from outdoor education that impacted you and your family?
  • What did you take away from outdoor education that is a life skill that you still apply way beyond outdoor education?

12:00 – 1:00 pm     Path to Entrepreneurship - Profiling 3 alumni owned businesses  Host: Mark Le Dain ’08

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In this webinar we will profile three alumni owned businesses. Our alumni participants will have the opportunity to profile their business and share their journey into Entrepreneurship. Q and A to follow.  Bring lots of questions.

Alumni entrepreneur participants are listed below:

  • Travis Smith '90, Hop Studios  
  • Kevin Guichon '07, High River Brewing Company
  • Zach Miller '14 and Jeremy Rose '14, Alberta Sanitizer Supply


4:00 – 5:00 pm     CANCELLED - Tea with the Head of School, Mrs. Carol Grant-Watt

Join Mrs. Carol Grant-Watt, Head of Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School for tea and conversation Friday afternoon at 4:00 pm. Mrs. Grant-Watt will talk about what makes Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School unique and bring more interesting insight to why STS continues to be the amazing School it is.  

 

7:00 – 8:30 pm      POSTPONED UNTIL EARLY NOVEMBER - Murder At the Art Museum Virtual Scavenger Hunt (Free) (maximum 20 participants)

There’s a killer on the loose, and it’s up to your team to stop him! The madman—or madwomen—bumped off a famous art critic, then taunted the police to expose him/her by completing a virtual scavenger hunt through America’s great museums. Your task: to play the game, follow the clues, find the art, answer amusing questions about what you find online, and suss out the name of the killer, the scene of the crime, and weapon used. Think you’re up to the task?

Using video conferencing, you’ll join our Host in launching the game in our app, which works in any browser. Working on teams, you’ll follow links to art on museum websites, tackle tricky questions for points, and consult photo clues to narrow the list of possible suspects, weapons and crime scenes. No previous knowledge of art is required. But you’ll be amazed at the art you discover—and with any luck, you’ll catch the culprit.

How long does it last?  The activity lasts about 75 minutes including set-up and recap.

 

Saturday, October 17, 2020

10:00 – 10:45 am   POSTPONED UNTIL LATE NOVEMBER - Zoom Theatre and Creative Games with alumnus, Louie Pearlman ’98  (Free) Audience: Elementary Age, Maximum attendees: 15

In this fast-paced and fun session for elementary-aged students, we'll explore our creativity and performing skills though playing some super-fun improv comedy games that will work on participants' storytelling and teamwork skills. Fun and silliness will ensue!

 

11:00 – 11:45 am   CANCELLED  -   Zoom Theatre and Creative Games with alumnus, Louie Pearlman ’98  (Free) Audience: Elementary Age, Maximum attendees: 15

In this fast-paced and fun session for elementary-aged students, we'll explore our creativity and performing skills though playing some super-fun improv comedy games that will work on participants' storytelling and teamwork skills. Fun and silliness will ensue!

 

5:00 – 5:30 pm       30-Minute virtual Cooking Class with Marnie Fudge '87, Cuisine et Chateau   

Register via email to: Brenda.Thompson@sts.ab.ca

Cuisine et Chateau’s LIVE Virtual Cooking Class takes place in the comfort of YOUR OWN KITCHEN with the same unique instruction, recipes, and expertise that happens in our popular cooking classes. In your home, you will be connected LIVE to our professional chef using ZOOM* streaming. You will not only cook live but you will learn chef’s tricks and food science, relevant to the class, explained and demonstrated.  Limited Space available.

Recipe for this class is:  Spicy Indonesian Cauliflower Soup.
(Two weeks before the event, Marnie will send you a shopping list, recipe booklet, home equipment list and the zoom link to participate.)

 

6:00 - 6:45 pm       Virtual Wine Tasting and Wine Tasting Kit (Free)
Hosted by Peggy Perry of Willow Park Wines & Spirits (maximum 24 participants)

Home of well over 350 grape varieties, Italy has secured its place as the top wine producing country in the world. For your private Virtual Wine Tasting, President of Willow Park Wines & Spirits, Peggy Perry will guide you through some of the most iconic regions of Italy, tasting Felsina Chianti Classico, Campagnola Pinot Grigio and Carpene Malvolti Prosecco! 

Italian Wine Tasting Kit is FREE and includes:
Felsina Chianti Classico – 375ml
Ruby red with deep intensity and hue. Fruity, fine and elegant aromas dominated by wild berries, along with array of spicy notes. Fruity on the palate with good tannins and a lingering finish.
Campagnola Pinot Grigio – 250ml
Light straw in colour. Aromas are fine, elegant, clean and intense. On the palate, it is dry with a pleasant green apple aftertaste.
Carpene Malvolti X Dry Prosecco – 200ml
With a bright straw yellow colour with delicate greenish nuances and fine perlage, it has an intense nose and is rich in fruity and floral aromas of yellow pulp fruit and white flowers. Fresh, delicate, balanced, with a slight note of sweet almond in the finish.

Kit Pickup:  Kate Bennet from Willow Park Wines & Spirits will contact you to arrange pickup or delivery of your Wine Tasting Kit.  If you choose to have your kit delivered, a delivery charge will apply.

Venue:  Operated through ZOOM. Link will be sent out by Sarah Ross (sarahr@willowpark.net) prior to event date.

Register via email to:  Brenda.Thompson@sts.ab.ca and provide telephone number you can be reached at for kit pickup.

 

6:00 – 7:00 pm           Virtual Beer Tasting with 6 Beer Tasting Kit
Hosted by Dave the Beer Guy of Willow Park Wines & Spirits (Maximum 24 participants)

Round up your brew buddies for an evening of flavourful ales, poppin’ pilsners, and hoppy IPA’s! For your private Virtual Beer Tasting, Trusted Expert Dave the Beer Guy of Willow Park Wines & Spirits will be pouring six local beers from Blindman Brewery, Cabin Brewing Company, The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company, Trolley 5 Brewpub, Alley Kat Brewing Company, and Eighty-Eight Brewing Co.!  

Beer Tasting Kit is FREE and includes:
Blindman River Session Ale – 473ml
Cabin Brewing Retrospectrum Pale – 473ml
Grizzly Paw Evolution IPA – 473ml
Trolley 5 Conductor Lager – 355ml
Alley Kat Pumpkin Pie Spiced Ale – 341ml
Eighty-Eight Brewing Summer Camp Crush Sangria Sour – 355ml 

Kit Pickup:  Kate Bennet from Willow Park Wines & Spirits will contact you to arrange pickup or delivery of your Beer Tasting Kit.  If you choose to have your kit delivered, a delivery charge will apply.

Venue:  Operated through ZOOM. Link will be sent out by Sarah Ross (sarahr@willowpark.net) prior to event date.                                       

Register via email to: Brenda.Thompson@sts.ab.ca and provide telephone number you can be reached at for kit pickup.

 

Virtual Class Reunion Parties are being organized for the following years.  Please contact your Class Representative for more information.

  • Class of 1978 - ZOOM Cocktail Party, Friday, October 16 at 6 pm. (MST) Contact:  Paul Storwick '78
  • Class of 1981 - Sloan Pipella-Clark '81
  • Class of 1990 - ZOOM Reunion, Saturday, October 17, 3 - 5 pm. (MST) Contact:  Stacy Finnbogason '90, Pete Stewart '90
  • Class of 1992 - ZOOM Happy Hour, Saturday, October 17, 4 - 6 pm. (MST) Contact: Amy Pilling '92, Karen Robinson '92
  • Class of 1995 - ZOOM Cocktail Party, Saturday, October 17, 7 pm. (MST) Contact: Leigh Blakely '95, Lara Unsworth '95