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It was Grade 5 at STS, and Ms. Duncan-Moore let Jyoti Ruparell ’18, a nine-year-old at the time, put a mason jar in the classroom to ask students to bring their own change to buy books for a school in Calgary. The class raised $36, enough to buy three books, and a life-long passion was born.
At our annual “Tales from Undergrad” event on Thursday, February 18th, we had the please of hearing from ten young alumni who shared their stories about the rewards, surprises, and challenges of university life with our Grade 11 and 12 students.
After 12 years of studies, Dr. Eve Purdy ’08 is proud to be an Emergency Medicine Attending Physician at Queens University in the Emergency Department in Kingston. It took three years at McMaster University in Health Sciences, four years in Medical School at Queens University, and another five years in Emergency Medicine Specialist training (residency) at Queens, and she knows exactly why she did it all. “I’m using my skills in a needed way and thereby living my purpose. Every day, I show up to work to make the patients I care for and the people I work with feel valued.”
Living near the Rockies, it’s apropos for Jeff Kahane ’89 to use a mountain analogy when talking about his life. “When hiking, enjoy every step and the journey on the way, not only the waterfall at the end. Just being there, in nature, is beautiful,” says Jeff. “I translate that to everyday life.”
Gordon`s history with the school began in August 1970 when the staff of Strathcona School for Boys (SSB) met at 1232 Riverdale Avenue SW to discuss the assignments for the new school year and also to prepare for the amalgamation with Tweedsmuir: An Academic School for Girls, and the big move to a new country campus in 1971. The staff consisted of 13 full-time teachers, including Gordon. Sandy Heard had planned for the amalgamation and beyond with teachers who would best serve the new independent school – Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School (STS).
For the first time in Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School history, our STS alumni community came together virtually to celebrate Homecoming, October 15 - 17, 2020. As we continue to adjust to the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, the difficult decision was made to cancel all in-person activities related to Homecoming and Fall Fair 2020. Our Alumni Association, in partnership with the Advancement Team, quickly pivoted and held a virtual Homecoming Celebration that brought fun and unique events to connect and celebrate our alumni community. In total, 19 virtual events were held throughout the three days, offering a variety of activities for all ages.
Congratulations to STS alumnus and co-founder of Monogram Coffee, Jeremy Ho '05 for being recognized as one of Avenue Calgary's 2020 Top 40 under 40!
Nil Nisi Optimum (NNO) Alumni are selected from a multitude of decades and professions, and have brought great honour and pride to their alma mater. This year, three more alumni who have demonstrated notable accomplishments in leadership, service and dedication to their professions and community joined this prestigious group.
We are proud of the many contributions our STS alumni made to communities and neighbours, near and far, during the global COVID-19 pandemic. These are a few stories, we know there are many more, and we salute you for living our values – demonstrating integrity, kindness, respect, responsibility, safety, and service.
STS alumnus, Jeff Kahane, Class of 1989, Owner/Lawyer/Managing Partner of Kahane Law Office held a 30-minute session this spring on Wills and Estate Planning. Jeff provided general information, contacts, resources, and insights to navigate this critical conversation with your families and friends.
Dr. Sandra Engstrom, Class of 1998, is a lecturer in social work at the University of Stirling in Scotland. Sandra’s wrote the below article called “Community resilience in the time of COVID-19” in hopes to provide a better understanding of how to get through this pandemic.