Vladimir Chindea’s valedictory address at May 22’s leaving class ceremony was eloquent and relevant, and its inclusive message was incredibly well-received by students, faculty and community members alike. In his remarks, Chindea called upon his fellow students to challenge inequality, enter the next stage of their lives bravely and with purpose, and to cherish the bonds they’ve forged throughout their time at UCC. Speaking specifically about the importance of pluralism — a key value reflected in our Strategic Directions — Chindea said, “It is remarkable to realize how much we all grow and how far we all go when listening to people’s different voices. Let’s not be afraid to…build these beautiful bonds with individuals who are outside our community, especially when tackling the greatest challenges of our time.”
Aligning with the College’s Strategic Directions and vision, mission and values, five new leadership roles have been appointed and will take effect on July 1 to replace the current divisional structure:
- Dean of Student Life and Wellbeing Scott Cowie will oversee our whole-school approach to co-curricular programs including Athletics, CAS, Horizons and Norval.
- Assistant Head, Student Affairs Fiona Marshall will oversee all aspects of student leadership at the Upper School such as the House system and Advising program, as well as behaviour expectations.
- Assistant Head, Operations Deirdre Timusk will oversee the Upper School’s daily activities including assemblies, special events and programming, and guests speakers, as well as take on new strategic projects.
- Assistant Head, Middle Division Gareth Evans will oversee and support all activity for students and faculty at the Prep School for Years 6 and 7.
- Assistant Head, Primary Division David Girard will oversee and support all activity for students and faculty at the Prep School for SK to Year 5.