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Message from the President of the CHS Alumnae Association

Year in Review 

As we close the 2020-21 school year, the Association is looking back and forward at the same time. It has been a year unlike any other, without an opportunity to celebrate and get together in our usual ways. We missed the opportunity to gather in person, but at the same time, new avenues were opened up to us. Moving to Zoom meant that, for the first time, those who live outside of the Lower Mainland were able to join us for meetings, events, reunions, and more. Although we are looking forward to being in the same room with each other again soon, we have learned the value and the reach of technology and we will be looking for ways to utilize different formats going forward.

The Year Ahead

Many of you participated in our Alumnae Survey, results of which are being used to shape our plans for the future of the Association. We are refining our Mission, Vision, and Values, and creating a Strategic Plan that will move us forward and enable us to focus on what matters most: connecting CHS alumnae with each other, the school, and our future alumnae: students! We will be creating more opportunities for alumnae to get involved with strengthening connections through a focus on communications, a stronger Class Rep network, and the introduction of new social or networking events, virtual or in person. There will be many ways to get involved, so stay tuned. We are very excited about the future of the Association and look forward to sharing more details with you in the coming months.

Highlights

One of our highlights this year was the Mother Daughter Tea for graduates and their mums. As many of you know, the Alumnae Association has been hosting the Tea for over 60 years, in various formats, but the intent was always the same—to welcome soon-to-be alumnae to the Association and provide a chance to share stories with them and with each other. Last year, we were saddened to cancel the Tea due to COVID. This year, we forged ahead on Zoom. Graduates were provided with a take-home tea packet and treated to a conversation with Sophia Proust ’15, who shared her tips for transitioning from CHS to university, then that first work experience, along with her experience with alumnae who helped her along on her journey. We ended with a chance to socialize in the breakout rooms. Five alumnae are also current “alum mums” of the Class of ’21 (myself included), and it was great to have a chance to chat with each other and share some memories of Crofton with our daughters and their friends.