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Crofton House School Alumnae Association

There are almost 4000 Crofton House School alumnae living around the world. From Vancouver to New York, Victoria to the UK, Prince Rupert to Shanghai, our Alumnae are doctors, artists and entrepreneurs, they’re mothers and grandmothers, volunteers and CEO’s.  CHS alumnae are confident, empowered women who can - and do - accomplish extraordinary things. 

Crofton House alumnae form a strong network of women because of the close bonds they share with each other, with teachers and staff, and with the spaces and places at the School.  These bonds have had a lasting effect on their character, their relationships, and their place in the world. 

Explore our website to read their stories.

Beyond the Ivy Walls - Karen (St. John) Carmichael ‘77

Karen Carmichael’s Jai Style comes to the Winter Bazaar

In 2011 Karen (St. John) Carmichael ’77 returned to Vancouver after living, and raising two daughters, in cities throughout Asia for more than 16 years. While trying to decide what would come next, she received many inquiries about the stone and silver amulet jewelry she was wearing. Having designed it herself, Karen began to wonder if there was a business idea there.

Since 2014, Karen has successfully established Jai Design, handmaking jewelry with silver and stones that she sources from Asia. Jai is a profound concept in Thai language and culture­ and represents the connection between heart and mind. Karen tries to embody the spirit of jai in all her designs. “This is such a departure from my previous career in the hospitality industry, where I did market feasibility studies, financial appraisals and operational reviews of hotels. I loved that work but I so appreciate how creative this allows me to be.”

Looking back at her time at CHS, Karen recognizes that many of the lessons learnt have helped her in both life and in business. “Crofton House really taught me the importance of being super organized and being able to balance my time – both of which are so crucial when running your own business.”

When she returned to Vancouver in 2011, Karen enrolled her younger daughter, Sophie, at CHS. While Sophie graduated in 2013, Karen jumped at the opportunity to become involved with this year’s Winter Bazaar.

“When Sophie came here I saw what was happening with the School, and I was encouraged by all the changes, the quality of teaching and the opportunities that were presented to the girls. When Margot Jagger (co-chair, Winter Bazaar) approached me and asked me if I would like to get involved with the Bazaar, I thought this was a great way to be involved again, and an opportunity to give back.”

Karen is bringing her talents as a jewelry-maker to the Bazaar. She created a design, sourced materials and then led a bracelet-making workshop with CHS parents. Parents used the glass beads and silver charms to create beautiful bracelets for children and adults that will be sold at the Winter Bazaar on November 17.

As an alumna who has lived in many cultures, Karen notes the importance of empathy and trying to understand the perspective of others, both of which were valued at CHS. But when asked what has stayed with her most from her time at CHS, Karen instantly replies, “servabo fidem” – the importance of keeping the faith.
Posted by D. Lee on Monday November 5 at 03:10PM
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Alumnae in the Making: Welcome to the year of L19htening McQueen!

Welcome to the year of L19htening McQueen!

As the class of 2019 embarks on their final year at Crofton House Head Girl, Angelina Zhang shared with the School her thoughts on the value of approaching this momentous year with the lessons learnt through a speedy little Pixar racecar!

Good morning Dr. Dawson, Members of the Platform Party, Students, Teachers, Special Guests, and of course, the Graduating Class of 2019.

Before I begin my speech, I want each of you to think back to the first time you saw your favourite movie. Think back to that feeling when the main character first came on screen, that feeling of wonder over what their journey would be like. Over the next few months, each of us will embark on our own journey, but today, I am here to share ours. This year marks a huge milestone in Crofton House School history. Not only is this the first time we’ve had a grad class named after an animated car, but it’s the first time we’ve had a class that was bold and clever enough to do so. I present to you, Grad L19HTNING MCQUEEN!

Now, the confused look I see on your faces is also how most of us reacted when this name was first proposed. But as we delved deeper into the meaning of L19htning McQueen, we came to realize how perfectly it embodied our grade. First of all, we may be nearly 18 on the outside, but deep down, most of us are still stuck around 12. Secondly, we are undeniably a class of 98 queens. What better way to celebrate that than to include it in our grad name? And finally, we wanted a name that wasn’t just a catchy title, but a message and a theme that we could use to leave behind our legacy. 

For those of you who haven’t seen the Cars’ movies yet, which, by the way, I highly recommend you do this weekend, here’s a quick run-down: once upon a time, there lived a hotshot rookie race car named Lightning McQueen. This car was a winner. And he was used to being a winner. The fame and pride gave him a sense of superiority, and he looked down on all the other cars around him. Now the story of Lightning McQueen is the story of how he slowly but surely learns to value family and friends over winning the race, just as we as a grad class have come to do as well. Instead of knocking each other down, we’ve learned to build each other up.

As the curious and diligent Crofton student that I’ve been trained to be, I did some more digging and found a few other hidden gems behind this seemingly random name. So, borrowing from the wisdom of Lightning McQueen, here are some pointers on how to succeed in the race of life. Just remember the 3 S’s: speed, strategy, and spirit!

Firstly, speed: life is a race, but it’s a race like no other. The finish line isn’t really what you’re going for. The winners in the race of life are those who can pace themselves enough to soak in the sights and enjoy the journey. Crofton offers us some incredible opportunities, but taking on more at once is not always better. This year, remember to pace yourself. Sometimes, we’ll have to say no to things to make the most of what we’ve already said yes to. We’re all enrolled in a rigorous school, but don’t forget to take time for yourself, your friends, and your family. After all, our school years only come around once, and you don’t want your memories to be a blur because you were so busy just trying to race by.

Next, strategy: in the movie, Cars 3, Lightning McQueen could no longer keep up with the newer, younger, and shinier contenders. He simply couldn’t win anymore on speed alone. Instead, McQueen learned to adjust to his competition by racing smarter rather than faster. We’ve all found ourselves in those situations where we’re kind of just stuck, and it’s inevitable that we’ll be faced with them again. But don’t be afraid of change. If something isn’t working out, try something new. We all have unique strengths that we could take advantage of and we’re all capable of playing smart. For example: not starting a new Netflix show during exam season? Smart. Sneaking into the grad lounge when you think we’re not watching? Not smart. Because we’re always watching. But that’s beside the point. If you find yourself stuck, maybe it’s time for a change. Whether that be a change in attitude or a new game plan, it’s definitely worth a shot. Because there’s no better time than now to experiment and to find out what works best for you.

Finally, spirit! Undoubtedly, this will be a tough year for many of us. Some of us will be receiving our first pieces of homework. Some of us, our first final exams. But I’m going to let you in on a little secret: I live by the motto “it could be worse”. Now, that may sound a little depressing, but the way I look at it is that even the toughest of situations could honestly be a lot worse! Most of the setbacks and troubles we face are just small obstacles in the grand scheme of life. And I can say this because I am well-aware of what it’s like to fail. I failed to understand Java 10. I failed this morning to push my way through the mob of grade 8s in the basement. And I fail, again and again, when trying to climb up the stairs to the science wing. But know that your mistakes aren’t permanent and your struggles will pass. Approach every challenge with a smile on your face and you’ll be sure to come out the other side.

So there you have it! The secrets to winning the race of life: speed, strategy, and spirit.

Posted by D. Lee on Monday November 5 at 03:10PM
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Features - Jennifer (Connell) Fotheringham ’84

Jennifer (Connell) Fotheringham ’84 began her term as President of the Alumnae Association in March 2018. The busy mum of three sat down with us to share why she loves being involved at Crofton House, what she would like to bring to the Alumnae Association, plus a few fun facts!

  1. Jennifer has a multi-faceted history with Crofton House.

    Jennifer has a strong family history with Crofton House. Her mum was a ‘lifer’ attending from Grade 1-12. Jennifer and her sister followed in their mother’s footsteps, coming in Grade 7 and staying to graduation. Jennifer’s mother-in-law was a Croftie and Jennifer’s two daughters, Lauren Fotheringham ’19 and Quinn Fotheringham ’17, both attended CHS.

    BUT Jennifer has another connection to CHS; she was a teacher here! Jennifer taught Social Studies, History and Comparative Civilization in the Senior School for four years. She was pregnant with Quinn while teaching here and has now seen her graduate from CHS. 

  2. Teaching was not Jennifer’s first career.

    Jennifer also lived and worked in Japan. Prior to getting her teaching degree, she went to UBC and took Asian Studies and Japanese language – then moving to Japan to work and study. Upon returning to Vancouver, she worked for the provincial government as the liaison to their overseas office in Tokyo. 

  3. Her favourite alumnae events include the Carol Service, Soup Sisters and the Mother-Daughter Tea.

    After working here, Jennifer kept in contact with CHS through the Carol Service and grad reunions, becoming more involved with the School when her daughters started attending.

    She joined the Alumnae Association Executive as Secretary four years ago, both wanting to give back to School and realizing she “loved getting to know alumnae above and below my grad year, as well as getting to connect with current students and parents”. 

  4. Increasing involvement in the Alumnae Association is important to Jennifer.

    During her time as President, Jennifer would like to see more people getting involved with the Alumnae Association by expanding the number of opportunities, ensuring time commitment isn’t a barrier and utilizing people’s talents and experience. “If we make it more accessible and provide alumnae ways to give back while using their talents and experience, it will be more meaningful to all.”

  5. Most memorable times at Crofton House

    Jennifer’s most memorable times at CHS include playing on the tennis and badminton teams. It was on these teams where great friendships were made with girls in all grades.

    Other memorable moments took place in Aubin Stewart’s cooking class, where surplus ingredients were conveniently disposed of out the ground floor window to avoid explaining the excess!
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Message from Head of School – Dr. Pat Dawson

This is the 121st year that Crofton House School welcomes extraordinary girls through its doors - although not always these same doors! It is also the beginning of my 19th, and final year, as Head of Crofton House School.

I am committed to making it one of, if not my best, year yet. I am equally committed to working with the Board and the entire Senior Leadership team to ensure a smooth transition for the next Head of Crofton House, Ena Harrop, who will officially start in August 2019.

CHS is in a strong place for Ena to carry forward as the ninth Head of School. Last spring’s parent survey showed that more than 90% of parents would recommend the School to friends and colleagues. There is no better testament to the strength of CHS than referrals from our alumnae, parents, students and teachers.

It is important for the School to hear from each of these groups. As such, we will be surveying students this spring and alumnae the following year. In the meantime, I would encourage you to contact me, or our Assistant Director, Advancement, Lydia (McNeil) Vandenberg ’85, if there are any comments or thoughts that you wish to share.

Alumnae are involved in many aspects of school life from jam-making for the Winter Bazaar, to sharing their stories with Senior School students through Lunch-and-Learn sessions and participating in special events, such as the Mother-Daughter tea.

Once again, the School is excited to be working with the Alumnae Association to strengthen the alumnae network and bring more alumnae back to the campus – whether it’s to attend the Winter Bazaar on November 17, to join classmates at a reunion or to share your stories with Senior School students. And don’t forget – it’s a Gala year! We hope to see you at Parq Vancouver on March 2, 2019.

Servabo fidem,

Pat Dawson

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Beyond the Ivy Walls: Jennifer Chow ’01

When did you come to Crofton House?

I came to CHS in Grade 5 – we had just moved to Vancouver and luckily, there were quite a few new girls that year so it wasn’t hard to make the adjustment

What is you most vivid memory of your time at CHS?

My most vivid academic memory is of doing my thesis with Mr. Mac – the whole experience really taught me discipline and writing skills – so valuable for the rest of my life.

My favourite non-academic memory is definitely playing in the woods! Those woods are pretty magical!

What led you to the career you have now – what inspired you?

I always wanted to be involved in something that had a social impact. Film is such a great medium for telling stories – it doesn’t really come across as preachy and people are still learning! With museums they extend the realm of curiosity – I think that being curious is so important in the world…..and let’s face it….science is cool!

How did CHS help prepare you for the world outside of the ivy walls?

My time at CHS gave me confidence and self-esteem. We were taught that we could do anything, tackle any issue, the only thing preventing us was us. We were taught to be creative in finding solutions and when you are curious you can achieve anything.

What message would you give the girls as they start looking towards their future?

Be open to different experiences

Find your passion and then get someone to pay you to do it!

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Beyond the Ivy Walls: Maya Lange ’93

When did you come to Crofton House? Why?

I came to Crofton House in Grade 7 – back when that was the first year of the Senior School. I was part of the ‘West Van Bus Gang’ – it took us a while to get to school each day but it was a community within a community!

What is you most vivid memory of your time at CHS?

The teachers – they were so encouraging and amazing to work with.

Classroom time – both the learning and the friendships that were forged through studying.

I also loved the assemblies – something about coming together as a school has really played a large role in my memories about CHS.

What led you to the career you have now – what inspired you?

I have always really loved communicating with people. So much of my career has been driven by passion rather than skills. If you have the passion or interest in a certain area you can gain the skills.

How did CHS help prepare you for the world outside of the ivy walls?

The belief that women can do anything. I never thought I couldn’t achieve what I wanted to. Crofton gave me the confidence that everything was possible. 

What message would you give the girls as they start looking towards their future?

Keep a very open mind. Talk to as many people as possible about anything that interests you – get first hand info when making choices.

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Alumnae in the Making: Class of 2018

Congratulations and Welcome Class of 2018!

The Class of 2018 ‘Triple O’ (hint: they were all born in the year 2000) has now graduated and are our newest members of the Alumnae Association. We are delighted to welcome these 101 graduates as they embark on the next chapter of their lives.

One of the first events for their grad season was the annual Mother/Daughter Tea – Be Inspired! Jointly hosted by the Alumnae Association and the school the event welcomed alumna Lindsey Taylor ’93 to speak with the girls and mothers about the roads that lay ahead.

Lindsey stressed that no matter what path you take it is important to stay connected. Over her career, she has reaped the benefits of being mentored and in mentoring others. “There is so much to gain in each role – giving each other a helping hand or being able to open a door for someone else. Life is a journey – it’s easier when we hold hands.”

Most of these 101 graduates will be heading to post-secondary institutions in Canada, the United States and Europe. Others have decided on a gap year and will be working, traveling and exploring destinations like France and India. Below is the list of where our newest alumnae will be continuing their education next year: 

  • Architectural Association School of Architecture (London)
  • The New School – All Divisions, New York
  • Boston University
  • Cornell University
  • Dalhousie University
  • Georgetown University
  • George Washington University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • London College of Fashion
  • McGill University
  • McMaster University
  • New York University
  • Northwestern University
  • Pomona College
  • Pratt Institute (NYC)
  • Queens University
  • Queens University, Belfast
  • Quest University
  • Ryerson University
  • Sheridan College
  • Simon Fraser University
  • Stanford University
  • Thompson Rivers University
  • University College London
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Calgary
  • University of California – Berkley
  • University of California – San Diego
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Oxford
  • University of St. Andrews
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Waterloo
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • University of Victoria
  • Wellesley College
  • Western University
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Aubin Stewart: 40 Years of life at CHS

 

Most alumnae have vivid memories of their best and worst moments when sewing or cooking - a hem that went wrong or a soufflé that never reached its full potential! Many of those memories happened right here at Crofton House School under the watchful eye of Aubin Stewart.

This summer, Aubin will bid Crofton House farewell after 40 years of service to the school community: 35 years of sharing her passion for cooking and sewing with students and five years as an integral part of the Senior School management team.

We sat down with Aubin to capture a few final thoughts before she walks out through the gates and beyond the ivy walls to her next adventure.

Tell me about your first job at Crofton House. How did this 40-year journey start?

Miss Addison hired me in the last week of August. One minute I was in the interview and the next I was prepping for classes – it was quite the whirlwind! At that time, the Home Economics (Home Ec) classroom was an old science lab so there were small sinks and Bunsen burner outlets across the counters. We had to get very creative with the space. We would cram the sewing machines in for half the year and the pull them out so there was the space to teach foods in the second half of the year.

When I came to Crofton House I only had about two years teaching experience, but as the only Home Ec teacher here, I loved the opportunity to be in charge of the program.

Tell me about your career path at CHS?

I taught cooking and sewing for 35 years. Many things have changed over that period. Now Grade 8 students make a pair of boxer shorts or pajama bottoms for their sewing project. Back then, the girls had to make a fully lined wool skirt and model it (for better or worse) in a fashion show!

After that, I had the opportunity to serve as the department head for the newly formed Creative Arts department for a number of years before I moved to Student Services. I then took the Assistant Director role that I hold today.

What do you value most about CHS?

I value the traditions of the school but I also value the forward thinking vision. We were really given some wonderful foundations at the same time, the School is doing such terrific things as they keep their eye on the future – creating a new strategic plan, always growing in how we engage the girls – it’s energizing.

On a personal side, I am very grateful and appreciative of the job that I have and the professional growth that was afforded me. It has been such a terrific fit for me, and for my family. My daughter is a “lifer”, my husband coaches track and field at the School, one of my sons worked as a Saturday facilities staff for a time and my other son was employed by CHS to move desks - for one day!

What motivated you to stay for 40 years?

It’s the love of the job – every day there is a new challenge. It is the love of the students – being able to see them work on projects, be creative, keep challenging themselves. And I love the people I work with – they are all highly intelligent and motivated people. It has been a real pleasure.

What will you miss most?

I’ll miss being around teenagers. Being part of a school and with young people, you have to know the latest stuff, you have to know what the kids are watching or listening to. You need to know how they are communicating. I’ll miss that because they help keep me current – I’m more tech savvy and culture savvy because I am around young people every day! And of course I will miss my colleagues, that is probably going to be one of the biggest adjustments when I’m retired.

 

Last questions…most memorable cooking or sewing experience?

I have very fond memories of helping girls make their grad dresses and making costumes for school musicals. I have countless memories of disasters but those will stay with me!

I can say that the recipe I am asked for the most is the world’s best macaroni and cheese. I must have made that recipe over 300 times; I could do it in my sleep!

Home Ec 8 Macaroni and Cheese

As we thank Aubin for her 40 years of service and celebrate her retirement, CHS alumnae will agree that this really is the best mac & cheese – and that they gained so many important skills in the Home Ec Room - or the Textiles Room and Food Lab (as they are known today). Those were life lessons learnt and never forgotten.

Aubin Stewart's Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

250 mL macaroni (or other pasta)             
30 mL margarine                         
30 mL flour
2 mL salt
250 mL milk
125 mL grated cheddar cheese
15 mL bread crumbs (or other topping) 

METHOD:

Pasta:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C; grease a small glass casserole dish.

  2. Boil a large pot of water with a pinch of salt.

  3. Add pasta to boiling water, stir and simmer until tender or al dente. ( about 10 minutes)

  4. Drain cooked pasta and rinse in cold water, using colander.

  5. Return drained pasta to the cooking pot.

Sauce:

  • Melt margarine in a small saucepan over low heat.

  • Remove from heat; add flour and salt all at once, and stir until a smooth paste is formed.

  • Return to low heat and gradually add milk, stirring constantly.

  • Cook, stirring constantly until sauce thickens.

  • Cook another 5 minutes to remove any starch flavour.

  • Add grated cheese and stir until melted.

  • Pour sauce over cooked pasta and transfer to casserole dish.

  • Top with bread crumbs and bake for 15 minutes or until bubbly.

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A Message from the Head of School

We would like to share the Head of School's speech made to the newest members of CHS Alumnae Association upon their graduation.

Good afternoon.

Over the next two hours you will hear about the accomplishments of each of these remarkable young women who make up the class known as “Triple 0” – not because of any connection to White Spot’s special triple O sauce - but because they were born in the year 2000 – the very year I had the privilege and honour of becoming head of this great school.

These girls have the good fortune to be educated at a time when many – if not most – girls in our world do not have the privilege of going to school.

I am very proud to live in a country where just this past week, the Canadian government announced at the G7 summit in Quebec that it has raised more than $3.8 B in an effort with other countries to send the world’s poorest girls to school.

To quote our Prime Minister, “Investing in girls’ education is not just the right thing to do. It’s the smart thing to do. Given the chance, we know that women and girls will drive positive change, and help build better lives for themselves, their families, their communities, and, in turn, the world."

Class of 2018, my hope is that as you go out through our ivy gates as the leaders and change makers we know you to be that you do all that you can to ensure every girl, regardless of how rich or poor, or what country she is born in, will have schools with great teachers that will open its doors to her.

But you will not have to do this work alone. Girls, you join more than 4000 women who have gone out through our gates before you – the alumnae of Crofton House School.

This is a network of women who can literally be found around the world and who will be there for you whenever or wherever you may need them for the rest of your lives.

This past year you heard from a number of them over lunch, at special assemblies and at your graduation mother/daughter tea.

I end my remarks by reminding you of the words of one of them - Ann Mortifee, class of 1965. Ann is this year’s recipient of the CHS Alumnae Lifetime Achievement Award.

For those who do not know her, Ann is an internationally recognized performing artist, songwriter, author, compelling storyteller, workshop leader and a member of the Order of Canada – although possibly not the best student while at CHS.

At our birthday assembly in March Ann shared tales of her years at CHS that were quite different than they are today. During Ann’s time the entire class stood as each student’s marks were read out starting with those with the highest marks. With great self-deprecation and humour, Ann shared how she shamelessly prayed that she would not be the last student standing.

This very accomplished woman also shared with us the simple story of the making of a pearl. As expressed in her words:

“An oyster creates a pearl, not out of what is easy. No, it gets a grit of sand in there that kind of bothers it. It secretes its tears around it and that grows until it is the ‘pearl of great price’ – the wisdom usually given to us out of the things we’ve had to struggle for, or that have been difficult. What you gain is compassion for others, strength to endure, patience. They all come out of that grit that makes us aware of others. It all leads us to a place”.

Triple O, may the pearl that is inside each of you continue to grow from the challenges you will no doubt face in your life’s journey to become the beautiful, lustrous compassionate women you know you will be.

Servabo fidem,

Pat Dawson

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Ann Mortifee '65: A Life's Journey

2018 Alumnae Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

On the winding road of life, there are twists and turns, ups and downs, uncertainties and new chapters. With every door that closes, a new opportunity arises — every step leads us that much closer to where we are today, says Ann Mortifee ’65, when asked what advice she would offer CHS girls and alumnae.

“I threw myself to the wind, and said, ‘OK, I’m going to trust there’s a purpose for me being here, and I’m going to put one foot in front of the other, and I’m going to show up every single day to see what life brings me.’ Sometimes it brought me things I didn’t like, other times it brought me things that were just fantastic.”

Ann cites a story from early in her career, an opportunity to star in a Broadway play — a big potential break that required signing a three-year contract. She quickly realized that meant performing eight shows a week for 36 months ... and that she was completely uninspired by the music and lyrics (all these years later, she can still recite those words). Where some would have signed, Ann opted to listen to her gut and returned to Vancouver. Within three days, she received a call from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet to write the music for The Ecstasy of Rita Joe, which became a global hit and launched a career in the performing arts that has earned her worldwide acclaim and spanned more than four decades.

“Half my life, I had no idea where I was going. I was completely lost, or so I thought. You learn to trust your instinct, your intuition, the feeling of something other than your logical mind,” says Ann. “Our destiny is like a hook that wants to pull us, and if you can release yourself from needing to understand every step of the way you will get pulled to where you want to go.”

Chapters in a life
On her website www.annmortifee.com, Ann’s biography and long list of accomplishments are neatly summarized in ‘three acts.’

But who is Ann Mortifee?

“I’m two people,” she says. “I have a self that is who I was born to be — completely natural and myself. The other person is the person of my culture, my family, my genetic coding and all that. My job has been to let the person I actually am become real to me, so she infuses my acquired self and I become authentically myself.”

Part of that discovery has involved embracing the ups and downs of life. So, when her much-beloved husband and “kindred spirit,” world-renowned flautist Paul Horn, passed away in 2014, instead of feeling lost, she says, “That really changed me, on a deep level, for the better. I understood people die, and something in me shifted and I became more fully myself. I felt secure in who I was in a way I never had before.” She soon realized that represented one chapter of life closing and a new one beginning.

Through the various chapters of her life, Ann says the friends she made at CHS have supported her every step of the way. Those friendships are also her fondest memory of CHS.

Curious, creative and passionate, Ann Mortifee believes wholeheartedly that each of us is like a pearl. “An oyster creates a pearl, not out of what’s easy. It gets a grit of sand in there that kind of bothers it. It secretes its tears around it, and that grows until it is the ‘pearl of great price’ — the wisdom usually given to us out of the things we’ve had to struggle for, or that have been difficult. What you gain is compassion for others, strength to endure, patience. They all come out of that grit that makes us aware of others. It all leads us to a place.”

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Alumnae Relations

Lydia (McNeill) Vandenberg '85
Assistant Director, Advancement
t: 604 263 3255 Ext. 4205
e: alumnae@croftonhouse.ca

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Calling all classes ending in 4 and 9 - this is the year for your 5 or 10-year reunion!  For more information on planning your reunion, including class lists, please contact the Alumnae Relations Office at alumnae@croftonhouse.ca.

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