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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.


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

Posted by D. Lee on Monday July, 9, 2018 at 11:32AM

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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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Class Reunions

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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