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.
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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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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”.
- 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.”
- 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!
Monday November, 5, 2018 at 03:10PM
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