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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, 2018 at 03:10PM

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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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