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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.

Merideth Schutter ’95 – Passion and Drive: Keys to Success


Merideth Schutter '95 believes in pursing one’s personal passion…and in hard work. Qualities that were instilled in her early, by both her parents and CHS.

When reflecting on how CHS prepared her for life beyond the ivy walls and challenges of starting a business, she comes back to the idea of working hard at something you believe in and are passionate about. “A big piece of what CHS did for me was help me with my work ethic and my drive. You do work, you put in the time, but you know the results will come eventually.”

Equally as important as working hard is enjoying what you do. "It is important to find your passion. If you love what you do, enjoy your day-to-day, and get satisfaction from that, you will be successful.”

Merideth came to CHS in Grade 1 and - having left for a short time in grade 10 (she returned only after having to complete an application interview with Miss Addison!) - stayed until graduation.

Following her passions, she studied theatre at Capilano College before going on to Vancouver Film School, and then to the Real Estate Division of UBC’s Sauder School of Business. Merideth’s next move took her to the Kootenay region for six years while her husband pursued his education. There, she earned an online marketing degree from Athabasca University and had her first child.

After returning to Vancouver, Merideth again followed her passion and started her career in real estate. Merideth says that despite living in the same house the whole time she was growing up, “she was always interested in real estate. When I was young, I would circle open house ads in the newspaper of houses I wanted to go see”.

In addition to the fun of getting to work with people to find their perfect homes, there are many things Merideth appreciates about real estate, including the flexibility it allows, which is invaluable with three children, and seeing results come from her effort. 

Merideth is now pursuing another passion, one that was born out of her real estate career, empowering personal safety.

Following an unsettling incident at an open house, she realized how easy it is for people to track other’s whereabouts – including real estate agents – on social media. After doing market research and realizing that personal safety was a very small part of the security industry, she felt there was a need for more. “I invented a technology that is based on empowerment and confidence. It’s all about positivity and enlisting your friends and family to have your back. Go out and enjoy the world, explore, have fun but just know that you have people there in case you need them.”

PROtect is an app that includes many features to ensure personal safety. At its centre is the ability to invite your friends and family to participate in your personal safety. As Merideth says by doing this, “You realize people do want to help. They want to be there for you”.

Within the app, you can assign those who have accepted your request into a first, second or third circle. This becomes your community – the people looking out for you. The app allows you to set a timer for an event: for example, an hour when you go for a run alone. Once the timer expires, if you don’t cancel the alert within a 15-second window, your first circle will be contacted by text or email, with a link to your location, then your second and third circle if you do not log out.

Early on in the process, it was evident that the usefulness of this went far beyond the real estate industry. With the recent launch in August, Merideth says that, so far, the main users include professional women, parents who want it for their children who are starting to gain more independence, and businesses that want to protect employees’ safety. This technology “is not about being afraid – this is about doing what you want, when you want, and feeling safe and confident” says Merideth.

Posted by D. Lee on Wednesday November 8, 2017 at 02:25PM
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Message from the Head of School 2017–2018

In many ways, the past 10 years at Crofton House School (2007–2017) have represented an unprecedented chapter in the School’s history with the bold rebuilding of the campus. We are very pleased that over the summer our contractors completed the work on our roundabout making it a much safer place for drop-off and pick-up of our ECE and Junior School girls. The classrooms in the Fine Arts Centre have also been fully renovated and music, visual arts and drama classes are already enjoying their new spaces. The theatre is still getting some final touches but will be ready for the December winter concert season.

Moving beyond buildings, I am pleased to share the new initiatives undertaken this year as part of our current 10 year plan titled - Beyond Buildings: Extraordinary Possibilities - based on four strong pillars.

Pillar 1: Extraordinary Girls

We believe every girl at Crofton House is extraordinary but are particularly proud that this year we are able to remove the barrier of cost for a few girls entering grade 8 with our new bursary program. We believe that by widening and deepening our applicant pool of extraordinary girls through this program, we will enrich the learning environment and experience for all Crofton House girls – making the school a stronger, more inclusive community for everyone.

Pillar 2: Extraordinary Learning

Four program initiatives have been launched this year:

  • An artist-in -residence program to complement our expanded creative arts facilities. Our first artist- in residence is Tsema Igharas, an interdisciplinary artist and member of the Tahltan First Nation from northern BC.
  • The Harkness Method of teaching has been formally introduced in senior English and Social Studies classes with the purchase of two specially designed Harkness tables
  • Two new ‘maker spaces’ or labs have been created to empower girls to extend their learning through making
  • The Ivy Compass program, a program unique to CHS that enables students to learn about themselves, their community and their place in the world has been extended to all grades with a vision of it becoming the truly ‘defining’ or value added’ proposition of a CHS education.

Pillar 3: Extraordinary Teachers

As a leader in girls’ education, we believe it is important that we undertake action research that documents and measures the work of our teachers and students. Starting this year we have created two ‘Research Chairs of Teaching and Learning’ – one in the junior school and one in the senior school.

Sophia Hunter, our junior school teacher-librarian has begun a three-year research project into reading digitally versus in print and the impact on learning. Gail Robinson, Department Head of English in our senior school will lead a team of teachers in a three-year implementation strategy and documentation of the Harkness Method of teaching at CHS.

Pillar 4: Extraordinary Community

We look forward to building on the strong partnership we have will all CHS parents and, in particular, with the work of the Parents’ Auxiliary and the many events they plan throughout the year.

And most importantly, as you will see from what Lydia (McNeill) Vandenberg ’85, Assistant Director Advancement, has written, we are very excited to be working the Alumnae Association to strengthen the alumnae network by bringing more alumnae back to the campus whether for jam making, having a teddy bear picnic in the ECE Centre, or sharing your stories with senior school students.

I look forward to seeing you when you are next on the campus! 

Servabo fidem,

Pat Dawson

Posted by D. Lee on Wednesday November 8, 2017 at 02:25PM
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Welcome Class of 2017!

The close of the school year marks the beginning of summer holidays. For the Class of "17 Prime" it also marks the beginning of their lives outside the cherished ivy walls of Crofton House School. On behalf of the 4,400 women in our alumnae network we say congratulations on your graduation and welcome!

Our 92 graduates will be heading to post-secondary institutions in Canada, the United States, the UK and around the world.

  • The New School – All Divisions, New York
  • Boston University
  • Brown University
  • Cardiff University
  • Cornell University
  • Griffith University
  • Guelph University
  • Huron University College
  • Kings College, London
  • Langara College
  • McGill University
  • McMaster University
  • Queens University
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Saint Louis University
  • Sheridan College
  • Simmons College
  • Tufts University
  • University College London
  • University of Alberta
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Buckingham
  • University of California – Berkley
  • University of California – Los Angeles
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Michigan
  • University of the Pacific
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Southern California
  • University of St. Andrews
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Waterloo
  • University of Victoria
  • Western University
  • Yale University
Posted by D. Lee on Friday June 30, 2017 at 09:24AM
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Beyond the Ivy Walls

Sharing Stories Beyond the Ivy Walls

The Crofton House School’s Alumnae Program continued this past spring with three more Lunch and Learn speakers for the girls in grades 11 and 12. Each alumna’s story included words of humour and wisdom as they described their lives beyond the ivy walls for the girls.

Katherine van der Gracht ‘97

From a love of theatre to her love of community, Katherine’s career has spanned multiple industries, from hospitality, to art, fashion, non-profit and luxury marketing in a digital world. She spent six years as senior marketing and PR manager for the Richmond Crisis Centre before jumping back into the private sector as marketing manager at Fairmont Pacific Rim — what has been called “Canada’s #1 City Hotel.”

When did you come to Crofton House?

I came to CHS in grade 8. I’d been in French Immersion, but when high school came around I knew I wanted to go to Crofton.

What’s your most vivid memory of your time at CHS? 

Cinema Club, with Mr. Mac — absolutely! He had us watch Citizen Kane, which had a profound impact on me. I was always interested in drama and acting. Being introduced to that kind of classic film really inspired me.

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

Networking was key — it really helped pave my road with wonderful people who presented interesting opportunities. The volunteer work I’ve done and the connections I was able to make by staying open to all opportunities were key. I’ve had the chance to thrive in both the non-profit and private sectors, which has given me a broad spectrum of skills.

Storytelling has been part of my life since university. It just took a different format from acting. Telling a story is central to both non-profit and marketing.

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

I was able to build resilience. I was encouraged to speak up and be heard, but when you speak up you must be ready to have your views challenged — and the confidence to back up or support those views. 

CHS is full of different types of people, girls with differing opinions. It’s a great place to test the waters and build the confidence to speak up outside the ivy walls.

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

Keep in touch and take care of each other. You already have an amazing network right here in your own class, and as part of the greater alumnae community. Support each other and you will be supported.

Emily (Faber) Lazare ‘95

Emily Lazare is president of Greengrass Productions Inc., specializing in promotional products for a wide range of industries. With more than 20 years of experience, Emily finds unique and creative products in each specific market — providing staying power in an increasingly saturated and competitive marketplace. Knowing her clients and pushing creative boundaries have been keys to her success. 

When did you come to Crofton House?

I am a proud lifer! I am one of three sisters who came to CHS. Once my sister came to the school, I knew that’s where I also wanted to be. 

What’s your most vivid memory of your time at CHS? 

Lunch breaks. When I was younger, those involved setting up our ‘store’ in the woods where we sold flaky chicken (tree bark). The leaves were, or course, our money. As I got older those breaks involved sitting on the hill outside, talking with my friends. It was all about my community and connecting with my friends.

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

My mom was such a great role model for me. She had her own business, and really taught me how to find work and life balance. She was so creative — it was inspiring. It wasn’t long until I realized I love the creative side of life, taking risks. I like to live life in full colour!

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

I think CHS taught us to be well-rounded people. We developed a great work ethic, but were also taught to be good citizens of our community wherever that was. I know Crofton has high expectations, but it was more about us having high expectations of ourselves because we were empowered to do anything.

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

Sometimes you must fail to succeed, but trust your gut in what inspires you.

Jillian Bryan ‘87

With more than 20 years’ experience in business, Jillian Bryan brings a highly skilled approach to financial management, providing direction to more than $350 million in client assets. Her areas of management include family trusts, charitable foundations and individual portfolios. With a Bachelor of Science and Political Science degree and a minor in business from the University of Western Ontario, as well as certification in Portfolio Management and Professional Financial Planning, Jillian has a broad range of financial expertise to share.

When did you come to Crofton House?

I attended Crofton from grades 8 to 12. Previously, I’d been at St. Anthony’s in West Vancouver.

There’s a strong family history with Crofton House. My aunt and cousin had both attended, so it was a natural progression for me after elementary school. Now my daughter is at CHS, so the tradition has stayed alive.

What’s your most vivid memory of your time at CHS? 

I’m sure people speak about inspirational teachers or classes that helped them choose their path, but for me it was the pranks we pulled on St. George’s or Magee. Nothing quite brings you together as a class better than pulling a prank. It was all very innocent, of course.

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

I must admit that I really enjoyed making money through my summer jobs. I had quite a few non-glamorous jobs (selling sprinkler systems), but through those I came to appreciate the hard work it took to make the money I earned. When I was in university, I worked out how much it would cost to live each day (after tuition) and was amazed at how expensive living outside the comforts of my parents’ house really was. Learning the true value of money made me want to earn more of it.

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

Crofton taught me how to be organized in my thinking and my day-to-day life. I also learned that if I applied myself, I could do anything — there were no limits! Confidence is an important takeaway from a Crofton House education.

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

Stay in touch with each other, but also go out and explore every new person and opportunity you find.  If you’re going to university with a large group from school, don’t stick to that clique. Break out and meet all kinds of new people. Use the CHS network, but also expand your horizons. 

If you are interested in being a Lunch and Learn speaker, please contact Lydia (McNeill) Vandenberg ’85, Assistant Director Advancement at

Posted by D. Lee on Friday June 30, 2017 at 09:24AM
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Moving Forward with Confidence
Steph Stresing ’17

Steph Stresing ’17 feels she has found herself. “I am truly comfortable in who I am — I know I can achieve anything — I am ready to move forward in life with confidence.”  

This was not always the case for Steph, and she credits CHS with giving her the courage and opportunities to find her authentic self.  “When I arrived here in grade 8, I was trying to differentiate myself from my older brother. You often get attributed ‘family traits’ that simply don’t apply to you. Crofton saw me for who I was, and allowed me explore and grow into the person I am today.”

Who is Steph? The short answer is she’s a 17-year-old with a passion for global health that has come from several transformational experiences. 

“During my spring break of grade 8, I volunteered at a food bank and a child care facility.  That’s where my interest in helping others began.” Two service trips to India and Ecuador soon followed, opening her eyes to the need for professional skills and resources to truly help those often labelled “disadvantaged.” 

Steph’s interest in health care began closer to home. Her older brother was born with a congenital heart defect that led to extended hospital stays and regular medical attention. “When I was little, I could never really understand why he was always in the hospital — why he wasn’t getting better. I didn’t understand the magnitude of the situation, but I also didn’t appreciate the resources and expertise needed to help him”

It was through this lens that she saw the enormous need for resources in other countries. A two-week internship in Tanzania with GAP Medics (a specialist company dedicated to providing year-round hospital work experience placements abroad to students 16 years and over) truly demonstrated the cultural and economic differences impacting health care. “I worked in pediatrics and obstetrics — it was amazing,” says Steph, adding, “The strength of the women and children was truly humbling. But I also witnessed suffering and despair rooted not in lack of skills but, ultimately, lack of resources.” 

Committed to keeping her focus on global health alive when she returned to Vancouver, Steph became involved with an organization called Operation Med School — a non-profit organization focusing on youth educating youth about health care issues. As co-president of the Vancouver branch, Steph helped organize a one-day conference held at UBC focusing on global health. “After my experience in Tanzania, I lobbied hard to make sure we focused on global health and had speakers who could help educate us on how best to help.”

This fall, Steph moves from Vancouver to London, Ontario to study at Western University. Looking towards a Masters in Global Health, she’ll also continue working with her peers in Operation Med School. She has been appointed lead mentor to the organization’s London branch.

“Knowing who I am, and what I’m passionate about, has helped me focus on where I want to go with my life in the next few years. I am so grateful to Crofton House for helping me start this journey.”

Posted by D. Lee on Friday June 30, 2017 at 09:23AM
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From Crofton House, to Kosovo and Beyond

At the Mother/Daughter Tea — Be Inspired! event on April 21, the CHS Alumnae Association was pleased to welcome Nicola Mahaffy ’86. Since leaving the school, Nicola completed degrees in psychology and law. She has since charted a career as a prosecutor across different criminal justice systems that has taken her to far-flung corners of the world. Today, Nicola works in the youth criminal justice system prosecuting young offenders. She’s also a wife and proud mother of two, with a daughter at CHS.

In her talk, Nicola was candid about her time at Crofton House, about finding a forensic psychology course at UBC that “changed her life” and how perseverance pays off.

“I’m here to give encouragement to all of you, every single graduate, to let you know you can achieve things in your life that you don’t think are possible when you’re sitting here today.”

Citing the story of how she got acceptance to law school, she said it took her three attempts, a visit to Calgary and a bold move to pay her tuition deposit before she was accepted that propelled her forward. Three years later, she’d graduated top of her class.

Nicola talked about how potential opportunities lie around every corner.

“Sometimes things happen in your life you’re not that happy about, but they lead to great things,” she said of a move for her husband’s work that took her to London, England early in her career. That led to her first international qualification, opening doors she’d never envisioned — and a challenging and satisfying career. It’s a career that has included valuable work experiences with the United Nations Mission in Pristina, Kosovo and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutors in Dublin, Ireland.

Through her work abroad, Nicola valued what it means to be Canadian.  “I came to appreciate what a profound privilege it is to grow up in Canada, to have a Canadian passport and all the opportunities that come simply from that fluke of birth.”

Most recently, Nicola was appointed to be one of five vice-presidents of the International Association of Prosecutors — a distinction she calls “a real honour.” Her work with the organization involves making decisions about global prosecutorial and human rights standards, and addressing issues around the security and safety of prosecutors internationally.

Ultimately, Nicola says CHS gave her all the tools she needed for success.

“By no means is your destiny set when you leave this school, whether you’re at the top or bottom of your class. You can really do anything. This school will give you the tools, you just need to use them. You have them all ... Knock on doors. Whatever you want to do, don’t let rejection stop you. Keep going, because they will open for you. You just have to keep trying. You are capable of more than you think.”

Posted by D. Lee on Friday June 30, 2017 at 09:23AM
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Beyond the Ivy Walls

The New Lunch and Learn Program — Sharing Stories Beyond the Ivy Walls

The Lunch and Learn Program provides exciting opportunities to engage and connect for CHS alumnae and current students in areas that are a cornerstone of every student’s life at Crofton House, namely education, career choices and life paths. The Lunch and Learn series allows grade 12 students to meet with alumnae to learn first-hand about the rewards and challenges that have propelled them to success in their educational endeavours, careers and lives. The program’s goal is to inspire our CHS girls to discover and explore their fullest potential, to be curious and open to various careers — and to explore the courage needed to make the most of future opportunities.

Most recent speakers include Jennifer Baird ’85, Karen Holyk ‘86 and Sonya Zeitler Fletcher ‘87.

Dr. Jennifer Baird ‘85

Jennifer is a critical care medicine specialist and physician lead of Advance Care Planning of the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region and a clinical assistant professor with the Department of Surgery, College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. She balances living in Vancouver and an active medical practice in Regina while raising twins, Angus (at St. George’s) and Jocelyn (in grade 6 at CHS).  

When did you come to Crofton House?

I came to CHS in 1982, in grade 10.

What’s your most vivid memory of your CHS time?

One of the biggest things I remember was that first day or week at Crofton. I had been at public school, so had never really attended a school assembly before. It was such a regular occurrence at Crofton, but it seemed strange to me. Looking back, I understand how important those times were — when you gather as a school, be it for announcements, skits or presentations. It helps form that community. It brings everyone together, no matter what grade or age. I think it’s exactly that community which draws so many girls and families to the school, and I can understand why.

What inspired your career?

When I left high school, I was determined to go abroad. The central application process for the UK schools made it easy to explore options. I went to the University of St Andrews in Scotland. If it wasn’t for my biology teacher, Mrs. Mackay and Miss Addison I may not have found my way to St Andrews. They really encouraged me to stretch and try, and gave me so much help.  They encouraged me to be curious about the world.

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

I think I always had the ability to achieve whatever I wanted, but the teachers and staff at CHS really encouraged me to open up my world view. I think being in an all-girls environment is key to seeing the world without any gender bias limitations or expectations. We were always encouraged to try — and my daughter, Jocelyn, is receiving that same message. The world still has many glass ceilings for women to break through, but there aren’t those limitations at Crofton. When you haven’t experienced them in school, you’re more likely to keep striving once you move on to university.

What message would you give the girls as they look toward their futures?

Stay open – whether it is to where you end up studying, what you study or what path you walk down next.  Stay open to the possibilities – CHS has prepared you for anything that comes next.

Karyn Holyk ‘86

Karyn is the senior shop and experience designer with Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, North America. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Victoria, a Master of Architecture from UBC and a certificate in design firm management and leadership from the University of Washington.

When did you come to Crofton House?

I came to CHS in 1982, in grade 9.

What’s your most vivid memory of your CHS time?

The smell of the gym is still so clear in my mind. It was a creaky, wonderful, old building. Maybe I remember it so clearly because we graduated from that building. I loved the old building like other people love old books.

What (or, in this case, who) inspired your career?

Mr. Mennie taught me physics. He had such a powerful impact on me. He inspired me to keep going because he made it easy to understand.

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

CHS taught me how to think and speak up for myself. CHS gave me a great liberal arts education with exposure to so many areas of academia. Crofton made me curious and passionate, two qualities which have served me very well in my life. I believe the school gave me and my peers the opportunity to be the best at whatever paths we chose.

What message would you give the girls as they look toward their futures?

Your mindset is everything. There’s nothing to be scared of, not even failure. Learn from everything that happens to you and around you. Know how you respond to failure because it will happen at some point. You can’t learn to sail in still waters.

Sonya Zeitler Fletcher ’87

Sonya is Vice President, Market Development for Forestry Innovation Investment. Born and raised in Vancouver, she has a Bachelor’s degree in modern languages (German, Spanish and Japanese) from McGill University and an MBA in International Marketing from the EU Business School (formerly European University).

When did you come to Crofton House?

I attended CHS from grades 4 to 12, arriving in 1979. I lived in Maple Ridge. My parents drove me to school each day. They were committed to giving me a CHS education.

What’s your most vivid memory of your CHS time?

When I return to campus, the memories are strong — even though the actual buildings have changed. I have two distinct memories:

  • Our drama teacher, Eve Harrison, teaching us how to enunciate and project our voices before the annual Carol Service. I thought it was over the top at the time, but it has proved to be invaluable training.
  • Working in the greenhouse with Mrs. Mackay — propagating geraniums and taking some quiet time out of a busy school day, and seeing my teacher in a very different light. Watching her do something she was passionate about was inspiring.  

What inspired your career?

I learned so much along the way, but was always open to new experiences and opportunities — there was no straight path. I have stuck to working with elements I’ve always enjoyed. I may not have known that I wanted to work in marketing, but it certainly feels right that I am involved in forestry.

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

I was exposed to many different types of people with many different perspectives. I was encouraged to speak up — and speak out. I was encouraged to strive for my best, and that didn’t necessarily mean an A+. I was taught to acknowledge milestones along my personal journey, and always to be proud of what I do and who I am.

What message would you give the girls as they look toward their futures?

Be flexible. Be open-minded about yourself and others you meet along the way. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and explore.

If you are interested in being a Lunch and Learn speaker, please contact Lydia (McNeill) Vandenberg ‘85 at
Posted by Danica on Thursday April 6, 2017 at 11:03AM
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Aumnae in the Making

Christie Gray ’17 — Irreplaceable Experience

An exceptional athlete, student and noted leader on campus, Christie’s youthful enthusiasm has served her especially well in learning first-hand about balance and time management in the Senior School. This fall, much as she did at CHS, she will continue balancing the demands of being an elite athlete with a rigorous academic program at the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University while playing for the university’s Golden Gaels soccer team.

“Education has always been a priority in my family, which is why, when given the opportunity, I was encouraged to come to CHS. When I arrived at Crofton House in grade 8, I was super excited and wanted to make the most of all the opportunities coming my way. I signed up for 10 different clubs. I wanted to be part of everything,” says Christie.

At CHS, Christie identified her passions. From her “10 clubs,” she opted to channel her energy specifically into the Ambassadors and Business clubs, field hockey and soccer. “Grade 8 was the first time I played field hockey. As it turns out, it was a major highlight when reflecting on my time at CHS.” She adds, “This season, the CHS Senior Team won the BC Provincials title. In my grade 11 year, we lost and it was discouraging. This season, on the back of that loss, the whole team was determined to win the title. It was something we were all working for, that we won together. I was part of a committed team — committed athletes, staff and coaches — and we shared that experience.” With great fondness, she says it was truly an “irreplaceable” experience.

Christie notes that playing sports has taught her that success comes with failure. “Failure happens on the sports field — and in the classroom. The important thing is that you learn from it, and that you can’t let it scare you.” She references the profound support and encouragement she received from the CHS community, and the teachers and coaches who she says created the perfect balance between encouraging success and providing support when she was faced with failure or disappointment.

Christie's journey to the Queen’s soccer pitch began at age five. She describes how, “Every day at lunch, I would play soccer with the guys and girls in my elementary school. When I got home, I would play ‘pass’ with my Dad. When he eventually got tired of passing to me, I’d carry on by myself — kicking the ball against the fence.” It was this passion for the game that led her to be selected in grade 9 to play with the grade 11s and 12s on CHS’s senior soccer team. “I remember how supportive the older players were, and now that I’m in grade 12 the roles are reversed. Throughout my time playing sports for Crofton, I’ve made lasting friendships with girls five years older and younger than me. There’s no better way to build community than playing school sports.” As assistant captain for the senior soccer and field hockey teams and her Fusion FC club team, Christie has shared her passion and perseverance with her teammates.

Christie remains grateful for the gift of education she has received at CHS. “I realize how lucky I am compared to so many other girls and boys I know,” she says, adding, “CHS truly allowed me to discover myself and my passions in an extremely supportive and interconnected community.  This experience and the Crofton House community will forever be a part of my life”
Posted by Danica on Thursday April 6, 2017 at 11:03AM
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CHS 119th Birthday and Alumnae Luncheon

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Best of the holiday season

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