Weston Collegiate Institute celebrates 160th anniversary

Community Oct 11, 2017 by Cynthia Reason York Guardian

Jane Ross and Lesley Bannard walk down the Hall of Memories at Weston Collegiate Institute, pondering over the decade-by-decade photo displays that document their alma mater’s rich history.

Around the corner from the black-and-white renderings of Weston’s 1913 school building, photo collages showcasing a vibrant school community fill the entire hallway – football teams and military bands from the ’50s; cheerleaders, glee clubs and prom pictures from the ’20s and ’30s; and a tribute to Weston veterans who fought in the Second World War from the ’40s.

While Bannard slows to point out her pink-clad figure amongst a W-shaped sea of students in a 2007 school portrait, Ross reminisces over lifelong friendships with classmates pictured amongst the images from the ’70s.

Both Weston grads, the mother-daughter duo play active roles in the Weston Collegiate Alumni Foundation that is currently planning a 160th anniversary reunion for the circa-1857 high school – the second oldest in Toronto, after Jarvis Collegiate.

“We’re even older than Canada,” laughed Ross, a WCI Class of ’76 alumnus and treasurer of the alumni foundation. “Our first reunion (in this school building) was for our 125th anniversary, then we had one for the 140th and we’ve had them every five years since.”

For this year’s 160th anniversary reunion – which will take place Oct. 13 to 15 – organizers have arranged a full weekend of activities, starting with a Friday afternoon football game that will see the Weston Ironmen take on their longtime rivals from East York at 2 p.m. on the WCI field, 100 Pine St.

The festivities will continue on Saturday, Oct. 14 with a WCI staff brunch at 11 a.m., followed by an alumni tea (from 1 to 3 p.m.) and pub reunion (1 to 5 p.m.) at the school.

The reunion weekend wraps up on Sunday, Oct. 15 with an alumni hockey game at Weston Lions Arena, 2125 Lawrence Ave. W., at 12:45 p.m.

Ross said organizers are expecting upwards of 400 WCI alumni to this year’s reunion, which is open to all.

As vice-president of the Class of 1952’s student council, 84-year-old Orlando Martini said he’s looking forward to catching up with old WCI classmates he hasn’t seen in more than half a century.

“Seeing old school mates that were around in my era is going to be the highlight for me,” said Martini, the founding president of the Weston Collegiate Alumni Foundation. “There’s one young lady coming in from Gatineau who was a year ahead of me at school – and I haven’t seen her for over 50 years.”

Back in his day, Martini said Weston boasted a number of different programs – an academic stream for students who planned to go on to university, a commercial program “for the young ladies who wanted to become a secretary,” and a vocational department where they taught such programs as motor mechanics, machine shop, electrical, plumbing and other trades.

“We were a composite school, so we attracted a great number of students from other areas that had to be bused in,” he said.

Dana (Dobson) Winder was one of those students.

The Class of 1953 grad used to bus in from her family’s dairy in Nobleton to take typing, short-hand, bookkeeping and math courses under WCI’s commercial program.

While she’s already part of an alumni ladies group that meets up at a yearly luncheon, she said she’s hoping to reunite with other former classmates she hasn’t seen in years at WCI’s 160th festivities.

“I’m hoping it’s a good turnout,” she said. “It really is a great school. I loved going there.”

As president of Weston CI's alumni foundation, Bannard hopes more classmates from her more recent graduating class will also see fit to attend the reunion.

“I’m really hoping that my generation comes back for our 10-year reunion. All the grads from the ’50s to ’70s are more than happy to walk back in the doors, and we’re starting to see more of the ’80s and ’90s grads, too – but we really want the 2000s students to get involved,” she said. “This school community is phenomenal and we want to celebrate that.”

For more information about WCI’s 160th anniversary reunion, go to www.alumni.westonci.ca



Weston Collegiate Institute celebrates 160th anniversary

Reunion festivities slated for Oct. 13-15 weekend

Community Oct 11, 2017 by Cynthia Reason York Guardian

Jane Ross and Lesley Bannard walk down the Hall of Memories at Weston Collegiate Institute, pondering over the decade-by-decade photo displays that document their alma mater’s rich history.

Around the corner from the black-and-white renderings of Weston’s 1913 school building, photo collages showcasing a vibrant school community fill the entire hallway – football teams and military bands from the ’50s; cheerleaders, glee clubs and prom pictures from the ’20s and ’30s; and a tribute to Weston veterans who fought in the Second World War from the ’40s.

While Bannard slows to point out her pink-clad figure amongst a W-shaped sea of students in a 2007 school portrait, Ross reminisces over lifelong friendships with classmates pictured amongst the images from the ’70s.

Both Weston grads, the mother-daughter duo play active roles in the Weston Collegiate Alumni Foundation that is currently planning a 160th anniversary reunion for the circa-1857 high school – the second oldest in Toronto, after Jarvis Collegiate.

“We’re even older than Canada,” laughed Ross, a WCI Class of ’76 alumnus and treasurer of the alumni foundation. “Our first reunion (in this school building) was for our 125th anniversary, then we had one for the 140th and we’ve had them every five years since.”

For this year’s 160th anniversary reunion – which will take place Oct. 13 to 15 – organizers have arranged a full weekend of activities, starting with a Friday afternoon football game that will see the Weston Ironmen take on their longtime rivals from East York at 2 p.m. on the WCI field, 100 Pine St.

The festivities will continue on Saturday, Oct. 14 with a WCI staff brunch at 11 a.m., followed by an alumni tea (from 1 to 3 p.m.) and pub reunion (1 to 5 p.m.) at the school.

The reunion weekend wraps up on Sunday, Oct. 15 with an alumni hockey game at Weston Lions Arena, 2125 Lawrence Ave. W., at 12:45 p.m.

Ross said organizers are expecting upwards of 400 WCI alumni to this year’s reunion, which is open to all.

As vice-president of the Class of 1952’s student council, 84-year-old Orlando Martini said he’s looking forward to catching up with old WCI classmates he hasn’t seen in more than half a century.

“Seeing old school mates that were around in my era is going to be the highlight for me,” said Martini, the founding president of the Weston Collegiate Alumni Foundation. “There’s one young lady coming in from Gatineau who was a year ahead of me at school – and I haven’t seen her for over 50 years.”

Back in his day, Martini said Weston boasted a number of different programs – an academic stream for students who planned to go on to university, a commercial program “for the young ladies who wanted to become a secretary,” and a vocational department where they taught such programs as motor mechanics, machine shop, electrical, plumbing and other trades.

“We were a composite school, so we attracted a great number of students from other areas that had to be bused in,” he said.

Dana (Dobson) Winder was one of those students.

The Class of 1953 grad used to bus in from her family’s dairy in Nobleton to take typing, short-hand, bookkeeping and math courses under WCI’s commercial program.

While she’s already part of an alumni ladies group that meets up at a yearly luncheon, she said she’s hoping to reunite with other former classmates she hasn’t seen in years at WCI’s 160th festivities.

“I’m hoping it’s a good turnout,” she said. “It really is a great school. I loved going there.”

As president of Weston CI's alumni foundation, Bannard hopes more classmates from her more recent graduating class will also see fit to attend the reunion.

“I’m really hoping that my generation comes back for our 10-year reunion. All the grads from the ’50s to ’70s are more than happy to walk back in the doors, and we’re starting to see more of the ’80s and ’90s grads, too – but we really want the 2000s students to get involved,” she said. “This school community is phenomenal and we want to celebrate that.”

For more information about WCI’s 160th anniversary reunion, go to www.alumni.westonci.ca



Weston Collegiate Institute celebrates 160th anniversary

Reunion festivities slated for Oct. 13-15 weekend

Community Oct 11, 2017 by Cynthia Reason York Guardian

Jane Ross and Lesley Bannard walk down the Hall of Memories at Weston Collegiate Institute, pondering over the decade-by-decade photo displays that document their alma mater’s rich history.

Around the corner from the black-and-white renderings of Weston’s 1913 school building, photo collages showcasing a vibrant school community fill the entire hallway – football teams and military bands from the ’50s; cheerleaders, glee clubs and prom pictures from the ’20s and ’30s; and a tribute to Weston veterans who fought in the Second World War from the ’40s.

While Bannard slows to point out her pink-clad figure amongst a W-shaped sea of students in a 2007 school portrait, Ross reminisces over lifelong friendships with classmates pictured amongst the images from the ’70s.

Both Weston grads, the mother-daughter duo play active roles in the Weston Collegiate Alumni Foundation that is currently planning a 160th anniversary reunion for the circa-1857 high school – the second oldest in Toronto, after Jarvis Collegiate.

“We’re even older than Canada,” laughed Ross, a WCI Class of ’76 alumnus and treasurer of the alumni foundation. “Our first reunion (in this school building) was for our 125th anniversary, then we had one for the 140th and we’ve had them every five years since.”

For this year’s 160th anniversary reunion – which will take place Oct. 13 to 15 – organizers have arranged a full weekend of activities, starting with a Friday afternoon football game that will see the Weston Ironmen take on their longtime rivals from East York at 2 p.m. on the WCI field, 100 Pine St.

The festivities will continue on Saturday, Oct. 14 with a WCI staff brunch at 11 a.m., followed by an alumni tea (from 1 to 3 p.m.) and pub reunion (1 to 5 p.m.) at the school.

The reunion weekend wraps up on Sunday, Oct. 15 with an alumni hockey game at Weston Lions Arena, 2125 Lawrence Ave. W., at 12:45 p.m.

Ross said organizers are expecting upwards of 400 WCI alumni to this year’s reunion, which is open to all.

As vice-president of the Class of 1952’s student council, 84-year-old Orlando Martini said he’s looking forward to catching up with old WCI classmates he hasn’t seen in more than half a century.

“Seeing old school mates that were around in my era is going to be the highlight for me,” said Martini, the founding president of the Weston Collegiate Alumni Foundation. “There’s one young lady coming in from Gatineau who was a year ahead of me at school – and I haven’t seen her for over 50 years.”

Back in his day, Martini said Weston boasted a number of different programs – an academic stream for students who planned to go on to university, a commercial program “for the young ladies who wanted to become a secretary,” and a vocational department where they taught such programs as motor mechanics, machine shop, electrical, plumbing and other trades.

“We were a composite school, so we attracted a great number of students from other areas that had to be bused in,” he said.

Dana (Dobson) Winder was one of those students.

The Class of 1953 grad used to bus in from her family’s dairy in Nobleton to take typing, short-hand, bookkeeping and math courses under WCI’s commercial program.

While she’s already part of an alumni ladies group that meets up at a yearly luncheon, she said she’s hoping to reunite with other former classmates she hasn’t seen in years at WCI’s 160th festivities.

“I’m hoping it’s a good turnout,” she said. “It really is a great school. I loved going there.”

As president of Weston CI's alumni foundation, Bannard hopes more classmates from her more recent graduating class will also see fit to attend the reunion.

“I’m really hoping that my generation comes back for our 10-year reunion. All the grads from the ’50s to ’70s are more than happy to walk back in the doors, and we’re starting to see more of the ’80s and ’90s grads, too – but we really want the 2000s students to get involved,” she said. “This school community is phenomenal and we want to celebrate that.”

For more information about WCI’s 160th anniversary reunion, go to www.alumni.westonci.ca