Homecoming 2017 Takes Place this Week
Posted September 24, 2017

You don’t want to miss this year’s Homecoming celebrations taking place from Thursday, September 28 to Sunday, October 1. With four days of fun events and entertaining activities, there promises to be something for every age and interest! Check out what’s planned and register online at

On September 28 is the 50-Year Club Luncheon honouring the Class of 1967, and on September 29 the 29th Annual Community Golf Classic followed by the 25-Year Reunion Dinner honouring the Class of 1992 takes place. Homecoming Day on September 30 will be a fun-filled day of activities and athletics games for the Appleby community and your families. Highlights include the pancake breakfast, Blue Dog pep rally, Hibberd Tennis Tournament, Kidzone activities and campus tours. Also, be sure to drop by the Blue Dog Spirit Zone hosted by the Appleby College Parents' Association for refreshments, snacks, and a photo booth with our special guest, the Blue Dog! To see photos from last year’s homecoming events, click here.

Also, for classes ending in '2' and '7', be sure to register for Saturday's Reunions Social. In 2015 we introduced a new format for the event with an emphasis on a fun and social atmosphere. In place of a sit down dinner, the Reunions Social will have a wide selection of food stations, passed food service and an open bar. Dress is cocktail attire and tickets are $40/person. Click here to purchase yours today! Curious about last year's event? Click here for photos from a previous Reunions Social.

Throughout Homecoming, the Appleby community comes together to celebrate the past, present and future. While on campus, be sure to visit the A.W.B. Alumni Centre for Athletics and Student Life Information Booth where you can see the plans and progress of the 80,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility!

Lastly, please help us to capture the day. Use hashtag #applebyhoco to share your Homecoming stories, pictures and videos on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

We look forward to seeing you and your families at Homecoming 2017!

Announcing Appleby's New Chair of the Board
Posted June 6, 2017

On behalf of Appleby College’s Board of Governors, I am pleased to announce the election of Aubrey W. Baillie ’63 as the incoming Chair of the Board. 

One of the school’s greatest champions in our history, Aubrey has served on Appleby’s Board of Governors since 1971 and is the 14th Chair in the school’s 106-year history. In fact, this is not the first time Aubrey has held the position of Appleby’s Chair of the Board as he served in the role from 1989 to 1997. Between 1997 and now, Aubrey has chaired the Appleby College Foundation Board.

“I would like to thank and acknowledge the impact of outgoing Chair Malcolm Butterfield, who demonstrated tremendous commitment and calm leadership during his seven years as Board Chair. His contribution to the school’s success and the experiences of our students over that time is deeply appreciated,” said Aubrey. Malcolm will be formally thanked at the annual Chair’s Dinner taking place this week, as well as at Closing Day Ceremonies.

Aubrey is deeply passionate about his community, and brings a wealth of experience in the areas of leadership and governance. From 1975 to 1980, Aubrey’s father, Frank W. Baillie ’31 also chaired the Board of Governors. As an Appleby alumnus, parent, and grandfather, Aubrey offers unique insight into where we’ve come from, and where we can go as one of Canada’s leading independent schools.

As Chair, Aubrey will lead the Board in furthering Appleby’s strategic initiatives and priorities, including programme innovation, the completion of the school’s new athletics and student life centre, and the commitment to grow Appleby’s financial assistance programme. We are very fortunate to have an individual with an unparalleled combination of experience and unbridled commitment once again take on this critical role at Appleby.

Supporting Aubrey as Chair will be Officers of the Board: Mark Samuel ’82 (Vice Chair), Gordon McMillan (Vice Chair), Allan Torrie (Treasurer) and William Scott (Secretary). The Board is also pleased to welcome new member and Appleby parent Janice Madon.

Please join me in thanking Malcolm for his valued contribution to Appleby as Chair and in congratulating Aubrey on his new appointment.


Innes van Nostrand

Appleby's Athletics Achievements
Posted June 6, 2017

This spring our students competed hard, taking home a number of Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA) championship titles. Congratulations to our Junior Boys' Rugby team for their performance against Crescent School, winning the championship game 19-17; to the Varsity Girls who won 17-10 against Ridley College and the Varsity Boys who beat St. Andrew’s College 7-3. The Varsity Girls' CISAA championship win is the first Division 1 Championship in school history and the CISAA wins for our Boys' Rugby teams are back-to-back championships!

In soccer, the Varsity Girls' Soccer team had an amazing season and overcame two multigoal deficits to beat Villanova College 6-5 in the final, for the school's third consecutive CISAA championship win. The Under-14 Girls’ Soccer team defeated Ridley College 2-0, becoming 2017 CISAA champions, while the Junior Girls’ Soccer team earned CISAA silver against Villanova. CISAA silver was also secured by Appleby's Varsity Girls' Softball team against Havergal College.

Our Varsity Track and Field team has caught the attention of competitors – Upper One student Immy Govan and Upper Two student Ibrahim Ayorinde captured CISAA gold in the midget girls and junior boys 100m and 200m, as well as set meet records!

Our Tennis players also finished the season strong. Senior Two student Mert Ersalman placed second in the Senior Boys’ Tennis Championships, earning a CISAA silver medal in the first Boy’s Singles category. The Under-14 Girls’ Tennis team also finished second, capturing silver. Mert, along with Senior One student Jonathan Roos and Senior Two students Alyssia Watkin and Lauren Kirigin, qualified for the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) Championships, while Senior One students Dakota Walker and Lucia Commisso only lost one match and qualified for OFSAA as second seeds.

In Senior Co-Ed Badminton the team achieved a third place tournament finish, while Upper One student Cindy Wang and Senior Two student Ealu Li won their division.

Please click here to see photos of our students on the field, track, diamond and court. Proud to be a Blue Dog!

Announcing the A.W.B. Alumni Centre for Athletics and Student Life
Posted April 6, 2017

It’s been an incredibly exciting spring at Appleby College – and it’s just the beginning!

Construction of Appleby’s new 80,000-square-foot athletics and student life space is underway. Named in honour of the A.W.B Charitable Foundation, a major donor to the project, the building is scheduled to open in late Fall 2018 and is the largest construction project in Appleby’s 106-year history.

Designed to transform Appleby’s capacity for indoor athletics and training programmes, the $32 million building will include:
• Three gyms (a double gym and a single gym that converts into a 1,000-seat auditorium for school assemblies, guest speakers and full school events)
• New cardio, yoga, spinning, workout spaces and athletic therapy clinic
• Six classrooms and additional study and group meeting spaces
• Campus room that will become a central gathering place
• Alumni reception/boardroom celebrating the school’s history and heritage
• College Shop

In celebration of the new addition to Appleby’s campus, more than 100 Appleby alumni and parents gathered together on March 27 for a special groundbreaking event held in the school’s design technology lab overlooking Tech Field, where the new building will be located. The following day, students and employees gathered together in A.W.B. formation for a very unique photo opportunity to mark the important occasion. Click here to view students and employees in action!

For more information on the A.W.B. Alumni Centre and how you can play a role in supporting the exciting initiative, I encourage you to visit

I’m also excited to share with you that we will be kicking off the second year of Appleby's Alumni Mentors Programme.

The well-received programme pairs alumni, who have either recently entered the workforce or are in their third or fourth year of study at a post-secondary institution, with an Alumni Mentor. Last year’s programme paired 68 participants representing 25 classes from around the globe. Mentoring is a great way to stay connected to the Appleby community and contribute to the success of recent Appleby alumni.

We will be accepting applications for year 2 in May 2017.

Around Campus
Posted December 7, 2017

Candlelight Carol Services

Appleby welcomed a number of its choir alumni to this year's Candlelight Carol Services to sing "The Magnificat" - an Appleby tradition that has been sung by choir at Carol Services for many years. 

Spirit Day

Posted October 4, 2017

Our first Spirit Day of the 2017 school year took place on September 18. It was a wonderful event filled with House cheers, school spirit and great energy!  Click here to see a video recap.

Opening Day 2017

Posted September 24, 2017

More than 190 new students received their new school tie at this year's Opening Day Tie Ceremony on Friday, September 8. 

Spring Fling 2017

Posted April 6, 2017

Spring Fling is less than one month away. Do you have your tickets yet? Prepare to be transported to springtime in Paris at the social event of the season. It promises to be a night filled with FUN! Dance up a storm on the dance floor; visit our casino for a game (or two); mix and mingle in the bistro while enjoying gourmet food; and bid on some amazing silent auction items. Click here to purchase tickets today.

A.W. B. Alumni Centre Live Stream
Posted April 6, 2017

The hoarding is up and the build area is now cleared for Appleby’s new 80,000-square-foot A.W.B. Alumni Centre for Athletics and Student Life. Keep up-to-date on its development by visiting the live stream

Investing in the Appleby Experience
Posted December 5, 2016 

As you may have read in the most recent issue of the Quarterly, athletics have always been a core part of the Appleby College experience. As the school has grown, and the nature of school sports has evolved, our requirements for indoor athletics space far exceed the capabilities of our current facilities. The school’s sole gymnasium, which was built in 1956 when there were only 200 students attending the school, is the same gym our 760 students, faculty and coaches use today.

 In May, I shared with the Appleby community the proposed design for the new athletics and student life space that would be located on the eastern side of the campus. It is an exciting initiative that will transform the student experience and the campus. The design includes: 

  • A high quality, FIBA qualified “double gym” which will be adjacent to new, first-class training and fitness facilities and a new home for athletic therapy
  • A third gym that converts to a 1,000 seat auditorium for whole school assemblies, parent and alumni events
  • Significant new common and academic spaces such as a large campus room and atrium, study areas, six new classrooms, College Shop, and a reception room celebrating our school history 

 The Board of Governors recognizes the need for a new athletics and student life space, but it needs to see strong and tangible philanthropic support from our community before committing to the construction of the $32 million project. 

 We cannot move forward on this much needed project without our community’s support.

 To hear firsthand about the importance of this initiative and the role our community will need to play to make it happen, please click on the video box below for an important message from alumnus, past parent and former Chair of the Board of Governors, Aubrey Baillie ’63.

 Together, we can transform the Appleby campus, but it will take the support of our whole community. For more information and to learn about the various ways you and your family can support the build of Appleby’s new athletics and student life space please contact Rebecca Llewellyn, director, development at


Innes van Nostrand


Happy December - It's Great to be Back!
Posted December 5, 2016 

Having recently returned to Appleby after welcoming our daughter Ivy last March to the Ford family, it’s great to be back and I look forward to connecting with many of you over the coming weeks at the various alumni festivities we have planned!

Are you ready for some healthy competition with old friends? Well, get ready to lace up your skates. The Alumni Hockey Tournament will take place on Friday, December 16. Join us in the J.S. Gairdner Arena for a fun-filled day of Canada’s favourite sport. For more information and to register, please visit the website.

Appleby’s Alumni Holiday Social will take place Thursday, December 22 at Tavolo in Oakville at 8:00 p.m. Hosted at a new venue this year, this event is a great opportunity to reconnect with alumni. Don’t forget to register for this popular evening, click here for more details.

An annual event that’s not to be missed is the Christmas Eve Service in the John Bell Chapel on Saturday, December 24 at 10:00 p.m. Alumni and their families are welcome to join us as we honour various cultural traditions. To RSVP, click here.

Looking ahead to 2017, plans are also underway for next summer’s Temagami Retreat which will take place from July 13-16, 2017. More details will be shared in future issues of Alumni Ties and the Quarterly.

Finally, thank you to those who have signed up to participate in Appleby’s Mentorship Program. The response we have received has been wonderful. For anyone interested in participating in the program as a Mentor or Mentee, online application forms remain open. For more information and to apply, please click here.

Happy Holidays!

Caitlin Ford
Director, Alumni Relations


Remembrance Day Service



On Thursday, November 10,  Appleby had the privilege to host alumni and special guests at our Remembrance Day services, as we gathered together as a community to reflect on the meaning of sacrifice and service.



Homecoming 2016 a Great Success

Posted October 18, 2016

It was wonderful to welcome the many alumni and alumni parents who returned to campus for this year’s Homecoming which took place from September 29 to October 2.

Over 90 student and employee volunteers greeted more than 800 guests to campus during the weekend which kicked off with Appleby’s 28th annual community golf classic on Thursday. Despite the blustery weather, Blue Dog spirit was high as alumni reconnected on the greens and during the reception and dinner afterwards.

Members of the 50-Year Club and other visiting alumni returned to campus on the Friday to attend the Founder’s Day Chapel service in the morning followed by the 50-Year Club Luncheon at the Principal’s Residence. Later that evening, the 25-Year Reunion Dinner was extremely well attended. Members of the Class of 1991 enjoyed reminiscing during cocktails and continued to enjoy each other’s company during dinner at the Principal’s Residence.

Saturday’s Homecoming Day festivities were great fun for all. From the delicious Pancake Breakfast, to the lively Blue Dog Pep Rally, the Welcome Home Barbecue and the Alumni vs. Alumni Soccer Game. Later that evening alumni from the classes ending in ‘6’ and ‘1’ reconnected during the Reunions Social, while alumnae joined the ‘Originals’ cocktail reception in honour of Appleby’s 25 years of co-education.

Be sure to click on the Alumni Event Photo Gallery below for images! Also, look out for a special fall issue of the Quarterly for more Homecoming details and an exciting announcement on the upcoming transformation of Appleby’s campus that you can help become a reality.

Alva Winston-Troubetzkoy
Interim Director, Alumni Relations


Spirit Day

Posted October 18, 2016


What better way to kick off the beginning of a new school year than with a Spirit Day! Students displayed their House pride on September 19.  Click here to view gallery.


May Alumni Ties Trivia

Posted October 18, 2016

Question: Appleby’s longest running publication. What is the official meaning behind its name?     
Answer: The name Argus has two meanings; first it represents the ancient Greek mythological character ‘Argus’ who had one hundred eyes. Secondly, ‘Argus’ was Ulysses faithful hound.  
Explanation: The original editors of the yearbook chose the name Argus to embody the classical virtues of steadfastness and loyalty. 

Announcing Two Exciting New Initiatives

Posted May 6, 2016

At Appleby College, we are proud of our history of innovation and our commitment to enhancing the educational experience of our students. Today, in addition to a series of program improvements, there are two priorities that stand out as transformative.

Please click here to view a message from Innes van Nostrand, Principal, on the importance of these two initiatives and the role our alumni community can play to make them a reality.


Arts Week 2016

Posted May 6, 2016


The varied and diverse artistic talents of Appleby students were on full display during this year’s annual Arts Week which took place April 25 to 29. A variety of spectacular performances and exhibits encompassing music, theatre, dance, literature, art and more were showcased, including unique collaborations with a selection of co-curriculars and clubs displaying the full breadth of the Arts at Appleby. Click here to view gallery.


April Alumni Ties Trivia

Posted May 6, 2016

Question: Name the theme of the first Round Square conference hosted by Appleby College.     
Answer: Power of One  
Explanation: Appleby hosted the 33rd international Round Square Conference named “Power of One” from September 29 to October 5, 2000. The conference saw 400 delegates and dignitaries including Round Square patron Prince Andrew, The Duke of York and King Constantine of Greece and Prince Alexander of Schleswig-Holstein.


Celebrate Homecoming 2016 with the Reunion Giving Challenge!

Posted April 13, 2016

Attention classes ending in ‘1’ and ‘6’ – this is your year to celebrate, and what better way to honour your reunion year than participating in The Appleby Fund’s Reunion Giving Challenge.

All you need to do is contribute to The Appleby Fund. Every size of gift is appreciated and your contribution will demonstrate your commitment towards ensuring Appleby remains one of the leading Canadian independent schools for generations to come.

Classes that raise the most money and have the highest percentage of participation by Thursday, September 29 will be listed on the Reunion Giving plaque, joining the likes of last year's winners The 50-Year Club and the Class of 1980! You will also be invited to a special cocktail party hosted at the Principal’s Residence on Homecoming weekend which will be taking place from Thursday, September 29 to Sunday, October 2.

A charitable tax receipt will be issued for all eligible donations. To make a donation visit

Of course, there will be a variety of opportunities for you to reconnect with former classmates and renew your Class spirit over the four-day Homecoming celebration. From the 28th Annual Community Golf Classic to the always fun Reunions Social, and the many Homecoming Day activities planned for you and your family. Online registration is now open!

We look forward to celebrating with you at Homecoming 2016!

Alva Winston-Troubetzkoy
Interim Director, Alumni Relations


Appleby's All-School Play Had Audiences Cheering!

Posted April 13, 2016


On February 23 and 24, over 50 Appleby students and employees entertained audiences with their performances in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts. The classic musical also featured 80 members of the Oakville Children’s Chorus as part of the overall performance company. Please click here to see images from the show.


February Alumni Ties Trivia

Posted April 13, 2016

Question: Name the individual who introduced Dramatic Arts into Appleby’s curriculum.     
Answer: Deborah Sewell  
Explanation: Deborah Sewell began teaching English and Drama at the school in the fall of 1991. The Dramatic Arts program started in the black box classroom in the Nicholas Arts Centre. During Sewell’s time as a drama teacher, students participated in drama festivals and she directed the senior school dramatic productions. Her first performance was Grease.


Registration is Open for the 2016 Temagami Retreat

Posted February 2, 2016

Winter may have just started, but we’re already thinking about summer! From Thursday, July 14 to Sunday, July 17, Appleby alumni, alumni parents, faculty, former faculty and their guests are invited to participate in the second annual Appleby College Temagami Retreat. If you’re interested in joining your fellow alumni for a weekend you’ll never forget, be sure to register early as space is limited to 40 adults. 

The group will travel to the S. Bruce McLaughlin Northern Campus for four days and three nights, and participate in activities including hiking, canoeing, fishing, cooking demonstrations and stand up paddle boarding. Healthy, home-cooked meals will be prepared by our own private chef, Caitlin Iten-Scott ’04 of Le Cordon Vert Cuisine, and accommodations will be provided in rustic but fully serviced cabins.

Last summer’s retreat was an incredible weekend of reconnecting and new experiences, click here to see photos. If you’re thinking of attending this year, please visit the website for more information and to register.

You don’t want to miss out on the fun!

Caitlin Ford
Director, Alumni Relations

Upper School Cabaret

Posted February 3, 2016



Appleby’s Upper School Cabaret took place on January 21. Students from all performing arts courses presented an enjoyable evening of music, dance and drama to the Appleby community, and selected work from the Upper School Visual Arts classes was on display throughout the school.

December Alumni Ties Trivia
Posted February 3, 2016

Question: Name the individual who taught Appleby's elementary grades.    
Answer: Marion Chamberlain  
Explanation: As one of the first female faculty members at Appleby, Marion Chamberlain taught the elementary grades, Forms II and III (grades four, five and lower) for 23 years, from 1948 to 1970. 

Alumni in the Spotlight
Posted December 11, 2015

As we prepare to welcome a New Year, I want to take a moment to thank the Appleby College alumni community for sharing your stories and accomplishments with us. It’s a great pleasure to receive alumni updates and I’d like to share a few recent achievements:

John McKenna ’86 was named Mississauga Board Of Trade’s 2015 Business Person of the Year for his extensive industry and community involvement over his 22 years as the CEO of Mississauga's McKenna Logistics Centre.

Appleby’s first female Head Prefect, Gillian Hnatiw ’95, recently received a 2015 Lexpert Rising Star award for Leading Lawyers under 40. Gillian is currently a Partner at Lerners LLP in Toronto.  

Ryan Little ’99 is the Ivey Emerging Leader in Global Impact 2015 Award recipient. A graduate of Western University’s Ivey Business School, Ryan currently leads the social finance practice at the BMW Foundation.

Harrison Reilly ’12 was also recently recognized with the Ivey Emerging Student Leadership Award for his participation in numerous charitable initiatives in the London community, including his involvement on Western’s Charity Orientation Team and work with Dignitas International.

Please join me in congratulating your fellow Appleby alumni and be sure to share your own successes so that we can celebrate with you. Simply submit a Class Notes by clicking on the following link.

I look forward to celebrating the holiday season with local alumni at this year’s Alumni Holiday Social on Friday, December 18 and at Appleby’s annual Christmas Eve service on Thursday, December 24 in the John Bell Chapel. For additional details on these and other events planned for 2016 please visit

Happy holidays!

Caitlin Ford
Director, Alumni Relations
Ph. (905) 845-4681 


October Alumni Ties Trivia

Posted December 11, 2015

Question: Judy Warrington was a leader in coordinating both the exchange and Round Square programs at Appleby.  What subject did Warrington teach?    
Answer: French  
Explanation: Judy Warrington taught French from 1988 to 1999.  She introduced the custom of celebrating le cuisine de Paris et les beverages pour ton classe. Many Students had the opportunity to experience new culture because of her leadership in the exchange and Round Square program. 

Annual Candlelight Carol Services
Posted December 11, 2015


The John Bell Chapel was beautifully decorated by the Chapel Guild for this year’s Candlelight Carol Services which took place on November 26, 27, 28 and 29. A long-standing school tradition, the services were well attended by members of the Appleby community and featured beautiful seasonal music performed by Appleby's Chapel Choir and the story of the Nativity. Guests also joined in the singing of some favourite Christmas carols and celebrated afterwards with refreshments in the Schlesinger Dining Hall.


Reconnecting alumni - From Homecoming to Temagami
Posted October 19, 2015

Homecoming 2015 was a resounding success thanks to the more than 1,000 members of the Appleby community who visited the campus over the course of Homecoming Weekend. This year’s festivities got underway on Friday, October 2 as members of the 50-year Club gathered at the Principal’s residence for lunch with Innes van Nostrand, Principal and members of Appleby’s current Faculty. The event was a huge success as friendships were renewed and stories of both the past and present were shared. Later on that evening members of the Class of 1990 assembled in the Samuel Academic Resource Centre for their 25-Year Reunion Dinner. It was wonderful to see so many faces back on campus and the evening was filled with fun and laughter as classmates remembered their years at the school. On Saturday, October 3 Appleby’s spirit was on full display as alumni, students, alumni parents and grandparents, parents, employees and friends enjoyed a day full of activities from the delicious Pancake Breakfast, to the Blue Dog Pep Rally, the Welcome Home Barbecue, the Principal's Concession Stand and the special Appleby Archives Exhibit.  Later that evening alumni from the classes ending in '0' and '5' reconnected during the Reunions Social with guests enjoying the celebratory evening's new cocktail party format. 

Alumni also had an opportunity to reconnect at this year's first annual Appleby College Temagami Retreat. From July 23 to July 26, more than 20 alumni travelled to the S. Bruce McLaughlin Northern Campus where they had an amazing time reliving some of their fondest northward bound memories while participating in activities including hiking, canoeing, fishing and stand-up paddle boarding. Thank you to Caitlin Iten-Scott '04 (Le Cordon Vert Cuisine) who prepared the meals, trip leader and faculty member Doug Stamper, and Darren Smith '05 (Lake of Bays Brewery) for sponsoring the Retreat. 

As well, thank you to the members of our alumni executive committee, specifically those in attendance, Mark Sarraino ’95 and Natasha Racco ’09, for their support. It was an incredible weekend of reconnecting and making new memories. Dates for the 2016 Temagami Retreat have been set with online registration opening in January 2016. Mark your calendars for Thursday, July 14 through Sunday, July 17, 2016 and be sure to register early.  Space is limited to 40 adults. If you have any questions or if you are interested in attending please contact me at or 905-845-4681, ext. 131.

I look forward to seeing you soon!

Caitlin Ford
Director, Alumni Relations
Ph. (905) 845-4681 

Click here for Homecoming 2015 photographs>>

Click here for Temagami Retreat 2015 photographs>>

It's a new school year!
Posted October 19, 2015


A long-standing Appleby tradition, approximately 160 new students received their school tie at this year’s Opening Day Tie Ceremony which took place in the John Bell Chapel on Monday, September 14. Innes van Nostrand, Principal and Katrina Samson, Head of School, presented Appleby’s newest students with their tie which was met with applause from their peers.



Homecoming 2015 - Save the Date!

Posted June 8, 2015

While finalizing your summer plans don’t forget to add Homecoming 2015 to your calendar - taking place Friday, October 2 to Saturday, October 3.

We’ve organized a number of exciting events for Appleby alumni (and your families) to enjoy. While Homecoming favourites such as the 25-Year Reunion, Welcome Home Barbecue, Athletics Games and the popular Alumni vs. Alumni Soccer Game will continue to take place, outlined below is a snapshot of some of the new activities planned:

  • 50-Year Club Campus Tour – an exclusive tour for members of Appleby’s 50-Year Club hosted by Tracey Krause, archivist.
  • Appleby College Archives Exhibit – take a step back in time as you visit the archives exhibit featuring unique Appleby memorabilia.
  • Hibberd Tennis Tournament – A friendly mixed doubles competition welcoming all skill levels.
  • Alumni vs. Alumni Hockey Game – Grab your skates and join fellow alumni for a fun game of ice hockey.
  • Principal’s Presentation – Join Innes van Nostrand, Principal, as he shares details on Appleby’s five-year strategic plan.
  • Reunions Social – Celebrating a reunion year? Graduating classes ending in ‘5’ and ‘0’, in addition to members of the 50-Year Club, are invited to the Reunions Social – a fun new take on what was previously the Reunions Dinner.

For additional information on all Homecoming 2015 events and to register please visit Be sure to check back often as updates are posted over the coming months.

Spirit Day

Posted June 8, 2015 


The Blue Dog spirit was in full force on Monday, May 25 as students celebrated the final Spirit Day of the 2014-2015 academic year. The all-school assembly was a sea of red, green, blue, yellow and silver as students donned their House colours and with great enthusiasm belted out their House cheers.

April Alumni Ties Trivia
Posted June 8, 2015


In 2002, English classes saw a dramatic innovation within their classrooms. What physical object was introduced that shaped this change? 



The "Harkness" table



The Harkness table was introduced to facilitate conversational learning, shifting the focus from telling to sharing. This concept was founded in 1930 at New Hampshire’s Phillips Exeter Academy, where oil magnate and philanthropist Edward S. Harkness donated a large oval, wooden table. 


A Closer Look at Appleby College - A Message from the President of the Alumni Association, Mark Sarraino '95

Posted April 16, 2015

As President of the Appleby College Alumni Association Executive Committee, I serve as a member of the school’s Board of Governors. Over the past year I’ve gained great insight into Appleby’s operations, and the team of individuals committed to ensuring that today's students have the same opportunities to grow and learn as we did while attending Appleby. 

One of the common questions that I’m often asked by alumni is why the school needs to additional financial support given the amount of today’s tuition. It’s an understandable question, and you may be surprised to know (if you didn’t already) that Appleby was incorporated in 1911 as a not-for-profit organization and today is a registered charitable organization.

To help the Appleby community better understand the structure of Appleby, and how the school’s finances work, the school has produced an informative document which I encourage you to review, “A Closer Look at Appleby College”. I’m confident that the information will answer many of the questions you may have about your alma mater.

I would encourage you to contact me or our Director of Alumni Relations, Caitlin Ford (,  if you’d like to discuss this document in more detail or any other aspect of Appleby’s alumni relations program.


Mark Sarraino ’95
Appleby College Alumni Association Executive Committee


Appleby College Alumni Retreat: Temagami 2015

Posted April 16, 2015

In our recent alumni survey, many indicated the S. Bruce McLaughlin Northern Campus in Temagami as their most memorable Appleby experience.

Now is your opportunity to relive the adventure with a few more comforts from home. This summer, gather a group of former classmates and join fellow Appleby alumni, and former faculty for the Alumni Retreat: Temagami 2015 taking place from Thursday, July 23 to Sunday, July 26.

For complete retreat details including the weekend itinerary, accommodations and online registration, visit the website at

Middle Eastern Luncheon
Posted April 16, 2015


On March 30 Appleby’s Middle Eastern Club, along with Arabic Studies students, their parents and faculty member Mireille Maalouf, hosted a Middle Eastern lunch at Appleby. Stations included: traditional cuisine, Arabic trivia games, a Dabke performance, henna artist, photo booth and a sweets and Arabic coffee station. 



It’s been an exciting start to the New Year for alumnus Scott Zabielski ’97
Posted February 17, 2015

If you don’t happen to know Appleby alumnus Scott Zabielski ’97, but did tune in to this year’s Super Bowl game, then you’re sure to have seen his latest commercial “Middle Seat”– which took the grand prize in the 2015 Doritos Super Bowl advertisement competition.

Currently living in California, Scott is the director and executive producer of the popular Comedy Central show, Tosh.0. He learned about the Doritos competition just days before the final deadline and decided to enter the contest. Working with a $2,000 budget, calling in favours from family and friends to act as extras, and approximately four hours of shooting time, “Middle Seat” made its way up the ranks over 4,900 other entries, earning the most votes of all the finalists.

Scott, who is originally from Chicago, joined Appleby in Grade 11 when his dad started working at Manulife in Toronto. With an interest in pursuing film and television Scott was given the opportunity to gain some practical experience while attending Appleby, helping develop the school’s first TV station alongside then English teacher David Boyd (now retired).

“The school was very supportive of me,” shared Scott. “And it was fantastic to see that support continue through the votes “Middle Seat” received from the Appleby community.”

In addition to receiving a cheque for $1 million, Scott also secured a one-year contract with Universal Pictures included as part of the grand prize. He now plans to pursue a career in feature films.

To view “Middle Seat” please click here.

With notes from The Oakville Beaver and The Washington Post.

Appleby Events
Posted February 17, 2015

Members of the Appleby Community are encouraged to mark their calendars for one, some, or all, of the amazing events planned over the coming months.

Join us for an informative evening on leadership and character building as subject-matter expert panelists address important issues facing professional athletes today, such as overcoming adversity, discrimination, and injury. This Athletics Panel Presentation will take place at Appleby on Monday, March 2 at 6:00 p.m. Click here to register.

Throughout the spring a number of regional events and receptions have been planned for Collingwood, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Calgary and Vancouver. If you happen to reside in or nearby those cities be sure to look out for an invitation via e-mail. In the meantime, if you have recently moved or changed your e-mail address please send us an update at so you don’t miss out on event related news!

Over the next few weeks you’ll be hearing more about Appleby’s biennial Spring Fling which will be held on Saturday, May 9. The event is a fun evening complete with delicious food, beverages and unique entertainment. We encourage all members of the Appleby Community to gather some friends together and join us for a great night. Tickets are on sale now and all proceeds will go to support Appleby’s financial assistance programme and the expansion of a new indoor athletics facility. For complete Spring Fling event details and online ticket sales, visit

Of course, you don’t want to miss the Appleby College Community Golf Classic taking place at the prestigious Glen Abbey Golf Club on Saturday, May 30. Early bird registration is available now until Monday, March 30. Register online at

To keep up-to-date on all Appleby events be sure to visit  


A Closer Look at Appleby College
Posted February 17, 2015


A Closer Look at Appleby College seeks to answer questions you may have about the structure and finances of Appleby College.
We invite you to watch the informative video above. For additional details regarding how Appleby’s educational experience is funded, please 
click here


Upper School Cabaret
Posted February 17, 2015

Appleby’s Upper School performing arts students presented an outstanding Upper School Cabaret on Thursday, January 22. Parents, employees and friends were treated to an entertaining evening of music, dance and drama. Selected work from the Upper School Visual Arts classes was also on display.


Career Day Gives Middle School Students a Peek into the Future
Posted December 15, 2014

On December 9, more than 100 of Appleby’s Middle One and Two students participated in Middle School Career Day as part of the school’s Learning Explorations Assessment Foundations (LEAF) program.

Students visited various alumni and parents at their place of employment (in the Greater Toronto Area) for a half-day of job shadowing.

Very special thanks to Mark Hubner ’06 (Baffin), Tory Lovekin (Zimmerman) ’96 (The Hospital for Sick Children), John McKenna ’86 (McKenna Logistics Centre), Jamie Dawick ’92 (Toronto Rock), Dr. Brett Warren ’91 (Oakville Animal Clinic), Dr. Matthew Croskery (Oak Park Animal Hospital), Jas Brar ’98 (Entripy Custom Clothing), Ben Lamarche (Lock Search Group) and Dr. Roman Melnyk (The Hospital for Sick Children) who generously shared their time with students, giving them a tour of their respective companies and providing advice on how to determine their own career paths.

“I was so pleased by the students’ enthusiasm and interest while we walked and talked through the halls of SickKids,” shared Tory Lovekin ’96. “Though only in grade 7, each student possessed a confidence and excitement for the future, and exhibited a genuine optimism about all they will experience on the road to an eventual career. This was clearly reflected in their interesting questions and the thoughtful discussions we had with those met along our tour - including me! It was a privilege to share my journey with them, and I wish them all the best as they move through life.”

Alumni interested in volunteering for next year’s Middle School Career Day are encouraged to contact Caitlin Ford, director, alumni relations at


Appleby’s Alumni Family Scholarship
Posted December 9, 2014

For many people, attending Appleby College is a family tradition. We are extremely proud to welcome the children of our alumni and offer the Alumni Family Scholarship.

The Alumni Family Scholarship is available to the children of Appleby alumni who have been successfully admitted into the school. In addition to being recognized as an Alumni Family Scholar, recipients of the Alumni Family Scholarship also receive a one-time award of $5,000 to be applied against the school’s Enrolment Fee.

All children of Appleby alumni, regardless of citizenship or country of residence, are eligible to receive the scholarship. Recipients are also eligible to apply for financial assistance as well as other merit based scholarships. However, if awarded a scholarship of lesser, equal or greater monetary value they will need to forgo the monetary award of either the Alumni Family Scholarship or the other scholarship. They will continue to be recognized as an Alumni Family Scholar.

For more information on the Alumni Family Scholarship please contact Matt Sheridan-Jonah, Executive Director, Admissions at


Appleby Remembers
Posted December 9, 2014

Members of the Appleby community gathered together on Tuesday, November 11 as two Remembrance Day Services were held in the John Bell Chapel. Appleby alumnus Lieutenant Curran Egan ’08 gave the service’s address, a poignant remembrance of those who fought to ensure our freedom. Following the Act of Remembrance, student representatives from Powell’s Colley, Walker, Baillie and Nightingale Houses laid memorial wreaths in the Chapel.

October Alumni Ties Trivia
Posted December 9, 2014

Question: Appleby's first Walkathon was held on May 22, 1969 and raised $2,800 in support of Oxfam Canada. Under the tenure of which Headmaster did this annual charity begin?    
Answer: Headmaster Ned Larsen  
Explanation: Ned Larsen served as Appleby's fourth Headmaster from 1968 to 1980.  He encouraged the formation of a student council to empower and develop student leaders.  It was the 1968-69 student council that proposed Appleby's first Walkathon charity event.


A Homecoming to Remember!
Posted October 21, 2014

On September 26 and 27, the Appleby community came together to celebrate the past and present during Homecoming 2014.  Over 200 student, faculty and staff volunteers, welcomed more than 800 guests to campus over the course of the two days!  Members of the Appleby community attended and participated in an unprecedented number of events and activities which made Homecoming 2014 a weekend to remember.  

Members of the 50-Year Club and other visiting alumni returned to campus on the Friday to attend the Founder’s Day Chapel service in the morning followed by the 50-Year Club Luncheon at the Principal’s Residence.  To share the words of visiting alumnus, Robert Fleming ’43, “It was a treat to revisit Appleby and to find that our school of yesteryear, which my brother and I so much enjoyed, has morphed into a sparkling new campus without losing any of that wonderful feeling from the past.”

The 25-Year Reunion Dinner was extremely well attended. Members of the Class of 1989 returned to campus on the Friday evening, following a casual day of golf on the greens at Piper’s Heath. The night began with cocktails in the Samuel Academic Resource Centre followed by dinner at the Principal’s Residence. Alumni and alumni faculty in attendance, Brian O’Leary, John Berriman, Sandra Taylor, Jennifer Neal, Willie and John Canham, enjoyed what was a “truly special occasion, full of shared memories and laughter.”

Mother Nature provided nothing but blue skies and sunshine on Saturday for Homecoming Day and it was great to see the Appleby spirit on display throughout the day as alumni, parents, students, alumni parents and grandparents, employees and friends of Appleby enjoyed the festivities – from the delicious Pancake Breakfast, to Appleby’s first-ever Blue Dog Pep Rally, the Welcome Home Barbecue and the Alumni Concession Stand. Later that evening alumni from the classes ending in ‘4’ and ‘9’ reconnected during the Reunions Dinner.   

Homecoming 2014 Photo Collection
To view photos from the various events,
 click here. Also, look for a feature article Homecoming 2014 in the upcoming issue of the Quarterly magazine due out later this Fall.


Homecoming 2015
Posted October 22, 2014

SAVE THE DATES – Friday, October 2 and Saturday, October 3, 2015 for Homecoming 2015. Classes ending in ‘5’ and ‘0’, it’s your turn to celebrate!  Mark your calendars to save the date and plan ahead – this is a weekend you won’t want to miss!


Take part in Appleby College's ConnectEd Program and Breakfast Sessions
Posted October 21, 2014

We hope all of you are enjoying a wonderful Fall!  As you know, it means a lot to us to have our alumni, alumni parents, alumni faculty and staff remain connected to our school as it continues to evolve, especially as you were so instrumental in shaping it while you were here.

We would like to continue to offer you opportunities to stay involved, and to that end we are pleased to announce the launch of the 2014/15 ConnectEd program.

ConnectEd courses are open to all adult members of our community and offer a great opportunity for you to reconnect with Appleby.  With a number of exciting sessions taking place this fall, ConnectEd is designed to suit a variety of interests and schedules. Come back to the campus and learn something new, or build on an existing interest through access to our talented faculty, administration, and extensive facilities.

Please click here to view the full course guide for the 2014-2015 ConnectEd program. We encourage you to register early and come out to enjoy the ConnectEd experience. You will make new contacts, join old friends, and have a great time learning together. 

Also, be sure to sign-up for one or all of Appleby’s upcoming Breakfast Club sessions presented by members of the Senior Administrative Team.  Presenters will talk about the school’s strategic initiatives and their roles within the school, in addition to the topics outlined below.  Coffee and light breakfast will be served.  All breakfast sessions take place from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. in the Raymond Massey Reading Room.

  • The Global Leadership Diploma, Wednesday, January 28, Presenter: Rob McGuiness
  • Academics at Appleby, Wednesday, April 15, Presenter: Fraser Grant ‘87
  • The Residential Life Advantage, Wednesday, May 20, Presenter: Tom Karcz

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Appleby campus!

Questions? Please contact:
Ellen Palmer, Director, Parent Relations or
Caitlin Ford, Director, Alumni Relations 



Appleby's Annual Walkathon a Great Success
Posted October 21, 2014


The wind was chilly, but the energy along this year’s Walkathon route kept the runners and walkers moving, and in the process, Appleby's Community raised more than $61,000 (so far) for Kerr Street Ministries, Oakville Community Foundation and the Oakville Hospital Foundation. Congratulations to our top finishers in the student - overall male category: Dan Devlin ’15 (1:31:36). In the student - overall female category: Hayley Suchanek ’15 (1:33:09). Also, congratulations to the overall adult male finishers: Carlos Heleno (1:28:05) and the adult - overall female finishers: Andy Jelinek (1:48:22).


September Alumni Ties Trivia
Posted October 21, 2014

Question: Appleby’s football program ended in the fall of 2004 after a 93-year tradition. Name the remaining original team sport from 1911.    
Answer: Hockey  
Explanation: The three original teams sports were football (ended 2004), hockey, and cricket (ended 1992).

Powell's House Participates in Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

Posted on July 9, 2014

On May 31, the boys of Powell's House volunteered at the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event in support of ARMAGH House. This event is a playful opportunity for men to raise awareness in their community about the serious causes, effects and remediation to violence against women. Each of the students played a vital role in set up, take down, cheering and spreading awareness.    


Cleveland Rocks!

Posted on July 9, 2014


From May 16 to 19, 33 students and three faculty members travelled to Cleveland for a music/residential life cultural exploration. The group went to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland Zoo and House of Blues on the first day of the trip, in addition to a guided bus tour of other Cleveland landmarks. Students spent most of Saturday at Cedar Point Amusement Park on the roller coasters before boarding the bus for the journey home. Everyone had a great time visiting this great city, the home of Rock and Roll.



Varsity Girls' Rubgy team takes home gold

Posted on July 9, 2014


The Varsity Girls’ Rugby team capped off an amazing season capturing gold on May 23 against Hillfield Strathallan College. The final score was 36 – 12. This is the first Conference of Independent School Athletic Association (CISAA) championship title for Appleby’s girls’ rugby program.


Alumni Ties Trivia

Posted on July 9, 2014

Question: What was the name of Appleby’s first gala auction?    
Answer: The Phantom of the Auction  
Explanation: The Phantom of the Auction held on June 1, 1990 and raised over $325,000 to help build a new Student Health Centre on campus.


April Alumni Ties Trivia

Posted on May, 23, 2014

Thank you to David Moore, Mike Rickards '88, Curran Egan '08, William Green '59, Rob Wilkie '67 and Richard Haynes for submitting the correct answer!

Question: The Raymond Massey Reading Room is named in honour of one of the school’s most noted alums. What was his profession?    
Answer: Actor  
Explanation: Raymond Massey was best remembered for his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln in both the stage and film versions of Robert Sherwood’s Abe Lincoln in Illinois. He was among the first Canadian-born actors to attain international recognition.


The Importance of Community

Posted on May, 23, 2014

Alumni play an extremely important role at Appleby College and we are very fortunate to have such strong relationships with many of you. It’s always a pleasure to see familiar and friendly faces back on campus and the school is especially looking forward to welcoming alumni to this year’s Homecoming festivities. For those celebrating a reunion year, it’s a wonderful time to reconnect and reminisce with your classmates, and return to the very place that first brought you together.

In the upcoming months, you’ll hear more about how you can support the school and give back in a meaningful way. The Appleby Fund is a great way to show your support for the school and participate in a cause that makes a difference. Visit: or watch for our new giving campaign in the upcoming weeks.

Recently, Innes van Nostrand, Principal, had the opportunity to sit down with various alumni to learn more about their Appleby experience and the positive impact the Appleby community has had on their lives.


Upper Two Service Day

Posted on May, 23, 2014

This year marked the sixth annual Upper Two Service Day. Each year all of Appleby's Upper Two students, their advisors and a group of Senior One student leaders go into the local community to "Work hard. Get dirty and make change." On May 1 Appleby partnered with Evergreen (a national not-for-profit environmental organization) and the Town of Oakville to continue the efforts Appleby students have worked on over the past three years at South Shell Park. This park is an important stopping over point for migratory songbirds as they return to their breeding grounds in the spring. Appleby students have planted native trees, shrubs, grasses and perennials to provide food and shelter for wildlife. The day also included a series of team challenges in which the advisor groups competed for the coveted 'Green Cup'.


Posted on May, 23, 2014

On April 25, Guitarfest was held in Willis Hall. There were many performances from the Monday and Thursday Guitar Clubs as well as guest appearances by faculty and Appleby Rocks!

Varsity Girls' Tennis

Posted on May, 23, 2014

On May 6, Senior Two students Laura Jabbour and Mathilda Tear won gold in girls doubles at the University of Toronto High School Tennis Invitational at the Rexall Centre in Toronto. They currently remain undefeated in the Canadian Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA) season play.

March Alumni Ties Trivia

Posted on April, 12, 2014

Question: This multi-media event carried the omen "beware of the ideas of March". Name the production.      
Answer: Caesar: A Multimedia Event   
Explanation: Produced and directed by former faculty member David Boyd, the production incorporated live and recorded video montages to tell the tale of Caesar, a battle-scarred news anchor. The multimedia event was performed to sold-out audiences at the Mississauga's Living Arts Centre, April 14 and 15, 2005.

Don't Miss La Noche de Fuego - The Night of Fire, Taking place May 10

Posted on April, 12, 2014

Appleby's La Noche de Fuego - The Night of Fire is less than four weeks away! Please start making plans now - there's so much to do: you'll need the right gown and shoes (or the tuxedo has to go to the dry-cleaners)! On Saturday, May 10, we're going to have a wonderful party with amazing music and spectacular dance performances. You'll also have the opportunity to bid on a variety of exciting (silent and live) auction items. Interested in a Paris shopping experience, tickets for a championship sporting event or an amazing holiday villa in Portugal? There will be a great choice of options on the night of. 

This is an important fundraising event for Appleby, so while you'll be having a great evening you will also be helping the School. Proceeds from the Gala will support both the School's Financial Assistance programme and the expansion of a new indoor athletics and performance facility. Click here to purchase your tickets today!

For additional information regarding sponsorship opportunities or to donate an item for auction, please visit or contact Ashley Le Roux, manager, events at or 905-845-4681 ext. 168.

We look forward to celebrating La Noche de Fuego with you! 

P.S. Purchase your gown for the gala at BY TOCCA, located in downtown Oakville, and 10 per cent of the purchase price of all gowns sold to wear at the gala will be donated to Appleby. Simply mention that you are a member of the Appleby community shopping for the event. BY TOCCA is located at 342 Lakeshore Road East. Visit for further information.


Don't Forget to Complete Appleby's Alumni Survey

Posted on April, 12, 2014

Thank you to the over 450 Alumni who have gone in and completed the Alumni Survey. We really appreciate your taking the time to share with us your thoughts and ideas on the school and your student experience. If you haven’t had the opportunity to complete the survey please do so today! The best way to ensure Appleby is meeting the needs and expectations of our community is to get your perspective on how we are doing. The survey should take about 20 minutes to complete and it can be accessed by clicking on the links in the email you received from Innes van Nostrand, Principal at the end of February.

If you didn’t happen to receive the initial email invitation or the reminders and would like to participate please contact Danielle St John ’08 at


Congratulations to the Varsity Boys' Hockey Team on a Silver Medal!

Posted on April, 12, 2014

The Varsity Boys' Hockey team entered this year's OFSAA A/AA tournament as a distinct underdog. Ranked 8th going into the tournament, the team finished the round-robin portion with a record of 3-0-1 finishing in first place in Pool F. In the quarter-finals the team defeated St. Charles College of Sudbury 3-0 and then Haliburton Highlands Secondary School 4-1 in the semi-finals to earn a spot in the gold medal game against the tournament's number one seed, London South Collegiate Institute. The boys played well in the March 21 championship game but fell short of victory losing to London South Collegiate Institute 6-0. Congratulations to the boys on a tremendous tournament!

Congratulations to the Varsity Girls' Hockey Team on their Bronze Medal!

Posted on April, 12, 2014

On March 20, the Varsity Girls' Hockey Team played in the OFSAA championships and took home the bronze medal defeating St. Theresa (Belleville) 3-2. Congratulations to the girls on a very successful season!

International Service trip to Morocco

Posted on April, 12, 2014

Over the March Break a group of Appleby students and faculty participated in an international service trip to Morocco. The students primarily worked at Jiahna Primary School outside of Rabat, constructing cement walkways between classroom buildings and re-plastering and painting. Each day, students had Arabic lessons, learning Darija - the Moroccan Arabic dialect, enjoyed traditional Moroccan tea and practiced their new language skills with the local students. During their stay in Morocco, the students got to partake in a variety of cultural experiences. Students also volunteered coaching sports at a centre for street-children through the ANSEP Association.

Appleby Students Visit Peru for International Service Project 

Posted on April, 12, 2014

Over the March Break 18 enthusiastic and hardworking students, along with faculty members David Costello, Danielle Kindree and Rebecca MacDonald, travelled to Urubamba, Peru on an International Service Project. During their stay, students had the opportunity to participate in the local healthy homes project facilitated by partner Pro World Peru. This project consisted of three distinct service elements; building clean burning stoves, making and distributing water filters and constructing patio walkways. Throughout the service project, students worked to improve rural families' homes to help prevent sickness and provide healthier living conditions. They also visited local ruins (Saxsaywoman, Pisac and Ollantaytambo) all showcasing the rich history between the Inca and Spanish people. The unanimous highlight for the group was the mid-break trip to Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.


El Salvador International Service Project 

Posted on April, 12, 2014

Eleven Appleby students participated in an International Service Project with Habitat for Humanity in El Salvador over the March Break. Before starting their project work, the group spent time learning about the country. During the first week they completed a home for a family; the group raised and leveled the floors inside, installed sidewalks and painted. After a mid-project break, the students started construction of the home for a second family. There was lots of cement mixing, cinder block moving and digging involved. A very successful project was had by all.


Appleby Students Travel to Mongolia 

Posted on April, 12, 2014

Over the March Break, Appleby students completed an International Service Trip to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The group worked at the state orphanage and taught children English, renovated a room to be used as a carpentry classroom and painted a fence. On their last day at the orphanage, the students performed a show they had prepared over the course of the two weeks with the children. The group also had an opportunity to salsa dance, sing karaoke, visit a family in the Yurt District and visit Genghis Kahn statues.

Science Students Complete Work in Amazon Rain Forest 

Posted on April, 12, 2014

During the March Break, faculty members Han Chau and Tosh MacFarlane led 12 senior students on a science expedition, organized by Operation Wallacea, to the Peruvian area of the Amazon rain forest. The group completed field work which included counting indigenous species; pink and grey dolphin, fish (piranha), caiman, bats, Macaws, monkeys and other forest animals. The results of the group's effort will be used to determine if the stewardship of this protected area of the Amazon is sustainable, and to see if climate change is having an effect on the animal populations in this area. The group was highly praised by the organizers of the study for their effort, cooperation and the great attitude they showed towards gathering the information needed during their field work.


International Service Project in Ecuador 

Posted on April, 12, 2014

From March 8-21 a group of 14 Appleby students and faculty members Matthew Rudisi and Laura Hale participated in an International Service Project in Ecuador. They travelled to Ecuador's largest city, Guayaquil, and worked in the small coastal village of Las Tunas. Students helped community members clear a local mangrove forest and construct informative signs in hopes of creating tourism revenue for the community. One of the cultural highlights was the opportunity to live with local Ecuadorian families for nine days in the small communities of Las Tunas and Puerto Rico.


February Alumni Ties Trivia

Posted on March, 8, 2014

Congratulations to Luisa Hubner, Glenn Dickens '74, and Stuart McLaughlin '78 for submitting the correct answer!

Question: For the past 40 years, Appleby's swimming program has seen great successes in winning many championships. Name the faculty member who established the swimming program.    
Answer: John Berriman  
Explanation: The swimming program was established in 1973-74 under Coach John Berriman, who oversaw this program until the early 1990s.


Congratulations to Appleby alumna Brianne Jenner '09

Posted on March 8, 2014

While some sports commentators have described the February 20th gold medal game between the Canadian and US Women's Olympic Hockey Teams as a "Game for the Ages," Brianne Jenner '09 will be sure to never forget how she kick-started Canada’s comeback with a goal at 3:26 of the third period, helping secure Team Canada’s fourth consecutive women’s hockey gold (and neither will the viewers). Brianne, who called the victory the thrill of her life, was one of the more noticeable Canadian forwards in the third period and saw 15:19 of ice time in the final game.

The second-youngest member of Team Canada, Brianne is currently studying Arts and Sciences at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and is a member of Cornell’s Big Red Women’s Ice Hockey team. She received her third career nomination as a top-10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award presented annually to the top women’s college ice hockey player in the U.S. She was also named the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference and Ivy League player of the year in 2013, and was the Ivy League rookie of the year in 2011.

While attending Appleby, Brianne represented Ontario at the National Under-18 Championships and helped secure three national championships as a four-time member of the Ontario Under-18 team. At age 17 Brianne was playing in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. In fact, at 18 years of age, Brianne was the youngest of 26 players invited to the Canadian Women’s Hockey team training camp in preparation for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. She also played on the Canadian Under-22 National Team, bringing home a gold medal at the 2010 MLP Cup. In 2011, Brianne was named to the Senior National Women’s team for the 2011 Four Nations Cup and helped secure a silver medal win. In 2012, Brianne made the National Team and played in the IIHF World Women’s Championship – helping secure gold.

“Having played for four years with the Blue Dogs and attending Appleby prepared me well for life today,” said Brianne. “The experience inspired me to focus on my dream and reach for it.”

With notes from “Brianne Jenner turns tide as Canada strikes gold” By Jon Kuiperij, published in the Oakville Beaver, Thursday, February 20, 2014 and “Appleby alumna Brianne Jenner ’09 Reaches for her Dream”, Alumni Ties, November 2012.


Don't Forget to Complete Appleby's Alumni Survey

Posted on March 8, 2014

Be sure to take some time today to participate in Appleby’s Alumni Survey – if you haven’t already done so. The survey, which was distributed to Alumni via email last week, should take about 20 minutes to complete and the results will help us to define our priorities for the future. The best way to ensure Appleby is meeting the needs and expectations of our community is to get your perspective on how we are doing. We encourage you to provide us with your insights and perspectives on the School and your Appleby experience.

If you didn’t happen to receive the survey and would like to participate please contact Danielle St John ’08 at


Appleby's All-School Play, Leader of the Pack, Had Audiences Cheering! 

Posted on March 8, 2014

On February 25 and 26, approximately 75 students and staff entertained audiences with performances of Leader of the Pack. The story of singer/songwriter Ellie Greenwich who helped shape the sound of 1960s Rock and Roll, Leader of the Pack included songs such as “River Deep”, “Mountain High”, “Chapel of Love”, “Be my Baby and Da Do Ron Ron”. Congratulations on a fantastic show!


Appleby's Swim Team are CISAA Champions!  

Posted on March 8, 2014

On February 26, Appleby's Swim Team won the Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA) championships held at the University of Toronto Athletic Centre. Congratulations to the team and good luck to the 18 Appleby swimmers who qualified for events at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) Championship March 4 and 5 at The Wayne Gretzky Centre in Brantford.

Complete OFSAA results can be found here.


Holocaust Survivor Mr. Elly Gotz Speaks to Upper Two Students

Posted on March 8, 2014

On February 20, Appleby had the privilege to welcome Holocaust survivor Mr. Elly Gotz, who spoke to Upper Two Canadian History and World Religion students. He gave a moving account of his experiences living and surviving as a youth, first in the Kaunus Ghetto (Lithuania) and then at Dachau Concentration Camp. He held his audience spellbound. Mr. Gotz concluded his presentation by urging students to work towards building communities of reconciliation and forgiveness throughout their lives, and to pursue their passions.


Life in a Day at Appleby College

Posted on March 8, 2014

On February 20, students and faculty members at Appleby College were asked to film 5-10 seconds of their day at Appleby. The result is a compilation of arts, sports, birthdays, dancing, classes, club, co-curricular, boarding life, gold medal goals and so much more. Congratulations to the 2013-2014 Prefects who put together this great video:


Appleby's 2014 Gala - La Noche de Fuego- The Night of Fire

Posted on March 8, 2014

Pulsing rhythms, spirited dancing and sumptuous food are just a few of the many delights guests can look forward to at La Noche de Fuego - The Night of Fire, taking place on Saturday, May 10. Gala Co-Directors Baillie Howard and Maham Malik, along with an incredible committee of volunteers, have been busy planning the Latin-inspired evening, from the rich and colourful decor, to the spectacular entertainment and live and silent auctions featuring a variety of extaordinary items. Guests can also look forward to a menu of flavourful cuisine, not to mention a few special surprises! You may purchase your tickets today by visiting


Continuing the Appleby Legacy

Posted on February 11, 2014

On Monday, December 2, more than 20 Appleby students gathered together for a very special photo opportunity outside of the Memorial Classroom Building. While they range in age and come from various backgrounds, they each share something in common - their fathers also attended Appleby. Joining students for the commemorative photo was Innes van Nostrand, Principal, along with faculty members Paul Shields, Dave Suchanek '78, Tosh Macfarlane, Don Stewart and Fraser Grant '87, Head of School (Interim).

It's always a joy to meet students whose parent(s) also attended Appleby,” said Iain McMullan, chief advancement officer. “When alumni decide to continue their Appleby legacy by enrolling their own children at the School, it’s a testament to their belief in the Appleby experience.”

Alumni considering an Appleby education for their children are encouraged to contact Matt Sheridan-Jonah, executive director, admissions at to learn more about Appleby’s Alumni Family Scholarship. Recipients of the Alumni Family Scholarship will receive a one-time award of $5,000 to be applied against the school’s Enrolment Fee.

Students Alumni
Ryann and Danielle Barr
Spencer and Benjamin Edgecombe
Madeline Grant
Jackson Hayward
William, Jack and Josie Jelinek
Jack McKenna
William Moffat
Mary-Laure New
Liam and Emma Owen
Grace and James Phippen
Hayley Suchanek
Austin Valentini
Justin Verdon
William Yates
Alina Droge
Mark Barr '84
Geoffrey Edgecombe '85
Fraser Grant '87
John Hayward '80
Nick Jelinek '87
John McKenna '86
Lang Moffat '78
John New '83
Hugh Owen '83
Gordon Phippen '82
David Suchanek '78
Vince Valentini '88
John Verdon '87
Glen Yates '81
Gerry Droge '74


Alumni 101

Posted on February 11, 2014

One of the most popular components of Appleby’s groundbreaking Learning Explorations Assessment Foundations program (LEAF) is Alumni 101. An engaging experience, supported by Appleby alumni and parents, designed to help Middle School students better understand what it means to work in certain professions.

On December 10, more than 50 Middle School students visited various alumni and parents at their place of employment (in the Greater Toronto Area) for a half-day of job shadowing. Special thanks to Nick Jelinek ’87 (Infield Marketing Group), Dr. Robert Saunders (Oakville Hygiene Management), Dr. Dan Dumont (Sunnybrooke Health Sciences Centre), Dr. Brett Warren ’91 (Oakville Animal Clinic), Mary Ellen Carlyle (Dome Productions), Dr. Graeme Hibberd (Hibberd Orthodontics), Rocky Racco (TTI Travel), Andrew Jackson (Laing O’Rourke), Dianne Craig (Ford Canada) and Dr. Matthew Croskery (Oakpark Pet Hospital). Students also greatly enjoyed hearing from Alumni and learning how their Appleby education opened their eyes to the numerous career possibilities that are available to them in the future.

Alumni interested in participating in next year’s Alumni 101 should contact Danielle St John ’08, director, alumni relations (interim) at 905-845-4681 ext. 131 or email


Constituency Survey

Posted on February 11, 2014

Later this month as part of a community wide effort, alumni will be invited to participate in an online constituency survey. The survey is designed to provide the School with insights and perspectives on the Appleby experience. We encourage you to take the time to respond as your participation will help us to better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the School’s program. We look forward to your responses.


Do you still have your graduating class photo?

Posted on February 11, 2014

Outlined below are the class years for which we do not have photos on file. If you happen to be an alumni who graduated from one of the years listed below and still have a copy of your graduating class / composite photo we’d love to hear from you:

Composite photos from 1990-1993, 1998, 2001, 2005, 2007-2008, 2010 to present.
Graduating class photos from 1954-1956, 1958-1959, 1960s, 1970s, 1980-1985.

Please forward photos to:
Appleby College, 540 Lakeshore Road West, Oakville, ON L6K 3P1
Attention: Tracey Krause, Archivist

Please indicate whether or not you wish to have the photo returned to you or if you would like to donate it to the Archives’ collection. In the event that you would like the photo returned, please include a return address and contact name.
Should you have any questions or would like additional information please contact Tracey Krause, Archivist at or 905-845-4681 ext. 128.


Future Directions

Posted on November 5, 2013

By Innes van Nostrand, Principal

Quality in schools is a function of great people and a deliberate, thoughtful commitment to improvement. Appleby has become well known nationally for innovation and program quality, and we plan to build upon that tradition as we undertake a series of initiatives this year.

Later this academic year, we will be outlining a process for developing the next strategic plan for Appleby and the process will include significant consultation with members of the Appleby community. As well, later this year, we will be undertaking a number of constituency surveys to understand the views of the Appleby community, and how well we are meeting expectations of the key stakeholder groups.

While we develop the longer term roadmap for our future, we will also be looking at three specific areas starting this year: athletics, spirituality, mental health and wellness.

Athletics is a key component of the Appleby experience as it develops physical fitness, athletic skills, school pride, teamwork and a sense of fair play. A comprehensive review of the program and breadth of activities offered is being launched. As part of the review, a survey will be distributed to the Appleby community and a series of community consultations will also be held in the coming weeks. Marg Hagey, assistant head of school, co-curricular programs, will be leading this review.

As many of you know, Reverend Canon Robert Lennox has announced his retirement at the end of this school year after 25 years of valued service as Appleby's Chaplain. Through his chaplaincy work with hundreds of Appleby students over the years and his dedicated pastoral care, Canon Bob has made an indelible contribution to the life of the Appleby community.  Through the many weddings and baptisms he has presided over he has greatly enriched the lives of Appleby alumni and their families.  In preparation for the search to find Canon Lennox's successor, and in order to ensure that we are clear about what we are looking for in this important role, we will be reviewing our approach to the moral and spiritual formation of our students and the role of the chapel program in community life at Appleby. Reverend Canon Dr. Tim Elliott has agreed to assist the school with facilitating this review and would welcome your input at or  Or, if you would like to share your thoughts with Tom Karcz, assistant head of school, community life, he can be reached at or at 905-845-4681 ext. 332.

Finally, there is an emerging and improved understanding in the education sector and society more broadly of the importance of mental, emotional, social and psychological well-being of young people. While we already do much in this area, later in 2013/14, we will start a dialogue about this subject and how we can best support students in ways that address specific needs, as well as promoting happiness, resiliency and coping skills. Tom Karcz will also be leading this process.

Additional details regarding these reviews will be shared in future issues of the Quarterly. We will also be soliciting feedback and input from the Appleby community in the weeks and months ahead and your participation is strongly encouraged and welcome.


Campus Life - Upper One Intercultural Trips, 2013-2014

Posted on August 6, 2013

The upcoming school year will see the third year of the Upper One Intercultural Trip experiential education program, building on the success of trips to Thailand, India and China.

The program contributes to students' education by fostering international community, and providing intercultural education, and is a core component of the Appleby College Diploma with Distinction in Global Leadership.

During the 2013-2014 school year destinations will include return trips to Thailand, China and India, as well as a new program in Bali.

During each of these trips, students will study and experience multiple facets of the local culture, including history, the arts, religion, language and how it has evolved to adapt to the local environment and globalization.


Your Middle School Days?

Posted March 3, 2013

For those of you who attended Appleby College for Middle School, much has changed since you last walked down the halls of the Memorial Classroom Building. While you may not have realized it at the time, as they say hindsight is 20-20, Appleby’s Middle School program was a foundation for your future success. As Phil MacKenzie ’05 said when recently asked about his Middle School experience, “it encouraged me to embrace leadership opportunities and discover what I am passionate about.”

Today’s Middle School students continue to be encouraged to explore, discover and embrace what they’re most passionate about. The introduction in December 2011 of Appley’s Learning Explorations Assessment Foundations program or LEAF for short is an example of how Appleby continues to lead the way in innovative approaches to teaching. As part of LEAF, our alumni have played an important role in providing Middle School students with unique learning opportunities. Without our alumni’s support, initiatives like the Alumni 101 career day would not be possible. This past December over 100 Middle School students experienced what it was like to work in a variety of different professions and industries, from an animal clinic with Alumni Brett Warren ’91 to learning about green energy thanks to Alison Deslongchamps ’03 of Bullfrog Power.

“Career Day was amazing,” said Josie Jelinek, Middle One student and daughter of alumnus Nick Jelinek ’87. “It helped me realize how important it is to find a job that you enjoy.”

To learn more about Appleby’s Middle School program, please click here or if you feel Appleby’s Middle School program may be a good fit for your son or daughter please contact Sarah Scandrett by clicking here or calling 905-845-4681 ext. 249. To learn about Appleby’s Alumni Family Scholarship please email Appleby Admissions.

2012 Alumni Holiday Social