Janet Ward (Cliff) Campbell’s son and daughter-in-law, Angus and Kimberly Campbell, have generously donated a full scholarship in Janet’s memory for a student entering York House from Grade 8 – 12. Janet passed away on September 14, 2016, just a year after she hosted her class of 1965’s 50th reunion at her home. It was a most memorable occasion for all. On hearing the news about the scholarship, Susan (Wootten) Jackson ’65, long-time class rep immediately responded, “That’s wonderful, Janet would be so proud!”
“I cannot think of a better way to remember and honour my mum than putting in place, in perpetuity, an avenue to alter a young woman’s life, mind and trajectory than by starting a full scholarship at York House,” said Angus. “As a member of the 1965 graduating class, Janet spoke fondly of her time there. Kimberly and I believe that my mum, who preferred to be in the background providing the canvas for others to shine, would be honoured and moved. A scholarship in her name will be affecting change and the creation of female global citizens, a perfect homage to who she was to so many.
My mother always encouraged us to give more of ourselves than we take from others. Throughout her life, she promoted life altering generosity, either by time, talent, or treasure. She donated countless hours of her days to helping others and she had a particular talent to being able to see the bigger picture. Education was first and foremost with her. She challenged everyone she knew to engage in the world around them as a Global Citizen and challenge what is possible.”
The 40th anniversary was the perfect time for the unveiling of the updated Not for Ourselves Alone Legacy Society plaque by Barbara (Sanderson) Armstrong ’55, past Foundation trustee and Lisa (Greczmiel) Roberts ’82, Alumnae Association president to reveal eighty-five members including YHS Board members, Foundation trustees, Alumnae Association executives, alumnae, YHS staff, current parents and friends.
The recognition plaque hangs above the distinctive YHS Museum & Archives display case, a gift from a three generational York House family, Margaret (Shepard) Walwyn ’55, her daughter Catharine (Walwyn) Turner and granddaughters, Megan Walwyn ’15 and Claire Turner ’17. The case enables treasured archival artifacts to be brought out and shared with the whole community. The current display, arranged by archivist and curator Susannah Smith, features York House in the 1930s including the blazer of Corinth (Eckman) Carson ’35 from the first graduating class. Be sure to take a look when walking through the Gail Ruddy foyer!
The society was founded by Barbara (Sanderson) Armstrong ’55 in 1999 to recognize donors who have made a bequest in their will or other planned gift to the YHS Foundation in support of student scholarships and the school’s future. The YHS Endowment Fund was established four decades ago and thanks to the dedication of Foundation trustees, and the generosity of our Legacy Society members and donors, the fund continues to grow.
This year, fourteen students are recipients of either full or partial scholarships.
After the unveiling, champagne glasses clinked, our very own blend of Murchie’s YHS tea served and delicate sandwiches, boarder’s fare (brown bread with butter), scones and sweets were enjoyed by all.
The best was yet to come with speakers, Caitlin Ohama-Darcus ’07, a past Foundation scholarship recipient now with Nathanson, Schachter & Thompson LLP and grade 12 student Fiona Lang ’17, the Ursula Bell scholarship recipient, who is planning to study engineering.
Fiona spoke first and expressed what being a Yorkie and scholarship student has meant to her through her experiences in the math honours, the music and computer science programs.
Caitlin began with a dictionary. “I did as most young lawyers are trained to do: start with a search for the word “legacy”…Of all the definitions, the one that stood out for me the most was this: ‘a legacy is ‘a tangible or intangible thing handed down by a predecessor or the long-lasting effect of an event or process.’
My experience as a York House student and a Foundation scholar was one of those hugely significant events – or if I think about my development as a girl and young woman, one of those many-dimensional processes, whose impact continues for me to this day. Many, many moments stand out for me from my time at the school.”
Inspired by these two amazing young women, legacy members stayed on for the Celebrate Scholars program put on by current student scholars with the chance to meet them at the reception afterwards. Each legacy member received the new gold YHS Legacy Society pin with the York rose emblem.