Dear 5 Tee 8s!

We are happy to announce at last our 55th reunion fundraising projects and to invite you to two events.

After much consultation, we’ve elected to target funds towards two of Trinity’s highest priorities – one partially green, and one unseen - with the ambitious goal of donating a total of $55,000 in celebration of our 55th reunion.

Some of us can barely remember, though Bob Langlois at least always did, that on graduation our class began an entrance scholarship fund. The first humble donations from us, the new grads, have been found in the recently recovered, bursar’s handwritten ledger – resurrected from the archives. (We hope privacy rules allow us to display the page at the reunion!) The scholarship was first granted in 1980 and since then has been awarded to just 17 Trinity students, including two or three 5T8 offspring. The current assets of the fund are approximately $16,000, which allows the registrar’s office to grant a $1,000 admission scholarship every other year.  The same registrar’s office reports that in our current economy, financial support to students is desperately needed.  As part of our 55th reunion, we hope to strengthen the established scholarship base by contributing $15,000, with the goal of granting an admission scholarship to one new Trinity student every single year.

Secondly, our reunion committee agreed that as we did five years ago, we should partner with the students, so that anything we do is linked to a project the students support too, potentially doubling the impact of our effort - although in this case we hope to be doubling the impact of their leadership role.

As some of us know, Trinity College has embarked on a remarkable restoration of Strachan Hall and a renovation of the kitchen and servery.  The huge combined cost is over $4 million, and the current students of Trinity College have committed an unbelievable $300,000 of their own funds towards this capital project. In response to the students’ philanthropic gesture, we hope our class will raise another $40,000 in support of this new Strachan Hall complex.  There are several “green” elements here: “student-inputted” food bins, LED lights, Energy Star appliances, induction cooktops, ceiling fans, and a system that captures and recycles heat from the kitchen. So we’re still on an environmentally friendly track and helping to reduce climate change.

That’s the Ask.  Now the Invite, to two special 5T8 55th Reunion events - a reception at St. Hilda’s on Friday, May 31 from 5 to 7 for drinks and appetizers and the opportunity to climb to the second floor to see how green our roof is and what’s blooming.  And an 11:30 brunch on Sunday, June 2 at the home of ever-kind Helen and John Shaw, at 122 Roxborough Street West, to enjoy their garden again.

With fond memories of five years ago, and high hopes,

Michael de Pencier, Jamie Goodwin, Nancy Graham, Ruth Grier, Bill Hanna,

Winsor Pepall, Helen Shaw and Ann Wainwright



Friday, May 31, 2013

9:30  to 11:30 a.m    . University of Toronto Chancellor's Circle Medal Ceremony for 3T8, 4T3, 4T8, 5T3 & 5T8. The University of Toronto awards medals to members of these honoured years.  Convocation Hall. Invitation to the ceremony comes from the University.
5  - 7 p.m. 5T8 Cocktail Reception with Viewing of the Green Roof. Come see how well the Green Roof is flourishing.Drinks, appetizers and the opportunity to see what's blooming. $20/person. Rigby Room and Green Roof, St. Hilda's College.


Saturday, June 1, 2013

11:30 a.m.                 St. Hilda's Reception & Luncheon. Reception and full lunch with wine. Tanya Heath-Brimont, 9T3 will talk about Inventive Inspiration and Building a Business of Shoes. $25/person.  Melinda Seaman Dining Hall, St. Hilda’s College. 
2 p.m.    Alumni Association Annual General Meeting & "Come Back to the Classroom."  Find out about the activities of your alumni association and changes at the College. Followed by a lecture by Trinity Fellow, Prof. Sali Tagliamonte, Department of Linguistics on The Ontario Dialects Project: Why Does Language Change and How? George Ignatieff Theatre.
2 – 6 p.m.  Archives Exhibit. Divinity Common Room. A unique opportunity to see some fascinating items from the Trinity Archives -- you may even see yourself!
3:45 p.m. Rare Books in the Graham Library. Linda Corman, Nicholls Librarian, will present Three Centuries of Flora and Fauna in the Rare Book Collections of the John W. Graham Library. Meet in the Saunderson Rare Books Room, John W. Graham Library. 
4:15 p.m. Rehearsal for Evensong. John Tuttle, Director of Music, invites anyone interested to take part in a rehearsal and then sing for Evensong at 5:30 p.m.  All years are invited. Meet in the Chapel.
4:15 – 5:15 p.m.         Afternoon Tea. The Provost’s Lodge. The classes of 3T8, 4T3, 4T8, 5T3 and 5T8 are invited to Afternoon Tea with Provost Andy Orchard.
5:30 p.m. Evensong. Trinity College Chapel.
6 – 8:30 p.m. The Garden Party. Strachan Hall and the Quadrangle.
Fabulous buffet-style food stations provide a light dinner with international hot and cold entrees, cheeses, and desserts. A chance for all years to get together in the newly restored Strachan Hall. Not to be missed! Rain or shine. $25/person. Cash bar.


Sunday, June 2, 2013

11:30 a.m.                 5T8 Brunch at Helen & John Shaw's Home. Address and directions will be provided upon registrarion. $40/person

Spouses and partners are welcome at all functions. 


Accommodation for men and women is available at Trinity and St. Hilda’s College.  Come into residence if you can.  We have a Reunion rate of $50 per night, single occupancy.  If you want to book a residence room please e-mail: alumni@trinity.utoronto.ca  or reply on the enclosed form.