At St. George’s we are united by a common goal of providing a progressive, student-centred education within a spirited, engaging, creative and cooperative environment. It’s an environment that nurtures compassion and social-mindedness - our student body and alumni network is overwhelmingly made up of highly engaged volunteers, fundraisers and community organizers whose dedication to making a difference is downright contagious. Giving is an important part of our culture, and St. George’s would not be the school that it is today without the generosity of our supporters.
Director of Advancement and Communications
Our educators, administrators and support staff strive to empower St. George’s students through transformative learning experiences, both in the classroom and beyond. And through the generosity of friends like you, we are able to make those aspirations a reality. Access to innovative resources and support for meaningful programs and projects are what give us the power to cultivate an environment that challenges, engages and inspires.
We ask you to consider your role in nurturing the fulfillment of individual potential and the formation of original, independent, resilient, generous, and critical thinkers. We invite you to join us in our commitment to continuous growth by directing a gift to the area or initiative of your choice.
Designated Giving funds are created to target specific objectives or areas of need. Many of these have been established in the name of member of our community who had a profound impact on our school and its students, and serve as a channel for preserving that legacy. By giving to one of our named funds, you can support St. George’s vibrant future while paying homage to our storied past.
As the result of a long and meaningful relationship between The Sala Family and St. George's School of Montreal, The Lilian Sala Fund was established in 1985 by Rick Sala on the passing of his mother Lilian.
The purpose of this Fund is to enable deserving students to attend St. George’s from Kindergarten to Grade 11. Preference shall be given to students who have demonstrated significant creative/academic abilities or potential and could not attend St. George’s without financial assistance.
The purpose of the Fund was expanded at the time of the passing of Rick Sala's father Ernst Sala in 2004, to include Faculty Professional Development.
Because of the Lilian Sala Fund, many deserving students have been given the opportunity to attend St. George’s. As well, many teachers have been provided with opportunities to enhance their skills in the best practices of child-centred teaching and learning, which remain the core of our educational mission.
On the occasion of their grandson’s graduation in 2003, Nan & Jack Wiseman were so pleased with the philosophy of St. George’s and the opportunities offered to its students, that they marked this milestone year by making a gift to the school in memory of Matthew and Zachary’s great-grandparents, Molly and Maurie Wiseman. This legacy donation will help ensure that in the future a St. George’s education will be available to as many deserving candidates as possible.
The Gilbert Plaw Fund was established on the occasion of his retirement in 2000 to recognize his outstanding contribution to St. George’s School of Montreal and his commitment to providing a unique educational opportunity to as many students as possible. The Gilbert Plaw Fund provides additional funding to students who are already on our fee reduction program thus further enabling deserving students to attend St. George’s School of Montreal.
During his 32 years at St. George’s, Serge Rousseau championed language instruction and made the French culture an integral part of the St. George’s curriculum. He has been described as a great pedagogue and a true innovator, one who constantly looked for ways to improve the French program at St. George’s School of Montreal.
Ces fonds nous permettent de continuer à développer et à explorer de nouvelles opportunités linguistiques et culturelles.
Agnes Matthews was the school’s second Principal and for the 28 years between 1935 and 1963, her vision, dedication and foresight created the blueprint for curriculum and student life at St. George’s. The school still receives positive feedback and anecdotes from her former students.
Miss Matthews was granted the degree of Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, by McGill University at the time of her retirement from St. George's School. This degree was conferred on her in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the progressive education movement in Montreal.
This fund benefits mission-appropriate students whose families may not have the financial means to provide them with a St. George’s education.
John Plant was a Music teacher, director and musician at St. George’s for 29 years. Legions of pirates and princesses, Geisha girls and London Bobbies have crossed the stage under his inspired direction.
This fund was established through the generous support of parents, alumni and faculty; the purpose of which is to support the on-going development of the music program at St. George’s School of Montreal.
This fund was established in memory of St. George’s Grad, Jaclyn Linetsky ‘03, who died tragically in a car accident at the tender age of 17. As the voice of Caillou, Jaclyn entertained hundreds of thousands of children the world over. Amongst her other accomplishments, she was also the lead female in the television show “15/Love” which aired in over 72 countries.
Her name on our Performing Arts Program ensures that Jaclyn’s force and character will always be remembered and that she will continue to be an inspiration for generations of St. George’s students.
Donations to this fund are used to further enrich the Performing Arts Program at St. George’s School of Montreal.
Mrs. Lewis began her career at our elementary school in 1979 as the Grade 4/5 homeroom teacher. Her appointment as Director in 1989 brought in an era of great continuity for close to 20 years at the elementary school. Although now retired, she is still fondly remembered by students, parents and teachers alike.
This fund, in honour of her long-time dedication and service to the school, is for enrichment programs at St. George’s of Montreal.
Tammy Levy (1963-2003) taught at St. George’s School from 1997–2003 as a Coordinator of Student Support Services. Tammy’s methodology was founded on humour, compassion, patience, intuition, insight and a mother’s love.
The Tammy Levy Teacher Training Fund offers a unique opportunity for teachers. Their professional growth, as a result of this initiative, will benefit current as well as future St. George’s students.
In memory of Frances Foster who died peacefully in her sleep on January 24, 2015 at the age of 99. Donations made in
Dr. Foster’s memory will be used towards programme enrichment at St. George’s Elementary School.
Dr. Foster came to St. George’s School in 1937. She first joined the school as a teacher and later became the Vice Principal and then Director of the Elementary School. She remained at the Elementary School until her retirement in 1977.
Throughout her career at St. George’s School, Dr. Foster served constantly as an active agent in maintaining and expanding the school’s progressive tradition ensuring that children would not be passive participants in their educational process.
In the Fall of 1977, Concordia University paid tribute to Mrs. Foster’s many contributions to pre-school and elementary school education in general and to her work at St. George’s School, by conferring upon her the Degree of Doctor of Laws, Honoris causa.
In John Dore’s career at St. George’s School of Montreal, he guided and mentored students both on and off the court. Since his departure in 1989 to pursue his coaching career, John continues to support and encourage alumni events.
The John Dore Fund for Athletics is used to enhance and develop athletic initiatives at St. George’s School of Montreal.
During his 33 years at St. George’s School, Jacques inspired his students to think beyond the obvious and to always challenge assumptions. For Mr. DesRochers, teaching was more about elaborate conversations and not about memorized notes and fact sheets.
The Jacques DesRochers Fund for Economics is used to support and enhance the Economics program at St. George’s School of Montreal.
During his 31 years at St. George’s School, Michel Binette was regarded as even and fair yet known as a “no nonsense” teacher. He was a “teacher’s teacher”, someone who could teach in a seemingly effortless fashion with a most engaging manner.
The Michel Binette Fund for Social Studies is used to support and enhance the Social Studies program at St. George’s School of Montreal.
This fund was created in recognition of Mr. Bhatla’s 25-year association with St. George’s and was established by the parents of the Class of 1987. This fund is to provide professional development for our faculty. Their professional growth, as a result of this initiative, will benefit current as well as future St. George’s students.
Mr. Bhatla was named Principal Emeritus of St. George's School. This title was bestowed to him by a resolution of the Board of Directors upon his retirement in 1993. Mr. Bhatla continued to have a strong relationship with St. George’s School until his death in 2011.
In October 2017, St. George’s juvenile softball team was thrown into a situation of unexpected crisis when a player collapsed on the field in the middle of a semi-final playoff game. Ben Silverman '19 had signaled to coach Cameron Folkerson that something was not right before falling to the ground, unresponsive and not breathing. Thanks to the emergency preparedness of both the coach and trained first responder Robert Sibthorpe, a parent of another player on the team, Silverman was ultimately resuscitated and able to make a full recovery.
The Robert Sibthorpe and Benjamin Silverman First Responders Fund was established by Silverman’s parents, Dr. Roberta Shear and Mr. Gary Silverman, as a meaningful way to demonstrate their gratitude to Sibthorpe and the school by ensuring that all St. George’s High School students have the opportunity to become certified in CPR.
Parent Grad Gift
This year for the very first time, we asked our graduating class what they believed would be the most meaningful potential gift or project to commemorate their time as St. G’s students. And the project that they have chosen to leave as their legacy is one that is distinctly St. George’s – one that will encourage and enrich community spirit, and facilitate learning beyond the classroom.
The Class of 2018 envisions our existing back yard as an enhanced, sustainable environment for future students to commune with nature. Their gift will make possible the incorporation of more outdoor seating, the expansion of garden space, and the addition of a shaded area.
Thank you, Class of 2018!
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