Ashbury College Guild

The Ashbury College Guild is a parent volunteer organization that is both a fundraising and a friend-raising body, founded in 1950. We work in alignment with Ashbury College’s vision and mission to engage the Ashbury parent community by encouraging volunteer participation in Guild sponsored activities and events. From Homecoming to the Ashbury Ball to Springfest, the energy and excitement is buzzing all year round and these events are critical in bringing together the Ashbury community and supporting Ashbury students by raising funds for a variety of curriculum enhancing programs, scholarships and endowment.

All parents and legal guardians of current Ashbury students are eligible to stand for election to the Guild. Members may hold office for a period of three years and past members may reapply after a one-year absence. The Guild is comprised of 15–20 voting members and four non-voting members.

For the 2016/17 school year, The Ashbury Guild allocated funds raised as follows:
Each year the Guild allocates $10,000 to the Dorothy Napier Award, a scholarship fund. Working with school Administration from their Ashbury Annual Funding Priorities list, the Ashbury Guild has voted to allocate the remaining funds as follows:

  • $50,000 to Live Streaming Project
  • $50,000 to Division and Enhancement of gyms allowing maximum usage of Ashbury spaces
  • $50,000 to Science Innovations (Phase I)
  • $32,000 to the Ashbury Endowment (includes 23k pledged at Advancement Callout at the 2016 Ball)

With the support of the Ashbury Community, the Ashbury Guild was able to donate a total of $192,000.

The Ashbury Guild also provided funding for the Ball, International Dinner, Art Night, Parent Speaker Series and Springfest.

In the past, the Guild has also contributed funds to a new school bus, score board and science wing!

Funds raised through Guild efforts are allocated in the spring of every year to the funding priority list presented by the school. 

Upcoming Events

  • Feb 28 – Deadline for 2018/2019 Guild applications
  • April 14 – International Potluck
  • May 12 – Springfest

International Potluck April 14

 Ashbury is a mini United Nations with its students from 48 different nations. Our international potluck dinner on April 14 will provide an opportunity for families, faculty and boarders to share home-cooked food from their country of origin. From sushi and poutine to knödel and knishes, join us to enjoy new food and celebrate the international diversity of the Ashbury community. Check out the website for details and to RSVP.

Once Upon a Time Ball raises over $215,000!

The 2017 Ashbury Ball presented by and Ogilvie Motors Ltd/Star Motors of Ottawa was another huge success! Many thanks to our fearless Ball co-chairs, Jenny Shinder and Micheline Saikaley for their tireless work and endless energy and enthusiasm. With their leadership, we raised over $215,000 to invest in the vision and priorities of Ashbury’s educational and long range needs as well as, the enhancement of the Ashbury Scholarship Fund for student bursaries. Thank you to all who attended, donated and sponsored; this magical evening would not have been possible without you!

Used Uniform Shop

The Used Uniform (UU) store at Ashbury College is maintained and run by the Ashbury Guild and a dedicated group of volunteers. We have an extensive collection of gently used school uniform items. The UU Crew meets the first Tuesday of each month at 8 a.m. during the school year. At this time, we sort and prepare donations. Parents and students are welcome to shop at this time. The UU Crew organizes three major sales a year: Student Orientation Day (Tuesday, September 5, 2016, 9: 00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.) January (TBD) and the Big Sale in June (Wednesday, June 20, 2017, 3-6 p.m).  Please read the Ashbury E-Weekly for reminders.

With the change in school uniform this year please keep in mind, polos, dress shirts, sweaters of all variations, blazers, gym wear, miscellaneous items - house wear, athletic wear will still be available.If during the school year you find yourself in need of a uniform item or for any other inquiries, please email  The store is located in the school basement directly below the front entrance. The Used Uniform store is the second largest fundraiser for the Ashbury Guild. While the Chairs of the UU Crew are members of the Ashbury Guild, you do not have to be member of the Guild to volunteer. Parent volunteers are very welcome any time, but are particularly needed in early June and late August to prepare the two larger sales and at the sales themselves. Working a Used Uniform sale is a great way to meet your fellow Ashbury parents and students. The Ashbury UU Crew, along with the entire Guild would like to thank Monson Deluxe Cleaners on Beechwood for their continued dedication in supporting our efforts.

Guild Award Winners

 Guild Awards, awarded for diligence, effort and greatest improvement.

The Guild would like to congratulate all the recipients of 2016/17 Ashbury Guild Shield Awards for Merit. The plaques in the Junior School are awarded to a student from each Form for great effort and/or improvement. The plaques in the Senior School are awarded to the student in each Form who in his/her relationships with staff and students, is always most helpful and positive.

Please note, award recipients are vetted and chosen only by the Ashbury staff.

  • Grade 4 Rui Jin
  • Grade 5 Myron Klepatskyi
  • Grade 6 Alicia Gombos
  • Grade 7A Joshua Boos
  • Grade 7B Harry Laquerre
  • Grade 7C Jack Parkes
  • Grade 8A Benjamin Hagadorn
  • Grade 8B Jérémy Olivier
  • Grade 8C Sasha Jande
  • Grade 9 Armita Kalani
  • Grade 10 Amber Huang & Kayra Erisoglu-Akyildiz
  • Grade 11 Valerie Favret & Ali Suleman
  • Grade 12 Merriam Hagadorn & Alexandra Janowski

Volunteer with the Guild

Do you enjoy volunteering, want to get involved in the school, look forward to meeting other parents, all the while making Ashbury College a better place for our children to attend school?

Then the Ashbury Guild can’t wait to help get you involved! Each year, the Guild seeks approximately five to eight new Guild members to serve a three-year term, while coordinating activities, attending monthly leadership meetings and working with the school to fulfill the Guild’s mission statement. We love recruiting new members to help keep the Guild’s events fun and fresh. Some of these activities include: 

      • Welcome Back BBQ
      • Ashbury Annual Ball
      • Spring Fest
      • International Dinner & Art Expo
      • And many more…

A nomination committee fills vacant positions in the spring of each year. Please feel free to contact any of the Guild members if you have any questions or if we can be of any assistance to you. The deadline to apply is February 28.

Ashbury College maintains a volunteer list for individual project volunteer needs. This list is contacted for particular one-time volunteer needs, and it’s a great way to begin your volunteer service with the school.

For more information, email

The Guild Executive

Karen Haebe

Anna Rumin
Honorary President

Micheline Saikaley

Jenny Shinder

Tracy Rait-Parkes

Sophie Dagenais

Mashooda Syed
Ball Chair

Jill Dickinson
Past President

Adriana Johnston
Ashbury College Liaison

Guild Members

  • Afrodity Aliferis
  • Stephanie Appotive
  • Sophie Dagenais
  • Jill Dickinson
  • Dona Gazale
  • Chantal Gingras
  • Janet Goodall
  • Karen Haebe
  • Charlie Hedin
  • Charlotte Mee
  • Tara Leigh Mierins
  • Wanda Peters
  • Tracy Rait-Parkes
  • Anna Rumin
  • Micheline Saikaley
  • Anne Schweighauser
  • Jenny Shinder
  • Mashooda Syed
  • Nimroz Thawer
  • Andy Thompson
  • Amy Tomlinson
  • Vanessa Von Finckenstein


Interguild is an organization which brings together representatives of Guild/Parent Associations of Independent Schools in Ontario, which are members of the Conference of Independent Schools (CIS).

From seven member schools in 1989 they now represent approximately 40 CIS schools located in Ontario. The Interguild Executive consists of between 8 and 12 members representing different member schools.

To learn more about the Interguild see their Facebook page.



Guild Meetings

Full Guild Meeting: @ 6:45 pm

  • Tues, Sept 12
  • Tues, Oct 10 – AGM
  • Wed, Nov 8
  • Holiday Dinner – TBD
  • Tues, Jan 16
  • Tues, Feb 13 - Open Meeting
  • Tues, Apr 10
  • Tues, May 8
  • Mon, May 28 - EOY Dinner

Guild executive: @ 8:15 am

  • Thurs, Sept 7
  • Thurs, Oct 5
  • Thurs, Nov 2
  • Thurs, Dec 7
  • Thurs, Jan 11
  • Thurs, Feb 8
  • Thurs, Apr 5
  • Thurs, May 3


Ashbury College

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