Ashbury College Guild
The Ashbury College Guild, founded in 1950, is a parent volunteer organization that is both a fundraising and a friend-raising body. 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 2015/16 school year, The Ashbury Guild allocated funds raised as follows:
The Ashbury Guild completes their final $100,000 contribution to the Creative Learning Centre (CLC) this year for an astounding overall total contribution of $1.3 million. 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:
- $90,000 to Science and Innovation
- $30,000 to the Endowment Fund for Financial Assistance
- $21,000 to Senior School for a CNC Milling Machine and Laser Cutter Machine
- $20,000 to Junior School for Teaching and Learning in innovation spaces
With the support of the Ashbury Community, the Ashbury Guild was able to donate a total of $271,000.
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.
- February 28 – Deadline for 2017/2018 Guild applications
- April 8 – International Potluck
- May 13 – Springfest
Ashbury is a mini United Nations with its students from over 50 different nations. Our international potluck dinner on April 8 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.
On Saturday, May 13, Ashbury College welcomes everyone to our beautiful outdoor campus to celebrate spring, say hello to friends and reconnect with fellow alumni. This third-annual event features a day filled of rugby, BBQ, and our now famous Colour Run!
Ashbury Ball 125
On November 19, Ashbury welcomed 330 guests to celebrate its 125th Birthday. It was a time to reflect on the school’s success and draw inspiration for its future. The event raised an astounding $275,000 for the school and thanks to the matching commitments from the Ashbury Guild and an anonymous donor, we were able to raise over $70,000 alone during the evening’s call out, which directly benefits student financial assistance.
Tremendous thanks to all of our partners, sponsors, volunteers, guests and the entire Ashbury community—without them, this night would not have been possible. Planning for the 2017 Ashbury Ball is already underway. This is a great way to give back to Ashbury and meet new in a fun and exciting setting! If you are interested in joining the 2017 Ball Planning Committee, please get in touch with Erin Johnson.
125th Anniversary Events
Ashbury College celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2016 with a variety of special events which honoured the past and looked forward to Ashbury’s future. On September 22, Head of School Norman Southward and Honorary Guild President Dr. Anna Rumin alongside the Guild, opened the doors of Ashbury House to all past and present Guild members. The reception paid tribute to this very committed group of parent volunteers and provided an opportunity for all to revisit where the Guild’s roots at the school its path forward in the future. Former Ashbury Headmasters, Tam Matthews, Roy Napier, Tony Macoun and current Head of School, Norman Southward were all in attendance to recognize the significance behind this driven group.
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 6, 2016, 9: 30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.) January (TBD) and the Big Sale in June (Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 3-6 p.m). Please read the Ashbury E-Weekly for reminders.
If during the school year you find yourself in need of a uniform item or for any other inquiries, please email email@example.com 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 2015/16 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.
- 4B – Danial Gillan
- 5H – Kathleen Bai
- 6B – Sasha Jande
- 7G – William Kourlas
- 7N – Maria Varvarus
- 7S – Maxwell Bates
- 8B – Katie Jenkins
- 8M – Matthew Vermaeten
- 8S – Rory Butterfield
- Grade 9 - Sharelle Samuel
- Grade 10 - Miskokijig McGregor
- Grade 11 - Hannah Hagadorn
- Grade 12 - Buke Erkoc & Tomi Murto
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.
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.
The guild will be accepting applications until February 28.
For more information, please contact Erin Johnson at (613) 749-9630 ext 322 or firstname.lastname@example.org