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

  • Sept 23 – Homecoming
  • Nov 18 – 2017 Ashbury Ball
  • Apr 14 – International Potluck
  • May 12 – Springfest


Join us for Homecoming and Reunions 2017! A time to celebrate the past, embrace the present, and engage the future, Homecoming is an important event on the Ashbury calendar. Join us on campus this fall to welcome back student, faculty and alumni to Ashbury. On-campus schedule:

Saturday, September 23rd

  • 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Alumni Tennis Round Robin
  • 10:00 a.m. - Terry Fox Run
  • 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. – School store open
  • 10:00 a.m. - Alumni Soccer 
  • 10:30 a.m. - Alumni Basketball
  • 11:00 a.m. - Alumni Ultimate Frisbee
  • 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. - Kids Zone open
  • 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. - Ashbury Guild Welcome BBQ
  • 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. - Alumni and parent hospitality tent open
  • TBD - Homecoming ceremony
  • TBD - Ashbury Senior Football game

2017 Ashbury Ball – Once Upon a Time…Presented by and Ogilvie Motors/Star Motors

Please join us for an unforgettable evening of delicious food from Creative Kosher Catering and entertainment provided by Electrik, all in support of the educational development goals of our students . The Ball Committee, chaired by Micheline Saikaley and Jenny Shinder, with the help of many Guild volunteers, is sure to make this year's ball another sold out success.  Mark your calendars on November 18 and plan to attend, as our “Once Upon a Time” ball is sure to be a magical evening with an incredible storybook ending.  Please visit for more exciting details!

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.

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, please contact Erin Johnson at (613) 749-9630 ext 322 or

The Guild Executive

Jill Dickinson

Anna Rumin
Honorary President

Karen Haebe

Jenny Shinder

Fedwa Choudhri

Micheline Saikaley
Ball Chair

Crickett Lindgren
Past President

Erin Johnson
Ashbury College Liaison

Guild Members

  • Afrodity Aliferis
  • Wanda Brascoupe Peters
  • Fedwa Choudhri
  • Sophie Dagenais
  • Jill Dickinson
  • Parmoun Eatemadi
  • Charlie Hedin
  • Karen Haebe
  • Laurie Legallais
  • Crickett Lindgren
  • Bal Mahal
  • Catherine Makris
  • Tara-Leigh Mierins
  • Tracy Rait-Parkes
  • Anna Rumin
  • Andy Thompson
  • Amy Tomlinson
  • Jenny Shinder
  • Micheline Saikaley
  • Menisha Sharma
  • Sonia Singh
  • Mashooda Syed
  • Lisa Zed


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

362 Mariposa Avenue, Ottawa
Ontario, Canada, K1M 0T3
Phone: +1 (613) 749-5954 | Fax: (613) 749-9724