Parents Association Volunteers
The SHS Parents Association is made up of dedicated parents that are committed to supporting our boys and our school. They are the liaison between the school and the parent community and their mission to actively promote both spirit and goodwill is always evident.
Through the development and execution of successful fundraising events, meetings and educational sessions, our SHS PA works tirelessly to foster connections and build community. They make our school not simply successful and enterprising, but most importantly, a place where everyone belongs!
SHS volunteers are integral to the success of our school and are the heart of our community. Be it parents, alumni, or our extended community, year over year our volunteers give of themselves to improve our school and the overall experience here at SHS.
Over 70% of our parents volunteer at our school! From joining the Board of Governors or the Parents Association, to hands-on help at our many events or generously offering raffle prizes, our many volunteers have shown unwavering commitment. Our PA along with all of our parent volunteers commit themselves to creative and successful community-building initiatives that support the school and our boys while always remaining true to their mission to promote spirit and goodwill at SHS.
The parents, alumni and even grandparents who volunteer are also a very important part of what makes our school so special. Our volunteer community contributes to school life in a multitude of ways to enhance the journey of each boy at Sterling Hall.
Please join us in celebrating all that they do to make our school such an amazing community.
Parent Grade Representatives
Each year, SHS calls for volunteers to support the Grades and each year we have parents willing to take on the integral role of Grade Rep. The four Representatives for each grade at Sterling Hall are responsible for communications to parents, fund management and building strong class connections. They graciously volunteer their time to plan social gatherings, purchase décor for holiday celebrations and ensure that strong and meaningful relationships are built between parents and boys in each of our grades.
SHS Board of Governors
Our Board of Governors generously gives of their time to ensure strategic and policy direction and financial oversight and overall support to SHS. They also help to inspire SHS to continue building on its reputation as a close-knit community that empowers each boy through his formative years. We wish to welcome our new Governors to the Board and to thank all those who continue on. The expertise and positive energy that they bring through such generous volunteerism benefits The Sterling Hall School and our boys immeasurably.
2021 Victoria Hand Award
Every year, SHS presents a special honour to our most dedicated community members who have shown outstanding initiative in the area of volunteerism. The Victoria Hand Award is the highest form of recognition we offer to our incredible volunteer community. Named after longtime and stellar SHS volunteer Victoria Hand, this award is presented to parents or friends who have contributed tremendous time, energy, and talent to many aspects of school life. We are very proud to name this year’s recipients, Jonathan Pollack and Sacha Hayward.
This dynamic husband and wife duo, and parents of two SHS graduates, have a long history of involvement and dedicated service to SHS. Jonathan Pollack was an active and committed member of the SHS Board of Governors from 2011-2017. His current involvement since 2020 on the SHS Foundation Board has helped develop strategic direction and financial oversight. Thanks in part to Jonathan’s tireless and dedicated involvement in the Building Leaders campaign, our shared vision for the new Intermediate wing also became a reality.
Sacha Hayward, one of a special handful of two-time recipients of The Victoria Hand Award, was last recognized for her work as Co-Chair of our 25th Anniversary Gala. This year, she is being acknowledged for her dedicated and long-serving involvement and commitment across many areas of the school. From event volunteerism, to her work as a PA Grade Rep, Parent Buddy and Parent Ambassador, she always found time to show new volunteers the ropes and welcome new families into our community.
Sacha and Jonathan have enriched our community beyond words, and their efforts are evident in the tangible marks they have left on our school. We congratulate and thank them both for their unwavering commitment and their many generous contributions.
Sacha Hayward and Jonathan Pollack
SHS Alumni Association Navigation Team
Over the past seven years, this devoted, volunteer leadership team has served as a guide for our SHS Alumni Association (SAA). Our volunteers come back to the school to coach, to mentor, to facilitate workshops, to volunteer in the classroom and at camps, to serve as ambassadors for other, younger alumni at high schools and universities and to serve as a connector within their graduating class communities. They also serve their communities in a variety of ways.
Our OBA Navigation Team embodies the vision of the SAA to connect the Alumni to each other and our school, support each other to navigate transitions, and motivate our Alumni to serve as ambassadors, donors and future SHS parents! The Navigation Team’s sustained dedication to fostering the growth of our SHS Alumni Association and their sincere care for our current and alumni community is yet another source of pride for all of us at SHS.