Hall of Distinction
Since 1894, Havergal has been inspiring young women to make a difference in their communities, their families, and the world at large. The Havergal Old Girls Association (HOGA) is proud to honour outstanding women who embody Havergal’s values.
The Hall of Distinction was established in 1994 as a way of recognizing that Old Girls whose achievements in business, science, sports, the arts, volunteer work or a personal area of endeavour, are noteworthy and stand apart from the ordinary. Unlike the Old Girls Award, the Hall of Distinction often celebrates the lives of Old Girls posthumously and is given in recognition of a singular, noteworthy accomplishment rather than a lifetime of achievement. The Hall of Distinction is awarded every five years.
To date, 125 women have been inducted into the Hall of Distinction. Their names and biographies are located on special plaques in the main hallway of the school, in celebration of Hall of Distinction members and their accomplishments. The most recent Hall of Distinction Awards was held on May 3, 2019 at Havergal’s 125th Anniversary celebration.
Below are the 2019 inductees.
Jeannie Callum 1986 is an internationally recognized expert in blood transfusion. Her career has focused on providing insights into optimizing transfusion care, particularly in the setting of massive transfusion after trauma or major surgery. She is dedicated to improving the process of transfusion and encouraging more people to donate blood.
Earlaine Stewart Collins 1956 was a driving force of the successful Canadian Opera House Corporation Campaign Cabinet that raised $186 million to establish Canada’s first purpose-built opera house—the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. In recognition of her outstanding support for all of the arts in Canada, she received the Governor General’s Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Volunteerism in the Performing Arts in 2012.
Shelly Dev 1994 is a Staff Intensivist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. She has used her video production skills in the field of knowledge translation, collaborating with colleagues of varying clinical backgrounds in order to create multimedia educational tools. Most recently, Shelly has been a speaker on the topics of physician burnout, wellness and medical culture.
Martha Merry Fell 1987 is an entrepreneur, a passionate advocate for women’s advancement and a dedicated Havergal volunteer. Martha’s career began with 15 years at CIBC World Markets, then as the inaugural CEO of Women in Capital Markets and most recently as the co-founder of Jaxx & Marbles Inc. She is the recipient of the 2012 WXN Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award and serves on several boards including the Blackrock Canada IRC, Bay Street Deconstructed and Havergal College.
Susie Wright Gooderham 1974 provides strategy and governance services to non-profit and public organizations. Susie has provided her expertise to independent schools across Canada, including Havergal College, and further shares her expertise through a course she teaches at U of T in Non-Profit Leadership & Strategy. She has held many volunteer positions at the school and in the independent school sector.
Joanna Griffiths 2001 is the founder, CEO and inventor of Knix and Knixteen, one of the fastest growing companies in Canada. Knix is disrupting the global intimate apparel category through a focus on product innovation and inclusive branding.
Alannah Campbell Kearns 1974 began her successful career in broadcast journalism at CBC Radio in the 1980s as a reporter, documentary producer and host of The World At Six. In 2004, she co-founded Soundportraits—a company that records people’s life stories and lessons learned along the way. Alannah has produced Soundportraits of Brenda Robson, Susan Ditchburn, Catherine Steele and many Havergal alumnae. It is work she loves and she credits Havergal with giving her a curiosity about people and a desire to understand what motivates them to live rich and satisfying lives.
Gay Sellers Kroeger 1952 was the first woman to be posted to Canada’s permanent mission of the United Nations. Elected by the 108-member Economic Committee, which dealt with world economic development, trade and assistance, she delivered that committee’s report to the plenary session of the General Assembly. Gay’s career in the diplomatic service, and her representation of Canada on the world stage, are made all the more remarkable by the fact she was only 27 years old at the time. She passed away in 1979.
Sonia Armstrong Labatt 1956 is an educator and philanthropist with a particular focus on environmental economics. Sonia is also an author and was a professor at the University of Toronto Centre for Environment. She and her husband, Arthur, founded the Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre at SickKids in Toronto.
Christiane Lemieux 1988 is a design entrepreneur. Currently, she is Founder and CEO of THE INSIDE and extended her licensed lifestyle brand LEMIEUX et CIE at Maison & Object. Prior to starting her new companies, Christiane was the Founder of DwellStudio, which was purchased by Wayfair in 2013. She served as the Executive Creative Director of Wayfair until 2016 and is also an accomplished author. She was selected as one of Fortune’s 2012 Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs. She is a graduate of Parsons School of Design and Queen’s University.
Jennifer McNeely 1998 is the Founder of Shedoesthecity.com,
an online publication and community that supports and connects Canadian women. Her blog empowers, inspires and educates those who read it.
Lana Ogilvie 1986 was the first ethnic model to sign a multi-year contract with CoverGirl. Lana has seen great success in the industry—both in-print and on the runway. She recently trained as a fine jewelry designer and has created her own jewelry line: Sabre. Her eponymous line of natural skincare—Lana Ogilvie Cosmetics—will launch in 2019.
Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri 1991 is an award winning director, photographer and social justice advocate. Her career began when David Bowie commissioned her for his “Heathen” album cover. She is continuously working on projects to empower women and the underprivileged. Indrani co-founded a school in West Bengal, India that provides an education to more than 300 women and children annually.
Dasha Peregoudova 2006 has seen great success in the world of sport. She has earned many awards and honours for competing at an international level in taekwondo, including being a two-time Pan Am Champion in 2006 and 2008. After her admission to the bar in 2017, she joined Gardiner Roberts LLP as an associate lawyer. She continues to work with a number of sports and arts organizations, with a focus on governance and advocating for athlete rights.
Cecily Cannan Selby 1943 earned a PhD in Biophysics at MIT and led the first USA national commission to establish science education for all students. She has been a lifelong advocate for gender equity, working through research and executive positions to help make this a reality. She recently published the book, “Opening Science for All: A Continuing Quest.”
Michelle Mehra Shouldice 1985 is a pediatrician and educator who has been instrumental in addressing the health concerns of vulnerable children and families, specifically in developing the field of child maltreatment practice in Canada. She provides consultations and medical care for children who may have experienced abuse, assault and neglect, as well as children with neurodevelopmental disorders. In her role as an educator, she teaches, mentors and develops innovative curricula in these fields of practice. She has led the development of national standards of practice and training for pediatricians. As an expert in her field, she has made numerous appearances in both family and criminal court.
Michelle St. Jacques 1996 was named the Chief Marketing Officer for MillerCoors in January 2019, and is the first-ever woman in this role. In 2017, she was named one of “20 Rising Brand Stars in Chicago” by the advertising publication Adweek. Her work from Unilever and Kraft Heinz has also been awarded locally & globally for both creativity and effectiveness.
Tanya Taylor 2003 is a successful clothing designer whose line is represented in 100 stores. She is a committed philanthropist who supports organizations such as SickKids, Big Sisters Big Brothers Organization and the Clinton Foundation.
Jennifer Tory 1974 is a recognized business and community leader. Since joining Royal Bank in 1978, she has held successively senior leadership positions and now occupies a C-Suite role at RBC as Chief Administrative Officer. Jennifer is a dedicated mentor and sponsor who actively helps to advance and support women in business. In recognition of these efforts, she was awarded the Catalyst Canada Honour for championing women in business in 2011.
Eileen de Villa 1987 is the Chief Medical Officer of Health for Toronto and is charged with the task of managing the health of 2.8 million people. During this time of change in Canada and as a result of new cannabis legislation, she is working as an advocate for creating a drug policy that includes prevention and harm reduction.
Catharine Bertram Walsh 1996 is a staff gastroenterologist at SickKids in Toronto. Her extensive body of research has contributed to ensuring that healthcare providers are optimizing their learning and are, in turn, able to offer the best care to their patients.
Margie Zeidler 1976 is a city builder and the visionary thinker who created 401 Richmond—a turn-of-the-century industrial building in Toronto that Margie turned into a home for entrepreneurs, artists and not-for-profit organizations—25-years ago. As the president and founder of Urbanspace Property Group, she believes that affordable space for artists and entrepreneurs is necessary in a dynamic city. Margie also co-founded the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) in 2004, which is located in another of her projects: The Robertson Building.
The next Hall of Distinction induction will take place in 2024. If you have any questions about submitting a nomination please contact Helena Follows, Senior Alumnae Oofficer, at email@example.com or 416-482-4706.