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Notable Old Girls

Havergal Old Girls are passionate, dedicated and creative leaders who have helped shape the cultural, political, economic and academic landscapes of our country. Havergal has nurtured the careers of women in nearly every field of endeavour and many of our alumnae are pioneers in their fields. The school was founded in 1894; since then, more than 9,000 alumnae have graduated from Havergal College. Today, more than 5,300 Old Girls live in Canada and 1,000 live outside of the country in over 70 countries around the world. Here’s a list of a few of our Old Girls and their accomplishments:

 

Dora Mavor Moore

Class of 1899
Actor and director; key driving force in Canadian theatre; the Dora Awards are named in her honour.

 

Ada Mackenzie

Class of 1910
Canada’s female athlete of the year in 1933; in 1971, inducted to the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame.

 

Phyllis Haslam

Class of 1929
Gold and silver medalist at the Commonwealth Games 1934.

 

Kate Reid

Class of 1949
Distinguished international actress.

 

Betty Kimbark Ondaatje

Class of 1947
International painter and photographer.

 

Christine Coutts Clement

Class of 1959
Astronomer and university professor; first Canadian woman to discover a supernova.

 

Margaret Norrie

Class of 1951
Noted Canadian philanthropist; first female Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick.

 

Kirby Chown

Class of 1965
Former Managing Partner of McCarthy Tetrault; advocate for women in the legal profession.

 

Jane Carter Urquhart

Class of 1967
Novelist and poet; awarded the 1997 Governor General’s Literary Award for English Fiction.

 

Margot Kidder

Class of 1966
Emmy-winning Hollywood actress; most famous for her role as Lois Lane in the movie Superman.

 

Carolyn Bennett

Class of 1968
Physician and Member of Parliament in Canada.

 

Jane Poulson

Class of 1970
Canada’s first blind physician.

 

Jennifer Tory

Class of 1974
Top Canadian business woman and volunteer.

 

Paula Cox

Class of 1976
Elected as Bermuda’s Premier, November 2010.

 

Carol Welsman

Class of 1978
Talented jazz musician and one of Canada’s finest vocalists and pianists.

 

Gillian Hawker

Class of 1978
Sir John and Lady Eaton Professor and chair of the department of medicine at the University of Toronto.

 

Linda Frum Sokolowski

Class of 1981
Journalist, author, and Canadian Senator.

 

Pauline Chan-Thomas

Class of 1983
Broadcast journalist for CTV News in Toronto.

 

Gail Johnson

Class of 1983
Teaming with her sister, they became the first women to represent Canada in Olympic sailing. (Gail’s sister is Karen, Class of 1980)

 

Mariko Anraku

Class of 1988
Award-winning harpist and pianist; Associate Principal Harp for the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Performed in North America, Europe, and Japan.

 

Sarah Richardson

Class of 1989
Designer and media personality.

 

Mariko Tamaki

Class of 1993
Writer of graphic novels; shortlisted for the 2008 Governor General’s Literary Award for Skim.

 

Rachel Blanchard

Class of 1994
Best known for playing the part of Cher Horowitz on the television series Clueless.

 

Gillian Apps

Class of 2001
Member of the Canadian women’s hockey team; three-time Olympic Gold medallist (2006, 2010, 2014).

 

Alexandra Orlando

Class of 2005
2008 Olympian (rhythmic gymnastics); won six gold medals at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.