The students in Boarding are divided into four “families” composed of girls from Grades 9 through 12. A Boarding Don and several Junior Dons lead each family under the direction of the Head of Boarding. Families plan special meals, outings and celebrations together.
Within the family, the Don acts as the “parent” for the year. Dons liaise between students, parents, the Day School and the Head of Boarding. They are available to help answer any questions Boarding students may have and to address any concerns that may arise.
- Head of Boarding
- Senior Boarding Don, Weekend Don, Boarding Dons
- Wellness Centre Staff (School Doctor, Nurses, Social Worker)
There are many leadership opportunities for students both within the school and Boarding community, including these elected positions:
- Boarder Prefect: This is a Grade 12 Boarding student leadership role. The Boarder Prefect is elected by both staff and students during the school elections in the spring. The Boarder Prefect leads the Junior Don team.
- Head Junior Don: This is a Grade 12 Boarding student leadership role. The Head Junior Don (HJD) acts as a support to the Boarder Prefect and is the designate in the Boarder Prefect’s absence.
- Junior Dons: Junior Dons serve as leaders within their families and plan and organize Boarding events and activities. They are ambassadors who represent the Boarding community both within the school community and beyond.
Head of Boarding
Ms. Franks brings a myriad of professional experiences to her position as the Head of Havergal’s Boarding School. In the 25 years that so far inform Laura’s professional practice, she has taught in IB schools and is IB trained in MYP, DP Biology and DP CAS. Laura has also worked in the design and delivery of AP courses as an AP Coordinator. As well, Ms. Franks has worked as a Senior Educational Leader and teacher at both domestic and international schools, including West Island College International Class Afloat. This experiential learning opportunity for high school students takes place on a tall ship that travels around the world. Ms. Frank’s experience in an all-girls’ environment is informed by her work as a Senior Science Teacher at The Study in Montreal, QC and Head of House at Branksome Hall Asia in Jeju, Korea. Laura attended Queen’s University where she earned a B.Sc. (Honours) in Life Science, a B.Ed. (Biology/Chemistry) and a Special Education Specialist Additional Qualification. She completed her graduate degree in Educational Leadership & Administration (M.A.) at McGill University.
Ms. Davis has been with Havergal College for more than 20 years. She originally started with our summer camp program and after two summers found her way to the Boarding School, where she has remained since then. Working as the Weekend Don, Ms. Davis has managed to build strong relationships with Boarders over the many years she has been with Havergal. Ms. Davis continues to guide and develop our Boarding students to this day. During the week, Ms. Davis works as a Teacher’s Assistant at Lawrence Heights Middle School.
Ms. Elo is looking forward to her second term as a Boarding Don with Havergal College and getting to know the new Boarders as she strengthens her bond with the returning ones. She graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in French as a Second Language and a Minor in Leisure Studies, as well as an Adventure Sports certificate from Thompson Rivers University. She has lived and worked around the world, leading international educational programs in Hong Kong, Western Canada, the US, Costa Rica and Dominica. She also spent a year working as a project leader for Katimavik, a Canadian volunteer program wherein she lived and a supported a group of young adults. Additionally, for the past 10 years, her part-time, seasonal job has been working as a Youth Councillor for Princess Cruise Lines.
The Boarding School is excited to welcome back Ms. Marzouca, who was a Boarder herself for four years from 2008. During her time at Havergal, she held a variety of leadership positions including being a grade representative and Junior Don. She’s since graduated from McGill University with two Bachelor of Science degrees in Food Science & Nutritional Sciences and has worked as a food technologist for companies within Montreal and Toronto. Ms. Marzouca is now back at Havergal to pursue her passion for working with students, which she discovered while tutoring children throughout her university years and working as a summer camp counsellor and Don at Ridley College. She is a member of several organizations and volunteer groups, which includes giving nutritional workshops and teaching yoga within the Montreal community.
Ms. Nelson is passionate about uplifting girls and developing youth leadership strategies. She has worked in the Ontario residential summer camp industry in leadership positions for over 10 years with youth leaders and Camp Directors to better their camping programs. Ms. Nelson holds a Bachelors of Arts Honours in Geography from Queen’s University and a Bachelors of Education in Primary/Junior Divisions from Brock University. She has a specific interest in social-emotional learning strategies (SEL) and strives to increase emotional intelligence (EQ) with the students she works with. Outside of school and work, she has lived abroad in Australia, enjoys canoeing, crafting and playing a good game of cards or trivia. She looks forward to getting involved in Havergal College and using her skills to make this year memorable and engaging for all students.
Ms. Peres is originally from Toronto and has spent the past five years living and studying in Guelph, Ontario. She graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Theatre and Environmental Geography. During her time at university, she participated in the Experiential Learning Program, where she taught theatre to high school students. She also worked on various theatre projects, acted in several plays and participated in an Environmental Awareness outreach initiative in the community. Since 2014, Ms. Peres spent her summers working at Moorelands Kids Wilderness Camp. She started as a Cabin Leader and then in 2017 joined the Senior Leadership team.
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