The students in Boarding are divided into four “families” composed of girls from Grades 9 through 12. A Residence 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 Residence Don, Weekend Don, Residence 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.
Weekend Residential Don
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. Abel is originally from Ontario, but she has spent the last year working in Australia as a Supply Teacher. Before her adventures in Australia, she worked at Upper Canada College’s Summer Residential Camp. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, Honours, from Trent University and a Bachelor of Education in English and Geography in Intermediate/Senior from Queen’s University. Ms. Abel has spent time working as a teacher candidate in southern Ontario and completed an internship for eight months that included field work in Ghana during the 2017-18 school year.
Ms. Day will be joining the Boarding School from Australia. For the past three years, she has been working as a Boarding House Supervisor and the Acting Deputy Head of Boarding for a maternity leave at Scotch College in Adelaide, South Australia. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Architecture and a Master’s degree in teaching from the University of South Australia. The Boarding School looks forward to getting to know her better as she learns more about living in Canada.
Ms. Elo, our newest addition to the Boarding School team, is originally from a small town north of Toronto, but most recently she has lived and worked as a Residential Don at Unisus International School in Summerland, BC and as a Katimavik Project Leader in Nanaimo, BC. Ms. Elo 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 and Thompson Rivers University with an Adventure Sports Certificate. She has lived and worked around the world, leading international educational programs in Hong Kong, Western Canada, the US, Costa Rica and Dominica. 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. Yake, who had previously worked as a Residential Don from 2007-10. Some of her achievements at Havergal include introducing and coordinating the Duke of Edinburgh program and starting a not-for-profit initiative called the Starfish Scholarship Foundation India, of which she is the Founder and President. This organization provides scholarships to students living in poverty in India. Since her departure from Havergal, Ms. Yake went on to work in a number of government positions. She is taking a sabbatical for the year to come back to work for Havergal and to pursue her other interest: writing a children’s book.
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