Boarding Team

The students in residence are divided into “families” comprised 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.

Each Don is responsible for a “family.” Within the family, the Don acts as the “parent” for the year. Dons are the liaison between students, parents, the Day School and the Head of Boarding. Havergal wants your transition into Boarding to be as smooth as possible, so please feel free to approach the Dons with any questions or concerns that may arise. They can be reached at in the Boarding School Office at 416.383.3843 ext. 6522, on the Boarding cell phone at 416.936.1858 or by email at havergaldons@nullhavergal.on.ca.

Who’s Who

  • Head of Boarding
  • Senior Residence Don, Weekend Don, Residence Dons
  • Wellness Centre Staff (Nurses)

There are many leadership opportunities for students both within the school and Boarding community, including these elected positions:

  • Boarder Captain/Prefect (Grade 12 Boarder): The Boarder Captain is a Prefect and leads the Junior Don team
  • Junior Dons (Grade 11 or Grade 12 Boarders): Junior Dons serve as leaders within their families and plan and organize Boarding events and activities
  • Grade Representatives: Grade Reps represent one’s grade on the Boarder Council and plan grade events and activities throughout the year


Natalia Stewart

Natalia Stewart

Head of Boarding

As Head of Boarding, Ms. Stewart oversees Student Life and Operations in the Boarding School and collaborates with the Strategic Academic Leadership Team on student and parent engagement in the school community. She has worked in the non-profit field for the past 15 years and brings to Havergal extensive experience in residential settings including working for Outward Bound in various roles and as Program Director at Educo Canada. In each role, Ms. Stewart has been engaged in supporting and encouraging youth to discover her/his potential. Ms. Stewart has a General Arts Diploma from Camosun College in Victoria and a Masters of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University.


Alexandra Dénis

Alexandra Denis

Interim Head of Boarding

Ms. Denis is a Middle School French Teacher who previously spent two years as a Boarding Don at Albert College and one year as a Residential Don at Havergal College before moving into her full-time role in the Languages department. Ms. Denis also plays an instrumental role in the Rowing program, supervising athletes during competitions. Ms. Denis will be working as Interim Head of Boarding while Ms. Stewart is on medical leave in September 2019.


Claire Davis

Claire Davis

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.


Shannon Abel

Residential Don

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 also spent time working in southern Ontario as a teacher candidate and worked as a teaching internship for eight months in Ghana during the 2017-18 school year.


Paige Day

Residential Don

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.


Kate Trueland

Residential Don

Another new addition to the Boarding School is Ms. Trueland. For the past six years, she has worked as Senior Student Support Services Representative and Student Support Specialist in the Centre for Hospitality & Culinary Arts department at George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (History and Global Studies) from Huron University College (University of Western Ontario), a Diploma from George Brown College Hospitality, Tourism, and Leisure, and a Master of Arts Tourism Management from Royal Roads University, Victoria, British Columbia. Ms. Trueland spent her past two summers working in Upper Canada’s College’s Summer Life Residential program as a Summer Life Supervisor. She also has experience working at independent schools having worked as an Admissions Assistant at Ridley College for two years. Ms. Trueland will bring a wealth of experience to the Boarding program.


Rosalyn Yake

Residential Don

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.


For information about Havergal’s Boarding School, please contact nstewart@nullhavergal.on.ca. For questions about the admission process, please email admissions@nullhavergal.on.ca.