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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 Prefect (Grade 12 Boarder): The Boarder Prefect (formerly Boarder Captain) 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

 

Laura Franks

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.

 

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

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 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.

 

Paige Day

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

Kate Trueland

Residential Don

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

 

Rosalyn Yake

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.