Giving back was a big part of Kaitlyn’s time at Havergal; she learned so much by organizing activities such as Relay for Life in support of the Canadian Cancer Society, representing student voice as Student Prefect and volunteering in the Therapeutic Playroom at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. “These experiences shaped my values as a person,” Kaitlyn explains. “Volunteering at Holland Bloorview helped me learn to identify capabilities instead of inabilities so I can better respect and interact with people who do not have the same abilities as me.” She applied these learnings toward completing Havergal’s Global Leading and Learning Diploma, in which she focused her final project on accessibility challenges in Toronto and offered solutions for positive improvements.
A Havergal student since Grade 1, Kaitlyn always felt supported by her teachers, especially when it came to her interest in business, which was ignited after she got involved with business case competitions (DECA). “My participation in DECA in Grades 9 to 12 was formative; it was such a rewarding experience for me because I was able to explore the business world, which ultimately influenced my decision to study Commerce at Queen’s University.” Kaitlyn was the recipient of the Queen’s Chancellor’s Scholarship and is focused on a future career in investment banking.