Making giving an annual habit

Ask Cynthia CHENG Mintz ’98 about her most memorable experience at BSS and she will tell you it is her teachers’ passion for education that stays with her, especially French teacher Mme. Green and Math teacher Ms. Layard.
She also remembers the many curricular and extracurriculars she loved, particularly singing in choirs, and the breadth and depth of academic subjects available to her. Inspired by subjects she explored at BSS, Cheng Mintz studied Drama and History at Queen’s and earned a Master’s degree in the History of Educa-tion from the University of Toronto. She has worked in public relations and has been a blogger for many years, creating a lifestyle blog magazine for women in their 20s and 30s. In addition to parenting an active two-year-old, she now works as a philanthropy advisor to families and co-hosts a podcast about living with invisible disabilities on YouTube.

Cheng Mintz started giving back to the school as a young Old Girl, making her first gift to the Annual Fund in 2004. Her philanthropic commitment to the school is steadfast and continues to grow. She has supported the school’s fundraising priorities for 15 consecutive years, and is motivated by the variety of support our funding priorities bring to students. Cheng Mintz recognizes the importance of innovative, accessible education and, over the years, has supported Financial Assistance. She currently directs her annual gift towards Academic and Program Enrichment and hopes that especially in the challenging time of the pandemic, such support will help to sustain programs that might otherwise be more fragile. “It makes me feel really good to help people; I feel really satisfied helping the school in this way,” she says.