Our Community

Our Alumnae

Our Old Girls represent an incredible breadth and depth of accomplishments. 
In their hearts, they never really leave BSS. Our alumnae often return as speakers, mentors, advisors and role models for our current students - and that's where today's girls benefit the most.

Young Alumnae - Pursuing their path

Our grads go on to do great things. All 128 Class of 2020 grads are enrolled in exciting post-secondary programs, as diverse as biomedical engineering, commerce, international affairs and entertainment design.

Distinguished Old Girls

The Distinguished Old Girl Award (DOGA) is presented to an alumna who has made a difference in the lives of others by giving back to the community, contributing a great deal to her profession, or showing tremendous leadership.

List of 15 items.

  • Cindy GARDINER Blakely ’68

    Cindy GARDINER Blakely ’68

    An entrepreneurial spirit for social change

    Cindy GARDINER Blakely ‘68 is the founder, past chair and current board member of New Circles Community Services, a non-profit social services agency that supports residents of Toronto’s most vulnerable neighbourhoods.
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  • Claire JEPHCOTT McDerment ’56

    Claire JEPHCOTT McDerment ’56

    Advocate and leader for children’s wellness

    Claire JEPHCOTT McDerment ‘56, a health professional and stress management consultant, has served The Psychology Foundation of Canada for more than 20 years as a trustee and committee chair.
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  • Laryssa PATTEN ’93

    Laryssa PATTEN ’93

    Engineering change from the ground up

    As an aerospace engineer, Laryssa shot for the stars and clearly reached them. Her passion and expertise have advanced the work of the Canadian Space Agency, the International Space Station, the European Space Agency and NATO.
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  • Phyllis MANNING Creighton ’47

    Phyllis MANNING Creighton ’47

    A voice for global change and social justice

    Phyllis MANNING Creighton ‘47 is a passionate advocate for mental and reproductive health care, social justice, peace and the environment.
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  • Andrea THOMAS Hill ’86

    Andrea THOMAS Hill ’86

    One woman’s vision moves millions

    Andrea THOMAS Hill ‘86 is driven by a strong sense of philanthropy and community service. In 1992, she founded Run for the Cure in Canada and, suddenly, families, friends and communities were running together for someone they loved.
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  • Anne INNIS Dagg ’51

    Anne INNIS Dagg ’51

    For the love of animals

    Anne INNIS Dagg ‘51, PhD, is a renowned author, scholar, animal rights advocate and wildlife photographer. Her childhood love of animals inspired her to become a zoologist, and at age 23, she went alone to Africa to do pioneering research on giraffes.
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  • Joan GALLIE McDonald ’62

    Joan GALLIE McDonald ’62

    Archery’s gold medal coach

    World-class athlete and renowned Olympic archery coach Joan GALLIE McDonald ‘62 blazed a trail for women in sport, and has made a profound contribution to the lives of young athletes who aspire to the Olympic dream.
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  • Valerie WHITTINGHAM Pringle ’71

    Valerie WHITTINGHAM Pringle ’71

    Broadcaster, adventurer and philanthropist

    Valerie WHITTINGHAM Pringle ‘71, C.M., is a distinguished voice in Canadian broadcasting. She began her career as a journalist in radio in the 1970s and with her move to television, became a household name in Canada.
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  • Margaret WENTE ’68

    Margaret WENTE ’68

    Canada’s contrarian

    A writer, editor and one of Canada’s leading columnists, Margaret WENTE ‘68 has blazed a trail for women in journalism and continues to enlighten the country with her thought-provoking writing.
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  • Joan WHITTEN Miller ’76

    Joan WHITTEN Miller ’76

    Pioneering cures for blindness

    Dr. Joan WHITTEN Miller ‘76 is an internationally recognized expert in macular degeneration, a progressive disease that can cause blindness and is the most common cause of vision loss in people over 50.
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  • Tara SUTTON ’88

    Tara SUTTON ’88

    Giving the world’s victims a voice

    Tara SUTTON ‘88 is an award-winning freelance documentary filmmaker and foreign correspondent. She has reported from the world’s most precarious and violent places, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Liberia and Uganda.
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  • Victoria MATTHEWS ’72

    Victoria MATTHEWS ’72

    Blazing a trail for women in the church

    Bishop Victoria MATTHEWS ‘72 has broken new ground for women in the Anglican Church since becoming the first Canadian female Bishop in 1994.
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  • Jalynn ROGERS Bennett ’62

    Jalynn ROGERS Bennett ’62

    Shattering glass ceilings across Canada

    Jalyn ROGERS Bennett ‘62, C.M. was one of the most influential businesswomen in Canada and a tireless volunteer for her community.
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  • Margot ANDREW Anderson ’79

    Margot ANDREW Anderson ’79

    Instilling hope in the lives of HIV+ children

    In 1993, Margot ANDREW Anderson ‘79 pioneered a camp program for children with HIV/AIDS at a time when the disease was largely misunderstood and greatly feared in society.
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  • Mary Louise DICKSON ’58

    Mary Louise DICKSON ’58

    Champion for the rights of the disabled

    Mary Louise DICKSON ‘58, O.ONT., Q.C., a partner in the law firm Dickson MacGregor Appell LLP, is an author, educator, activist and highly respected expert in the field of estate law. After contracting polio at the age of seven, Mary Louise spent much of her childhood at a rehabilitation facility.
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On May 3, 2017, many of the 15 BSS alumnae who received the school’s Distinguished Old Girl Award gathered together for a celebration of their achievements and their impact on the world. Watch this video for a glimpse of each of these remarkable women.