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BSS Teachers

Ann Dabideen

Ann came to BSS in 2003 as a Senior Weekend Residence Don, bringing her extensive teaching experience to the Boarding community. That experience was quickly tapped into as she was soon teaching a course in the Canada Business and World Studies Department. She then joined the Boarding staff on a full-time, live-in basis and Boarding has never looked back. Ann’s wisdom and calm manner have been an integral part of the fabric of our Boarding community. The girls and the staff looked to Ann for guidance and mentoring as they knew she cared deeply. Parents had confidence in Ann in whatever role she assumed. Ann became a House Director, worked as a House Director when we ran a Summer Academy Boarding program, and in 2010 became Director of Boarding, Academics – a role that fit Ann like a glove. Acting as liaison between the Boarding girls and the Day school, she interacted with the Learning Resource Centre, Student Services, classroom teachers and parents. She kept the lines of communication open and always had the student’s interest at the centre. Ann taught evening courses at BSS and ran Study Hall. Now it is time for new challenges and time with family. We wish you nothing but the best, Ann, and we will all miss your smile in our hallways.

Laura Mustard

You think of Laura and you think of royal blue gowns and Marling house spirit, Mickey Mouse ears on
Crazy Sports Day, her read of The Globe and Mail on her daily commute, AP Economics and the extra time and care she expended to make sure all her students were more than well-prepared. You also think of the 15 Prism yearbooks Laura worked on, Model UN, the Global Ideas Institute and Environmental Council. Laura has been a committed and dedicated member of faculty who was involved in co-curriculars she cared about and thought were important for the girls to also care about. She cared deeply about teaching the girls, being there for the girls and ensuring the girls were prepared and understood the wider world of which they were a part. Laura, who has been teaching for 30 years and spent the first half of her career in the public school system, joined BSS in 1998 as our Business Department Head and when the department merged, became a loyal and dedicated member of the Canada Business and World Studies Department. It is now time to pursue new adventures with her husband John while, as she said, “we have our health and can travel”. Laura, thank you so much you for the difference you made in the lives of so many girls in your 17 years at BSS. Enjoy all your new adventures!

Liz Woolley

After 40 years at BSS, Liz Woolley (W, double “o”, double “l” e, y) has decided it is time to retire – to stay at the cottage on the Monday night of the Labour Day weekend and to enjoy life with her retired friends who are “having way too much fun”! A Havergal Old Girl, she is BSS through and through – a part of our BSS history and lore. Liz’s commitment has been a constant since 1975 – she has been a role model and mentor and is much loved by hundreds of students and staff. Liz taught 12 different courses during her BSS life, was a member of three departments, including Advancement (now Office of Philanthropy and Alumnae Relations), coached six different teams, never missed a Nativity, a Festival of Carols, religiously attended musicals and plays, served under seven Heads of School, was a passionate member of Nation House and a past winner of the Teacher of Excellence Award. She travelled the world with BSS as she chaperoned numerous trips. She has tirelessly given her time, her energy and her passion. Liz promises to stay in touch, perhaps even supply teach, and she hopes to be asked to continue to visit Old Girls around the world. Liz, we thank you for who you are and what you have given to all of us in the BSS community in a career filled with so much colour, humour and caring.

HONOUR YOUR TEACHER’S LEGACY with a gift to the Old Girls’ Association Scholarship, which enables the daughter or granddaughter of an Old Girl in need of financial assistance to attend BSS. Your teacher will be notified of your kind gesture, and your support will be recognized in the BSS Annual Report.  All donations are eligible for a charitable tax receipt. To make a gift in honour of a significant person in your life, visit www.bss.on.ca/donate or call 416-483-4325, ext. 1875.