Alumnae Association

The SMLS Alumnae Association is a global network of 3500+ alumnae who have maintained their connection to the School and to other SMLS graduates. The SMLS Alumnae Executive Committee is comprised of a slate of volunteers whose goal is to inspire our alumnae community to stay connected to the school and to each other through relevant alumnae programs and events held throughout the year. They actively work to promote alumnae involvement and to raise money for the Alumnae Bursary Endowment Fund. 

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  • Executive Committee

    President: Sarah REEVES Sims ‘90
    Past President: Bisma Bhatti ‘08
    Head of Communications: Sabina Beckman-Breen ‘12
    Head of Events: Ashleigh Breen ‘03
    Secretary: Stephanie Kennedy ‘02
    Treasurer: Kavita BHANGU Parashar ‘00
    Member at Large, Fundraising: Sarah Turner ‘03
    Member at Large, Graduway: Chantal Giurlanda ‘06 
    Member at Large, Class Representatives: Effie Bouras ‘93
    Member at Large: Catherine Cherry-McQuigge ‘70
    Member at Large: Onaiza Kazi ‘13
    Member at Large: Kristen Ashworth ‘18
  • Monthly Meeting Schedule

    Tuesday, September 19th at 7:00 p.m.
    Tuesday, October 17th at 7:00 p.m.
    Tuesday, November 21st at 7:00 p.m.
    Tuesday, December 12th at 7:00 p.m.
    Tuesday, January 16th at 7:00 p.m.
    Tuesday, February 27th at 7:00 p.m.
    Tuesday, March 26th at 7:00 p.m.
    Tuesday, April 16th at 7:00 p.m.
    Tuesday, May 21st at 7:00 p.m.
    Tuesday, June 18th at 7:00 p.m.
    Monthly meetings are held every 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the SMLS Boardroom (unless otherwise specified).

    All alumnae are welcome to join us!

Message from the President

I have been a Millie for 41 years.  When I first walked into Mrs. Murray’s Grade 6 class, a shy, awkward girl newly arrived from England, I never imagined that my parents had given me a lifelong gift.  It’s funny to think that my eight student years are actually such a small part of my overall Millie experience.  While the closeness of my connection to the school may have ebbed and flowed through the years,  my Millie friends have always been my nearest and dearest.  A little over eight years ago, my connection to the school changed again when my youngest daughter Amelia became a Millie too. I have loved re-experiencing the school, rekindling memories as I see her enjoying everything the school has to offer.  (I’m quite envious of the girls’ opportunities today in comparison to the “old days.”)  I’m thrilled that this year Amelia will join our ranks as an SMLS Alumna when she graduates in June with the Class of 2024.
I think that the prospect of Amelia becoming an alumna was part of what inspired me to first join the Alumnae Association Executive Committee several years ago and to step into the role of President this year.  I want to ensure that our Alumnae Association continues to flourish so that we can support each new generation of Millies following in our footsteps. 
We naturally maintain our bonds with our closest friends, but there’s so much more to the Millie community.  The broad networks of alumnae of all ages, across industries and countries are an invaluable source of community and connection.  My biggest goal as President is to build our sense of connection.  
Our network is facilitated through alumnae news shared in our social media and monthly newsletters, as well as the bonds fostered by class reps and in-person events.  This year’s Alumnae Association Executive Committee are working on increasing the ways that we can connect both online and in-person.  Our collective aim is to meet you where you are.  You’ll see more options for events tailored to subsets of our wider alumnae population.  For example, a moms and tot’s coffee morning, a young professionals networking night in the city, and virtual meet-ups for the many Millies that aren’t local to the GTA.
The marquee Alumnae event of the year is always our Reunion Event in early May.  This year, we’re expanding several aspects of the reunion experience.  We’ll be hosting multiple events over the weekend of May 2nd-5th, 2024. Also new this year will be the anniversary recognition of every five years from graduation, i.e., if your grad year ends in 4 or 9 we are going to be celebrating you.  Block your calendars and start making travel plans for a weekend of all things SMLS.
The other way that we can keep connected with each other is by sharing news and updates.  Please let us know what is going on in your life that we can share back out through our various communications (e.g., our monthly newsletter, Facebook, Instagram, or LinkedIn).  Most importantly, when your contact information changes, please let the school know.
I love connecting with Millies of every age and stage.  If you’d like to chat about ideas for alumnae events, how to volunteer, or to share some news, I hope you’ll get in touch -  Remember, “once a Millie, always a Millie!”
Kind regards,
Sarah REEVES Sims ‘90
President, SMLS Alumnae Executive
There are myriad opportunities in the ranks of our alumnae - friendships, mentoring, job opportunities, and advisors on all aspects of life.  We are an amazing group of women and we need to share this with each other.

Alumnae News

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  • Miss Lightbourn's School Reunion

    Thanks for Coming: Miss Lightbourn's School 100th Anniversary Celebration

    On Friday, April 19, alumnae, former faculty and friends gathered at SMLS to celebrate a momentous milestone - the centennial anniversary of Miss Lightbourn’s School. The excitement was high as memories were shared and connections were renewed. Many special guests attended including one of our oldest alumnae who graduated in 1941, the wife of Ruth Lightbourn’s nephew, and even some men who were students at Miss Ligthbourn’s School in its earliest days. Thank you to all who joined us for this momentous occasion, and a special thank you to Debbie Scott ‘65 and Averill Ambrose ‘65 for their leadership in planning this joyous occasion. 

    Thanks to SMLS alumna Sarah REEVES Sims '90 for the photography that so wonderfully captures the celebration. 
  • Photo credit: Christopher Kindratsky

    SMLS Alumna Awarded for Excellence in Teaching

    Lauren Tribe ‘87 (Western University, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering) was recently presented with The Edward G. Pleva for Excellence in Teaching award from Western University. Lauren’s dedication to teaching and commitment to student success has earned her this well-deserved recognition.  Her innovative approach to teaching and unwavering support inspires and supports her students to reach their full potential.
    Not only has Lauren achieved impressive success in her career and research, she remains involved and supportive of SMLS as a current member of our Board of Governors, and has often visited our students as a special guest speaker and mentor, offering unlimited help and advice to Millies interested in Western or Engineering, as well as attending our alumnae reunions in the London area. In 2020, SMLS presented Lauren with the Outstanding Alumna Award for her significant achievements in her field and for her positive impact on the local, national or global community. 
    Lauren wishes to thank everyone who supported this nomination and all of the amazing students that she has had the privilege to guide in their educational journey.
    Congratulations Lauren on your outstanding achievements and receiving this well-deserved award!
  • Alumnae Pub Night Enjoyed By All

    Another Alumnae Pub Night took place on February 22nd at Beertown Oakville. We had a great turnout from Millies from 1974 through to 2022. Lots of laughs, great conversation and some yummy food and beverages were enjoyed by all.⁠

    If you missed this one, mark your calendar for Thursday, May 2nd when we’ll be kicking off SMLS' Celebration Weekend with our next Alumnae Pub Night.⁠
  • Kicking Off Our New "Let's Lunch" Series

    The Inaugural “Let’s Lunch” gathering this past Sunday was a wonderful combination of delicious food and lively conversation. We enjoyed a lovely “High Tea” at the new Cupcake Cafe in Burlington. Conversation ran the gamut from what everyone has been doing since leaving SMLS to reminiscing about favourite teachers.⁠

    Mark your calendars for the next lunch in the series, taking place April 13th in downtown Toronto.⁠

*NEW* Fall/Winter 2023 Alumnae Wear Collection

Show your Millie Pride! The Alumnae Association is excited to announce the launch of our new Fall/Winter 2023 Alumnae Wear Collection. We have a great lineup of crew neck sweatshirts, cozy hoodies, and long sleeve and short sleeve tees so you can show off your Millie Pride wherever you go!
Click Here to view our new designs and find other important information! Preorders are now open! Please email if you have any questions.

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