One of the great joys of observing the girls at St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn school is imagining how they will emerge from this wonderful school and take their place on the world stage. SMLS graduates are well equipped to pursue vocational, educational and career aspirations as a result of our commitment to develop courageous girls who challenge and change the world.
In the Fall 2020 edition of Jubilate we shared brief stories of what some of our distinguished alumnae have been doing and in this post we thought it would be relevant to dig a little deeper into some of their journeys. From professional entertainers to successful entrepreneurs to educators, these Millies (once a Millie, always a Millie!) offer inspiration to our current girls and all of us who believe so strongly in the benefits an SMLS education. "Music can change the world because it can change people."
When Suzanne Duncan graduated in ’79 we’re not sure if this Oakville native could have foreseen that she would one day be the subject of an announcement from the Prime Minister of Canada.
October 1, 2020
The Honourable Suzanne Duncan was appointed to the Supreme Court of Yukon in 2018. Prior to her appointment, Chief Justice Duncan was the in-house legal counsel for the Kwanlin Dün First Nation government.
Previously, she worked for the Department of Justice in Toronto in 2001, before transferring to Whitehorse in 2006. Throughout her time in practice in Yukon, Chief Justice Duncan gained extensive litigation experience before Yukon courts, with a focus on Aboriginal law and Crown liability.
Of note, her Honour’s mother was a beloved Junior School teacher for many years.
Graduating from SMLS in ‘93, Nicole Belovic de Larzac is a product business coach for female ‘productpreneurs’ whose podcast ‘The Productpreneur’ was recently charted in the top 200 on Apple’s Podcast’s Entrepreneurship category in Canada and Australia.
While at SMLS Nicole was Head Prefect, a House Captain and her class Valedictorian, so clearly her success should come as no surprise. As was recorded in Jubilate, Nicole is grateful for all those who encouraged her and helped her emerge from her comfort zone to inspire and educate women to launch their own product businesses. You can find her podcast on Apple.
“You are educated. Your certification is in your degree.
You may think of it as the ticket to the good life.
Let me ask you to think of an alternative.
Think of it as your ticket to change the world.”
- Tom Brokaw
Beverlie Robertson ‘57 is a professional singer, musician and author with a BA in French from U of T and a music minor. She also studied Library Science at McGill University. While at SMLS Beverlie was a Prefect, Head of Cartier House and not surprisingly a key member of our choir.
She burst upon the music scene in the early 60s, travelling the world with her trio, The Chanteclairs, singing folk songs when folk music was mainstream. In Canada, she travelled widely & performed at venues from The Riverboat to Massey Hall & Roy Thompson Hall, to Maple Leaf Gardens & the CNE Grandstand.
Most recently her song ‘Sundown’ ranked #1 on the Muskoka charts. For a taste of Beverlie’s talent check out her rendition of ‘Backwater Blues’ right here.
These remarkable individuals are but three examples of how SMLS inspires girls to become empowered women and there are so many stories yet to be written about how our school is where inner strength emerges.
“Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world."
- Malala Yousafzai