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TOP 10 Pieces of Advice for Graduates

As the Class of 2018 prepares to walk across the stage and receive their diplomas, we compiled 10 pieces of advice from young alumni, that will help our graduates as they begin the next chapter of their lives.

1. Find Your Passion
“Great ideas come from great passion. When you do what you love, you will never look back. The positive light from doing what you love will unknowingly motivate others to do the same!” – Marina Radovanovic ’14

2. Set Goals
“Set goals and then reset them regularly. Stand behind your ideas. Even if the first ones don’t take, keep an entrepreneurial spirit alive. Think outside the box. Sometimes the best ideas are the ones that break the mold.” – Colt Iggulden ’03

3. Believe in Yourself
“One of the biggest things that current and future Ridleians should remember is to never stop believing that they can do great things. Anybody can do anything that they set their minds to. No matter how much adversity one must face to achieve greatness, it is important to never lose sight of what you want and to never give up. If there is something you want, go for it and don’t hold back.”
Luc Brodeur ’14

4. Seek Mentorship
“Don’t be afraid to ask for help and be patient. If I had never asked my coach what my next steps were, I wouldn’t have been able to take them. Then I had to be patient and wait for the right time. It’s all about the process, enjoy it. If you have a passion for something, don’t be afraid to pursue it.” – Laura Court ’14

5. Strive for More
“Follow your curiosity and always look for ways to improve. This may require further education and certification, volunteering with people different than you, or taking on a side-gig, but compounding curiosity will open you up to opportunities you may have never thought of.” – Radley Mackenzie ’03

6. Embrace Change
“You can’t rest on what you have done before, what you did last month, or five years ago. You really have to every day try and create something new that is going to help you out down the road.” – Thomas ‘Tawgs’ Salter ’94

7. Be Fearless
“If you believe in your idea, get out there and make it happen. The worst that can happen is it doesn’t work out, you learn an absolute ton, and you nail it the next time. So many decisions are driven by the fear of failure – don’t let yourself fall into that trap and keep taking big risks!” – Jillian Evans ‘06

8. Take Risks
“Challenge yourself and get out of your comfort zone. Test out different subjects and hold on to what does not let your mind rest.” – Marc Seitz ’08

9. Be a Part the Bigger Picture
“Remember what it means to be a positive part of a community. Don’t get caught up trying to clamor to the top. Build strong supportive relationships with your peers and your competitors, think globally, act locally.” – Jordan Fowler ’05

10. Be Patient
“Take your time in figuring out what you want to do. There is a lot of pressure to pick something and stick with it, but I think careers and passions grow and evolve just as we do.” – Megan Breukelman ’11

Oh and… “Thank your parents. Seriously.” – Jeanette Stock ’09

Many Ridley College alumni have gone on to enjoy successful careers in their respective fields. The Ridley College MentORship Programme offers these Old Ridleians an opportunity to contribute to the Ridley mission by advising younger alumni who have graduated within the last ten years. If you are interested in becoming a mentor or would like to take advantage of this programme as a mentee, visit here.

TransfORming Our Globe – Ted Kirkpatrick ’05 & Adrian Pennachetti ‘05

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For this month’s installment of the TransfORming Our Globe series, we’re sharing the story of alumni, Ted Kirkpatrick ’05 and Adrian Pennachetti ‘05, who saw a business opportunity that was both environmentally sustainable and prosperous. Read about how these two Ridleians started Tree to Table – a Niagara based company that salvages, mills, cuts and converts reclaimed wood into live-edged tables.

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In 2001, Ted and Adrian first met. Throughout the course of their time as Tigers, both boys were active members of the Ridley community. Ted and Adrian were House Captains during their final year, they could be often found on the field or rink, and were both involved in the arts at Ridley – working on set designs and playing in the Cadet Band.

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After Ridley, Adrian and Ted attended McGill University and Wilfred Laurier University, respectively. It was years later, when both Ridleians had their focus directed elsewhere, that Tree to Table was born. After a wind storm at Adrian’s family farm, Ted and Adrian were cleaning up the fallen trees. A beautiful, black walnut tree had come down and they didn’t want to see it go to waste. They saw the potential to turn it into a piece of furniture, and a business was born. Ted did wood-working as a hobby, and while at Ridley, both Ted and Adrian learned wood-working skills from Mr. Giles Campbell, the Design Technology teacher, who still teaches students today.

When Ted and Adrian graduated high school, they left Ridley with time-management skills and the ability to focus on the task at hand, but they said that their biggest take-away was the connections they made. When their business began to take off, their Ridley connections were the direct cause. Their workshop was rented from a Ridley parent, many of their first customers were Ridleians, and their materials were – and still are – harvested and collected from a Ridley family farm.

Ted and Adrian take great care in ensuring their products are completed with the utmost quality and sustainability. It can take up to eight months for a product to be completed, from the collecting of the dead trees to the sealing of the tables. All of their wood is salvaged from standing dead trees, which would have otherwise been used for firewood.  The wood must then be brought to the sawmill, stacked, and fully dried out, all before they begin to form the reclaimed wood into a usable table. Although it may seem like a long process, it ensures that Tree to Table remains green, and that each customer receives a top of the line product.

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In the last four years, business has been nonstop for Tree to Table and has nearly doubled each year since they began. One of the company’s recent jobs was creating and installing all of the live-edge tables in Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Garrison House. Since both Ted and Adrian have full-time jobs, they work hard to maintain a balance between their other commitments and Tree to Table. While they love their other jobs, Tree to Table gives them a creative outlet and a place to relieve stress. With their recent success, the business partners have begun discussing where to take their company next.

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To Ridleians who are looking to start their own businesses, Ted and Adrian gave some of advice:

“When you see an opportunity, you have to capitalize on it. Don’t wait around. Be mindful of your life. Find a healthy balance between your work and your personal life. Let your business flourish, but not at the expense of your wellbeing”

– Ted Kirkpatrick ‘05

“Be a sponge. Ask questions and surround yourself with strong mentors.”

– Adrian Pennachetti ‘05


TransfORming Our Globe is a blog series where we share the exciting stories of alumni who are leading flourishing lives and changing the world. It is important to Ridley College to support our alumni and share the stories of Old Ridleians, who discovered their passion and found success and happiness down the path of their choosing. 

Do you know of any classmates that are living flourishing lives or transforming our globe? Email any suggestions for the TransfORming Our Globe blog series to development@ridleycollege.com.

 

Upper School Prize Day 2011

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It’s officially summer time here at Ridley College! The campus has cleared out and it’s very quiet after an exciting weekend. 145 students walked across the stage to receive their diploma on Saturday in the Field house. Prize giving, a rousing valedictorian address by Gianni B and a graduation dinner were some of the highlights from Saturday. Some students have been at Ridley for eight months, others eight years, but they have all taken something away from their time here.

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Check out the valedictorian speech:

Check out some highlights from Prize Day:

 

Gianni B - Valedictorian for class of 2011
Mrs. Loat - receives honorary diploma after 20 years in Academics/Guidance Office

 

Mason Medal Winner Briony with Ms. Elizabeth Mason

 

2011 Prize Winners in front of School House

Lower School Prize Day 2011

This weekend Ridley held two Prize Day ceremonies. Friday evening the Lower School students graduated from Grade 8 and special prizes were awarded to Lower School students. It was much more than an evening to award prizes, it was a time to reflect as graduations often are and the valedictorian address by Ashleigh S. did just that. The grade 8 students have formed a strong bond throughout the school year with each other and their teachers. There is no doubt that they will carry the memories from Lower School with them as they move on to Upper School whether it be at Ridley or another high school in Canada or beyond. Check out the valedictorian address, it’s a good mixture of humour and sentimentality:

Before Prize Day, there was a dinner and dance for the graduates. Take a look at the Hollywood themed event:

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Dining Hall decorated in Hollywood theme

2011 Athletic Scholarships for Graduates

Prize Day is quickly approaching. We will all gather tomorrow for house receptions, a chapel service, a prize giving ceremony and a graduation dinner. It will be a day to remember for our 2011 graduates! In September our graduates will be off to places near and far pursuing various degrees! We have thirteen students that will be on athletic scholarships and countless others on academic scholarships.

Below is a list of the athletic scholarship recipients:

Canadian Schools
Sarah Robichaud – Dalhousie University, NS (CIS hockey)
Emily Van Deipen – Mount Allison University, NB (CIS hockey and soccer)
Karlyle Robinson – Windsor University, ON (CIS hockey)
Colin MacKay – University of Western Ontario, ON (CIS Rowing)
Charlotte Clarke – University of Western Ontario, ON (CIS Rowing)
Cooper Rigg – Wilfrid Laurier, ON (CIS Basketball)

United States Schools
Eleeza Cox – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), NY (NCAA Division I hockey)
Kara Power – Minnesota State, MN (NCAA Division I hockey)
Chris Draper – Brown University, RI (NCAA Division I hockey)
AJ Pieprzak – Saint Michael’s College, VT (NCAA Division II hockey)
Victoria Purcell – Pfeiffer University, NC (NCAA Division II Golf)
Sam Reimer – Oswego State College, NY (NCAA Division III hockey)

Congratulations to all the graduates and looking forward to Prize Day tomorrow!