My first person to person encounters occurred on May 5th when the Toronto staff of Neuchâtel Junior College organized a reception for incoming students and their parents at Snell Hall on the grounds of St. James Cathedral. The Head of School, Bill Boyer, met me beforehand in his office on Victoria Street. He put me at ease immediately with his open and warm manner. He said later that he has the best job in the world, working as he does in such a glorious setting. Still, as the man in charge, he is the face of the school. And a wonderful ambassador he is!
Arriving early at Snell Hall, I saw the many name tags on display. One name jumped out at me: Andrew Sisley. He was once a basketball teammate of my son's, but is now President of NorthStar Currency, a company which assists students with the financial side of living in Switzerland. Like others I met that evening, Andrew is a Neuchâtel alumnus. I was happy to see him "all grown up" and to find another personal connection with the school.
|Scenes from the reception on May 5th. That's Mark Keilburger speaking.|
|Barb's pic of the apartment. Love the Toblerone bag!|
|Contents of my Neuchâtel swag bag.|
Finally, last Tuesday, Bill organized a luncheon for the incoming staff and their spouses. I am one of five new teachers coming to Neuchâtel this September. Since this blog entry is so long already, I will not go into detail about our delicious luncheon. But I came away from the day very eager to work with the people I met there. I am sure Paul, Jen, Terry and Aaron and their families will all feature in later entries, as we enter this new phase of our careers together. Here they are in pictures.
|Enjoying meeting each other. Jen and Dayle are the smiling pair in the foreground.|
|Colleen, Paul, Terry and Pam|
|Terry caught a fish THAT BIG!! Bill is amazed.|
|Dayle and Aaron|