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All students who have attended St. Margaret’s School are an SMS Alumna. Our alumnae network consists of many interesting and inspiring women. Their studies, careers and other adventures have taken them around the globe, but their journeys all started right here at St. Margaret’s School.

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Nominate an SMS graduate for a Service with Love Award

“Service with Love” has been the SMS motto since our founding in 1908. This simple phr ase captures the commitment to giving back to the community that is a core value of the SMS educational experience.

Women who have been educated at SMS understand the importance of giving back to the community to express love and gratitude for the gift of being here, for all that life has given to each of us, and for being able to serve others. Now, as we celebrate our 110th anniversary, SMS commemorates our commitment to “Service with Love” by launching a new Alumnae Award.

We invite you to nominate that individual or to selfnominate for a Service with Love Alumnae Award. Please note that these awards are for Alumnae only and may not be presented to:

  • Current Board members
  • Members of the Alumnae Association Executive
  • Current faculty or staff

How to Nominate

  1. Nominations are open from the first business day after Labour Day through to mid-April each year.
  2. Nominations will be subject to review by the SMS Department of External Relations only to ensure they are eligible and meet the criteria.
  3. The recognition form should demonstrate the worthiness of the candidate, and include all relevant information.

Submit the recognition form online by filling out the nomination form and sending it to Janine Cowie at: jcowie@stmarg.ca




In celebration of our 110th anniversary, SMS has established Emerging Leadership Awards to recognize alumnae who have demonstrated exceptional skills and extraordinary potential. The inaugural Awards were presented at the 110th Anniversary Tea on Sunday, November 4, 2018.

Congratulations to the first recipients of the inaugural 2018 SMS Emerging Leadership Awards:

Katherine Evans (SMS ’15)
Award-Winning Actress
“SMS taught me that your goals are only faraway, unattainable dreams if you let them be. Think of little steps you can take to work towards your goals every day, and always keep learning.”

Kate Strachan (SMS ’95)
Mechanical Engineer/Plant Manager
Kate has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Victoria and September, she was appointed first female plant manager at Canada’s largest cement plant.
“At SMS, we were challenged, empowered, focused, confident in our endeavors, creative, and pushed each other to succeed.”

Karina Sihota (SMS ’04)
Human Rights/International Relations
With an honour’s degree in International Development
and Political Science from McGill University, Karina has worked abroad in India and Brazil, and closer to home for the Canadian Labour Congress.
“SMS provided me with a genuine curiosity for science and math. By having opportunities provided in the school, as well as the support of all the teachers, I had the confidence to pursue a career in engineering.”

Jean Hsu (SMS ’01)
Scientist/Engineer
With a Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Toronto, Jean is working for Kinectrics, a global leader in the electricity industry.
“Have values, always look for strengths in people who are different than you, always take time to learn more than just academics and take every opportunity to evaluate yourself, learn and grow. SMS teachers: all that we do stems from the lessons you taught us – thank you.”

For more information about the STEM Education Excellence Fund or details about other transformational naming opportunities, please contact:

Barbara Sutton
Director of External Relations
bsutton@stmarg.ca


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