Ardenne Past Students‘ Association:

About Ardenne Past Students Association, Toronto Chapter

The story goes that a chance encounter while standing at a bus stop in the ‘70s, brought two Ardennites together in Toronto.  These two individuals very quickly, began connecting with other Ardennites.   Before long, the number had grown to four; to six; and then to 10, and the group had began taking turns meeting in each others homes, to socialize and enjoy reminiscence about their rich school days. 

In 1981, when a member of the group raised the bar by introducing the idea of forming a group to help students at Ardenne, the others quickly warmed to the idea, setting a new precedence for past students abroad.  Thus, APSA Toronto was established and a new era in the scope and impact of the past students’ community began. From a strictly social gathering of individuals with a common bond, they had developed into a group with a cause. Right from the onset, the children were a priority, and today that agenda endures. 

Twenty-five years later, through fun times and difficult times; with a volunteer executive of nine people; the commitment of many volunteer hours and effort; a membership list of over 100 people; and as the fourth largest of the five Ardenne Past Students Associations ( Florida, Jamaica , New York, Toronto, Washington), the group has grown from strength to strength.

Ardenne Past Students Association continues to set the standards through its dedicated efforts as a vibrant and resourceful force, helping its alma mater to achieve major accomplishments. Whether working on its own, or partnering with other Ardenne Associations and system partners, APSA Toronto continues to make bold strides ahead both locally and abroad.  The group celebrated its 25th Anniversary on July 8, 2006 with a gala awards ceremony and a fundraising golf tournament. 

25 Years of “Making a Difference”

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Caption: Thirty-one individuals received awards of merit and special recognition at APSA’s 25 Anniversary Celebration in July 2006.

On Saturday, July 8, 2006, the past students of Ardenne High School, friends and community supporters celebrated 25 years as an established organization in Toronto, when they hosted a fundraising golf tournament, and a Gala Banquet at the Park Plaza Hotel -- Toronto Airport. Proceeds from the golf tournament benefited the Marcus Garvey Centre for Leadership & Education, a self-help skills training Centre in Toronto.  The celebrations marked a significant milestone in the group’s growth and evolution, as well as the impact and scope of the work of alumni associations and the role they play in the lives of students and school environments in Jamaica

Close to 300 guests, celebrated the volunteer group’s years of dedication, commitment and resourcefulness. Thirty-one individuals received awards of merit and special recognition.  The event was themed, “Making a Difference”, showcasing the association’s many successful fundraising initiatives and programs including: a lunch program for feeding needy students which is one of the chapter’s major successes. Between the years 2004 and 2005, the program netted JA$116,591. Today, the lunch program, funded mainly through personal donations, continues to grow, serving at least 20 students on a daily basis.

As well, on an on-going basis, approximately six members of the Toronto Chapter each continue to mentor and sponsor an Ardenne student’s education. Recently, the Association joined forces with their sister chapters in a campaign to raise funds for the construction of a science lab and a library extension at the school.  The campaign involved individual purchasing of bricks, among other initiatives.  At the Anniversary celebration, the association presented a cheque in the amount of Cdn$15,000 to the school’s principal in support of refurbishing and expansion initiatives.

Website: www.ardennealumni.com

2005 - 2007 Executive Committee

  • Heather Norman, President
  • Cavell McLaren-Lynch, Vice President
  • Immediate Past President, Sonia Betty
  • Secretary: Vacant
  • Paul Barnett, Treasurer
  • Clement Mason, Assistant Treasurer
  • Claudette Leslie, Public Relations Officer
  • Evon Morrison, Social Coordinator
  • Brunhilde Chin, Lunch Program Co-ordinator

Programs/Accomplishments:

  • Purchased Ardenne’s first school bus.
  • .Provided a variety of resources for the school library
  • Implemented The Joyce Britton Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • The Lunch Program
  • Implemented a Technology program
  • Participants in the Library Extension and Science Lab Construction initiatives
  • On-going Child Sponsorships

Dates to Remember:

  • Feb 2007                   APSA Valentine event
  • Mar 2007                   APSA General Meeting
  • Apr 2007                    APSA Games Night
  • May 2007                   APSA Fundraising Luncheon/Brunch
  • Jun 2007                   APSA General Meeting
                                        APSA Annual Church Service, Ossington Baptist Church
  • Jun 23, 2007             APSA Home Coming/ Ardenne’s 80th Anniversary, Jamaica
  • Jul 2007                     APSA Family Picnic - Participation in Soccerfest
  • Aug 2007                   APSA Annual General Meeting



The Alliance of Jamaican Alumni Associations (Toronto)
Tel: 416.498.9934 Email: info@ajaacanada.com