Welcome / Bienvenue
Since 1891, Ashbury has been fostering the academic, artistic and athletic development of our students while nurturing their spiritual growth. Ashbury welcomes day students from Grades 4 to 8 and day and boarding students from Grades 9 to 12. Ashbury currently has 109 students boarding on campus. Twenty percent of Ashbury’s student population is international and represents 66 countries.
A Message from the Head of School
From our home in the nation’s capital, Ashbury College is a centre for excellence in international teaching and learning, where enthusiasm permeates life both in and out of the classroom. Our goal is not just to get students to new destinations, but also to give them the skills and knowledge to succeed and adapt to the challenges they will face.
This is a close and diverse school community that integrates young children with pre-university students. In a supportive environment, we challenge students to step out of their comfort zones, and to think critically and globally—all while ensuring the simple yet important formalities of manners and respect are not overlooked.
Ashbury’s co-curricular programs, high academic standards and expectations are rooted in a context of making the world bigger for our students. As we look forward from over a century of teaching bright young minds in the National Capital Region, being innovative, while not abandoning the tried and tested, will inspire our teaching and learning pedagogy and prepare students for the world ahead.
Ashbury College is an exciting place to be, with students from over 65 countries around the globe learning, creating and advancing together. I invite you to discover the advantages and experiences we have to offer.
Honesty, Courage, Kindness—Probitas, Virtus, Comitas.
Head of School – Directeur
Norman became Ashbury’s tenth Head of School at the beginning of January, 2014. He brings with him 20 years of education experience, including seven as Principal of Neuchâtel Junior College in Switzerland and 11 at Stanstead College in Québec, where he served five years as Assistant Headmaster. Most recently, he was Headmaster at St. John’s-Kilmarnock School, an IB World School of 400 students (JK-12) serving the Waterloo and Guelph regions of Ontario.
Norman’s career in social studies, second language and international education includes the completion of the CAIS Diploma in Independent School Leadership and his participation in visiting committees with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS). He has served as vice-chair of the Swiss Group of International Schools (SGIS) for five years including organizer of the SGIS annual educator’s conference for over 40 international schools. He currently sits on the board of the Conference of Independent Schools (CIS) in Ontario, and chairs the CIS Governance Committee. He has presented at the International Baccalaureate Annual Conferences, international schools in China and is enthusiastic in developing a range of experiential and learning opportunities for students.
Norman holds a BA in history and French from the University of Western Ontario, a B.Ed from Mount Allison, and an M.Ed (Curriculum and Instruction) from McGill University.
Brian Storosko is a former Head of the Junior School. His new position as Deputy Head Teaching and Learning will advance the school’s mission and strategic goals in school programs with a strong focus on teaching, learning and innovation within Junior and Senior Schools. Brian is a seasoned educator and will be working further with the Leadership Team, students, faculty and staff in the areas of program development, professional development and growth as well as operational planning. Holding a B.Sc. in Chemistry from McMaster University, a B.Ed. and M.Ed. (Curriculum) from Western University, Ontario Principal’s Qualifications and a CAIS Diploma in Independent School Leadership, his experience at Ashbury and in public education has spanned over 25 years as a teacher and administrator. He is excited about his new school-wide role focusing on our core: teaching and learning.
Gary Godkin is Ashbury’s Head of Senior School. Gary is the former Director of Senior School at St. Andrew’s College, a 112 year old day and boarding school in Aurora, Ontario.
Gary grew up in southwestern Ontario and started his career teaching mathematics and computer science and became a Department Head in two public schools. He then moved to ING Canada as a Senior Consultant in Information Technology and returned to teaching at St. Andrew’s College. He became Director of Administration and then Director of Senior School at SAC.
Passionate about teaching, learning and educational leadership, Gary has his Principal’s Qualifications and the CAIS Diploma in Independent School Leadership. He has been a presenter at conferences in North America and Europe and completed his M.Ed., specializing in school-parent communication. Gary is also a superb athlete and coach, having taken teams in hockey, baseball and badminton to the OFSAA Provincial Championships.
As Director of Student Services, Anjelien oversees programming and services as they pertain to student academic success and personal health and wellness. Services through the department range from guidance intervention programming in the Junior School to career counselling, university applications, and learning support in the Senior School. Anjelien is a passionate educator and strong believer in developing the whole child; focusing on academic achievement in addition to social and emotional growth.
Prior to starting her career in education, Anjelien worked in the software industry as an analyst teaching educators across Canada how to introduce Geographic Information Systems into their classrooms. This sparked an interest in teaching and she promptly landed a teaching job at Appleby College. She then moved to Crescent School where she continued as an educator for 15 years and became Head of Student Services for the Upper School.
Anjelien has a degree in Geography and Environmental Studies from the University of Guelph. She further completed graduate work at Guelph in the Land Resource Science Department. She completed her teacher’s degree at OISE, University of Toronto and holds both her Special Education and Guidance Specialist to support her work with student success. She is currently pursuing her Principal’s Qualifications. Anjelien is an avid runner, and naturalist; spending as much time outdoors with her family as possible.
As Head of the Junior School, Kendal Young oversees curriculum design, teacher evaluation, professional development and faculty leadership. Kendal is a member of the school leadership team, has taught français langue maternelle, core and extended French, and has worked extensively on the transition to coeducation in the Junior School as well as on school environmental initiatives, including the school’s green roof.
Before working at Ashbury College, Kendal taught French at the Sacred Heart School of Montreal and at St. Clement’s School in Toronto. She was also the Coordinator of Young Round Square and the Coordinator of Environmental Education. Kendal has taught French Advanced Placement Language and Literature, worked as a French AP reader in the United States and trained French AP teachers across Canada.
An International Baccalaureate graduate, Kendal holds a Diplôme des cours de civilisation française from the Université de la Sorbonne (Paris IV), a B.A. Honours from the University of Winnipeg, a M.A. in French literature from the University of Ottawa and a Diploma in Education from McGill University. Kendal has also received her Principal’s Qualification (parts 1 and 2) from the University of Toronto (OISE) and a diploma in school leadership from CAIS (Canadian Accredited Independent Schools). More recently, she completed parts 1 and 2 in special education and part 1 in guidance and career education at the University of Toronto.
Over the next few years, Kendal, along with the junior school team, will help further promote bilingualism. This will include the introduction of coding in Grades 4 to 8, adding other foreign languages to the junior school program and strengthening offerings in French. As well, character development will be formalized at all levels and the Junior School will devote attention to classroom environmental design to support a wide variety of learning styles.
Alex Milroy joined Ashbury College in 2011. As Chief Financial Officer, Alex has overall responsibility for the school’s financial affairs, information technology, procurement, transportation services, food services, and campus maintenance and development. She is also the school’s Privacy Officer, and member of the Senior Leadership Team.
Alex is a seasoned executive with demonstrated leadership skills. Prior to joining Ashbury College she worked in the private sector, holding positions as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer in the consulting sector, helping businesses meet their financial and operational goals. A respected community builder, Alex has served on a number of not-for-profit boards and has chaired Finance and Fundraising Committees. Alex graduated from the University of Ottawa, with an Honours Commerce degree. In her free time she pursues her passion for horseback riding.
Bruce Mutch joined Ashbury College as Director of Admissions in 2012 and moved into his current role as Director of Enrollment and Advancement in 2017. Originally from Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Bruce has spent much of his career in the independent school industry, working for some of North America’s most recognized day and boarding institutions. Prior to joining the Ashbury College family, Bruce worked as the Director of Enrollment at Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School in Calgary, AB. Previously, Bruce spent 6 years at Ridley College as Assistant Director of Admissions and Assistant Housemaster, and 2 years at Hillside School in Marlborough, Massachusetts as French Teacher and Assistant Head of House.
Bruce is an independent school graduate of Wilbraham and Monson Academy in Wilbraham, Massachusetts. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Illinois, where he balanced academics with a love for hockey, captaining the Varsity team his Junior and Senior years. He later moved on to coaching roles in hockey, lacrosse, rugby and volleyball at Hillside School, Ridley College and Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School.
Bruce enjoys having the opportunity to explain the value of an Ashbury College experience to prospective, current and past students and alumni, along with their families. Bruce is an active member of various organizations including the Ashbury College Foundation, CAIS (Canadian Accredited Independent Schools) and EMA (Enrollment Management Association).
Outside of school, Bruce enjoys golf, running, reading and spending time with friends and family.
Bill Palamar, MSW, CHRP, is Ashbury’s Director of Human Resources. Bill brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in the human resources field to his position, which he is the first to hold at the school. Previous to arriving at Ashbury, Bill worked for many years with Scouts Canada as their National Director of Human Resources, and most recently as the Executive Director of the Canadian Council of HR Associations. He is very active in his professional associations, and is passionate about ongoing professional development.
Padme Raina is responsible for creating meaningful connections within the Ottawa community and beyond in support of the school’s strategic plan. She was formerly Ashbury’s international recruiter and continues to be passionate about engaging families. Her next goals involve connecting an Ashbury education to real-life experience through summer, March Break and global programming. Prior to working at Ashbury, Padme worked as an ESL and English literature teacher in New Zealand. She also worked as an avalanche forecaster in the mountains of Canada, South America and New Zealand and travelled the world developing trips for an active travel company. Padme holds a B.A. Honours in International Relations from UBC, a teaching degree from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, and an MBA from Royal Roads University. She has trained in Educational Fundraising obtaining the SIEFER certification from CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education).
Ashbury College inspires students in a dynamic learning environment as intellectually curious, compassionate and responsible global citizens.
Our vision is to offer the highest standards in teaching and learning and to prepare students for a life of integrity, enrichment and contribution to a changing world.
Our values include Academic Excellence, Personal Growth, Character Development, International Engagement, and Community.
Ashbury College was founded in 1891 by George Penrose Woollcombe, an ambitious Oxford University graduate and a new Canadian, who served as Ashbury’s Headmaster for 42 years. The three-room school for boys was originally located on Wellington Street in downtown Ottawa, moving to larger quarters also on Wellington Street and then on to Argyle Street in 1890 near the present Museum of Nature. In 1910, the school — called Ashbury College after Woollcombe’s English home — moved to its current 13-acre location in the heart of Rockcliffe Park.
More additions to the school in 1972 accommodated a student population of more than 300. In 1982, girls were enrolled for the first time in the senior school. With the financial support of Ashbury families and friends, a new gymnasium was added in 1985. This was followed by the completion of the new Napier wing in 1994 to house the Junior School. Later that year the Ashbury theatre, computer labs, several special purpose classrooms and the Teron Foyer were completed. The Heather Gillin Residence for girls opened in 1999 to enhance Ashbury’s boarding program. In fall 2004, a new dining room (named Maclaren Hall), a double gymnasium and four new classrooms were opened. The main floor science lab and front offices were also renovated. Expansion of the Heather Gillin residence for girls began in June 2006 and the new boys residence was completed in September 2009. A new Creative Learning Centre opened in 2014, providing bright art and music rooms, and a boutique residence, called Maple, welcomed boarders in 2016.
Boards & Committees
Ashbury’s strategic direction is decided, in large part, by its executive boards and committees. The college is grateful to all of the dedicated volunteers who support the school. Read our strategic plan: Together Towards 2025/Ensemble vers 2025
Board of Governors
The Board of Governors is the guardian of the school’s mission and core values and it sets the strategic policies for the future well-being of the school. New governors are nominated by the nominating committee and people interested should notify a current Governor or the Headmaster. View board bios
Contact the board at firstname.lastname@example.org
Board of Governors
Mr. Kevin Pidgeon Chair of the Board
Dr. Melissa Forgie Vice Chair of the Board
Ms. Lori O’Neill Past Chair of the Board
Mr. Terry Blake
Ms. Suzanne Blanchard
Mr. Pierre Boulet
Mr. Bobby Kelly ’09
Mrs. Menisha Sharma
Mr. Stefano Taucer ’02
Mr. Thomas Favret
Mrs. Zahra Jadavji
Dr. Nicholas Ng-A-Fook
Mr. Andrew Nichols ‘91
Mr. Jeremy Ouseley ‘09
Ms. Victoria Shore ‘07
Dr. Ben Barry ’01
Mr. Richard Emmerson
Mr. Charles Kennedy
Mr. Olugbolahan Mark-George
Ms. Kathryn Tremblay
*Mr. Martin Parizeau
*Mr. Chris Teron ’76
Mrs. Cynthia Baxter
Dr. Christopher Carruthers
Mr. Richard Dixon
Mr. John Kelly
Mr. Frederic Martin
Mr. Timothy Murray
Mr. Robert Paterson
*Mrs. Jean Teron
*Mr. Stephen Woollcombe ’57
Mr. David Pigott ’79
Mr. Gordon Pimm
Mrs. Meena Roberts
Mr. James Smellie ’67
Mr. Anthony Tattersfield
Mrs. Debbie Weinstein
Dr. David Zussman
Ex-Officio (voting) Members
Mrs. Ishrat Balaa, Chair, Parents’ Committee
Mrs. Tracy Rait-Parkes, President, Ashbury Guild
Mr. James Kenny ’02, President, Alumni Executive
Mr. Hugh Scott’88, Chairman, Ashbury Foundation
Mr. Norman Southward, Head of School
The Ashbury College Foundation Board, incorporated on June 22, 1987, became the custodian of the trust funds that had been previously established for the benefit of Ashbury on January 1, 1988. The Foundation was established as an Ontario not-for-profit corporation without share capital, classified as a registered charity and public foundation under the Income Tax Act, Canada. The Foundation was created to raise funds by way of charitable donations, to hold endowment funds to contribute funds to financially support deserving Ashbury College students.
The Ashbury College Foundation is committed to enhancing the reputation and sustainability of the College by raising funds and building meaningful relationships while being accountable to our stakeholders with clarity, transparency with the utmost professional and ethical practices.
The Foundation supports the Ashbury College mission of engaging students in a dynamic learning environment and inspiring them to become intellectually vibrant, compassionate and responsible citizens.
The Ashbury College Foundation Board oversees the strategic planning and implementation of non-event based philanthropic fundraising and stewardship programs in support of Ashbury College. The Foundation is responsible for the management of the charitable contributions committed to the College, the Foundations’ charitable tax status and is custodian of the endowment funds.
- Hugh Scott ’88 (Chair)
- James Baxter ’83 (Past Chair)
- Aik Aliferis ’79
- Patrick Bartlett ’91
- Kathy Boate ’99
- Kevin Bon ’92
- Julie Coulson-Fine ’90
- Shannon Deegan
- Pawan Dilawri ’87
- Graham Fallis
- Cindy Harrison
- Sahir Khan ’88
- Lynda Kurylowicz
- John Lindgren
- Charlie Maclaren ’71
- Alexander Patrick ’03
- Nikola Ruddy ’09
- Raju Ruparelia ’95
Ashbury College Guild
The Ashbury College Guild is a parent volunteer organization that is both a fundraising and a friend-raising body, founded in 1950. We work in alignment with Ashbury College’s vision and mission to engage the Ashbury parent community by encouraging volunteer participation in Guild sponsored activities and events. From Homecoming, the Ashbury Ball to Springfest, the energy and excitement is buzzing all year round and these events are critical in bringing together the Ashbury community while supporting Ashbury students by raising funds for a variety of curriculum enhancing programs, scholarships and endowment.
All parents and legal guardians of current Ashbury students are eligible to stand for election to the Guild. Members may hold office for a period of three years and past members may reapply after a one-year absence. The Guild is comprised of 15–23 voting members and up to five non-voting members.
The Guild Executive
Tracy Rait-Parkes, President Micheline Saikaley, Past President Janet Goodall, Vice President Jacqueline Coffen, Secretary Natalie Runoff, Treasurer Genevieve Chanteloup, Ball Chair, Nimroz Thawer, Promotions Chair.
- Carina De Pellegrin
- Caroline Gingras
- Charlotte Mee
- Eileen Mlikan
- Ewa Johnson
- Holiday Little
- Jill Sobcov
- Julie Taggart
- Kathleen Billen
- Naina Thoppil
- Nimroz Thawer
- Renren Bai
- Scott Procter
- Stephanie Appotive
- Tracy Harris
- Vanessa Von Finckenstein
Education is a shared partnership between parents and Ashbury College.
The Ashbury Parents’ Committee (PC) acts as an advisory group and sounding board for the Head of School, Deputy Head Teaching and Learning, Head of Senior School and the Head of Junior School. It provides a vital link between the school and the parent community by:
- providing the administration with advice and support on issues pertaining to Ashbury’s core values: academic excellence, community, character development, personal growth and international engagement;
- facilitating good communication within the school community;
- coordinating information-sharing events to foster communication between the College and the parent community;
- organizing and providing volunteers for the new parent orientation and open house events.
The PC membership includes the Head of School, Deputy Head Teaching and Learning, Head of Senior School and Head of Junior School as well as Ashbury parents representing each grade of the Junior and Senior Schools and Boarding community. Incoming members are selected in April from a list of nominees and are appointed for a term of up to four years. All parents of Ashbury students who are independent of the daily operation of the school can apply for committee membership by contacting the current Chair.
PC sub-committees work on specific projects and tasks throughout the year. A representative of the Parents’ Committee sits on and acts as liaison with other Ashbury Committees and Boards such as the Guild, the Board of Governors, the Advancement Committee, the Food Committee and the Green Committee.
Monthly meetings are held throughout the school year. All parents are invited to attend town hall meetings, which are held twice a year, and include guest presentations on topics of interest to the parent community. Minutes for all past PC meetings are posted for all parents to review.
Please contact any member of the PC Executive if you have any questions or suggestions.
Parents’ Committee Executive
- Ishrat Balaa,Chair
- Sarah Waters,Vice Chair
- Tina Fallis, Secretary
- Melynda Layton, Past Chair
Parents Committee Members
- Parmoun Eatemadi
- Mei Xie
- Colleen Acharya
- Kasia Smith
- Jeff Hill
- Suzanne Barnes
- Barbara Ann Vocisano
- Jen Block
- Amparo Oviedo
- Elena Gonzalez
- Nicole Ye
- Esperance Niyonkuru
- Amanda Guilfoyle
- MJ Quraishi
Accreditations & Associations
- Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
- Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario (CIS)
- National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)
- National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
- New England Association for College Counseling (NEACAC)
- Ontario School Counsellor’s Association (OSCA)
- Round Square