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RIP Barbara Howard, Brit alumni, track & field star, teacher and inspiration.
Closing Brit – NOT! Special thanks to alumni who stepped up – voted on-line, attended VSB public meetings, attended the Save Brit Rally (400 showed up). The entire process seemed to be a celebration of Britannia. Comments by the government appointed VSB Chair Diane Turner ( former Vice-principal at Brit) plus the Canada Supreme Court victory by BC teachers seem to say that schools will not be closed. Well perhaps an annex or two! But certainly not Britanni
Greetings all Brit Alumni.
The day started with some heavy rain but for the 7 golfers who braved the weather, the clouds parted and they were treated to a cloudy but rainfree day.
A delicious meal was served by Meadow Gardens Golf Club followed by dancing. Those in attendance regained their youthfulness as hips swayed until past 12 midnight.
A huge “Thank You” to Gloria Lim Russell, Rohit Lal and Willy Quan for donating door prizes. The lucky 50/50 winner was Art Nishi.
Past honoree John Minichiello attended and former students enjoyed the evening having a chance to reconnect with him. He looked well.
This year’s Dinner Honoree was Bob Fitzpatrick who retired from teaching at Britannia after 42 years. The Alumni donated two bursaries of $500.00 in his name at the 2016 graduation ceremonies in his name. We also donated $2,000.00 towards a tea/coffee get together for the grads and their relatives after the graduation ceremonies at the Italian Cultural Centre. This grant was made in the names of the past Honorees, Bill Vance, Jack Schreiber, Rose Marie Voakes, George Rapanos, Mike Evans, Adele Case and John Minichiello.
This year, the committee has announced that Grant Hulme will be recognized for his long teaching career and commitment to the students. Grant also retired this year.
Two bursaries for $500.00 each will be awarded in Grant’s name at this year’s graduation ceremonies. Thank you Grant for your contributions to Britannia. We will also be making a monetary contribution towards this year’s post graduation ceremonies in the names of all past Honorees.
Take a look at the photographs taken at the Dinner Dance. Everybody looks great and honestly, no photoshopping was done. Thank you all for attending and for your generous donations, this year and in the past.
We will keep you informed as to the 2017 event. Stay well, everybody.
On June 20, 2016, VSB senior management staff announced a preliminary list of schools that could be considered for closure and notifications to potentially affected schools have been sent to school principals and PAC chairs. Britannia is on that list.
If you want to help save Britannia, there are a number of things that you can do.
Chloe Gray has started a petition to save Britannia Secondary School. You can sign the petition at https://www.change.org/p/the-community-saving-britannia-secondary-school
Before you do, however, you should read the following from Mike Lombardi, a Britannia Alumni and chairman of the Vancouver Board of School Trustees
The committee to save Britannia have put together a press kit so that you can familiarize yourself with the issues.
There is a Trustee Public Meeting on Sept 15 at 5:00 pm aat Charles Tupper High School. Trustees have a number of previously submitted questions.
We are trying to fill the place with “Don’t Quit on Brit” supporters! See you there. Wear Brit colours!!!!
Prior to making any decisions trustees will review a detailed report on each school presented by staff in September 2016. Once this has occurred, trustees will then make a decision about whether any schools from the preliminary list should be considered for closure. If so, the VSB will then conduct significant communication and public consultations with affected school communities in October and November 2016. Following a report on the consultation and staff information, trustees will decide about school closures at a public VSB meeting in December 2016.
Information about these consultations will be widely publicized, but if you would like to receive information directly you are invited to fill in a contact form here.
Additionally, the VSB continues to advocate for the elimination of the arbitrary Ministry of Education-imposed 95%. District-wide capacity utilization formula that is the ministry required foundation for the VSB Long Term Facilities Plan.
The VSB also continues to advocate for adequate and stable funding to address our $21.8million 2016-17 budget shortfall resulting from years of chronic underfunding and downloading of costs from the provincial government.
You are encouraged to support the VSB in its advocacy efforts to secure additional funding and to eliminate the arbitrary 95% capacity utilization target.
Please communicate with the Premier, Minister of Education, and your MLA about these matters. I would also encourage you copy VSB trustees on your messages.
-Contact information for the Premier, Minister of Education, and Vancouver-area MLAs:
Contact information for Vancouver-Area MLAs:
Contact information for VSB trustees:
Also, here is great information from the East Van Education Network (EVEN).
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A timeline for those wanting to be more active and take part in:
September 6 (1st day of school) Information flyers distributed to parents at elementary and also to Brit students at High School.
September 9 – 10:00 am MEDIA EVENT at Britannia Carving Pavilion.
September 15 – 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Town Hall style meeting at Astorino’s. We hope to fill the place with Brit families, Brit alumni, students, etc.
It’s hard to believe that 50 years have passed since we graduated from Britannia.
You are cordially invited to join your fellow graduates on Aug. 19-20, 2016 to relive past glories and renew acquaintances and friendship.
When: Friday, August 19th, 2016.
From: 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Where: Riverway Golf Course at 9001 Bill Fox Way, Burnaby
Cost: $ 40.00 per person.
Includes appetizers and a No Host Bar. Open to all (friends, family, ex-Brits etc.)
When: Saturday, August 20th, 2016.
From: Doors open at 6:00 pm, Dinner at 7:30 & Dancing at 9:00
Where: Italian Cultural Centre at 3075 Slocan St., Vancouver
Cost: $95.00 per person
Includes an awesome Buffet dinner, a No Host Cash Bar and dancing to the R & B tunes of The Souled Out Band (http://souledout.ca/ ), it will bring back great memories of
yesteryear! Open to all (friends, family, ex-Brits etc.)
Tickets are limited. Secure your spot by forwarding a cheque for full payment by May 1, 2016. Alternatively, forward a cheque for 50% of the cost by May 1, 2016 to confirm your attendance with full payment by June 1, 2016. All cheques are non-refundable.
Registration is now open for the 6th annual Britannia High School Alumni Dinner, Dance & Optional Golf.
September 17, 2016
Meadow Gardens Golf and Country Club
19675 Meadow Gardens Way, Pitt Meadows, BC
Everyone is welcome. Spend the day enjoying golf, food and great times with your fellow alumni. All monies raised will be used for bursaries for Brit graduating students and various projects supported by the BSS.
Registration for Golf 11:00 am
Dinner start 05:30 pm
Dance start 07:30 pm – midnight
There are a limited number of tee times available, first come, first served. Golfers, please show up early or risk disappointment.
Please note: If you are not yet a member of the Britannia Support Society, you can join online at http://www.britsupportsociety.com/membership or at the Dinner and Dance. Lifetime membership costs only $25.
For golf, we will let you know the tee times after September 3rd. Stay tuned.
For the Dinner and Dance, all registrations and payments must be received by September 8th. After that, we are unable to guarantee you a seat at the dinner.
We hold this event primarily, as an opportunity for all Brit alumni to meet and greet and secondarily, all funds raised from this event will be donated to Britannia. Since we have started, we have donated a minimum of $1000.00 a year for bursaries. Since last year and this year, we have also donated $2500.00 for the grads and their families to enjoy tea and coffee after the graduation ceremonies at the Italian Cultural Centre.
If you are interested, please make your donation cheques to “Britannia Support Society” or go to http://www.britsupportsociety.com/donate. Tax receipts for donations to the Britannia Support Society will be issued for amounts over $50.00. Tax receipts will not be issued for the golf and dinner event.
If you would like more info or would like to donate our event, please contact:
Eddy Teranishi firstname.lastname@example.org
Willy Quan email@example.com
Glenn Hara firstname.lastname@example.org
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Mark your calendars for the Annual Britannia Alumni Dine and Dance with Optional Golf. Hosted by Willy Quan, Eddy Teranishi and yours truly. This year’s gathering will be the 6th annual and will be held on Saturday, September 17th at Meadow Gardens Golf and Country Club. Stay tuned for more details but, mark your calendar now!!!!
The 5th annual Britannia Alumni Golf/Dinner/Dance at Meadow Gardens Golf Course on Saturday, September 12, 2015. Another spectacular day on the course and a thoroughly enjoyable evening of dining and dancing.
Come on out next year. Watch for updates on the 6th Annual event.
Thanks to Glen Hara, Willie Quan and Eddie Teranishi for all of their hard work in putting this together.
The BSS endorses and promotes the Annual Britannia Alumni Golf, Dance and Dinner. This event has been traditionally organized by Willy Quan, Eddy Teranishi and Glenn Hara, all former Brit grads.
Everyone is welcome. Spend the day enjoying golf, food and great times with your fellow alumni. There will be many prizes to be won and a silent auction. All monies raised will be used for bursaries for Brit graduating students and various projects supported by the BSS.
Last year, we raised $6,353.53! Way to go, Brit Alumni!
Looking forward to seeing everyone there.
Download the 2015 Registration Form now and don’t miss out.
Assorted Dinner Rolls and Butter
Mixed Green Salad and House Made Dressings
Cranberry Vinaigrette, Balsamic Vinaigrette, Ranch Dressing
Build your own Caesar Salad
Potato Salad in a Creamy Bacon and Shallot Dressing
Mussels, Smoked Salmon and Poached Prawns
Crudite and Creamy Dill Dressing
Wild Rice Pilaf
Roasted Herb Potatoes
Baked Wild Coho and a Lemon Dill Sauce
Roasted Chicken with a Natural Jus
Carved Prime Ribs
Pies, Cakes, Squares, Fruit Salad
Coffee and Tea