In October 2012, almost three hundred Trafalgar old girls descended on Montreal to celebrate the school’s 125th anniversary. Seven decades of Trafalgar women – from the class of 1940 to 2011 – participated in a special, fun-filled homecoming weekend.
The event launched on Friday October 19 with an inspiring address from Canada’s first female auditor general, Sheila Fraser, during the school’s traditional Trafalgar-Ross lecture. That afternoon, former and current staff attended a tea in Traf’s historic library.
On Saturday, Trafalgar hosted an inter-generational House Carnival. Current students, old girls and family members (many old girls brought their children!) gathered at the school where they earned house points and prizes. The day was action packed. Congratulations to Cumming House who won the Intergenerational House Shield.
Saturday evening, a memorable cocktail and dinner reception was held at the St James Club (the location of many Traf grad dances over the years), followed by an after-party at the downtown nightclub Newtown.
Sunday morning, the Trafalgar community was invited to a special service and coffee at the Church of St Andrew and St Paul, where Old Girl Vicky Palmer’s (Class of 1954) musical composition, created in honour of the school’s 125th, was performed by Trafalgar’s choir.
It was truly a magical three days. Hundreds of accomplished Trafalgar women reunited with each other, and with former teachers. Old friendships were restored, and new friendships established – many from different decades and generations. What became clear throughout the weekend is that the community of support and friendship that started when we were young women continues today as adults and seniors.
Traf is special place with a reach that is worldwide. There is no doubt that our professional and personal successes are the result of the fundamentals we acquired at Traf. The school taught us how to study, how to learn, and to how work hard. But, there was also plenty of time for fun!
The 125th anniversary event would not have happened without the efforts of so many dedicated volunteers. From researching the 125 women in the Scholars and Explorers magazine, to attending a year and a half worth of meetings, to shopping for prizes and arranging carnival games, to composing a special Trafalgar musical piece - Traf alumnae, staff, and students joined together to create a spectacular celebration.
For those who could not join us but wanted to, we know you were here in spirit. For those who were able to take the time to be here, we send our most sincere thanks for helping us celebrate our wonderful school.
We encourage you to keep the Trafalgar spirit alive through this anniversary year, and beyond. Whether it’s by attending a chapter reunion in another city, staying in touch via the Traf website, or meeting other alumnae for the occasional dinner, nourishing those ties and special friendships is an integral part of maintaining Traf’s spirit and vitality. The school is only as strong as its support system, and each and every one of us plays a part.
Happy birthday Trafalgar!
Aislinn Mosher ’83 and Christina Nacos ’85
Co-Chairs, 125th Anniversary Committee