To register for the MCHS 60s Reunion, please mail a cheque – payable to MCHS 2015 – to Diana Redden in Langley, B.C.

Left to right: Wendy Swanson, Graeme Decarie. Source: MCHS 1962-63 yearbook

The reunion takes place on Oct. 17, 2015 reunion at Old Mill, Toronto by the Humber River.

MCHS 2015 database

Diana Redden of Langley, B.C. and Howard Hight, who lives near Boston, have created a reunion database.

The MCHS 2015 database will serve as the registration form.

If you wish to add your name to the database, and have not yet done so, please contact Howard Hight at hahight@gmail.com or to Diana Redden at retiredredden@telus.net

Our key means of communications regarding the Reunion is a Newsletter, prepared by Howard and Diana, that is sent out to people on the database.

The Newsletter periodically lists information about which alumni have registered, and what graduation year they are from.

 

Registration fee

The registration fee is $150 for single tickets and $250 per couple of tickets, where one person is an MCHS graduate.

Please make your payment in Canadian currency, payable to MCHS 2015.

Please send your registration fee to:

Diana Redden
4487 – 222A Street
Langley, B.C.
V2Z 1B2

Please make an effort to register sooner rather than later, so that we will have a good indication of our attendance, which will determine how many meeting rooms will be required for the reunion.

Any person who was at MCHS in the 1960s is eligible to attend the reunion

All students, teachers, and staff who were at MCHS in the 1960s are eligible to attend the MCHS 60s Reunion & Celebration of the 60s.

If you attended the school at any time in the 1960s, you are eligible to attend the reunion. If you started attending in the 1960s and didn’t graduate until the 1970s, you are eligible. The reunion includes students who graduated from MCHS in Grade 10. Family members and friends of alumni are also most welcome as are teachers and other staff who were at the school during the era in question.

We welcome your suggestions

We are currently refining the details regarding the format of the event. We welcome you feedback and suggestions. A recent update regarding details can be found here.

Several members of the MCHS 60s Reunion organizing committee, whose members are scattered across North America, graduated in 1963. The reunion is open to anyone who attended MCHS at any point in the 1960s.

For this reunion, we’ve arrived at the concept that we would have round tables, so that people could talk across tables, rather than being in a situation where the extent of conversation only extends to the person on the left and right. People start off at the tables, set up according to the year of graduation.

Photo displays and buffet

We’ve also established that we would have a buffet, where people are free to circulate and find people to talk to. We will have high, narrow tables arranged at the periphery of the room, so that people have a place to put their drinks, if they are having drinks.

Our aim is to ensure that everyone feels at home at this reunion.

We’ll have photo displays, set up on easels, showing the school then and now. We’ll have a photo display and brief texts about classmates who have passed away.

Yearbook photos for name tags

View looking south from Old Mill Road in the Kingsway residential neighbourhood. One of the three main entrances to Old Mill is the entrance where the cars are parked. Jaan Pill photo

We’ll have name tags with large yearbook photos, or photos of people at age 17 if they were not in the available yearbooks. Plus we’ll have a colour-coded system, on name tags, whereby people can find other people from their same graduation year.

As well, we’ll have a way for people to identify (if they wish) what lines of work including volunteer work they’ve been engaged in. We’ll include this kind of optional detail on name tags as well as on display boards, where we have photos, names, and other details on display.

We’ll have printouts of all of this information, as well, with contact information included for people who wish to share such information.

View of Old Mill from Bloor Street West. You can click on the image to enlarge it. Old Mill Subway is in foreground. We will soon post information regarding guest rooms that are available at Old Mill at special rates for the reunion. Jaan Pill photo

We are working on photography and audio-visual requirements for the event, as well as details related to entertainment, with a focus on 50s and 60s – and early 70s! – music and dancing.

We’ll have information soon on special hotel rates for the reunion.

Raffles and prizes

Whatever money is left over after expenses are covered will be distributed – possibly through raffles and prizes – at the reunion. We will share details at the event itself. We are working hard to keep the details a secret.

We look forward to seeing you at the MCHS 60s Reunion & Celebration of the 60s!

Comment from Gary Hackenbeck (Nov. 18, 2014)

Please see Comments at the end of this post.

Accommodations

We are working at establishing block rates at a number of hotels.

Guest room, Old Mill Toronto

Old Mill, interior view

For a start, we’ve arranged for 20 rooms to be set aside at Old Mill Toronto, at a rate of $239.00 per night, for reunion attendees.

We are pleased to confirm the following accommodation for you:

Each room is a Luxury King Room: Room rate $239.00. The rate applies for one night, or for a series of nights.

Guest room, Old Mill Toronto

A Hospitality Fee of $8.00 per room, per night, will be added on to the guest room rate. The Fee includes: daily parking, in-room Wi-Fi, local and toll free calling, in-room Keurig coffee/tea brewer, 2 bottles of water (excluding mini bar), evening turn down service, limited business services, 24 hour access to our fitness room and select concierge services.

The Old Mill Toronto will release any bedrooms not picked up 1 month (Sept. 17, 2015) prior to the first date of arrival. That is, if you want to book a room at the reunion rate, your deadline is Sept. 17, 2015.

Please note that all rooms at The Old Mill Toronto are non-smoking. A deep cleaning fee will be charged if there is any evidence of smoking in the guest rooms.

The above room rate includes complimentary Premium Continental Breakfast served in the Terrace Dining Room.

Interior view

All guests are to make their room reservations directly with the Old Mill Toronto. To receive the special group rate, all guests are to identify themselves as part of the Malcolm Campbell High School Reunion room block at the time of booking. The direct local reservations line is 416-232-3707; or call Toll Free 1-866-OLD-MILL (1-866-653-6455) and ask for Room Reservations. Reservations made by individuals will require a valid credit card at the time of booking. A non-refundable deposit in the amount of one night’s room charge plus HST will be charged to the credit card on file three days prior to the arrival date.

In the event guest rooms are still required after the release date noted, the contracted group rate may or may not be available, based on the number of guest rooms remaining for resale.

Other hotels

We’re also looking at other hotels along the Bloor subway line. Among the additional hotels is Stay Inn on Evans Avenue; we will post the details soon.

Refund policy

The classmates who have been putting together this event have done so at personal financial cost and also vast amounts of time. Non-refundable funds have been put down to cover the cost of renting the Old Mill, as well as other event costs.

This is a non-profit event. We hope you understand that we need your financial support as soon as possible. It’s going to be an amazing event of memories and we’d love to see you there, but to fulfil our financial obligations, we need you to commit ASAP.

Since we have committed to these costs in advance, we are not in a position to offer refunds at this point in time.

However once the event takes place, if for any reason you are unable to attend, our first priority will be to refund, proportionally, any funds you paid in. These funds will be taken from any monies we have left over.

 

4 replies
  1. Gary Hackenbeck
    Gary Hackenbeck says:

    Class of 1973 which means I started at Malcolm in ’69. I am pretty sure I am in. I just happened upon the site and will do my best to spread the word.

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  2. Jaan Pill
    Jaan Pill says:

    You’re in for sure, Gary. We look forward to meeting you at the reunion. Please send an email to Howard Hight (as explained above) so that you are on the database and so that you can proceed with the registration process.

    I’ve prepared a draft letter, based upon the text in the post above, that will be sent out to each person on the reunion database. However, Howard Hight and Diana Redden, whose skills in such matters vastly exceed my own, will get the wording just right. I’m really looking forward to reading their next letter to all of the potential attendees.

    Please do all that you can, Gary, to spread the word. Word of mouth advertising is the name of the game for getting together all of the people that we want to reach, in order to make this reunion a great success.

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  3. Nancy Strachan
    Nancy Strachan says:

    I thought that I was on the list of potential attendees, however I have not been included on any of the news letters that have been sent out.
    Would really like an update to the plans

    Thanks

    Nancy

    Reply
  4. Jaan Pill
    Jaan Pill says:

    Hi Nancy,

    Good to read your message.

    I’ve forwarded your message to the Database Team. They will ensure you are on the list.

    For previous newsletters, including one sent out today, we have them listed at the MCHS 2015 website at this page:

    Reunion News

    Best,

    Jaan

    Reply

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