It’s been 25 years since I first stepped into the halls of York House School. The years have gone by, things have changed, but the feeling I get when I pull up to the front door is always the same: gratitude and joy—to be a part of the York House School community; first as a student and now as the President of the Alumnae Association.
In 1994, the Smith Family moved from Etobicoke, Ontario to Vancouver and I was ready to start Grade 8. If we had stayed in Etobicoke, I would have still been in Middle School (Grades 6-8 back then). What I was not ready for was when they told me that I would start high school...(sorry... what?!). Everything that I had mentally prepared for was out the window. To date, my knowledge of high school was limited to everything that I could learn from John Hughes movies. While it turns out 90s music was better than 80s music (feel free to debate me on that later...) the feelings of excitement and nervousness conveyed in every classic teen coming-of-age film were definitely there.
Thankfully, on that first September day, and over my five years at York House, I met a community of young women who, to this day, are some of my best friends, confidants, mentors, and allies. Just like we did in Grade 8, we support one another; push one another to be our best and continue to be there for each other.
To me, the York House Alumnae Association is the lasting legacy of our school community. It is a network of women across the globe who are connected by our shared experience in Green and Gold and one that I am fiercely proud and grateful to be a part of. Day to day, the Alumnae Association is here to strengthen your bond to each other and to York House School—we want to stay in touch with you!
We hope you will join us at Alumnae events, reach out to your YHS classmates and friends, come back and mentor the alumnae of tomorrow, tell us your stories, and show us your photographs. I encourage each of you to connect with fellow Yorkies from across the generations—ones who have been where we’ve been and ones who are looking at where you are. As alumnae of York House School, we are a built-in community and are here to support one another. It’s this that I continue to remind myself with each passing year, that “not for ourselves alone” is more meaningful than ever.
I look forward to crossing paths with you during my tenure as President and invite you to let us know how the Alumnae Association can continue to grow and connect with you.
Courtney (Smith) Cousineau ‘99