Former Head of School Garth Friesen '87 (Ripley's) was recently in touch with Shawnigan to offer support for upgrades to the Friesen Centre. This winter, following extensive consultation with students, "The Ritz" will see a coffee/snack bar installed and new indoor and outdoor furniture purchased to allow students to gather and socialize safely in these pandemic times. Ever the supportive alumnus, Garth is stepping forward to fund the upgrades after having established the Friesen Centre as part of the Centennial Campaign and the renovation of the Main Building. Thank you for your continuing support, Garth!
Garth now lives in Boca Raton, Florida, with his wife Jeannie and their three children. Following over 25 years in the hedge fund business, Garth is CEO of III Capital Management and in 2017 published Bite the Ass Off a Bear, sharing his knowledge and experience for those aspiring to a career in the industry. Check it out or visit Garth's blog for insights into "Getting in and standing out on a hedge fund trading floor."
In keeping with the Shawnigan Response and Guiding Principles established in March 2020, one of which is our commitment to stepping forward to support our local and surrounding community, this year our students will be recognising National Giving Day by sharing the Gift of Word with those in the Shawnigan Village and the Cowichan Valley.
Originally from a coal mining village in Wales, Rhodri completed his undergraduate degree at Cardiff University, Wales, and his post graduate teaching degree at Exeter University, England. He taught biology and chemistry in England and in Wales before emigrating to Canada in 1984. His first eight years in Canada were at St Michael's University School, Victoria, where he was a housemaster and a science teacher. Rhod and his family came to Shawnigan in 1993 where he very happily ran Ripley's House for 17 years. During his tenure at Ripley's, he taught science and ran the rugby program. After house directing he moved into administration where he oversaw tone and discipline at the school. Rhod is now involved with the gap and intern program, Alumni Relations and Admissions. He is married to his childhood sweetheart Gaynor, who runs the Admissions team at the school. They have two sons, Dafydd (Ripley's '08) and Owain (Ripley's '09). In his spare time, Rhod enjoys hiking and pottering around the garden.
Century is the story of Shawnigan Lake School, an independent boarding school on Vancouver Island. Founded in 1916 by C. W. Lonsdale, Shawnigan has become Canada’s Boarding School. This book tracks the history of the School from its humble beginnings, through a century of challenges and triumphs, to its present position as the country’s foremost coeducational boarding high school.
In Century, Jay Connolly provides the narrative backbone of Shawnigan’s history but leaves much of the storytelling in the hands of the students, teachers, and leaders who have lived and shaped Shawnigan Lake School. “Adolescence—or the recollection of adolescence,” he writes in the preface, “provides a particularly rich speaking moment because it often combines raw emotional experience with revelations of body, mind, and spirit. In the best of these interviews, the confluence of these factors leads to epiphany.” Century gives us an inside view of a remarkable Canadian school.
Shawnigan Lake School is a co-educational boarding school on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. The school is home to nationally-ranked academics, arts and athletics, with 100 per cent of graduates accepted to university.