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  • Pictured: Erica Youra Lee; Left: Erica at Shawnigan in 2007, Right: Erica with dog Archie in 2020

    International Women's Day Interview: Alumna Erica Youra Lee '08

    Erica Youra Lee ‘08 (Kayes), caught up with Rhodri Samuel and Harriet Klumper ‘09 (Renfrew) on zoom for an International Women’s Day Profile. Erica is currently working in Chicago, Illinois as an Associate Actuary for Milliman, an actuarial consulting firm where she has been since 2018. Erica studied chemical engineering at the University of Cambridge before transitioning to working for an insurance company, where she discovered the actuarial profession and subsequently achieved her Masters in Actuarial Science from the University of Waterloo.

    At Shawnigan, Erica was the Kayes House Academic Captain–a house she loved to spend time with, was a coxswain in rowing, and participated in photography and many other parts of Shawnigan life.
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  • International Women's Day Interview: Alumna Mikaela Reuben '01 (Kayes)

    Mikaela Reuben '01 (Kayes) was reached out to by the Shawnigan Alumni Engagement team for an International Women's Day profile. Mikaela, a Culinary Nutrition Consultant and Celebrity Chef, generously made time to chat with Rhodri Samuel and Harriet Klumper '09 . For the past ten years, Mikaela has built her business on the art of creating food that both tastes good and is good for you. She provides her culinary consulting services to companies and individuals working in the film industry, as well as working as a ghost-author for celebrity cookbooks. At the time of conversation, Mikaela had just finished a job working with Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, however she has also worked with celebrities such as Owen Wilson, Ben Stiller, Karlie Kloss, and Hugh Jackman. Mikaela travels globally for work, but typically divides her year between Vancouver and New York.

    In Mikaela's time at Shawnigan she was heavily involved in the Rugby team, and loved spending time with the girls of Kayes house where she was Deputy Head of House in her final year.
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    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.
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