Recently, inspired by generous donations from members of our school’s parent community, Head of School Mme Margaret Dorrance has herself committed to a significant contribution to CFIS's annual fund.
Those of you who know her are aware that CFIS holds a very special place in Mme Dorrance's heart. We hope you will take a moment to read her story about how she ended up at CFIS nine years ago, and her deep and abiding fondness for this community and the students entrusted to her care.
Why did you choose CFIS?
When our school was still Calgary French School, I was introduced to CFIS parent, Board member, President, and guiding light, Dr. Donna Finley. When I saw the posting for Head of School at CFIS in 2011, I was inspired to explore the opportunity, because I was so intrigued by the addition of the “International” to CFS. Then, during the interview process, I learned that the search committee was actively seeking someone to further
build on the “International” in CFIS. I was excited by the many opportunities I envisioned, to develop and enhance that aspect of the school, along with the already strong French immersion programming.
My personal lifelong passions, of language learning, combined with the pursuit of peace and social justice, were additional reasons why I thought CFIS would be a good fit for me. (As an educator, it has always been important to me to be at a school where my personal values mesh with that of the institution.) Languages have opened doors into other amazing worlds for me. To me, language is not just about learning the words; it is about getting to know, understand, and love other cultures. This in turn opens one’s mind to appreciating and celebrating diversity, being more inclusive, and embracing everyone with whom we share the planet.
When I arrived at CFIS in April 2012, the foundation of UNESCO was already in place. We have built on that, by adding Model UN in Grade 9, membership in Global Round Square, and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP) for Grades 11 and 12 students. The thought of moving ahead with IB’s Primary Years Programme and Middle Years Programme in the next few years is an equally exciting prospect.
I have been at CFIS for nearly nine years now, and I can honestly say that I love our school. Its stated values and vision fit perfectly with my personal ethics and mindset. I feel so fortunate to be your Head of School.
What is the impact you are seeing through philanthropy at CFIS?
As we develop a culture of philanthropy at CFIS, I am excited to see the various spontaneous gifts being directed to one of our three pillars. Fundraising revenue is essential in schools, so that we can go above and beyond our already solid programming and strong learning and teaching environment.
What inspired you to make this contribution?
My donation has been inspired by the gifts I see coming in from CFIS parents and Board members. I hope it will be viewed as a visible symbol of my appreciation of my role as Head of School. I feel fortunate and grateful to be CFIS’s Head of School, and my gift is another way to demonstrate my thanks and deep ongoing commitment.
What are your hopes for the future of CFIS?
My hope for the future of CFIS is that the school’s mission continues to be relevant and inspiring to current and future generations of parents and their children. I want our school to continue to have an incredible and positive impact on CFIS students – one student at a time.
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