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Derek Poon retiring in 2018

derekAfter 34 years of invaluable service to UCC, Intermediate Division Head Derek Poon has decided to retire at the end of this academic year.

Since joining UCC in 1984, Derek has had a tremendous impact on our community. He’s served as a teacher, faculty chair of physical education, volleyball and tennis coach, associate and senior house adviser of McHugh’s, assistant head of the Upper School’s Middle Years and head of Intermediate Division. He’s served on numerous committees and leadership groups, supported the development of a wide variety of programs and activities, and has ensured our awareness of standards and boundaries protocols.

Derek’s deep institutional knowledge, calm demeanour and common-sense perspective are hallmarks of his leadership style. Through his various responsibilities he’s earned widespread respect and appreciation from our students, parents, faculty and staff alike. The qualities that we’ll miss most, however, are the genuine warmth, good humour and sincerity he’s shared with us all.

This brief note isn’t Derek’s farewell. Indeed, there will be several opportunities to celebrate him and his contributions to UCC through the process of our year-end events as we approach June. In the meantime, please join me in saying thank you and best wishes to Derek.

Kind regards,
Sam McKinney, Principal