When Ann Kerwin first joined Havergal as a Social Science teacher, her biggest concern was her age. “Having just turned 23 when I started, I was only a few years older than the senior students,” she explains. “I thought I’d be mistaken for a student or that the girls might not accept me as their teacher since I looked like I could be one of their peers.”
Although there were a few second looks from students on the first day of classes, she was quickly accepted into the community and felt at ease. It wasn’t long before she was made Head of Social Sciences, a position she held until the early 1980s. Upon leaving Havergal to live in Western Canada and then the U.K., she remained in contact with the school’s community and eventually returned to as a supply teacher before rising to Chair of the Board of Governors in 2012. “Havergal is a warm and welcoming community. I always stayed in touch with the staff and faculty that I worked with, as well as some of my former students,” says Ann.
Staying involved in the Havergal community throughout the years allowed her to see the impact that previous capital campaigns have had on the campus first-hand. Once learning of the Limitless Campaign, she gratefully accepted a position on the Campaign Cabinet and became one of its earliest financial supporters.
“There is so much to be excited about with the Limitless Campaign. The new build features spaces that help support students’ learning, and each area is geared toward the specific learning style of that age group,” Ann explains. “The new spaces encompass the latest advancements in technology and allow the girls to learn in a collaborative environment. The knowledge of how girls learn best is reflected in the architecture of each new space, providing them with all the tools they need to flourish in today’s world.”
Financial support has always been a way for her to show her gratitude. In 2011, she formed the Ann Kerwin Bursary to provide students, who demonstrate financial need, the opportunity to go to Havergal.
Ann is also enthusiastic about the possibilities that Havergal’s new spaces will offer for the school’s faculty. “The results of the campaign will allow teachers to broaden the way they teach, offer more creative support and provide a much better space to perform their miracles.”