Recognizing Our Volunteers

The following statement is true..."Volunteers are not paid - not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless." It is clear that The Martin H. Ainley Archives Centre could not achieve its mandate of preservation and access without the services of volunteers. These individuals are affectionately termed the "Archive Team." Representing a cross-section of the community including alumni, past-parents, and faculty they give their valuable time and expertise to a variety of projects. Preservation activities can include providing archival enclosures (encapsulation/folders) and containers to protect the textual records (paper/graphic) from the elements and providing appropriate housing for our textile items (uniforms, etc.,). Public Programming/ outreach involves the accommodation of research requests, updating scholarship and awards boards, caring for our School exhibit cases and the artifacts within, designing exhibits on a variety of School topics and collating records in order that they form a part of the Digitization Programme, to name but a few. For their contribution of service, the Archivist recently hosted a breakfast at the Lemon Tree. A great time was had by all.
Most recently, Mr. Mark Bredin '74, alumnus and retired faculty member, has joined our ranks and is making valuable contributions to the Digitization Programme. Should a member of the community be interested in volunteering, please contact the Archivist at

Text and photos provided by Calla Grabish, School Archivist
St. John’s-Ravenscourt School was founded in 1820 principally to serve the children of the Selkirk settlers. By 1834 there were forty students, evenly split between boys and girls. SJR has inevitably grown and changed over the years since, though its success throughout has been unimpeachable. We have graduated 18 Rhodes scholars, for example, and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II granted patronage and established a scholarship in her name in 1981. Today the programs are as strong as our reputation. A strong academic program is paired with an equally strong attention to the values of stewardship, ethical leadership, and excellence in all areas of academic, social and athletic life.