We are saddened to share that Judy Farrell has passed away. Many of our alumnae will remember Mrs. Farrell as a Religion, English and Drama teacher at LFA in the 1980s and 90s. A woman of deep faith and kindness, she remained a very good friend to many LFA colleagues and kept close touch with a number of faculty friends after retirement. Mrs. Farrell bravely battled cancer for many years and was in palliative care the past several months. It is deeply, deeply saddening that family and friends could not be with her at the end because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Plans for a Celebration of Life will be made when such events are again permitted.
We invite all families to join us as we pray for the repose of the soul of Mrs. Farrell. May her soul, and all the soulds of the faithful departed, Rest in Peace.
Little Flower Academy is very excited to celebrate two amazing women who are the recipients of our 2020 Distinguished Alumnae award. Congratulations to Gwen Ellert ’69 and Catherine Koch ’75, who are this year’s inductees. Gwen has built an extraordinary career as a medical educator; a registered nurse, she is also a teacher, trainer and author, specializing in rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis and bone health. Catherine founded and built a charity to expand the impact she could have serving Uganda’s most vulnerable children by providing education, health care, and business opportunities.
Get your Air Jordans on! It's an alumnae basketball game on Friday, February 28th at 4pm at LFA in our main gym. Alumnae are invited back to take part. Simply email Roland St. Cyr to let us know you're coming!
Singer/songwriter and LFA alumna Mariam Matossian '90 gave a concert to more than 4,000 people on Thursday, October 10. The special concert, which was broadcast online, took place at Bob Jones University in South Carolina and honoured a long-time professor at the university.
We are looking for nominations to highlight some of our outstanding alumnae, staff, volunteers, and other member of the LFA community for the prestigious Distinguished Alumna honour. The award is presented each year to an alumna who, through dedication and lifelong commitment, has achieved excellence and used their talent and passion to make an outstanding contribution to their field and community. They will have made a significant positive impact upon the school community or the lives of others. To nominate someone please visit www.lfabc.org/Distinguished
Danielle Kettlewell '10 wasn’t an Olympian, or so she thought. There was a huge barrier that stood in the way of her competing at the world’s largest sporting event, and it wasn’t her fitness, ability or money: it was Danielle Kettlewell. In her book, The Unlikely Olympian Danielle reveals how the little voice inside her head whispering ‘what if…’ was her enemy and her savior. Journey with Danielle, as she takes you through her battle against the limiting thought patterns that may (or may not) lead her to Rio 2016.
Danielle's Canadian book launch is on Sunday, September 29 in Vancouver!
Every year, the LFA Alumnae Association inducts some of our community's most inspiring members to the Distinguished Alumnae program. This year, we are incredibly proud to welcome Samantha Wong '96, who will be inducted as our Distinguished Alumna for 2019. We celebrate her pioneering efforts in women's ice hockey, which were highlighted by her dedication to the sport and included extraordinary volunteerism to growing the sport locally and abroad as well as her own success on the ice.
Hundreds from our wide community of LFA alumnae, students, parents, faculty and friends came together for the most delightful evening to watch Finding Big Country. The immensely popular documentary by alumna Kat Jayme '06 was screened at LFA, in the same gym where Kat played her high school basketball.
You may remember us celebrating one of our alumna who had huge success at this year's Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF). Director Kat Jayme '06 had her film Finding Big Country chosen as the "Super Channel People’s Choice Award" at VIFF. All the shows were sold out, so they added an additional show. It sold out. If you missed it (or you just need to see it again), you're in luck! We're bringing in a big screen to show it at LFA and you're invited! Thursday, January 31 at 7pm in the LFA Auditorium.
Our 2018 Home for the Holidays welcomed so many alumnae back, we had to put out more seats for Mass! Our Class of 2018 came out in huge numbers, creating a real buzz to the reception. As graduates young and old mingled with their former teachers and our grade 12's during the reception, the sense of community really resonated.
The distinguished Alumni awards celebrate accomplishments in areas such as community development, lifelong learning, business innovation, excellence in a sport or someone who has done extraordinary work in their field. We eagerly seek nominations by November 30th for the 2019 Distinguished Alumnae. Last year we celebrated Clare Smart '91 and Emily Cordonier '01 for their humanitarian work and excellence in sport.
If you know a Little Flower Academy graduate whose contributions to the school or the larger community deserve recognition, we want to hear from you.
It has been really fun for many of us at LFA to watch the amount of attention and publicity that Kat Jayme '06 has received for her recent film, Finding Big Country. Not the least of which is seeing LFA basketball footage in the trailers! The film had an enthralling world premier at the VIFF. In addition to a planned second showing, they've added another because of the demand.
"Word Vancouver", a festival of reading and writing, is coming up on September 30, 2018. The event will take place in and around the Central VPL library. Very excitingly, it will feature LFA alumna Jane Whittingham '02, who is a children's book author.
LFA alumna Ann-Marie (Carter) Copping '81 will be running for Park Board in the upcoming Vancouver civic election on October 20. She attended LFA for 5 years from grades 6-10 (grad 1981) and when her daughter, Lauren Copping '12 started at LFA, Ann-Marie became involved in the Parents' Auxiliary Committee and was active with the Alumnae Executive.
This year's Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) will feature the world premier of Finding Big Country: a film by our own Kat Jayme '06. Take a moment to enjoy the official trailer--you can see why the film is creating all sorts of buzz. The permier is on Sunday, September 30 (VIFF website for more information).
The Sisters of St. Ann are a congregation that has been actively living their mission longer than Canada has been a country. Little Flower Academy is just one of the many active ministries set in motion by these amazing women.
Little Flower Academy is very proud of two very special alumnae: our recipients of the 2018 Distinguished Alumnae award. Congratulations to Clare Smart ‘91 and Emily Cordonier ’01, who are this year's inductees. Clare has demonstrated extraordinary community service, both through her successful career in policing and through her personal and deeply committed humanitarian outreach work. Emily reached the highest international levels in her sport, captaining the Canadian volleyball team, before bridging her athletic success into a successful broadcast journalism career.
Tonight, Tuesday, April 24, is our annual student Thank-a-thon. We have a fantastic group of student volunteers who will be phoning everyone who made a gift to the school this year. If you see a call from Little Flower Academy between 5 and 7pm (Vancouver time) tonight, be sure to pick up!
The LFAAA proudly presents our first-ever Murder Mystery Night on Friday, May 11th! In celebration of a most excellent decade, it will be all things 80s. Dress cool and return to high school. The future’s so bright, you gotta wear shades. There’s a mystery to solve and we’re going to need your help.
For many of our alumnae, they’ve watched our alumnae newsletter evolve from a few stories on a glossy sheet of paper into its current form—a stunning magazine, full of alumnae and school stories, alongside beautiful photography. While the format is strikingly different, the constant is the grass-roots input of storytelling and submissions of photos and ideas by our alumnae community. In that regard, it is over 80 pages of compelling reading for the more than 3000 alumnae, parents, and incoming families who receive the publication.
When the Vancouver Police Department welcomed its newest recruits last week, there was a decidedly Little Flower Academy feel to the occasion. Six of the fifteen new police recruits were women, and two of those were recent LFA graduates. Congratulations to MK Battle '09 and Alex Bland '10! We know both to have impeccable judgment and integrity and will serve the community faithfully.