The Alumni Panel Series

Career Days 2021: A Virtual Alumni Speaker Series

In a typical year, Career Day is a highly anticipated event for both alumni and students. It’s normally a fun day that allows our students to learn about post-secondary institutions and career pathways during a full day of interactive sessions with alumni professionals.

This spring, sixteen alumni participated in delivering virtual speaker presentations to give current students advice about career paths and professions, including law, medicine, aerospace engineering, computer science, environmental science, nursing and midwifery and entrepreneurship. During four of these sessions, current Grade 10, 11, and 12 students were also able to question the panelists, live on Zoom, about alternative post-secondary paths and requirements for a possible career in these categories.

Although we missed the “buzz” of the traditional Career Day experience, with the support of teachers, students and alumni, we embraced the opportunity to connect virtually and learn about the diverse pathways of our alumni!

Thank you to all the speakers who helped support this event.

To view the eight alumni speaker series videos, please click the links below:

Becoming a Lawyer: Alumni Law Professionals

Featuring Kahlil Jessa ’07 & Arjun Hair ‘12

Careers of the Future: Aerospace and Lunar Engineering

Featuring Joshua Rasera ’08 & Hugh Podmore ’08

Starting Your Own Business: Alumni Entrepreneurs

Featuring Elaine Van ’06 & Kevin Reid ‘08

Working in Healthcare: Alumni Medical Professionals

Featuring Dr. Amit Kainth ’06 & Justin Buttar ’13

Studying in the USA

Featuring Devin Ma ’18 & Kai Lung‘18

Working in Healthcare: Nursing & Midwifery

Featuring Taylor Sonnenberg ’11 & Kelsey Martin ’08

Environmental Science: Geology & Geochemist

Featuring Ryan Lick ’11 & Cassia Armstrong ‘14

Careers of the Future: Computer Science

Featuring Dr. Chris Elder ’10 & Jason Lee ’06


At Southridge, contribution is at the heart of what we inherit and pass on, and 25 years into our journey, we remain grateful for the visionary contributions of our parents, students, teachers, leaders, alumni, and alumni families. Reaching this important milestone as a community is a testament to the people who worked tirelessly to establish our school. The foundational principles they embedded in the Southridge culture have created a close and connected community, and they have had an enduring impact on our over 1,200 graduates. 

This past March, we welcomed back to campus alumni and alumni families to reconnect with current families and staff, while we also recognized the accomplishments of 25 Years of Remarkable Alumni.

As part of the 25 Years of Southridge, and in the spirit of recognizing those who continue to represent the values of Southridge, we officially launched the 25 Years of Remarkable Alumni initiative in December 2018. We reached out to the alumni and alumni parent community, along with other groups such as teachers, administrators, coaches, and peers to encourage them to nominate alumni who have had remarkable achievements since they graduated. From their contributions as volunteers and community leaders to their academic and professional successes, our goal was to encourage people to nominate alumni who are continuing to make a difference in the world.

The event was extraordinary – it brought together over 200 members of the Southridge community and had us feeling all the “feels.” The evening's program included student musical performances, student-led campus tours, and a ‘throwback’ archive display, which was appreciated by alumni and alumni parents who had not been back in many years!

Thank you to all our amazing volunteers who helped make this event possible and a special thank you to the Su Family for their generous floral donation.

25 Years of Remarkable Alumni Album 








Throwback Christmas Feast

On Saturday, December 21st, the Southridge Alumni Association hosted a special 'Throwback' Christmas Feast event in celebration of the 25 years of Southridge.  We welcomed back to campus over 160 alumni, along with over 40 guests, including faculty and volunteers!  

Highlights of the evening included a very robust cocktail hour, a delicious 'throwback' turkey dinner served by 9 alumni parent volunteers, and hilarious entertainment by Wes Barker - a Canadian award-winning comedic magician.  And of course, some historical skits performed by our beloved teaching staff.

Please view all the photos from this special 25th Anniversary event and share them with your friends on Facebook and Instagram using hastag #sridgealumni