Family Guild

Ridley College Family Guild (RCFG)

The RCFG is a parent-driven organization that supports the students and school by volunteering its time, talent and energy. Every Ridley College parent and guardian automatically belongs to the Guild upon enrollment of his or her child. Our parent support network also aims to orient new families to the school; offering a parent perspective and first-hand advice.

The mission of the Guild is to encourage the interest and participation of members through fellowship, involvement and service to the school. There are a number of volunteer opportunities throughout the year in which Ridley parents may become involved and we certainly hope that they do.

The Guild formally meets on campus once a month (on Tuesdays). Ridley parents are encouraged to become a part of this active community and have some fun while supporting our students.

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Family Guild Committees

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  • Archives Project

    Preserving Ridley's rich history and culture is crucial. Every Wednesday, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm, parent volunteers are encouraged to contribute to the effort of maintaining the school's artifacts.

    Please contact Wendy Darby '99, or sign-up online.
  • Baking for Boarders

    Looking to try a new recipe? Why not consider 'Baking for Boarders'? Friday night treats are provided for the junior boarders (Gr. 5 to 8) of Burgoyne House.

    Volunteering for this programme is simple; commit to one Friday delivery of three dozen, net-free baked goods. Deliveries should be made to Lower School front office at 8:30am of your designated Friday.

    To select your date(s), please sign-up online.

    Contact: Charmaine Bellefleur
  • Chapel Committee

    Decorating for special events, caring for Chapel plants. etc.

    Contact: Nancy McLeod-Elder and Ray Elder
  • Christmas Market

    Another major fundraising initiative for the RCFG, a one day event organized and hosted by the RCFG. This is the only school event that involves both Upper School and Lower School, many faculty, staff, parents, and the local community. Admission is free and showcases more than 60 vendors, musical entertainment, prize draws, a raffle, children’s craft corner, specialty food, market cafe, and a special visit from Santa.

    Volunteer Sign-Up.

    Co-Chairs: April Mitchell-Boudreau and Cathy Hanna
  • Decorating

    Without this hard-working committee, events like Graduation, Cadet Ball, Christmas Market, and many other receptions would not be complete. The Decorating Committee requires a team of volunteers for each set-up and take-down at special events.

    Contact: Elizabeth Taliano
  • Family Mentor Programme

    The Family Mentor Programme team welcomes new families into the Ridley Community. The Mentor season starts in February, when the Committee Chairs work closely with the Admissions Office collecting names of new Ridley Families who wish to liaise with a Family Mentor. Correspondence starts shortly afterwards, and continues throughout the summer.

    Contact: Hannah Ulrich
  • Fundscrip

    Fundscrip is a programme that allows anyone to purchase gift cards online for over 150 popular retailers. A portion of the purchase price is gifted back to the school by Fundscrip. The amount ranges from 2 to 10 percent. Cards can be sent to your home or delivered free to Hank's store. The Fundscrip committee assists Ridley College in marketing and implementing the programme. Sign up once, purchase often! Visit www.fundscrip.com, Ridley College code QB2PY4

    Contact: Marie Ritchie weritchies@gmail.com
  • Hank's Co-op Store

    Hank’s campus store provides students, staff, and parents with a ready supply of items required for school life without the need to leave campus grounds. Hank’s has given the RCFG a revenue base which supplies funds to scholarships and bursaries, and school selected projects. Ridley College employs one full time and a few part time staff to run the store. The RCFG provides the remainder of the labour through its volunteers. Shifts are three hours on weekday mornings, weekly or bi-weekly. Volunteers also assist with off-site sales at special events. It’s a great way to meet other parents, students, and staff. New volunteers are welcome throughout the school year!

    Contact: Jennifer Dunn
  • Lost & Found

    Lost items are collected and washed in preparation for display. Unlabeled and unclaimed items are donated to charity, while uniforms are donated to the Recycled Clothing Programme.

    Contact: Neshanthi Sloan
  • Recycled Clothing

    A major fundraising initiative for the RCFG, the Recycled Clothing Programme collects, launders, and sells gently used Ridley uniforms. Donations are collected throughout the school year, with the major collections in May and June. Laundering, preparation, and storage takes place in June, ready for sales that begin mid-August.

    Contact: Gabi Guderjahn
  • Sports & Hospitality

    This committee sets up refreshments and mementos for special events like Associations Weekend (Fall HomeComing), Graduate Prize Day and the alumni hockey tournament (Winter HomeComing).

    Ray Elder
    Ed Skrobal
    Rob Schmidt
  • TigerFest Carnival

    Our TigerFest Carnival is an exciting, familiy-oriented event that takes place in early June. There are boucey castles, music, vendors, food & drink, raffles and more. It is truly a community event. We could always use your assistance in planning for, sponsoring or volunteering on the day of TigerFest.

    Contact: Joha Hanna

Events & Fundraisers

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  • Fall (Michaelmas Term)

    •Parents’ Weekend
    •Fall Play Reception
    •Christmas Market
    •Carol Service Reception
  • Winter (Lent Term)

    •Winter Homecoming
    •Parents’ Weekend
  • Spring (Trinity Term)

    •Staff and Faculty Appreciation Day
    •Cadet Ball
    •Church Parade Reception
    •Cadet Inspection Reception
    •IB Exam Proctors
    •Interguild AGM
    •Upper School Graduation/Prize Day
    •Grade 8 Graduation
    •Lower School Prize Day
  • Fundraisers

    •Christmas Market
    •Hank’s Co-op Store
    •Trivia Night
    •TigerFest Carnival
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With more than 700 students from 60 countries, the largest boarding programme in Ontario and the third largest in Canada, Ridley College is a truly international, co-educational, day and boarding school of the world that prepares students for the world. It has provided enriching learning and life-shaping experiences focused on the arts, academics, and athletics since 1889. Ridley’s Lower School offers JK-Grade 8, its Upper School consists of Grade 9-PG, and Ridley graduates attend some of the top universities and colleges around the world. Ridley is the only   co-ed independent boarding school in Canada and one of only three in North America authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) continuum programme.