Many questions get asked by visitors, newcomers and friends and colleagues. Here’s a list of questions that may help you get to know us better.
The chapter was established in 1992. It comprises former students of Wolmer’s Boys School (“WBS”), Wolmer’s Girls School (“WGS”) and Wolmer’s Preparatory School (“WPS”), collectively (“the Schools”). All three (3) schools are governed by the Wolmer’s Trust located in Kingston, Jamaica.
WAT has existed informally since the 1970s, mainly as the by-product of decades-long friendships of Wolmerians, particularly graduates of the 1950s & 60s who migrated to Canada and remained in contact. “Meetings” were on patios during the summer, and moved indoors to “living rooms“ in the colder months. The annual luncheon emerged as “Ole time Sinting”, a Christmas-time celebration of traditional Jamaican cuisine and entertainment with a Caribbean cultural flavour, e.g. steel pan artistes, all self-funded through donations.
There are three (3) categories of membership:
1. Regular member – an individual who attended WGS, WBS or WPS and supports the mission and objectives of the association
2. Associate Member – supports the mission and objectives of the association but does not otherwise qualify as a regular member, e.g. volunteer and is considered a Friend of Wolmer’s
3. Honorary Member – nominated by resolution of the Board of Directors, deemed to have given distinguished service and/ or support to the association.
To be registered, a regular member or associate member should complete a registration form. The association may publicly list the names of its members, however personal details (e.g. address, and contact details) is maintained in strict confidence. Membership dues are expected of all members.
The Association relies on the network comprised of alumni and friends to contribute to funding development activities on behalf of Wolmer’s. The aim is to optimize operating expenditures, therefore, allowing maxing % of funds raised to be donated to the schools. The association has no employees and relies fully on the volunteerism of time, effort and dedication of a pool of alumni to organize and implement a variety of fund development activities in support of WAT’s programs.
a. Eric Botosan
b. Hon. Pamela Appelt
c. Sia Mizrahi
d. David Dunnett
The association is governed by a Board of Directors, members elected at the annual general meeting. There are 7 officers and a maximum of 13 ex-officio Directors. The administrative roles are:
Vice President, WBS
Vice President, WGS
- Started as an AJAA initiative with York University. Our own Past President Orlando Lopez was one of the early WBS students sponsored by WAT.
- Now a joint project of CUSO and AJAA.
As a result of the pandemic, our traditional fundraisers (luncheon and walkathon) will not be held, as a result of the risks and reduced patronage expected.
In 2020 switch gears to actively engage in contactless fundraising, and in particular extending our reach to non or less engaged alumni in Canada, via passive fundraising.
- This promotes the continuity of our fundraising while allowing our volunteers to stay safe
o Not engage in physical contact with donors
o Not touch cash (unless they wish to)
o Allows us to continue our strategic plan to switch as much of our donations/ collections to online/ digital format (ETFs or using online platforms), that allows better functionality for officers in the digital space.
Please email the chapter office outlining how and when you can give your time and expertise to serving the Chapter and Wolmer's schools.
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