The latter part of the week of 11 November was a busy one for Pearson’s team in snowy Montreal.

The autumn meeting of the Board of Directors of Pearson College UWC is normally held in a major Canadian centre – this year in Montreal. Board Chair Anne McLellan and Directors – who are all volunteers donating their time and talent to the College — normally meet in person twice a year, usually in a major Canadian centre, in the fall and on campus in the spring. Other full Board and Board Committee meetings throughout the year are usually virtual gatherings.

President and Head of College Désirée McGraw will share more about the Friday and Saturday Board meetings in a later update. At every in-person Board meeting, the College leverages the presence of Directors by scheduling other events surrounding the main meeting.

For example, a Board reception Friday evening was an opportunity for Directors and Senior Leadership to meet with Montreal and Ottawa-based influencers and discuss why support for Pearson and its mission has never been more important. Another opportunity of this type of gathering is to meet with Pearson and UWC alumni in the region.

This year, Alumni Relations Director Benoit Charlebois, with support from members of the Advancement and External Relations team, created a unique Storytelling Soirée and Reception at the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation in downtown Montreal. That event brought together four accomplished and creative Pearson alumni — a modern dancer, an experimental filmmaker, a radio journalist and a multimedia placemaking strategist — who delighted an audience of alumni and friends with thought-provoking stories of lives changed thanks to the UWC spirit and experience.

The evening centered around storytelling that engages, inspires and builds community and explored how digital and performative storytelling can be catalysts for the bold mission guiding both Pearson and the UWC Movement.