Aynsley (Hinchliffe) Cockshott ’83

I am a proud alum of Balmoral Hall School. I started in Grade 6 and graduated in 1983. My parents made many sacrifices so that I could attend this school with my sisters, Heather ’81 and Christine ’88. I am so grateful to them for believing in what an all-girls school could give their daughters — a school where all the leaders were, and continue to be, girls. What an empowering experience! 
As a new graduate, I was invited to join the first alumnae board in 1984. At the time, the board was chaired by Suzie (Holland) (Banfield) Lount Gr. 11 ‘55, whom I now have the pleasure of working with through our volunteer roles with BH Foundation. I love that our paths have crossed again. A quintessential BH story of connection over the generations. 
My relationship with the school continued in the ’90s, when, in my last year of studying to be a French translator, I was hired to teach French at the school. In the 2000s, my sons attended Balmoral Hall for Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten.  
Now, 20 years later, I am Chair of BH Foundation. I am thrilled to be back to support a school that made such an impact on my life. I am passionate about ensuring that the school is healthy for generations to come and that the doors are wide open for any student who wishes to attend, regardless of financial means. A robust endowment makes this possible and BH Foundation directors are committed to building an extraordinary pool of funds for a bright and successful future for Balmoral Hall School. 
I believe in the power of volunteering and in the importance of stepping forward to serve the community. 
Over the years, I have sat on a number of boards, helped to organize fundraising events, and promoted worthy causes, large and small. I have had the good fortune to work with so many interesting and accomplished people. From them, I have learned about governance, oversight, critical thinking, inclusion, reconciliation, and, most importantly, the art of listening. 
The focus of my volunteering has been in the non-profit world: arts and culture, education, and health care. 
Chair, Winnipeg Art Gallery
Co-Chair, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre Black & White Ball
Co-Chair, Lake of the Woods District Hospital Foundation Lifesaver’s Dinner
Past President, St. John’s-Ravenscourt Parent Association 
Past Governor, St. John’s-Ravenscourt Board of Governors 
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed individuals can change the world. In fact, it’s the only thing that ever has.” –Margaret Mead

Balmoral Hall School

630 Westminster Ave. Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada  R3C 3S1
Tel: (204) 784-1600 | Fax: (204) 774-5534 | info@balmoralhall.ca
Charitable Registration No. 12994 3932 RR0001
Our mission at Balmoral Hall School is to inspire girls’ imagination and the courage to excel, to reach, to lead, to care.

We are a nondenominational independent day and boarding school, educating students from Junior Nursery to Grade 12.