A LETTER FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS

Anthony Battad, MD, MSc, MPH, FRCPC

I would like you to know why my family chooses to support Balmoral Hall School through charitable giving.

My wife Gisèle and I have two daughters; Mia is a Grade 12 student and lifelong BH girl, and Katelyn, also a lifer, graduated in June. She is in the process of writing her first exams at Queen's University. When we think about how well she is adjusting to university life – as she is just beginning to realize her true potential – we are proud that she received a top-notch education at Balmoral Hall.

We have the school community, our BH family, to thank for this. Teachers and staff genuinely care about our daughters. Generous donors – parents, grandparents, and alumnae – show their support, year after year, for programming and resources that are not available anywhere else. Mia's interest in technology is guiding her pursuit of post-secondary studies in computer science. The tech she has access to at Balmoral Hall has created unique opportunities for her that are only possible thanks to past and current donors.

As the Chair of the Advancement Committee of the Board of Governors, I support efforts to create a culture of philanthropy at Balmoral Hall School.

Gisèle and I share our values as community-minded parents with our daughters. They each support their class funds however they can so that future students will prosper, too, with the help of scholarships and bursaries. As a family, we have given to the Centre for Arts & Design annually since fundraising efforts began two years ago.

Even though Katelyn will, and Mia might, never experience the Centre for Arts & Design, we understand the importance of fostering creativity through enriched learning in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM).

We are proud to support innovation in girls' education, and we eagerly await the grand opening in a few months' time. If you, like us, are excited by the thought of paying it forward, then I ask you to consider Balmoral Hall School as you make your charitable giving plans this holiday season. Thanks, in advance.

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Our mission at Balmoral Hall School is to inspire girls' imagination and courage to excel, to reach, to lead, to care.

We are a day and boarding school, offering an exceptional educational experience to girls aged 2 through Grade 12.