Alumni

STEPHEN CLARK – ‘05

What have you been up to since you left Southridge?I got a civil engineering degree at University of British Columbia in 2011 (yes, it took a while), and then worked for a few years as an engineer, specializing in water and dirt. That meant a bit of river engineering, flood management, dams, some abandoned mine remediation and water quality. That work took me to exotic destinations such as Fort St. John’s for 6 months and Edmonton for a year. I started to miss school, so now I’m back getting a master’s in environmental engineering at UC Berkeley.

What consumes most of your time these days?
In school I’m studying environmental hydraulics (rivers, wetlands, estuaries), water treatment, water chemistry and groundwater. That’s about 75% of my time. I’m exploring San Francisco on weekends and trying to stay active. There’s a lot of free beer and pizza events down here so I need to keep off that freshman (?) 15.

What has been the biggest change in your life since Southridge School?
I started university in science, and then lost a year switching into engineering. I’ve had a lot of different jobs, including summer internships, engineering co-op jobs and full-time engineering practice for several years. Now I’m back at school learning something slightly different in UC Berkeley’s environmental engineering master’s program. After each change in direction and each okay job, I learned a little bit more about what I wanted to do, and I’m better off for it.

What is your favourite activity/hobby to do outside of your career?
I like to hike and camp quite a bit. BC is such a great place to be outdoors. Besides that, AYCE sushi (if that’s a hobby) and board games. Beach volleyball with Urban Rec is lots of fun if you’re looking for something to do next summer. Sunday dinners with my family and cousins (or skype while I’m in CA) are always a highlight of my week.

What advice would you offer to Southridge students?
You’ll spend half your life working, so take the time to find something that you enjoy. Get involved with your university, do a co-op program if it’s available, don’t burn any bridges, proofread your resume, and be a good person.

PARM J. SINGH ‘04

What consumes most of your time these days?

Being a full time law student, most of my time is spent in the library studying. As well, I’ve been given the opportunity to work in the Gonzaga Law Clinic this semester where student interns help low-income clients with legal problems, free of charge. The clinic has given me exposure to a variety of legal issues from family law, bankruptcy to working on wills.

What’s the best thing Southridge taught you to prepare you for your next stages in life?
What I cherish most about Southridge are the people that I got to interact and grow with. Living in a small town in America has now made me realize how privileged I was to be able to study with people from diverse backgrounds. The core values of Southridge have stuck by me from day to day and the ideals of respect, honesty and tolerance have helped me experience a happier and more rewarding life.

What is your favourite activity/hobby to do outside or you career? Or, what’s your favourite thing to do on weekends?
Being away from my little niece and nephew has been the hardest part of studying away from home for me. So, FaceTiming with my little loved ones is my favourite thing to do when I have free time. I’ve enjoyed playing on law school intramural sports teams (even though my team has a reputation for losing).

What’s your favourite memory of Southridge?
Looking back, I cannot single out a particular memory from Southridge. I enjoyed every moment of it. I had the privilege of being taught by caring teachers and studied amongst passionate students. I’m proud of being apart of the Southridge community and proud of my peers for going on to do great things with their lives.

What advice would you offer to Southridge students?
Take advantage of all that Southridge has to offer. Don’t be afraid to join new clubs, teams and take on the variety of service opportunities.

WHITNEY MORFITT '04

What have you been up to since you left Southridge?
I moved out to Calgary for my undergrad in Kinesiology in 2004. After graduating, I travelled through South East Asia for a little adventure, after which I moved up to Edmonton for my Master's in Physical Therapy in 2009. After finishing school, I made a big decision to stay in Edmonton where I am currently working at an orthopaedic physio clinic. I am taking as many courses and learning as much as I can. This is the time in life when learning becomes super awesome!

What consumes most of your time these days?
Camping, hiking, snowboarding, trying to pretend I'm good at golf and hockey, trail running, knitting and anything DIY home projects. Pretty much anything activity outside... Except when it's -40.

If I hadn’t become a physiotherapist, what would I have done? Is that different from the job you wanted in high school?
I never had a plan B. It has honestly been the only job I could ever see myself doing...and I am so grateful I could make it into reality.

What is your favourite activity/hobby to do outside or you career? Or, what’s your favourite thing to do on weekends?
Everything crafty and anything athletic.

What’s your favourite memory of Southridge?
Keats Camp, Strathcona Park Lodge, pretty much all of the outdoor opportunities we had over the years. They were the best!

Do you still stay connected with Southridge and friends from Southridge?
Definitely. Southridge was pretty much my whole youth, how could you not?

What advice would you offer to Southridge students?
Don't be afraid of change. Take a chance, get out there, be bold, go outside of your comfort zone.

ALICE LIN - '04

What consumes most of your time these days?
At the moment I’m quite busy with work – I was just called to the bar in New York and British Columbia and am working as a corporate lawyer in Vancouver. I’ve also been able to fit in some travel. For example, this fall I’m planning on surfing in Portugal.

If you hadn’t become a lawyer, what would you have done? Is that different from the job you wanted in high school?
If I hadn’t become a lawyer, I would have liked to go into foreign services and become a diplomat. I distinctly remember talking about our future careers in law in the CAPP office with another student during one of the last days of high school, and we actually both went into law!

Do you still stay connected with Southridge and friends from Southridge?
I do! But not as much as I would like to. A group of us have gotten together around the winter holidays every year since graduating Southridge and it’s really wonderful to reunite at home with everyone each year no matter where we are living at the time.

BRINA VIRDI – ‘04

What has been the biggest change in your life since Southridge?
Since Southridge, my biggest life change has been moving to the US. My career as a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Professional Accountant has allowed me the opportunity to live in Vancouver, Texas and California, with the potential to experience other locations as well. I’m currently working at an accounting firm in San Francisco.

What consumes most of your time these days?
I recently moved to San Francisco for work, so my days are spent working, my evenings are spent exploring the city, and my weekends involve a lot of weekend travel (cheap travel within the US is reason enough to move here!).

Do you still stay connected with Southridge and friends from Southridge?
I have stayed in touch with several Southridge friends, having attended a handful of their weddings recently. In line with our Grade 12 Most Likely To, I am on the path to being "friends until we are old and grey" with Jessica Martin.

What advice would you offer to Southridge students?
(1) Don't limit yourselves and your potential to what your current life path seems to be; (2) Be open to new experiences; (3) Constantly focus on expanding and maintaining your social and professional networks.

DEREK MOORE – ‘04

What consumes most of your time these days?
Most of my time is consumed by work (quantitate analyst at Connor, Clark & Lunn Investment Management), sports (particularly fencing) and hanging out with friends.

If you hadn’t become a quantitate analyst, what would you have done? Is that different from the job you wanted in high school?
If I didn't quantitative analyst I would want to be a data scientist. It is similar to my current role, but not in the finance industry. This is different from the job that I wanted in high school.

What is your favourite activity/hobby to do outside or you career? Or, what’s your favourite thing to do on weekends?
I started fencing recently and it has been awesome. It is an excellent mix of strategy and execution. Like chess that ends with someone getting stabbed.

What’s your favourite memory of Southridge?
There were a lot of good memories from Southridge, but one of best was the school wide water balloon fight we had. Having so many people and so many balloons involved made it quite amazing.

Do you still stay connected with Southridge and friends from Southridge?
I do still stay connected with friends from Southridge. Some of my best friends are still from high school.

What advice would you offer to Southridge students?
My best advice for students is to keep an open mind about what career you want. All throughout high school I was very set on exactly what I wanted to do, but I have since ended up in a different field.

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