Celebrating 40 Years of Ridley Co-Education

September 9, 1973: The First Girls Arrive!

In conjunction with Ridley’s 125th anniversary celebrations, it was an exciting year for the school as it also marked the 40th anniversary of co-education.

A reminder to all alumnae about our soon-to-be-published Women of Ridley E-book.  We welcome more of your submissions to add to the book – photos (high resolution please), stories, and reflections. Please send your submissions by this December to Marcie Lewis ’03 at marcie_lewis@ridleycollege.com. To view the E-book, please click here

The first Women of Ridley event was a luncheon on May 10, 2014 to commemorate the brunch parties which, at the beginning of co-education, Mrs. Dorothy Burgoyne Doolittle hosted for the girls first at her home on Yates Street and later at the Oban Inn in Niagara-on-the-Lake. This event was held at Kenyon Lett House, home of Headmaster Ed Kidd and his wife Hanna. With pictures and memorabilia from the past, a wonderful cross section of guests from all different years, performances by the all girl “cheerleader spirit squad”, Lower School girls choir and quartet, to the eloquent address from our in-coming and first woman Board Chair, Georgina Black ‘85 and the recognition of a true “Matriarch of Ridley” Mrs. Janet Lewis, the afternoon was filled with sharing great memories as a Women of Ridley community. Please click here to view photos from the event. 

The second event was a Women of Ridley “Cocktails and Conversation” on June 24, 2014 in Toronto at Samara, the offices of Kendall Anderson ’94 and Alison Loat ’94.  No matter the age or geographic or language boundaries, Ridley is the common thread that links us all together and the guests, including Chantal Ramsay ‘74, the first girl to enrol in 1973, shared stories, ideas and laughter. Please click here to view photos. 
A Women of Ridley legacy has been created this year with the establishment of the WOR group, a Facebook page, a WOR logo, a WOR history e-book (deadline for submissions is December 2014) and has developed a strong community of women to support and encourage future business networking and mentoring endeavours.
The WOR committee has been a talented, dedicated and knowledgeable group of women and a sincere thank you to all of them. The way has been paved for many exciting Women of Ridley initiatives for the future. We invite all alumnae to share in these opportunities.

Michele-Elise "George" Burnett ‘86
Chair, 40th Anniversary of Co-education Committee


Committee Members

Michele-Elise "George" Burnett ’86 (Chair)
Kendall Anderson '94
Natalie (Iggulden) Burnard ‘98
Cindy (Ellis) Corcoran ‘79
Wendy (Crossingham) Darby ‘99
Liz-Ann (Woolley) Lawton ‘80
Nadine Karachi-Estrada ‘87
Janet Lewis
Marcie Lewis ‘04
Alison Loat ‘94
Trish Loat
Kelly Neill ‘81
Chantal Ramsay ‘74