During the holidays, Jessica Goldberg ’90, P ’27 was thinking about how she would love to be able to sing holiday carols again, the way she used to as a UTS student in the lobby of 371 Bloor, with all the voices of her fellow students coming together as one. She wouldn’t mind getting a candygram either (hint, hint!) – still a time-honoured tradition at UTS.
This year, Jessica has come full circle with our school, watching her son, Griffin, experience some of these UTS traditions for the first time as an F1 (Grade 7) student. “A lot has changed but some things are still the same, like the House system and the energy. There’s just so much going on – all the time. I still feel such a strong sense of connection and community with the people I went to school with at UTS. I love that my son wanted to be ‘sorted’ and ended up in Lewis rather than carry on my Althouse tradition.”
Because of this connection, Jessica has been a loyal UTS donor for over 10 years and also volunteers in many capacities – including but not limited to the UTS Board of Directors Advancement Committee and the Building the Future Campaign Cabinet. She also led the Class of 1990 project in memory of one of their most brilliant classmates, Sam Roweis ’90. “He was a really remarkable human being, incredibly kind and smart,” she says. Now, thanks to the efforts of Jessica and her classmates, the Class of 1990 and Sam will receive recognition in the Dean of Academics Office.
“I think that it makes me a better human being to give back as much as I can, in terms of both time and dollars when possible. Jim Fleck gave us such an inspiring quote when he advised us to, ‘Give till it feels good.’ Those are such great words to live by.”
For Jessica, it feels especially good when she’s giving to UTS, which has had such a lifelong impact on her as a person.