The Alizadehs have gone all-in with UTS, not only with their family but with their commitment to the cause. All four of their sons went to UTS, and as parents, Steve ’77 and Gita Alizadeh P ’15, ’17, ’20, ’22 stepped up in extraordinary ways for the Building the Future campaign, by giving generously of their time, energy and financial support.
It’s because they believe in the exceptional values UTS stands for – the respect, equality and inclusion the school fosters and how the positive learning environment creates a safe place for their sons to grow and learn.
“The contributions of UTS alumni to our communities are immeasurable,” says Steve, proud member of the Class of 1977. “UTS provides a foundation to many of the future leaders of our society.”
One family, four UTS sons
Two of their sons have graduated, one will graduate this year and the youngest is an M4 (Grade 10) student.
“UTS is in a class of its own, and our sons are the beneficiaries of one of the best educations available anywhere,” says Gita. “This school unleashes their curiosity and passion for learning.”
With her gentle grace and humble nature, Gita became a quiet driving force on the UTS Parents Association Executive team when she joined in 2011.
Leaders of the Class
In 2018, Gita took on the role of Class of 2020 Champion, encouraging her fellow parents to lend their support the Building the Future Parent Challenge. Thanks to her leadership, the Class of 2020 reached their participation goal and will be honoured with a plaque at the revitalized UTS building. Gita, along with 18 other Parent Challenge Champions, received the 2018 UTS Heartwood Award for outstanding volunteer work.
As for Steve, after graduating from UTS in 1977, it wasn’t long before he started supporting the school and was back as a regular with the UTS Alumni Association, attending events such as alumni hockey games. For the Building the Future campaign, Steve joined forces with three other members of his close-knit Class of 1977 to lead its fundraising efforts, raising over $1 million for the renewed UTS and achieving UTS Founder status for the class.
True UTS passion
Steve and Gita have tremendous passion for UTS and the school is grateful for their support. “It takes passion for an institution like UTS to thrive. Dedication from all its stakeholders contribute to the school’s success, and with their support UTS will continue to flourish and remain an integral part of our community.”