When Sandy McIntyre ’71 gives to UTS, he gives for the future of our country, to support our school in delivering well-rounded, bright leaders for the Canada of the 2040s, the 2060s and beyond.
It’s important to give back to the community from which you came and to the community in which you reside, so I give to education, mental health, and refugees. And I give to UTS,” says Sandy, who also gives considerably of his time.
He lends his vast financial expertise as a UTS Board Director, and previously as a Director on the UTS Foundation Board and as the Building the Future Campaign Co-Chair.
A loyal UTS donor for 40 years, Sandy is one of the first members of the UTS community to become a Founder. His generosity is being recognized in the new, game-changing UTS Athletics Centre, which will include the McIntyre Gymnasium.
Sandy will pay homage to the charismatic athletic leaders of our past, and our future, by dedicating the UTS Athletic Centre to UTS Physical Education teachers and coaches like Don Fawcett ’50, Al Fleming ’54 (who was also a principal), Bill Naylor ’54, Bill Simons and Chuck Weir, and those following in their footsteps who “motivate students to become better than they thought they could be.”
At UTS, Sandy played hockey and football, and was a football team co-captain in his last year. “Our team was generally smaller than our competition, and we often joked that we were slower, but we frequently out-thought them and ended up winning.”
Sandy credits UTS and its leadership in education for helping propel him to an extremely successful financial career. Learning to code and running programs on the University of Toronto mainframe as a UTS student in the late sixties, as well as Al Fleming’s statistics class, honed his mathematical talents.
Two generations of McIntyres have been “profoundly influenced” by UTS, says Sandy, with his father, uncle and brother attending the school. “Both my dad and my uncle were able to go to UTS because of the accessibility, and I think restoring that accessibility through the bursary program is extremely important,” he says.
The McIntyres were once a family of immigrants, crofters forced from their lands in Scotland by the Highland Clearances in the early 1800s. One of his forbearers, Mary McIntyre, was a homesteader who started the first school in Ontario’s Elderslie Township. Sandy envisions a UTS that embraces the talents of newcomers to Canada and gives them the opportunities to reach their full potential.
“Having absolutely first-rate, state-of-the-art facilities – art rooms, the music areas, the science labs and the athletics – those resources will help to attract the best possible students and provide the leaders who can take Canada successfully into the future.”
You can make sure that UTS students have all the furniture and equipment they need in time for their return to 371 Bloor this November.