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Keep Well the Road, Principal Jurjevich!

After 26 years of dedicated service and a year filled with joyous celebration and tearful goodbyes, Principal Karen L. Jurjevich is bidding a fond farewell to Branksome Hall. Today, as she finished packing her boxes in preparation for her move out of the Principal’s residence, she remarked, “I wanted to express a final thank you to each member of the BH community for making my time here so incredibly special. The numerous farewell events and tributes have made my last few months and weeks so meaningful—thank you!”
She continued, “There is no doubt that I am going to miss being a part of this remarkable community, especially all the interactions, conversations and opportunities I’ve had to learn from our amazing students, colleagues, parents, alums, and talented, committed volunteers.”

As can be seen in this video, the BH community is so incredible, they even stopped by to help her pack!



Karen has touched the hearts of thousands of people throughout her tenure as Principal. From students and colleagues, to parents and extended family members, alums, donors and school partners, the Branksome Hall Asia community, her peers in the CAIS, NAIS and ICGS networks, and many more—all have been impacted by her dedication to the school. This couldn’t have been made more clear than from the amount of love and support the community shared with Karen at this year’s various events and celebrations, including the tributes made at the CAIS Art of Leadership event in May.

From trips to Hong Kong, Seoul, New York City and London to visit alums and old friends, to employees donning “Jeans for Jurjevich” and donating to a fund for iCAST in her name, and the community coming together for fun farewell gatherings in her honour, there is no doubt that Branksome Hall’s outgoing Principal is beloved. 

At today’s final celebration, employees honoured Karen at a “Soo Do,” a Western-themed nod to her roots in Sault St. Marie. Employees donned cowboy hats and blue jeans as they made their way to the dance floor for a dance with Karen. 

Looking to the future, Karen extends her best wishes to incoming Principal Grace McCallum, who officially joins the school on July 1, noting, “I know the coming year is going to be a special one, and that our community will welcome her in that wonderful Branksome way.”

In her closing message, Karen shared that “Branksome Hall has been the heartbeat of my life for more than a quarter-century, and I know it will always be a part of me. I’m already looking forward to coming back to visit.” 

So, this is not goodbye, just so long for now for Branksome’s 7th Principal. We look forward to seeing this visionary leader back on campus soon. Thanks for everything—and “Keep Well the Road”, Principal Jurjevich!
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