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Principal Karen Jurjevich to Retire June 2024

After nearly 25 years of passionate, visionary and innovative leadership, Karen Jurjevich has informed the Board of Governors that she will be stepping away from her role as Principal in June 2024. Until that time, and while we conduct a comprehensive search for her successor, she will remain fully engaged in the leadership of the school. Karen is committed to ensuring a smooth transition to the new Principal.
Principal Jurjevich shared the news with the Branksome Hall community on October 17, 2022: “Following many thoughtful conversations with the Board of Governors, I am excited to share news with you that will ensure continued success for our school, over the next two years and beyond. As I enter my 25th year as Principal, I have made the decision to transition out of the role. Together, with the Board, we have mapped out a two-year plan for leadership succession, which will allow me to move forward with confidence and anticipation for the future of Branksome Hall. To this end, the Board of Governors will immediately commence the search for the new Principal, whose tenure will begin on July 1, 2024. 

The opportunity to announce my plans with a two-year window was important for me and the school to ensure a strong and stable leadership transition. I shall pass the torch to Branksome Hall’s 8th Principal, who will inherit a school that believes strongly in thoughtful succession planning and influential leadership.” In a message to the community, Mona Malone, Chair of the Branksome Hall Board of Governors, reflected on Principal Jurjevich’s “truly transformative impact on Branksome,” noting: “The Board deeply appreciates all that Karen has accomplished, and her thoughtful approach to transition planning instills great confidence. We look forward to the many opportunities for community-wide tributes and celebrations of her legacy before 2024.”

Learn more and read Principal Jurjevich’s full message here.
We wish to acknowledge this land on which Branksome operates. For thousands of years, it has been the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. Today, this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work and go to school on this land.

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