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2018 Annual Report

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2 As I write this note, my inaugural as Chair of the Board, I would like to thank my fellow Board members for allow- ing me this opportunity to serve CDS. It was Paul Duckett, our previous Head of School, who first invited me to join the Board in 2008. For me, it was an opportunity to give back to the School in recognition for what it had done for my children, and I proudly served for six years. After taking one year off, my predecessor and Board Chair at the time, Paul Jewer, asked me if I would like to serve again in 2015, and I happily agreed. I believe I speak on behalf of the entire CDS community when I say it was an absolute honour to work alongside Paul as he deftly navigated us through the largest campaign build in the history of the School, while always mindful of CDS's financial stability. Thank you, Paul, for your tremendous years of service. I am pleased to report that CDS continued to be on solid ground throughout the 2017-2018 academic year. From the implementation of year two of our Strategic Plan and its four pillars, to the school leadership headed by John Liggett, the identification and implementation of our Risk Management Strategies, enrollment, community ad- vancement and financial resources, CDS has never been stronger. I believe this is due to the extraordinary efforts of our Head of School, his faculty and staff, our parent and student population and our Board of Directors, all who believe that an education with balance provides a unique foundation for the long-term development of our students. Now in year two of three in my role as Chair, with three more years to follow on the Governance Committee, I am aiming for 13 years of dedicated service to CDS. This elicits the frequent question, "Why have you given so many years of service?" My simple answer is that volunteering allows me to show my appreciation for all that CDS has done to help instill an abundance of confidence and a good set of values to equip my children (and all our CDS children) for life. I believe all of our Board members who serve with me feel the same way. We share a passion for CDS and want to offer our services toward advancing its best interests, not our own. CDS is fortunate to have such a vibrant group of vol- unteer Directors willing to lend their time and financial support to help our visionary projects become reality for our students. I would like to thank our departing Board members – Joanne Railton and Blaise Tomkay – for their years of service. I also welcome our new Board members: Spencer Lavis and Katie Shotbolt '07. In closing, I would like to thank John Liggett and his staff for their ongoing dedication in supporting, knowing and inspiring our children. This, perhaps more than anything, resonates back to our founding families who took a risk in starting this special place. We all want our children to feel Supported, Known and Inspired. From that, everything else can evolve. We want our children to feel Balance and Innovation in their lives. And we believe that by Building and Engaging our Community, our school's Financial Stability will happen organically from there. It all starts with Support, Know and Inspire as the core. Together, we can serve our children's school and help it to reach new heights. You can have impressive facilities and expansive property – but we have the heart and the soul too. That's the CDS difference. David Myers Alumni Parent '08 & '10 Chair, Board of Directors "… volunteering allows me to show my appreciation for all that CDS has done to help instill an abundance of confidence and a good set of values to equip my children (and all our CDS children) for life. " Message from the Chair of the Board The Countr y Day School 2018 Annual Repor t

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