Julie Axford, Head of Operations

Julie Axford is CDS's new Head of Operations (food/housekeeping) and comes to us from Pickering College where she was Director of Food Services for the past seven years. Prior to that she had worked for a number of other independent schools in the GTA as an Executive Chef, including Trafalgar Castle and Bayview Glen, as well as Toronto French School and Branksome Hall. Before returning to Ontario 17 years ago, she studied at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts in BC where she worked at various Vancouver restaurants, and for private charters as a personal chef for families and celebrities touring some of the most remote areas of Alaska.
What is your favourite meal to prepare for your family?
Korean Beef Bulgogi with vegetables – my kids love it!

Favourite Thanksgiving side dish?
My mom’s turkey stuffing and my grandma’s roasted rutabaga mash (which is much better than it sounds).

Favourite part of working in a school dining hall?
Sampling all of the delicious meals and talking to the kids during lunchtime. The doors to discussion about healthy eating are limitless.

Things you enjoy when not in a kitchen?
My family - I love spending time exploring outdoors with our kids and dog every chance we get. I am also coaching my daughter’s soccer team.

Land Acknowledgment

CDS wishes to recognize and acknowledge the land on which the school operates. For thousands of years, these have been the traditional lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. We also recognize the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat, Anishinaabe and the Haudenosaunee peoples who also shared this land.  CDS respects the relationship with these lands and recognizes that our connection can be strengthened by our continued relationship with all First Nations, by acknowledging our shared responsibility to respect and care for these lands and waters for future generations.

School Information

13415 Dufferin Street King, Ontario L7B 1K5 
(905) 833-1220 


Founded in 1972, The Country Day School is a co-educational private school offering programs in JK-12 and located on 100 acres north of Toronto in King.