What is the Parent Association and What Does it Do?

When you enter the CDS community, either as a new family to the School or new staff member, you automatically become part of The Country Day School Parent Association. Time and time again, our community has been described as something unique and special and made up of a dynamic, supportive and collaborative group of individuals. 

To learn more about the CDS Parent Association, or to find out how you can become involved, please contact our Parent Association President, Joanne Gauthier at volunteer@cds.on.ca.

How Can You Get Involved?

This incredible team of parent volunteers dedicates countless hours of time to promote school spirit, to foster a sense of community at the School, and to support the Administration by organizing a variety of special events. These events include the Food For Thought guest speaker series, Grad Breakfast, New Parents' Evening, and the CDS Holiday Fair (formerly known as Designer Fair).

Simply email us at volunteer@cds.on.ca to become involved in any of the below opportunities. We would love to see you!

Volunteer Opportunities

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  • CDS General Store

    Volunteers in the General Store fulfill an integral role in positive community  relations, assisting parents and students with sales, stocking inventory, updating displays, and more!
  • CDS Grade Parents

    These outstanding volunteers fulfill a wide variety of functions unique to each grade. Their time is spent in part by organizing class parties, decorating for special themes and events, as well as organizing graduation parties and the Grad Breakfast.
  • Annual Auction

    The Auction is the School's largest fundraiser, featuring live and silent auctions, a live band, dancing and a variety of fun-filled activities, all focused on a central theme. Volunteers are essential to the Auction's success and fun is had by all! Paint, decorate, design displays, help us with invitations, aquisitions and more!

    Visit www.cds.on.ca/auction.
  • Pre-Owned Uniform Sales

    A large selection of gently used, clean, good quality uniform items are available. Sales happen four times per year in the Di Ciano Atrium of the Performing Arts Centre.

    Visit www.cds.on.ca/preowned.
  • Birthday Book Program

    This program is in support of our School’s Libraries to ensure we have the most current available books and resource material.

    Visit www.cds.on.ca/birthdaybook.
  • Holiday Fair

    This is an annual one-stop retail showcase held each November in the spectacular CDS Performing Arts Centre (PAC). The event features unique holiday giftware, home décor items, designer fashion, original artwork, tasty treats, and trendy trinkets.

    Visit www.cds.on.ca/holidayfair.
  • General Volunteer

    We are always looking for occasional help throughout the School and invite you to add your name to the list.  Please contact volunteer@cds.on.ca or (905) 833-3640.

Interested in Being Part of The Parent Association Executive?

The CDS Parent Association is an integral part of the school community, and as a parent of CDS you are already a member! The Parent Association works with the School to build our community, encourage parental involvement and support CDS in its mission to provide an education with balance for your children.
We are always looking for volunteers to support our efforts, and there are many opportunities for our parents to get involved. Currently, we are looking for parents interested in becoming a member of our Parent Association Executive for the 2017-2018 school year.
Please visit our webpage at www.cds.on.ca/association or contact volunteer@cds.on.ca for more details.

Thank You Volunteers!

CDS appreciates our parent volunteers! They make a difference in our students’ CDS experience, and we appreciate everything you do!

In an effort to show our immense appreciation, please see our Volunteer Appreciation video.

Meet our 2016-17 Parent Association Executive

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  • Annette Ghezzi

    Anne is a mother of four from Junior School to Senior School, with one not quite of age yet to attend CDS. Annette enjoys being a part of the CDS Parent Association because she feels that her contributions work toward enhancing the development of the students and their school experiences.
  • Mandy Kang

  • Reem Khan

    Reem is a mother of two children, both in the Junior School. Reem's interest in the CDS Parent Association has been encouraged by both current and previous members, who helped her become more familiar with the School and made her feel like a part of the community. Having been involved in the Auction Donation Committee over the past few years and seeing how those efforts have helped the Annual Auction, Reem is excited to contribute to the School in a different way. Reem hopes to make the CDS parent experience the best it can possibly be.
  • Mayas Al-Shabboot

    Mayas Al-Shabboot enjoys being a member of the CDS Parent Association, and likes doing the work because she enjoys helping the students and the School. From Mayas' point of view, it is the best way to spend her free time!
  • Susie Bousada

    Susie has three kids at CDS. This will be her fourth year at the School, and her third as a member of the CDS Parent Association. Susie joined to meet new people and to get involved with the CDS community, and has had a lot of fun! It is Susie's hope that new parents feel comfortable joining the Parent Association for the same reasons.
  • Nadia Chychrun

    Nadia became a CDS parent in 2013 and joined the CDS Parent Association right away with the goal of meeting new people and supporting the School.
  • Lu-Ann Clarke

    Lu-Ann has two children at CDS, and joined the CDS Parent Association to meet other families. Lu-Ann and her family love to play hockey in the winter and cottage in the summer.
  • Joanne Gauthier

    Joanne has been a Grade Parent for four years and enjoys getting involved in school activities. The CDS Parent Association is a great way to further her involvement and to learn how things work at CDS. Joanne hopes to make a difference in the CDS community for new and existing families.

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  • Sarah Powell

  • Georgette Rotundo

  • Mary Rucas

  • Marcia Ruso

  • Judy Totten

    Judy loves being involved with anything at CDS! Judy joined the CDS Parent Association to help out, make a difference and to meet people. Judy is the CDS Auction Co-Chair and Grade Parent Coodinator. Judy enjoys playing tennis, spending time in Muskoka and travelling.
  • Helen Turner

  • Michelle Weiss

    Both of Michelle's children began in the Middle School. Getting involved as a Grade Parent and then as part of the CDS Parent Association was the best way she felt she could learn more about the School, get to know staff and faculty, meet other parents and help out! Michelle loves skiing, kick-boxing and anything to do with the ocean.

2016-17 Executive Meetings

Current parents are always welcome to attend the Parent Association Executive meetings held in the Parent Association Meeting Room (Senior School) from 9:00 - 10:30 am:
  • Thursday, September 15
  • Wednesday, October 6
  • Wednesday, November 2
  • Thursday, December 1
  • Wednesday, January 11, 2017
  • Thursday, February 2
  • Wednesday, March 1
  • Thursday, April 6
  • Wednesday, May 3
Other events:
  • April 12 - Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast
  • May 10 - AGM

More Parent Association Events

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  • New Parents' Evening

    In partnership with the Office of Admission, the CDS Association organizes a welcome reception each Spring for new parents whose children are joining The Country Day School in the Fall. This year the event will take place on Wednesday, May 17, 2017.
  • Holiday Fair

    The CDS Holiday Fair is an annual one-stop retail showcase held in The Country Day School's spectacular Performing Arts Centre (PAC). The event features unique holiday giftware, home décor items, designer fashion, original artwork, tasty treats, and trendy trinkets. This event offers its patrons a unique shopping experience in a relaxed and comfortable setting. For details please visit www.cds.on.ca/holidayfair.
  • CDS Association AGM

    The Parent Association AGM will take place on Wednesday, May 10th at 9:00 am.
  • Grad Breakfast

    Just as they did on their child's first day of school long ago, CDS parents are invited to walk their child to school on the last day of Grade 12. The CDS Association hosts a Grad Breakfast for Grade 12 soon-to-be graduates, their parents and teachers on the last day of classes each Spring. This year it will take place on Thursday, June 1, 2017.

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.