Margaret (Peggy) Agar
NBS fondly remembers Peggy Agar, a member of NBS’ community of supporters for over 30 years. Peggy was a steadfast supporter of the Scholarship Fund and regularly attended the Sugar Plum Fair, a well-known event in NBS’ history. She was also a supporter of annual fundraising initiatives was a regular attendee to Spring Showcase for many years. While she was not able to visit NBS later in life as often as she once did, she is remembered by many at NBS, and we are extremely fortunate to have been a part of Peggy’s Life.
NBS fondly remembers John Ayre. A member of NBS’ community of supporters for 10 years, John made generous contributions to the School through several years of annual support. John is also remembered through the legacy gifts that were made in his honour. NBS is extremely fortunate to have been part of John’s life.
NBS fondly remembers Honorary Circle member Shirley Beatty. While NBS’s relationship with Shirley was relatively short in comparison to the long life she lived, hers generous contributions to NBS Community Dance Programs and Sharing Dance were highly impactful. Shirley’s support of NBS will continue to be felt by future generations of young dancers thanks to the William R. and Shirley Beatty Charitable Fund to assist underserved children access community dance programs. NBS staff and students enjoyed Shirley’s company and will miss the wonderful conversation-filed lunches and seeing her at NBS annual events. NBS is deeply appreciative to have been a part of Shirley’s’ life and to be embraced by her giving spirit.
Many in the NBS community will remember Rosemary for her tireless and committed work as co-Chair, alongside Judith Gelber, and later sole Chair of NBS’ Honorary Circle. Under her leadership, this unique community comprising some of the School’s closest and most steadfast friends created a liveliness and feeling of welcome felt by all—and that were also some of Rosemary’s wonderful personal qualities that made every chance to work alongside her a true pleasure. A generous supporter of so many NBS initiatives and a member of the Board of Directors from 2004-2010, Rosemary’s contributions to our community were widely felt and deeply valued. Rosemary’s name is displayed on seat F9 in the Betty Oliphant Theatre.
NBS fondly remembers Kathleen Day. A member of NBS’ community of supporters for 20 years, Kathleen made generous contributions to the School through several fundraising initiatives. Kathleen is also remembered for attending many donor events, during her many years of support. NBS is extremely fortunate to have been part of Kathleen’s life.
NBS fondly remembers Betty Douglas. A member of NBS’ community of supporters for over 20 years, Betty made generous contributions to the School through support of the Sugar Plum Fair and with gifts to Canada's National Ballet School Foundation. NBS is extremely fortunate to have been part of Betty’s life.
NBS fondly remembers Murray Ellis. A member of NBS’ community of supporters for over 5 years, Murray’s energy and love for dance brought joy to his fellow dancers in the Dancing with Parkinson, (DWP) classes and community. Alongside his wife Fran, they will be remembered for moving audiences in their performance of “Dear Tomorrow”, an original piece choreographed by NBS Staff member, Rachel Bar, that brought together two dancers from the DWP classes and two students from the Professional Ballet Program for a performance that will treasured by all who where in the audience. Murray, and Fran also supported NBS as a whole, with generous donations and by attending many Spring Showcase Student performances and other events. NBS is extremely fortunate to have been part of Murray’s life.
NBS fondly remembers Alexei Fateev. A member of the NBS staff, who has supported generations of students develop in preparation for their professional careers. Alexei is remembered for his energetic work at NBS as a character teacher who brought his own knowledge and experience to NBS from his own training at the Russian Ballet School. NBS is extremely fortunate to have worked with and to have been a part of Alexei’s life.
NBS fondly remembers Maureen Meagher-Garbers. A member of NBS’ community of supporters for over 25 years, Maureen volunteered her time and expertise as a committee member for the Golf & Wine Classic and supported other NBS initiatives over the years such as the Sugar Plum Fair and the Assemblée Internationale. Throughout the years Maureen also joined us at NBS Galas, and various other NBS events including Spring Showcase. Maureen will be also be remembered as a long-standing dancer and member of the Adult Ballet community. NBS is extremely fortunate to have been part of Maureen’s life.
Maxine lived a life full life of art, dance, creativity, and a passion for helping young people soar in their talents. For more than three decades at NBS, Maxine made significant contributions as a volunteer and donor (through the Student Partner Program, Endowment, annual fundraising needs and more), but also as a bright and stalwart presence. She attended every event at NBS for many years, almost always calling the following day to express how witnessing NBS students made her feel happy, renewed, and full of energy. Many people in the NBS community will have had the pleasure of her company at an event—her life and dedication to the School was a significant part of the NBS community.