Epic Arts and the YIS Community

Meet Our Community

The close friendships and cooperation between our students, staff, parents and alumni lie at the heart of YIS. A host of events and activities are offered by and for all the people that form the fabric of our multicultural and multilingual community. Through the diverse selection of activities offered by the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA), families form friendships, parents support learning opportunities and staff and students are buoyed by a common purpose. Events such as the popular Food Fair unite the YIS community and the surrounding neighborhoods in a gala of food, music and a joie de vivre. After graduating, our students remain closely connected to their school days with visits to campus and participation in school events as part of a growing network of alumni. Indeed, some have returned as staff members, while others now have children at the school. Explore our community's vibrance through the links above and through our social media. We hope you'll find a connection to the people and experiences you'll discover, and look forward to you joining our community soon.


James Makdisi

James Makdisi

Class of 1994

We were kids put together from all over the world in a safe environment, with small class sizes and good teachers to facilitate academic, sport and social development.

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Ken

Ken

Parent

The climate change and sustainability action event that was held by students, faculty, administration and parents last year stands out for me.

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Julian Weekes

Julian Weekes

Elementary School teacher

Japan is unique. It's Asia, in the most efficient and organised way possible. Everything works, as it's supposed to... until it doesn't. Follow the rules and you can't go wrong!

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Miguel

Miguel

Elementary School Student

I would like to teach math because I am good at math. I like it because we have to use it everyday. I give my brother help sometimes.

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Louis

Louis

High School Student

I love music because it's something I'm passionate about. Learning all the theory and history in class helps me develop my own personal music skills. Music is something I wouldn't be able to live without. 

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Hikari

Hikari

Elementary School Student

I like to know about other cultures. I like Indian culture because I lived there for four years. When I eat curry and roti, I remember my aunty's cooking in India.

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Wen-yu

Wen-yu

High School Student

I like the flexibility of having no correct answer in Visual Art, and the ability to express emotions and inner thoughts through creativity that is hard to communicate through verbal text. 

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Virginia Zamora Lopez

Virginia Zamora Lopez

Learning Support Teacher, Elementary and Secondary

At YIS I am given the opportunity to contribute to different subject areas and grade level teams. I have enjoyed teaching yoga to young students and helping them explore it as a self-regulation activity.

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Ken Inge

Ken Inge

Class of 2003

I am proud to have been a team leader in a recent project to produce hand sanitizer for Swedish hospitals to assist them in their work with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Akshay

High School Student

I truly enjoyed our rafting expedition because we were learning many new things, being risk takers and getting a more diverse portfolio of skills. 

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Sarah Urquhart

ELC - Gr. 12 Service Learning Coach and MYP Science/DP Environmental Systems & Societies

In service learning, I love that students can feel empowered by seeing how their actions can make a positive impact. This can help connect students to our community.

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Jason Edwards

IT Director and High School Biology Teacher

I love the challenge and learning that takes place when you teach a variety of subjects, and seeing students learn in a variety of contexts across a wide range of age groups.

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Nuri

Parent

I volunteer at the library regularly. I get to understand what the students are like, what teachers are like, and I can find books I think my daughter will like.

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