I graduated from Havergal College in 2001 and have been actively involved with many of the alumuni events. Seeing that I am not able to financially donate to the school’s developments, I make extra efforts to give my time and experience to enrich those who are up and coming.
Going back to the school made me realize how far I have come in the last 8 years; and also how much have remained the same. Havergal’s motto is “Preparing young women to make a difference”. I think they did a good job with me at least! If you want more information about the top girl’s school in Toronto check out www.havergal.on.ca.
The host of this event was Toronto millionaire Robert Herjavec – the host of CBC’s Dragon’s Den and a Havergal parent. It might be difficult for some of you to imagine this: 10 years ago, a struggling entrepreneur who waited tables concocting his masterplan TODAY purchasing the most expensive house ever sold in Canada in Bridle Path. Herjavec’s success was in creating the first ‘firewall’ and selling it for over $100 million. Then having Dragon’s Den picked up by ABC prime time and hosting a Hugo Boss fashion show fundraiser – in his backyard (50,000 sq ft house). WOW.
Herjavec told us briefly about jetting to Miami for a weekend and living the good life – all in an incredibly humble way. He immigrated to Canada from Croatia as a child and had humble beginnings and talks about how much things can change in 10 years. He was inspiring and affirmed with many of us already knew – success comes from hard work and the world is won by those who are adaptable to change. It always feels amazing to be in the company of those who inspire and have truly achieved success. The funny thing is, he was not flashy or emblazoned with brand names. He was just a father speaking at his daughter’s school about the path that lies before them.