28th May 2018>
Prestigous honour for James (Jim) McDonald
This years 9th Annual Builder's Reception celebrated the many contributions of James (Jim) McDonald. His continuous leadership, generosity and dedication has helped shape the school and left a permanent mark on life at The Study.
Jim McDonald, recent Past Chair of The Study's Board of Governors and father to Jessica '14, has been awarded the Builder's Award. Jim will celebrate his 16th year as a loyal member of The Study family as a passionate and loyal supporter of the school and its vision.
Jim's commitment at The Study began in 2002 when his daughter Jessica began Kindergarten. As Jessica grew and flourished in The Study's nurturing environment, Jim's relationship with the school grew with it. In 2009 Jim became a member of the Board of Governors and, with a strong background in investment banking as well as in product and business development, Jim rose to the occasion, bringing insight and rigour on a number of Board committees including the Finance, Governance and Nomination Committees.
By 2010, Jim took on the role as Treasurer of the Board, helping to prepare the framework for financial autonomy. In 2013, Jim became Chair, and, over an unprecedented period of four years as Board Chair, Jim continued to lead the school through the one of the most significant and transformational periods in its history - financial autonomy from the government.
Jim's leadership, marked by his quiet certitude, and his careful and measured decision-making style, instilled confidence and unwavering support amongst those working closely with him, as the school, entering its second century of excellence in education, was successfully steered into a position of strength and sustainability.
Not only has Jim McDonald given much of his time and expertise as a volunteer leader, his generous financial support and commitments over more than a decade have been significant for the school.
Always willing to give valuable advice, support an initiative, speak at an event, make an important 'ask', Jim McDonald is truly a Study Builder, as his leadership, generosity and dedication has, indeed, spanned many years, having left an indelible mark on life at The Study.