Celebrating Volunteers

On May 15, Chaminade celebrated the commitment and service of our incredible volunteers at the annual Volunteer Recognition Reception. Volunteers help make Chaminade a better place. They truly demonstrate the Marianist tradition of family spirit through their selfless giving of time and talent. Volunteers are an important part of Chaminade’s operations and are instrumental to the success of many of our programs and events. From large and exciting events like the Chaminade Gala Benefit & Auction to the smaller, less glamorous envelope stuffing parties, our volunteers do it all.

Spotlight on Service honorees: Rosalind Auzenne Odabashian, Laura Galieote, Kim Akerson, Julie Rowland, and Ani Avanessian. Not pictured: Beth Albrecht, Ani Avanessian, Joani McQuaid, Julie Nairin, and Mia Pitts.

Chaminade recognized nine extraordinary volunteers who have their last child graduating from the high school. Their commitment to Chaminade over the last four to seven years have had an astounding effect on our school. Congratulations to our 2019 Spotlight on Service honorees:

  • Kim Akerson P ’08 ’10 ’19
  • Beth Albrecht P ’14 ’16 ’19
  • Rosalind Auzenne Odabashian P ’10 ’19
  • Ani Avanessian P ’17 ’19
  • Laura Galieote P’17 ’19
  • Joani McQuaid P’19
  • Julie Nairin P’16 ’19
  • Mia Pitts P’19
  • Julie Rowland P’17 ’19 (and international student host parent)

Board members Gerry Philpott, and Howard Lind

In addition to honoring our amazing parent volunteers, Chaminade also paid tribute to three Board members who are terming off the board at the end of the month. For the last six years, these individuals have volunteered their time and expertise to help ensure that our school upholds our Catholic, Marianist mission and runs effectively and efficiently. Chaminade expresses its sincere gratitude to Tom Condon ’56, Howard Lind P’16 ’17, and Gerry Philpott P’15, ’19.

Consider joining the ranks of our volunteers; you will find that it is one of the best experiences. And along the way, you will forge new and long lasting friendships. Join us August 20 and 22 for our volunteer mixers to find your perfect volunteer opportunity and join the ranks of this amazing group.

This Weekend at Chaminade

Are you looking for something to do this weekend? Chaminade has you covered. We have Family Fun Night, and two fantastic performing arts shows to attend, Chaminade Middle School Players’ Luck of the Draw-An Improvised Musical, and the Chaminade Dance Company’s presentation of The Toy Box.

Beginning Thursday, May 9, Chaminade Middle School Players present a night of musical comedy as they perform Luck of the Draw-An Improvised Musical. The show is solely based on audience suggestions, making every night a new and original show. Join us for a night of laughs, music, and even a little dancing. Performances are at the Fr. Allen DeLong Center for Arts and Athletics.

Ticket prices are $10 at the door or click here to purchase tickets. Show dates and times are as follows:

  • Thursday, May 9 at 7:01 p.m.
  • Friday, May 10 at 7:01 p.m.
  • Saturday, May, 11 at 7:01 p.m.

Chaminade’s middle school hosts Family Fun Night, on Friday, May 10. Join us for a great afternoon of games, food, entertainment and fellowship on the Chaminade “Boardwalk” from 3:00 to 7:00 pm on the Chatsworth campus. Admission is free; tickets are needed for food and games. Click here to pre-order tickets. For every $40 in online pre-order tickets you purchase, you will receive $5 in tickets FREE!  Tickets can also be purchased at Family Fun Night.

Witness the awesome visual display of power, grace, rhythm, and athleticism of the Chaminade Dance Company as they present The Toy Box. This beautiful theatrical production takes audiences on a journey into the life of a child. Brilliantly told through dance and Cirque this performance is a story of creative play, dealing with nighttime fears, and the gift of family to be held at the Tutor Family Center for the Performing Arts on the West Hills campus.

Ticket prices are $22 for adults, $16 for students and $11 for children. Click here to purchase tickets. Show dates and times are:

  • Friday, May 10 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 11 at 8:00 p.m.

The Chaminade Dance Company is making an effort to go green. The Toy Box program is now available in a digital format! A limited quantity of printed programs will be available at the shows.


Chaminade Dance Company Presents The Toy Box

Chaminade Dance Company presents The Toy Box at their annual dance concert. This beautiful theatrical production is a journey into the life of a child as he and his family move to a new military base. His story of creative play, dealing with nighttime fears, and the gift of family is brilliantly told through dance and cirque.

The show will be held at the Tutor Family Center for the Performing Arts beginning Friday, May 3, 2019. Performance dates and times are:

  • Friday, May 3, 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 4, 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 5, 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 10, 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 11, 8:00 p.m.

Tickets are $22 per adult, $16 per student, and $11 per child, and may be purchased online.

The Chaminade Dance Company is making an effort to go green,  The Toy Box program is now available in a digital format! A limited quantity of printed programs will be available at the shows. Thank you for supporting The Chaminade Dance Company.

Easter Message

Holy Week marks the final week of Lent as we wait in hope for Jesus’ resurrection on Saturday evening at the Easter Vigil. Contemplating on this holiest week of the year we realize that the most powerful force in this world is relationships. Jesus was all about relationships. He made building unbreakable bonds the core of His ministry. Just hours before His crucifixion, “Peter insisted emphatically, ‘Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.’  And all the others said the same” (Mark 14:31).

Relationships are the defining feature of being created in the image of God and of being human. As our world struggles with developing and protecting human relationships, we are grateful for all of you for making family spirit central in our Chaminade culture.

As a family, let us continue to take new practical steps towards developing an atmosphere where personal, deepening, supportive, and faith-building relationships are highly valued as expressions of our passion for God’s love.

Chaminade Honors Three New Founders

On Thursday, April 4, students, faculty, and staff from Chaminade’s two campuses came together as one school to celebrate the 31st Annual Founders Day Mass.  Reverend Oscar Vasquez, S.M., Provincial of the Marianist Province of the United States, concelebrated Mass with Chaminade Chaplains Fr. Ted Ley, S.M. ’58 and Fr. Josephraj Rymond, S.M.

Founders Day commemorates Blessed William Joseph Chaminade and his charism to be formed by Mary for the mission of Christ, and honors individuals who have made significant contributions to our school.

During Mass, President Robert S. Webb named three new Founders of Chaminade College Preparatory- – alumni Brian P. McGilvray ’76 and Teresa Uribe McGilvray ’78; and longtime high school Spanish teacher, Marielos Olson. He presented each honoree with a medal and thanked them for their contributions to the school.

President Robert Webb with Teresa Uribe McGilvray ’78 and Brian P. McGilvray ’76

Brian and Teresa McGilvray, whose first date was Brian’s senior prom, are graduates of Chaminade College Preparatory.

Brian graduated from Chaminade in 1976. He has a bachelor’s degree, MBA, and a law degree from Pepperdine University. He is currently serving for the third time on the Chaminade Board of Directors and co-chairs the planning and policy committee. In 2011, Brian was named Distinguished Alumnus of the Year.

Teresa graduated from Chaminade in 1978. She has a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Northridge and a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University. Teresa worked in the counseling department at Chaminade from 1990-1994 and also served on the board of directors.

Brian and Teresa are the parents of two Chaminade alumni, Chris ’07 and Celine ’12. Teresa’s parents, Ricardo and Maria Uribe, have also been honored as Founders.

Marielos Olson with her daughter Anastasia ’19

Marielos Olson was born into a large Catholic family in Cartago, Costa Rica. After high school, she graduated from Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica as an elementary school teacher. An exchange student scholarship brought her to Ripon College in Wisconsin. She then received a Fulbright scholarship to earn a master’s degree in language arts from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. At Madison, Marielos met her husband, Kurt. They have two daughters, Nadya, who is in college, and Anastasia ’19.

Marielos started teaching Spanish at Chaminade on March 10, 1994, right after the Northridge earthquake. During her 25 years of service to Chaminade, she has cherished working with students in the classroom. Her participation in Lumos, the sophomore retreat, has also been a highlight. Marielos was inspired by Fr. Larry Mann, with whom she attended many retreats. Fr. Larry taught Marielos about humility and simplicity, especially when speaking with students.

Marielos will be retiring at the end of this school year. She will miss her colleagues and students but will carry fond memories from her time at Chaminade.

Click here to view a recording of Founder Day Mass.