December 19, 2006

Steven Fletcher visits his ‘good old’ school …


1976 - Steven Fletcher at TBS – in the last row, fourth from the right, in the striped shirt. resampled_big_20060822-FletcherSpeaksWithBrazilianPresident-1

On August 23rd we had the unexpected but most welcom visit of Mr Steven Fletcher. Steven was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1972. He attended The British School until 1978 when his family moved to Canada. There he grew up and joined the University of Manitoba where he got his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering (B.Sc.GE). Mr Fletcher was first elected to the House of Commons in 2004 and re-elected in 2006 – the first permanently disabled Canadian to be elected to the House of Commons. He served as the Official Opposition Critic for Health and was a member of the Standing Committee on Health. Prior to his election, Mr. Fletcher worked as an engineer in the Mining Industry until an automobile collision with a moose left him a quadriplegic, paralyzed from the neck down. He returned to University where he obtained a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA). He was elected for two terms as the president of the student body at the University of Manitoba (UMSU). He also served two terms on the University of Manitoba Board of Governors and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA). Mr. Fletcher was twice elected the President of the Progressive

Conservative Party of Manitoba and has played a leading role in many community organizations.

In 2006, when the Conservative Party took Government, Mr Fletcher was selected to be the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health. His efforts on behalf of Hepatitis C victims, and the leadership of Prime Minister Harper and Health Minister Clement, led to the announcement that all Hepatitis C victims in Canada will receive the financial compensation that is so long over due. Fletcher also championed the need for the full implementation and funding of Cancer Control, Mental Health and Heart Disease. In recognition of his hard work, Fletcher is a recipient of the Canadian National Cancer Leadership Forum’s (NCLF) inaugural Award for Outstanding Individual Leadership and the Courage and Leadership Award from the Canadian Cancer Society. Mr Fletcher has also been inducted into the Terry Fox Hall of Fame, he has received the King Clancy Award and he is also the recipient of Her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee Medal for his contributions to Canada. Steven Fletcher refuses to let his disability define him, but says it has helped him realize what is truly important. “I have learned in no uncertain terms the importance of family, community, and a social and political system that helps, not hinders, individuals,” he says. “We are much stronger when we take the focus off of what people can’t do, and realize that we all have great potential!” Steven came to Rio on August leading the Canadian Delegation in the 11th World Congress on Public Health. More than 100 people joined the Congress. He had the opportunity to discuss current projects and work underway on public health issues and to meet the Brazilian President, Mr Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. And as if all of that was not enough, he managed to visit The British School at Botafogo and check out how different it looks from his ‘old days’, but also how similar it still is, bringing

back great memories and stories… It was a pleasure to have you here Steven! We hope you can come back soon.

December 19, 2006

Life after The British School and beyond …


Adriana Andrade, Development & Communications Officer

Love Story at TBS!

Convite Dea e Will Pagina 1 Convite Dea e Will Pagina 2

Who would actually havepredicted, back in 1991, that a little bit of romance at a friend’s birthday party at ‘Mikonos’ would end up in “I DO!”? That is the amazing and beautiful story of Andrea Dantas´95 and William Makant´92. Dea completed her IGCSE’s in school in 1993, when her family moved to Salvador – Bahia. She lived there until 2003, graduating in Medical School, and then moved to São Paulo, for her Medical Residency in “General Surgery”. As some of you may know, William also lived in São Paulo for a long time, but he was transferred in 2003 to Salvador… Can you believe that? Destiny felt it was not time yet for them to remeet! Will graduated from TBS in 1992 – the first I.B. Class to graduate in the school. He moved to São Paulo and joined his father in the family company for one year. In 1994 he joined USP University and in 1999 graduated in Mechanical Engineering. He was hired by ‘Ford’ as an ‘Engine Engineer’ and was then transferred to their plant in Camaçari, on the outskirts of Salvador in 2003. It was another TBS Alumni who made the link. Isabel Cantidiano´96, a good friend of Barbara Makant´93, William’s sister, also kept in touch with Dea. During a night out with friends, just before Will moved to Camaçari, Bel mentioned that Dea lived in Salvador and that she had her number! William and Andrea had kept in touch, via letters, phone calls and fax (email was not that common, yet!) until 1996, but they had then lost touch… and now Bel had a current phone number! So you thought that was it? Not really! It was not until March 2004 when they finally re-meet! In the words of William: “Só nos encontramos mesmo em Março de 2004 porque a Andrea é uma pessoa muito difícil de se convencer a sair, …”  

But in that same year Andrea had already made plans to move to the UK. She went to London for her Masters in Health Management. She now works at the “Healthcare Practice” at Accenture, a Consulting and IT company. After almost two years of a ‘long distance‘ relationship, many emails, expensive phone bills and a few trips back and forth over the Atlantic, in March 2006, William was transferred to Ford UK, based in London. He is now “Engine Supervisor for the Regulatory Emissions Program”, working with Rocam Flex engines for Brazil. On the subject of ‘family’ news: Renata, Andrea’s sister, also moved to London for her Masters in Architecture. Barbara, William’s sister, was in London during 2006, for her Masters in Law and is now in Paris for a two-month internship. But you can all be assured that they were all back in Salvador, on December 16th, for the wedding for Dea and Will! The British School family could not be happier for being ‘responsible’ for bringing the two of them together. We wish you both every happiness and success in your lives together!

If you have been a student at The British School, Rio de Janeiro and would like to let us know what you have been up to since you left school, please contact

Adriana Nogueira de Andrade ´94 at
(+55-21) 2535-2717 ext 164 and/or

December 19, 2006

Get Together in Rio


Patrick Hruby ‘96, Rafael Vieira ‘99, Felippe Lara ‘99, Rogério Vieira ‘96, Adriana Nogueira (de Andrade) ‘94 & Marcelo Sá ‘96

On November 14th at the “Academia da Cachaça – Barra (RJ)” a group of good old friends got together for some Happy Hour drinks and to ‘colocar as saudades em dia’. Patrick Hruby ´96 and his wife, Denise, now living in California, USA, came down to Rio for a couple of weeks with their one year-old son, Lucas. It was time to introduce him to the family and friends and also, for his baptism! Several friends and their respective wives, husbands, girlfriends and boyfriends joined in at the Academia. Even Mr Luiz Fernando, also our PE teacher when we were pupils in school, came by for a little while… It was a great get together! Patrick Hruby ‘96, Rafael Vieira ‘99, Felippe Lara ‘99, Rogério Vieira ‘96, Adriana Nogueira (de Andrade) ‘94 & Marcelo Sá ‘96

December 19, 2006

Daniel Ferro´96 and his Band ‘EMO’


EMO was invited to participate in the recording of the live show “Mandou Muito Bem” at Canecão (RJ), on September 7th, 2006. They had five songs of their own! The show was on TV Multishow on October 31st with interviews given by our own Daniel Ferro (drums) and his colleague Tuirow (guitar and vocal). We will still hear a lot about EMO, so keep your ears open and the spirit alive! As Patrick Hruby’96 said: “Grande Daniel, making us proud!! Parabéns!!”