Welcome to Bolton 2023-2024 from Mr. Bates

My name is Steve Bates and I am the senior assistant house parent in Bolton House. I am excited to begin my 8th year in the boarding community at SMUS.

I had a wonderful summer as I spent two weeks travelling the eastern seaboard through the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. I was then able to enjoy some sunshine and golf in the regions of the Okanagan and Whistler within beautiful British Columbia. My final week of holidays found me exploring the Mayan Rivera and all of the wonderful sites and attractions that the Caribbean Sea has to offer.

A few quick notes about myself … after teaching internationally for several years in Mexico & Spain, I returned to Canada and began my first year at SMUS in September 2007.  Currently, this is my 16th year teaching mathematics at the senior school.  I balance my academics as an assistant coach with the Senior Boys basketball team and co-lead many of the international boarding and Spring Break cultural trips.

In my time off campus, I like to play golf and baseball in a local men’s league.  I thoroughly enjoy travelling and exploring other cultures.  To date, I have been to 40+ countries and am always looking forward to the next adventure abroad.

 I’m very excited to continue to be a part of the SMUS Boarding community as the senior assistant house parent in Bolton.  The boarding experience is a remarkable journey and I’m honoured to be a part of the memories along the way in this close knit, supportive family.

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