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Principal's Message 102
Principal's Message

Message to our students and families

I would like to make a brief introduction to our wonderful community.  I joined Dr. J.M. Denison Secondary School at the beginning of February, as the prior Principal, Ms. J. Atkinson finalized her work prior to retiring this semester. I was very excited to learn of my appointment to a school that has been a pivotal institution to support students in the Newmarket community since 1989.  Coincidentally, this date is also aligned to when I began teaching in Ontario and only a few years earlier than our family move to this area.  I feel honoured to be have been appointed to a school with such deep roots in the community and an exceptional history of providing for student success, excellence in teaching staff and community engagement.

As you know, our school is named after a local physician, who served the Newmarket community in the health care field and worked with the teenagers of that time.  It was with sadness we have recently learned of the passing of his wife Richenda Denison, and our thoughts go to their family. 

I have been fortunate to have worked in education with York Region District School Board for many years.  I opened Westmount Collegiate Institute as the Head of Science and subsequently filled a similar role at Dr. G.W. Williams prior to becoming an administrator.   As a Vice Principal, I had assignments at Markville Secondary School, Sutton District High School, Westmount Collegiate Institute and Middlefield Collegiate.  As a Principal I supported Bayview Secondary School and just recently Milliken Mills High School.  In each of these settings, I learned that students have a range of strengths allowing them to aspire to any post-secondary opportunity and make our families and staff proud of their accomplishments.  I look forward to learning with each of our students in the months and years ahead, meeting you, their families, and connecting with the broader Newmarket community to continue the great work of our staff and alumni from Denison.

As we begin our educational journey together, I trust that we will form a strong collaboration which will support your children to become lifelong learners ready to support themselves and their community into the future.   In partnership with the staff at Denison, we will collectively provide instruction and programming that is challenging, engaging and varied to meet the needs of our children’s education and ensure they feel they belong to the school.


Mr. Alex Corry

The proud new Principal of Dr. J.M. Denison Secondary School.​

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