Joseph Morgan '73
“We have a responsibility to live our lives with honesty and integrity”
WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY DOING PROFESSIONALLY OR OTHERWISE?
I am officially a retired teacher living in the Philippines, having taught in Canada, Kuwait, and Russia. Presently, I own a fitness, health, and wellness research education company with my primary role as the Education Coordinator.
WHAT ACHIEVEMENT(S) ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?
I have a number of athletic milestones, but the achievements I am most proud of are: 1) Graduating from Brentwood, 2) Graduating from the University of British Columbia, and 3) Graduating from San Diego State University.MymostenjoyableandfulfillingtimewaswithSanDiegoState University where I earned a masters degree in Curriculum Development and Leadership in Education.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT?
My mission is to pursue continuous quality improvement for myself. My passion now is curriculum development for teacher education and delivering community fitness and health programmes.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE QUOTE OR MANTRA?
Forget about “thinking outside of the box.” Think “there is no box.” My mantra: we have a responsibility to live our lives with honesty and integrity.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU?
Obtaining further certifications for teaching specialized fitness programmes while also developing workshops on leadership development for teachers and businesses.
WHO OR WHAT HAS HAD THE BIGGEST
INFLUENCE ON YOUR LIFE TO DATE?
Lessons we learn through our life experiences (influenced by the life choices we make) are probably the most impacting on all of us. People who have had great significance in my life include my grandfather, Brentwood’s T. Gil Bunch, and Dr. Maurice Young (OB 1930 and former Brentwood Governor) who was like a father to me. The integrity and wisdom these three men modelled for me in my youth, are still very potent for me today.
As my housemaster, John Queen was very stalwart for me, always giving fatherly advice and guidance, as I was on my own and putting myself through Brentwood (with the help of a Brentwood Bursary).
WHAT WAS THE LAST NEW THING YOU TRIED?
Reading new and different books written by high achievers.
FAVOURITE BRENTWOOD MEMORY:
1. Lifting and moving Alex housemother Ann Holden’s volkswagen car when we thought it was John Garvey’s volkswagen, then having to stand up during assembly to take responsibility for the prank.
2. My graduation day.
FAVOURITE BRENTWOOD TEACHER(S):
I don’t like to say “favourite” teachers as they all played a significant role for me. I have to say that I was closest to Gil Bunch, though he was not a subject teacher for me.
Gil basically took me under his wing, particularly when I learned that I might not be able to attend Brentwood in Grade 12. I remember when I was in his office studying for Grade 11 final exams and he was at his desk marking papers. I looked up and asked him, “Sir, is there any way that
I might be able to apply for a bursary or financial assistance to attend Brentwood for Grade 12?” He put down his pen, stacked his papers and moved them aside, then looked up at me. His exact words were, “Joe we did not know how to approach you, thinking you might regard it as charity. But yes, we would like to offer you a bursary.” I remember responding, “Mr. Bunch, I don’t care what it takes or what I have to do, I want to be here next year.” I will never forget that moment of transaction in his office.
WHERE DO YOU HOPE TO BE 10 YEARS FROM NOW?
Carrying on with my learning, my teaching, and with the legacy I inherited from Brentwood.