Before I found Phi Kappa Sigma I lived at home while I went to school. My routine consisted of getting on the bus, going to class, getting back on the bus and going home. I was doing well in school but I felt my U of T experience was lacking something, especially after I began hearing all kinds of incredible stories from friends who had gone away for school. Phi Kappa Sigma made my time at university the well-rounded experience that everyone’s should be. I’ve met people here that I may otherwise never would have known. This fact alone has made this experience more than worth it, but it is also more than that. Every social, every philanthropy event, every officer role offers an opportunity to expand what you know about yourself. Each successive position I’ve taken in the house, especially this year as Alpha, has challenged me more than I expected and given me a chance to better myself.
Born: Toronto, raised in Mississauga
High School: Philip Pocock Catholic Secondary School in Mississauga
Major: Political Science & International Relations, 3rd year
Work: Champs Sports
I came to University of Toronto in 2007, St. George in particular because I thought it would be more fun than either UTM or Scarborough. I spent my first month kind of excited, but by the end of September I was bored of simply going to school and coming home, day after day.
After joining Phi Kappa Sigma, my university experience has changed radically. What has surprised me the most are the number of people I’ve met through the community known as “Fratland,” some of whom I’ve become close friends with. The experience is an unparalleled one, with opportunities to gain hands-on knowledge in operating a business, organizing events such as our annual Black and Gold Formal, and volunteering with organizations such as the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto.
This being my third year, I’ve experienced many of these opportunities within Phi Kappa Sigma, and one of the most experience filled ones was being the Gamma, or House Manager. Being in charge of the day-to-day maintenance and operation of a house filled with 17 guys is a grueling one, but really helps you appreciate the house for what it’s for and what it allows us to do.
Second Vice President
High School: Trinity College School
Major: Political Science, 3rd Year
I joined Phi
Kappa Sigma shortly after Frosh Week in first year. It’s
been a life changing experience since and one that has
positively shaped the person I’ve become three years later.
Phi Kappa Sigma encourages its members to actively participate in the function of our fraternity thereby establishing an environment ripe with innovation and excellence. Since joining Phi Kappa Sigma in Fall 2007 I am proud to say that I’ve been a part of a continuing legacy that has defined and set the standard for elite Fraternities at the University of Toronto. A Distinguished Chapter Award, Most Improved Chapter, three Greek Week Championship titles, numerous Recruitment Excellence Awards, hundreds of hours of community service and a surge in membership are just a few of the achievements we’ve made in the last few years.
first and foremost to obtain a degree at one of the most
premiere university institutions in the world. At the same
time, we understand that one’s college years are among the
most exciting in life. That’s why the men of Phi Kappa
Sigma pride themselves on living a balanced lifestyle.
Emphasis on scholastic success and athletic achievement are
complimented by the bonds of brotherhood and a social life
High School: Father Bressani Catholic High School
Major: Finance and Economics, 3rd Year
Work: Toronto Dominion Bank
Presently, I am the Treasurer at Phi Kappa Sigma, giving me the title of Tau. My duties as the treasurer include collecting fees from members, creating and implementing a budget, paying bills and keeping updated financial records. Phi Kappa Sigma is a great place for me to hone my management skills as there is a constant effort amongst all brothers to bring our organization to a higher level, and finances has a lot to do with that. The fraternity is also great because it allows me to meet all kinds of different people that I would not have other wised met. The various mixers and social events that we have ensure that there is never a dull or boring moment in my life.
In my spare time I enjoy playing and watching various sports, with basketball being my favourite. I really enjoy music and I am always willing to watch a good film.
High School: Brother Andre Catholic
Major: French and Chemistry, 3rd Year
Currently, I am the present Iota; as you surely know, this role is central to making sure the pledges are aware of our rich history. When I am not busy with schoolwork or tutoring, I enjoy playing bass and reading. I joined Phi Kappa Sigma for a few reasons. First, I was prompted to come check the place out by my father, Roger Diamond as well as my brother Christian Diamond, both of whom are members. While I was at first attracted by the social aspect, I’ve since come to realize the opportunity this fraternity presents for those willing to take advantage of them. Where else could a 20 year old have a chance to manage 30 people and take care of a 100 year old house? As well, vital connections are made with alumni, who are often helping in a variety of ways.
Sgt. of Arms
I was initiated in the Spring 2008 pledge class of Alpha Beta chapter. I am currently attending the University of Toronto in the French/Sociology programs as a third year student. I initially started in the Political Science program. I hope to continue to graduate with a high enough GPA to further my education with a post graduate degree, hopefully at the Royal Military College in Kingston, as I will be pursuing a part-time career with the Armed Forces, starting in the reserves at the end of 2009. Offices I have previously held in the Fraternity were the Chapter Historian (Humorist) and the House Manager, both in the 2008-2009 academic year. For the 2009-2010 academic year I was elected as the Sergeant-at-arms. My three main achievements thus far with the Theta position were promoting for an in-house deputy Theta, the installation of bars on several windows that could not lock properly, and the stimulation of greater awareness for the need for house security. For the future, I would like to continue to build on the attitude and awareness for house security.
Born: Port of Spain, Trinidad
Major: Specialist in Political Sciences, 3rd year
Kappa Sigma is and always will be a milestone in my life.
Being a part of a brotherhood that promotes scholarly and
philanthropic activities, it was an easy choice to join.
Networking with alumni and brothers has been very
beneficial, as well as learning how to become an
entrepreneur. While my first year in the fraternity focused
on acquainting myself with brothers and observing events,
my role has greatly changed with experience. This year I
have been involved in planning of social mixers with
sororities as well as a full commitment to philanthropy
events, such as; Leukemia run and the Leafs 50/50. Being
apart of committees allows one to gain knowledge of
different aspects of the Fraternity. In addition I have
gained an officer role, being the secretary I am in charge
of amending, annulling or ratifying our chapter’s by-laws.
Increasingly, I am in charge of communicating
with brothers dealing with important events as well
communicating with National. Being Sigma, I take record of
Meeting minutes as well attend executive meeting while
hosting by-law meetings three times a month. This officer
position has taught me a lot about the management of
this fraternity as
well as essentials to being organized in a very productive
Kappa Sigma allows me to enjoy my University life,
sociably, scholarly and philanthropically while being
surrounded and encouraged by my brothers. For this, I am so
grateful to be a part of this organization as well to
bestow any and all the support I can to better.
High School: De La Salle College “Oaklands”
Major: Geographic Information System, 3rd year
Work: Bank of Nova Scotia
Coming to the University of Toronto, I looked to further expand my horizons, academically but also socially. I wanted something that would further prepare me for a future business career. Thus far Phi Kappa Sigma has been that and much more. It has been an experience that includes various social events ranging from mixers, alumni events, philanthropy, and meeting many new people which have all significantly impacted the person I am.
Having been part of the Phi Kap since 2007, I have witnessed the growth of our beloved fraternity grow into what it is today; claiming numerous National PKS and U of T Greek Community awards, and having brothers dedicate themselves to countless hours of philanthropy. We have a tradition of accepting the best men at U of T. Both athletically, having several U of T Varsity athletes, and also academically, with members’ majors ranging from commerce, to life science, to criminology.
make it my goal to continue to pass on this passion and
insight to my fellow brothers so that they may also pass it
on to future generations. This is the fire that unites us.
This never satisfied appetite for success.
Major: Information Technology Management
Nankissoor, the current House Manager at PKS. I was born in
the small island of Trinidad. I came to Canada when I was
about two and a half, so most of what I know, is growing up
as a downtown Toronto. During the summer before my first
year of university I was introduced to Phi Kappa Sigma. As
soon as I started checking it out and meeting everyone in
the house I knew it was for me. Growing up with two older
sisters I didn’t have that strong sense of brotherhood
which also drove me to joining. From the day that I was
pinned as a pledge to now; after about a year of membership
I could sincerely say that this has been one of the most
positive experiences of my life. Becoming house manager
gave me the ability to keep in contact with alumni on
a regular basis
and also get hands on experience on being a part of running
this chapter we’re a part of. Looking back; my experiences
at Phi Kap have helped me develop with respect to
organization techniques, problem solving and organizational
structure, which I wouldn’t have otherwise. At the end of
the day its comforting that I have a house full of brothers
to back me up when I need it. I’ll always keep in
mind; “Once a Phi
Kap, Always a Phi Kap.”
Major: Political Science and History
From Aurora, Ontario, my parents are Leslie and Reza, Leslie moved from Glasgow, Scotland and my father Reza from Tehran, Persia. I am 20 years old and attend University of Toronto as a double major, studying Political Science and History. I went to Aurora High School and graduated as a Ontario Scholar with a degree of bilingualism. I enjoy the company of my friends and writing short stories. I am a black belt at Taekwondo, and I also enjoy keeping physically fit by playing basketball, soccer, and football. When I came to university I met my future big brother, Matt Neri, who brought me to the house on the first day of frosh week, and introduced me to all of the brothers of the house, and I just fell in love. As my university experience wore on, I developed a stronger sense of appreciation for the fraternity, and felt that it was time to take on more responsibility, so I became the social of the Alpha Beta chapter, and feel that through my collaborative efforts thus far have increased our relations with the sororities of “Fratland.”