The J. B. Alumni Association was started in 2010 with a handful of dedicated founder members under the leadership of Ayesha Soonawalla (Parakh). These included Tushna Kapadia (Divecha), Yasmin Divecha (Kharas), Devika Khanna, Myleeta Williams (Aga) Sherry Kalyaniwalla and Lina Parikh. Though small, the committee was extremely dedicated to starting the J.B. Petit Alumni Association, and managed to achieve this goal very quickly.
The Alumni Association was lanched in 2010 at an inaugural event that was huge success with lots of J.B ites coming together and meeting. It also resulted in many students becoming members of the Association that gave real impetus to moving to the next step.
The next step involved the Association hiring famous heritage architect Mrs. Abha Lamba Narain to develop a comprehensive plan to renovate the J.B.Petit High School. The intricate plans were presented by Mrs. Lamba Narain in the form of a book with graphics, images, texts, and drawings outlining the entire renovation of the school at the first AGM in 2011. The book and plan was handed over to the Principal and Board of Trustees.
Following this, in 2012, The Alumni Association undertook a project to create a database of all past students so that it could reach out to all of them. Due to the generosity of Mrs. Rati Forbes ((alumni advisor and mentor), a database was created with all past J. B. Alumnus on it. It was a Herculean task and we are really thankful today that our members can access this database across the world to connect with each other.
The Association continued with other projects including the renovation of the school canteen, and raising funds for future projects. In 2012, Tushna Kapadia (Divecha), a founder member, took over as Chairperson.
With the support of an enthusiastic and hard working committee, in 2013, the J. B. Alumni Association executed the 1 Billion Rising event and hosted a show Ability Unlimited that allowed it to raise funds. The funds are currently being used to pay for the new website, to execute important infra projects at J.B., and create an on going Excellence Lecture Series. The current committee of 2014 continues to work hard to ensure the Association can continue achieving its goals.
All of this would not have been possible if not for the support of our dynamic principal Mrs. Benaifer Kuttar and members of the Board of Trustees headed by Mrs. Zia Modi. In addition, generous patrons like Mrs. Rati Forbes, Mrs. Sophie Ahmed and others have provided funds guided us, and allowed us to come this far. Our hope now is that the J.B. Petit Alumni Association will move from strength to strength, creating a network across the world, whose wisdom, and expertise will eventually help all J.B ites, past and present, move EVER FORWARD!!!!