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Eric Leighton Memorial Benefit at Greenfield’s By Jeff Morris

Carter Holmes, age 9, gets some netminding help from mascot Spartacat during the Sens Hometown Tour stop in Barrhaven on Thurs., August 30. The stop attracted hundreds of Sens hockey fans to the Canadian Tire on Greenbank Rd. Mike Carroccetto photo

Mike Milito needed an outlet. Playing competitive hockey and soccer was no longer enough for the teen who had lost his best friend, Eric Leighton, in a shop class explosion at Mother Teresa High School. He turned to writing. “It was cathartic,” he said. “I needed an outlet to express myself to deal with everything. Writing was something that helped me a lot.” Milito and his band, Lost Acres, will be the headline act at the Eric Leighton Memorial Benefit Sat., Sept. 22 at Greenfield’s Gastro Public House, 900 Greenbank Road in Barrhaven. Leighton was killed May 26, 2011 at the school. He passed away from injuries suffered in an explosion, as he was cutting through a barrel to make a barbecue in class. Leighton loved hockey and lacrosse, and he had played minor hockey in the Nepean Raiders and Ottawa Senators Triple-A programs before moving on to the Junior B

Almonte Thunder. Following Eric’s death, Pat and Sheri Leighton chose the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Program as the charity of choice for their son. Jumpstart gives kids from families in financial need the same chance to participate as their neighbours, their classmates and their friends. The vision of Jumpstart is simple: Canada, where all kids have a chance to fulfill their dreams. Jumpstart is a national charity with a commitment to local communities. Organized sports connect kids to their communities. Canadian Tire Corporation recognized this and makes sure that money raised stays where it is donated. Canadian Tire Corporation is Jumpstart’s biggest supporter as it funds all the general administrative expenses of Jumpstart, which means 100% of customer donations go directly to help kids in need. “Eric loved sports, and he was all about helping kids and encouraging everyone to play,” said Sheri Leighton.


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After he accomplished the guitar, he moved on to learn the bass. “I was working at the Metro grocery store in Barrhaven, and I met another musician working there, Dawson Doyle,” he said.

“I shared some of my writing with him and he was an extremely good guitarist We began to write songs together, and before long, we had a band.” At the fundraiser for Leighton, Lost Acres will

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The IndependentNEWS Greenbelt Research Farm site could be home to new soundstage By Charlie Senack

The National Capital Commission wants the public to have its say on a potential soundstage being built on the site of the former Greenbelt Research Farm near Barrhaven. A public consultation was held at the site on September 5, in hopes of swaying the public’s support. Because of the Greenbelt Master Plan, an amendment would have to take place before shovels are in the ground. To offset impacts related to the proposal, a second amendment would also be proposed to take 21.5 hectares of land from the former Capital Golf Centre, and add it to the existing Greenbelt. The Ottawa Film Office and TriBro Studios, a private sector firm who submitted the proposal, says having a soundstage in the nation’s capital would bring in between 500 and 1000 jobs into the television, film and animation industry — and over $40 million into economic development. “We need to be able to build the industry here and get some of the hundreds of millions of

dollars available in production that could be spent in Ottawa to help develop our industry,” said Bruce Harvey, the Film Commissioner for Ottawa. Ottawa currently receives around one hundred million dollars a year of film work, around half of that in animation — the other half towards live action drama and reality television. Harvey says that would more than double within the first year, and would help with the 260 million dollars in film productions that were turned away in Ontario in 2016. The NCC is in full support of the project, and will be tabling it at their next board meeting in November. Bill Leonard, Director of Real Estate Management for the NCC says they put a few different properties in front of Ottawa’s Film Office, but chose the former research farm due to its location. “It’s close enough to the college and universities, it’s close enough to downtown, it’s close enough to the airport yet not within the flight path,” Leonard said. “It’s secure and secluded, the property is fenced off, we

have controlled gate access, so it ticked every single box they were looking for.” Mayor Jim Watson is also in support of a sound stage being built in Nepean, saying it would help keep Ottawa’s creative film and production community in the capital. He said he spoke to one man at the consultations who tried to get this to happen 20 years ago, but never succeeded because there wasn’t a committed buyer. “We now have a willing partner in TriBo Productions, a very well know and well financed operation, and they want to locate here in Ottawa,” said Watson. “I think that’s great for businesses here in Nepean and Barrhaven as well.” The Research Farm sits on a piece of land many people pass on their way to work everyday, yet don’t often think of what the land was used for. It was built by Agriculture Canada in the 1960s, and was used to research the behaviour of livestock, and also looked for ways to fight salmonella. It is also famous for housing over 13,000 mice. The security at the facility can be felt

from the lack of windows, and shower stations at the entrances and exits of the building to prevent contamination. The property was bought by the NCC in 2002, yet the facility closed down in 1998. Since then many of the buildings have remained empty and untouched — the perfect place to shoot a horror film. “If you go into some of these buildings that may have not been touched for 30 or 40 years, you could have a zombie scene ready made for somebody,” Leonard joked. The location is also being praised for its rich farm lands, and flourished forests nearby. More on this project can be found on the NCC website.

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It would be a Homecoming Should we go forward for the ages INDEPENDENT Editorial

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We admire Carol Anne Meehan for drawing a line in the sand. The former CTV news anchor and the candidate for Ward 22 in the upcoming municipal election has gone on the record saying that Ottawa should opt to wait before jumping into having cannabis shops in the city. Her position may be polarizing at first glance, but when you examine the issue, Meehan makes some good points. During her door knocking in the community, she has found that the vast majority of residents do not want the shops open, particularly in Barrhaven. She also made the point that there is nothing wrong with sitting on the sidelines for a year and watching to see how everything plays out in other cities. We can see what their obstacles and problems were, and then we can be proactive in preventing them when we get to that point. Meanwhile, City Council has directed staff to prepare for the legalization of cannabis, specifically for establishment of stores for its sale. City staff will prepare the new Council, elected on October 22, on the issue of permitting physical cannabis retail stores within the boundaries of the City of Ottawa. This follows the announcement by the Government of Ontario that cannabis will be sold through private retail outlets starting in the spring of 2019. Staff will gather and analyze information for the new Council on the implications of any proposed retail “opt-out” option to determine whether this is feasible, operationally possible and enforceable. Staff will work with authorities such as the City of Toronto and the Government of Ontario on issues, including potential zoning, enforcement tools, licensing and similar issues that would impact the appropriate siting of cannabis stores in Ottawa. Staff will also develop options for quick public consultation on the issue so that residents can provide their views to the newly elected Council. Anthony Di Monte, Ottawa’s General Manager of Emergency and Protective Services, said that there will be some public consultation. He suggested there would be online and perhaps phone consultations, and various city departments will be looking at the economic, social and health ramifications of hosting cannabis stores. The Ontario Ford Government scrapped a previous plan to see marijuana through an arm of the LCBO. They chose to have retail marijuana sales handled by private businesses, though the details of the plan are basic and further details are not likely to come until legislation is tabled at Queen’s Park this fall. Meehan took a gutsy stand on the issue, but she is right. Once we jump in, there is no going back. But we can always wait to jump in to get a better understanding of the challenges we will be facing as a community and as a city.


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I’ve never been to Homecoming at Carle- year was Jim Watson, now Mayor of Ottawa. He ton University. Yet this weekend, I will be on got to know all of us very well and on a first campus, probably awkwardly blending into the name basis. I took a look through the events at Homebackground as I don’t introduce myself to people who look like they have been far more success- coming. There are faculty mixers you can have with some of your old classmates. I don’t even ful than I have been over the last 30 years. Frankly, I don’t even know what Homecom- remember meeting any of my old classmates. There are a couple of lectures. I slept through ing is. most of them while I was at school so maybe Is it like a high school reunion? I hope not. At my last high school reunion, this would be a good opportunity to experience I talked to a few people and caught up with a one of them. But as I think about Homecoming, I think few old friends. The timing of that one was a little bit awkward, seeing as the inlaws of my of how cool it would be to have a residence reold girlfriend from back in the day had just won union. Kick the students out of their rooms for a weekend and let Fifth Glen from 1982-83 come $35 million in the 6-49 draw earlier that week. in and take over the floor. “Wow, things sure Bomber would crank up worked out for her,” was his stereo and Trio’s Da Da one comment I heard a lot. Da would be blasting down “Good thing she kicked your FROM THE OTHER the hallway. We’d probably sorry ass to the curb,” was be playing a football video another. game in his room, as he was It was all good and taken Jeff Morris the only guy with an actual with a smile. In fact, her computer. The two stoned brother-in-law was a close guys from Kingston would friend and football teammate at Carleton, and her father-in-law used to be sitting in their room smoking weed and spincut my hair. They are a wonderful family and I ning pennies on their desk top, staring at them was thrilled for them when I heard the news of in awe. Then repeating. And repeating. And repeating. And then eating Doritos. And just think, their big win. And I had just split up with my now ex-wife in a few months they can do that legally. TV Bob so I was kind of sleeping in my car for a COUNCIL brief will bring his onesie and sit in the TV lounge period of time while I was sorting things out. and grind Star Trek reruns on Netflix. RamCORNER When people asked where I lived, I left out “in gadesh and Charles, the T.A.’s from India and Mayor Suzanne Dodge England respectively, will get drunk and find a my Kia Spectra.” But then again, I had just been on Canadian tennis ball and a cardboard tube and play cricket in the hallways. International student and marIdol two weeks before the event. Nobody saw it. I guess that’s why they can- tial arts expert Lim Say Chong will get drunk and run down the hallway on the ceiling. Yes, celled the show after that season. In high school, I always felt like I didn’t fit he actually could do that. With Bomber’s music THE NOT SO blasting China Girl by David Bowie, it would in. Looking back, I think we all felt that way, kind of be except for that group of popular girls that did NEW GUY like watching Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon The Musical. The boys from Wally’s everything together and always went to the bathTim Ruhnke room together. Maybe life was a simple quest to Trough would be trying to brew their own beer again. The batch they made in 1983 was putrid meet the approval of that group. and had an alcohol content of about 20 per cent. Obviously, I never did. Ross and Al and the Yapper, the architects on But that was high school. This is university. In my first year at Carleton, I lived in resi- the floor, would go on a bender and get wasted dence. Fifth Glen. Our floor had a reputation. while jumping up on their beds and playing air Someone was always in trouble, and we were guitar to the Monks. And as for E.T., who acWALKERtually HOUSElooked like E.T., well, let’s just say that always causing problems for anyone and everyone at the school. Maybe it was powdered soap some tequila would probably find its way up to our floor. And then there would be a big fight in the school fountain. Maybe it was a gerbil Susan in Vallom the big bowl of lettuce at the salad bar. Maybe and Jim Watson could come sort it out and make it was shoe polish on the toilet seats in the bath- sure no one got kicked out of school. I don’t know if that reunion would ever haproom of the girls’ floor upstairs. The guys on that floor were always up to something. I usually pen. But that would be a Homecoming for the wasn’t involved, but that didn’t mean I wasn’t entertained by it al. The student ombudsman that ages. BLAKE’S




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Barrhaven brothers creating a 3D experience for their clients TV may have the Property Brothers, but Barrhaven has the 3D imaging brothers. Spencer and Logan MacPherson, a pair of Barrhaven millennials, have one of the city’s most unique new businesses. Point 3D Commercial Imaging Using state-of-the-art imaging and photography technology, Point 3D Commercial Imaging is able to cater to a range of industries. Their services can help sell a home or lease a space; help market a business or brand; and speed up renovation and construction developments. Among their services are: - Immersive 3D Virtual Tours - 2D & 3D Furnished Floor Plans - Laser Scans & As Built Data - MLS & Google SV Integration - High Definition Virtual Staging - 4K & HDR Photos Their Matterport Pro2 camera can capture a completely immersive 3D view of any space. The technology lets you “walk” through the space on your smartphone, computer, or virtual reality headset to experience it as if you were actually there. “We’re the first company in Ottawa and third in Ontario to have this camera,” said Spencer MacPherson, the older of the two brothers. Spencer has always had the entrepreneurial bug. “It started when I was a kid,” he said. “I was always knocking on doors looking for grass to cut in the summer or driveways to shovel in the winter.” Spencer did a high school co-op placement at Canadian Tire, and a simple moment there made him change directions on what he wanted to do with his life. “I had wanted to be a mechanic,” he said. “I wanted to work with cars. I was at Canadian Tire, and one day, I was coming into the garage and slush fell down on me and went down the back of my shirt. Then I saw the guys working on hot engines and then going out in to the freezing cold. I just didn’t want that, so I went in a completely different direction.” Spencer went into the ad-

vertising program at Algonquin College. “I wanted to become a graphic designer, but the opportunities in marketing really excited me,” he said. Spencer began to work as a brand manager for an auto care company, and did wedding photography on the side. He was asked one day to shoot some apartments and was asked if he could do a virtual tour. It got his entrepreneurial spirit excited. He contacted Matterport, the company that creates the cameras and software for 3D imaging, and after a few months, made the purchase of top end equipment. “I wanted to have a company by the time I was 25, and we incorporated three days before my 25th birthday,” he said. Spencer’s younger brother, Logan, is his business partner. Logan, 21, is in his final year at Ottawa U. and was able to get an entrepreneurial grant and co-op placement to work full time for the company and to get it up and running. “We have been able to do 3D imaging and create tours for a number of different businesses and organizations,” Logan said. “We have done dealerships and retail outlets, museums and construction sites. There are limitless opportunities in the city for us.” This week, the MacPherson brothers were on site in Manotick at Watson’s Mill, creating a virtual tour for the old grist mill and museum, which also happens to be on the list as one of Canada’s most haunted buildings. While the brothers say that the objective for their first year as a company is to “validate the business,” they also have the community in mind. Point 3D Commercial Imaging has become a partner and supporter of the Barrhaven BIA, and they have helped out with a number of

community causes. “We love Barrhaven and we grew up here,” Spencer said. “We have a chance to give back to the community and help some not for profit organizations.” Logan added that the opportunities for museums and other organizations is endless. “There are great opportunities with museums,” he said, referencing a museum that was recently destroyed by a fire in Brazil. “If there was 3D imaging of the museum before it was destroyed, it could have been preserved digitally. “There are great opportunities in sports, as well. Venue tours and opportunities for potential ticket

holders to get a view from their seats before buying them are ideal for virtual 3D tours.” For more information on Point 3D Commercial Imaging or to see a sample of a 3D tour they created, visit www.point3d.ca. The Barrhaven Business Profile is brought to you by the Barrhaven BIA. We encourage you to shop locally and support the businesses that create jobs and support so many organizations and events in our wonderful community. For more on all of the great things Barrhaven has to offer, visit www.barrhavenbia and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @barrhavenbia.

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Legion members happy to see poppy symbol back on the Vimy Bridge By Charlie Senack

Members of the Barrhaven Legion are happy to see the poppy symbol reappear on the Vimy Memorial Bridge sign after it was replaced without it. On August 29, former Gloucester-South Nepean Councillor Steve Desroches was driving over the bridge which connects Barrhaven to Manotick, when he noticed the sign welcoming cars onto the bridge was changed, and was missing the poppy symbol. “I travel that bridge everyday to go to work, hockey rinks, and to go shopping,” said Desroches who is running to be the Nepean Conservative candidate in the next Federal election. “I always remember our veterans from Vimy when I go over the bridge, and I noticed the signs had been replaced. The new format did not have the poppy symbol.” Desroches contacted Coun. Jan Harders office, as well as Ernie Hughes, the second President of the Barrhaven Legion — who was instrumental in the naming and building of the $40,000,000 bridge. “I had a little part in building and naming the bridge, but it was a great honour for me, a great honour just to have a little part to do with it,” said Hughes. “There is always people talking

about that bridge and how great it looks, and how it brought the two communities back together again.” Coun. Harders office worked with the city to create three different design options which included the poppy on the new sign — and gave the legion members the chance to choose which design would be implemented. They chose to go with the second option which adds a poppy next to the wording. The poppy flower is a copyrighted symbol, and Desroches said the city had to get permission in 2014 to put it on the sign. He believes the sign was changed to match other bridge signs around the community, and said the poppy was left out in error. “We are pleased the poppy will be assigned to its rightful place on the bridge to remind people (both) young and old the importance of Vimy in our history,” Desroches said. “It’s a tremendous opportunity to commemorate our veterans and their role in our history.” The bridge has recently become a landmark in the community, and has its famous white arches appearing on many promotional posters for the Barrhaven BIA. It also has a new dental office named after it, and the Barrhaven Independent has now implemented it in

their new logo. Desroches said the poppy will be added to the sign in the coming days, and would now like to see more done to help the landscaping around the bridge. He is also urging residents to not throw their trash on or around the bridge, and to respect what the Vimy Bridge stands for.

Steve Desroshes and Ernie Hughes, pose with the design options given to them by the city. Hughes said they decided to go with option two because they did not want to remove the City of Ottawa symbol. Charlie Senack photo

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It wasn’t a spontaneous decision, but it was certainly driven by a moment of “why not?” Longtime Ottawa broadcast journalist Carol Anne Meehan tossed her hat into the ring is running to be the next city councillor in GloucesterSouth Nepean. She registered to be a Ward 22 candidate on the final day of registration last month for the Oct. 22 municipal election. “Over the years, several people have commented to me that I should run for council,” Meehan said. “At the time, I was not interested in it, but then I started to take a serious look at it.” The turning point came for Meehan when she saw that incumbent Michael Qaqish might not have any opposition. “No councillor should be unchallenged in an election,” Meehan said. “I have issues with the representation we have received here. I haven’t been happy with the job our councillor has been doing. Also, I have lived in the ward for 26 years, and I love this community.” Meehan loves in a neighbourhood east of Prince of Wales Drive, near Beryl Gaffney Park. She said it has been increasingly difficult to get in and out of her neighbourhood because of the lack of infrastructure and poor planning. “Instead of constantly complaining that I can’t get onto Prince of Wales – along with the fact that we need more women in politics – I simply said why not run.” Though her work as a CTV News anchor and journalist for many years, Meehan has a strong familiarity with the goings on at City Hall. “I know the community, I know the issues, and I know the players,” she said. “We

deserve really good representation, and I believe I am a person who can provide that.” Meehan said that people should not read too much into the strong brand she has as a former TV journalist. She said the name familiarity can be an advantage to some, but to other voters, there is no advantage. “I don’t want people to vote for me because I was on TV,” she said. “I want them to vote for me because I will fight for the community, and I will fight for what is right in our ward and in the city. I want them to vote for me because I will be a voice of reason and a voice of common sense at Council. Some people recognize me, but it’s been a long time since I was on CTV, and a lot of people who have moved to our community were not here at that time.” Meehan said that one of the big issues facing the community is that lack of infrastructure and the poor quality of the roads we have. “We’re dealing with gridlock in this ward, but there are more and more homes being built,” she said. “The roads we have can’t handle the growth. We are putting a lot of money into the LRT, but that is not going to help us now. Yet, we are continuing to build without the infrastructure in place to support the new home growth. People know they won’t be able to sell their home because people will not move into gridlock.” Roads and infrastructure are a hot button for Meehan, and that extends into the difficulties that commuters are having on bus routes. Getting to work on time and comfortably is becoming more and more difficult for OC Transpo commuters from the south end. Part of the problem, she

said, is the fractured nature of council. “Nobody seems to look at the big picture,” she said. “Every ward is treated like a puzzle piece, on its own, but sometimes those pieces don’t reasonably fit together the way they should.” Meehan said she would like to see council operate more as a whole, for the common good of the city, rather than as a game of Survivor, with situations where councillors are fighting solely for their own wards. While Meehan referred to the problems OC Transpo commuters have, she also said that the city “dropped the ball” on light rail. “We should have a dual track out here,” she said. Referring to the lines that will be expanded into Riverside South and Barrhaven. “As it is set up now, using an existing track, we will outgrow it.” While the light rail system is going to come with a big price tag, spending at City Hall in general, she said, is something that needs transparency. “It’s commendable that (Mayor) Jim Watson has held the tax increase to two percent,” she said. “But even if we are spending only two per cent more, are we getting the best bang for our buck.” Meehan said the city’s finances need to be addressed. “Maybe our increase is only two per cent, but were there efficiencies? Our finances are convoluted. There is no way we have a handle on our spending,” she said. Meehan has been out door knocking and meeting people every night since she registered as a candidate. She said that has been the most enjoyable part of the process. “The highlight of this process has easily been getting out in the community and meeting everyone,” she said.

Former CTV news anchor and journalist Carol Anne Meehan is running in the upcoming municipal election as a candidate for Ward 22 councillor. Jeff Morris photo “Everyone has a different story and a different situation. But a lot of the problems we have in this ward affect us all.

“What people want is to be heard,” she added. “They all have opinions, and they want to be heard. What’s really ex-

citing for me is that I have a chance to make a difference for them, and for the entire city.”


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the current president of HOPE Club (Helping Other People Everywhere), the largest and most active club at Longfields. Every year we hold a Multicultural Show and Buffet where we invite restaurants and performers all across Ottawa to participate and showcase their cultures. Over my time here, we have accumulated over $6000, funded three wells in India, as well as a classroom. As I have previously mentioned, I’m also the recipient of the Dale Taylor Visual Arts Award, and the Academic Excellence Award in Visual Arts for three years. For my entire academic career I have also maintained Honour Roll, and the OCDSB Silver Medal. put a lot of focus on my grades, along with my extracurricular activities. Another major accomplishment is that I was part of a competitive program for high achieving high school students known as SHAD. This program is a month long stay at

a Canadian University, where students participate in lectures, workshops, and many activities based on the STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics) Foundation. Getting into this program was a huge accomplishment, and opened me up to so many new experiences, and had me looking forward to university even more. I am looking forward to my future and what I will accomplish in my future.”

first one at the theatre. I love all kinds of movies, from comedies to documentaries. I watch as many as I can. Visual arts is another one of my hobbies, and I create lots of paintings and sketches whenever I can. I think it is important to force yourself to do something creative everyday.”

Leadership, as well as participating in business, community service, and debate clubs, I have learned to love leading and organizing events and plans. With a team, I had organized an Empowerment Day for Grade 8 students. We brought in lecturers, yoga and self defense instructors, and held many interesting self esteem workshops throughout the day. We got great feedback and it felt amazing to make a difference, no matter how small, in someone else’s life. Through my involvement in HOPE Club, I’ve been able to personally see photos of the wells and classroom we have sponsored in India. It means the world to see our impact. I love the feeling of putting all my effort into something, working with an amazing team, and creating something together.”

ferent classes, I have also loved to learn business and leadership. Therefore, I’m hoping to combine the two and become a corporate lawyer in the future. I want to continue learning and trying new things to see if I fall in love with anything else. I have been accepted to the University of Toronto’s Rotman Commerce Program, and will be joining them this September. I am really looking forward to meeting new people, discovering Toronto, and furthering my interest in business!”


Who are your favourite authors? “I am a huge fan of Stuart McLean, the famous Canadian host of CBC’s Vinyl Cafe program. His series never fails to make me laugh and I still read his books often. My other favourite author would have to be JK Rowling for her Harry Potter series, but I also admire her journey from homeless to millionaire, as well as her generous charity work. She was turned down by 12 publishers before she was able to release Harry Potter. Her success story is incredibly inspiring.”

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Why did you get involved in what you do? “I have always wanted to be a part of something big. I’m the type of person who wants to share my voice and try to make a difference in my community. As a student, I think it’s important to try as many things as possible, and join as many clubs or extracurricular activities so that you may find something that you really love and want to pursue in your future. Extracurricular involvement gives you the motivation and sense of accomplishment to continue to achieve great things. After joining student mentorship programs like LINK and

Comment: “I would really like to thank Joanna Hughes, Shane Williams and Graham Clarke, the teacher supervisors of HOPE Club at LDHSS. They all genuinely want to help their students succeed, and put all their time and effort in to supporting and guiding us. Without them, I would not be as passionate as I am about what I do now, and what awaits me in my future endeavors.”

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