Grove News summer 2002
2002 September 8 12 19 27 28 28/29
Parent Reception at LCS Peterborough & Area Parent Reception Grove Society Meeting (LCS) Student Career Day Fall Fair Home to the Grove Reunion
October 17 24 26/27
Halifax Alumni Parent Gathering Grove Society Meeting (Toronto) Trustees’ Weekend at the Grove
Board Chair *Marilynn Booth
November 14 Grove Gathering 27/28/29 School Play
Grove Society Lunch at the Hadden’s
2003 January 23 31
Montreal Admissions Presentation and Alumni/Parent Gathering Kingston Admissions Presentation and Alumni/Parent Gathering
February 7 20
London Admissions Presentation and Alumni/Parent Gathering Grove Society Meeting (Toronto)
April 5 10 24
Trustees’ Meeting Ottawa Admissions Presentation and Alumni/Parent Gathering Grove Society Meeting and AGM (Peterborough)
May 9 24
*Bill Morris ’70
* S. Clifford Abraham ’74 Ian Armstrong ’83 * Cindy Atkinson-Barnett David Bignell * Walter Blackwell ’56 Gordon Blake Robert Bourgeois * Brian Carter * Andrew Clarke ’85 Trish Crang Janet Cudney ’94 John Curtin Peter Dalglish Paul Desmarais Jr. ’73 Bryce Douglas Peter Dunn ’62 Michael Eatson ’83 Jock Fleming ’74 Carol Florence John Frewer ’34 Eryn Fry ’02 Bill Gastle ’68 * Bruce Gibson Cynthia Gordon Abigail Greene ’93 Jennifer Gruer HRH, The Duke of York ’78 David Hadden
Toronto Admissions Presentation and Alumni/Parent Gathering Regatta Day * Board Member
June 12 14 19
Chris Hadfield Richard Hagg Steven Harris Goodith Heeney John K. Hepburn ’68 Howard Hickman ’60 Tim Hyde ‘76 * James Hyslop ’85 Alan Ingram * Warren Jones ’88 Howard Kitchen Linda Leus Nicholas Lewis ’77 * James (Kim) Little ‘53 Laleah Macintosh * D. Bruce MacNaughton ’52 John (Bubs) Macrae ’33 Kevin Malone ’77 * Jeffrey Marshall James Matthews ’58 Jack Matthews John McRae ’70 Val McRae Betty Morris Christopher Ondaatje Bonnie Patterson Travis Price ’85 Tony Pullen ’63 Douglas Rishor ’57 * Katie Robinette ’90 Gretchen Ross John Ryder ’77 Thomas Ryder ’53 Nancy Smith * Donna Smith Ivey T. Symons David Thompson * D’Arcy Thorpe ’02 Ann Tottenham Christopher White ’90
Grove Society Meeting (location TBA) Closing Andy Harris Cup (Grove Golf)
Front cover: Closing Chapel service Photo by Greg Stott
In This Issue
Thomas Flynn ’96 Contributing Editor attended a high school graduation at a school other than Lakefield
From the Head
From the Chair
Head Student’s Closing Speech
HRH The Duke of York
The Gift of Dance Laura Lawson
Fusing Shores Michael Kulas
There’s No Life Like It Colin Trethewey
for the first time this year. As I sat there, I thought about my graduation from high school and about the other Closing cere-
monies I watched as a younger student. Lakefield’s Closing is unique because it combines tradition and change in a way that is not only meaningful for the graduates, but for everyone attending the ceremony. Every school has traditions that are important to the class of students graduating that year. Each class goes through high school and graduates as a unit, participating in all the appropriate traditions along the way. What makes Lakefield’s Closing special is that it includes not only those leaving the school, but the rest of the student body and school community. Even as another class graduates and the student leadership of Lakefield changes, a continuity is created through the participation of younger students in different aspects of the ceremony. The students who receive awards, line up behind the graduating seniors, and all those in attendance are participants in the ceremony and witness the passage of another class of students, and another year in Lakefield’s history. Lakefield has been able to preserve its traditions better than many other schools while adapting to new technology and facility demands. New classrooms, theatres, and computer systems change the physical appearance, but not the character of the school. While changes allow Lakefield to maintain its prominence, preserving the distinctive traditions and spirit of the Grove make Lakefield more than just an excellent school. It is a special place for many reasons, and for many people. Closing is a time when the juxtaposition of change and continuity is especially pronounced. The candlelit Closing chapel and slideshow make us think not only about our graduation, but about the classes of graduates before us who have gone on to success in many different fields. These ceremonies allow us to say goodbye to the students, faculty, and staff who will be moving on to new stages in their lives, and
Editor: Tracey Blodgett Layout and Design: Robin Young Alumni Contributing Editor: Tom Flynn ’96, Editorial Committee: David Hadden, Richard Life, Sarah McMahon, Todd Harris, Richard Johnston, Tom Milburn, Allen LeBlanc
to bring closure to a year at the Grove.
Thomas Flynn will be moving to Washington, D.C. in August to pursue a Master’s degree in Economics and International Relations at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Tom received an A. Doak Barnett Fellowship in China Studies to continue the program he began last year at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center in Nanjing, China.
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Letters I was shocked and saddened to hear of Andy Harris’s death. The one thing that always stood out about Andy was his constancy and consistent view on life. His modest unassuming demeanor, strong character and personal relationships never changed over the years. If there was a special event, one could always rely on his presence. Dr. Rosalind Barker’s tribute in the recent edition of the Grove News reveals his myriad of contributions to the school and student body.
I was sorry to read of Andy Harris dying. I have happy memories of him as a senior boy coaching the under fourteen football team in 1943 and treasure the photograph I have. John Easson (page 28) was on the same team. They were very kind to an English evacuee. Robin Wood ’44 What a sad coincidence that Andy Harris and Bob Shaw (aka Art) should both have their passing noted in the fall edition of the Grove News. They, together with this writer, were Junior Masters together in 1949. For our duties we received room and board, taught junior forums, attended certain classes as pupils, and received a salary. Shaw and I received $10.00 monthly but Harris received $25.00 which probably reflected Headmaster G. Winder Smith’s hope that he would make a life career as a master at Lakefield. Tom Sterling ’49
I never had the privilege of having Andy for a teacher but did have him as a hockey coach in my final year at Lakefield. He was an inspiring and knowledgeable instructor who got the most out of his players as he later would with his future students. He was a technician of the game and was deliberate and methodical in his approach.
From the Grove News I learned that Andy Harris had passed on. Only death could have moved him very far from Lakefield. I then read Dr. Rosalind Barker’s tribute. She got it so right. He really was a great teacher, he loved his subject with a passion, loved talking with the students any time day or night, no student was beyond the pale of understanding; his enthusiasm for ideas was infectious. His legacy is enormous. Very few can claim do have had such a positive impact on others.
The last time I talked with Andy I reminded him of his hockey playing days with Apsley in the old county league. He reminisced and mentioned an individual who played in the same league at the same time. That person was “Red” Sullivan who would later go on to star with the New York Rangers. Andy himself was an excellent skater and playmaker. His skills were honed on the frozen surfaces of Buckley’s pond, Clear Lake and the former outdoor rink adjacent to the school, under the tutelage of coaches such as Windy. He was always a team player and that ultimate team was Lakefield, a school he so dearly loved.
As a coach he was always competitive, but never gave up on individuals even if their talent was less than self-evident. He revelled in the complicated play. Coaching the younger teams in football he would have plays where the ball would move around the backfield, changing hands so often, that most of us watching did not know what was going on. But Andy knew those complicated plays made the game both more fun and more challenging.
Andy will be sorely missed by all but especially by his colleagues and friends in the Lakefield community. Peter Grant ’54
So it was with theatre, debating whatever. He believed profoundly in a students potential and did everything he could to bring it out - make it real, make it shine — the mark of a really great teacher. Hugh Faulkner ’51
Come Home to the Grove Reunion Weekend 2002 September 28/29 This year, Home to the Grove 2002 will celebrate classes ending in 2 and 7, but all are welcome. Reunion weekend will coincide with Fall Fair and the campus will be alive with activity. Come join in the fun with the students, teachers and your classmates. Home to the Grove is a family event, with something for everyone. So spread the word, round up your friends, and be our guests on the last weekend in September. Please phone the Communications Office 705-652-3324 to register, or visit our web site: www.lakefieldcs.on.ca. All Alumni/ae will receive a more detailed mailing in the near future. We look forward to seeing you! 4
From the Head Excerpts from David Hadden’s Closing Chapel Speech, Friday, June 14, 2002 story that has helped me to gain a healthier perspective upon what is truly important in life comes from a wonderful small book entitled, Tuesdays with Morrie. Any time you seek perspective, read this book. It’s about a man, Mitch Albom, who, after leaving university, and building a busy career, rediscovers his favourite professor, Morrie, in the final months of the older man’s life. Every Tuesday, the former student visits his dying teacher who is being ravaged by Lou Gehrig’s disease . . . a progressive, neuro-degenerative disease that attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. When motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With all voluntary muscle action affected, patients in the later stages of the disease become totally paralyzed. Yet, through it all, for the vast majority of people, their minds remain entirely unaffected.
Mitch visits Morrie each week to learn a new lesson about life from this man who, despite this terribly debilitating disease, has lived so richly. On one occasion, he writes, “I remember what Morrie said during our visit, ‘The culture we have does not make people feel good about themselves. And you have to be strong enough to say, if the culture doesn’t work, don’t buy it.’” Albom goes on, “Something else Morrie told me, ‘So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem halfasleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they are chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.’” To the members of the graduating class, it would be my hope, on the eve of your departures, that Lakefield has helped to instill in each of you these qualities of approach to life. To be sure, the substance of your chapel talks, throughout this past year, gives cause for encouragement.
“Identity, I have learned, is the biggest event of high school. As soon as you reach high school, whether you like it or not, you will try to find yourself. This is very tedious and it’s curious why we don’t just let ourselves be ourselves. This is because, as humans, and especially adolescent ones, we are always trying to make sense of things. We are labeling them and defining them and forever fitting things into categories. This is not only impossible but a dangerous thing to do, creating only temporary comfort from fears of not being able to conform. So I challenge you to stop trying to define yourselves. I challenge you just to follow your instincts and interests and you will find the person in yourself that is so rich and you will love yourself. It’s not about caring what other people think; it’s not about conforming. It is way easier to just let your own personality shine through no-matter what you think - that’s 100 times better than anything you could make up.” It was uplifting to hear Carly conclude her talk by stating, “I’m happy and I’m secure, and I’m more myself than ever.” It would be my hope that all of our graduates feel happy and secure, as a class, about the contribution they have made to Lakefield. Thank you for the very positive leadership you have provided. You have brought new definition to the meaning of Morning Assembly, the haunted house, and the Rowdy Crowd; you have set a new standard of participation with the sea of blue jackets in the choirs and bands and the fact that 25 of you, 30% of your class have earned the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award (see page 38). In Tuesdays with Morrie, towards the end of the book, Morrie says to Mitch, “Mitch, can I tell you one more thing that I’ve learned most with this disease?” Mitch inquires, “What’s that?” Morrie responds, “The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love and to let it come in.” Instinctively, in different ways, several of our grads have communicated this same message.
Morrie asserts, “If the culture doesn’t work, don’t buy it.” I believe that is what Carly Erickson was saying when she challenged us to know and be ourselves. It is sad but true, in this fast-changing, fickle, media-bombarded world in which we live, increasingly, it is a challenge for us “just to be ourselves”. Carly observed:
The more open and committed we are about giving to and receiving from others - about truly letting friends into our lives and being a part of theirs - the more we receive. Drop a pebble in a pond and see what happens. So too with the Class of 2002. Throw a handful of pebbles into a pond and you will notice the ripples extending outwards, interacting, and connecting with each
other. We are the sum of our experiences together. Perhaps Sarah Nobel summed up this concept of synergy best when she observed:
greatly improve the quality of their lives. Little do the villagers know, but they have given me the same. I now have a new perspective on life.”
“My friends are the only people who keep me sane and I love how each one contributes to my life in their own unique way. Kaley is the kid in me, Jill is the voice for my thoughts, Emily is my common sense, Lauren is my determination, Chenoah is my honesty, Carly is my humour, Hilary is my sanity, Marie is my directness, and the list goes on until it makes up a whole person that is me.”
In the future, I will only believe that Lakefield has been successful, if I know I can count on each of you to create meaning and purpose in your lives by directing some of your aspirations for success toward the betterment of human kind and the privilege of serving others.
It is my sincere hope that, on the eve of your departures from Lakefield, that you truly understand the fullness of what you have shared together - that you really appreciate the extent to which you have contributed to each other’s lives and the lives of our entire community. It would be my hope that, as a result of your careers at Lakefield, that the meaning and purpose you choose to pursue during the course of your lifetimes, will extend well beyond your own self interests to worthy causes, to supporting the communities in which you live and to grappling with the challenges that your generation will face in an increasingly complex and shrinking world. Page Wadsworth, a former Chairman of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and a former Chairman of the Board of Lakefield, without whom there might not be a Lakefield today, concluded a speech he gave to the alumni by saying: “May I take just a minute and leave one further thought with you. It has been my experience, personal and through observation, that the more you give to others in time, talents, and resources, the more will be asked of you. This, of course, is not unusual or unexpected. The remarkable result is that you find you’re willing and want to do more and will come to appreciate the real meaning of the privilege of serving. No doubt, some of you have already found this, by experience, to be true.”
It is my sincere hope that, on the eve of your departures from Lakefield, that you truly understand the fullness of what you have shared together - that you really appreciate the extent to which you have contributed to each other’s lives and the lives of our entire community.
Meghan Vlasschaert made the same observation when she stated in her chapel speech: “This past December, I traveled halfway around the world to change the lives of people I had never met before. The Thailand Water Project is the most rewarding thing I have ever done. I experienced pain, and what it truly means to persevere. What we gave those people cannot be given a dollar value. It can only be measured by the smiles and displays of gratitude the villagers showed us. Although we were separated by language and personal experience, we shared something together that others cannot perceive or understand. I was shown a simpler way of life, where wealth is not measured by how much money you have in the bank. The people of the village showed me what it means to be happy with what you have, that material goods are not necessary to happiness. I learned life lessons while in Thailand that I would not have learned if I hadn’t gone. We gave the people of Ban Mae Let Nai something that will
Meaning and purpose spring from faith and hope. Faith that things – happy and sad – work out for a reason. Faith that it is worth taking certain risks, trusting first that people’s intentions are good, forgiving friends who have let you down, sharing with others in an open, honest and vulnerable way. And hope - the type of hope that does not allow cynicism to become one’s convenient response; rather, the type of hope that is actionoriented and focused upon finding new solutions. May faith and hope be defining themes of your lifetime stories. Kathleen Bingham and Adam Harbutt demonstrated these attitudes when they made the following observations at the conclusion of their Chapel speeches. Optimistically, Kathleen mused: “I don’t want to look back on my life 5 years from now and feel as though I had forgotten my hopes or lost myself. I have reached the end of one road and the beginning of the next. I don’t know where I’ll end up next year - but I know I can do anything if I put my mind to it. Lakefield will soon become a part of my past. It is a sad thought that I will no longer be a part of something that has been so important to me, but I am ready to go. There is a quote saying; when God closes a door he opens a window. This has always upset me. I never knew why God would close a door and only give you a window. The truth is that he really closes a window and opens the door. For the graduating class - our door is being opened. Some people say that the future is a reflection of the past; others say it is made of the same stuff as the present. If either of these is true, then I can’t wait for the rest of my life. There is a great deal of unmapped country within each of us and I challenge you all to try and discover a little bit more of your country.” Equally optimistically, Adam advised, “What’s the point of these stories? The point is this. I heard in a chapel speech in grade 10 that if you want something the whole universe will come together for you. I believe this. You can’t just kind of want something or think it’s nice to have, you have to really need it, want it, work for it. Everyone in this chapel has the ability to accomplish their dreams. All you have to do is start. The world is a forgiving place and things will fall into place. Do what you want and do it well.” Adam concluded by quoting Oscar Wilde, “All of us are in the gutter, only some of us are looking at the stars”. On the eve of your departures from the Grove, may each of your lives be illuminated by a star filled with faith and hope. May you find purpose and meaning, during your lifetimes, by being generous with others, unafraid to love and let love in, and may it be said, for each of you, that the world is a better and happier place as a result of you being in it.
Pay It Forward Marilyn Booth From her Closing Speech e are all here today with a common bond that links us to this amazing community of learning, living and growing, affectionately known as “The Grove;” the roots of which stem from the stand of trees in front of the Head’s House. The image of the trees for me speaks to a powerful Chinese proverb:
If you plan for a year, plant a seed. If for 10 years, plant a tree. If for 100 years, educate the people. We are a community of learning - a community that has mattered enormously to me personally and to my family. As I thought about my message for today, I could not help but reflect on my own personal respect and affection for Lakefield that has been the catalyst that has inspired my ever-increasing commitment and involvement with this School. With me today is my son, Rob, an alumnus of the Class of 1998 and my daughter Kristen, a Don in Colebrook and Grove House in the late 1990’s. My willingness to assume the responsibility as the first woman Board Chair grew from my genuine belief that if there were more learning communities like Lakefield empowering each and every student “to reach their potential in mind, body and spirit”, this world we live in would be a more civil society filled with leaders who value themselves, accept others and work together to make our world a better place. Lakefield is about more than academics, the arts and sports. It is about standing still - it is learning and growing through relationships about dreaming, growing that enable each student to know themself, celeand doing better. brate their strengths and be supported in their struggles. For each of you, your involvement at the School has included relationships with many special people creating your unique experience that is the “Lakefield Difference” for you. I would like to acknowledge with you, supported by the Board and Trustees, the powerful competence, dedication and devotion of the Lakefield Staff. My own life has been enriched by my opportunity to work closely with Canada’s most outstanding Head of School, David Hadden, alumni/ae, and all of the teachers, dons, heads of houses and staff who create the “Lakefield Difference” and have given each one of you as students and graduates an opportunity to celebrate yourself and your accomplishments.
Lakefield is not about
For many of you, the work of the 54 Trustees and 17 Board members may be invisible. Let me assure you the volunteer commitment, energy, affections and drive to sustain and improve Lakefield is constantly making a difference. Over the past year, the Board, Trustees and management launched Lakefield’s next five-year plan, “Securing Our Future”. I encourage you to read it. You will be overwhelmed as you digest the energetic future it dreams for Lakefield. Of significance, Lakefield will preserve its heritage - a small school culture, focused on our students and their preparation for leadership and for life. The vision includes, of
course, expanded bricks and mortar - a marvelous renovated theatre, a student recreation center incorporating a gymnasium, aerobics, dance and outdoor education. Along with these new facilities, new initiatives to build on our strengths of outdoor education and to embed leadership development into every aspect of our school life will ensure Lakefield maintains its unique and respected position in the Independent School system of our country. An energetic fundraising campaign will ensure both the facilities and programs can become a reality as well as greatly expand our endowment and bursaries. I believe we are all committed and responsible to the Lakefield of tomorrow. Lakefield is not about standing still - it is about dreaming, growing and doing better. In closing, I would like to share a closing message to our graduating class. I recently attended a movie about a concept called “paying it forward.” I hope you will celebrate today your own personal accomplishments. I hope you will, over the years, give back to Lakefield in whatever ways you can for all that it has done for you. More importantly, I hope you will take what you have learned here and “pay it forward” by working hard to make your home, your community, the place you study or work and our society, in fact our world, a better place for all of us. Congratulations - go forward - enjoy learning - seize life!
Head Student Lorcan Kilmartin ’02 Closing Speech ’ve learned a lot during my career here at Lakefield. While Calculus is very exciting and apparently useful, that’s not the type of learning I’m referring to. You see we’ve all learned to conjugate verbs and memorize the crazy antics of our ancestors, but there’s one thing above all else that Lakefield has taught me. And that’s how to live: How to succeed, how to fail; how to work, how to relax; how to laugh and how to think. All of this, Lakefield has shown me. This leads me into a little segment that I like to call,
“Everything I need to know in life, I learned at the Grove.” * Tuck in your shirt * Get some fresh air, the outdoors is invaluable * Make yourself look as if you’re really busy * Community is also invaluable * Sleep is really invaluable * You can never get enough hugs * Time flies by, and that which you cherish the most ends far too quickly * Lakefield College isn’t really a college, it’s a high school. You don’t know how much confusion this has actually caused over the years * Be proud of yourself and those around you * And finally, I learned that when in doubt, call a meeting, and call them often. One reason why I love Lakefield is because it’s a smart school filled with smart kids. For example, this year I participated in choir, debating and a musical. My friends from other schools point out to me that if I were at another school, I’d be beaten up. Yet, here at Lakefield I’m praised for my efforts. Here at a school that boasts a 70-member chess club, students can be themselves and pursue their individuality. This is the atmosphere that Lakefield is all about. I’d like to tell you about the graduating students. Ahh, “the grads”. We came to school a little earlier this year to take part in three days of leadership. One of our tasks was to come up with a formal mission statement identifying the goals that our class would aim for. There was huge debate because most of our class wanted a catchy mission statement that rhymed. Marketing genius; and this is only a fraction of the creative power that this group possesses. In the end, we chose a worthy, tradi-
tional mission statement; we emphasized a comfortable atmosphere, spirit and leadership by example. I’d say we did an amazing job at holding up what we thought to be important. Some instances of leadership by example: we had more students than any other grade involved in jazz band, debating, Lorelei, concert band, choir, theatre, and Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award winners (see page 38). Plus, not one grad went to Standards this year. This is quite a feat that hasn’t happened as long as I’ve been here and it shows that these grads really did take their roles seriously. I’ve never been so proud to be a part of a group than I am to be a part of these graduating students. The reason we worked so well together throughout the year is that every one of these navy blue jackets has something to offer. I can actually say that no one takes back from the group. Everyone puts in their own quality. The difference that separates us from other graduating classes is that we do things because we want to. We enjoy Lakefield, we enjoy our jobs. That’s been the key. Aside from our duties we’ve also managed to become friends with each other. We’ve had each other to lean on when we’re tired, to share exciting news with, and to mourn together after failing tests. I think someone once said that your high school years are the best years of your life. If that’s true, then I’m not disappointed. They say that you’ll never have friends like the ones you had in high school and you’ll never have teachers like the ones you had in high school. Again, if that turns out to be true, then I’m not disappointed. I could get away with saying that this year has been the best year of my life. And... it has. It’s weird, but most of the time while I’m here it does not feel like I’m working. It just feels like I’m existing ... if that makes any sense. I get up, come here to see all my friends, enjoy myself and then return the next day. It’s a wonderful, satisfying lifestyle. In a few weeks I’ll have to look back on everything at this school. Which is sad. But, when I’m sad in the future it’ll be looking back on these years gone by that will cheer me up. These years have been the good old days when everything was simple. My main goal was to have fun and it seemed like I had a million friends. Over the past few years we’ve worked countless hours in hopes for this day, the day we graduate. Even so, it’s still hard to leave. Part of me is excited, but part of me wants to continue to wear my classroom dress, laugh at people who drop their glasses in the dining hall, and never give up stomping my feet for half-days in chapel, no matter what the situation. This school has been good to all of us up here, and we can hope and trust that it continues to get better, as it always somehow does. When we leave today with our luggage all packed up and drive down that little road to the stop sign, we leave into a world as new members, with more responsibilities. Are we up for it? Are we ready to take on all these new burdens? From what we’ve learned here, I’d say definitely. Because these students you see standing behind me actually aren’t students anymore. They’re now hope for the future. They’re leaders, inventors, thinkers and dreamers. And you should memorize these faces because you’ll be seeing them on television, hearing about them on the radio and reading about them in the paper. It’s now time to leave our home, show the world how we made it this far, and show the world how far we’ll go. Thank you Lakefield and I hope you all have a great summer!
Awards Top of Form Grade 7 Grade 8 Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12 Governor Generalâ€™s Medal
Mathew MacLean Gillian McRae Gemma Barker Charles McNestry Allison Bingham Andrew Parsons Cindy Lau
90.5% 87.4% 91.9% 92.9% 93.5% 92.7% 95.2%
Communications English Grade 7/8 Humanities Prize The Dela Fosse Prize (Junior) Intermediate English Prize OAC Language and Literature Prize OAC English Writers Craft Prize I. Norman Smith Prize for OAC English Studies in Literature Fine Arts Grade 7/8 Fine Arts Prize Hubert Eisdell Award (Junior) Intermediate Fine Arts Prize OAC Art Prize OAC Music Prize Modern Languages Junior Modern Languages Prize Intermediate Modern Languages Prize OAC Core French Prize OAC Extended French Prize HRH Prince of Asturias OAC Spanish Prize
Fiona McNestry Gemma Barker Allison Bingham Alice Honig Rachael Mason Taylor Warden Emily Loyer Adam Bishop Jenni Macko Julia Tunney Andrew Parsons Nisha Pinto Peter Pelc Allison Bingham Alexandre Desmarais Ashley Keefe
Mathematics, Science and Technology Mathematics Grade 7/8 Mathematics and Science Prize Paterson Prize (Junior) Intermediate Mathematics Prize Larry Griffiths Prize for OAC Algebra Professor M. Mackenzie Prize for OAC Calculus OAC Finite Prize Science and Technology A.W. Mackenzie Environmental Award (Junior) Intermediate Science and Technology Prize Mrs. A.W. Mackenzie Natural History Prize for OAC Biology OAC Computer Studies Prize OAC Chemistry Prize OAC Physics Prize Social Sciences T.H.B. Symons Canadian Studies Prize (Junior) Intermediate Social Sciences Prize Susan Guest Outdoor Education Prize OAC Canadian-American History Prize OAC Economics Prize OAC Modern Western Civilization Prize OAC Kinesiology Prize OAC World Issues Prize
Gillian McRae Meaghan Dyas Andrew Parsons Cindy Lau Cindy Lau Ashley Keefe
Character and Achievement Awards The Gaby Award The Harmon Award The Junior Grove Guild Prize The Fred Page Higgins Award Junior Edson Pease Prize The Jean Ketchum Prize The Stephen Thompson Prize The Senior Grove Guild Prize The Milligan Awards The Crombie Award Senior Edson Pease Prize H.M. Silver Jubilee Award The Nelles Prize The J.R. Anderson Award John Pearman Martyn Sibbald Prize The Ondaatje Foundation Award The Monty Bull Award The Jack Matthews Humanitarian Award The Whitney Prize Jean and Winder Smith Award University of Toronto National Book Award McLimont Scholarship The Trusteeâ€™s Prize The Grove Award The Grove Award The Grove Award British Alumni Travelling Scholarship
Emily Loyer Spencer Hodgins Mary-Anne Reid Gemma Barker Ali Kara Adam Bishop Andrew Parke Alex Parke Karly Coyle, Chris Carrique Melanie Wright Chenoah Ellis Meghan Vlasschaert Alex Reid Malcolm Johnston Sarah Ewing Julia Tunney Liza McWilliams Lorcan Kilmartin Karly Coyle Cameron Crawford Bob Earon Cindy Lau Brianna Lyttle David Burton-Davies Lindsey Hepburn Tim McLaughlin Malcolm Johnston Lindsey Hepburn
Grade 8 Commencement
Heidi Gold David Hill Lauren Allen John Fleming Cindy Lau Eliot Barker Charles McNestry Emma Trottier Emily Hedges Lauren Kennard David McConnell Jill Arsenault Malcolm Johnston Emily Hedges
Back Row (l-r): Fiona McNestry, Joel Siegel, Spencer Hodgins, Ross Green, Brent Petticrew, Martha Ewing, Sarah Thompson Front Row: Aaron Wilson, Emily Loyer, Adam Bates, Keith Zippel, Michael Procyk, Gillian McRae, Harrison Sones, Martha Ramsay
Staff News Farewells
Kirsten (Andrews) Bain will be remaining in her role as Science teacher, but is giving up her function as Head of Memorial House.
Susan Hazell has been appointed as the Executive Director of CAIS and will be leaving Lakefield College effective July 1, 2002. We congratulate Susan on her appointment and wish her every success. (See pg.11)
Gerry Bird will be returning from sabbatical in September 2002.
After far too short a stay, the Grove community sadly bid farewell to Simon and Joanne Bruce-Lockhart as they headed west, back to their roots on Vancouver Island. The Bruce-Lockharts most certainly made their mark on the Grove during their tenure, Joanne as an advisor in Colebrook House and residential supervisor and Simon as Director of Advancement. Simon played a key role in the planning process for the five-year plan and authored the blueprint document Securing our Future. After the plans approval by the Trustees in October, he traveled widely, outlining its key recommendation and strategies to parents and alumni. We are most grateful for the wonderful contribution made by the BruceLockharts and wish them the very best in their future endeavours. Ally O’Grady has accepted a position at Neuchatel College in Switzerland beginning this fall. Beyond teaching a variety of Social Sciences courses, she will be initiating an outdoor education program. We extend our best wishes to Ally. Vedra Hill has been working with the Health Centre since 1988. We wish Vedra much success as she moves on to Dr. Hughes Cardiology Clinic in Peterborough.
Jen Moore will be moving from Guidance to teach French. Glen Hamilton will continue with his Head of House and School Counsellor duties, and will also assume new responsibilities for academic and university guidance, as well as heading a grade team.
New Faces at LCS We would like to welcome our new faculty members: Brent Hurley (Grade 7&8), Kerri Hansler (English), Brian Taguchi (Outdoor Education), Julie Moyer (Head of Memorial House), Stuart Lee (Economics/History), Tara Rogers (Health Centre), Carol Todd joins the Business Office in the position of Accounts Receivable. Allen LeBlanc has joined Lakefield College as our new Director, Advancement (see pg. 23).
A New Advancement Team
As part of the new five-year plan, Securing our Future, additional resources were allocated to help support the achievement of the School’s ambitious goals.
We are pleased to announce that Janet Markus (left) has agreed to assume the position of Assistant Head, School Life this fall. Janet has been at LCS for ten years as a teacher and Head of Communications. She returned to the Grove in September of 2001 after a sabbatical during which time she completed the requirements for her Doctorate.
To utilize current resources more effectively and make the most of the additional investment of human resources, Lakefield has undertaken to formalize a new vision for the Office of Advancement.
Vera Wilcox has been appointed Director of Student Life, expanding on her portfolio as Coordinator of Student Services. Vera is also the Head of Lower Colebrook.
The Advancement team will be led by the Director of Advancement, Allen LeBlanc, with the senior team being made up of Richard Johnston in a new position of Director of Communications and Constituent Relations, a newly appointed Director of Development to succeed him, and Sarah McMahon who will work closely within the Advancement team for the Student Marketing and Recruitment portion of her position.
Louise Paoli di Prisco takes over from Janet Markus as Curriculum Leader, Communications. Tom Milburn has been appointed Director of Co-Curricular Arts. Ian Armstrong has been appointed to the position of Director of Athletics, effective September 1, 2002. Ian takes over this role from Peter O’Grady who will be moving to a full Outdoor Education timetable next year.
Greg MacPherson, who has filled in for Gerry this year, will be continuing at the school in a regular teaching capacity.
Essentially, Advancement may be equated to the elements that help “to advance the cause, mission, awareness and reputation of the school.” It will incorporate the following three elements: * Communications (including Marketing) and Constituent Relations (liaising with Alumni/ae, Parents, Past Parents and Friends of Lakefield) * Development (fundraising) * Student Recruitment portfolio of the Admissions function.
Over the summer months, this team will work to restructure the remainder of the office and position responsibilities within the guiding framework of the five-year plan. We have ambitious goals before us and we are confident that this new structure will significantly advance our cause and bring a higher level of service and engagement with our students, parents, alumni/ae and friends.
Richard Life, Assistant Head: Program and Planning n July, Susan Hazell will be leaving Lakefield to become the Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Independent Schools. We are very pleased to see her being recognized with an appointment to this position of leadership in Canadian education; but we are very saddened by the prospect of her departure from Lakefield. Susan has been the Assistant Head: School Life for the past nine years. In this role she has led the school through the changes that were needed to meet the challenge of co-education in a very complex world. She has done this job with determination, facing extremely difficult issues with a commitment that has earned the respect of students, parents and fellow staff. She will be deeply missed at Lakefield.
Susan became the Assistant Head of Lakefield in the school’s third year of co-education. She and her family settled into Moodie House, and she began her time at the school managing the largest girls’ residence as well as the full school life program. A fire in Moodie House, which forced her family and students to move to a hotel off campus while the building was being repaired and cleaned, punctuated her tumultuous first year at the school. Susan exerted tremendous amounts of energy looking after the needs of the students and staff who were affected by the fire. Susan’s courage in the difficult circumstances surrounding the Moodie House fire is a metaphor for her actions throughout her time a Lakefield. She rose to every challenge which was presented to her - and there were many. In the School Life portfolio, it fell to Susan to help the school to respond to societal changes and expectations. She worked with committees of students and parents to revise the school dress policies, and to set in place clear policies and sanctions for student use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs. She took on the sensitive issue of harassment, and
Susan Hazell helped the school community to set standards and guidelines to help everyone to feel safe, secure and free from intimidation. She worked tirelessly to develop a program of counseling to provide students with a high level of professional support.
Throughout her years at Lakefield, Susan gently guided the school towards a culture of equity between males and females. Susan has worked from a vision of a school in which boys and girls live and learn together, free from the stereotypes that pervade the larger society. At times, implementing this vision has meant pushing up against some deeply rooted social norms. With patient persistence, Susan has helped students and staff at Lakefield to grow to a deeper appreciation of their own potential. The appointment of female and male co-Head Students for 2002-03 is an example of the legacy of equity Susan leaves behind at Lakefield. Over the past several years, Susan’s expertise has been in high demand beyond the school. She was the founding chair of the Conference of Independent Schools’ Residential Life conference. She has been a regular facilitator at Independent School Management Workshops in the United States. Most recently, she has been a key member of a group of women educators doing seminal research in gender issues at schools across North America. There are times when circumstance and personality combine to create a significant effect. Such was the case with Susan Hazell’s years at Lakefield. For the past decade, Susan has applied her skills, sensitivity and courage to the task of making Lakefield a positive and equitable coeducational school. Everyone at Lakefield - girls and boys, women and men - are better off today than we were ten years ago, as a result of Susan’s work.
Dons...comings and goings Staff and Students will say goodbye to seven of our Dons this June after completion of their two year commitment. We say goodbye to Andrew Johnston, Andrea Knowlton, Graham Harada, Jon Grimwood, Jen McCreary, Jayne Miller and Cristin Vangel. The Grove welcomes our new Dons, Alex Hurley, Garret Hart, Ryan Bell, Katie Boomgaardt, Lisa Jamieson, Lindsay McLean, and Kylie Campbell.
back (l-r): Jon Grimwood, Jen McCreary, Andrea Knowlton, front: Jayne Miller, Andrew Johnston, Graham Harada, Cris Vangel
Debating At the Great Pine Ridge Regional Tournament for the Ontario Student Debating Union in March, Adam Harbutt, and Drew Gilmour teamed up to represent Lakefield, as did Lindsey Hepburn, and Kathleen Bingham. The latter team won the tournament. Lindsey Hepburn went on to compete at the Provincials in April.
Confirmation (l-r): Chris Little, Rev. Runza, Jon Houston, Adrian Lyttle, Madeleine Bourgeois, Beth Mulvale, Melanie von Diergardt, Tobias Schunk, Bishop Tottenham and Brandon Barbaro. On May 9, we had the privilege of welcoming Bishop Ann Tottenham to preside over our annual service of Confirmation. It was a wonderful event, highlighted by the singing of “Leo’s Song,” a piece written and performed by our music tutor Mr. Danny Bronson. A special congratulations goes to all of those students who were confirmed.
In November, our junior debaters triumphed over Lindsey Hepburn and Kathleen Bingham, the best UCC and UTS had tournament winners. to offer. Congratulations to the team of Kristin Hadfield, Adam Bishop, and Katharine Rogers for winning the RSG “Saucer”. In addition, Adam placed second overall in the category of Cross-Examination debating and Kristin also placed second overall in the category of Ethical Dilemnas.
Cassidy Sails for Canada “The feeling of lying out on a wire and having the water below - you feel like you are flying. The speeds you can get at on these boats is amazing. You can go faster than the wind.“ Cassidy Richardson Cassidy Richardson is a grade 11 student at LCS. In addition to her studies and activities at school, she has also begun an impressive career on the sailing circuit. Sailing is a passion she has enjoyed all her life and she comes by it naturally as her father and brothers have all sailed for national teams at some point in their lives.
(l-r): Winning debaters – Katharine Rogers, Adam Bishop, and Kristin Hadfield.
Although not a newcomer to sailing, Cassidy has been sailing competitively for the past year. She sails for the Royal Lake of the Wood Yacht Club sailing team, Team Toba, and the Western Canadian Sailing Team. Her first major regatta was last year in PEI. She then went on to CORK, one of the largest sailing regattas in North America for dinghy and small skiffs. This past February, she comTraining for competition. peted in the midwinter sailing competition in Florida. While in Florida, Cassidy competed and successfully finished in the top three for a spot on the Canadian Youth Sailing Team. We look forward to seeing her soar.
LCS Places 1st & 2nd at Science Fair
Lakefield students made another strong showing at the annual regional science fair hosted by Trent University this year. Our grade 7 and 8 students participated in the contest open to all students in grades K to OAC in the Kawartha Pine Ridge Area. Ross Green and Gill McRae placed first and second, respectively, in Junior Physical Science with Ross also receiving a special prize from Atomic Energy Canada. Team members Krista Woolny, Hilary Windrem, Fiona McNestry, Emily Loyer, Keith Zippel, Brent Petticrew, Ross Green, Adam Bates and Gill McRae received a Team Prize for the Top Junior School. This group represented the school with outstanding fine behaviour, beyond their fabulous scientific accomplishments - it was a proud Lakefield day!
In the Arts MusicFest is a nationally recognized music education effort that gives student musicians a chance to perform in virtually any ensemble discipline; concert band, concert choir, jazz band, chamber choir, and many other chamber ensembles. Nationally recognized high school and university music educators and professional performers adjudicate performances at MusicFest. At MusicFest the bands are awarded standings of Gold, Silver, or Bronze and the choirs that are considered to be worthy are offered an invitation to attend the National Festival. Invitations to attend the National are issued to ensembles who demonstrate a high level performance and overall excellence. This is the first year that Lakefield musicians have participated – it has been an excellent learning experience and quite a lot of fun. Each of our groups presented their ‘best’ performances to date at these Festivals. Concert Choir was recognized with a “good solid ensemble performance”, LakeEffect (Jazz Band) earned a silver standing with Sarah Ewing, Malcolm Johnston, Andrew Sainsbury, Jason Allingham, and Jiwon Park earning special recognition for their performances. Concert Band earned a silver-plus standing and an invitation to attend the National MusicFest. Kathleen Bingham was recognized for her performance as part of the Concert Band. Lorelei was also awarded an invitation to attend the National MusicFest. For our first visit to MusicFest, Lakefield Musicians were very well prepared and excellent ambassadors of our school.
Colours in the Storm a winning production Lakefield recently produced “Colours in the Storm” as its entry into the Ontario Sears Drama Festival. “Colours in the Storm” by Jim Betts is a musical based on the life and mysterious death of the painter Tom Thomson during his years in Algonquin Park. Under the direction of Greg MacPherson and musical direction of Stephanie Horsley and John Kraus, the cast and crew of 21 worked extremely hard to put this wonderful play together. One of the highlights of this show was the incredible vocal talent of the ensemble cast. Cam Crawford as Tom Thomson, along with Melanie Wright, Rachael Mason, Adam Bishop, Tim McLaughlin, Lindsey Hepburn, Tommy Douglas, Lorcan Kilmartin, and Liza McWilliams combined to sing nine beautiful songs. Special mention should also be made of the efforts of our Producer, Chenoah Ellis, the Technical Director, David Burton-Davies, and the Stage Managers, Jessica Holdcroft and Robin Boyle. The play was originally presented at the District Level of the Sears Drama Festival in Lindsay in March. At that Festival, the play won Awards of Excellence for Outstanding Musical Achievement and for Outstanding Technical Achievement. Most importantly, the play won an Outstanding Production Award meaning an invitation to the Eastern Regional Level
of the Sears Drama Festival in Perth in April. At the Regionals, the play again won an Award of Excellence for Outstanding Musical Achievement as well as an Award of Merit for Jessica Holdcroft and Robin Boyle for their work in Stage Management. Again, the production won an Outstanding Production award and were invited to participate in the Ontario Provincial Showcase held in Sudbury in May. The Sears Provincial Showcase is a five day festival in which the top 15 high school productions across the province have an opportunity to present their shows.
David Hadden has announced the introduction of Co-Head students for the 2002-03 school year. Securing Our Future set the promotion of gender equity in all programs as a core value. Student leadership is largely more representative than decision-making. A system which includes both genders provides greater representation. Lauren Allen and Andrew Parke will assume the roles of Head Students in September 2002.
Remembering James 1993 - 2001 he Grove has always been a special place for the young children of staff members. In my role as chapel organist all three of my children were frequent visitors to morning chapel from the earliest age. They loved to sit next to me on the organ bench while I played, and soon learned which organ stops to pull out when I asked for help, all the while taking in the unique flavour of morning chapel at LCS. Sometimes they added to that flavour, as on the occasion when James lost his grip on his beloved Thomas the Tank Engine toy, and it disappeared with a clatter through the crack between the pedals, to be followed by loud sobs from James. Only when Doc McCubbin came to the rescue and fished it out were we able to proceed with chapel.
When my wife Pamela was going through her fight with cancer, it was a great comfort to have Rebecca or James next to me on the organ bench (Ben was still a baby). Little did we know that James would soon be on the same path, and that ultimately we would lose him to cancer. For four of his eight years James fought for his life. He lost. But for four of his years James fought for LIFE, and he won. “Ya can’t let cancer ruin your day!” he would say, and six months after his death his words help Pam and I deal with our grief. He taught us and still teaches us to live life to its fullest, regardless of the challenges of the day. Days before he died, James said to me “Dad, I’ve been thinkin’ that every day is like a precious gift. You gotta use each day.” Perhaps that sentiment was his greatest legacy, for now I understand that by the time of his death thousands of people were following his story as the James email updates were forwarded and forwarded around the world. Countless readers wrote to us, telling of James’ impact on their lives. Many of those readers are from the Lakefield community, students and staff, both past and present. Pam and I want you to know how much your support has meant to us, and we will ever be grateful to you for standing with us, then and now, as we learn to choose LIFE. Our sincere thanks, Syd and Pam Birrell
Tributes James’ attitude towards life was so simple. Even though his life was so complicated and filled with pain, James knew how to appreciate the small things in life. His pain has ended now and as I reflect on his life and the person he was, I know that he is safe in Heaven. Sarah Ewing OAC James’ sickness brought out the best in people. When we’d hear updates in chapel about James’ condition, it was remarkable to see just how many people were so deeply affected. It was almost as if our collective sadness brought us closer. His innocence and perseverance have influenced us all, and helped us appreciate the value and frailty of life. Lorcan Kilmartin OAC
James packed many lifetimes of energy into his eight short years and with the dedication and love of his family and large “fellowship” of friends he was able to fulfill many of his life dreams. His family showed by example that love and faith can bring out a positive attitude and strength with which to face a parents’ worst nightmare - the terminal illness of their child. Syd, Pam, Ben, Rebecca and James were able to focus on creating family memories which will help sustain them when one chair is left empty. James showed us that while life may be more like a roller coaster than a train ride, what is important is how you ride. And “you can’t let cancer ruin your day.” Brian, Kim, Adam and Tyler Bishop
The James Birrell Fund for Neuroblastoma Research, within Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children Foundation, was launched by the Birrell family and friends in March of 2001. It has passed the $200,000 mark and is still growing. The James Fund has awarded two research grants,with more to be awarded shortly,and has brought a new awareness and sense of urgency to neuroblastoma research in Canada.The website www.JamesBirrell.ca has been visited over 157,000 times since inception in March of 2001.
Serving the Community Grove Students Rise to the Challenge
Heather Avery ong before the Ontario Ministry of Education made forty hours of community service a requirement for graduating from secondary school, Grove students were volunteering in the local and global communities as part of their LCS experience. Giving back to the community, fulfilling one’s responsibility as a citizen, making new friends and having some fun: all these factors have inspired students to spend their (very limited!) spare time helping agencies and individuals.
What We Do LCS began keeping formal records of community service hours logged by students in 1998-99. Our tally for hours served now stands at over 15,000, and in this year alone Grove students have already volunteered almost 5000 hours-over fourteen hours per student! Almost half of our Grade Eleven students have already completed their forty-hour service requirement, well over a year in advance of graduation. These records are impressive and attest to the enthusiasm for and commitment to service felt by the student population.
What kinds of services do students perform? The diversity is amazing. In keeping with the Grove’s outdoorsy tradition, LCS offers a partnership program every fall and spring, supplying droves of fit and energetic students to seniors in the Village who need assistance with leaf raking and yard work. Our students also assist in keeping sections of local roads and bike trails free of litter, and within our own community, they volunteer each spring on Earth Day to clear the school grounds of debris. Students can put their physical energy to work for community service in other ways as well. Every year, weather permitting, students teach local children the finer points of cross-country skiing, celebrating the small ones’ accomplishment with hot chocolate and cookies afterward. Fund-raising for a variety of causes is also a key aspect of the community service program. Each year students hit the pavement in local grocery stores and shopping malls soliciting funds for such important social services as the YWCA and the Kawartha Food Share Project. In March, Grade Nine and Ten students spend a Wednesday afternoon canvassing the entire village of Lakefield for the Canadian Kidney Foundation. Students also raise funds through participating in a variety of “thons”: the MS Readathon, the Terry Fox Run, and the CIBC Run for the Cure all have enthusiastic recruits. Grove students raise thousands of dollars in these endeavours, often becoming educated and passionate about the cause involved. Students may opt to volunteer in the local seniors home, Extendicare, or to participate in the recently developed Big Brothers/Big Sisters mentoring program offered in partnership with the two local elementary schools. Students seeking to use their academic skills may volunteer to research articles on seniors’ health issues for SeniorHome.com, a website developed by alumnus Pat Frewer ’75. Of course, the Round Square projects offer superb opportunities in this regard as well; students provide service in lesser-developed countries, and gain a wonderful educational experience in the process.
Why We Do It Community service is a key component of the LCS experience for a variety of reasons. At the most basic and humane level, the experience of giving one’s time and energy to others in need is both educative and rewarding: inculcating generosity and altruism in LCS students is an important aspect of the education the school provides. The learning opportunities in community service experiences extend far beyond altruism, however. Some service opportunities bring classroom learning alive for students. The economic and social justice topics discussed in courses such as World Issues can sometimes be observed firsthand in a service experience, and historical events-the Great Depression, World War II seem much more real when a student learns about them chatting with a senior in a nursing home. Organizational and time-management skills are also inevitably fostered by community-service commitments. Students quickly learn that they are not just hurting themselves when they forget a volunteering obligation: disappointing a needy person who is depending on their service is a very memorable reminder of the need to honour commitments made. An academically-based community service placement can also assist a student in determining and achieving future career goals. Spending time with small children, either individually or in a classroom, allows a student valuable insight about teaching as a career; volunteering in a lab or assisting with medical research can offer a much more detailed understanding about careers in the health sciences than a university calendar. But for our students, in the end, community service is most often about having fun: working with each other raking leaves, meeting new people, sharing their abilities and talents. What better way to foster a student’s potential in body, mind, and spirit? Alice Honig OAC “For me community service really acts as a way to escape the busy and demanding environment here at LCS and return refreshed, with a little more knowledge about the world and a feeling of accomplishment.” Falk Beindorff OAC Falk is the driving force behind a project that supplies pizza to Grove students, at the same time raising money for charitable causes. He participates in community service because it “adds an extra challenge” to his life at LCS and because he “loves to see the smiles and gleaming eyes of the kids when they get pizza”. Rebecca Jarrar OAC Rebecca volunteers for nearly every community service opportunity at Lakefield. She says, “I do community service in order to take a break from being at school all the time and to help Canadians see that there are good Americans out there.”
These activities are only a snapshot of the community service initiatives in which Grove students are involved: currently, the community service database lists well over one hundred projects for which our students have logged hours.
International Involvement Dr. Arnie Boyle rove students have been extensively involved in various international service undertakings this year, during the summer months, through Christmas and over the March Break. We sent four students to Ladakh, India over the past summer, to join the Round Square Ladakh Project, and the group of local and international students built a dormitory for young monklets. Those student participants were Cam McRae, Melanie Wright, James Shin and Melanie von Diergardt.
Cam Crawford left Canada in mid-August to participate in the annual Saints Trek, an expedition and community service project in South Africa. He returned in mid-September. Allingham and Jesse Townsend will be involved in the Saints Trek this summer.
In early December, two groups left the School to participate in the Round Square Kenya Project and the Round Square Thailand Project. The Kenya group constructed a kitchen and dining hall at a school in Naivasha, and Lakefield participants were Kathleen Bingham, Emily Hedges, Jacky Van Haeren, Kelly McCauley, Carly Erickson, Kathryn Ast and Jenna Grossman. The Thailand group (Megan Vlasschaert, Brien Stelzer, Cam Crawford, Michelle Fung and Julie Murray) left LCS in early December as well, worked right through the Christmas holidays and returned to Canada on December 30th, as did the Kenya workers. The Thailand undertaking was to develop a source of clean and safe drinking water for a hill tribe in north-west Thailand. Over the March Break, Lakefield organized an expedition, with a community service aspect, with Outward Bound, and invited RS sister-schools Appleby, Bayview Glen and Sedbergh to join us. Grove participants were: Paul Bethel, Dave McConnell, Beth Reid, Jiwon Park, Lauren Allen, Tobi Schunk, Rebecca Jarrar, Darren Bishop, David Casson, Mike Corner and Tia Saley. Also over the March Break, four students joined Bayview Glen and worked on the annual Orphanage Outreach Project in the Dominican Republic. Those students were: Erin Munro, Marie Forest, Claire Blanchette and Ashley Keefe. In April, five students and one staff member participated in the annual week-long Young Round Square Conference in Victoria, B.C. Those individuals were: Allison Corner, Sarah Thompson, Mike Procyk, Martha Ramsay, Emily Kerr and Kate Carder. This summer, we have four students involved in the Boronka Project, a conservation undertaking in Hungary; those students are: Liza McWilliams, Eric Uhlmann, Beth Pieterson and Craig Shaw. Also, Riona Petticrew will be involved in the Round Square Scottish Nature Reserve Project in Scotland, and Chris Henry, Andrew Grummitt and Graham DeNure will be participating in the â€œVoices of the Hidden Coastâ€?, a kayaking expedition off the coast of British Columbia. Congratulations to all of those individuals who have moved outside their comfort zone to take on a personal challenge and to help to improve the lot of others. All have been excellent ambassadors for the Grove.
Information Technology at LCS Todd Harris ast year while on a service project in Costa Rica, I was cleaning out a drainage ditch with several students, when I overheard a friendly argument between Karly Coyle and a student from Appleby College. The Appleby student felt that information technology at her school had to be the best in Canada. Not one to sit back with such a grandiose claim hanging in the air, Karly launched in on a lengthy and very complete description of everything information technology has to offer at Lakefield College School. Karly didn’t miss a single detail. She described the online components that are offered for every course and how they are used; she listed other key information she can easily access online such as the school calendar and report cards; she discussed the software tools we commonly use along with their benefits; and, she even delved into some of the philosophy of how information technology is used at Lakefield. Despite a few interjections that quickly dissipated, the student from Appleby in the end admitted a goodnatured defeat.
Perhaps Karly should be writing this article. Since the inception of Lakefield’s Online Learning Centre in 1997, we have approached information technology with a focus different from most schools. While we have moved forward with providing laptops for every student from grade nine through to graduation, our focus is not on the laptop but on the network. The network connects people to resources, and people to people, while the laptop is just a tool for accessing the network. This core information technology philosophy’s focus on network resources and relationships, and the progress we have made over the last 5 years, can be divided into three areas: organization, collaboration and exploration. Initially, attention was directed toward organization of the network and the impending rapid growth in internal resources. Teachers were given a structured storage space for each of their courses. These course databases offer a convenient space for the posting of assignments, homework, due dates, readings, labs, photos, movies, Internet links and anything else the teacher can dream up. The information is automatically organized and filed, and ready for immediate use by students and parents using a web browser. Continued efforts to improve organization and access to information have since lead in many directions. Student progress can be monitored directly by students and parents via the new Assessment & Evaluation or Marks database that accompanies every course. From the web, a parent is a click and a password away from up-to-date marks. Further information on student progress can also be found in the three term report cards, which, though still printed and mailed in the traditional format, are published online. Collaboration via technology at LCS has evolved from the obvious and quickly entrenched e-mail, to the forums now included with all courses. The Forums database offers a location for students to post work for viewing by the teacher or other students. At its most basic, the forums can be used for submitting homework, but they can also be used to host online discussions, and for students to collaborate on group projects. Our own research has shown that properly designed digital discussions, both in and out of the classroom, can improve students higher-order thinking skills.
In information technology, facilitating exploration affects both how the network is set up and how we purchase software. First, students are given freedom and responsibility when it comes to use of our network, to allow open exploration. The Internet is available for use throughout the day (with relatively few restrictions); students have access to all course materials for their courses, both past and future; and most software is licensed to allow use by all students. For example, students can check out math tests from the last several years, look ahead to what the next unit in English might involve, and use Starry Night to explore the conjunction of five planets that happened this spring. We tend to shy away from single-use software and instead look for tools that allow creative and free exploration of a multitude of ideas. For example: The Geometer’s Sketchpad allows students to explore math at all levels from a geometric perspective, and both Fathom and Microsoft Excel allow the same from a statistical or data perspective, while ArcView GIS facilitates exploration of spatial data; Inspiration and Microsoft PowerPoint help students outline and organize ideas to produce either a mind map diagram or a slide show; and, Corel Draw and Macromedia Flash allow for the creation of still and animated art. Much of our digital infrastructure is designed, built and run with IBM’s Lotus Notes and Domino software. This application and database server platform offers us two technically powerful features worth noting. First, our self-publishing system of databases seems like a word processor to teachers, but appears like a web site to students. Teachers do not need any knowledge of web programming or HTML to create online materials; instead, they can focus on creating educationally sound materials. Second, the Lotus Notes/Domino software we use to run these databases, allows any of our laptop users to quickly save a snapshot of a database (be it a course, forum, the report cards, or any other part of our system) to their hard drive. This snapshot, or replica, can be viewed and even updated completely offline - no phone line, network or cable connection is necessary. Teachers can write report cards from their backyard deck; and, students can write forum postings to their teacher while sailing around the Mediterranean on a break. For the future, we continue to look for ways to improve and expand our services. In the next couple of weeks, we aim to launch a new Online Learning Centre website, with expanded and more structured access to information affecting our community. Next year the Guidance office is continued on page 38 17
HRH The Duke of York The following article has been edited from an address by HRH The Duke of York to the delegates of the National Association for Independent Schools at a recent conference in California. was thinking of this address, and the fact that there must be many of you wondering why a member of the British Royal Family could possibly have or know that might contribute to your conference? What expertise in education do I have?
In one sense, the answer is none. But, in another, I am the product of education and, I believe, a very special education. The learning philosophies that were instilled in me as a child have remained a guide to me throughout my life. They come from three sources: Round Square, Outward Bound and the Royal Navy where the education that I had received was put to the test on any number of occasions. The principles behind Round Square and Outward Bound can be defined simply: Education is not simply about knowledge and skills. It is about attitude. Schools, I believe, should encourage their pupils to do three things: To experience responsibility, to understand teamwork and the art of leadership.
As a result I begged and cajoled my parents to allow me to go to his school, Lakefield College School, as a part of the Round Square exchange programme. On a very cold day in early January 1977 I arrived in Canada to begin my first international experience. Initially I was like a fish out of water but I soon became accustomed to the new world and I spent the next nine months in Canada at school and was inspired beyond my imagination. This inspiration still lasts to this day. Most of us go through a few life-changing experiences. The Lakefield exchange was the most influential on my future. Turning to experiences and lessons I have learned, perhaps one of the first was at Lakefield, and that was the need to understand and work in and as a team. I believe that the earlier a student can understand the principles of teamwork; communication and leadership, he or she will have a far greater chance of succeeding in the cruel Darwinian world both at school and more importantly, after leaving school. To Kurt Hahn, education was to instil the ability to learn, not to cram in mere “knowledge”. Hahn stressed “the importance of purposefully directed experience as a part of a whole education.” This is the common strand linking Round Square and Outward Bound. Fundamental to both is Hahn’s idea of the responsibility we hold not just to instruct the young, but to “impel [each one] into experience.” The essential word is the verb.
Experience is universal, but “impelled” expeAt the time of my arrival at rience can be part of a powerful instructive Gordonstoun in Scotland, the design. And the “impelling” we are talking school started by Kurt Hahn in about isn’t just pushing, it is directed, pur1933, was a school of around poseful pushing. 450 students and the year before it became co-educationEqually learning through service, or through Prince Andrew on the Coppermine River in 1977 international work, can lead to a changed, al, a radical move in independent education in the UK in the more realistic, more committed, and more pre70’s. Gordonstoun’s ethos was preparing future leaders. pared adult view of the world. Some of the best educational weapons in the armoury are not only an appreciation of teamwork, leadership, and In my time at Gordonstoun we had prehistoric locker rooms for our kit communication but also, and vitally importantly, “understanding resultor clothes, which were next to huge communal bathrooms with cold ing from failure”. It is only through understanding our mistakes that we showers and 40-man dormitories. For one particular term I was in the can learn and achieve what we have not previously realised. next locker to a Canadian Round Square Exchange student. One can never underestimate chance and this young man’s conversations still stand out So teamwork and communication are vital to the armoury but without in my mind as the singular influence that set my course to where I am sound leadership skills, the third leg of the stool, it will fall over. I was today. taught and then learned through experience and failure, that effective leadership is the function of three personality traits: personal character,
judgment and courage, and by courage I mean heart. After all the word itself, courage, is derived from the French word “Coeur”. When I went to Lakefield in ‘77, I was faced with a completely different lifestyle. I was given opportunities that I never dreamed of and I set myself goals without defining them. Each spring as the snow melted, the school’s fitness program included a series of runs called the “Spring Trots” culminating in a half marathon around the lake. I am not a runner but I was determined to complete it: I did and I can promise you never again! I’d done it once and only if I had to do it again I knew I could do it. Whilst undergoing naval training at Dartmouth I concurrently undertook Royal Marine training to get my Green Beret. The training, although totally different, required the same processes. The final test required me to speed march 30 miles in less than 8 hours with full fighting order and rifle. I used the same techniques to achieve that goal as I had at Lakefield, but I didn’t consciously realize it.
experience, least of all being a helicopter pilot in a real war, or a public figure today. But attitudes, the experience of responsibility, learning of teamwork, a willingness to question past practice, all have helped. The combination of early responsibility given at school and the experience of smaller scale teamwork and leadership situations were all a preparation for that eventuality. Another key aspect of educating the whole person, involves integrating service into the curriculum. Schools in Round Square conduct this both at home and importantly provide opportunities for service internationally. This really gets students away from their preconceived ideas of other countries. It is a concrete basis for seeing, breathing and feeling another life and culture.
Hahn stressed “the importance of purposefully directed experience as a part of a whole education.”
New experiences are vital. And again in Canada, as a new sport, I began to learn about canoeing and the art of running rapids and reading the water. We began our training in the early spring under the bridge in the village at Lakefield just under the dam. Every now and then we had to avoid small icebergs tumbling over the dam (very Hahn). The culmination of all this was a two-week canoeing expedition down the Coppermine River in the Arctic. I am sure that the hackneyed phrase “outside your comfort zone” is one that gets used over here...as well, but from my personal experience, two weeks in the Arctic was definitely “outside my comfort zone”. The Arctic itself, as I discovered, is magic but there are privations. There is no noise, the sound of silence is deafening, there is no light pollution, so it is really dark when it is night, and the stars stand out so clearly. You only have what you can carry in the canoe and if you leave it behind then it stays behind. [Let me pass on the advice that lavatory paper (aka toilet tissue) is an essential item not to be forgotten!] The aeroplane dropped us on the lake, and then left. There was nothing, no contact for two weeks! But we had a ball! Based on our training, teamwork, communication and leadership we were able to take risks we would not otherwise have been able to and were rewarded with complete euphoria. As a result of the first expedition I undertook others and even took along my new wife! A brave and foolish thing, some might say, but the experience was rewarding for both of us! To succeed we needed to work as a team, both within the canoe and as a part of the whole expedition. This has carried on throughout my naval career as teamwork was particularly valuable to me as a helicopter pilot; I always worked with a second crewman, a tactician, beside me in the aircraft. We flew together and used the aircraft and our skill together as a tool for war fighting. I had done it before in different circumstances but with the similar results... in the canoe. The difference is that the driver is in the back of a canoe! The same is true for the office or any workplace environment. No package of “knowledge” from education can prepare one for every
I believe that if schools are encouraged to undertake community service, then each student will receive a far greater understanding of himself or herself. This goes hand in hand with the experiences of teamwork and leadership, as there are usually goals to be achieved in any service project.
I leave you with what Kurt Hahn spoke of as the seven facets to education: aspects of his approach, which produced that blend of responsibility, individuality, teamwork, communication and leadership, all of which have been so important to me. The First is to give students opportunities for self-discovery: provide different activities and allow them to find out for themselves their passions. The Second is to make the student meet with triumph and defeat. The emotional learning curve from failure is of greater importance than to succeed, because overcoming defeat is to understand strengths and weaknesses. The Third is to give the student the opportunity of self- effacement in the common cause. Everyone should undertake tasks which are of importance to the community. The Fourth is the provision of time for quiet reflection: take time to evaluate performance and goals, getting out of the fast lane for short periods helps you perform better when you’re there. The Fifth is to train the imagination and allow the brain to work and think outside the box. The Sixth is to make sport important but not predominant and let it be a part of the education of the student and not an end in itself. The Seventh is to free the sons and daughters of the wealthy and powerful from the limitations of privilege. Perhaps an old fashioned view but nevertheless true today. Outward Bound and Round Square have a common heritage in Kurt Hahn and his educational philosophy. That heritage brings leadership through responsibility, self-reliance through independence of thought and a sense of community through teamwork. Nobody forgets a great teacher and there is no role more important in our world today. I wish you well in this rather daunting task of creating responsible and wise leaders of the 21st Century.
Despite gloomy forecasts, Regatta Day at the Grove awoke to sunny skies and warm temperatures on May 25th. A record number of visitors came to the waterfront to watch the canoe races, including the first ever Greasy Watermelon Game! It proved to be a perfect day for field sports such as soccer, Ultimate Frisbee and cricket games. The Adventure Challenge Race brought out staff and students from grades 7 to OAC to compete for the title for another year. Even the younger ones got into the fun through relay games, face painting and crafts! Visitors also had the opportunity to visit the showcase of student artwork such as Jacklyn Van Haeren's painting, Kilinda; Maumbile, shown centre.
(l-r):Oliver Barker ’01, Carmen Lishman ’01
Kilinda; Maumbile. by Jackie Van Haeren (l-r): Richard Life, Ted Ingram
David Godfrey ’02
Lining up for the first Annual Greasy Watermelon race.
Ian Armstrong ’83
D’Arcy Thorpe Jr. ’02
Grade 11 student Brendan Fell with his dad Robert, Bill and Carol Corner watching him tee off. Seventy parents, alumni, students and friends attended this year’s Andy Harris Cup/Grove Golf Tournament at the Royal Ashburn Golf and Country Club near Whitby, Ontario. This annual event featured a BBQ lunch, 18 holes of golf, dinner, silent auction and raffles. When the night was over, more than $20,000 was raised for the Millennium Bursary. The Bursary Fund, after four years, now stands at $66,000. It is awarded annually to a deserving son/daughter or grandson/granddaughter of a Grove alumnus/a. The goal is to fully endow the Bursary with $250,000 in revenue. More than 27 sponsors supported the event (see list on this page) along with numerous prizes and auction donors. The first winners of the Andy Harris Cup were Ian Armstrong ‘83 and Kevin Culbert for the men (scoring 78) and Susan Hazell for the women (scoring 98 – breaking 100 for her first time). Richard Life won low net with a score of 71.
Bruce Crickmore ’39, John Easson ’49, Peter Perry ’42, David Cochran ’42 The Grove Golf Committee is grateful to the following companies and individuals for their support of the 2002 Andy Harris Cup Grove Golf Tournament and the Millennium Bursary TAL Private Management Ltd. Heathbridge Capital Management Royal & SunAlliance Mapleridge Mechanical Barry & Louise Needler Cindy & Shon Barnett Colliers International William J. Gastle Goodmans LLP Baynes & White McColl Turner LLP Moose FM Radio Perigee Investment Counsel RDR
Leon’s Furniture Peterborough Aramark Canada Ltd. AEGON Capital Management Inc. Pactiv Canada Inc. Ridpath’s Ltd. McDonald’s Restaurants Kawartha Lakes Brewing Company Fasken Martineau Tequila Software Frigate Films Inc. Mainline Notebooks Herold Home Construction Inc. Irwin Toy Tricyle Asset Management
The Grove Society The Grove Society Mandate The Grove Society will uphold the mission and values of the School at all times. The Grove Society exists to promote, enhance, and enrich the welfare of the school and its students while fostering a strong, supportive and welcoming community for parents, alumni/ae, their parents, students, staff and friends. The Grove Society’s primary role is to build strong and enduring relationships with all members of the Grove community through events and activities. Under the leadership of the Head of School and School Management, The Grove Society also plays an important role in providing constructive, factbased feedback from its constituents, and in supporting the ongoing development and advancement initiatives of the School as determined by the Board.
Cindy Barnett his May saw the Alumni Association and the Grove Guild merge into one organization, The Grove Society. While it is bittersweet to say farewell to the two groups, we expect that the Grove Society will appeal to a broader constituent base and we look forward to welcoming alumni, parents, guardians, staff and faculty, and other friends of Lakefield College School.
The Grove Society will ensure that our traditions and events will continue. September will welcome new and returning families to Lakefield College School through parent receptions, Career Day, and Fall Fair/Home to the Grove Reunion Weekend. The year will be filled with events including the Grove Gathering Dinner, LCS Pub Nights, The Andy Harris Cup/Grove Golf Tournament, Regatta Day, and other social gatherings to which everyone in the Grove family is invited.
There is a way for everyone to get involved and volunteer. The Grove Society organizational chart includes over 150 potential volunteer roles, from archivist to career mentor, web site contributor to reunion organizer. Volunteer positions start right at the school and spread from Lakefield to far beyond. We look forward to establishing branches of the Grove Society from Peterborough to Vancouver to Hong Kong. The primary leadership positions of The Grove Society have been filled with familiar faces; for the first year, Betty Morris (current Guild President) and Chris White (current Alumni Association President) will be co-presidents. Present Guild and Alumni Association executive members will hold similar positions in the Grove Society. We encourage you to review the Grove Society Volunteer Handbook, available from the Communications and Constituent Relations Office, and we certainly welcome you to join us as we launch this new organization.
Fall Fair! Plant, Poster, CD and Bake Sale and a Crafters Corner Saturday, September 28th, from 11:30 to 3:00 pm at the Guild Hut. Parents are asked to assist by donating small plants, posters, used CDs and baking - a big hit with students! Donated items can be dropped off in advance at the Communications Office or at Fall Fair in September.
The Trustees of LCS had a full agenda at their meeting in April. In the morning they heard staff presentations on Gender Equity and the newly formed Grove Society as well as strategies in fundraising and marketing and communications.
Volunteers are needed. Please contact Sue Beckwith, or Richard Johnston at 705 652 3324 ext.343
In the afternoon, small groups discussed program development topics including outdoor education and the student leadership programs. They discussed questions relating to the vision for these programs, how Lakefield should define its position in the marketplace, and what resources are needed to realize this vision and position. Following the day’s activities they gathered to formally “launch” the new five year plan Securing Our Future, (above) which comes into effect on July 1, 2002.
Mothballs, taking on Newton and cherishing an old friend.. Allen LeBlanc Director, Advancement remember the scent of mothballs vividly when visiting my grandmother’s attic, especially in the summer months. She explained to me that these fantastically interesting little, white, smelly balls had the power to help preserve valuable linens and clothing that were dear to us including blankets that she used to weave. I loved her blankets. They provided a feeling of warmth and security.
I have a similar feeling here at Lakefield College School (but with a better scent). I find the entire existence of Lakefield truly inspiring. Some might say that it’s due to my being new - a mere few weeks with the school. I would offer, though, that there really is something special about the Grove. The Grove Factor. Groviness. Grovey. It’s amazing that even though I can already feel the essence of these words, for the life of me, I think I would have a really tough time trying to effectively define the whole notion to someone who hasn’t experienced it or been touched by it. Mothballs are much easier to describe. Maybe it’s all about our character and core values. Lakefield’s intimacy is naturally predisposed to nurturing the individual, the whole individual. After almost 125 years, the Grove continues to note the academic success of its young men and women, hear their voices in debate, join them in their adventures in the great outdoors, cheer their athletic prowess, question at times their exploits and antics (sometimes beyond the realm of reality), applaud their theatric performances (having just received significant notoriety at the Sears Drama Festival) and see their leadership emerge and shine. Oh, and offering a gentle nudge to get up in the morning seems to remain a constant to this day. Thinking of which - I suspect that there are some things that are unique to Lakefield that contribute to our Groviness. Although I know that our colours and dress are ours and ours alone - how they are worn may also be a contributing factor to our uniqueness. Although Lakefield prides itself on the appearance of our students through our standards - students still find a way to add a touch of their own individuality within these confines. I guess this is a good example of how we are able to encourage the individual within each student. I have to say that the affinity for oversized pants, primarily amongst our male students, seem to defy gravity, as do the proverbial shirt-tucks - which I suspect means that we have students excelling in physics. There must be a Nobel Laureate in the offing for certain. And of course success transcends generations at Lakefield. Having had the chance to spend time with two brothers from the classes of ’48 and ’52, it was easy to see how certain things are constant throughout time. The stories they shared about their time here were truly engaging. Seeing the reaction of our two current students who were leading the tour was an even greater perk. I suspect that our students’ fond reaction may have also been due to stories that these two gentlemen recounted of the antics they were able to get away with during their time at Lakefield. This of course caused a shudder with David Hadden, our Head of School.
Given the fondness that these two gentlemen continue to hold for their alma mater, it is easy to observe the unbelievable sense of community that exists at Lakefield. It is impressive that this community spans far beyond the markers of the school’s 155 acres. Alumni, parents and friends from all over the world seem to have a very close connection to this community. It seems easy to get caught up and remain engaged with this place. Sitting in the back pew of Chapel in the morning listening to Chapel speeches by seniors is a great way to start the day. It’s a clear reminder of the incredible impact that Lakefield has on the lives of its students. Listening to these students reflect on their time at the school is very interesting. They cite their favourite faculty member. They speak about the opportunities and experiences that Lakefield has afforded them. They thank the significant people that have helped them along the way: parents, friends, faculty and alumni for their support. In many cases, I find the passion for Lakefield infectious and uplifting. And there is seemingly a lot of it going around. The fondness for After almost 125 years, the Grove Lakefield is also evident through continues to note the academic success the tremendous of its young men and women, hear their support which Lakefield benefits voices in debate, join them in their from in the form adventures in the great outdoors, cheer of volunteerism and philanthropy. their athletic prowess, question at times This is good to know since my their exploits and antics, applaud their new role relates theatric performances, and see their with both of these areas in leadership emerge and shine. helping to advance Lakefield’s five-year plan of Securing our Future. In all honesty, it is difficult to imagine a better, more positive and bright case for support. Imagining the evolution here on campus with a newly refurbished Theatre, renovated residences, a new Student Recreation Facility, new dance studio and fitness center, and outdoor education center is motivating. Adding to that a commitment to enrich Lakefield’s student financial assistance position through an enhanced endowment keeps accessibility to the best and brightest students at the forefront of our minds. In achieving success in Securing Our Future through your encouragement, support and endorsement, we will not only preserve Lakefield’s stellar reputation - we will help to ensure that what we all hold so dear - the sense of community and success - may continue to thrive and flourish for many more generations to come. So there is really much more at stake than just preserving our existence. Looking back on it, I may have succeeded in preserving my grandmother’s blanket with mothballs over the years. It would be nicer, though, to know that I could have it forever - and in even better shape than when I first received it as the years go by. Mind you - the downside of that thought is that I would still have those red and white tartan, bellbottoms.
Bryan Jones Theatre Richard Johnston and Bill Lett Jr.’ 87 Background If the Lakefield College School Chapel is the soul of the Grove, then the Bryan Jones Theatre must certainly be its heart. This unique facility has been the home of the dramatic and music arts programs at LCS since 1971 and is now one of the last physical spaces to undergo renovation. The theatre is slated for total refurbishment and a new lobby area in the summer of 2003. The Bryan Jones Theatre was built in 1970, replacing the old assembly hall that stood for years on the same site. The theatre was originally designed as a multi-purpose space to be used for teaching and performance. The five-sided auditorium is unique, with a Shakespearian style thrust stage that works well for dramatic and musical performances. A thrust stage allows actors to perform within the same area as the audience rather than being framed by a proscenium, as is the case with most high school auditoriums. An example of a true thrust stage is the Stratford’s Festival Theatre. The theatre is unique, not only in its configuration, but also in its height and proportions, which are important for instrumental performances. This tall space allows sound to resonate more than a conventional auditorium.
Additions and Renovations The alterations and additions proposed in the new $2 million renovation plan are intended to make the Bryan Jones theatre an unequaled performing arts center. Lett Smith Architects of Toronto and Peterborough are the architects for this exciting project. They have extensive experience in the design of performing arts centers throughout Canada and the US including the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto. Bill Lett Jr., the lead architect on the project, is an alumnus of LCS (Class of ‘87). Bill was involved in the drama program and the concert band during his time at the Grove. He brings to the project his outstanding sense of design as well as his sensitivity to the ethos of LCS. The plans for the theatre call for a new lobby/common room area to link the existing foyer to the new classroom building to the north. The current lobby area can only accommodate about thirty people before spilling over into the classroom area. The new lobby will accommodate the entire audience as well as serving as Computer rendering of the new Lobby a common room during the day and a gallery space for student art. The idea behind this infill space is to accommodate the audience when not in the auditorium but also to create an identity for the theatre, where the act of going to a performance becomes an occasion. The auditorium will be completely renovated within the existing walls, as a 246 seat multipurpose hall to be used for large performances such as the concert band and the choir and for smaller more intimate gatherings such as debates or piano recitals. Regular drama classes will also be held in the auditorium. The seating will be reconfigured to include three “vomitories”, allowing actors to enter the stage from all sides. The reconfiguration will also create corner aisles as opposed to the centre aisle that currently exists. All new theatre seats will be installed, as will new digital lighting and surround sound systems. The existing catwalk will be reconfigured to facilitate better and more numerous lighting positions and new lighting bars will be installed around the perimeter. Curved sound deflectors will be installed at the rear of the stage to focus sound towards the audience. The new design also calls for the control booth to be raised so that it hangs from the ceiling above the audience allowing full view of the stage area. The existing backstage areas will be renovated and complemented by adding expanded storage rooms, a new green room, dressing rooms and washroom facilities in the lower level of the new lobby. New heating, air conditioning, ventilation and electrical systems are also part of the renovations.
Section through auditorium
Moving outdoors, new landscaping between the theatre and the new classroom building will transform this protected area into a multilevel courtyard featuring mature trees, colourful plantings, a trellis, bench style seating and a sculpture.
Fundraising Campaign The $2 Million fundraising initiative for this project will be the latest in a series of important capital fundraising projects at the Grove: The Duke of York Hall (1994), the A.W. Mackenzie Chapel (1997), and the New Classroom Building (1999). The generous support of Lakefield’s family of alumni/ae parents and friends has enabled all of these projects to be realized. In October of 2001 the school received a lead gift of $500,000 from the McLaughlin Foundation to officially launch the theatre campaign. A similar gift more than 30 years ago by Colonel R.S. McLaughlin, the founder of General Motors, funded the original theatre and academic wing in honour of Britton Osler ’16 a distinguished alumnus of the school, Chairman of the Board from 1925 38, and close friend of Colonel McLaughlin. As of June 2002 a total of $650,000 or 33% of the estimated project cost had been received for the campaign, providing important impetus to the public campaign launch scheduled for this fall. All donations to the 2002/03 year’s annual fund will support the theatre campaign. Dedication opportunities ranging from theatre seats to the lobby and auditorium are available to recognize donors who support this project. A special gala to celebrate the opening of the theatre is also being planned.
Auditorium Lobby Courtyard Lighting Control Booth Green Room Dressing Room 1 Dressing Room 2 Sound System Catwalks and Rigging Piano Storage Room Vestibule Wheelchair Balcony (2) Refurbished Foyer and Stairwell Trelissed Screen and Crest Costume Storage Room Prop and Riser Storage Room Music Storage Room Seats: Front row (18) Middle rows (46) Back rows (182)
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Bryan Jones Theatre Tom Milburn o some, the word “theatre” will automatically conjure up associations of stage left and stage right, house lights down, the smell of makeup, the excitement of opening night.
But at Lakefield, while all of that is true, the Bryan Jones Theatre has become a much more central part of school life than just a dramatic venue. Since its completion for the school year beginning in September 1970, the theatre has become an integral part of school life, hosting school plays, concerts, visiting performers and all manner of important moments in the life of the school.
Bryan Ross Jones In the summer of 1983, Grove staff, students and alumni were shocked to hear of the death of Bryan Ross Jones. As the Grove Chronicle for the following school year notes, Mr. Jones was senior master, teacher, coach, tutor, housemaster, and friend to 25 years’ worth of Grove students. October 2, 1983 was declared Bryan Jones Day at Lakefield, and a memorial service was held in the chapel. Among the speakers were headmaster Terry Guest and art/drama teacher Richard Hayman. “Bryan touched us all in so many ways,” recalled Mr. Guest. “His genuine enthusiasm for a game or production well played was infectious.” Richard Hayman remembered, “It is no wonder that there are so many people who felt they had a special relationship with him; he was the complete educator - teacher, mentor and friend.” Following the memorial service, the theatre was renamed in honour of Bryan Jones.
“The impact of this event on the school was immense,” recalls Webb. With the space and design of the new facility, “it demonstrated the school’s long-term commitment to the theatre arts.” The new school wing, which also included four classrooms, a common room and a biology lab, was officially opened May 30, 1971, by Member of Parliament Hugh Faulkner and headmaster Jack Matthews. The wing was named the “McLaughlin Building,” recognizing the contributions of the McLaughlin Foundation, and the wing was heralded as a “new era in the history of Lakefield.”
After the death of beloved teacher Bryan Jones in 1983, the theatre was named in his honour. Today, the theatre continues to play a central role in school life beyond theatrical productions. During It’s been a hangout and an athletic facility, a com- the spring, it is the focus of Arts Festival, when students involved in drama, munal gathering place for student assemblies, Today, the theatre continues to music and public speaking their talents for a lecture hall and a play a central role in school life display fellow students, staff, classroom. In this latparents and alumni/ae. ter role, the theatre is beyond theatrical productions. Next year, as dance joins more important than ever, as Lakefield’s increasingly prominent school the co-curricular program, Arts Festival will contindrama program has extended to five classes this ue to expand. past school year, from a solitary one only a few The school community frequently comes together to years ago. participate in educational activities in the theatre, The theatre has also hosted numerous events for such as last year’s talk by Col. Chris Hadfield about visitors from schools around the province, such as his adventures on the space shuttle. the Independent Schools’ Drama Festival (ISDF) for Student-directed assemblies and programs are a reg2000 and 2001. ular feature of life in the theatre. Students freMany Grove grads have never known life without the quently learn about their fellow students’ service theatre. But there are some who know exactly what trips and exchanges through morning assembly programs. There has also been many a Friday or life was like before. Saturday night that has seen an entertaining visit “When I arrived at the school in the fall of 1968, from an outside performer, or a school dance. And the old school hall (simply known as The Hall) con- even Athletics often uses the theatre for training nected Grove House to what was then the relative- purposes if the weather outside is inclement. ly new senior school classroom block,” remembers Gordon Webb ‘72. And while the lower level of The After more than 30 years of service, though, the Hall housed classrooms, the upper level was an all- theatre’s best days are far behind it. Despite rising magnificently to the occasion over the past few purpose meeting space with a stage at one end. years, to host spectacular productions of A Despite such basic facilities, a number of memorable Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pride and Prejudice, and student productions were staged by staff members the award-winning musical Colours in the Storm, the such as Andy Harris, Richard Hayman and Bryan wear and tear of three decades of school use has Jones. During the 1969-70 school year, however, taken its toll. The Hall was condemned, and while classes shifted to lower Smith Hall, plans were laid for the con- With renovation scheduled to begin on the theatre in a year’s time, there is hope that, once again, it struction of a new wing, including the theatre. will be a “new era” for the theatre at Lakefield! The fall of 1970 saw the opening of the theatre itself, with the major school play being Ben Johnson’s, The Alchemist.
The Gift of Dance Laura Lawson â€™00
ance is perhaps the greatest gift of my life. I began taking ballet classes at the age of six, entirely unaware of the future influence dance would have on my life. Fascinated by every word our instructor shared with us, I soon fell in love with the art form. Starting at the age of nine, I went on to study in the professional training programs at the National Ballet School, the Quinte Ballet School, and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet of Canada. Dance provided me not only with the joy of movement, the love of art, and a means of expression, but also with a sense of discipline, determination, and the ability to set a goal and achieve it.
Eventually, I found my place at Lakefield, amid the flurry of point shoes and classical music that had defined a significant portion of my youth up to that point. Still craving the stage, Lakefield provided an opportunity for me to explore beyond dance, participating in drama and singing classes, school plays, and choirs. Beyond the arts, Lakefield taught me that every individual has the power to lead in their own way, and to make a difference in the lives of others. Currently I am studying Acting at Ryerson University, where the skills I acquired at the ballet schools and Lakefield have served me well as new opportunities present themselves. Not only am I still engaged in theatre, most recently performing with Cirque du Soleil, and working with a number of renowned directors, including Stratfordâ€™s Paul Miller, but I am also fulfilling my passion for the arts in another way. I have taken on a labour of love, in an attempt to give back what has so generously been given to me, and share with others the joy of dance. Throughout last summer I set out to build a cost-free dance program for children who otherwise may never be given the opportunity to take part in any type of extra-curricular activities. With great persistence, many obstacles were overcome, one by one. The Ryerson Athletic Centre agreed to allow me to use one of their studio spaces, and a number of dance clothing companies, Danskin, Mirella, and Angelo Luzio, donate
dancewear and shoes. Working with Big Sisters and Big Brothers of Toronto, and the Childrenâ€™s Aid Society, we began to contact potential students. This September, the program was launched. It started out slowly, but is beginning to build steadily, and I am confident it will continue to reach out to more children in the future. The metamorphosis I have witnessed in some of the students since the classes began has been remarkable. Many of the girls and boy (only one so far!) were very shy and insecure in their own abilities when we began. However, they have come to recognize that they can do things they never thought they could, and they have awakened their imaginations in the process. As time goes on, their confidence, creativity, discipline, and determination grow, and young artists are born. Over the course of the first few months, I began to liaise with the National Ballet School of Canada. They are working towards constructing an outreach program into the community and were interested in the program I was building. NBS is continuing to follow the evolution of this venture, and in an effort to provide some additional teacher training, have invited me to attend their classes for young children. This collaboration is an exciting opportunity for all involved, as the possibilities for this program continue to unveil themselves. I have always credited dance with having provided me with skills to succeed which transpose beyond the studio and into every aspect of life. Seizing the leadership incentive instilled by The Grove enables me to pass on these skills, which is a fulfilling experience, while passing on the love of dance, which is an honour. Although these students may never continue with dance beyond this program, they have grown as individuals, and it is truly a pleasure to share this experience with them.
Fusing Shores In 1637, writing in “Le Discours de la Methode”, French Philosopher René Descartes put forward the idea that: “It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well”. These words could not resonate more profoundly than they do today. For as our world moves rapidly to expand, implement and at times homogenize various global models of culture, art, education and economics, it becomes extremely important that we as individuals use our knowledge, creativity and compassion to build a world more safe and prosperous for everyone. I thought about this recently after returning to Lakefield for a visit one mild March afternoon after a very long time away. I have spent the past five years living in the United Kingdom as part of my continuing career as a recording artist in the music industry both here and abroad. Since graduating from Lakefield in 1987, I have been fortunate enough to have a career that has allowed me to meet many fascinating people, see many wonderful places, and experience the dizzying heights that exist as part of the multi-faceted world of rock and roll. From recording multiplatinum selling albums to being part of only the second Western band to perform in Communist China, my return to Lakefield that afternoon brought back a flood of memories that confirmed my feelings about the importance and value of utilizing our experiences to climb to greater heights. For what is it that we most can learn from learning? What is it that strengthens us as individuals and therefore makes us part of a greater whole if it is not the act of being conscious of our past, present and future and acting to build upon these strengths for some greater good? I can’t help but surmise that in the right environment, in the earliest days of one’s spiritual, creative and physical development, we begin to learn to think not only about the world around us and how to exist within it, but more importantly, how to learn to gauge our experiences as having value. But it is not enough to be merely conscious of our experiences. What we do with them and where they lead us are more important as we embark on a path towards understanding our world and ourselves. John Ralston Saul in The Unconscious Civilization writes: “To know -that is to have knowledge - is to instinctively understand the relationship between what you know and what you do”. For me, Lakefield College offered an environment with an endless array of outlets to support my creative and scholastic abilities. Very early on in both the music and the drama programs, the emphasis was on reaching your potential and finding a voice for yourself. There have been many times over the years, usually late at night in a recording studio or occasionally after a performance, when I recall those quiet moments alone at the grand piano in the Bryan Jones Theatre or playing with my first rock band in the school’s dining hall. In those days the thought was always about “making it”, and although I’d be lying if I said that I
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and a few others weren’t motivated by the idea of meeting a few girls here and there, the overall effect was that those formative experiences helped define many of the borders I work within to this day. Upon leaving Lakefield, I chose to begin working with various musicians and producers within the Toronto music industry. The first few years saw the formation of a selection of bands and a life on and off the road trying to gain public attention. After making the obligatory rock videos and performing in more clubs than I care to remember, I eventually released my first album “Mosquito” on my own Independent record label in 1995. On the success of that record I ended up falling in with a handful of new musicians including Tim Booth from the British band JAMES, and record producer Angelo Badalamenti, whose compositions can be heard most notably in the soundtracks to the films of Director David Lynch. In 1997 I was asked to join the band JAMES on a UK tour playing guitar and singing backing vocals at the behest of another great producer, Brian Eno. Over time, my life within JAMES enabled me to work with some of the greatest talents in the international music industry while recording many top selling albums. I was able to tour the world playing to hundreds of thousands of people including most notably the Lollapalooza Festival, Glastonbury and during the passing of the Commonwealth Games torch from Kuala Lumpur to Manchester in front of an estimated world wide TV audience of 500 million. More recently, I have returned to Toronto to release my second solo effort “Another Small Machine” and am currently working towards an international release for this summer. I continue to write and record music for film and television, and am busy writing the score for a new film called “Jade Love”. My career has been, and continues to be a constant journey. One that owes itself to many inspirational people and places and to a certain level of structure and work ethic that I impose upon myself. Which leads me back to borders. The borders that I referred to earlier shouldn’t be misconstrued as “boundaries” or those that impose limitations on the creative process. On the contrary. The borders that I see myself being surrounded by from my earliest days at Lakefield are those of definition. Ways of seeing myself and my art in relation to the world I work within and finding ways of expanding and exploring them to achieve new levels of understanding. We cross borders into new territories, but can be imprisoned by boundaries. When I see how the Lakefield of today has evolved into a dynamic blend of environments, incorporating the warmth and beauty of its natural surroundings with the many modern tools of this exciting technological age, it reaffirms how unique and progressive a school it is. To be surrounded by a world that encourages you to understand yourself and others in a tolerant, creative atmosphere, and one that enables you to define at an early age who and what you want to be is truly rare. Moreover, in emphasizing the importance of valuing the experiences that shape one’s “sound mind” and one’s “sound body”, we are taught to fuse the shores between “what we know, and what we do” and in so doing open ourselves up to a world of endless possibilities.
“There’s No Life Like It” Colin Trethewey ’87 eter Dawe and Sean Hackett are in a dangerous place half a world away. Both are Canadian Soldiers fighting the war on terrorism in Afghanistan. As career infantrymen Dawe and Hackett have seen their share of tragedy, including the recent friendly fire attack that claimed the lives of four Canadian soldiers. Dawe and Hackett are searching for an elusive enemy in treacherous terrain. The threat of danger is everywhere. Some may think it’s an odd career choice for “private school boys”, but as frightening as their mission is, Dawe and Hackett couldn’t imagine doing anything else.
“Developing a sense of moral courage, trust in one’s peers, adhering to a code of conduct and learning to march to one’s own drum with confidence.” This is what Sean Hackett ‘84 says he took away from Lakefield. Major Hackett was commanding a group of soldiers on the night of April 17th in Afghanistan. “I lost four soldiers to a US airstrike at a training range near Qandahar. It was an unforgettable event; permanently etched into my memory; tragic, horrible images on the one hand; immense pride in leading and watching a company of trained, professional soldiers save their friends.” While not on that patrol Dawe was also deeply affected by the worst Canadian combat incident since the Korean War...”They were wonderful guys and in an organization like ours we’re very much a family. Having said that I was profoundly touched by the outpouring of sympathy by all Canadians and the way the proceedings were dealt with such dignity. That was really the ultimate reminder of why we’re here in the first place.” In the mid 80’s, 32-year-old Major Peter Dawe learned some valuable lessons that have served him well during his military career, “Assuming that a student makes the most of it, I think that Lakefield will expose a young person to numerous leadership challenges that will in turn prepare you well for the rest of your lives.” Dawe came to Lakefield in 1984 recruited for his goaltending prowess. He went on to play major junior in Chicoutimi, losing his starting job to Felix Potvin after a season ending injury. Following in his father’s footsteps he found his calling...
“Once I was commissioned and given my first command of a platoon I realized that I had found my niche. Since then it’s only gotten better. I can truly say that I love what I do.” At Lakefield from ‘79-’84, 37 year old Major Sean Hackett is now the officer commanding with the parachute company of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. Both Elite troops Hackett and Dawe were part of the 3PPCLI advance party in Afghanistan that cleared the way for a larger contingent. Hackett explains the mission: “In February we occupied the perimeter defense of the airfield in Qandahar. Since leaving the defense in early March, we have taken part in searches for Taliban/Al Qaida.” Hackett thinks Lakefield is an excellent training ground for the demands of the military. He also thinks students should think twice before striking it from their career choices. “I thought the school did an admirable job of developing that sense of what it is to be a Canadian. An historic and respected institution, the Canadian military continues to attract intelligent and committed people to its ranks. It will certainly challenge an individual and improve leadership skills.” Peter Dawe’s feelings about a career in the military... “I don’t think it’s for everyone. I do recommend everyone spend some time either with the Peace Corps or in the military in order to travel and see how rough this world of ours can be. People need to be exposed to this so that they can better appreciate what they have. I’m grateful to the Canadian Forces for having given me the opportunity to work in places like Cyprus, Haiti, Bosnia and now Afghanistan for that very reason. There isn’t a day that I don’t marvel at how wonderful our country is and yet how most Canadians are completely complacent and unappreciative. Just food for thought. You can take that for what it’s worth.” Sean Hackett and Peter Dawe think it’s worth everything, putting their necks on the line for our freedom, and instead of resting on off days, these Lakefield boys do us proud delivering food and medicine to the children of Afghanistan.
ROM Design Competition Roller Coaster Ride for LCS Alumnus toric buildings. A new glass pavilion, whimsically known as the “dinosaur jar”, proposed to set the ROM’s impressive collection of dinosaur skeletons amidst the bustle of Bloor Street.” continued on page 34
Bing Thom Architects (BTA) of Vancouver was recently selected as one of three finalists (of 50 international architectural firms), and the only Canadian firm, in a design competition for Renaissance ROM, a $200M project to revitalize the Royal Ontario Museum’s image and to redesign its entrance off Bloor Street in Toronto. Lakefield alumnus Michael Heeney ‘76 is the Managing Director of BTA. With only two months available for creating and providing the detailed vision, BTA worked intensely to create a singular design that would be unique to the ROM, attract new and repeat visitors, provide high quality exhibit space and be more open and welcoming.
“Central to our design was a grand interior public space opening onto Bloor Street,” says Heeney. “This space, enclosed by a graceful wing-like roof was encircled by the ROM’s his-
Chantal Sutherland ’95 Emerging as one of Canada’s Top Young Jockeys Ian Armstrong ’83 hantal Sutherland, has recently been recognized as one of Canada’s Top Young Jockeys as she earned the most prestigious Sovereign Award as Canada’s outstanding apprentice rider for 2001.
For those of us who had the pleasure of teaching or coaching Chantal while she was at Lakefield, her recent achievements and recognition is certainly no surprise. During her time with us, Chantal competed in no fewer than eight provincial championships! Not only was she talented, but her work ethic, dedication, leadership, and competitiveness inspired those around her. After graduating from Lakefield, Chantal pursued her post-secondary education at York University, graduating with a degree in Communications and Psychology. Chantal won her first career race on October 9, 2000 at Woodbine. In 2001, she recorded a most remarkable season: 44 wins, 145 in-themoney finishes and $ 1.7 million in purse earnings. Consequently, both the judges and stewards in the Ontario Jockey Club recognized her tremendous season with the Sovereign Award. In the voting for this award, Chantal earned 60 more votes than her nearest rival.
Chantal has been seen on Headline Sports. In addition, Chantal notes, she’s getting better horses to ride and in turn, business continues to improve. So, if anyone out there is looking for a sure bet at Woodbine or at Fort Erie - look to Chantal. Chantal’s busy schedule has not allowed her to return to the School lately - she works when we play - but she’s hoping to get back soon. Lakefield College School congratulates Chantal on her success and all of us in the community wish her the best for the future.
In speaking with Chantal it was clear that she was very proud of her accomplishment - an accomplishment due to her hard work and the support of her family and colleagues. The recognition hasn’t hurt either -
Alumni Hockey Timothy Martin ’71 he 2002 Lakefield Alumni hockey team began the Crescent Cup with aspirations of improving upon previous years results. Not since the 1998 tournament has Lakefield gone undefeated, twice finishing with a silver medal. Participating this year were Chris Chard ‘90, Richard Smit ‘92, Eric Tonellato ‘91, Tim Martin ‘91, Steve Patterson ‘92, Scott Bear ‘89, Steve Hunt ‘89, Dave McNicol ‘81 and Greg “Cheatie” Holmes ‘90.
This year’s tournament had more schools than any previous year. Alumni from UCC, SAC, Ridley and Trinity made up pool A. Pool B was comprised of the tournament host Crescent, Appleby, Lakefield and first time competitor Nichols school making the trek from Buffalo, N.Y. Our Lakefield Alumni came on strong, leading them to face SAC in the tournament finale. SAC was a worthy opponent, matching Lakefield until the final two minutes of the game when they moved ahead to win, 3 - 2. Overall, Lakefield put in a great effort and is continuing to be one of the teams to beat in this annual event. On behalf of the players, we would like to thank Crescent School for all of the work that goes into hosting such an event.
Pub Nights across Canada
Kingston (l-r) Amy Bangay ’99, Joanne Bridges ’00, Mark Ambler ’00, Jessie Sinden ‘99, Kristen Macrae ’01
(l-r) Mark Sunderland ’00, Pete Trousdale ’00, Jessie Sinden ‘99, Rhys Davidson ’00, Katie Hadden ’00
(l-r) Damin Murdock ’00, Joel Allen ’01, Jen Foran ’00, Laura Edwards ’00, (l-r) Dave Staples ’98, Alain Monnard ’98, Nik Van Haeren ’98, Peter Mack ’96, Ryan Drury ’98, Brendan Dunn ’98 Kim Carrique ’01, Tori Ward ’00
(l-r) Trent Long ’01, Angela Jones ’01, Sam Osachoff-Morsy ’01, Peter Howard ’01, Kristal Salesse ’00, Jeremy Glenn ’92
(l-r) Rob Gervais ’86, Marlene Ayotte, David Hadden, Romina Fontana ’94
(l-r): Tom Kruger ’95, Dave Forster ’01, Dave Kruger ’01, Jon Fialkowski ’01, Kristina Drury ’01, John Hazell ’00, Olga Chernosvitova ’00
(l-r)back: Jan Matthews, Ally O’Grady, Andrew Johnston ’95, Rich Lavery ’89, Jason Famme ’98. front: Cristin Vangel, Julie Famme ’00, Alex Gordon, Tia Saley, Tam Matthews
(l-r): Dave Stephens ’92 and friend, Matthew Hines ’92 and friend
(l-r): Ian Fung ’00, Ted Radcliffe ’00, Tim Bell ’00, Trevor Johnston ’00, Sandy Davies ‘00, Serge Kalloghlian ’00, Joel McElravy ’00.
(l-r): Anil Patel ’93, Stu Grierson ’94, Dave Westwood ’94
(l-r)back: Tracey-Lee Smyth ’99, Richard Johnston, Whitney Dunn ’95, Jeremy Wright ’93, Michael Heeney ‘76 front: friend of Wilson Edgar, Wilson Edgar ’92, Hilary Heeney, Jaclyn McLachlan ’95, John Tennant ’95
Come Home to the Grove Reunion Weekend 2002 September 28/29 Angus MacNaughton ‘48 and Bruce MacNaughton ‘52 (below) flew in on a helicopter for a visit to the Grove in May. This was Angus’ first visit in 10 years.
John Fraser ’64 received the Order of Canada on October 18, 2001. John’s award-winning career has included work with several Canadian newspapers, including The Globe and Mail. He was editor of Saturday Night magazine for several years. Also a respected author, he wrote the bestseller, The Chinese: Portrait of a People and most recently, Eminent Canadians: Candid Tales of Then and Now. Currently Master of Massey College, he is always willing to serve his profession and his community and has been a dedicated volunteer on behalf of numerous organizations. During their sabbatical in Bequia, Gerry and Sandra Bird met up with Heather and Iain Grant ’71. Heather and Iain have been instrumental in establishing St. Joseph’s Centre on Union Island in the Grenadines, an impressive facility that consists of a newly-built Catholic church, their authentic West Indian cottage, and a community centre which, among other things, provides computer training to young people on the island. The photo below is taken in front of the Grant’s cottage on the grounds of the St. Joseph’s Centre near Clifton Harbour.
Bill Reddick ’77 and his family live near Picton. Bill has recently won several awards and received much recognition for his porcelain work. His work was on display at the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art in Toronto last spring.
working as a scenic artist on a couple of films, and he is now back in London working as a scenic artist for The Grand Theatre. Doug planned a move back to Toronto again in May as he is getting married this summer.
Jeanne Armstrong and Ann Harris had a “Southern Adventure” when they flew to Atlanta to visit with Steven Morris ’79. The last stop of their tour included a visit to The Masters for a practice round the day before the tournament was to begin.
Andrew Bell ’87 Andrew shared this with us: “I married a lovely lady from Toronto and moved her from Avenue Rd. and Dupont to Newfoundland. She was shell-shocked at first, however the fact that I live on a lake made it a little more palatable as I convinced her we were in Muskoka! Her name is Rebecca Addison and coincidentally was good friends with Brad MacKenzie, Derek Caldwell, etc. We have a little fellow named Charlie (will be two on March 14) and our second on the way due in September. Work is great as I am running the family business.” Andrew Berlanda ’87 was married (Amy) in the fall of 2000. His partnership runs a tourist guide website and free publication from Nassau.www.whatsonbahamas.com/contact.lasso
Paul Reddick ’81 lives in Toronto with his family. He has won several Maple Blues Awards for his new CD, Rattlebag - Hard Blues for Modern Times, including best CD, best songwriter, best electrical act. He was also nominated for a prestigious WC Handy Award. Sean Hackett ’84 was promoted to the rank of Major in December 2000 after working as Operations Officer for 1st Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (in Edmonton). Last summer he took command of a company of paratroopers in the Third Battalion, PPCLI (Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry) - and has been deployed to Afghanistan to begin operations as part of the Canadian commitment to the region in concert with US forces. (see also page 29) (Thank you to Matt Heeney ’87 for the following updates.)
Jock Fleming ’74 has been appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for AEGON Capital Management Inc. Ward Reddick ’76 is the Branch Manager of BMO Nesbitt Burns in Kamloops, where he has lived since 1986. He and his wife, Yvonne, have two children, ages 16 and 14. Ward and Yvonne have set up a “safe house” that provides transitional housing for recovering drug addicts that is keeps them busy in their “spare” time.
After completing his Masters in Landscape Architecture at Harvard, Frank Chow ’87 returned to Hong Kong where he practices a hybrid of urban design and landscape architecture for EDAW Earthasia (www.edaw.com.hk). He was recently awarded First Prize in an international competition sponsored by the Shanghai Urban Planning Bureau for an urban revitalization project along an urban river in Shanghai. Robert Altiparmakyan ’87 is living in Oakville. He has been married for the past 8 years and has his third child on the way. He has a cabinet making business. Doug Baines ’87 was back in Toronto for a time managing a restaurant kitchen, then in Calgary
Jonathan Carroll ’87 is living and working in Toronto as President of iTravel2000. Peter Dawe ’87 Peter, who left in ‘86 to play junior hockey, is a major in the army and was one of the first ten soldiers to go to Afghanistan with an advance party. He is playing lots of sports and living in Edmonton. (see also page 27) Gordon Doherty ’87 was married four years ago to Lisa. He is planning to finish his Thesis in Architecture from U of T this spring. He continues to be interested in scuba and has worked on some movie/TV series. Jason Eamer-Goult ’87 has a Master of Archival Studies degree from UBC and is a Freedom of Information analyst at the Law Society of British Columbia, responsible for access to information requests to the Law Society under the provincial legislation, ensuring the Law Society is compliant with privacy requirements, etc. He is engaged to Stephanie Smith and will be getting married in September. Aiden Fung ’87 is living in Redwood City, California, right between San Francisco and San Jose. It’s a pretty quiet area, right next to a manmade lake, which reminds him of Lakefield. He works as an engineer for a high-tech company called WhereNet (www.wherenet.com) near San Jose for a few years. George Jeffery ’87 is back in Toronto after several years on the West coast. He is currently first assistant director of the Global television series Blue Murder and also spends time directing commercials and music videos. He and his wife, Shandy, have two children.
Class News Eric Malcolmson ’87 works in the Consulting division of Cognicase, an IT solutions firm in Toronto. He and his wife have recently moved into their new home on the Danforth. Gregor McCurdy ’87 went back to school and received an English degree from the University of Ottawa and went into the writing business. After working as a consultant to the Federal Government, he joined Saratime Publishing where he works today as a publisher of children’s science fiction and fantasy novels. Andrew Newcombe ’87 is moving to Victoria, BC in mid-June where he will begin as an assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Victoria. Jon Popper ’87 married Sara Knapp this summer. David Hall ’87 was in the wedding party and Andrew Clarke ’85 attended. Since graduating from MBA three years ago, Jon has been working at Manulife Financial. For the last year, he has been working on the high yield desk at Elliott & Page, the company’s asset management firm. Kelvin Purdy ’87 is an Independent Associate for Pre-Paid Legal Services and based in Nanaimo, B.C. He markets Preventative Legal Services in Canada & USA and Skiing & Snowboarding in Whistler on weekends. He and his wife, Denise, have two children, Stephanie (8 yrs), and Kimberly (2 yrs). Drew Ross ’87 lives in Orlando, involved in water skiing (competing pro and running an academy), and real estate development. He completed law school at SC in ‘99. Scott Smith ’87 finished his MBA at the University of Melbourne in Australia, and then returned to Toronto and have been working for Frum Development Group, a property development firm in Toronto for the last three years. He is
recently engaged with news of the upcoming nuptials to come! Colin Trethewey ’87 is a technology reporter with CTV, based in Ottawa. He is happily married and doing lots of travelling when possible. He volunteers at the national veterans hospital listening to war stories from the vets. Meredith Usher ’87 lives in Toronto and manages TheatreBooks. In 1995, he authored a video movie guide named You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet. He is working on a novel and continues to write movie reviews for several periodicals. David Want ’87 is working as a Radiation Oncologist in Sudbury, Ontario. He is an Assistant Professor in Department of Radiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa. After 4 years of professional hockey in Britain, Chris Chard ’90 has completed an MBA from the University of Leicester and is now working in Toronto. Euan Mars ’92 and his wife, Anne, have been living in Costa Rica for over a year and a half living on the north Pacific part of the country. Anne is teaching high school math and science at Country Day School and Euan guides for Butterfield and Robinson. They are looking forward to returning closer to friends and family this summer. Shannon Derry ’93 is the head of the drama department at an Ottawa intermediate school. Andrew Stewart ’94 is Marketing Manager - Brand, Alpine, Inline & Winter Outdoor, Salomon Canada, and describes his job as basically the most perfect job he could have asked for - marketing for a global market leader with a killer brand in a category he loves. Mostly skis but we call it freedom action sports - footwear,clothing, snowboards etc. and the list of products is growing.
John and Rosalind Barker had a chance encounter with Chris Scroggie ‘96 recently on a trip to Byron Bay in Australia. Rosalind writes, “We had been having dinner with a friend at a very informal little restaurant just above the main beach, and were sitting virtually outside. All of a sudden, Chris Scroggie walked in and came over to our table. He had been walking on the beach, just climbed up and happened to glance over at the restaurant. He recognized me and came over. We had a great chance to chat and to hear about his plans for Australia.” Daisy Moores ’96 received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from McMaster University on May 17th, 2002 making the Dean’s Honour List and graduation with distinction. Daisy also received a special award from the School of Nursing for taking on challenges on an international scale for her work in Honduras. Tim Bayly ’97 will be attending the University of Alberta Law School this fall after having completed an Education Undergraduate Degree at the same institution. Jen McRae ’99 can be seen on the Canadian 48 cent Olympic postage stamp playing girls hockey (she is the one in the background).
David Wright ’00 won the College Singlehanded Sailing Nationals this past November. Ten points back, with two races left, David finished with a 1st and a 4th to win the title. Dave is in his second year at Kings Point - but a proud CANADIAN! He is a RCYC member,and was always one of the hardest working guys on the High Performance Team and Canadian Laser Circuit.
ROM Design... continued from page 29 “As part of the proposal we were required to provide a detailed vision for the institution, including models and drawings and a public presentation” says Heeney. To envision the possibilities for a stunning, accessible and welcoming ROM, BTA spent considerable time in Toronto, researching, meeting with interested parties and staff. “We undertook the project with vision - balancing place, history, space, environment and possibilities. Our philosophy was to create the right architectural concept keeping at the forefront of our design the unique aspects of the project including the collection, the existing buildings, the needs of the organization, its culture, landscape and the many possibilities for future options. To do
this, we used a holistic approach, which combined architecture, urban design, landscape design, history, technology and economics.” After months of meetings, deliberations and headlines in the Toronto and national press, the project was finally awarded to Daniel Libeskind of Berlin. Despite the results, Heeney was pleased to be a finalist in the prestigious competition and that his firm’s work in western Canada and internationally is gaining recognition in eastern Canada. BTA’s current work includes a performing arts centre in Yuxi, China, the new Arena Stage the-
atre complex in Washington, DC, the extensive Central City project in Surrey, BC and the recently unveiled design for the Hotel Georgia, soon to be the tallest tower in Vancouver.
Weddings Bill Lett ’92 was married to Kristy Hook on September 15, 2001 at Showplace Theatre (designed by Bill’s firm) in Peterborough. The wedding was attended by classmates, (l–r) Brian Mok ’92, Woody Brown ’92, Christa Ouimet, Mark Nicholson ’92, Allison Philpot ’93, Laura Penny ’92, David Stephens ’92, Kristy Hook (bride), Bill (Groom), James Bradburn ’89 and Matthew Hines ’92.
Kathryn Meehan ’91 was married to Robert Sinclair in London, Ontario on April 6, 2002. Jennifer Davies ’91 was a bridesmaid. Peter Grose ’91 and his wife Michelle also attended the ceremony.
Scott Stren ’90 and Felicia Snidman were married on June 3rd, 2001 at Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto. LCS was well represented by fellow classmates (back row): Justin Minns ’91, Katie Robinette ’90, Kevin MacDonald ’90, Stephen Coates ’90, Nicole Coates, Pat Marshall ’90, Jan Rivett, Dave Rivett ’90, Janine White and Chris White ’90; (seated) Felicia Stren, Osborne Kemp ’91, Scott Stren ’90, Stephan Watkins ’90 and Edith Watkins.
Tara Joan Lee ’93 and Malcolm Angus Ross were married on December 15, 2001 in the A.W. Mackenzie Chapel. The couple were joined by some LCS friends. From left to right are Matthew Hines ’92, Steven Jacobs ’93, and Jason Bagg ’93. Missing from the photo was Michael Lee ’89 and Austin Lee ’91.
Births Zoë Elizabeth Goss Barker, born on December 13, 2001 in London to Loralie and Randal Barker ’83, weighing 7 lbs. 7 oz., is long, blond and looks like Loralie. Brother, Max, looks forward to playing with his new sister. Proud grandparents are John and Rosalind Barker.
Andrew Clarke ’85 and Betsy Britnell welcomed Cooper Gerrard Britnell Clarke on January 9, 2002 weighing in at 6 lb, 2oz.
Jackson Connor Robertson (Jack) was born Sunday, January 20 in Bangkok, weighing in at 7.5 lb and 54 cm long. Proud parents are Jen and Struan Robertson. Struan is a former member of the Lakefield faculty.
Cooper Gerrard Britnell Clarke Robertson Family
Zoë Elizabeth Goss Barker and Randal Carter John Chard was born June 23, 2001 in Toronto - 8lbs. Dad, Chris Chard ’90, new mom Jessica, and Carter are doing great. Also, of interest is the fact that the Godfather is Ken Douglas ’91 (We’re not sure what we’re thinking!!!)
Big sister Meg is happy to announce that her baby brother, “Will” finally popped out. William Richard Hicks made a quick and dramatic entrance on Thursday, December 27th, 2001 to the delight of Jamie Hicks ’84 and mom, Bar.
We welcome a wonderful new little life to the Grove Community. Scott Russell Tobin was born on May 15, 2002 at 11 a.m., 5 lbs 9 oz. to Laura (Head of Wadsworth House), and Greg Tobin. Big brother, Nathan looks forward to showing Scott “the ropes.”
Donna Milligan-Starling ’90 and James Starling now have a daughter, Noelle Sherill, born on December 26, 2001 (6 lb, 12 oz)
Tobin Family Milligan Family
Jennifer and Simon Mortimer ’83 are the proud parents of Calista Catherine, born on February 15, 2002. Big brother, Charlie, welcomes his new sister.
It’s a Girl! Katelyn Margret Ann Dodds born to Aramark Campus Services manager Mike Dodds and wife Mary, and big brothers, Bryan and Evan on May 2 , 2002, 6lbs 1 oz. It's a Boy! As the Grove News goes to press, we have just been informed that John and Janice Runza have given birth to Paul Gabriel on July 8, 2002, 8lbs 21.5 inches long and doing well as are Mom and Dad and big sister Isabella.
Christening Georgia Lejandra Tovich, born January 10, 2002 was christened at LCS on Sunday, February 18. Georgia is the daughter of alumnus, Ken Tovich ’89 and Katie Tovich. The Reverend John Runza officiated. Pictured from left to right are Dad, Rev. John Runza, Georgia, Mom, and Shem Sewchand ‘89.
Deaths James Anthony Birrell, December 18th,2001, cherished son of Sydney (school organist) and Pamela Birrell.
Fred Gibaut ’52 August 28, 2001. William Langmuir ’43 on March 25, 2002.
Joyce Irene Langmuir, February 12, 2002, wife of Ken Langmuir ’41 and mother of Peter ’66.
The Rev. Canon John Alban Dobson John Dobson came to the Grove in the summer of ‘59 when I was just completing my first year, grade 8, Junior School. I have little memory of him that first year but as the years progressed his stories of life in Africa and the injustice of the apartheid made a deep impression on me. These were the ‘60’s and it was men like Father Dobson who inspired a new generation to thoughts of social justice. John Dobson was born in Liverpool England in 1912. He joined the benedictine Order where he remained for 11 years until he made the decision to become an Anglican and a schoolmaster at Maidwool Private School near Peterborough, England. From Maidwool he came to Brighton College where he met another teacher, Sarah Clay. They soon were married and John became ordained as an Anglican priest by the Bishop of Chichester. Sarah and John’s first child, Nicholas, was born in Brighton. His career took him to Australia, South Africa, Swaziland, Switzerland, Sussex, Bahamas and Canada. The 1963 Chronicle, in tribute to his years at the Grove, states the following of The Reverend John Alban Dobson: “Under his leadership the religious life of the school has received a great stimulus, the boys and masters alike have been attracted by the sincerity and directness of John Dobson’s approach to religion. A man of wide experience, and one who has traveled much, he has no use for bigotry and cant, and he is one who has always been adamant in divorcing sentimentality from religion.” Following Rev. Dobson’s years at the Grove, he moved to where he remained for 15 years. The Dobson’s then moved to rural parish of Rosemont where they spent three years before departing to St. Andrew’s Anglican church in Alliston, a few short miles to the east. It is from this charge that he retired. Rev. John Dobson passed away on Thursday, February 28, 2002. He is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Sarah, son Nicholas (a pastor working with Correctional and Justice Services, Kingston), daughter, Jane, and six grandchildren.
David (Ed) Pease ’64
The Rev. Canon Shirley Arthur Ralph Wood, B.A., D.D. Shirley Wood died at the Belleville General Hospital on January 14, 2002 after a brief illness. A fourth generation Newfoundlander, Shirley was born on October 29, 1909 in Bedford England, where his mother had gone for medical care for her first-born. Ordained to the Anglican priesthood in 1937, he served as curate at St. Alban’s, Toronto, and rector in Kinmout, Irondale, Burnt River, Lakefield (where he also taught at The Grove School (1940 1944)), Thornhill, Saskatoon, Islington and as honorary assistant, in his retirement years, at St.Thomas’ Belleville. His beloved wife of 57 years, Ethel (King), whose family settled in Newfoundland in the 1640’s, predeceased Shirley in 1996.
Catherine Sigvaldason, on January 9, 2002, mother of Thor ’86
Guided by the instruction to “Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and all thy mind and all thy strength, and thy neighbour as thyself” he lived his life with joy and dedication. Those who had the privilege of calling him Dad, granddad, uncle, brother and friend will remember him with much love and thanks. Catherine M. Hall
Pattie McKinnon Patricia Anne McKinnon died suddenly on May 11, 2002. Pattie worked at LCS for over 20 years, most recently as a custodian in Colebrook House. She had a great impact on the lives of all who knew her as evidenced in the following tribute by Aaron Baril ‘99. When I first read of Pattie’s passing, my first thought was that there had to be some terrible mistake. I simply could not imagine a Lakefield without Pattie’s warmth, humour, and lively spirit. My second thought was a most profound regret that I would never get to tell Pattie how much she had meant to me. That is, that I would never get to tell her that I don’t know how I could have made it through my first year at Lakefield without her guidance, assurance, and support. I arrived at Lakefield shy, awkward, and unpopular. Pattie took me under her wing immediately. She was good at that - while at Lakefield, Pattie was mother and friend to so many people that it is impossible to name them. Over the course of that first year, Pattie taught me that it was okay for me to march to my own drumbeat. She reminded me that there were people who loved me, and that everyone goes through “rough patches”. She also broke the rules by making my bed on those few occasions when I forgot, so that I wouldn’t get into trouble. For all of these things, Pattie remained throughout my time at Lakefield my mother, my ally, and my friend. As far up as my last day of grade thirteen, I would walk over to Memorial House to seek her advice whenever something was troubling me. Pattie’s total faith in my abilities gave me the strength to believe in them too. This strength remains with me to this day. The one consolation I can offer is the same consolation I am offering myself; that Pattie is very much alive in the many gifts she gave to all of us. She is alive in every act of courage she has inspired in us. She is alive in each moment that we let ourselves simply enjoy life. She is alive in every kind act we perform and in every moment we do something that we never thought possible. I am tremendously honoured to have known such a remarkable human being and cannot express how much she will be missed by so many of us whose lives she touched.
Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award Recipients
Back row (l-r): Brien Stelzer, Andrew Sainsbury, Melanie Wright, Malcolm Johnston, Emily Hedges, Lindsey Hepburn, Falk Beindorff, Reynold Caskey, Cam Crawford, Michelle Fung, Liza McWilliams, Cait Townsend, Taylor Warden, Tristan Boyle Front row (l-r): Kaley Morris, Brianna Lyttle, Jenna Shelley, Rebecca Jarrar, Kelly McCauley, Kathryn Ast, Simon Bahr, Kathleen Bingham, Meghan Vlasschaert, Claire Blanchette, Eryn Fry, Sarah Ewing, Jenna Grossman ince 1970, Lakefield College School has had over 100 students receive the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. This year 27 students were recognized at Closing Ceremonies on June 15, 2002 for achieving the Gold Award. In a normal year, 120 awards are presented throughout Canada. Those who complete the prestigious Gold Award level receive their award from a member of the Royal Family at a ceremony in Toronto in the fall.
LCS presently has 150 students enrolled in the program, 61 Gold, 45 Silver and 44 Bronze. Students at Lakefield College have performed a total of 8,961 hours of community service this year. Of this total, the recipients of the gold award have contributed 3,215. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Program is a means to encourage and motivate all youth over the age of 14 years to voluntarily become involved in a variety of personal development activities. The purpose of the program is to reward the participants for their involvement in these various activities with the hope that this involvement will become a lifetime commitment. The Duke of Edinburgh Program is now an integral part of school life for many of the students at Lakefield College and it serves to make education at Lakefield College broader and more enriching. The benefits of this program to our students is considered to be so positive that, in September of 2002, every student in grade 9 will be enrolled in the bronze level of the program as part of their civics course.
Information Technology ... continued from page 17 hoping to introduce online educational plans for each student as a collaboration tool for parents, students and academic advisors. Also, we are looking for efficient and convenient ways to gather information from parents online so as to reduce the number of forms that need to be signed and returned each year. For me, Karly’s argument is a wonderful validation of our second core information technology philosophy - technology should be ordinary, and in fact so commonplace that it becomes virtually invisible. We want our students’ technology comfort level to shift their focus from the technol-
ogy itself to problem solving, with the technology as one possible tool - a laptop should be as easy to use as a fork. With students, like Karly, I assumed we had been too invisible, but instead, they don’t need to comment on what has become commonplace, until challenged. As ironic as it may seem, we are thankful that much of the evolution of information technology at Lakefield College School has blossomed without fanfare. Our efforts to improve and expand organization, collaboration and exploration via the network have fit smoothly, and perhaps almost invisibly, into what our students consider ordinary.
Graduating Class of 2002
Back Row: Kyle Stairs, Warren Needler, Cam Crawford, Lorcan Kilmartin, Robert Blanchette, Dâ€™Arcy Thorpe, Reynold Caskey, Hugh Johnston, Sean Adey, Falk Beindorff, Malcolm Johnston, Tristan Boyle, Rob Williams, Bob Earon, Colin Stairs Fourth Row: Sarah Heikoop, Hilary Bauer, Alex Reid, Tim McLaughlin, David Burton-Davies, Tom Reburn, Craig Shaw, Steve Carr, Nick Ward, Micael Calatrava, Imran Habib, Brien Stelzer, Steve Lennox, Taylor Warden, Andrew Wells, Alex Parke, Adam Harbutt, Pamela Ho, Cindy Lau, Vicky Choy Third Row: Laila Abu-Abed, Meaghan Gallacher, Catherine Ast, Jenna Grossman, Sarah Nobel, Julia Tunney, Ashley Keefe, Meghan Vlasschaert, Sarah Ewing, Jackie Van Haeren, Lindsey Hepburn, Dawn White, Alison Redford, Brianna Lyttle, Marie Forest, Rebecca Jarrar, Ghandi Pinder, Jenna Shelley, Kelly McCauley, Rachael Mason, Chenoah Ellis, Eryn Fry Second Row: Kathleen Bingham, Karly Coyle, Emily Hedges, Melanie Wright, Liza McWilliams, Cait Townsend, Carly Erickson, Laura Robbins, Michelle Fung, Kathryn Peat, Laura McIntyre, Morgan Brown, Lauren Kennard, Kaley Morris Front Row: James Shin, Andrew Sainsbury, Andrew Smith, Justin Campeau, Tom Douglas, Chris Little, Simon Bahr, David Godfrey, David McConnell, Chris Carrique, Keith Lax
Photo by Greg Stott
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