Grove News Summer 2005
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21 Gr 7/8 Parent Reception
Grove Society Luncheon
23 Gr 9 Parent Reception Gr 11 Parent Reception
Grove Society Meeting Grove Society Luncheon
Victoria Pub Night Vancouver Pub Night
24 Fall Fair/Home to the Grove 8 Reunion 21 Gr 10 Parent Reception Gr 12 Parent Reception January
Grove Society Christmas Meeting & Luncheon
Ptbo. Pub Night (NEW)
25 Home to the Grove Reunion 19
Montreal Pub Night
London UK Dinner
Grove Society Meeting Grove Society Luncheon London UK Pub Night
Class Reps Workshop, Toronto Toronto Pub Night
Grove Society Business Luncheon & Guest Speaker
Grove Society AGM
Kingston Pub Night
Ptbo. Parent Reception
13 Halifax Pub Night
Alumni/ae Hockey Festival
Grove Society Pot Luck Luncheon
29 Trustees' Meeting/Dinner
Toronto Parent Reception
Grade 8 Graduation Dinner
London, ON Pub Night
Alumni/ae Ski Trip
Closing Grade 12 Graduation Dinner
Grove Gathering Dinner
10 Guelph/Waterloo Pub Night 26 - Mar 4 Parent/Alumni Dogsledding 22 Grove Society Meeting
Grove Golf Tournament
Trustees 2004-2005 Board Chair Jock Fleming '74
Peter Dunn '62
Howard Hickman '60
Andrew Durnford '85
Thomas Ryder '53
Past Chair Marilynn Booth
Ann Farlow Bill Gastle '68
His Royal Highness Scott McCain The Duke of York '78 John McRae '70 Tim Hyde '76 Val McRae
James Hyslop '85
Michael Eatson '83
Scott Smith '87
Warren Jones '88
Bill Morris '70
Mike Morris '05
Travis Price '85
Jessie Vouk '05
Nicholas Lewis '77
Tony Pullen '63
Dr. Tim Ward '62
James (Kim) Little '53
Chris White '90
Douglas Rishor '57
John (Bubs) Macrae '33 Diane Rogers Kevin Malone '77 Gretchen Ross
Cindy Atkinson-Barnett David Bignell Gerry Bird Walter Blackwell '56 Gordon Blake Rob Bourgeois Scott Campbell Brian Carter Andrew Clarke '85 Janet Cudney '94 John (Jack) Curtin Peter Dalglish
John K. Hepburn '68
James Matthews '58
John Ryder '77 John Schumacher Maureen Sinden
* Directors in bold
Cover Photo: Adrian Lyttle and Will Loyd take the plunge after their last exam in June, a longstanding tradition for LCS Graduating Seniors
Editorial Belinda Schubert ’99 On the recommendation of Bruce McMahon, who teaches history at the Grove, I recently read the runaway best-seller Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss. In it, stories like that of a man who was “hanged on a comma,” accompany a review of key concepts in punctuation.
The stories in this issue of the Grove News testify to this theme: from David Hadden, who is bringing greater depth to his role as Head of School, to Jim Harris '80, who marries corporate strategy with environmental protection. The school itself shows a tradition of innovation: the Outdoor Education Program is redefining the classroom; British Alumni Travelling Scholarship recipients are given the
The aspect of Eats, Shoots and Leaves that made the
means to spend a year exploring the world; and
most difference to my perspective of the world (yes,
teacher Libby Dalrymple has started a community
the world!) is the idea that, once mastered, punctu-
service project in Honduras.
ation becomes a personal thing—an element of the individual's style rather than a rule. It can be an extension of the personality into the text and part of the artistry of the written word: Once you know the rules, you can go ahead and break them.
It is no wonder, with the scope of the Lakefield education, that the members of this year's graduating class show the auspices of great success. We look forward to the day when they come “home to the Grove” like the Old Boys featured on page 25.
This reminded me of Lakefield. At the Grove, we learn of the way the world works so that we recognize opportunities for innovation. We are prepared not just with the tools it takes to initiate change, but also with the character and confidence to overcome failures that are part of success, and follow through with our ideas.
Belinda Schubert ’99 is a freelance writer and editor. She graduated from Princeton University in June 2003 with a degree in English Literature.
Head of School, David Hadden Excerpts from his Closing Chapel Speech to Students and Staff, June 10, 2005
guaranteed me a perfect life. Unfortunately, this is not true. Boy, was I naïve! The last two and a half years have proved to me that even ones we love can
Recently, I received a letter from an alumna of Lakefield who graduated just over ten years ago. I remember her well; in particular I recall her delightful impishness, asking me one day, when I was eating a hamburger at a barbecue just outside the dining hall, if it was good. “Of course,” I replied,
hurt us. On top of all the other stuff, my dad died suddenly last year while dog sledding. You presented such a rosy picture of life in your farewell Chapel speech and I figured it would be like that for me. Somehow, even through the tough times, happy things do happen.”
“Absolutely delicious!” Without pause, with a big grin, she reached across my plate, grabbed the
Motivated by Melissa's words, it would be my hope
burger off my plate, brought it up to her mouth and
to help safeguard our graduates from having unreal-
took a big bite, happily replaced it, and said, “You're
istic expectations about what lies before them. The
right” and trotted off. That's how I most fondly
fact is, bad things do happen to good people. There
are no guarantees in life. “Being a good person and a friend to others” offers no assurances.
It is the following excerpt from Melissa's letter that really captured my attention:
The attitude you choose to assume, when confronted by setbacks and disappointments, will
“I had also wanted to tell you about how my life has gone the last while. You see, I thought that being a good person, a Christian, and a friend to others,
have an enormous impact upon the quality of lives you enjoy and the degree to which you permit yourselves to lead happy and fulfilling lives.
It is an important message, and no one conveyed it
“Now that I am back, I find myself showing the
more poignantly than Charlie Bierk [Co-Head
symptoms of an illness that afflicts those of us who
Student] when he observed of his father's recent
live in this part of the world. I call it “affluenza”
and I don't like it... I don't want to walk around feeling guilty for what I have been born into but I
“I had not only lost my dad, but my best friend and my hero... Throughout this entire experience, I learned a valuable lesson about losing a loved one at such a young age and that it is that you will be happy again... I'm not saying this for anyone's pity, only to encourage everyone listening to appreciate the people in your life. If anything, I have learned just how precious life can be and how incredibly beautiful it can be at the same time.” Despite facing such a serious loss, Charlie assumed an attitude that helped him to place his loss in a context that does not rob him of the many beautiful things life has to offer.
do have to stop and ask myself: “O.K., I live this privileged life, so what am I going to do with it?” I have been born into this situation. I didn't earn it because I am nicer, smarter, more hard-working, or talented than anyone else. I am not ENTITLED to what I have simply by virtue of my birth right.
am part of the group of haves and have mores. Most of us in North America are. What we have to remember is that this comes with a certain responsibility.” It is a responsibility I hope all of you will take seriously during the course of your lifetimes. Beyond viewing service to others as a responsibility,
Graduates, it would be my hope that you face life's
it would be my hope, as a result of your time at
realities expecting losses and obstacles along the
Lakefield, that you have begun to understand that
way. I am not suggesting that you become
happiness comes most of all from caring more
pessimists. On the contrary—although you will be
about others than you care about yourselves.
well served by viewing your lives through a lens of realistic expectations—you must also raise your
Anjie Ober made this observation when she recounted her Kenyan experience:
sights and see life in terms of its highest possibilities...
“For the Kenyans I knew, giving had an entirely different meaning. These girls who had hardly
Of all of the aspects in which I take pride about Lakefield, nothing is more inspiring for me than the commitment that Lakefield students make to community service. Remarkably, this year, 43 of you have participated in international community service projects. Together, you have amassed over 10,000 hours of community service.
anything found ways to give all of us at least a necklace or more. We had so much—they had so little—yet they were the ones giving all they could. That's giving... To me, good giving comes straight from the heart with the purest of intentions.” As you depart tomorrow, may you do so with an attitude to approach your lives with realistic expectations about the ups and downs you will inevitably
I believe that Ms. Dalrymple best summarized the
encounter and may you find much personal happi-
rationale for the Grove's commitment to service
ness in giving to others, and in all of your daily
when she concluded her Chapel talk about the
Round Square project she initiated, Flor Azul, in Honduras. She stated:
Opposite: David Hadden and students during Closing Ceremonies, June 2005
Jock Fleming ‘74, Chair, Board of Directors From his Closing Address, June 11, 2005
The point of my story isn’t so much that the Chairman of the Board spent a lot of time running
As a parent and as an alumnus of the school, I have many, many fond memories, but some of them didn't always start that way. I can remember one now.
down to the quarry, or that we should celebrate the ingenuity of the students at the Grove in the ’70s. Rather, to you, as graduating students, there are so many events and things that affect your time here
Back when I was at school in the ’70s, we had a
at Lakefield and whether it is sitting in the “Grove”
thing called “Penalty Drill.” “PD” involved running
talking to some friends under a tree, playing on the
down to the quarry a couple of miles down the
rugby field, or sailing on the lake, these are all part
highway and coming back, usually in the wee hours
of the foundation that makes you what you are. It is
of the morning.
this base, that when you come back to the school next year, in two years, five years, or in my case,
During some parts of the year many of us found
thirty years… I hope that you will have the time to
ourselves getting into pretty good shape... lots of
reflect on those experiences… because it is the
foundation of what you are today.
The penalty would be for being late or not being
We are very fortunate at Lakefield, we have great
dressed appropriately for class or something like
leadership. David Hadden, his management staff,
and faculty all do an exceptional job, many times
The only way the seniors would know you actually went down to the quarry was to bring back a piece of quarry stone. So as we were running down there once, we thought, wouldn't it be a good idea if we brought back two quarry stones because next time—and there always was a next time—we could just leave it around the corner and could sit there for twenty minutes or so and hobble on back. Needless to say, we did that quite successfully.
going way beyond the call of duty. We couldn't do what we do without the huge support of the volunteers: the parents, past parents, friends, alumni/ae and those who serve on the Grove Society helping to connect the whole Grove family; the Trustees—70 plus—who come here twice a year to provide guidance and wisdom to the Board; my fellow Board Members who work tirelessly fulfilling the mission of the school and making sure we adhere to its core values. I thank all of you, but particularly
When I was here the other day, I was wandering
you, the students who give so much to the school,
around, reminiscing about some of the events at
and you, the graduating class. Lakefield has given a
the school and some of the good times we had. I
lot to you and you have given a lot back to it. I
went to that spot where we had stored some of
hope as you go on to your next adventures that you
these quarry stones and sure enough, we had stock-
continue on in this spirit of giving.
piled enough that we had some spares—either that or I was of much better behaviour and didn't have to use all the quarry stones that we had originally brought back.
Opposite (bottom left): Jock Fleming ’74 and students during Closing Ceremonies, June 2005
Letters As a former staff member of LCS, I just received the
Again... thank you and everyone at the school who
latest volume of the Grove News and the accompa-
made April 23, 2005 the unforgettable day that it
nying Advancement Office brochure. Congrat-
ulations for having produced documents of such outstanding quality. They really do reflect the
John Easson '49
strength and essence of the Grove, a school and community for which my wife, Judy, and I continue to hold such passion.
What a wonderful experience that reunion for pre1950 Old Boys was. I thought it would be difficult to
We see and visit with some of our LCS friends here
match the pleasure of a few drinks and dinner with
in Vancouver, and share some fond memories of
old friends on Friday afternoon and evening at the
village, but the reception we received at the school
Well done and thanks for keeping us “in the loop.” Dr. Stephan Grasmuck Deputy Headmaster, St. George's School ( Vancouver)
on Saturday topped that. Lakefield is certainly different from my time there; many changes for the better without seemingly losing the essentials which made the Grove so special in our day. Tori [Woodward] was the senior girl who led our group tour of the school. What a
It occurs to me that the thank you and handshake outside of David’s office on Saturday afternoon falls far short to expressing properly the gratitude I feel
credit to you all she was—knowledgeable about places, programs, and traditions, yet extremely patient with old guys tripping down memory lane.
for the wonderful day... arranged for the Geritol Brigade, and while I know that this wasn't by any
I was particularly impressed with the school's
means the purpose of the exercise, the day brought
theatre and music programs, and by the superb
home to a least one original opponent of co-educa-
theatre, band, and instrument practice rooms. I'm
tion at Lakefield, the error of his (my!) ways. A new,
married to a gal who taught piano for 30 years, so I
great school has been created and—as successful,
fully appreciate the major role that music should
busy and happily thriving a place as it is—it is
play in the education of a well-rounded person.
wonderful to see, as we did, that no one who ever attended it is forgotten.
The chapel service at the end of the program, as you could see, evoked some very deep emotions. Chapel
Finally, I want to comment on the Chapel service,
was such a focal point for so many of us at Lakefield,
and here I can only speak for those of us who were
particularly those of us who were thrown amongst
students at the school during the war, not those men
strangers into a completely new routine—a routine
who were overseas fighting it. We have the most
which wasn't always as friendly as it might have
vivid memories of announcements by Mr. Smith of
been for a young new boy.
Old Boys, not much older than ourselves, killed or wounded and this sad information was only dispensed in the Chapel. Your reference therefore to the sensitive way the present students remember their predecessors on November 11th, was to me moving beyond any words of mine to express.
We all appreciated the coffee'n'muffins at the beginning of the day, the super luncheon you offered at your home, and most of all, the personal attention you gave to us during this wonderful reunion. Peter Ward ’48
In this Issue Head Students’ Closing Address, June 11, 2005
Student Awards—Closing Ceremonies June 11, 2005
LCS Leads Round Square Service Project in Honduras
Kinesiology, Recreation, and Fitness Leadership—Otherwise Known as O.E.
Endowment, the Lakefield College School Foundation, and the Evolving Role of the Head
Associate Head of School Richard Life
Advancing the School—Grove Style
Good Corporate Citizenship
Buckley’s Lake, John “Bubs” Macrae ’33
The British Alumni Travelling Scholarship: Celebrating 25 Years
A Call for Participation in the LCS Mentor Program, Warren Jones ’88
The Second-Best Way to Spend Christmas, David Ingram ’96
Changing the World, One Project at a Time—A Profile on Dawn Danby ’96
Green and Loving It, Malcolm Johnston ’02
In Our Memories
Editor: Tracey Blodgett; Layout & Design and Copy Editor: Christine Vogel; Contributing Editor: Belinda Schubert ‘99; Editorial Committee: Jeanne Armstrong, Heather Avery, David Hadden, Richard Johnston, Richard Life, Sarah McMahon, Tom Milburn. Contributing Photographer: Simon Spivey. Please address correspondence to the Communications and Constituent Relations Office: Lakefield College School, Lakefield, ON, K0L 2H0 705.652.3324 firstname.lastname@example.org
Head Students’ Closing Address—June 2005 Leala Wong ’05 Over the past four years, I have witnessed everyone around me grow so much that I cannot ignore the same for myself. I consider this place to be a safe haven that all of us can share regardless of our age and grade. It is no question that the people here are the essence of Lakefield College School. The nurturing and caring nature of all the staff members is a unique quality that only the Grove possesses. Thank you to the staff for lavishing your kindness and spirit upon us. Thank you to our
caught up in the commotion of it all and lose sight of where we are. Do not forget that your time at Lakefield is getting shorter and shorter. After you conquer opening day, after you conquer the Algonquin Expedition, and after the many hours of organization that you put into events at this school, take time to enjoy the sunset from Matthew's Hill, that extra five minutes in a canoe, or that “one more” basketball game with your friends. These moments are often taken for granted so I urge you to treasure them.
parents for making this immense sacrifice so that
Now it is our time to say farewell to Lakefield
we can experience something so extraordinary.
College School. As a graduating senior, I ask myself,
Someone once told me that a leader steps up to the challenge. They told me that a real leader strives to do a great job and motivates others to do an awesome one. To the graduating class of 2006, it is our wish for you to step up to the challenge and lead the school to new heights. It is our wish that you will exceed any expectations that the staff, your parents, and we have for you. I have faith that your class as a whole is capable of conquering unthinkable feats and overcoming any obstacle with tenacity and perseverance.
“Did I do all that I should?” So I reflect on this year. I reflect on the amazing events that our grade has pulled together. I remember how our senior class united within the first week. I think about all the old traditions that we've brought back and the new ones we've started. Then I realize that every grad seated before me has made such a difference here at Lakefield. We have done everything we could and it's time to move on. It's our last chance to all be together under this tent and it's our last chance to understand exactly how this feels. So let us cherish this once in a lifetime moment before it slips away.
If I could offer the grad class of 2006 any piece of advice I would offer you this: try not to get too
Pictured below and opposite: Head Students, Leala Wong and Charlie Bierk, exemplifying the Grove Spirit.
Charlie Bierk ’05 “Now that we can do anything, what will we do?” These are the words of the extraordinary designer and thinker Bruce Mau.
Now that we can do anything, what will we do? This is both an exciting and terrifying thought. The question of where to begin is one that might daunt many of us. But everything we take from this place into the world is intended to help us make a differ-
For Bruce Mau, there are no limits to the imagina-
ence, a difference that might be revolutionary or a
tion. Nothing is impossible. Mau's latest project is
difference that might be conventional. What is
to transform his hometown of Sudbury, Ontario
important is that we don't let these opportunities
from the ugliest city in Canada into a beautiful
go to waste. We must take what we have learned
urban oasis worthy of the same respect and
and run with it.
devotion as Canadian landmarks such as Algonquin Park.
So why am I saying this? What is this speech about? I want to challenge my fellow classmates, but I also
Now that we can do anything, what will we do?
want to challenge each and every one of you— students, parents, teachers, everyone under this
Here we are, graduating students, only moments away from leaving this school armed with an arsenal of possibilities; ready to take on the world.
tent—to imagine the impossible: take risks, make mistakes, and be passionate, in work, in play, and in life. The world needs every one of us.
We are 86 individuals who have had one of the most privileged educations possible. We have been
Now that we can do anything, what will we do?
exposed to the exceptional minds of our teachers and mentors on a daily basis. We have had access to tools and expertise that have cultivated our minds and bodies both materially and intellectually. On top of it all, this incredible opportunity has been handed to us in the midst of a gorgeous campus and environment.
Maybe the idea of a beautiful Sudbury is not so far fetched after all. I challenge you to change the world.
Rachel Honig accepts an award from The Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada Archbishop Andrew Hutchison
Student Awardsâ€”June 11, 2005 Academic Proficiency Standing Top of Form
Gold House Points Medal
Governor Generalâ€™s Medal YiYi Huang
Arts and Languages English
Grade 7/8 Arts & Languages Prize: Zoe Edwards
The Drama Prize: Brent Petticrew
The Dela Fosse Prize (Junior): Max Lafortune
The David Bierk Visual Arts Prize: Charlie Bierk
Intermediate English Prize: Sara Cooper
The Music Prize: Daniel Walsh
The Language and Literature Prize: Emily Ames The English Writers Craft Prize: Jacqueline Sawatsky I. Norman Smith Prize for English Studies in Literature: Mishal Verjee
Modern Languages Junior Modern Languages Prize: Josh Pascoe Intermediate Modern Languages Prize: Bianca Bell
The Core French Prize: Torie Patterson
Hubert Eisdell Award (Junior): Jenny Lee
The Extended French Prize: Davina Gauthier
Intermediate Fine Arts Prize: Lindsay Joseph
HRH Prince of Asturias Spanish Prize: Adriella Gauthier
Mathematics, Science and Technology Mathematics Grade 7/8 Mathematics, Science and Technology Prize: Morgan Bignell Paterson Prize (Junior): Kevin Kim Intermediate Mathematics Prize: Justin Chan Larry Griffiths Prize for Geometry and Discrete Mathematics: Cindy Xu Professor M. Mackenzie Prize for Advanced Functions & Calculus: Torie Patterson The Mathematics of Data Management Prize: YiYi Huang
Science and Technology A.W. Mackenzie Environmental Award (Junior): Dominique Murray Intermediate Science and Technology Prize: Karen Chan Mrs. A.W. Mackenzie Natural History Prize for Biology: Nathan Cragg The Computer and Information Science Prize: Simon DeNure The Chemistry Prize: Cindy Xu The Physics Prize: Connie Xu The Earth and Space Science Prize: Gereon Rotering The Communications Technology Prize: Fiona McNestry The McLimont Scholarship for Engineering and Applied Science: Simon DeNure
Social Sciences Grade 7 & 8 Social Sciences Prize: Victoria Campbell T.H.B. Symons Canadian Studies Prize (Junior): Mathew MacLean The American History Prize: Kate Foster Susan Guest Outdoor Education Prize: Laura Ratcliffe The Senior Canadian History Prize: Tory Sloan The Economics Prize: Candy Lau The World History Prize: Katie Richardson Arnould The Canadian and International Law Prize: Alix Morse The World Issues Prize: Corey Dean
Character and Achievement Awards The Gaby Award: Lauren Cole
H.M. Silver Jubilee Award: Gemma Barker
The Harman Award: Sushil Chanana
The Nelles Prize: Katie Richardson Arnould
The Junior Grove Society Prize: Andrew Carr
The J.R. Anderson Award: Emma Seager
The Fred Page Higgins Award: Vanika Chawla
John Pearman Martyn Sibbald Prize: Charlie Bierk
Junior Edson Pease Prize: Emily Freistatter
The Ondaatje Foundation Award: YiYi Huang
The Jean Ketchum Prize: Mathew MacLean
The Monty Bull Award: Laura Ratcliffe
The Stephen Thompson Prize: Hilary Bird
The Jack Matthews
The Senior Grove Society Prize: Hilary Coburn
Humanitarian Award: Tom Ironstone
The Milligan Awards: Arielle Dalle, Nathan Cragg
The Whitney Prize: Anjie Ober
The King Constantine Medal: Martin Cayouette
Jean and Winder Smith Award: Katie Uhlmann
The Crombie Award: Quinn Richardson
The Trusteesâ€™ Prize: Mackenzie Crawford
Senior Edson Pease Prize: Michael Petrosoniak
British Alumni Travelling Scholarship: Peter Stewart
School News Farewell to Bob Goebel The name on his Ontario College of Teachers card reads Robert Kenneth Goebel, but to hundreds, if not thousands, of Lakefield students who have been both educated and entertained in his math classes over the years, he will always be “Bobby G.” Bob spent the first fourteen years of his illustrious forty-two-year
calculus or regaling them with stories of his feline companion, Herbie, Bobby G. has long been an immensely popular faculty member at the Grove. Although he will be missed in the classroom next year, he plans to offer his services as a math tutor and vows to continue running the school from the sidelines— between golf rounds, of course.
teaching career at Trinity College School in Port Hope
Ten Lost Years Graham Angus ’98
before heading up to northern Ontario for five years as a math teacher at Timmins High School. However, he says it wasn't until he came to Lakefield in 1983
The Grove's spring dramatic production of Ten Lost
that he felt like he was truly at home. Bob credits his
Years was successfully staged recently thanks to the
students and colleagues, both past and present, with
dedicated efforts of the cast and crew of LCS students
making his twenty-two years at the Grove so
and faculty—and one hurriedly drafted alumnus.
rewarding. The late Bob Armstrong was a particularly
Under the direction of Greg MacPherson and musical
influential friend and colleague, and Bobby G. fondly
direction of John Kraus, the cast adeptly performed
recalls the first few years of his Lakefield career when
the challenging play depicting life during the Great
he and “Big Bob” coached U-16 football together and
Depression interpreted by a series of dramatic
also led the varsity hockey team to an ISAA champi-
vignettes and musical pieces.
onship. Although he has not coached the varsity team for many years, (Little) Bob has served as “commissioner” of the intramural SLASH hockey league for the past several seasons, noting that unlike his NHL counterpart, he has never had a lockout. Whether he's enlightening students on the finer points of
The staging of a dramatic production is an allconsuming pursuit, and a stroke of bad luck can easily undo months of dedication and hard work for the dozens of people involved. On the day before the scheduled opening of the play Brent Pettigrew—slated to play a major role—became ill and was unable to perform. Fortuitously, Adam Bishop ’04 agreed to perform the role on extremely short notice and the show, as they say, went on. One person does not a cast make, of course. The remaining seventeen members of the cast and their crew deserve praise not only for their willingness to tackle a rather extraordinarily difficult piece of art, but also for their perseverance over the course of several months. Misters MacPherson and Kraus are particularly desirous to thank several students for whom Ten Lost Years marks the end of long careers in
Opposite page: “Bobby G” Above (L-R): Olivia Saccuci, Brett Thompson, and Tyler Bishop in Ten Lost Years
Hilary Bird, Senior Non-Fiction First Prize Winner.
the performing arts at Lakefield. Gemma Barker,
honour at the Lakefield Literary Festival Dinner in
Brett Thompson, and Katie Uhlmann have each
July where they received their awards from
performed admirably in many Lakefield productions
honourary LCS alumna Dr. Rosalind Barker.
and their contributions to the dramatic department at the Grove will be missed next year.
The Lakefield Literary Festival has achieved distinguished notoriety in literary circles. A number of
Ten Lost Years was extremely well received by the
Canada's leading writers are on the festival program
Lakefield community. Lakefield should consider itself
each year. This year's lineup included Order of
blessed that it possesses such a talented community
Canada recipients June Callwood and Jean Little;
of students, alumni/ae, staff, families, and friends.
Governor-General's Award winners Julie Johnston and Robin Muller; Giller Prize nominees Ann-Marie
Community Achievement Award Grade 12 student Jenna Habib was honoured with a
MacDonald and John Bemrose; and hosts included Charlotte Gray and Noah Richler.
Calgary Community Achievement Award—Youth of 2004, specifically the Dr. Cooper H. Langford Award
Hollingsworth Goes for Gold
for Excellence in Education in June 2005. The City
The Canadian Junior Women's National Field Hockey
has presented the Calgary Awards—recognizing
Team had a very successful March break, qualifying
deserving individuals, schools, corporations,
for this year's World Cup to be hosted in Santiago,
community groups and organizations—since 1994 to
Chile. Team Manager (and Head of Moodie House),
honour members of the community who have made
Amy Hollingsworth, has been invited to accompany
significant contributions to improving the quality of
the team on the last leg of the World Cup journey.
life for other Calgarians.
Hollingsworth credits her success as manager to five plus years living and mentoring young women in
Literary Festival Winners
residence at Lakefield College School, coupled with
LCS students made a strong showing in the 2005
her knowledge and love of the game. Amy tells us,
Lakefield Literary Festival's Young Writers Contest.
“It's such an amazing feeling to wear your national
Hilary Bird came first in Senior Non-Fiction (for the
team colours and hear your anthem played when the
second year) with Genocide in Rwanda, and Peter
team is introduced. It's such a privilege to work with
Stewart and Mishal Verjee were the two Senior Non-
such a dynamic team of coaches, medical staff, and
Fiction Runners-up. In Senior Fiction, LCS's Emily
athletes. Being asked to attend the World Cup is a
Ames was Runner-up for her story Closed In. Hilary
and the other first place winners were guests of
LCS Leads Round Square Service Project in Honduras This year Lakefield College School developed a new Round Square International Service Project in Honduras. The project occurred during the March Break and brought together Team Leader Libby Dalrymple and fifteen students from Lakefield, Appleby, St. Clement's, Gordonstoun, and Salem. They worked for two and a half weeks and spent four days traveling throughout the rivers and rainforests of the remote La Moskitia area. The project’s Honduran partner organization, Sociedad Amigos de los Niños (Friends of Children Society), is a humanitarian, non-profit organization founded in 1966. The Round Square group was involved with their most recent initiative, Flor Azul (a rural boarding school-type facility), which brings together thirty extremely poor and under-privileged boys from various parts of the country. The goal of this year's project was to build a dormitory to house twenty of the boys. Thanks to the students' energy and commitment, the project was a tremendous success! Below are some of the memories they have to share.
Eirene Kaklamanakis It wasn't until we arrived at Flor Azul and shook hands with the boys that we would be spending the next two weeks with, that I knew this was going to be an experience I would never forget. After meeting the boys and introducing ourselves, we had a tour of their campus and immediately I spotted a small happy-looking donkey to my right and some delicious looking sugar cane fields one kilometre away. I decided to strike up a conversation with a young boy named Josue, and asked if we could sometime take a ride on the donkey to the cane fields. Fifteen minutes later the donkey was ready and I had to step onto a boulder in order to mount it. This must have been a sight to see because it had all the boys laughing. I had my first donkey ride and a long stick of sugarcane to myself. It was amazing!
others… Anna would flip the tortillas until they were cooked and then take them off, still with bare hands... Her daily routine was to wake up at 3:00 a.m., make tortillas for her family at home, then walk an hour to get to Flor Azul where she would make tortillas, as well as do other domestic work. After she was done, she would walk an hour back home, be in bed by 9:00 p.m., and get up at 3:00 a.m. the next day to do it all over again. Her story left me incredibly dumbfounded. I couldn't believe that I was getting impatient and bored of making tortillas; I had only made four bowls and this woman had made six every day of her entire life. I felt a huge amount of guilt, not only because I had been born into a lifestyle where everyday life was constantly changing and where new opportunities were behind every door, but more so because I wasn't appreciative enough of it.
Laura Bocking One day I was on domestics and was sent to help make tortillas. I found myself in a small kitchen with dirt floors. There was a small Honduran woman on my left and a bowl of tortilla dough on my right. My job was to make balls out of the dough and then put them into a press to be flattened out. The tortillas were then handed to Anna on my left and with bare hands she put them on the stove along with the
Nick Schofield ’05 We began work the first day we arrived at the Flor Azul campus…The two head honchos, Antonio and Hotche, showed us [how] to sift sand, mix mortar, transport the mortar to the site, how much mortar to apply, the proper way to place bricks, and how to keep everything level and stable. About an hour into work on the first day, Antonio knocked down his group's wall because it wasn't done right. This
p9 taught us to place every brick with complete precision, and make sure we were doing the job right the first time… Something strange about all the work we did at Flor Azul: we'll never see how useful it will be. But, because of it, more kids will be admitted to the program, which means fewer children will grow up with the violent gang lifestyle that corrupts Honduran cities.
Beth Mulvale After close to two weeks of hard work building the dorm, we said a tearful goodbye to the boys of Flor Azul and left for our adventure to La Moskitia… Waking up on Easter Sunday deep in the jungle was an unforgettable moment. Surrounded by the lush trees, birds calling, and cockroaches playing HideAnd-Go-Seek, we roused quickly. After breakfast, we
Katie Uhlmann ’05
filled our daypacks and set out for a day like no other. A half-hour walk was followed by another trip
One day while the group was at the Flor Azul
upriver… As the river got much shallower further
worksite/school for boys, we took a bit of a break
inland, the motorized canoes could not be used.
and went off on a hike into the mountains to a small
Instead, we were moved up the river by poling. With
village… As we were walking into the schoolyard, I
one guide at the back and two at the front we made
can remember hearing the voices of children singing
our way up river and sat in our canoes, impressed by
coming from one of the buildings, which for some
the strength of the guides who never seemed to tire.
reason sent shivers down my spine. I guess knowing
It was an incredible three hours to the point at which
they had nothing to give to us in appreciation of our
we began our hike. From there, we climbed uphill
coming except of themselves, and that they gave so
for an hour, seeing amazing things all the way. A
eagerly and openheartedly, really put the whole
snake that was next to invisible against a tree was a
situation in perspective… Even though there was
highlight of this hike. As well, drinking purified
such a strong language barrier between most of us
water straight from a vine was something new to all
and the children, there was just as much laughter as
of us… Going downriver was something none of us
if there had been no barrier at all. I noticed how so
could have expected. Our guide Jorge suggested we
many of the children had cavities, and one girl in
all jump in the shallow, swiftly moving and, at times,
particular, had an ear infection which looked as if it
dangerous river. We were all excited for it. Though
was eating her outer ear. However, it didn't matter—
painful at times, swimming down the Rio Plantano
playing Duck Duck Goose, the Hokey Pokey, and
was the best way we could have spent our Easter.
What Time Is It Mr. Wolf, has never been so much fun… I will never forget… the large generosity of the Honduran people when they had so little to give.
Below (L): Laura Bocking passes bricks to a Honduran workmate (R): The LCS group (L-R)—Nick Schofield, Eirene Kaklamanakis, Laura Bocking, Beth Mulvale, Katie Uhlmann, and Libby Dalrymple
Kinesiology, Recreation, and Fitness Leadership Otherwise Known as O.E.
Heather Avery Director of Guidance & University Placement
counted toward university entrance—is teamtaught by two dynamic and energetic young men:
It is a frigid April day, sleet is falling, and the
Peter O'Grady and Peter Andras. Accumulated
weather forecast predicts more of the same. You
between the two teachers is an impressive list of
have borrowed a wet suit, a helmet, and a PFD, and
outdoor education and trekking credentials, from
are staring at the grey, swollen waters of the
white water trips in the Smokey Mountains, to
Otonabee River. As you contemplate its force, the
hiking in the Spatsizi Plateau Wilderness area of BC,
teachers are saying that, yes, the water is cold, and
to scuba diving throughout the Great Lakes, Mexico,
yes, everyone here will get wet. You remember what
Belize, the Bahamas, Jamaica, and Cuba. Together,
the Grade 12s have told you—that this river rescue
and with the help of numerous other experienced
operation is the best experience they have had at
outdoor education enthusiasts, they have created a
LCS—and just for a moment, you doubt their sanity.
course unlike any other offered in Ontario high schools.
"In OE, you learn lots, but you forget that you are learning." Kathryn Olsheski (Gr.11)
"The Grade 11 OE course is more than just quadratic equations or nomenclature; it teaches
Welcome to the world of Grade 11 Outdoor Education at the Grove. This course, which is
life skills, and it's a great time!" Kathryn Olsheski (Gr.11)
offered at the Grade 11 level but actually gives students two Grade 12 credits—one of which can be
This two-credit course skilfully blends two related fields of knowledge: kinesiology, or the study of the
p11 human body in motion, and recreation and fitness
the year. This journal isn't the typical diary of
leadership. According to O'Grady, the two subjects
personal reflections; it is a toolkit with phone
complement each other beautifully. Students first
numbers and websites, descriptions of planning for
learn about biomechanical principles in kinesi-
course activities, debriefing about those activities,
ology—for example, how the body works to move a
and inspirational and motivational quotations.
canoe paddle through water—and next apply those
Students are encouraged continually to use their
principles in hands-on experiences: what happens
journals to think about the “transference question”:
when we change the centre of gravity when we are
can we apply what we have learned to other
paddling? What about the line of gravity? How
circumstances? In this way, they develop leadership
about altering the force of application?
skills useful not only when camping or paddling, but in every aspect of their future lives.
Learning continues as the students incorporate their textbook knowledge and their hands-on
"Every OE class is guaranteed to be fun and
experience, and proceed to give instruction to
interesting. This course allows you to build your
others (the Grade 7s and 8s, or a visiting class from
character and develop who you are as a person
a local high school, for example) in a particular
and as a leader... I love knowing that for two
skill, such as steering a canoe. Leadership skills are
hours a day I get to go outside and learn
honed as students plan for and reflect on each
valuable things in a different environment." Brooke Jan (Gr.11)
experience the course offers. As one student observed, there is nothing like a -27 degree Celsius winter camping experience to teach the necessity of proper planning for an expedition! Because so much is demanded of students in terms of teaching others and providing leadership, students must have Grade 9 and Grade 10 OE, or equivalency, in
It is probably the final unit of the course, “Planning, Preparing, Prevention, and Performing in Challenging Situations,” that makes clear to students that what they have been taught can ultimately allow them to play a leadership role in saving their own and others' lives. The river rescue
order to enroll in the course.
experience, during which students spend two days "I think the best classroom is one with no walls,
in frigid spring-time water learning how to free
and for the better part of the year we had no
trapped canoes and move injured people safely in
walls. We learned to be young leaders, how to
white water, tests their textbook knowledge, their
teach, how to counsel, and along the way we
ability to apply that knowledge, and their ability to
were challenged to learn more of who we are...
use the leadership skills they have acquired in team
Grade 11 OE was like extreme learning. It
challenged me and enabled me to grow. Actually it is a key contributing factor to my entering a second year of being a summer camp counsellor and also why I am attending Queen's Con. Ed. this fall. It made learning fun and made me want to have an impact in a student's life the way this course and especially its teacher (Mr. O'Grady) had an impact on mine." Anjie Ober ‘05 A key teaching tool for the teaching and leadership aspect of the course is the ongoing journal maintained by all students and teachers throughout
River rescue may seem daunting, but after completion, as with many of the course activities, there is a strong sense of pride in accomplishment. Moreover, as current student Connie Xu puts it, “It was so much fun playing in the water.” Learning, fun, and lessons for life: Grade 11 OE in a nutshell. This article is the first in a periodic series on innovative course offerings at LCS.
Endowment, the Lakefield College School Foundation, and the Evolving Role of the Head Background
The past 20 years have seen dramatic changes in
Endowment is defined as “a permanent fund
Lakefield College School and in the challenges faced
bestowed upon an individual or institution, to be
by those who are in leadership roles. Nowhere is
used for a specific purpose.” The key word here is
this more evident than in the role of the Head of
“permanent,” in that the funds held in endowment
remain untouched and only the interest generated by those funds is used for the purpose specified.
Since 1985, LCS has increased its enrollment by 130 students, doubled its staff, changed its governance
Since 1988, boarding fees at LCS have increased
structure to include 72 Trustees, and adopted a
significantly compared to the Consumer Price
comprehensive strategic planning process. At the
Index. Increasingly, a Lakefield education is
same time, Lakefield has realized that its future
becoming less accessible, even though the school is
depends on its ability to raise funds—a task in
now distributing more than $1.04M annually in
which the Head of School plays an increasingly
financial assistance to almost 30% of its student
important role. The scope and complexity of the
population. With enrollment capped at 365
Head's role is changing dramatically.
students and tuition fees approaching a price threshold, Lakefield can no longer rely upon these
In his 1999 sabbatical report, David Hadden raised important questions about the need to grow Lakefield's endowment if it is to maintain its position as a leading independent school. In his
two traditional sources of revenue to advance the school. Clearly, endowment is one of the most important keys to Lakefield's future and to the growth of bursaries and scholarships.
visits to Canadian and American schools, David realized that a large endowment fund does not
The extent to which LCS dedicates its resources
necessarily guarantee a great school, but the
towards building endowment today will have a
absence of one makes greatness very difficult to
profound impact upon the school's ability to deliver
achieve and sustain.
its mission in the future, not only to raise accessibility via increased financial assistance, but also to
p13 provide resources and programs to enable us to
the school for 19 years (most recently as the
compete with other leading independent schools.
Assistant Head Program and Planning) has been appointed to this position.
An Expanded Mandate for the Lakefield College School Foundation The current Lakefield College School Foundation was founded in 1988. The Foundation's mandate can be best described as â€œcustodialâ€? in nature: it was created to hold and invest funds donated to the school and to dispense these funds in accordance with the wishes of the donor and the needs of the school. Over the past 16 years, the LCS Foundation has received gifts totaling $26.6M, with the majority of those funds invested in the school's physical facilities. The endowed portion of that total now stands at approximately $12.7M. On May 14, 2005, the Trustees of LCS approved a motion presented by the Joint School/Foundation Planning Committee to establish a new and expanded role for the Lakefield College School Foundation. The Foundation will become more
David Hadden, in his new dual role as CEO/Head, has three staff reporting directly to him: Rudy Massimo, Director of Advancement, directs the dayto-day activities of the Foundation; Sandra Taylor, Director of Finance, manages the financial affairs of both organizations; and Richard Life, Associate Head of School, oversees all school operations. Under the new model, the current fundraising staff in the Development Office become employees of the Foundation and the Communications Department splits its time and resources between the two organizations. One of the most important attributes of the new structure is that the Head/CEO becomes the point of intersection between the Foundation and the school, ensuring, for continuity reasons, that the interface resides within the management structure rather than the volunteer structure.
proactive in its function and will be responsible, in
With these modifications, the Head of School will
addition to its current custodial functions, for all
be able to spend:
fundraising activities, donor records/stewardship, and strategic planning relating to fundraising and endowment building. A new governance structure, with up to 25 Trustees, will be established for the Foundation and will include the school's major benefactors.
A New Role for the Head of School David Hadden, in addition to retaining his title of Head of School, is now the CEO of the Foundation. He assumes a dual role with both the school and the Foundation and reports to the boards of both
more time with students, alumni/ae, parents, staff, donors, and trustees; more time on the development, alignment, and integration of strategies for both organizations; more time advancing the school and ensuring its overall excellence; and less time on administrative matters and managing staff.
organizations. He now divides his time between
Congratulations to David Hadden on his evolving
the Foundation (40%) and the management of the
role; we thank the Joint Planning Committee for its
tireless efforts researching, refining, and bringing
In order for David Hadden to make this transition, certain functions that he performed have been transferred to a newly created position of Associate Head of School. Richard Life, who has been with
forward the proposal for the Foundation, and we look forward to moving ahead with the implementation of this new structure in the best interests of the school and its students.
Associate Head of School Richard Life Putting humour aside, Richard credited his parents with endowing him with three strong values that inform his practice today as an educator. His parents taught him to love knowledge, and to understand that “there is no bliss in ignorance.” His parents also imbued in him a belief in the importance of community service; he was taught that, whatever one did in life, it was vitally important to give a Richard Life, Associate Head of School pictured here with Katie Goddard Duncan
portion of one's time and money to those in need.
At their Annual General Meeting
alumni/ae, and friends of the
in May, the Grove Society
school. He noted lightheartedly
Finally, Richard explained that
welcomed guest speaker, Richard
that, when he came to Lakefield,
the greatest gift he received from
Life, who shared his background
he “hitched his cart to the right
his parents was a deep faith in
with them as he takes on a new
horse.” The “horse,” he
the potential of each human
role as Associate Head of School
explained, was David Hadden—a
being. In practice this has led
at the Grove. Richard has been at
leader Richard was, and is,
Richard to believe that, while
Lakefield for the past 19 years.
pleased to follow and support.
behaviouralist psychology might be effective for training mice and
During that time, he has held many roles: teacher; coach; Head of House; Director of Admissions; Director of Academics; Assistant Head; and Acting Head of School while David Hadden was on sabbatical in 1999.
Richard shared how his parents’ values shaped who he is today. He noted with humour that his mother was a devout Anglican and his father “an equally devout secular humanist.” So, said Richard, today he is “a humanist
Richard explained that in his role
who deals with his guilt by
as Associate Head of School he
praying—just in case it can help.”
will provide administrative
As to why he has often voted for
leadership to the day-to-day
the Liberal party, Richard
operations of the school, freeing
explained that “my Dad was a
David Hadden to spend more
Conservative and my Mom was a
time with the school's
New Democrat—what else could
constituents: students, parents,
dogs, love and trust are much more appropriate tools to bring to the education of young people. “I start from a fundamental trust in the value and good intentions of each student,” said Richard, “and everything moves forward from there. Both my mother and father believed in the power of love—and it is that belief that guides my work and life today.”
A Call for Nominations: Lakefield College School Honorary Alumnus/a Periodically, throughout the Grove's recent history, individuals who are nonalumni/ae but have committed themselves as outstanding members of the LCS community, have been awarded the prestigious title of Honourary Alumnus/a of Lakefield College School.
Nomination The deadline for nominations is October 15th. Nomination forms are available from the Communications Office or at the Grove Society web page accessed from the alumni portal at: www.lakefieldcs.on.ca/alumni/portal/
To date, a total of only twelve awards have been bestowed (for a complete list see below).
Review Committee An alumni/ae committee of the Grove
The Grove Society, LCS's volunteer
Society will review all applications.
organization, would like to formalize the process of nominating and selecting its
honorary alumni/ae. Therefore, we are
The title of Honorary Alumnus/a may be
currently seeking nominations for
awarded in the fall of each year at the
individuals who may qualify for this
Grove Gathering Dinner or at Closing
award. Nominations for posthumous
Ceremonies in June. The award consists
awarding of this title will also be consid-
of the presentation of an alumni/ae tie
or scarf, a letter from the Grove Society, and a framed certificate. A maximum of
five awards may be presented annually.
Faculty, staff, parents or long-standing friends of Lakefield College School are eligible for nomination. The minimum term of involvement required with LCS is as follows: Faculty or staff—20 years Chaplains—10 years Heads of School—10 years Chair of the Board of Directors—10 years Others who have provided exceptional dedication and service to the school may be considered based on their term of involvement and level of achievement in support of LCS.
Current Honorary Alumni/ae Dr. Rosalind Barker Neil Blair Katie Brown Brian Carter Mike Chellew Peter Dalglish Terry Guest David Hadden Ted Ingram Jeffrey Marshall John Milligan John Dunlop (deceased)
Advancing the School—Grove Style Rudy Massimo, Director of Advancement One of the many pleasures of working in the Advancement Office is the time spent with our Senior Students-in-Charge of Development, who this year were Adrian Lyttle ’05 and Tori Woodward ’05. They assisted Theresa Butler-Porter with administrative functions associated with the Annual Appeal and helped out with special event days.
LCS also formed a joint committee with the Township of Smith-Ennismore-Lakefield to consider building a new arena together in the Village of Lakefield. The committee will explore the feasibility of working together to fund and realize the construction of a new community arena. The current community arena is aging and will need major renovation in the near future unless plans for a new arena are realized.
Adrian and Tori experienced lots of activity in our
Final plans for the building of the Student
office and the excitement that comes with each new
Recreation Centre have been approved by
project. Advancement is one of the many fields in
Lakefield's Master Campus Planning Committee and
which seniors at Lakefield can take a leadership
the Student Recreation Centre Committee. At press
role. Because the complexities of leadership are best
time, $3.5 million had been raised for this project
learned through experience, these positions give
and the school continues to seek the support of
each student, in his or her graduating year, the
alumni/ae, parents, and friends. This will be a great
opportunity to influence the quality of student life,
place for students to gather as it includes fireplaces
and often the future of the school. One of the goals
and common spaces overlooking the woods.
of the Advancement Office is to continue to advance the school so students such as Adrian and Tori can
To mark the 25th Anniversary of the British Alumni
continue to have opportunities to enhance their
Travelling Scholarship, the school is raising funds to
be able to continue offering students this opportunity. It is awarded annually to students who want to
The Advancement team has been working on
spend a year travelling abroad, but could not other-
planning and raising funds to build an outdoor ice
wise afford to do so. I encourage you to read the
surface for shinny hockey and recreational skating
BATS article on page 20.
on campus. Construction of the rink started in early June. The existing tennis courts have been moved
We are on track for success in meeting our goals
and rebuilt near the rugby field to make room for
outlined in the Five Year Plan and continue to focus
the new rink. Construction of this outdoor ice
on two main areas; capital and endowment funding.
surface was made possible by donations from John
I would like to thank the many people who have
Hepburn '68 and Tom Ryder '53. It is scheduled to
contributed to and supported the Grove this past
be completed in the fall in time to have a perfect ice
year. Your ongoing interest and commitment to
surface when the weather cools down. The chillers
Lakefield is greatly appreciated.
for the ice will use energy-efficient technology.
Below (L-R): The Grove’s relocated tennis courts and an artist’s rendering of the new shinny rink.
Good Corporate Citizenship “A good company delivers excellent products and
resources,” occurring when forward-thinking organ-
services, and a great company does all that and
izations, both large and small, endeavour to be more
strives to make the world a better place.”
than merely cheque writers—identifying innovative
William Ford Jr., Chairman, Ford Motor Co.
means to support the philanthropic passions of their employees.
Anyone who has ever met Chris White ’90 recognizes that, next to his family, Lakefield holds a very special
Currently, more than 8,400 companies in North
place in his heart.
America offer volunteer time programs and/or matching gifts as an attractive benefit for employees
Chris maintains a close association with the school in a number of roles and has recently completed his
to enhance staff relations and promoting broadbased philanthropy.
term as Past President of the Grove Society. Knowing that his employer will match his gifts to It is not unusual for Chris to jump into his car and travel two hours to attend a Grove Society meeting, or sacrifice two Saturdays a year to participate in Trustees' Day, or spend precious evenings connecting with his classmates as a Class Rep.
Lakefield College School, Zack Kembar ’87 is able to contribute to LCS's Outdoor Education program. The matching gift from Goldman Sachs enables his gift to go further. As Zack notes, “Goldman Sachs strongly believes that education is a key factor in achieving
Chris does all this and more because he cares about
success. The firm stands behind this by offering our
Lakefield and its future. Not only does Lakefield
employees a matching gift program that enables
value what Chris contributes to the Grove
them to contribute to their alma mater in
Community, so does his employer, Royal &
SunAlliance. By volunteering 100 hours for Lakefield each year, Chris is able to facilitate a $500 gift to the school from his employer.
Both Chris and Zack agree that what their employers do to recognize their commitment to Lakefield is valuable and enables them to enhance their support
Corporations like Royal & SunAlliance play an
of the school. By acknowledging their employees’
important role in building a culture of philanthropy
philanthropic interests, Royal & SunAlliance and
for their employees. According to Annie Stavridis,
Goldman Sachs demonstrate respect for their
Corporate Communications for Royal & SunAlliance,
employees by supporting causes that mean the most
“Keeping Canadians safe is our number one corpo-
rate citizenship focus… We understand that our employees have causes they hold close to their heart. Every day, our people are contributing to their communities. Royal & SunAlliance supports their generosity." Corporate social responsibility—corporate citizenship—is simply defined as “a commitment to improve community well-being through discretionary business practices and contributions of
The Grove thanks Chris and Zack for being such passionate supporters of LCS and to Royal & SunAlliance and Goldman Sachs for leading the way by inspiring and supporting a culture of philanthropy with their employees. To see if your employer offers a matching gift or volunteer recognition program, inquire at your Human Resources Office or contact:
Buckley's Lake John "Bubs" Macrae '33 From "Indoctrination: Random Reminiscences of an Elder Old Boy," 2001 You have probably never heard of it; I will lead you there. Drive approximately one mile down Hwy 134 to where the road climbs abruptly. There, on your left, stands the red brick Leahy farmhouse and barn, possibly with their large bus in the driveway. The Leahy family is famous for having brought Irish
with about six feet of terra firma between the two. In this manner several miles of â€œcanalâ€? were created. At some point it must have been decided that the quality of the clay was not good enough, so they began blasting limestone on the west side of Hwy 134 and the quarry was begun, along with a new railway to carry the stone to a huge crusher at the plant. Buckley's Lake was left for anyone who wanted to use it.
music and dance to North America about three
Grove boys could use it. When football was over
generations before Riverdance presented it on a
and the cold weather arrived, we welcomed it with
large scale. They cover the continent now and I
visits to Buckley's to test the thickness of the ice,
believe have been to Europe. Watch for them, they
and when this supported us we notified the staff
are Lakefield's gift to excellent entertainment.
who would declare the hockey season open. The
Now, focus on the valley beyond the Leahy's for the next half mile of your drive and you will be looking at Buckley's Lake. Yes, it looks like a marsh, but it does have something of a lake in the middle of it. By this time you will be crossing Sawer's Creek which flows out of Buckley's and into the Otonabee River.
parade was on as everyone with skates marched across fields until they picked up the abandoned railbed leading to the lake where hockey rinks a mile long awaited. At several intervals boots were placed as goals and age groups would form into different games. Surely a hockey facility unequalled anywhere, even in the famous canals of Holland or the Rideau Canal in Ottawa. And we worked it hard
Buckley's became known when the Lakefield
until the snow came to spoil it, and by this time the
Cement Company was formed after the First World
Christmas Holidays were upon us. Buckley's: a pre-
War. An ideal location for such an operation:
Christmas gift of majestic proportions.
electricity was generated where the river bypasses
Grove Boys circa 1930
the locks, and precious clay, the main ingredient of cement, was brought from the bottom of Buckley's Lake. A small railway transported the clay to the plant where it was processed with the help of a high smoke stack which, along with an elevator, is just about all that is left of the original works. What they had at Buckley's was a large dredge which lifted out the bottom of the lake, moving backwards as it did so and creating the likeness of a canal for the length of the lake where it would turn around and make another canal parallel to the first
p19 Today Buckley's Lake is the private property of the
started near the top of Stony Lake the crude ore was
Canard Hunt Club (or some such name). Members
taken by barge to the defunct cement plant for
are those people who care mightily for game fowl—
crushing into a fine powder and shipped from there
to the extent of putting out tonnes of feed to keep
by train. Now Nephton has its own crusher and
them healthy for the short hunting season. Former
spur railway line which keeps the main line from
staff member Dave Hodgetts tells of his selecting
near Havelock to Toronto busy each day.
candidates for the first Ondaatje Expedition by (among other things) having them run heavily
laden to the top of Lynch's Rock before sunrise.
P.S. An interesting thing the Canard Gun Club
With first light a cloud of Canada geese took off
members have done at Buckley's is install a row of
from Buckley's filling the sky so close overhead they
houses on twenty-foot poles for wood ducks. These
felt they could have touched them—an experience
ducks usually live in holes in a tree, the fascinating
as unforgettable as anything on the expedition
thing being that they don't enter their dwellings as
a bird would, by landing on the doorway, then
One no longer hears the pounding of the drill at the stone quarry. They used to drill a line of holes along the top of the cliff, fill them with dynamite and blast another six feet off the face of the cliff. The stone that fell was famous for its quantity of fossils, prompting collectors to come from afar for the harvest. The limestone that once paved the entire quad in front of the school came from this quarry and indeed was full of fossils. The pickings
stepping in. These ducks enter their hole in the tree, or proffered box, at full flying speed, and somehow put on the brakes when they get inside. Only recently have naturalists captured evidence on film of how the wood duck manages, and he of course does it just as you would expect: he makes a half backwards somersault so that his feet land on the back wall. It's an extremely quick revolution. I wonder how they teach it to their kids!
are not so good now; what we need is another
Some members of the club have built themselves
what I choose to call “Adult Huts,” like the ones we
Lakefield Cement Company was taken over by Canada Cement Company in the 1920s, and when the Great Depression set in it was the first plant to be closed, because it was run by its own electricity and could be closed by simply pulling a switch. So the story goes, at any rate. When Nephton Mine
built in our day at The Grove, only a bit more civilized. Theirs are larger, look the same on the outside, but inside they have real furniture and cast iron cooking stoves. Gilly and I were invited to one once by parents of a Grove boy; the place was as snug as it could be and the steaks were delicious.
The British Alumni Travelling Scholarship: Celebrating 25 Years Few students in North America
on the Nairobi set of Out of Africa
Jim credits his experiences as a
can boast of having lived and
(starring Robert Redford and
British Alumni Travelling
worked in London, helped the
Meryl Streep) inspired him to look
Scholarship recipient with giving
poor in India, or volunteered in
for a job involving Kenyan
him confidence, self-knowledge
Kenya. Yet every year the British
and a willingness to take risks.
Alumni Travelling Scholarship has made these and many more experiences possible for graduates of Lakefield. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the scholarship and finds the Grove celebrating past journeys and looking ahead to support future scholars.
“This scholarship is, and has “I worked for a portion of the year in 1985 with the late George Adamson (of Born Free fame) at a
been, a great gift. I support it fully and have re-committed to doing so this year.”
camp in Kenya near the border of Somalia,” he recalls. “At the time
Rachael Adams ’99 truly enjoyed
the camp was in the crossfire of a
experiencing London. “For
poaching war between the Kenyan
someone from a very small town,
Army and Samali bandits.
living in London was endlessly exciting and impressive,” she
The British Alumni Travelling Scholarship was established in 1980 by the British Friends of Lakefield College School, a number of whom attended Lakefield as evacuees during the
“I worked each day with the Kamba staff who spoke only Swahili and their native language. At camp we always had rifles and shotguns within reaching
explains. “It is a fantastic city— there's so much to see. I visited Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Soho, Covent Garden, and countless other places.”
distance. They served as valuable tools for ridding the camp of
Rachael's travels also took her
venomous snakes but also gave us
through continental Europe and
Jim Alexander ’84 applied for the
a false sense of self-defense
the rest of the world. “Nepal was
scholarship to take some time to
against poachers. I was not
without a doubt the most magical
reflect on his options before
surprised some four years after
place I had ever been fortunate
selecting a course of study after
my return from Africa, that those I
enough to visit,” she recalls.
high school. After mastering life
had worked closest with at this
“People are so genuinely friendly
in the United Kingdom, he headed
camp had been gunned down by
and talkative and interested—not
for Kenya. Helping with animals
to mention interesting.”
Second World War.
L: Jim Alexander '84 in Kenya. R: Meg Wallace ’93
Peter Stewart '05 paddling down the Ganges River in India
Rachael is effusive about her grati-
“It was Lakefield that introduced
This year, Peter Stewart ’05 was
tude to the British Friends of
me to travel—taking me to Nepal
chosen as the British Alumni
Lakefield. “I find it so wonderful
on the Ondaatje Expedition and to
Travelling Scholarship recipient.
that the British Alumni choose to
Costa Rica on a community
After living in London, Peter plans
provide this opportunity to
service project,” he explains. “The
to travel to India during the
Lakefield students. It is truly the
scholarship offered the chance to
second half of his Scholarship
gift of a lifetime.”
make a year of travel financially
year. “I'm going to be volun-
teering with small grassroots
Meg Wallace ’93 finds that her
development organizations for the
experiences as a scholarship
Malcolm spent some of his time
recipient are reflected in her
exploring family genealogy. “I
approach to the students she
traced my grandfather's roots in
teaches.” I see so many students
Portadown, Northern Ireland,
Peter hopes his travels will build
who lack independence and confi-
finding the house where he was
his passion for helping people in
dence,” she says. “When students
born and meeting a number of
the future. He notes, “I also hope
come to me and tell me that they
to gain a sense of independence
don't know what to do when they graduate, I always present the idea of travelling. They will learn more
Dalits—India's untouchable caste,” he explains.
and confidence with what I can Reflecting on the scholarship
experience, Malcolm notes, “I certainly learned to enjoy my own
Scholarship recipients always
company. A huge portion of the
express gratitude for the opportu-
time backpacking is spent alone.
nity to travel, along with enthu-
This fall Meg plans to head to the
Curiously, though, many of those
siasm about the scholarship's
United Arab Emirates with her
times are the most memorable:
positive impact. If you would like
husband where she will teach
long train rides through Sicily,
to help make this experience a
Physical Education and
flights to Germany, and solo hikes
possibility for future scholarship
Leadership. She credits the schol-
recipients, please contact:
Malcolm plans to spend the
about themselves, geography, history, politics, religion, and art.”
arship with motivating her to continue to travel.
coming year in France, as his
Malcolm Johston ’02 followed in
scholarship year fostered his
705.652.3324, ext. 329.
the footsteps of his uncle, Dr.
desire to learn a second language
Matthew Heeney ’87 in being
and immerse himself in the
awarded the scholarship.
A Call For Participation in the LCS Mentor Program Warren Jones '88 Mentorship, in my experience, is a cornerstone of the Lakefield experience. It is the natural form of relationship through which Lakefield students are nurtured, challenged, encouraged, and acknowledged. It is among the primary ways that members of the Grove community both sustain and evolve the school's cultural uniqueness. And, as readers of this article will know, it is among the most generous and heart-felt contributions that many members of the LCS family have made to the school and to one another.
I imagine that my own experience is a typical example of this transition from “day-by-day” to “occasional” mentorship from fellow members of the Lakefield community. While attending the school as a student I enjoyed a mentor-mentee relationship with a wide variety of teachers, staff and fellow students. To this day I attribute my virtually utopian experience at Lakefield to those individuals. I also continue to shape my life today according to many of the values, principles and perspectives that were developed in my relationship with each of them. Prime examples include John Milligan's limitless enthusiasm and encour-
Enabled by the combination of close proximity and
agement, and Kirsten Franklin's extraordinary
high-quality interaction among teachers, staff, and
compassion, generosity, and graciousness.
classmates, the gift of mentorship is made abundantly available to Lakefield students throughout their stay at the school. Upon graduation, however, former students have considerably less access to their mentors within the Grove community.
Doug James' timeless advice as my sailing coach also continues to stand out: “We mess around in boats because it's fun! The pitfall of taking it all too seriously can be avoided by seeking out whatever makes it fun for you... in all aspects of life!” The list of examples extends, on some level, to literally every person with whom I interacted in my years
p23 living on campus. For these gifts I am—like several
Since its inception, the program has attracted a
decades worth of other graduates—deeply and
moderate level of participation. In the context of
seeking career advice, a variety of alumni/ae have used this gateway to reconnect with past acquain-
Thoroughly addicted to my relationship with the LCS community at large, I continued to maintain contact with many of my former teachers and classmates following graduation. Seeking guidance from these individuals, particularly as I neared completion of my time at university, seemed a natural way to renew and evolve those relationships. In more recent years I've continued to connect with a variety of LCS family members to seek guidance relating to my career (and personal) development, and to offer the same to fellow graduates. In all, my experience to date stands as proof that membership in the Grove family truly does last for a lifetime— particularly for those who choose to stay engaged (and/or re-engage). And so it is for me, as for
tances, and to introduce themselves to others within the Grove community for the first time. Still others have leveraged the tools and resources provided by the program to advance specific business opportunities. Nik Van Haeren ’98, for instance, has offered very positive feedback based upon his experience of seeking a new alliance partner to expand the reach of his company's marketing and distribution efforts. Happily enough, Nik selected an individual sourced from Lakefield's Mentor Program. In all cases, be it in the context of seeking career guidance and/or new business partners, the implicit trust often granted to fellow LCS community members has proven to make a meaningful difference.
others seeking ways to evolve relationships within the school's community, that opportunities for direct interaction are warmly welcomed. The LCS “Mentor Program” is one such opportunity—with enormous potential for both mentors and mentees alike.
How It Works The Mentor Program connects alumni/ae seeking guidance regarding career and/or business development (“mentees”) with members of the Grove community at varying stages of career progression
Origins of the LCS Mentor Program Intent on extending the experience of mentorship
(“mentors”). The principal mechanism for facilitating these connections is the LCS website (see Guide to Registering as a Mentor/Mentee on p24).
more broadly among members of the LCS family into the years beyond graduation, the Grove Alumni Association proposed the formation of a Mentor Program in the late 1990s. The original sponsors of this initiative recognized that alumni/ae preparing to enter the workforce would likely embrace the opportunity to learn from the professional experiences of their fellow “Grovers.” It was also well known that several members of the Lakefield community (including alumni/ae, parents, teachers, and staff ) would be pleased to provide guidance to individuals at varying stages of their
Keys to Success The Mentor Program includes built-in measures to appropriately manage the time commitment called upon by serving as a mentor. Principal among these is that all parameters and guidelines for the mentor-mentee relationship are agreed upon by the individuals at or near the time of their first interaction. As such, the scope, methods and frequency of communication in each relationship will vary on a case-by-case basis.
working lives. With these considerations in mind,
For the benefit of mentees and mentors alike, the
the Mentor Program was launched to provide LCS
following “ground rules” are provided to help
alumni/ae with guidance relating to career research
optimize interactions with one another:
and development. Begin by defining the context and objectives for the relationship as clearly as possible.
p24 mentees alike. As such, we invite you to register for
Agree upon all key guidelines for communication (e.g. interaction via email/phone or in person,
the program now (as instructed below). The contri-
suitable times to interact, and expected time
bution of your experience and wisdom could have a
significant impact on the career path of one or more individuals. In return, here's trusting that you
For mentees: be highly flexible to accommodate your mentor's schedule.
will also derive a lot of personal fulfillment from this form of interaction with fellow members of the LCS community.
For mentors: be sure to clarify time commitments, and thereby manage mentee expectations
Career Day 2005
On a related topic, this year's LCS Career Day—
An Appeal for Your Involvement
of the school—will be held on Friday, November
The overall aim of this article is to raise the profile of the Grove's Mentor Program, and thereby attract a higher level of participation among mentors and
staged on campus for the benefit of senior students 18th. Individuals interested in speaking with students at this event are asked to contact: Tracey Blodgett at 1.705.652.3324, ext 333.
Guide to Registering as a Mentor/Mentee Individuals wishing to serve as a
will see a set of directories listed
search criteria (i.e. the blank
mentor simply register online, then
below your name. From that list,
spaces provided on the bottom half
await contact from individuals
click on the item marked “Mentor
of the web page), then click on the
seeking career guidance in the area
shaded box labeled “Search Mentor
of expertise indicated by the mentor's online profile. Instructions for registering online to become a mentor are as follows:
Database.” 6. On the Mentor Program home page, click on the shaded box
3. The names of individuals
labeled “Become a Mentor,” then
captured by your search will then
follow the three-step process for
be shown in alphabetical order.
1. Go to the LCS website:
creating your profile and submit-
ting your name for registration.
4. Click on the mentor names provided on that list to read about
2. Click on the “Alumni” button located at the top of the homepage.
Locating a Mentor
each person's professional profile.
Individuals seeking career
5. To initiate contact with one of
3. Click on the “Login” button at
guidance begin by searching for a
the mentors on that list, click on
the top of the Alumni web page.
match within the Mentor Program
the envelope symbol located on the
section of the LCS website.
right hand side of the individual's
4. Submit your Alumni Login
Instructions for searching online
details in the boxes indicated
for a career mentor within the
(note: once logged in successfully,
Grove community are as follows:
you will enter the secure Alumni
6. To revise your search, click on the shaded box labeled “Click to
1. Complete steps 1 through 5.
5. On the left hand side of the
2. On the Mentor Program home
Alumni Community web page you
page, fill in at least one of the
Show Search Criteria,” then repeat steps 2 through 5 above.
Events The school welcomed a group of over 40 alumni and their guests at a pre-1950s Old Boys' Reunion at the Grove on Saturday, April 23rd. Some came back to the campus for the first time in over 60 years. To read more about LCS events, please visit our website at www.lakefieldcs.on.ca (choose DISCOVER then NEWS & CALENDAR) and view the latest snapshots and news online (archived by date). Left: Old Boys, from as early as 1939 to 1958, gathered for a photo at the Haddensâ€™ residence when they came home to the Grove in April to celebrate a day in their honour.
The Andy Harris Cup On June 15th, 2005, 118 golfers
Hole in One:
The Hunt Bros. Ltd.
participated in the Annual Grove
The Pullen Family
Golf Tournament to raise funds
in support of student financial
assistance. Congratulations to all
Baynes & White
of our prize winners including
P.E. Goulet, Property Tax Advisors
John Hayes â€™83 and Sue Fleming
Closest to Hole:
Kawartha Lakes Brewing Co.
Mary and John Lowry
Keller Williams Referred Realty
as the Low Gross Winners and
Paul & Kris Hickey
winners of the Andy Harris Cup. Approximately $24,000 was
thanks to all of the sponsors,
supporters, participants, and
Scott and Trish McCain
volunteers who contributed to this success.
Onondaga Camp Taycott Enterprises
raised from this event. Many
Green Sponsors: Murray Brothers Lumber Co.
Telecator Paging Service Centre
C & S Logistics
The Fleming Family
Bill & Susan Gastle Goodmans LLP
Thank you, also, to our supporters (too numerous to name here) without which the event would not have been as successful.
The Second-Best Way to Spend Christmas David Ingram ’96 I called home on Christmas Day. It was my first Christmas ever away from home and, perhaps unexpectedly, the separation from my family really hit me. The phone connection wasn't great—I was actually surprised it worked at all. When my parents answered, I faced the dilemma that many travellers face: there was so much I had to tell but so little time to tell it. I was, after all, sitting on an icebreaker in the Southern Ocean just off the coast of Antarctica.
The trip south to Antarctica was a journey in itself. Our group flew first to Miami and then on to Santiago, Chile and Buenos Aires, Argentina before eventually reaching the Argentinian port town of Ushuaia. It was in Ushuaia that we boarded our icebreaker, The Polar Star, and began the final leg of our journey, sailing south through the Drake Passage or “The Drake” as it came to be known onboard. The Drake has earned a spot in history as having some of the roughest sea conditions in the world as a result of the Southern Ocean currents being forced between the two conti-
I became interested in travel in 1994. With the help of
nental land masses of South America and Antarctica.
Arnie Boyle, I travelled to Australia for three months
We braced for the worst but somehow experienced the
as part of the LCS exchange program. It was my first
best. Not only did we have sunny weather but also,
time out of the continent and while moving into
according to our guides, the waves were perhaps as
residence at an Australian school is no extraordinary
smooth as they will ever be for a crossing of the
feat, it was my first “independent” travel experience.
Drake. We would not be so lucky on our return trip…
Fast forward ten years later and, after a lengthy application process in August and September of 2004, I was accepted to travel as part of the Quebec-based Students on Ice team to Antarctica for 15 days over the Christmas holiday. I had no idea what to expect from
Antarctica is a place of unparalleled natural beauty. Aside from a few research bases and abandoned whaling stations, the continent remains primarily unaltered by human activity.
Antarctica but at the same time, I was fascinated by
So much of what we experienced was not just about
the prospect of travelling to the continent that made
seeing, but also feeling and hearing the things around
famous James Clark Ross and the great Ernest
us. At our first landing at Brown's Bluff, we stood in
awe as dozens of Adelie penguins cruised past us,
It's incredible, really, this Lakefield thing. Call it the Lakefield Difference or call it anything for that matter, but either way it's always there, even when you don't expect it. It's fair to say that I was floored to learn that our group, comprised of 80 students and 30 staff from around the world, had not one but two Lakefield grads in it. Carmen Lishman and I had never met; I graduated from the Grove in 1996 while Carmen graduated in 2001. That said, after making the connection, we both spent time comparing notes on old classes, teachers, and the school itself. Perhaps most important, though, meeting someone with such a similar background made a trip with so many unknowns that much more comfortable.
framed perfectly by the majestic blue glaciers that Carmen Lishman ’01 and David Ingram ’96
p27 characterized the landscape. We slowly followed the
night. At 5:30 a.m. the Russian ship came into sight
parade of birds and were again left stunned and
and by 8:00 a.m. we were manoeuvring around them
amazed as we found ourselves standing before a
trying to ease the pressure on the hull of the boat by
penguin rookery, home to thousands upon thousands
taking runs at the surrounding ice. Our captain spent
of nesting penguins. It was a scene that we all banked
the entire day working to free the Russian ship and,
in our memories, none of us realizing that this experi-
while it was an unexpected and unplanned event, it
ence would become almost commonplace in the week
certainly provided all of us with an experience that
few have had the chance to encounter.
The next several days were spent making landings at
Two days later, we were treated to one of the rarest of
various spots on the Antarctic Peninsula. We landed
occurrences in the Southern Ocean.
at such places as Port Lockroy, Elephant Island, Baily Head, Deception Island, Neko Harbour, and Danco Island, each stop offering a different glimpse into the new world that we were exploring. We hiked up peaks, swam in the frigid ocean waters, slid down glaciers and studied the abundant wildlife on the island continent. We also had the opportunity to speak with both British and Argentinian researchers stationed, often for years at a time, in Antarctica. And, while so many of the things we experienced were new to all of us, perhaps two events best defined our time down South. They gave us a true glimpse of both the beauty and power of Mother Nature.
Having all but given up hope of spotting an Orca whale, we watched in disbelief as a pod of Orcas hunted down a stranded seal on an ice floe, about 50 metres off our starboard side. More captivating still, was that the pod was actually teaching young Orcas how to huntâ€”the young whales would catch the seal and then throw it back up on to the ice floe to practice again, all the while, the enormous male watching, and teaching, from 30 metres away. Neither the ship rescue nor the feeding could have been planned; nonetheless, these events gave all of us another poignant glimpse of the new world we were experiencing.
On the night of December 25th our captain received an SOS call from a Russian ship, 25 miles away. The ship had been trapped by a fast moving ice floe, forced together by strong north-westerly winds. I remained perched on the bow deck throughout the night, watching our ship crash through what had appeared to be an indestructible sheet of ice, en route to the stranded vessel. The icebreaking continued all Zodiak in Paradise Bay
I've always loved travel but travelling to Antarctica had never been a dream of mine. Rather, when I heard about this program, I decided it was an adventure I would love to embark upon. Having been there and experienced the continent, it is now a dream of mine to go back. And it is, without a doubt, the second-best way to spend Christmas.
David and Penguins
Changing the World, One Project at a Time A Profile on Dawn Danby ‘96
Paul Mason When Dawn Danby graduated from Lakefield College School in 1996, she knew she wanted to change the world for the better. But where to begin? She was aware, even then, of the dangers of over-reaching, but very clear that an unthinking acceptance of the status quo was not possible.
And where did she work after graduation? “I got a heavy dose of my ecological design education from a brilliant couple, Gail Vittori and Pliny Fisk, who are celebrated green builders and policymakers in Texas. I worked with them during school—and afterward—and was then involved in furniture design for a year. I've since been working in Toronto with internationally recognized artist, Noel
After Lakefield, Dawn studied Industrial Design at
Harding, on a range of environmental and public
the Rhode Island School of Design. “Industrial
art initiatives. Our current project is the Green
design,” she says, is “much like architecture for
Corridor, an initiative to transform two kilometers
small things, and that includes all three-dimen-
of roadway in Windsor. The site leads up to the
sional manufactured objects. We know how much
largest border crossing in North America, which is
havoc the relentless creation of “Stuff” causes to
currently a wall of idling diesel transport trucks.”
ecological systems, and a search for practical solutions is what motivated me to shift my focus from the fine arts.”
“Our most successful effort within this project has been the planned construction of a nature bridge over Huron Church Road. The bridge carries
Dawn Danby ’96
Nature Bridge, Turnbine View
naturalized landscape over the top of the road,
for drama and music. A lot of what I've done since
integrates into wetland and stormwater systems,
couldn't have been accomplished without some of
and uses wind turbines to power all lighting on the
the grounding and confidence-building that I got at
span.” (See illustrations below).
LCS. The specific subjects I've focused on are unrelated to what I studied there, but one always
Dawn currently co-teaches an interdisciplinary course at the University of Windsor's School of Visual Arts with Noel Harding and Professor/Artist, Rod Strickland. Their students have developed
ends up writing or performing for people. More than anything, you build networks by being able to make conversation about random, unconnected things.”
river turbine designs, designed a house as a green building retrofit, integrated green roofs into univer-
Dawn set out, a few short years ago, to make a
sity buildings, and researched environmental
difference, and she's already begun to do so. The
monitoring systems. Dawn also writes for
next few decades will see her design work focus on
WorldChanging, an award-winning collaborative
enabling sustainable systems—effecting what she
weblog with an international readership of about
describes as “practical approaches to radical
half a million people every month. WorldChanging
change.” She searched briefly for the words that
operates, says Dawn, “from a simple premise: that
would sum up her approach: “I'm interested in
the tools, models, and ideas for building a better
helping people to be comfortable and happy in
future lie all around us.”
their homes and communities, while decreasing costs and impacts on resources.”
“Lakefield was good to me,” Dawn says. “I loved the casualness, the outdoor focus, and I was truly mad The Nature Bridge Spanning East
Green and Loving it Malcolm Johnston '02 Jim Harris, leader of the Green Party of Canada and graduate of the Class of 1980, talks about life, Lakefield, and the current state of Canadian politics.
riding. We are going to win more than a million votes, and we're in the process of changing Canadian politics forever.” Big words for a small party, but don't count Jim Harris out—he is no stranger to success.
With the hysteria that surrounded the 2004 federal election, it was easy to miss the Green Party of Canada. As a relative newcomer to the federal political scene and with no MPs in Ottawa, the Green Party seemed to be tagging along in an election dominated by the major players.
As a university student at Queen's, Jim was named rector of his graduating class—the highest studentelected official at the university; later he became the leader of the Ontario Greens; in 2001, he was named leader of the federal Green Party with an enthusiastic 80% of the vote. And on top of it all, Harris has
To Green Party leader Jim Harris, though, the party's
found time to write a number of books, including
gains in 2004 far outweighed its shortcomings. “If
the best-selling Blindsided!, a lesson in corporate
you take all the votes the Green Party has ever won
awareness that has been printed in 80 countries
in its 21-year history,” Harris says, “and add them all
together, and double that number—we won more votes this time. It was pretty staggering.” In all, the party won nearly 600,000 votes—some 4.3% of the popular vote and, as declared by Elections Canada, the party received $1.75 for each vote. But for Harris, this is only the beginning. “At the moment,” he says, “we're preparing for the next election, where we're going to field 308 candidates—a candidate in every
But to hear Jim tell it, his success started at Lakefield. “Mens sana in corpore sano,” he recalls, “a sound mind in a sound body. The school really promoted all-round individuals.” And it was that ideal that Jim aimed for as a student in the ’70s. Harris looks back on his days as a cross-country skier under coach Doc McCubbin with amusement. “The first year we started, we all had wooden skis,”
Jim Harris ’80, Leader of the Green Party of Canada
he says with a laugh. “This is like entering the Tour de France with a bike that doesn't have gears. Anyway, we just trained. And the second year, we got fibreglass skis, which have what's called “camber,” which is an arch, and man, they're fast. Anyway, we ended up winning the OFSAA championship that year. So we had quite a lot of improvement.” At LCS Harris was involved in the debating and drama clubs, too. In grade nine, he organized the junior debating tournament, and later came second in the provincial debating championships. On the dramatic front, his house play advanced to the provincial finals, giving Harris great exposure to public speaking and helping prepare him for a career in the public eye. “So here, by grade nine,” he
remembers, “I had acted in front of two thousand
“eco-capitalist,” a characterization Harris rejects.
people. Looking back now, later in life, as the leader
“I've never used that term,” he says. “I don't think
of a national party, I speak regularly in front of large
there's a lot of value in the capitalist/socialist
groups of people—something I became accustomed
labels. In fact, what we've seen is that capitalism
to in grade nine. So the debating and drama I did at
and socialism have both been equally competent in
Lakefield has very much set me up.”
destroying our planet.” Harris prefers his own description: “The Green Party of Canada is fiscally
The Green Party has benefited from Harris's drive to succeed. Indeed, much of the Green Party's
responsible, socially progressive, and committed to environmental sustainability.”
growth has come with Harris at the helm. At first glance, though, Harris's political vision does not
It is when talking about the latter topic—the
seem a natural fit for the party that was spawned in
environment—that Jim becomes most impassioned.
the mass counter-culture movement of the sixties.
“Over 80% of Canadians believe that their grand-
As an undergrad, for instance, Jim was a member of
children are going to inherit a world that is
the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada. But
substantially degraded,” he says. “We have two very
Harris asserts that his values have always remained
stark choices. We can continue on the path we're on
the same. “I became a Progressive Conservative
and it will be a very bleak future. Or we begin to
with the emphasis on the progressive,” he says. “I
adopt the kind of ideas that the Green Party is
was always a red Tory.” And in fact it was after
reading an influential book called Green Politics, by authors Fritjof Capra and Charlene Spretnak, that Harris found his political calling. “I read that a species goes extinct every 25 minutes,” Harris says. “In reading that book I all of a sudden realized that… an ecological debt is eternal. No sleight of hand by an economist can bring back an extinct species. So I went from being a fiscal conservative to being an ecological conservative first and foremost.”
Jim is still grateful to those who helped him along the way. He credits the late Andy Harris (no relation), alumni, teacher, and coach at LCS, for much of his success. “Andy Harris played a role [in my life], because he was my English teacher and I ended up taking English at Queen's as a major… In fact, when I went back one time I told Andy that his encouragement had had a profound effect on me, because I'd co-authored a book called The 100 Best Companies to Work for in Canada, and so I said that
But even today, as the leader of the party, Harris
his encouragement as a teacher had had a profound
seems an odd fit as a Green, since he operates a
effect on me. And I was very thankful and glad I was
management-consulting firm, Strategic Advantage,
able to tell him that before he died.”
that works with big businesses such as GM, Mobil, Arthur Andersen, Bell, and other companies to develop corporate strategies. When asked if his two professional roles conflict, Jim replies, “Not at all. I've been working to show how doing the right thing environmentally is also doing the right thing business-wise.”
For now, Harris has his sights set on the future, and his goal is change. “My whole career has been working around change,” he says. “How do we change on a personal level: amongst teams; amongst organizations; countries; for society; the whole way of living on the planet as a whole; it's all about change.” And if all continues according to
Where, then, does Harris—an ecologically minded
plan for Harris, the Green Party's absence on
politician who embraces big business—lie on the
Parliament Hill will soon change, too.
political spectrum? Many have deemed him an
Class News The 1950s In February, Rod Baker ’58 received the Lloyd C. Stinson Memorial Award from the Corporation of the Town of Cobourg in recognition of the time and dedication he has given towards volunteer efforts in the community.
The 1970s March 2005 saw the release of Every Trail has a Story: Heritage
Colin McCorriston '72, John Corbett '72, Kim Lowes '72, Brian Gordon '72, David Bowker '72, John Pace '72, Ron MacAulay '72, Thomas "TAC" Bell '72, and Chuck Reynolds '72 held a mini-reunion Chez Laurent in Toronto in April 2005.
Travel in Canada (Natural Heritage Press, Toronto) by Bob Henderson ’75. Bob has been teaching at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario since 1981. He teaches Outdoor Education and Environmental Inquiry.
The 1980s Leif Wellington Haase ’83 is a Senior Program Officer and Health Care Fellow at The Century Foundation, a think tank based in New York, and the author of the recently-published A New Deal for Health: How to Cover Everyone
“rookie” team from the Grove
Luke Mellors ’88 received the
beat the odds and came in first in
award for CIO of the Year at the
their class and seventh overall!
UK Technology Innovation and
Under Eric's guidance as
Growth Awards. He does
skipper/navigator they took a
speaking engagements on the
different course than the other 79
benefits of innovation to business
“experienced” yachts. The crew
and aligning the IT function with
didn't see a soul on the 640 mile
business strategies for best
crossing until three miles outside
results. Further, he has just been
of Bermuda when the rest of the
elected to the Board of Directors
pack appeared and they suddenly
of Hotel Technology Next
realized that they were ahead of
Generation—the leading interna-
everyone else in their class. They
tional strategy organization for
sailed into Bermuda at 4 a.m. and
hotel technology—as their
were still partying two days later!
European Board Representative. Luke serves on the Editorial
and Get Medical Costs Under
Peter Kendall ’85 has been
named by the Globe & Mail as one
Skipper and LCS Old Boy, Eric Cerny ’85, made the call to his classmates, Tim Girling ’86, Bruce Graham ’86, and Jim
of the Top 40 Under 40 for his work with the Schad Foundation, an environmental Foundation located in Toronto, Ontario.
Advisory Board of Hospitality Technology Magazine and joined the planning committee for the development of a high tech hotel at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He has published articles
Connacher ’86, and together they
Stephen Marshall ’87 has
on effective and value-oriented IT
boarded his 40-ft. french yacht to
published True Lies (Penguin).
run in the Marion/Bermuda Race
His feature documentary on Iraq,
in June 2005. Over 80 yachts
Battleground: 21 Days on the
participated in this race which is
Empire's Edge is premiered on the
Kathryn Meehan ’91 graduated
steeped in tradition with experi-
from the University of Cambridge
enced boats and crews, but the
with her LL.M. in June. She is
Eric Cerny '85, Tim Girling '86, Bruce Graham ’86, and Jim Connacher '86, boarded Eric’s 40 ft French Yacht to run in the Marion/Bermuda Race in June ’05
Luke Mellors '88 received an award for the CIO of the Year at the UK Technology Innovation and Growth Awards
now practising civil litigation and
Crimes Research Office at
labour law with McCarthy Tetrault
American University Washington
LLP in London, Ontario.
College of Law. She is moving to
Jonathan Randall ’99 was in
Europe to clerk with the Office of
Peterborough in April producing
the Prosecutor for the prestigious
Neil Simon's Brighton Beach
International Criminal Court in
Memoirs at Showplace Theatre.
In August, Margaret (Meg) Wallace ’93 moved to Abu Dhabi, UAE, where she has accepted a job teaching Physical Education and Leadership to Emirati girls at the Sheikh Zayed Private Academy
The Hague. Alison will begin a clerkship at the Supreme Court of Canada with Mr. Justice John Major in 2006-2007.
Rachel Adams ’99, a medical student at Queen's University, will spend a month this summer in
for Girls. She'd love to catch up
India with Himalayan Health
with old friends and can be
Amanda Soder ’98 began the
Exchange, a U.S. organization that
Master of Management and
brings basic medical and dental
Professional Accounting program
care to remote villages. Delivery
with the Rotman School of
of the program requires a five-day
Management at the University of
trek on a pass—over 5,000 metres
Toronto. She will complete the
high—to a Buddhist village
program by the fall of 2007.
inaccessible seven months of the
Helen Grose ’94 is working at Manning Selvage & Lee, a public relations agency in Toronto. Helen is doing corporate commu-
year due to snow.
nications and crisis and issues
Kathleen Wright ’98 is an
Outdoor Educator with the Tim
Mark Soder ’00 works with the
Horton Children's Foundation at
Cleveland Browns and will be
Onondaga Farms (a camp at a
completing his MBA and MSA
working farm and conservation
degrees at Ohio University in the
area) near Brantford, Ontario.
Meghanne Reburn ’97 has been accepted into the midwifery program at Ryerson University. Out of 1900 applicants, she was one of the 23 who were accepted.
“Eco,” as she is known at the camp, is also actively involved in
Alison Mitchell ’98 spent her
the organization's sustainability
January term working for the War
projects, including the task of building a wind generator.
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L-R: Martin Aass ’83, Leif Wellington Haase ’83 and Leslie Anne Teicholz
Margaret Wallace ’93 and David Bywater
Marriages Leif Wellington Haase ’83 was married to Leslie
Jill Arsenault ’03 and Quinton Dewing were married
Anne Teicholz on September 19, 2004 at the Wave
in Lakefield on July 23, 2005. Her sisters, Jess ’00
Hill Garden in New York City. Martin Aass ’83 and
and Joss ’04, were her attendents, and were joined
Alex Murphy ’83 were in attendance.
by: the Haddens, the Sunderlands, the Birds, the Runzas, the Moores, the Milligans, Sarah Chung ’03,
Andrew Hamblin ’93 and Miranda Fowler were married on October 31, 2004. Andrew is working as an Electrical (DSP) Engineer in San Diego.
Sarah Nobel ’02, Emily Hedges ’02, Laura Sunderland ’01, Karly Coyle ’02, Jess Foran ’03, Emma Trottier ’03, Janice Greenshields ’03, Joe
Margaret (Meg) Wallace ’93 and David Bywater were
Mallette ’03, Sho Araki ’03, Cam Crawford ’02, Zoë
married on April 9, 2005 in Buckhorn, Ontario.
Mills ’03, Kaley Morris ’02, Mike Corner ’03, Rob Hazell ’03, Katie Hadden ’00, and family and friends for the couple’s joyous occasion.
Andrew Hamblin '93 and Miranda Fowler
Jill Arsenault ’03 and Quinton Dewing
Births “There is nothing like a newborn baby to renew your spirit—and to buttress your resolve to make the world a better place.” VIRGINIA KELLEY Andrew Clarke ’85 and Betsy
Nancy and David Coates ’76 are
Simon Jacob Coates was born on
Britnell are proud to announce
the proud first-time grandparents
January 7, 2005. Simon is brother
the birth of their twins. Zachary
of Owen David Coates, born to
to Lily, age 3. Parents Nicole and
Barry Britnell Clarke and
son Michael and Amber Oulton
Stephen Coates ’90 have bought
Samantha Ellen Britnell Clarke
on March 21, 2005 at the Trillium
a new home in Toronto and look
were born on January 22, 2005 at
Centre, Mississauga, weighing in
forward to a class of 1990 and
6:47 a.m. and 6:49 a.m.
at 7 lbs. 5 oz. The new grandpar-
friends party soon.
ents are ecstatic! Cooper, Samantha and Zachary Clarke
Owen David Coates
Simon Jacob Coates
Hugh Culliton '89 with baby Duncan
Births Continued Laura and Hugh Culliton ’89
Lianne Laing and is the grand-
oz). His proud parents are Scott
announce the birth of Duncan (8
daughter of the late Andy Harris
Smith ’87 and Jill Taylor Smith.
lbs, 8 oz.) on June 20, 2005. Big
’44 and Ann Harris. She is also
brother Tristan was excited to
the niece of Craig Harris ’78 and
welcome his new brother home.
Kelly Harris ’80.
Correction: Page 37 of the Winter 2005 issue of the Grove News shows a photo of Connor Douglas
Naiya Elliott Evans was born to
Mhari Kathleen Macintosh was
and Peyton Rose. Connor is
mom, Sharlene Polman ’96, on
born on March 14, 2005 (8 lbs. 2
pictured on the right and Peyton
April 28, 2005, weighing 6 lbs.
oz)to Wanda and Topher
is on the left. Connor Douglas is
the son of Ken Douglas ’91 and
Andie Katalin Harris was born on
Jackie (Clarke) Douglas ’93.
February 26, 2005. Andie is the
Dylan Taylor Smith was born on
daughter of Tony Harris ’82 and
July 10, 2005 in Toronto (8 lbs. 8
Lianne Laing, Tony Harris ‘82, and Andie
Mhari Kathleen Macintosh
Peyton is the son of Sarah and Graham Rose ’91.
Jill and Scott Smith ’87 with baby Dylan
In Our Memories Tony Arnoldi ’43 on January 25,
Brian Dobbie ’68 on March 16,
2005 in Cambridge. Brother of George Dobbie ’61, Murray
Conyers Baker on March 30, 2005. Father of Piers Baker ’86. John Barr on April 4, 2005 in Peterborough. John was a member of the Facilities Staff
Dobbie ’66 and Alexander Dobbie ’71. Uncle of Leona Dobbie ’99. R. Fraser Elliott on January 26, 2005. Father of Fraser Elliott '74.
from 1948 to 1989. Alan Franklin on January 11, Father John A. Cranston on June 7, 2005 in Newport, RI, USA.
2005. Father of Kirsten Franklin (faculty).
Father Cranston was the school Chaplain from 1953 to 1956.
Robert McIntyre on June 11, 2005 in Peterborough. Father of Laura
Janet Barber on March 30, 2005.
Mother of Michael Barber ’73. Irene Scott on February 26, 2005 John Delaney ’57 on April 6, 2005 in Moose Factory, Ontario.
in Montreal. Mother of Hugh Scott ’51 and former school nurse.
Predeceased by his father, Rev. Lloyd Delaney, former school
Janet Westwood on June 18, 2005
at St Paul's Hospital in Vancouver. Mother of David Westwood ’94.
Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2005
First Row (Back) (L-R) Barth Webb Matt Gillespie Andrew Bark Adrian Lyttle Ian Ross Peter Stewart Jeremy Braive Cameron Grace Ben Hendry Matt Bays Quinn Richardson Michael Petrosoniak Cooper Evoy Nathan Cragg Charlie Bierk Jon Crossan Can Birol Aramis Meilleur-Nanni
Second Row (L-R) Davina Gauthier
Laura Ratcliffe Ariel Adams Jordan Chizick David French Wayne Dempsey Mackenzie Crawford Brett Thompson Will Loyd Geret Horlick Reid Selley Simon DeNure Michael Morris Andrew Ball Martin Cayouette Beth Mulvale Lianne Schumacher Katie Richardson Arnould Talya Florian Chantal Byrd
Third Row (L-R) Sarah Empey Alix Morse Mackenzie Emond
Yi-Yi Huang Theresa Kemp Ji-Sun Kim Katie Uhlmann Anjie Ober Vienna Thurlbeck Sarah McCain Emily May Corey Dean Emma Seager Emily Ames Jacqueline Sawatsky Ashleigh Phillips Jenny An Lolly Kruger Gemma Barker Sarah Freeman Patti Lockhart-Dyer
Fourth Row (L-R) Hilary Coburn Lauren Snider Mishal Verjee Leala Wong
Lena Hesse Margot Aldis Bo Mee Kim Candy Lau Tory Sloan Cindy Xu Kristin Zubrickas Jamie Bignell Ariel Dalle Jessie Vouk Tori Woodward
Fifth Row (Front) (L-R) Jorge Trigo-Martinez Jon Life Justin Stanimir Tom Ironstone Jason Yang Kevin Kan Raymond Chan Dale Kandestin Carter Swidler Will Edgehill Nick Schofield
Join Us On a Dog Sledding Adventure in the Yukon! Rudy Massimo and Rod Taylor invite you to join them in the Great White North Interested members of the Grove community are invited to mush under the awe-inspiring cliffs of Mount North, travel through raw wilderness, see herds of Dall sheep, and hear wolf packs howl as you drive your own team of dogs on a sledding trip in the Yukon organized by Lakefieldâ€™s Rudy Massimo and led by Tour Guide Rod Taylor of Uncommon Journey. Between overnight stays in log cabins, live in cozy mountain yurts overlooking the Takhini River Valley. Savor delicious meals and relax in the hot tub or enjoy a drink while watching the Aurora Borealis.
February 26-March 4, 2006 The cost is $3,500.00 excluding airfare (all gear and equipment provided). For more information, please contact Rudy Massimo: firstname.lastname@example.org or 705.652.3324 ext. 366
Photography by Simon Spivey
4391 County Rd. 29, Lakefield, ON Canada K0L 2H0
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