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Grove News Summer 2005

Calendar of Events 2005-2006 For details please refer to our school calendar at, click NEWS




21 Gr 7/8 Parent Reception


Grove Society Luncheon

23 Gr 9 Parent Reception Gr 11 Parent Reception


Career Day



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


Trustees' Meeting

Grove Society Business Luncheon & Guest Speaker


Grove Society AGM


Regatta Day


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

Bruce Gibson

James Hyslop '85

Michael Eatson '83

Nancy Smith

Kenneth Gill

Alan Ingram

Betty Morris

Scott Smith '87

Cynthia Gordon

Warren Jones '88

Bill Morris '70

Simon Spivey

Janice Green

Angie Killoran

Mike Morris '05

David Thompson

Jennifer Gruer

Howard Kitchen

Christopher Ondaatje

Ann Tottenham

Terry Guest

Janet Lafortune

Travis Price '85

Jessie Vouk '05

David Hadden

Nicholas Lewis '77

Tony Pullen '63

Dr. Tim Ward '62

Chris Hadfield

James (Kim) Little '53

Kathleen Ramsay

Chris White '90

Steven Harris

Laleah Macintosh

Douglas Rishor '57

Terry Windrem

Goodith Heeney

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

Jeffrey Marshall

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

remember Melissa.

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


School News


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


Class News


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


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 Awards—June 11, 2005 Academic Proficiency Standing Top of Form

Gold House Points Medal

Grade 7

Stephanie Worsfold

Hilary Bird

Grade 8

Zoe Edwards

Hilary Coburn

Grade 9

Max Lafortune

Rachel Honig

Grade 10

Mathew MacLean

Jon Life

Grade 11

Torie Patterson

Katie Uhlmann

Governor General’s Medal YiYi Huang

Arts and Languages English

Fine Arts

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

Fine Arts

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 Trustees’ 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

dream fulfilled.”

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

Why Endowment?

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 “custodial� 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

school (60%).

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,

I do?”

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:

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

Eligibility Criteria

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

leadership experience.

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 &

meaningful ways.”

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-

to them.

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 “canal� 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

That's Buckley's.

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

Samali poachers.”

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-

up volcanoes.”

recipients, please contact:

Malcolm plans to spend the

Theresa Butler-Porter

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.

French culture.


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

forever grateful.

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

profile box.

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

Community intranet).

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 (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 Haddens’ 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

Edgetown Ford

The Pullen Family

Golf Tournament to raise funds

Select Acoustic

in support of student financial

Longest Drive:

assistance. Congratulations to all

Baynes & White

Tee Sponsors:

of our prize winners including

J.C. Clark

P.E. Goulet, Property Tax Advisors

John Hayes ’83 and Sue Fleming

Closest to Hole:

Kawartha Lakes Brewing Co.

Mary and John Lowry

Keller Williams Referred Realty

Putting Competition:

MIC Mechanical

as the Low Gross Winners and

Paul & Kris Hickey

winners of the Andy Harris Cup. Approximately $24,000 was

Grove Communications

thanks to all of the sponsors,

Sign Sponsor:

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.

Hole Sponsors:

Telecator Paging Service Centre


Lead Sponsors:

C & S Logistics

RG Group

The Fleming Family

Mapleridge Mechanical

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 hunt—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

putting forward.”

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-

Showtime Network.

from the University of Cambridge

enced boats and crews, but the

The 1990s

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

reached at:

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

Macintosh ’85.

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.

McIntyre ’02.

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

Adriella 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 Lakefield’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: or 705.652.3324 ext. 366

Photography by Simon Spivey

4391 County Rd. 29, Lakefield, ON Canada K0L 2H0

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Summer 2005