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Grove News Spring/Summer 2006

Calendar of Events 2006-2007 For details please refer to our school calendar at, click NEWS





Gr 7/8 Parent Reception


Guelph Pub Night


Grove Society Meeting


Gr 11/12 Parent Reception


Career Day


Victoria Pub Night


Fall Fair Home to the Grove Reunion Gr 9/10 Parent Reception


70s Decade Reunion


Vancouver Pub Night



Gala (to be confirmed)



Christmas Alumni/ae Formal



Home to the Grove Reunion



Class Reps Workshop


London UK Dinner

Grove Society Christmas Meeting & Luncheon


Toronto Pub Night


Grove Society Meeting London UK Pub Night


Peterborough Pub Night


Grove Society AGM



Regatta Day

Grove Society Business Luncheon / Guest Speaker





Grove Society Pot Luck


Halifax Pub Night


Kingston Pub Night


Grade 8 Graduation Dinner


Trustees' Meeting/Dinner


Alumni/ae Hockey



London, ON Pub Night

Closing Grade 12 Graduation Dinner


Andy Harris Cup — Grove Golf Tournament



Montreal Pub Night

Grove Society Meeting

Trustees 2005-2006 Board Chair Jock Fleming ’74 Past Chair Marilynn Booth Cindy AtkinsonBarnett Heather Avery Nicole Bendaly ’93 David Bignell Gerry Bird Walter Blackwell Gordon Blake Scott Campbell Brian Carter Andrew Clarke ’85 Janet Cudney ’94

Jack Curtin

Paul Hickey

James Matthews ’58

John Schumacher

Peter Dunn ’62

Howard Hickman

Scott McCain

Maureen Sinden

Andrew Durnford ’85

Rachael Honig ’06

Andrea McConnell

Nancy Smith

Michael Eatson ’83

HRH Duke of York ’78

Don McGuire

Scott Smith ’87

Bishop George Elliott

Tim Hyde ’76

Fiona McNestry ’06

David Thompson

Ann Farlow

James Hyslop ’85

John McRae ’70

Stuart Thompson ’91

Bill Gastle ’68

Alan Ingram

Val McRae

Ann Tottenham

Bruce Gibson

Warren Jones ’88

Betty Morris

Tim Ward ’62

Kenneth Gill

Angie Killoran

William Morris ’70

Gordon Webb

Janice Green

Janet Lafortune

Christopher Ondaatje

Chris White '90

Jennifer Gruer

Kathleen Leonard

Travis Price ’85

Jamie White ’79

Terry Guest

Nicholas Lewis ’77

Tony Pullen ’63

Terry Windrem

David Hadden

James (Kim) Little ’53

Kathleen Ramsay

Chris Hadfield

Laleah Macintosh

Douglas Rishor ’57

Goodith Heeney

J.M. (Bubs) Macrae ’33 Gretchen Ross

John K. Hepburn ’68

Kevin Malone ’77

Directors in Bold

John Ryder ’77

Front Cover: LCS students, Paulina Aguire, Sebastian MacGregor, Kyla Murphy, Renée Proulx, Christian Seale, and Fernando Vazquez, and staff member, Vicky Boomgardt, “pull all hands together” while participating in the Round Square Botswana Project, 2006. Photo courtesy of staff member Joe Bettencourt.


Editorial Belinda Schubert ’99 The World Soccer Championship in Germany (where I happened to be taking a course on Legal German) was accompanied by the motto “Die Welt zu Gast bei Freunden.” Translated, this is something like, “The world is a guest of friends.” Quite a number of other alumni/ae traveled to Germany to enjoy the games — not to mention the more than 30 alumni/ae who live in Germany. It is interesting to consider

very active presence of our LCS

Richard Hagg and Stuart Lee — expe-

family abroad. Staff and students like

rienced travelers themselves — forge

Bianca Bell ’06 participate in proj-

a link between the students’ practical

ects that strive to better the lives of

experience abroad and the concepts

individuals in a host of nations, as

learned in the classroom.

noted by David Hadden in his Closing Chapel speech (p.iv). Alumni like Marvin Seibert ’98 live and work internationally; parents also live or volunteer internationally — like Brittany Scott's father, who volunteers his expertise as a periodontist in Cambodia (p.19).

With all of these opportunities to explore the world, it is no wonder that LCS students are keener than ever to volunteer, work, and play abroad. And so our international network of friends grows ever larger. In closing, I would like to wish a very Happy Birthday to Flo Ryder. May

the vast network of alumni/ae across

Students’ exposure to international

the globe. Increasingly, Lakefielders

issues and cultures is not limited to

are finding that no matter where in

time spent off campus. International

the world they are, they are amongst

events like the Walk Around the

friends: fellow students, staff, or

Belinda Schubert ’99, a freelance

World, speakers, and spirited

alumni/ae are just a stone’s throw

writer and editor, is currently

exchange students all contribute. In


attending law school at UBC. She

courses like Canadian and World

graduated from Princeton in June

Issues (featured on p.10), students

2003 with a degree in English

learn to see themselves as agents of


Lakefield College School could easily adapt the World Cup motto to itself: “Lakefield: Guests of the World.” The word “guest,” however, belies the

change who can create solutions and bring them to fruition. Teachers

you have many more adventures to come.


Head of School, David Hadden Excerpts from his Closing Chapel Speech, June 16, 2006

this light will go on into the future becoming larger,

The old candlemaker closed the door on his workshop

kindling other lights elsewhere. It is satisfying for a

and climbed slowly up to his bedroom. He went to the

person to reflect at the various stages in their life on

corner of his room and sat, as he always did at dusk, in

the candles they have lit and what they have done to

his old rocking chair beside the window and peered

help illuminate their section of the world.

out at the fading light and the ever-growing shadow that was being cast over the village which lay below his old stone house. But the dark shadows failed to dominate the scene, for soon candlelight began to flicker in many windows around the village. The candlemaker smiled — he always felt a warm glow of satisfaction at this time of night as he wondered how

All of us will reflect back upon this year with our own very distinct and personal recollections. For me, the most defining (and satisfying) feature has been the very meaningful commitment made by so many of you to give generously of your time and talent to support so many worthwhile causes.

many windows he was responsible for lighting. As he

Not unlike the candlemaker, there is no greater satis-

had a thriving business, he knew that it would be

faction for me, as Head of School, than the knowledge

many. Finally, as the lights of the village reached

that LCS has helped young people to view their world

capacity, he arose and lit his own candle, giving

and their responsibility to it from a broader and more

himself the warmth and comfort of light for the night.

generous perspective ... and to do something about it.

The hope of Lakefield College School has always been

If there were one thing that I would hope every

to light candles within young people, to encourage

member of the graduating class would take with them

light to flicker in any way possible and to hope that

on the eve of their departures from The Grove, it

(L-R) Graduating students, Nick Ballantyne, Bert Lockhart-Dyer, Rachel Honig, and Emily Loyer share their light with each other at Closing Chapel, 2006

pv would be the acute knowledge that they are the lucky

meaningful way, to appreciate more fully what a privi-

ones and with this privileged background you share

lege it is to serve ... and the wonderful thing is,

comes the responsibility to support others who are

increasingly you will come to realize that the more you

less fortunate.

give of yourself, to whatever cause or condition you deem worthwhile, the more you will receive.

Hilary Bird emphasized this responsibility in her [Fall Winter 2006] Grove News article when she observed:

Perhaps Bianca Bell best illustrates what she received with her observations about her trip to India:

“From birth we, as members of the richest society on the planet, carry a responsibility to the people of the

“We met people who can sit, alone, ill, utterly poor,

world. We are a society that can manage luxury,

and smile ... we learned the greatest gift is a hand-

accommodate extravagance, and afford comfort, and

shake and the easiest gift is a smile. We realized that

with this comes the responsibility to give. From those

the whole world does not know where Canada is and

who have much, much is expected.”

that half the world's population do not know white people exist. We came across situations where we

This year — more than any other — more students than ever have been actively involved with over 40 charities and what is so inspiring about this involvement is the degree of student initiative behind it.

were uncomfortable and scared. We came across situations where all we wanted to do was cry at how beautifully happy someone could be while living in complete poverty. We learned that no job can be done

Seniors-in-Charge of Charities — Hilary Bird and

without teamwork, whether it be filling a hole with

Fiona McNestry — have truly kindled lights elsewhere

mud or building back a tsunami-devastated commu-

with their highly inclusive and welcoming approach.

nity. We recognized that we all have disabilities and

They have begun a legacy where any student who

that we should focus on our strengths, not our weak-

seeks to promote awareness and raise money for a

nesses. We met people who made crafts using their

cause can take it on with the support they need from

toes, who rode bikes using their hands. We met people

the Seniors-in-Charge.

who were blind and had choreographed a dance. We met people who could beat us in cricket, but had no

Remarkably, the combined contribution of all of you

hands. We met people who could beat us in volleyball,

this year has amassed to over 12,300 community

but could not speak. These work projects aren't about

service hours ... writing for Amnesty International,

getting enough community service hours to graduate,

reading for the MS Readathon, preparing food for the

or getting a great reference for your college applica-

Brock Mission, mentoring primary school students at

tion. These trips are about leaving your safe happy

St. Paul’s, supporting the Salvation Army Toy Drive,

“LCS Bubble” and gaining a greater respect for the rest

Project BOB, the YMCA, the YWCA, and the Royal

of the world. On these trips you will receive, in a

Canadian Legion to name a few.

sense, more than you give, but only as you begin to

To my mind, no endeavour raises awareness more than the 30 Hour Famine. This year, 35 of you participated at one of three levels including about 20 of you

hear yourselves, to listen, to observe, and to withhold judgement. Only when you are capable and willing to learn will you be able to give.”

who fasted for 30 hours. Your efforts will provide

May each of you, on the eve of your departures from

enough food and clean water to sustain seven children

LCS, preserve, during your lifetimes, a special place in

in Africa. Without this support, these children would

your heart for what you have shared together. May

face the prospect of starvation.

you do so with the knowledge that as 2006 draws to a

Beyond these commitments, it is remarkable to me that 31 of our graduates — one third of you! — were given the privilege and took the opportunity, at some point during your career at Lakefield, to participate in an international community service project. It would be my hope, on the eve of your departures from The Grove, that LCS has helped each of you, in a

close at Lakefield College School, with 94 candles flickering in the darkness, together they flicker not faintly, but brightly. You will leave LCS and light many many candles during your lifetimes and, like the candlemaker, as your lives progress, may you too sit contentedly and look out at all the windows you have lit.


(Top L-R) Graduates, Emily Sale and Leslie Schumacher; (Bottom L-R) Justin Loga, Clara Lonjedo, Brandon Mackenzie, Shannon Matthews and D’Arcy McDonell in line to accept their alumni/ae ties at Closing Ceremonies.


From The Chair, Board of Directors Jock Fleming ’74 Closing Speech, June 17, 2006 When our grad class started this past year, they had a school-wide goal to communicate, model, and celebrate the mission and values of the school. As I was getting dressed this morning, I was thinking of the values of the school. I looked in my closet and I realized that I still had all of the school ties that I

capita basis, that is the highest in Canada. Since 1997, four of our graduates have received the very prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, the most recent being this past November, Kim Rutherford, Class of 2001. We have built four new fantastic tennis courts and, in my mind, we have built one of the “Groviest” things we have done in decades, the Bob Armstrong Rink. We have lots to celebrate.

received when I was at the school, and I thought,

Over this past year, there was an independent student

metaphorically speaking, that each of these ties might

survey conducted by Lookout Management (p.8).

represent a value of the school. So for example, my

When it came to the question of “Overall satisfaction

very stylish 1969 Lefevre House tie might represent

with Lakefield College School,” we ranked the highest

“Trust.” My original school tie, with my name sewn so

of all of the schools they surveyed. Two years ago the

neatly in the back of it, might represent “Education of

same management company did a similar survey of

the Whole Student.” My Grade 13 tie might represent

our parents. Our parents, too, ranked Lakefield

“A Healthy Caring and Learning Community.” My

College School highest for overall satisfaction. The

green “Old Boy” tie might stand for “Individualism.”

year before that, a survey was conducted of our

My newer alumni tie might stand for “Citizenship.”

alumni/ae; they too, ranked Lakefield College School

Grads, I hope when you leave the school, like my ties

among the highest.

[metaphorically], that you will keep those values that

To me this speaks volumes to what we have accom-

you learned and lived here at The Grove for many,

plished and continue to accomplish at Lakefield

many years to come.

College School … It doesn't just happen, it takes great

Many of you, like me, are a parent of a graduate this year. I am very proud of Rob and what he has accomplished and I am sure you are proud of what your sons and daughters have accomplished. So Grads, thank you for a great and successful year.

leadership. David Hadden and his management team demonstrate exceptional leadership at the school. The faculty and staff, day-in and day-out, go way beyond their call of duty. Hundreds of parents, past parents, friends, those who serve on the Grove Society, trustees, my fellow board members, give tirelessly of

We have had many successes and accomplishments

their time and energy. All of our efforts together allow

this year. Our students logged more than 12,300 hours

us to meet our mission: “To challenge and enable

of local community service — that is more than three

students to reach their individual potential in mind,

times the provincial requirement. We have 19

body and spirit.”

students who are receiving their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award this year; and I think that on a per

Thank you for all of your efforts. God bless and have a great day.


Letters I just wanted to thank you for making my family and I

The disaster was subject for informal autopsies in

feel welcome on the LCS rink. Dawn, Meghan, Ryan,

following days. I think it was our science teacher,

and I ventured to The Grove on Dec 26th for a skate.

Mike Townsend ’51, who ventured that the “protein

Ryan and I ended up joining in a scrimmage and had

content” (worms) was above 5%, coupled with the the

a blast. Lovely facility; nice Zamboni! My wife kept

unusual heat from the steam radiator that morning.

exclaiming about the setting. Thanks so much. Dawn

Gary Hiemstraw, the custodian, had struggled with

ended up chatting awhile with a teacher whose wife is

the pipes and the furnace in the bowels of the school

in charge of Admissions. Their son and dog were

each winter, yet we could usually freeze water in our

most welcoming. Please pass on my kind regards and

dorm at night.

thanks. Our visit to The Grove was a lovely part of our Christmas. It brought back great memories of the day

Thanks again for the Grove News issues.

— boys getting together in the late 1970s to play on a duck pond over the Christmas holidays (just east off

Ted Gibson ’62

of highway 134, roughly opposite the old quarry). Peter McArthur ’80

I missed the announcement of Reverend Jack Cranston's death in the last Grove News. I was unaware of his distinguished past when he was the

Hello Lakefield!

Chaplain at Lakefield. A true hero indeed!

Greetings from the west coast. Thank you for the

I remember a lesson he was teaching us on religion in

Summer ’05 issue and Fall/Winter ’06 issue of the

one of the old-wing classrooms. It must have been a

Grove News. I look for familiar names, but as the

difficult enough “course” to teach as this story will

years swirl by, they become fewer. I remember George


Dobbie ’61, and was sorry to read in the Summer ’05 issue that he lost a brother.

He was writing on the blackboard, telling a story about Jesus Christ and started off at the top of a

The photograph of the Gate House, on page 3, below

pyramid of names with the initials J.C . With his back

the editorial in the Fall/Winter ’06 issue was Mr. and

still to the class he asked anyone who knew who the

Mrs. Ketchum's home. We called him "Hoggie" (short

initials J.C. stood for. Someone ... was it Army

for “Hogarth”). On the other side of their house, we

Armstrong ? ... piped up loudly “Jack Cranston!”

used to make “hard” apple cider every fall with Hoggie and his apple cider press. Our dorm was right above Mr. Smith’s desk in one corner of the library. We called Mr. Smith “Boodie” and his car “the Boodmobile.” We had bottles of cider stashed under our cots, in our galoshes and every other nook and cranny, waiting for it to “age.” About 10 o'clock one

The Reverend, who was obviously very angry, whirled around to face the class and with his patented hunched shoulders and furled brow, looking over the eyebrows called out, “who was that” to which Army put up his hand. The Reverend then with outstretched arm, hand pointing to the door, loudly yelled...“OUT!”

morning classes were interrupted by a series of explo-

As he turned around, his back to the class again, I saw

sions coming from our dorm. A sticky brown liquid

a small smile on his lips appreciating also the humour

was dripping from the library ceiling onto Boodie and

of the comment.

his papers. Plunging up the stairs, we found our dorm awash with seriously fermenting liquid and broken

He continues to live on in our fond memories.

glass. Many had been scrounged Javex Bleach bottles. Boodie emerged from the library. He seemed to be steaming. We were mobilized into a massive clean-up.

Lawrie Snetsinge ’59

In this Issue Head Students’ Closing Address


Closing Awards


School Highlights


And The Survey Says ... LCS Student Satisfaction Achieves a New Best Score


The State of the World and How It Can Be Fixed: Canadian and World Issues


From Student to Global Citizen — Jason Allingham ’03


Connected to The World


Lakefield College School Foundation


A Giving Opportunity


Young Philanthropists — The Class of 2006 Bursary


LCS Celebrates Rising Stars


100 Years Young — Florence (Mackenzie) Ryder


The Standing Spirit Project: Corby Petersen ’96


Common Ground. Uncommon Journey.


Bowside to Beijing: Lindsay Forget '01


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, and Lisa Clarke. 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 2006 Laura Bocking ’06

Scott Seabrooke ’06

Lakefield is not just a school where we spent this

Though it may be a little early to say this, it's over;

last year; it's a way of life.

as simple as that. For some it means the last six years of their life, a chapter has finished.

Lakefield has a beautiful campus bordered by sky, lake, and forest that lends itself to pick-up hockey,

Remember that for all of us, this was not our first

beach volleyball, and outdoor recreation.

chapter and not our last, but now Lakefield has become a part of who we are. It has helped develop

Lakefield has an academic environment where we are challenged to learn, not only from a text, but also about ourselves.

our story. For most of us the story line is still unclear — what we will do and who we will become. We have met some of the characters in our story,

It is a community that invites, includes and unites

friends who may turn into our best men or business

everyone, no matter what their differences may be.

partners or mortal enemies on the field of valor —

It is where we find our best friends, where we learn

however your story goes. With so many options at

and grow and where we challenge ourselves to

Lakefield, and with so few students, it's impossible

reach new heights.

to be anything but yourself. There are so many avenues to explore, but really what you're exploring

From September and Expedition to today's awards

is yourself.

and departure, a lot has happened this year. The new Bob Armstrong Rink, the fashion show for

There is very little I'll admit to knowing in my life.

AIDS, athletic achievements, and a strong return to

Everything these days seems so complicated and

Camp Lakefield are just a glimpse of how amazing

important; it seems foolish to be assured of

this school really is. I think I speak for most of us

anything. One thing I know is that I had fun and it

when I say that I don't know where my life will take

was all worth it: all of it. We've come here today to

me, but I know Lakefield was definitely a good start.

look back at a school year and to look forward to

Lakefield has always been consistent in upholding

what may come.

its values while still allowing each year to reflect the unique character of the student body. Everyone who comes to Lakefield experiences it in their own way. Yet the positive impact that our time here has on us, will stay with us long after we've left.

(Opposite) Above: Head Students Laura and Scott join Head of School David Hadden, Assistant Head of School Richard Life, and Director of Advancement Rudy Massimo on a tour of the campus with His Royal Highness The Duke of York and his party; Below: Laura Bocking and Scott Seabrooke



Student Awards — June 17, 2006 Academic Proficiency Standing Top of Form

Governor General’s Medal

Grade 7

Bea Chan

Connie Xu

Grade 8

Ashley Patel

Grade 9

Zoe Edwards

Grade 10

Jordan Muise

Grade 11

Mat MacLean

Academic Awards English

Fine Arts

Grade 7/8 Arts & Languages Prize: Dana Madill

The Drama Prize: Lindsay Joseph

The Dela Fosse Prize (Junior): Nicole Pinto

The David Bierk Visual Arts Prize: Rachel Honig

Intermediate English Prize: Carly DeNure

The Music Prize: Carly DeNure

The Language and Literature Prize: Sara Ann Ross The English Writers Craft Prize: Torie Patterson I. Norman Smith Prize for English Studies in Literature: Torie Patterson

Modern Languages Junior Modern Languages Prize: Jordan Muise Intermediate Modern Languages Prize: Josh Pascoe

Fine Arts

The Core French Prize: Liza Shelley

Hubert Eisdell Award (Junior): Kane Miller

The Extended French Prize: Gereon Rotering

Intermediate Fine Arts Prize: Jenny Lee

HRH Prince of Asturias Spanish Prize: Eirene Kaklamanakis

(Below) The Grade 8 graduating class of 2006 (Opposite) Head of School David Hadden presents the Governor General’s Medal to Connie Xu


Academic Awards Mathematics

Science and Technology

Grade 7/8 Mathematics, Science and

The Chemistry Prize: Connie Xu

Technology Prize: Ashley Patel

The Physics Prize: Rachel Honig

Paterson Prize (Junior): Ja Min Kim

The Earth and Space Science Prize: Jaeger Robertson

Intermediate Mathematics Prize: Kevin Kim

The Communications Technology Prize: Sameen Ahmed

Larry Griffiths Prize for Geometry and

The McLimont Scholarship for Engineering and

Discrete Mathematics: Connie Xu

Applied Science: Sara Cooper

Professor M. Mackenzie Prize for Advanced Functions & Calculus: Daniel Walsh

Social Sciences and Outdoor Education

The Mathematics of Data Management Prize: Connie Xu

Grade 7 & 8 Social Sciences Prize: Kelsey Slobodian T.H.B. Symons Canadian Studies Prize (Junior):

Science and Technology

Jordan Muise

A.W. Mackenzie Environmental Award (Junior):

The American History Prize: Carly DeNure

Andrew Carroll

Susan Guest Outdoor Education Prize: Rob Fleming

Intermediate Science and Technology Prize:

The Senior Canadian History Prize: Nick Pullen

Mat MacLean

The Economics Prize: Kevin Kim

Mrs. A.W. Mackenzie Natural History Prize

The World History Prize: Gereon Rotering

for Biology: Torie Patterson

The Canadian and International Law Prize: Jeff Davie

The Computer and Information Science Prize:

The World Issues Prize: Hilary Bird

Jeff Kloosterman

Character and Achievement Awards The Gaby Award: Jane Hickey

The Stephen Thompson Prize: Helen Honig

The Harman Award: Robbie Dickinson

The Senior Grove Society Prize: Brooke Harvey

The Junior Grove Society Prize: Mary Elizabeth Konrad

The Milligan Awards: Melissa Gates, Justin Loga

The Fred Page Higgins Award: Jordan Muise

The King Constantine Medal: Emily Loyer

Junior Edson Pease Prize: Zoe Edwards

The Crombie Award: Gilly McRae

The Jean Ketchum Prize: Monica Farlow

Senior Edson Pease Prize: Peter Reid H.M. Silver Jubilee Award: Hilary Bird The Nelles Prize: Jeff Davie The J.R. Anderson Award: Michael Wilson John Pearman Martyn Sibbald Prize: Laura Bocking The Ondaatje Foundation Award: Rachel Honig The Monty Bull Award: Daniel Walsh The Jack Matthews Humanitarian Award: Spencer Hodgins The Whitney Prize: Sara Cooper Jean and Winder Smith Award: Martha Ramsay The Trustees’ Prize: Lindsay Joseph British Alumni Travelling Scholarship: Bianca Bell The Grove Award: Fiona McNestry


School Highlights Young Scientists Participate in National Competition

His Royal Highness the Duke of York Returns to LCS

Dana Madill (Grade 8) and Ashley

His Royal Highness The Duke of York

Patel (Grade 8) represented their

visited Lakefield College School on

school and region among 150

Friday, May 12th to tour the campus

students competing at the Canada-

and view the capital projects that

Wide Science Fair in Saguenay,

have been completed since his last

Quebec in May.

visit in June of 2003 including the Bob Armstrong Rink and the Bryan

Dana won the regional science fair for her project which tested the health benefits of fast food. After winning third place at the regional science fair in Peterborough, Ashley went on to win a $500 Actuarial Foundation of Canada Award for her project showing that there is no

Jones Theatre. He took time to speak with several students about their experiences in the Arts Programs and involvement on recent Round Square projects around the world; Prince Andrew is a Patron of the Round Square Program.

correlation between scores on cognitive tests and academic

Following his tour, The Duke of York


addressed the staff and students and spoke about the Round Square and

Fulford Debate

its importance in building relation-

Lakefield College School had the

ships between individuals from

honour of hosting the annual

different cultures by giving opportu-

Fulford Debating League

nities to students to explore the

Tournament on campus in May.

world and to support others.

“Teams from twenty different schools from across Ontario met here to competitively debate the question, ‘Can humanity manage climate change,’” shares LCS Debating Coach Manal Stamboulie. This was truly a community event — the call went out to alumni/ae, parents, and staff to volunteer as judges. Seventy volunteers participated including over 30 alumni/ae — many of them former LCS debaters. Ms. Stamboulie also thanked the seventy LCS students who hosted, scored, and acted as time-keepers and chairs for the debates.

Opposite (L-R Top to Bottom): Grade 8 students Dana Madill (left) and Ashley Patel (right) represented LCS at the Canada Wide Science Fair; Grade 9 and 10 French students hosted Carnaval on February 24, a French-Canadian winter tradition, with snowshoe and canoe relays, broomball, a sugar shack and more; His Royal Highness The Duke of York ’78 visited the campus in May to tour the new facilities and speak to students about preserving the magic of the school; Child Rights Advocate Kimmie Weeks from Liberia spoke to the school in February about child soldiers, poverty, and Africa’s economy; After 14 years of service to The Grove, Dr. Janet Markus is presented with a Lakefield College School chair by Head of School David Hadden at Closing; The spring dramatic production of Girls In The Gang tells the story of Toronto’s notorious Boyd Gang. To view these and other news stories at LCS, visit and select NEWS


And The Survey Says... LCS Student Satisfaction Achieves a New Best Score* Students join parents and alumni/ae in giving LCS top

students in Grades 7 to 12 (92% of the school popula-

marks in overall satisfaction

tion) completed the anonymous survey.

Lakefield College School recently conducted the third

The school scored highly in the areas of:

in a series of satisfaction surveys of its community. The most recent survey, completed by LCS students, stated that they are very highly satisfied with their experience at The Grove. This high rating comes close on the heels of similar best scores for overall satisfaction given by LCS alumni/ae (4.5) and parents (4.4) in surveys conducted in 2003 and 2005 respectively. LCS students rated their overall satisfaction with LCS at 4.3 on a five-point scale. This is a new “best score” among 26 schools surveyed by the consulting group Lookout Management Inc. Lookout Management, based in London, Ontario has conducted more than 150 satisfaction surveys of alumni/ae, parents, and


Quality of education International service opportunities University guidance Community service opportunities Co-curricular programs Class size Competitive and recreational athletics Student leadership opportunities Relationship with faculty School spirit Sense of community Health services Technology Academic counselling

students for 60 independent schools throughout North

The survey identified some areas for improvement



“I am thrilled with the results of this survey: the satis-

M Quality of meals M Student lounge areas M Security of personal belongings

faction of our students is the primary measure of our success and the fulfillment of our mission,” says Head of School David Hadden.

We look forward to further analyzing the results of this Given that the average score of all other student

survey, to implementing emergent recommendations,

surveys conducted by Lookout Management was 3.9,

and to conducting additional surveys in the years

we are particularly delighted to know that our students

ahead to compare to this baseline study.

rate their experience at The Grove so highly. * Based on score for overall satisfaction of 26 The student assessment was conducted during class

Independent Schools surveyed by Lookout

time in May 2006. Three hundred and thirty-four

Management Inc.


“It’s one thing to achieve such high ratings of overall satisfaction from any single constituent group, but to do so consistently among alumni/ae, parents, and students is truly remarkable.”


Students Give LCS Highest Marks in Independent Survey Lakefield College School achieved or matched new

M I feel that LCS treats me as an individual with

best scores from its students in the following school life areas:


Academic counselling Advisor program

LCS students also responded with best scores in

Fairness of discipline

how well they feel prepared in the areas of:

Leadership opportunities Relationship with faculty Respect and caring among students Sense of community

In fact, LCS students reported new best scores (among surveyed schools) in agreement with each of the following statements:


unique abilities and needs

M I feel physically safe while at the school M I feel emotionally safe while at the school

I look forward to coming to school each day I am proud to tell people that I attend LCS I would recommend LCS to a friend I feel free to pursue areas of extra-curricular

M Coping with peer pressure M Leadership skills M Making ethical decisions And finally, LCS students gave very high scores in response to questions relating to communications with each of:


Teachers Head of School Heads and Assistant Heads of House University counselling staff


Grade 11 American History students pose in front of the White House on their trip to Washington D.C.

The State of the World and How It Can Be Fixed: Canadian and World Issues Dr. Heather Avery Director of Guidance & Learning Genetically modified organisms

East, the impact of global

the impact of an energy crisis;

warming, and the plight of

guest speakers like Major Brent


Beardsley, who served under Roméo Dallaire in Rwanda, to give

and transgenic crops, the implica-

For students who want to be

tions of the caste system in India,

aware of their surroundings and

the case for nuclear disarmament,

of how global events affect them,

the effects of corporate branding,

World Issues is a much desired

the illegal diamond trade in Sierra

Grade 12 credit. Matt Sharpe, a

Leone: this is not a list of the

current student, notes, “I chose

feature articles in the most recent

World Issues because it deals with

issue of The Utne Reader or

issues that everyone should know

Mother Jones magazine, but rather

or be aware of. I thought it would

a sampling of essay topics

be good to have first-hand knowl-

explored by members of the

edge of what is going on in our

2005-06 World Issues class at The


Grove. Canadian and World Issues

students a first-hand glimpse into genocide; and documentaries such as the CBC Fifth Estate’s Conspiracy Theories: Uncovering the Facts behind the Myths of September 11, 2001 to demonstrate the complexities of media coverage of a world event. In so doing, the two teachers reinforce the limitations of particular media and assist students in understanding the need to read widely

(CGW4U), as it is formally known,

As many adults who strive to keep

in order to gain full under-

is a course that invites students

abreast of current events know,

standing of a current issue.

both to consider the present in

however, it is no easy task to

terms of current events and

grapple with the complexities of

socioeconomic issues and to

current political and environ-

imagine, given these events and

mental issues — so instructors

issues, a sustainable and equi-

Stuart Lee and Richard Hagg

table future. As such, it touches

deluge students with learning

on a broad range of topics

resources. They use video clips

including conflict in the Middle

from Road Warrior to demonstrate

Both teachers see the course as fun to teach as it deals with the events of the day, and so the material is always fresh and new. The pedagogical approach of instructors Stuart Lee and Richard Hagg is informed by another key principle as well: they work to


“In every class I always learned something new and, as the year went on, I found myself more willing to voice my opinion about the current issues and how I think they are influencing our lives.”

devise assignments and experi-

to hear these multiple views on

problem that issue poses. For

ences that help students to see

one topic and try to amalgamate

many, researching and writing this

themselves as agents of change

them or create some sort of

essay is eye-opening. Ali Shipley

who can assume responsibility for

consensus.” This teaching

writes, “My ISU was an essay on

creating solutions to the problems

approach, which allows students

the caste system in India and how

they identify.

to evaluate a myriad of perspec-

it affects women in particular. I

tives in order to form their own

grew very interested in this topic

opinions, also permits them to see

and with the understanding I have

themselves, not as passive recipi-

of it now, I view it on a far more

ents of news about global events,

personal level. Upon reading

but as active, engaged citizens

books like A Fine Balance by

who can weigh and evaluate what

Rohinton Mistry and other

they hear and see.

sources, I wanted to learn more

Having a broad general knowledge of current events is essential for this approach, and the course begins by helping students to understand the role that geography plays in human conflict, focusing on the Israeli-Palestinian

and can still hardly believe that

situation. Students in each class

Another inspiring feature of the

are required to complete a

course is its refugee assignment,

“country profile” of a nation-state

which involves a simulated

in the Middle East, presenting

refugee hearing. Students work

their research about the country's

together to create the story of a

history of conflict, its social condi-

refugee from a particular country,

tions, its economic structure, and

researching the human rights

its population base. This back-

violations and living conditions of

The course covers many other

ground proves invaluable when

that country in order to imagine

issues: global warming, depend-

students move on to the next facet

the refugee’s case. With one

ency on oil, sustainability, geno-

of the course, the Harkness Table

student acting in the role of the

cide. World Issues is therefore a


refugee, and another acting as the

natural course choice for students

refugee’s lawyer, the case is

interested in international devel-

presented to the class, who serve

opment, politics, journalism,

as the board judging the case and

economics, or environmental

make the decision about whether

studies. But it is also a good

refugee status will be granted.

choice for students who just want

Students learn both the local

to understand the implications of

(Canadian immigration policies)

change and how global events will

and the global (living conditions

affect them — and who want a

in other countries) and once again

course that will prepare them to

are required to listen, learn, and

be engaged citizens. As Alison

then act on their knowledge.

Corner puts it, “In every class I

A Harkness Table Debate is a student-moderated discussion: teachers do not facilitate or guide the conversation. Rather, students come to the “table” with prepared statements on an issue (for example, with their proposals for a viable solution for peace in the Middle East) and debate with one another. Current student Torie Patterson believes these debates

something so significant can still be happening on our earth that so many people aren't aware of … I learned a lot about the world beyond my own sheltered perspective of it.”

always learned something new

to be one of the best aspects of the

Likewise, the independent study

course: “I really enjoyed the

unit in the course is intended to

Harkness discussions because I

promote active engagement with

was able to hear everybody's

issues, as students are required to

differing opinions and throw ideas

investigate a global issue — and

around. I found it really effective

must propose a solution to the

and, as the year went on, I found myself more willing to voice my opinion about the current issues and how I think they are influencing our lives.”


From Student to Global Citizen Jason Allingham ’03 As if it were yesterday, I remember one day sitting in Mr. Aben’s math class when Mr. Hadden abruptly entered the classroom and took Chris Nixon out into the hall. Some of us looked at each other thinking that he was in trouble for something, however, after a few moments passed by Chris rushed through the door exclaiming that the Twin Towers had been attacked. Since that day, I developed a keen interest in international affairs, so much so that I am currently an International

Development Studies and Political

world, not only affecting their

Science major at Dalhousie

concentrated regions, but

University, and have continued to

impacting our daily lives as well.

explore the answers as to why

This is why it is absolutely vital

people from half way around the

that today’s youth, and their

globe would want to have killed so

parents, pick up a newspaper and

many, so far away on September

read about what is taking place in

11, 2001. Moreover, throughout my

our world. Furthermore, studying

years of study, I have come to a

international affairs is crucial in

critical assessment that one

developing one’s personality and

person’s enemy is another person’s

perceptions, broadening

freedom fighter, and to me this is

successful business or employ-

how global relations continue to

ment opportunities, and gaining

be perceived today. September

the ability to make just and well-

11th was just one of many horrific

rounded decisions and stances on

incidents taking place around the

important political, social or

“Some aspects of other societies may appear to be odd or wrong from a Western standpoint, but the reality is that a large majority of the world feels the same way about our culture.”

Jason Allingham ’03, West Pokot Mountains, Kenya, June 2006


economic issues that arise at home

healthy. Travelling or studying

toward multinational corporations

or abroad.

abroad literally opens your eyes to

and their host nations. Therefore,

a whole new world, which helps

it is important to engage in inter-

develop character and compassion

national dialogue and under-

for others around you.

standing with those whom you

First and foremost, learning about different cultures, ideologies, beliefs, and customs in a class-

wish to do business to avoid the

room or the field will undoubtedly

In addition to expanding your

have an impact on the way you

perceptions and thoughts about

perceive or judge the world we live

the world, studying international

in. Some aspects of other societies

affairs is essential if you are plan-

may appear to be odd or wrong

ning on investing or working

from a Western standpoint, but the

around the globe. Learning about

reality is that a large majority of

a particular region’s past and

the world feels the same way about

cultural affiliations is vital in

Emphasizing this notion, studying

our culture. This is why it is impor-

maintaining a successful business

international affairs allows one to

tant that we assess and analyze

relationship or investment. For

consider both sides of any interna-

how different societies work so

example, in the highlands of

tional argument/cleavage.

that when major developments or

Northwestern Kenya, recent

Obviously, there exists the inherent

disastrous issues arise, we will

geographical studies have indi-

biases of being from a certain

already have an understanding of

cated that potential large gold

culture or region of the world, but

the history and implications that

deposits could lie within the pre-

at least one is making the effort,

culture can have on the outcome

Cambrian mountains. Thus,

which already puts them “ahead of

of a conflict. In addition to the

intense excavations have begun by

the pack.” In addition to this,

classroom, it is imperative for

Swedish, Chinese, and Canadian

making the effort also erases the

students to get out and see the

mining companies that have not

“ignorance” factor that usually can

world, if feasible. Recently, I

informed the Pokot people — who

either make or break a conversa-

returned from a two-month field

have been living in the area for

tion with someone from abroad.

study in East Africa (Uganda,

centuries — of their objectives or

Rwanda, Kenya, and Tanzania in

why roads are being constructed

particular) where I was immersed

all around them. Evidently, this

within societies that appeared to

could be potentially beneficial to

be completely different from

these residents, as it could stimu-

Canada. In particular, develop-

late jobs and economic develop-

ment issues such as gender rela-

ment, however this would cost the

tions, female/male circumcision,

mining companies thousands of

environmental degradation,

dollars to train the local workforce,

HIV/AIDS, and poverty were

when they could just bring in their

apparent throughout this part of

own workers from abroad and

the world. However, when meeting

export Kenyan gold under their

with local people, you learn that

flag, not a Kenyan banner. This

they share the same concerns that

example and many others occur

we do, such as providing for or

each day around the world, and it

taking care of a family, getting a

is no wonder that local communi-

good education, and remaining

ties become resentful and violent

common setbacks and misconceptions that are continuously separating people and cultures as the world becomes increasingly smaller and more susceptible to manmade or natural shocks.

Examining world issues and cultures is essential in understanding/predicting the actions of others and gives one the global perspective that is needed to understand our ever-changing world. By becoming a better global citizen, one will not only be able to somewhat cope with the harsh realities of the world we live in, but will also have the ability to judge with a solid understanding of other people’s perceptions that they may not have considered before.


Connected to the World Lisa Clarke Nestled in a grove of maple trees, Lakefield College School is a village of thriving students who grow in a caring community built on values including trust, interdevelopment, and citizenship. These values, cultivated in the classroom, Chapel, Houses, and sports field, are the foundation of a moral education that promotes both individuality and strong leadership skills.

village that also enriches each

a functional world, we will never

student’s social, intellectual, and

have a sound mind or body.”

emotional experiences. It is not only the interconnectedness of the campus community, but our interdependence with the rest of the world that is reinforced in classroom learning, student life, and co-curricular activities. “LCS teaches students the idea of thinking about the world before you think about yourself,” says Round Square India Project 2005 participant Bianca Bell who will be

Yet beyond the shore of Lake

this year's British Alumni

Katchewanooka lies a global

Travelling Scholar. “We are constantly reminded that without

By educating the whole person, the school strives to help students understand the links between their lives and those of people throughout the world. Whether through academic, physical, or spiritual commonalities, there can be communication that enables people to work together across countries and cultures. Rather than just learning behind a desk, a student is challenged to pursue a human connection. Through programs promoting an interna-


“It was the nervousness of the teachers and parents in this little village in Botswana to get their presentation just right for us that made the link for me. It reminded me that we all want the same things for our students, irrelevant of our socio-economic background. The parallels cross over cultures and oceans.” JOE BETTENCOURT, MATH TEACHER

LCS students and other participants of the Round Square Botswana 2006 project at a school for disabled children

tional perspective, students learn

students’ first foray in community

Student Services. Through show-

about the social, economic, and

service projects in developing

cases such as the UN Parade and

political forces that shape our

countries; but other, less obvious,

the Walk Around the World

existence in an often conflicted

and equally profound, aspects of

cultural fair, students and staff


Lakefield help nurture interna-

display with pride what is special

tional mindfulness. Taking walks

about their home countries.

in the forest, watching the sunset,

Therefore, students not only learn

or living within a supportive

about internationalism through

community all contribute an

the classroom, but also in their

unquantifiable, but significant

own residential houses, commu-

role to the formation of young

nicating and sharing with an


extended family of global citizens.

“At LCS, the emphasis on a rigorous, but also well-rounded and holistic education cultivates leaders in global issues,” says Joanna Dafoe ’04. “Round Square founder Kurt Hahn's vision of an internationally-focused education

By celebrating each individual in

has certainly helped direct

“Our own community is filled

Lakefield’s teaching. Round

with amazing diversity and

Square trips to India, Thailand, or

culture,” says Dr. Margaret

Kenya are examples of many

Blanchette, Head of International

our community, students learn to appreciate this diversity in an environment of mutual respect and trust.

p16 The gift of leadership is deeply

leaders to improve their

Faculty have also invited guest

rooted in how one distinguishes

strengths.” By recognizing and

speakers, such as international

and cultivates the unique traits of

anticipating the needs of the

affairs journalist Gwynne Dyer;

the people in his or her commu-

community, students learn to

Major Brent Beardsley, executive

nity. In a school of such diverse

develop solutions that help

assistant to General Roméo

talents, programs such as interna-

improve the student experience. In

Dallaire; Green Party leader Jim

tional affairs and exchanges, the

conjunction with the Senior-In-

Harris ’80; and Child Rights

Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards,

Charge positions that offer all

Activist Kimmie Weeks to discuss

community service, Senior-In-

Grade 12 students the opportunity

war, genocide, the environment

Charge positions, as well as

to lead programs throughout the

and third-world poverty with the

courses like the Leadership Class,

school, senior students develop an

entire school body. In April,

World Issues, and Outdoor

ownership over their school

students from Daly College in

Education, are key opportunities

culture that will have powerful

India visited The Grove to perform

in building students’ awareness of

implications for their education

a musical and dance showcase

our local and global connections.

and will serve them throughout

during a cross-Canada inde-

With co-curricular initiatives such

their lives.

pendent school tour. The visual

as debating and sports, in addition to the Lakefield Environmental Action Force (LEAF) and the Model UN at Trent University, students have many tools to broaden their global perspective and hone their

arts program also promotes global The Ontario secondary school curriculum supports classroom learning in subjects such as culture, human interaction, and interdependence, as well as global power and governance. By

mentoring skills.

bringing issues of social justice

awareness through workshops like Arts for AIDS, and presentations from international artists including Professor Chang, renowned designer and Chairperson of the Department of Branding and Design Management

Senior students who excel in

and internationalism into day-to-

fostering an environment that

day discussion, students build a

embraces the school’s mission —

basis of knowledge on which they

to challenge and enable students to

can expand their global awareness

reach their individual potential in

through more hands-on experi-

“I discuss global perspectives and

mind, body, and spirit — are

ence. “It's part of who I am,”

environmentalism in more subtle

invited to join the Grade 12

explains English teacher Lorraine

ways,” says teacher Vicky

Leadership Class. “The class is a

Brown who participated on the

Boomgardt, who finds it chal-

training ground for instilling skills

Round Square Stove Trek in Peru in

lenging to integrate social issues

students will apply once leaving

March. She brings the voices of

into math studies. “How do you

Lakefield College School for

marginalized people into her

pose ethical issues in a math

university and the working world,”

classroom through reading

problem and not make them seem

says David Walsh, who co-teaches

choices, including Alice Walker’s,

token?” Yet she achieves this

the course with Vera Wilcox. “We

The Color Purple, and the “quote

through examples such as consid-

encourage the students to plan,

of the week” that challenges

ering the cost of running a gas

organize, motivate, and look criti-

students to contemplate a

versus electric car. As well, in

cally at themselves in the role of

thought-provoking quote.

Grade 10 Biology she has the

Studies at the University of Hongik in Seoul Korea, and Zimbabwean sculptor Chaka Chikodzi.

“[A leader] is enabled to see and recognize and identify the dignity, worth and value of any person at a level beyond that of what fortune may have bestowed on one person and beyond what tragedy may have wrought upon another.” FATHER GLENN EMPEY — CLOSING CHAPEL 2006

p17 opportunity to talk about “buying

you can do in your lifetime. Maybe

who have challenged the myth

power” in her ecology unit. “I

you can’t solve the situation you

that young people cannot impact

explain to my students that you

saw today, but by being aware of

and improve the political and

don't have to change the big

the challenges and issues people

social environment.”

picture, but critically examine the

are facing, you have made a

little things you can change in

connection — it will spin off in

your home environment to make a

ways you can’t imagine over the


next years.”

Early in their Lakefield College School career, students begin doing local community service. “This gets students involved with

Both Ms. Boomgardt and math

“The list of problems plaguing the

real people, setting them up to

teacher Joe Bettencourt traveled

earth often appears to be endless,

learn about leadership intrinsi-

with students to Botswana this

daunting, and unchangeable,” says

cally through experience,”

spring on an international service

Joanna Dafoe ’04. “Particularly

explains Dr. Arnie Boyle, Head of

project. While debriefing students

frightening is the disconnection

International Affairs. Currently,

on their experiences witnessing

young people feel from these

the Ontario government requires

AIDS-ravaged villages, Mr.

problems. Learning about the

that students complete 40 hours of

Bettencourt again reinforced the

world, and wanting to change it,

community involvement upon

lesson. “Students emphasized that

too often becomes a job for adults

graduation from Grade 12;

they cared about the situation, but

and experts only. Lakefield College

Lakefield College School students

they felt helpless in solving the

School, however, has a proud

logged an astounding 12,376

problem.” He explains: “It’s what

history of students and alumni/ae

service hours in the 2005-2006

(L-R) Grade 10 student Smreeti Gurung representing her home of Nepal during The Grove’s Walk Around The World cultural fair; Student artwork created during the Art For AIDS Workshop is on display in the Richard Hayman Gallery at The Grove

p18 school year. The first step in this

room, they make a direct connec-

service,” says teacher David Walsh.

process is recognizing our respon-

tion to the socio-economic issues

“It tends to motivate them to

sibilities on a local level. “We are

that exist close to home.

partake in activities they wouldn't

called to love one another,” says Father Glenn Empey, Chaplain. “Community service is a solid way to bring this call to action. How does this service change students’

regularly do. Every year I'm Through the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program, students have the opportunity to bridge local

impressed by the students’ dedication and enthusiasm for the program.”

community service with national and international conferences and

Lakefield College School strives to

projects, including the Round

offer students a variety of oppor-

Square. The Duke of Edinburgh's

tunities to serve the world beyond

Award program promotes indi-

the campus and local community.

vidual challenge involving four

In addition to the unique Ondaatje

“When students connect with

areas: community service, expedi-

and Irving Expeditions, students

people in need, they experience

tions, skill/hobbies, and physical

have the chance to travel with the

the common chords of the human

recreation. Awards correspond to

Round Square Conference of

condition,” continues Father

three levels — bronze, silver, and

Schools and other sister schools

Empey. “We are here to help

gold — each requiring an

on conferences, service projects

students understand what’s

increased level of commitment

and exchanges. “Lakefield takes

happening inside them, how to

(gold award participants must also

international affairs very seri-

deal with biases, and how to cross

complete a residential project).

ously,” says Dr. Arnie Boyle. In the

barriers.” Through initiatives like

Graduating 19 gold award winners

2006 school year, the school sent

the 30 Hour Famine, students have

this year with 110 to 120 commu-

14 students on international

the opportunity to experience one

nity service hours each, Lakefield

exchanges, 22 students and staff

of the widespread epidemics that

College School is currently among

on Round Square conferences, and

spans humanity — hunger. By

the top schools in Canada for gold

52 students and staff on interna-

knitting hats and scarves for local

award participants. “The Duke of

tional service projects, including

shelters, participating in tag days

Edinburgh’s Award often intro-

Round Square and sister school

for the YMCA and YWCA, and

duces students to the benefits and

programs, in countries such as

cooking for the local warming

pleasures of doing community

Thailand, Kenya, India, Honduras,

sense of responsibility to others? A sense of responsibility for giving and involvement creates insights that are lifelong.”

LCS students on the Ondaatje Expedition Baffin Island, Nunavut 2006

p19 Peru, Botswana, Costa Rica, and

family came to visit, the same

Generate Hope Campaign to


thing happened to my brother and

purchase a generator for a

he wanted to come as soon as

Rwandan village, the Hockey for

possible. My parents had a lot of

Heroes tournament, as well as the

vacations in Canada.”

numerous “Clean Casuals” days

Faculty and students are very supportive of the service projects, and there is stiff competition each

that supported a number of

year to participate. “Everyone

Dr. Boyle described this year's

knows that these are wonderful

incoming exchange students as

experiences,” continues Dr. Boyle.

“stellar”; they participated in

“Working with others, growing

many aspects of school life,

spiritually, opening up to the

including Nordic skiing, the dance

world … they appreciate the

program, and Walk Around the

educational value.” Over March

World, and taught classmates

Break, Grade 12 student Chris

about life in their home country.

Jones participated on the Round

“Our outgoing students on

Square Stove Trek in Peru with four

exchange find it an eye-opening

senior students and teacher

experience to new perspectives

Lorraine Brown. They began their

and culture,” he says. “The

adventure with a beautification

exchange program keeps growing

project in an impoverished area of

in popularity.” Students have trav-

Lima before building stoves and

eled over the winter term to desti-

chimneys in a remote Andean

nations like France, New Zealand,

farming community eight hours

Australia, Denmark, South Africa,

north of Cajamarca. “This trip

Peru, and the UK. Marvin Seibert

gave me a new perspective on the

’98 participated in a Round Square

world,” says Chris. “I looked at my

exchange to China just after grad-

life a lot differently and learned to

uation. When he recently attended

appreciate the smaller things in

a biophysics conference in

our lives.”

Shanghai, he was happy to remember some words and

The Grade 10 exchange program also offers rich opportunities in cultural and linguistic integration. “Over the years, Lakefield has built a reputation as a lovely, friendly environment with a unique curriculum,” explains Dr. Boyle. “Exchange students really love it here; some even return to become full-time boarding students the year after.” Marvin Seibert ’98 came to Lakefield College School

expressions in Mandarin. “Now I spend my time between the

different charitable initiatives, are just a few of the programs the students facilitated this year. In addition, it is the activities students do beyond the school that are so inspiring. Grade 12 student Brittany Scott spent three and a half weeks last summer with her father, a periodontist, in Cambodia providing dentistry with Health Teams International. “It’s changed my life and made me decide what I want to do,” says Brittany, who will be attending Dalhousie University in September for nursing. “I love working with people, helping people, making people happy — there’s such a sense of accomplishment when someone finally doesn’t have a toothache after three years!” A participant on the Bequia project in March, Brittany will be traveling to Bolivia this summer to again work with Health Teams International.

Laboratory of Molecular Biophysics at Uppsala Universitet

Whether holding the safety rope

in Sweden and the Lawrence

for a classmate on the Outdoor

Livermore National Laboratory

Education high ropes initiative,

and the Stanford Linear

shooting the puck to a teammate

Accelerator Center, both in

for the winning goal, or traveling

California. Without LCS, Dr. Boyle

together in the back of a pickup

and the Round Square program, I

truck to the rural village of Ban

would never have been introduced

Teentok, Thailand, students at

to this intercontinental lifestyle.”

Lakefield College School develop a

on exchange from Germany by

keen sense of self-awareness and

accident, replacing another

Yet, for the faculty and staff at the

student just three weeks before the

school, the most satisfaction in

exchange start date. “My exchange

providing a well-rounded arena for

was for three months, but I kept

global education comes from

extending my time I loved it so

student-lead initiatives. Earth

much. I became a boarding

Week activities, a fashion show in

student the next year. When my

support of AIDS in Africa, the

interdependence during their time at The Grove. By developing a global consciousness, these students are empowered to connect with our world family to create a more just and sustainable environment for the future.


The Newly Constituted Lakefield College School Foundation Inaugural Meeting: May, 2006 On Friday, May 12, 2006, Lakefield College School Foundation Chair Paul Desmarais Jr. ’73 welcomed trustees of the newly constituted foundation to the head office of Power Corporation in Montreal. Of the 18 trustees in attendance, many traveled from international destinations, including California, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. In the spring of 2005, a joint committee of the Lakefield College School Foundation and Lakefield College School began the process of recreating the foundation in preparation for its new role. In addition to its original custodial and investment management functions, the foundation is now responsible for all fundraising activities, donor stewardship, and strategic planning relating to fundraising and endowment building. In calling the meeting to order, Mr. Desmarais offered the trustees the opportunity to describe their connection to Lakefield College School and why they had agreed to serve as trustees. A common theme emerged — that is, the passion the group felt for the school and the opportunities it presents to students. Alumni/ae trustees felt that their lives were positively transformed during their time at the school; parent trustees expressed their gratitude for the difference the school had made for their family. One of the most crucial steps in the process was the development of a strategic plan for the foundation. This plan, a document entitled Towards Tomorrow, was tabled and discussed.

Key Objectives and Long-Term Goals of the Foundation Implement the organizational structure required to achieve the foundation's fundraising and operational goals; and Generate the revenue required to meet endowment, financial assistance, program, and capital goals to make LCS the finest Canadian boarding school.

Specific Goals for the Foundation Over a 10-year Planning Horizon The priorities include: Building the new $9 M Student Recreation Centre, a multipurpose athletic facility; Growing the endowment fund from its current $14 M to $35 M to fully fund student financial assistance; and Making the new $5 M Learning Commons academic support program a reality. In closing, His Royal Highness The Duke of York (and new foundation trustee) commended the trustees for their leadership and commitment. The trustees expressed every confidence in the leadership represented at the board table and by the management of the school. They were encouraged that, with the support of the broader Lakefield College School community, the foundation will achieve its ambitious fundraising goals over the next 10 years. The next meeting of the foundation is planned for December 2006.


Trustees of the Lakefield College School Foundation

Paul Desmarais Jr. ’73, Chairman Paul is Chairman and Co-CEO of Power Corporation of Canada and a director of numerous companies worldwide. He has been awarded the Medal of the Confederation (Canada),the Insigne d'Officier de l'Ordre de la Couronne (Belgium), and The Order of Canada (2005).

Paul and his wife, Hélène, have been philanthropic leaders at Lakefield College School since 1982. Their generosity was recognized in 2004 with the naming of the Paul and Hélène Desmarais Family Academic Wing. In addition, Paul and Hélène recently established the Desmarais Family Scholarship providing the equivalent of four full bursaries annually to deserving LCS students. Three of their children have attended The Grove, Paul ’00, Alexandre ’03, and Nicolas ’03.

Emilio Azcarraga Jean ’87 Chairman and CEO, Grupo Televisa

Bruce Boren ’87 CEO, Televisa Networks

Jonathan Carroll ’87 Co-founder and President, Inc.

Brian Carter, Honorary Alumnus Vice President and Portfolio Manager, Legg Mason Canada Inc.

Bryce Douglas Retired Deputy Chairman, RBC Capital Markets

John K. Hepburn ’68 Advisory, Vice Chairman, Morgan Stanley & Co. (Europe)

Linda Leus Chair, J.W. McConnell Family Foundation

Angus MacNaughton ’48 Retired CEO, Genstar Corporation

Jeffrey Marshall, Honorary Alumnus Principal, Smith, Marshall Consulting


Scott McCain President and CEO, Agribusiness Group, Maple Leaf Foods

Bill Morris ’70 CEO, The Stewart Group

Rosemary Phelan Director, Cara Operations and Vice President, Cara Holdings

Kathleen Ramsay Vice Chair, Trent University Board of Governors

Donald Ross ’48 President, Jones Gable and Company Ltd.

Thomas Ryder '53 President, J. H. Ryder Machinery

William Wells ’78 CFO, Bunge Limited

Richard Wernham President, Five Continents Investment Ltd.

Graham Worsfold Founder and Executive Chairman, DigiPos Systems Group

His Royal Highness The Duke of York Royal Knight Companion Of The Most Noble Order of The Garter

The full biographies of each of our Lakefield College School Foundation Trustees is available at (log in to the Alumni or Parent community)


A Giving Opportunity For individuals wanting to make a donation to Lakefield College School, donating securities may be your best option. Meeting your philanthropic goals, receiving a tax receipt, and paying no tax on the gift are attractive benefits. The recent federal budget (May 2, 2006) allows for the donation of appreciated, publicly traded securities to charities, with no tax payable on the profit — also known as capital gains (see chart below from RBC Dominion Securities). There are some conditions, however. The securities must be publicly traded on a recognized stock exchange, donated ‘in-kind’ (not sold before donation), have appreciated in value, and be donated to a registered charity.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to designate your gift to a Grove priority that reflects your interests, such as financial assistance, capital projects or various other program needs. For more information contact Theresa Butler-Porter at the Lakefield College School Foundation Development Office at 705.652.3324 or visit our website at — SUPPORT LCS/WAYS OF GIVING.


Young Philanthropists: The Class of 2006 Bursary “The act of philanthropy is a spiritual act, an expression of caring for one’s fellow human beings. It is the belief in the future and that the future can be good. It is investing in that future. It is helping to make the dream come true.” ARTHUR FRANTZREB

Over a year ago, in her Closing address, Leala Wong ’05

of youth, they anticipated 100 percent participation

spoke on behalf of her classmates and challenged the

and a bursary of approximately $1,800 to disperse in

incoming Graduating Class of 2006:

the fall of 2006. But just like the ‘butterfly effect’ — where a very small action can produce dramatically

“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

out-of-proportion effects — this project soared to unanticipated heights.

will exceed any expectation that the staff, your parents, and we have for you. I have faith that your class as a

Parents Sue and Jock Fleming ’74 issued a challenge of

whole is capable of conquering unthinkable feats.”

their own to further motivate grad participation. They would match each student gift — potentially doubling

It is doubtful that a graduating class has ever stepped up to a challenge with such enthusiasm and passion. Traditionally, grad classes have chosen to leave their legacy to The Grove through a gift of a tree or a bench or other innovative ways to mark their time at Lakefield College School — but not the Class of 2006. As their time at LCS was coming to a close, many of the graduating students found themselves reflecting on what The Grove had given them. Whether at the school for one year or as long as six, they recognized that the experiences they had, and the friendships they made would carry through their lifetime. How could they express the tremendous impact LCS had on their lives?

the value of the bursary. Within weeks, fifteen other parents came forward and joined the Flemings in matching every student gift — adding a total of $321 to each gift of $20.06. By Closing, every one of the grads committed to the bursary, and along with parent support, the value of the 2006 Grad Class Bursary now exceeds an astounding $35,000. Months earlier it would have been difficult to predict the power of the 2006 Grad Class gift. Financially, they have achieved what many believed was unthinkable. Answering the challenge that Leala Wong '05 put to them just 12 months earlier, they paved the way for another young person to benefit from the Lakefield

The answer was simple: By creating the 2006 Grad

College School experience — an individual who,

Class Bursary that would provide a way for the grads to

without their generosity and vision, might not have

give back to the school enabling another young person

had the opportunity to attend The Grove.

to experience LCS the way that they had. Led by Rachel Honig (Senior in Charge of Development), each of the 94 grads were encouraged to contribute $20.06 in honour of their graduating year. With the optimism


LCS Celebrates Rising Stars Each year, The Globe and Mail celebrates the

Rudyard Griffiths ’89 is the Executive Director of the

achievements of exceptional leaders under the age of

Dominion Institute in Toronto. An initiative he

40, in a variety of industries. In 2005, the Top 40

began with two friends, the Dominion Institute was

Under 40 acknowledged LCS Alumnus Peter

launched in 1997 to foster nationalism within

Kendall ’85 for his work with the Schad Foundation,

Canada and to address the lack of Canadians’ knowl-

a private foundation supporting environmental

edge of their own history, which was revealed by a

causes and education.

survey showing, for example, that only one third of 18 to 24 year-olds knew when Confederation

This year, two LCS alumni were recognized for their leadership in two very different fields of work. Jonathan Carroll ’87 is the President and Co-founder of Inc., Canada's largest online travel company. Jonathan began the company in 1993 selling vacations over the telephone, quickly moving to the internet after realizing the opportunities it offered. Today his company employs 170 people who continue to offer their customers security and confidence, while making their travel dreams come true.

occurred. Today, the Institute has a staff of 14 and a budget of $2 million, and supports a variety of programs encouraging education, including Youth Vote and a speakers’ bureau of 1500 veterans.


100 Years Young — Florence (Mackenzie) Ryder Lisa Clarke

Navy to serve in WWII. Mary, the

remained a life-long friend. As a

third child, was born in 1903. She

young teenager, she would

remained connected with school

rendez-vous with Bruce in the

life while caring for their mother

kitchen for an evening snack after

over many years. Frances, nick-

study. On one occasion, while

named “Billy” at birth by her

enjoying a bowl of cornflakes,

brother Ken, was born in 1912.

they heard Dr. Mackenzie’s foot-

She was decorated for her work as

steps coming and Bruce ducked

a nursing sister, serving in the

into the cellar as Flo feigned inno-

Canadian Army in Holland and

cence. Her father opened the door

Belgium, and later was the

on Bruce and said promptly,

Born in the Head’s residence on

Director of Nursing at the Civic

“Goodnight Bruce,” as the boy ran

July 31, 1906, Flo was the fourth of

Hospital in Ottawa for many

out the door. He then turned to

five children to Dr. Mackenzie and


Flo and exclaimed, “Florence, you

In Florence Ryder’s memory lives 100 years of history at The Grove. Daughter of Dr. A.W. Mackenzie, “Flo” is the second of five generations who lived at The Grove —her father, herself, her sons, three grandsons, and a great grandson — and the only living descendent of the school's early years.

are a perfect nuisance.” Bruce

his wife Helen. Winifred (Win) was the first child, born in 1898. She married Archibald Lampman, and after his death she came back to the school to teach art classes until 1977. She died in 2000 at the age of 102. Ken, born in 1900, graduated from the school in 1917 and joined the Navy. He became Headmaster following his father’s death in 1938 until the appointment of G. Winder Smith two years later. Ken then rejoined the

Flo spent her early years in Lakefield living at Lakefield

Hunt later returned to The Grove to become a Master.

Preparatory School (as it was then known) with her family and

Her parents were an integral part

attending a small school run by

of school life. Dr. Rosalind Barker

Mrs. Langley, before boarding at

wrote in the Spring 2004 Grove

Bishop Bethune College in

News: "Dr. Mackenzie's major

Oshawa when she was 12. Her

contribution to the school may

earliest memories on campus

well have been to instill qualities

were of adventures with her

and values that have remained

siblings and the students,

true ever since. He passed these

including Bruce Hunt ’28 who

on, not only to the members of

Flo Ryder was delighted to have tea with His Royal HIghness the Duke of York in acknowledgement of her 100th birthday

p27 his family, but to the teachers, students, and all those

Flo married Jack Ryder and had a daughter Janet, and

who became identified as members of The Grove

two sons, Tom and Alick. Tom graduated from

community: education of the whole person — body,

Lakefield College School in 1953 and Alick in 1956.

mind, and spirit, a love of the outdoors, respect for

Jack Ryder became greatly involved with the school

oneself and others, friendship, service, leadership.”

until his death in 1978, as a parent, philanthropist, and member of the Board of Governors in the 1960s and

“Mother was the power behind the throne,” says Flo. She was a calming, strong influence who was

1970s. To recognize his continuous support and service to the school, Ryder House was named in his honour.

completely devoted to the school. Even after the death of her husband, she lived on campus with her

Tom Ryder ’53, his son John ’77, and grandson

daughter Mary until her passing in the early 1960s.

Matthew (Grade 11), continue the Mackenzie family legacy at the school. “The girls even wear the

“When I was about 10 years old, I had a great adventure with Mary,” remembers Flo. “There was a fair every fall in Lakefield in early September and we always used to go. This year we went, there was an airplane with two pilots — they were taking customers for a ride for ten dollars for ten minutes. Well, Mary and I had never seen ten dollars in our lives. The next morning we took the horse and carriage into the village to pick up the mail. We went past the fairgrounds and sure enough the pilots were working on

Mackenzie kilt!” exclaims Flo. Tom, who served as a governor, Chair of the Board, and trustee, recently joined the newly constituted Lakefield College School Foundation as a trustee. John currently sits on the Board of Directors, after eight years as a school trustee. Flo's second son Alick Ryder ’56, great-nephews Michael ’63 and Peter Clarke ’69, grandchildren Ian ’77 and Alick Watson ’81, and step-grandson Michael Pooley ’01, have also kept the Mackenzie clan deeply entrenched in the school’s history.

the plane. So we waited around a while to watch. ‘Would you girls like a ride?’ they asked. Mary and I

It was this constant family support and the celebration

jumped right in. It was a wide-open, two-seater. I had

of her 100th year that brought His Royal Highness The

to sit on Mary’s lap and of course, there were no seat-

Duke of York to Flo Ryder’s home on May 12, 2006. “I

belts, but we each had a helmet. To this day, I can see

didn't sleep the night before,” says Flo. “I had a speech

how lovely the land looked — very colourful, neat, and

prepared to welcome him. The Prince was very nice; he

tidy, like a patchwork quilt. We went all the way up to

had even brought me a present! I gave him a photo

Young's Point to watch the boats go through the locks

taken at the 125th anniversary of the school at the

and then we went home.”

Royal York. My grandson John had come to the dinner table with a number of classmates, including David

In addition to family adventures, hockey was a big part of the Mackenzie family. In fact, it was one of the activ-

Miller ’77 and Al Pace ’77. The Prince knew all the boys in the photo from his exchange.”

ities not prohibited in their household on Sundays. She recalls, “We all played hockey — Win, Mary and I,

With a hundred years of memories of The Grove, Flo

and later Billy (the youngest by six years, Billy was the

Ryder continues to be impressed by the school’s

best hockey player in the family and travelled with an

momentum. Last back to the school for the funeral of

all-star team). Dad would phone or write to the sisters

Andy Harris ’44 in 2001, she has noticed gradual

at my high school to send me home for the weekend

changes, the biggest being the new A.W. Mackenzie

because they were playing hockey and they ‘needed’

Chapel. “I don't think the school has done anything

me.” While studying home economics at Mac Hall, she

wrong at all,” she says. “It's gone ahead in leaps and

played hockey for the Guelph Agricultural College and

bounds.” With her constant inspiration to build upon

was reported to exhibit a “dazzling exhibition of stick-

the values and pride her father first instilled in the

handling and speed.” Dr. Barker recalled that years

students, the history of the school will continue to be

later “Flo was renowned for traveling to just about


every one of her sons’ football and hockey games and for her enthusiastic support (also for her sideline coaching, much to the chagrin of her sons!).”

Flo Ryder celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends on July 31, 2006. Happy Birthday Flo from everyone at The Grove!i


The Standing Spirit Project: Corby Petersen ‘96 Paul Mason (with files from Corby Petersen ’96 and Brad Jacobsen)

as a quadriplegic seemed liked a pipe dream — but one eminently worth pursuing.

Corby Petersen ’96 is a lean, intense presence in the

There were times when the project seemed fated to

Thirsty Loon pub in downtown Lakefield. He talks

fail. Just a month before departure, Brad was hit by a

animatedly about the project that has dominated his

truck backing up in a parking lot. Then, two weeks

life for the last four years.

later, the house Corby shared with Rachel

In August of 2005, he and nine other people hiked the northern leg of Vancouver Island's West Coast Trail — a 32 kilometre journey with some formidable challenges. (Every year, hundreds of able-bodied hikers have to be evacuated from the trail as a result of injuries.) What made this particular trip extraordinary is that one of the hikers was Brad Jacobsen, a quadriplegic. Brad became a quadriplegic eleven years ago, when he chased an errant frisbee into a river and broke his neck. He had hiked the West Coast Trail as an ablebodied man, so he knew first-hand how tough the trip is. The idea that he could make the same journey

Footman ’96 burned down — taking all the equipment (and everything else they owned) with it. Despair wasn't an option, however, said Corby. He and Rachel found ways to replace the equipment, and the special harness which had been created for the trip was remade and ready to go two days before the group set out. The trail presents numerous hazards: conditions are often very slippery, tides make certain sections impassable at regular intervals, and bear, cougar, and wolf can sometimes take over camping spots. The most significant challenge, however, is probably the ladders — up to 150 feet in length — that are placed along cliff faces or river or creek crossings. These

Team Standing Spirit on British Columbia’s West Coast Trail. Photos Courtesy Brad Jacobsen.


required the use of a special two-part harness which

they all went swimming, Brad among them, then sat

allowed Brad to be lifted onto the back of another

in the pool gazing out at the ocean. At that moment,

Grove graduate, Jeff Bos ’96, becoming, effectively,

Brad felt a powerful sense of reconnection with his

his living, talking backpack.

old physicality and with the natural world.

When not in the harness, Brad spent most of the

So why take the journey at all? Corby pauses for a

journey in the Trailrider, a wheelbarrow-like device

moment. “It's called the Standing Spirit Project

designed to transport a person with mobility impair-

because it's about spirit,” he says. “Though Brad's

ment in the wilderness. It has one tire, like those

body is broken, his spirit remains standing. The trip

used on small aircraft, which sits directly under its

was about getting in touch with the spirit within, and

passenger. At times, as many as four people were

allowing it to be strong. In coming together as a

required on the Trailrider to manoeuvre around large

team, we emerged as stronger individuals than we'd

drops, steep inclines, or tight corners.

realized we could be. We had to dig deep and find it within ourselves to overcome.”

Every member of the team carried a 75 lb backpack, but Corby and fellow teammate Graeme Ball were

The project has recently acquired a corporate

also hauling movie cameras on breast packs. Corby

sponsor, Interac, and the CBC has expressed tentative

had decided from the beginning that he wanted to

interest in broadcasting Corby's documentary.

document the journey — to have a filmed record of

Anyone interested in finding out more is encouraged

this the first time that anyone with a significant phys-

to visit Among other things,

ical disability has hiked the WCT.

this site contains a description of the planned second leg of the journey by sea-kayak.

The defining moment of the trip came at Tsusiat Falls, a beautiful cascading waterfall with a calm pool. When the group reached the falls, said Corby,

(Below L-R) Brad Jacobsen gets a lift from teammate Jeff Bos ’96 using a custom made harness; The team enjoys a swim at Tsusiat Falls


Honorary Alumni/ae The Grove Society Recognizes Exemplary Service


Periodically, throughout The Grove’s recent history, individuals who are non-alumni/ae, but have committed themselves as outstanding members of the LCS community, have been awarded the prestigious title of “Honorary Alumnus/a of Lakefield College School.”

The deadline for nominations is October 15, 2006. Nomination forms are available from the Communications Office or at the Grove Society web page accessed from the alumni portal at:

The Grove Society is seeking nominations for individ-

Review Committee

uals who may qualify for this award. Nominations for posthumous awarding of this title will also be consid-

An alumni/ae committee of the Grove Society will


review all applications.


Eligibility Criteria Faculty, staff, parents or long-standing friends of

The title of Honorary Alumnus/a may be awarded in

Lakefield College School are eligible for nomination.

the fall of each year at the Grove Gathering Dinner or at Closing Ceremonies in June. The award consists of

The minimum term of involvement required with LCS

the presentation of an alumni/ae tie or scarf, a letter

is as follows:

from the Grove Society, and a framed certificate. A

Faculty or staff—20 years

maximum of five awards may be presented annually.

Chaplains—10 years

Current Honorary Alumni/ae

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 Lakfield College School.

Dr. Rosalind Barker

David Hadden

Neil Blair

Susan Hadden

Katie Brown

Goodith Heeney

Brian Carter

Ted Ingram

Mike Chellew

Win Lampman (deceased)

Peter Dalglish

Jeffrey Marshall

Bob Goebel

John Milligan

Terry Guest

John Dunlop (deceased)


Common Ground. Uncommon Journey. to the north amounting to “dogsledding in the dark,” who knew we would be munching on fresh melon at breakfast and asparagus and Arctic char at night!) Rod introduced us to the dogs, and showed us how to set up the sleds and harness a team, operate the brake (a critical skill) and the basic commands we would need on our first outing. Monday we loaded the pickups with sleds, dogs, and gear and headed out to Fish Lake, where we would practice our skills on flat ground. The next day we headed out from our base over more challenging terrain to Dam Lake, where we tethered the

Kathleen Ramsay

dogs and hiked a little further for a caribou wiener roast, then back to water and feed the dogs, and also

It began when we flipped open the back cover of the

ourselves. Wednesday we drove north to the Canol

July ’05 Grove News to a picture of a dog team mushing

Road, where for a few hours we took our teams, or they

along in the shadow of pristine mountains. Months and

took us, through more of the spectacular Yukon land-

thousands of kilometres from where we first noticed

scape. Thursday some of the group headed off to

that red parka in the photo, eight of us, all variously

Haines Junction, while others headed down the highway

connected to LCS, were kitted out in layers of down and

with our teams and sleds to explore the exquisite

Goretex launching into Dogsledding 101. It was, in

surroundings of Kluane. Every day was clear and bright,

short, a fabulous experience, memorable, enjoyable,

and with the layers we had been advised to bring and

unexpectedly comfortable, and undertaken with

the outer wear provided, thirty below was perfectly

companions whose Lakefield experiences provided

comfortable. The last part of our sojourn was under-

plenty of fodder for any conversational ice-breaking,

taken on four wheelers. An unusual winter left part of

despite the crispness of -30 Celsius outdoors.

the Ibex valley route impassable for the dog teams.

After flying over the glistening peaks of the Coast range, we landed in Whitehorse just in time to attend the windup banquet of the Yukon Quest, a grueling 1000 kilo-

Negotiating the ice was tricky enough for the machines, but it was well worth it for the view of the valley and a night in the yurts.

metre trek for only the most experienced mushers. In

We left the Yukon with fond memories, great photos,

the next few days we would come to know some of the

new friends, and for all of us, I think, a resolve to return.

dogs who were the celebrated champions of previous Quest races. Many of these extraordinary animals come to Martha and Rod Taylor, hosts of Uncommon Journeys, to continue their mushing careers at what is often called the “Club Med” for sled dogs. From the moment you enter the dog yard, you know how well loved and cared for these passionate pullers are, and it pays off in their responsiveness to novice mushers. After taking in some of Sunday’s Klondike Days festivities in Whitehorse, we headed west to our base for the coming days, and settled into the accommodations surrounding the well-appointed main house where we would gather for meals. (And what meals! Fending off remarks from southbound friends about a February trip

(L-R) Bill Wells ’78, Bruce Farlow, Alex Ramsay ’53, Kate Ramsay, Brian Bishop, Virginia Rolph, Rudy Massimo, Cathy Wells


Bowside to Beijing: Lindsay Forget ’01 “There is an unspoken language in sports. People can communicate together through a shared passion of competition even if everything else in their lives is different.” LINDSAY FORGET ’01

Lisa Clarke The serene perfection of a synchronized stroke on a misty lake propels Lindsay Forget ’01 to train seven days a week at Rowing Canada’s National Training Centre in London, Ontario. An honours

a very dedicated athlete who was

science program, but the Canadian

passionate about rowing! She

National Team rowing coach also

learned the sport very quickly.”

coached there; it was the complete

After two years as a leading force

university package. Lindsay imme-

on the senior rowing team, she

diately tried out for the varsity

joined Trent University’s summer

rowing team. “I was very new and

rowing program after graduation.

it was tough, but I made the squad,” she recalls. “It was

graduate of the University of

In addition to rowing, Lindsay’s

Western Ontario in Kinesiology

passion for political studies and

and Political Science, she is

world issues grew during her three

currently devoting the next two

years at LCS. She traveled with

years to steering her passions

Round Square on the Thailand

Lindsay excelled in the Western

toward the 2008 Olympics in

Water Project and achieved her

rowing program, being recognized

Beijing, China.

Gold Award in the Duke of

as MVP and team captain from

Edinburgh’s Award Program.

2003 to 2005. Consistently awarded

Lindsay further developed her

for her dedication to the sport,

leadership skills as Student in

Lindsay graduated this year not

Charge of Susannah Moodie House

only with an honours degree, but

and as Captain of Mackenzie

also with the coveted Purple

House during her final year at the

Blanket, the top University of

school. “Lakefield completely

Western Ontario’s athletic award.

Lindsay’s love of water began early on as a competitive swimmer with the Trent Swim Club in Peterborough before she joined Lakefield College School's rowing team during her high school career. “I have a tendency to dive into something that interests me,” she says. Encouraged by her Head of House Ms. Yvonne Boyd, who was also the rowing coach, Lindsay

extremely exciting, intense, and more demanding than anything else I had experienced.”

changed my life — my body, my mind, and my spirit. I can only sing praises about my experiences.”

“Lindsay displays all the qualities and dedication of a determined athlete. I first met her when she gave me a campus tour during my

fell in love with the sport almost

Western was the next natural step

interview to become Head of

immediately. Libby Dalrymple,

in her academic and athletic

Lower Colebrook House. Watching

Lakefield College School’s current

career. The university not only

her row at Western a few years

rowing coach remembers: “She was

hosted a well-recognized political

later, I could not fail to be


impressed by her athleticism and

reflects, “It's interesting how

“The network of people who have

total focus,” reflects Amy

different people handle competi-

come to support me is so moti-

Hollingsworth, current Head of

tion and share a love for a sport.

vating. When you have people

Susannah Moodie House and

We seem so lighthearted and laid

rooting you on, you believe in

seasoned field hockey coach. “It's

back to teams from other coun-

yourself even more.”

obvious that she has the level of

tries, but we have the same inten-

commitment it takes to be


In the summer of 2007, the World Championship races are qualifiers

successful at the international Encouraged by national, provin-

for the Olympics. The team will

cial and private support, Lindsay

work over the next few years to

continues to dream of reaching

become more fit, get more inter-

Armed with degree and paddle in

the 2008 Olympics in Beijing,

national race experience, and

hand, Lindsay has begun her

China. She was recently accepted

build team spirit as a crew. In the

professional career continuing her

into the Sport Canada program,

past, the women’s rowing program

rigorous training at Rowing

which offers amateur athletes

has been very strong, bringing

Canada. She has won gold at the

funding towards better coaching,

home many Olympic medals. With

Head of the Charles Regatta, the

enhanced training, and competi-

such a positive atmosphere,

Royal Canadian Henley Regatta,

tive opportunities. As well, with

Lindsay is confident in her team's

the Canadian University Rowing

the enthusiasm of Hugh Rawling

continued momentum. “I will go

Championships, and is working

’77 who helped Lindsay put

as far as I can possibly go with

towards the World Championships

together a brochure and website,

rowing,” she says. “I am so lucky;

this summer in Eton, United

there are so many gifts that I

Kingdom. Training in the Senior A

to promote her Olympic goal, and

walked out with from LCS. We all

Women's class, Lindsay enjoys the

the funding efforts of families like

have an obligation to share these

camaraderie of her team of 15

Leslie and Brian Dunn ’69, her

gifts and make a difference in the

women from across Canada. She

intense training can continue.


level and to wear Team Canada colours.”

(L-R) Lindsay Forget ’01 wins the coveted ‘Purple Blanket’ award from the University of Western Ontario; Lindsay getting ready to row.


Class News The 1960s A Dozen Years, the first novel by Harry Hobbs ’64 has been published by Lighthouse

Director for Expotel, the UK's

having completed his New York

largest and leading supplier of

Bar Exams.

corporate hospitality services and event management agency.

In March, Susie Pearce '98, competed in the women’s open

Publishers. It is set in Ontario,

The 1990s

and partly inspired by his memories of Lakefield. This spring he

Cameron Ainsworth-Vincze ’96

was honoured with the presti-

has completed his masters in

gious Toastmasters’ Eric

journalism at the University of

Stuhmueller Award for leadership

Western Ontario and an intern-

in the district which comprises all

ship at The Globe and Mail in

of Manitoba and Northwest

Toronto. He now lives in Toronto


where he is interning at Maclean’s Magazine.

The 1980s

category for Arctic Sports in the Arctic Winter Games held in Kenai Peninsula just south of Anchorage, Alaska. It is both an athletic and cultural event drawing competitors and performers from Russia, Finland, Norway, and Sweden plus Greenland, Alaska, and all of northern Canada (three territories: northern Alberta, and

Michael MacDonald ’85 is the

Nunavik, Quebec). Susie won

clinical director of the Roseville

with one gold, two silver, and one

Practice in Sydney, Australia,

bronze Ulu (an Ulu is a crescent

specializing in special needs,

shaped knife commonly used in

mood disorders, and complex

the north). She received a silver

trauma. They do significant work

Ulu for the overall championship

with refugee families who have

and she received pins from offi-

experienced torture and trauma.

cials who selected her as the

Michael and his family live on

person demonstrating the most

Scotland Island, in Pittwater, 20

sportsmanlike qualities. Susie

kms north of the Sydney Harbour

was chosen as valedictorian for

Bridge. He invites anyone from

her graduating class in June at

The Grove to get in touch while

Dalhousie University/ Nunavut

they are in Australia.

Arctic College where she received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Shane Smyth ’96 and Aurora Ratcliffe engagement.

Luke Mellors ’88 received the CIO

Aaron Baril ’99 has finished law school, and was admitted to the

One to Watch — Private Sector Award from the European CIO

Shane Smyth ’96 proposed to

Awards. The nominees repre-

Aurora Ratcliffe in Central Park,

sented many different industries

NYC, on July 2, 2005. The

from all over Europe and the

wedding will take place in West

judges considered nominations

Vancouver in May 2007. They are

from Austria, Denmark, Finland,

both living in Toronto. Shane

Germany, Italy, Netherlands,

graduated from U of T Law School

Poland, Spain, Sweden,

last spring. He begins work in

Switzerland, and the UK. Luke

September with Shearman &

has accepted the role as IT

Sterling LLP in Toronto after

NSW Law Society in May 2006. He has deferred his position working in public law and insolvency law with one of Australia's top tier law firms (Clayton Utz) until August 2007 to spend a year in Paris. He still sings and manages to see a lot of theatre, and has developed a love of AFL football.


The 2000s Mark Soder ’00 graduated in June from Ohio University with a Master in Sports Administration

doing her LLB and her Undergrad

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degree in Political Science

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concurrently. To keep her spare

time occupied, she also works for an executive recruitment company

and MBA.

and still finds time to do some Nick Wright ’01 was elected leader

volunteer work as well. Being your

of the Green Party of Nova Scotia.

average LCS “all rounder” she is

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also a member of the Melbourne Chenoah Ellis ’02 is attending the Melbourne University Law School

University Improv team and does karate twice a week.

Another Successful Golf Tournament The organizers of the Andy Harris Cup Grove Golf Tournament 2006 would like to give special thanks to the following sponsors and supporters:



Power Carts:

Hole Sponsors:


Goodmans LLP


Leons Furniture

Rod Baker ’58

Trish & Scott McCain

Bigleys Shoes

Paul & Kris Hickey

Black Diamond Golf Course

Stonescape Quarry Ltd.

The Blanchette Family

The Fleming Family

Buckeye Marine

MIC Mechanical

Coach Canada

Kawartha Lakes Brewery

Richard Dupuis, RBC

Putting Competition:

Longest Drive

(men - hole #9):

The Foster family

Longest Drive

C & S Logistics (women - hole #10):

The Foster family

Hole in One

(hole #3):

Closest to Hole (women - hole #11):

Dominion Securities

Onandaga Camp

Farmhouse Pottery

The Latremoille Group

Tony Harris ’82

Richardson Partners Financial Ltd.

Lakefield Flowers & Gifts

Lloyds Laboratories

LCS Athletics

Murray Brothers Lumber

Leon's Furniture

Taycott Enterprises

Mapleridge Mechanical

Coachlamp Homes

Mark's Work Warehouse

Donnatella's Restaurant

The McDonell Family Chris Patton ’44

Donors: John Easson ’49

Closest to Hole (men - hole #17):

Peterborough Golf & Curling Club

Paul Goulet

The Protectors Group

The Mackenzie Family

The Stewart Group

Barry & Louise Needler

Stone Willow Inn

Tom Ryder ’53

Stony Lake Furniture

Sign Sponsor:

Tony's Club House

Richard Dupuis, RBC Dominion Securities

The Village Florist


(L) Beti (Canet) ‘95 and Jacob Grodzinski; (R) (front row) Michael Eddy, Tracey-Lee Smyth ’99 (middle row) Susan Hadden, Judy Grasmuck, Katie Hadden ’00, Jon Hazel ’00 (back row) Shane Smyth ’95, and Stephan Grasmuck

Marriages Beti Canet ’95 and Jacob

by Shane Smyth ’96 (Tracey-Lee's

Joshua Turk ’03 and Lili Martin-

Grodzinski were married in

brother), Susan Hadden, Katie

del-Campo Lustig were married

Stratford in February, 2006. A

Hadden ’00, Stephan and Judy

on June 2, 2006 in Playa del

ceremony celebrating their

Grasmuck, and Jon Hazel ’00.

Carmen, Mexico. The couple met

exchange of vows took place in

Tracey-Lee and Michael honey-

while attending the Universidad

Girona, Spain on March 17, 2006.

mooned in the BVI's in Little Dix

de las Americas in Cholula Puebla

Jacob and Beti live in Stratford

Bay, Virgin Gorda and are now

and will reside in Halifax where

with their dog Hogarth.

living in Kitsilano, Vancouver.

they will continue their studies.

Jeff Bos ’96 and Daryn Sutherland ’96 were married in September 17, 2005 at the Madawaska Kanu Centre, Ontario. Sarah Leavens ’98 married Chris Sherfey in Barbados, on March 19, 2005. Congratulations to Tracey-Lee Smyth '99 and Michael Eddy whose marriage took place in Vancouver on November 6th, 2005. The Grove was represented

(Middle L-R) Sarah Leavens ’98 and Chris Sherfey; Joshua Turk ’03 and Lili Martindel-Campo Lustig; (Opposite, back row L-R) Graham Bos ’99, Carlo Bos ’94, Corby Peterson ’96, Jeff Bos (Groom) ’96, Bryan Nunnelley ’96, Alex Parker ’96. (front row, L-R) Jess Perlitz ’96, Dave Ingram ’96, Jon Holmes ’97, Daryn Sutherland (Bride) ’96, Dayna Sutherland ’99, Chris Marshall ’96, Shelley Simmons ’96, Kate Sainsbury ’96, Jim Matthews ’58


(L-R) Finlay Lilias (Cudney) MacKay; Mike Garside with twins, Logan and Samantha; Petra Marie Lett

Births Isabella Grace Barker was born on

Logan Michael and Samantha

Kristy and Bill Lett ’92 are thrilled

February 27, 2006 in Houston,

Brooke have arrived. Proud

to announce the birth of Petra

Texas to Monica and Jim “Chi-

parents are former LCS staff

Marie on December 15, 2005 in

Chi” Barker ’82.

member Mike and Jenn Garside.


Erin and Matthew Binnie ’88 are

Leslie and Leif Haase ’83

In September 2005, Caitlin Rose

delighted by the arrival of Charles

welcomed Julia Margaret to their

was born to Joanne and Michael

Nelson Cornell, born March 13,

family on January 8, 2006.

MacDonald ’85.

2006 in Berkeley, California. Jacqueline ( Johnson) ’98 and

Sara and Stuart Thompson ’91

David MacKay and Janet

Jonathan Coughlin welcome their

welcomed their daughter, Avery

Cudney ’94 gave birth to Finlay

first child, Cameron Buck on

Ruth on Monday May 29 in

Lilias MacKay on June 6, 2005.

November 14, 2005.

Toronto, Ontario. Nathan Orion Andras was born to (faculty member) Peter and Sarah Andras on July 4, 2006 in Peterborough. Katie (nee Jones) ’99 and Derek Jordan are thrilled to announce the arrival of Calla Wendy Jordan on July 4, 2006 in St. Thomas, Ontario.

(L-R, Top to Bottom) Baby Jonathan and Jacqueline (Johnson) Coughlin ’98; Veronica, Cameron, and baby Caitlin MacDonald; Avery and Stuart Thompson ’91; Peter Andras with Nathan; Katie (Jones) ’99 and Derek Jordan with baby Calla.


In Our Memories Pam (Heseltine) Balfour on August 6, 2005. Wife of

Elizabeth Herold on March 23, 2006. Wife of the late

Paul Balfour ’81, sister of Christopher Heseltine ’81

Robert Herold ’42, mother of Mark Herold ’77, and

and Geoffrey Heseltine ’77.

sister-in-law to W.A. Herold ’40.

John A. Halwig ’68 on December 28th, 2005.

Kyle Trethouen ’06 on March 27, 2006 in Orangeville, Ontario.

Joy Angela Grant on January 9, 2006 in Oshawa, Ontario. Mother of Iain Grant ’71 and Donald Grant ’77.

Donald McGregor McRae on May 20, 2006. Father of Bob McRae ’66, (Rachel) and John McRae ’77 (Val). Grandfather of Mike McRae ’99, Jamie McRae ’97,

John Leslie Gemmel ’37 on February 20, 2006 in Calgary, Alberta. Daniel Kearnes ’69 on March 1, 2006. John “Bruce” Findley, ’67 on March 6, 2006 in Mississauga, Ontario.

Maggie McRae ’03, Jenny McRae ’99, Cam McRae ’01, Duncan McRae ’03, and Gilly McRae ’06. Charles Jeremy Sams ’57 on June 15th, 2006 in Toronto, Ontario. Gary O'Neill ’65 on June 25, 2006 in Campbellford, Ontario.


Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2006 First Row (Back) (L-R) Aaron Wilson Justin Chan Jeff Davie Tom Nisbet Adam Gravel Jatin Chanana Peter Reid James Hutchinson Daniel Walsh Nick Ballantyne Jeff Kloosterman Michael Wilson Brent Petticrew Oliver Porte Benedikt Dellen Ward Weber Julien Denner Liam Fitzgerald Graham Goulet

Second Row (L-R) Shannon Matthews

Clara Lonjedo Lindsay Joseph

Rhiannon Barlow Laura Elphinstone Brooke Harvey Jason Kim Nick Cazelais D'Arcy McDonell Adam Bates Michael Procyk Bert Lockhart-Dyer Greg Hough James Houghton Harrison Sones Brandon Mackenzie Wayne Ho Rachel Honig Kristen Holloway Alex Trowbridge Madison Murphy Emily Sale

Third Row (L-R) Kelsey Henderson Karen Chan Sara Ross Johanne Edghill Sameen Ahmed

Melissa Gates Sarah Thompson Brooke Jan Gilly McRae Emily Loyer Julia Lee Liza Shelley Ali Chapman Dale Findlay Martha Ramsay Bianca Bell Torie Patterson Jenna Habib Brittany Scott Ali Shipley Kyla Henderson Sara Cooper Eirene Kaklamanakis

Fourth Row (L-R) Connie Xu Martha Ewing Shi Tang Elsa Barreto Jamie Armstrong Kate Foster

Leslie Schumacher Neslihan Ad Hilary Bird Laura Bocking Fiona McNestry Kathryn Olsheski Kelly Gallacher Kelsey Young RenĂŠe Proulx Rachele Entwistle-Anderson

Front Row (Front) (L-R) JCarlos Feser Chris Fasthuber Gereon Rotering Scott Seabrooke Spencer Hodgins Arthur Chan Rob Fleming Daniel Chiu Chris Jones Louis Nagy Matthew Tam Joe Yang Justin Loga

Photography by Simon Spivey

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