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Grove News Fall/Winter 2007

Calendar of Events 2007 For details please refer to our school calendar at and click NEWS MARCH




Trustees’ Day


Grove Society Annual General Meeting Regatta Day

The Ties That Bind Gala


Grove Society Meeting



Victoria Pub Night



Vancouver Pub Night


Grove Society Pot Luck Luncheon


Grade 7, 8, and 9 Parent Reception


Grade 8 Graduation Dinner


Grade 10, 11, and 12 Parent Reception


Closing Grade 12 Graduation Dinner

Class Reps Workshop Toronto Pub Night


Andy Harris Cup — Grove Golf Tournament


School Trustees 2006—2007 Board Chair Jock Fleming ’74

Janet Cudney ’94

Chris Hadfield

Paul Mason

Nancy Smith

Jack Curtin

John K. Hepburn ’68

James Matthews ’58

Scott Smith ’87

Past Chair Marilynn Booth

Susan DeNure

Paul Hickey

Scott McCain

Amanda Soder ’98

Mary Armstrong Gr.12 Cindy AtkinsonBarnett Nicole Bendaly ’93 David Bignell Gerry Bird Walter Blackwell ’56 Gordon Blake Marilynn Booth Scott Campbell Brian Carter* Andrew Clarke ’85 Richard Cohen Gr.12

Peter Dunn ’62

Howard Hickman

Andrea McConnell

David Thompson

Andrew Durnford ’85

Tim Hyde ’77

John McRae ’70

Stuart Thompson ’91

Michael Eatson ’83

James Hyslop ’85

Val McRae

Ann Tottenham

Stephanie Edwards

Alan Ingram

Betty Morris

Tim Ward ’62

Bishop George Elliott

Warren Jones ’88

William Morris ’70

Gordon Webb ’72

Ann Farlow

Angie Killoran

Christopher Ondaatje

Jamie White ’79

Jock Fleming ’74

Janet Lafortune

Travis Price ’85

Chris White ’91

Romina Fontana ’94

Kathleen Leonard

Tony Pullen ’63

Terry Windrem

Bill Gastle ’68

Nicholas Lewis ’77

Sean Quinn ’82

HRH Duke of York ’78

Bruce Gibson

James (Kim) Little ’53

Kathleen Ramsay

Janice Green

Laleah Macintosh

Douglas Rishor

Directors in Bold

Jennifer Gruer

Bubs Macrae ’33

Gretchen Ross

* Honorary Alumni

Terry Guest

Don Maguire

John Ryder ’77

David Hadden*

Kevin Malone ’77

John Schumacher

Front Cover: (L-R) Kane Miller and Philip Switalski in the school play, The Man Who Came to Dinner.


Editorial Belinda Schubert ’99 I’m still not sure what exactly a “beat poet” does, but Grove students seem to enjoy it a great deal. Working in the library at Lakefield was a unique opportunity

variety of arts at Lakefield? Stories

for me to go before a judge in

like those of James Hyslop ’85

Criminal Court and speak to the

(p.23) and Jess Perlitz ’96 (p.14)

sentencing of a client, I came with

suggest the value of Lakefield’s

a tool box of skills learned from Ms.

emphasis on exploring a broad

Stamboulie (debating), Dr.

range of experiences.

Grasmuck (band), Mr. Milburn (literary journal) and Mr. Watt

for an alumna of The Grove to get

Paul Mason points to the value of

to know the next generation of

this when he describes the benefits

alumni. It struck me that the range

of Lakefield’s Drama Program to

of arts programs had doubled since

students: “In any profession they

my time as a student at The Grove.

enter—all these folk need to know

In addition to the bands and choirs

how to project their voices, how to

of my past, students are now

speak clearly and expressively, how

participating in beautiful dance

to listen carefully, how to move

performances, submitting pictures

quietly, how to be still” (p.17).

(English Literature). I hope that as you read through this issue of the Grove News you will find yourself remembering the special contribution that involvement in the arts has made to your life.

Belinda Schubert ’99, a freelance writer and editor, is currently

for photography contests, taking part in the art club and yes, doing

As a graduate of The Grove, I am

attending law school at UBC. She

“beat poetry.”

one of thousands of living exam-

graduated from Princeton in June

ples who benefited from this type

2003 with a degree in English

of education. When it came time


Why would there have been such an increase in the number and


The LCS Philosophy Rigorous and Demanding yet Relaxed and Flexible

Richard Life, Associate Head of School Lakefield College School is a founding member of the Canadian Educational Standards Institute (CESI). CESI is the accrediting body of Canadian independent schools. In order to maintain accreditation, each CESI school engages in a thorough process of self-reflection and review by a visiting committee every seven years. Lakefield is being evaluated by CESI during the current academic year. CESI requires schools to provide the visiting committee with an up-to-date statement of their educational philosophy. In the paragraphs that follow, I am pleased to share with our school community my best effort to explain Lakefield’s philosophy of education. I am indebted to the students and staff members who have provided input and advice on the development of this statement. I would be pleased to receive your comments, via e-mail sent to:

Lakefield College School offers an enriched liberal arts

Lakefield’s classroom dress for students is informal.

curriculum within the Western educational tradition,

The standard of professional dress for Lakefield’s

which emphasizes the holistic development of each

teachers and administrators is casual. Lakefield has no

individual. In our mission statement and in our state-

bells to announce the change of classes. Lakefield’s

ment of values, we put our emphasis on the develop-

teachers are encouraged to adjust their instruction to

ment of the individual potential of our students in the

meet the needs of individual students. Lakefield

intellectual, physical, and moral realms. Our words are

students are encouraged to participate in a wide range

unique in these statements, but the values we express

of co-curricular activities (e.g. sports, arts, community

are in the mainstream of Canadian educational

and international service projects) even if these activi-


ties take them away from class for considerable time. Above all, Lakefield values relationships far more than

This having been said, Lakefield has made philosoph-

codes of behaviour.

ical choices about the structure and delivery of curriculum, which have a real impact on the learning

Philosophical choices involve both benefits and costs.

culture of our school. Lakefield’s academic curriculum

Lakefield is a warm and caring community and many

is rigorous and demanding; but Lakefield’s academic

students achieve their best here, because they trust

culture is relaxed and flexible. If one were to construct

and respect their teachers (and vice versa). The cost,

a spectrum of educational philosophy, one might put

of course, is that Lakefield is not the best school for

at one end the view that students learn best in a

students who require enforced structure and codes of

formal environment with structured instructional

behaviour in order to do well. Moreover, Lakefield’s

methods, while at the other end the view that students

flexibility and emphasis on co-curricular activities

learn best in a relaxed environment with flexible

does take students’ focus off their studies at various

instructional methods. Lakefield tilts deliberately

times. Quite frankly, it is Lakefield’s philosophy that if

towards the “relaxed and flexible” end of the spectrum.

playing First Team sports, or being in a school play, or spending three weeks on a service project in the Third


World costs a student one or two percent on his or her

sity. These are the families for whom a Lakefield

academic average, the cost is worth the benefits of the

education works.

experience—many times over! As John Dewey noted, “The process of being a child is, Lakefield recently conducted a study of the attitudes

in itself, an education.” Lakefield provides a safe and

of parents whose children were admitted to Lakefield.

loving environment in which “kids can be kids.”

The goal was to find differences between the parents

Lakefield offers a rich and varied curriculum and co-

who accepted Lakefield’s offer of a place for their

curriculum, through which students are challenged

child, and those who chose to place their child in

and enabled to reach their individual potential in

another school. The most significant differentiating

mind, body, and spirit. By choosing to cultivate a

factor was that those parents who chose Lakefield

relaxed and flexible school culture, which affirms the

were more inclined to allow their child considerable

essential value of “being a kid,” Lakefield helps young

decision-making independence, and were also more

people to learn about themselves, to find their own

inclined to value their child’s current happiness

soul and to follow their own heart.

equally with their child’s specific direction for univer-

(L-R) Grade 12 students, Cassi Hammett, Christine Forest, and Nick Pullen with Associate Head of School, Richard Life



Trustee Update From Planning to Implementation Jock Fleming ’74 Chair, Board of Directors

achieve their individual potential in mind, body, and spirit.

I wish I could remember all of my marks in Calculus or

This next year will be one of implementation. Over the

English, but I can’t ... what I do remember is standing

past number of years a great deal of planning has

on stage with my knees shaking and heart pounding,

taken place: the update of our five-year plan Securing

desperately trying to remember my next line! The

our Future, the introduction of the new foundation

theatre was always one of my favorite areas at the

governance structure as outlined in Endowing Our

school. A couple of my classmates (John Jarvis ’74 and

Future, and Towards Tomorrow, a document that

Bill Hope ’74) went on to become world-class actors

provides a road map for the future success of the

and continue to practise their craft today.

school’s foundation. Every year our board has a

Many times during the late evening in my last year at the school, a few of us would head down to the Grove House basement, where there were a couple of potter’s wheels (in the early 1970s the art room wasn’t large enough to house them). The boiler in the next room was noisy but kept things quite warm as we threw clay on to the wheel. Unfortunately, I never could get the tall urn to stand up straight. I am sure Al Pace ’77 ( could give me some pointers. Whether it’s the stage, art room, or bellowing out the

retreat to review the past year, discuss long-term planning, and set a few key objectives for the upcoming year. We conducted this year’s retreat at the school on December 7th and had a special presentation from Dr. Jim Christopher, the current President of the Canadian Association of Independent Schools (CAIS). He provided us with many insights to the demographics of North America’s student population, long-term trends in education, and highlighted the many challenges that independent schools may face.

school hymn in chapel, the arts at The Grove have

This year the board will focus on four strategic areas:

always been an integral part of the student experience

the financial viability and construction of the Student

and clearly represent one of the pillars that make the

Recreation Centre; the continued support and imple-

Lakefield difference. These pillars, or values as we

mentation of the marketing plan; the ensurance of

more often refer to them, are the guidelines that the

sustainable leadership with the school’s management

trustees of the school are proud to protect.

team; and the start of a process to develop a vision for

Your board of directors and school trustees have been

the next strategic planning period.

active over the past number of months. The board

Our school has a strong balance sheet and is in very

had four areas of focus over this past year: the transi-

good financial and physical condition. We have an

tion of the new governance structure for the founda-

outstanding management team, dedicated faculty and

tion; the support and development of the Learning

staff, an energized student body and an extremely

Commons; helping the management of the school

motivated group of volunteers. All of this makes The

develop and implement a focused marketing initiative;

Grove a very successful and special place. Thank you

and the investigation of new programs that could

for your support.

generate additional revenue by optimizing the school’s plant, financial, and intellectual resources. We were successful on all fronts, while enabling our students to

(Opposite) Christine Davidson (Gr. 9) and Emily Koller (Gr. 8) take a moment to enjoy the sun outside the Bryan Jones Theatre.


So, What Exactly Is The Grove Society? Occasionally we hear that not

New and current parents learn

to connect and establish new rela-

everyone in the LCS community

about LCS through Grove Society

tionships with one another so that

understands what the Grove

meetings, where they hear about

we can all contribute to the

Society is. We thought we’d take

what’s happening at school

vitality and excellence of LCS. The

this opportunity to let you know a

directly from the faculty and

sole purpose of the vast majority

little bit more about the mission

students. Also, special speakers

of events is to bring the whole

and purpose of the Grove Society,

discuss subjects relevant to

community together. A few

and how you can get involved.

parents, such as community

events, such as Grove Golf and the

service projects, exchanges, Duke

spring gala, also help to raise

of Edinburgh Awards, policies on

funds for student bursaries and

drinking and drugs, and how to

capital needs of the school.

First of all, if you’re reading this, you are almost certainly a member. The Grove Society is made up of all alumni, current and past parents, current and past faculty and staff, and the graduating class of LCS.

support students as they face university admission. Parents report that Grove Society meetings are tremendously helpful and give them a better understanding of all

In the past, these groups were

the opportunities and challenges

separate. Alumni were represented

of a Lakefield education.

by the Alumni Association, parents by the Grove Guild. A few years ago these organizations merged

We are all encouraged to become involved in the Grove Society. Please take the opportunity to come to events when you can, or if you’d prefer a more hands-on role, to participate in the many volunteer opportunities that are avail-

For alumni, the Grove Society is

able. The members of the execu-

the link to the entire alumni

tive are listed online at

community—welcoming new through either the

and became the Grove Society.

members and reintroducing

parent or alumni portals. Feel free

The key purpose of this amalga-

existing alumni to classmates and

to contact any of them for more

mation was to keep all of the

friends through pub nights and

information on how to become

different constituents of the LCS

reunions, both at the school and

more involved.

community connected to the

around the world. The alumni

school. This is primarily accom-

network is extensive and boasts

plished through various events

numerous benefits for all who are

throughout the year, such as the


Fall Fair, the Christmas Luncheon at the Haddens’, galas, and the

The mandate of the Grove Society

Grove Golf Tournament, to name a

is primarily to promote opportuni-


ties for alumni, parents, and staff

We look forward to welcoming you to future LCS events. Stephanie Edwards, Chair, Parent Outreach & Communication Amanda Soder ’98, Chair, Alumni Outreach & Communication

In This Issue School Highlights


A View From the Trenches: Grade 10 Orientation—The WWI Re-Enactment


It Came From Her Imagination—Stephanie Edwards, LCS Parent


“The Real Essence of Art”— A Compendium of Articles on The Arts Debating—Preparing Our Students for The World and The Worlds


Shane Smyth ’96—Debating Champion


Literary Arts


Stephen Smith ’85—Literary Journalist & Novelist


Visual and Applied Arts


Jess Perlitz ’96—Artist With a Mission


Drama and Dance


Laura Lawson ’00—Performance Artist


Music—Instrumental and Vocal


Marcus MacDonald ’86—Discipline and Love


The Technical Crew


James Hyslop ’85—Writer & Director


Creativity in Costuming: The Art of Megan Watson—LCS Volunteer in Action


Foundation Update—$31.5M Raised to Date!


Scope of New Recreation Centre Project Grows


The Gift of Life Insurance—Innovative and Easy


The Class of ‘81 Fund—Inspired by Friendship


Honorary Alumni—Outstanding Members of The Grove


Events, Class News, Marriages, Births


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 Karen Denis. Contributing Photographer: Simon Spivey. Please address correspondence to the Communications and Constituent Relations Office: Lakefield College School, Lakefield, ON, K0L 2H0 705.652.3324 Ext.333


School Highlights John Boyko’s Latest Book LCS faculty member John Boyko has published his third book entitled, Into the Hurricane: Attacking Socialism and the CCF. The book invites Canadians to think of the ways in which their political opinions and options are manipulated today by considering how they were manipulated yesterday. Into the Hurricane asks Canadians to

Congratulations to Nick Pullen for successfully reaching the finals in two out of three of his events (and coming extremely close in the third). His scores qualified him for one of ten spots on the Canadian National Team to compete at the World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships in April 2007. Six of those ten were selected at this competition.

consider the hurricane that

The “Internationals” included 200 of

destroyed the CCF (Cooperative

the strongest public speakers from

Commonwealth Federation Party)

across North America and Great

that was attempting to bring forward

Britain. Nick’s achievements are

the ideas so many now consider our


birthright. To view these and other news stories According to Jack Layton (leader of

at LCS, visit and select

Canada’s NDP), the book is “a bril-

NEWS (click “More News” and search

liant and refreshing account of the

by date to find specific stories).

troubling lengths to which power elites sought to suppress the CCF vision of a more equitable Canada. Boyko accurately reminds us why it is no coincidence that Tommy Douglas [leader of the CCF party] was voted the Greatest Canadian." The book is available in major bookstores across the country.

Young Debaters Argue Their Way to the Top Nick Pullen (Gr.12), Vanika Chawla (Gr.11), and Laura Wilson (Gr.10) represented Lakefield with strength at the International Independent Schools’ Public Speaking Championships in October.

Opposite (Top Row) L-R: Debaters Nick Pullen, Laura Wilson, Vanika Chawla, and their coach Manal Stamboulie at the International Independent Schools' Public Speaking Championships this past fall; Cast of the fall school play production of The Man Who Came to Dinner. (Middle Row) L-R: Canadian folk musician Sarah Harmer (aunt to Matt Ryder Gr.10), along with producer Andy Keen (cousin to Nick Pullen Gr.12), visited LCS in November to play music and promote their documentary on the environment (released to TVO and the CBC); John Boyko with his new book Into The Hurricane released this fall. (Bottom Row) L-R: Patsy Harper, RN, OHN, retired after five years of being an enthusiatic, caring, and involved member of the the Health Services team; The LCS Girls’ Varsity Hockey Team (who along with the Boys’ Team) won bronze in the High School Division of the American Cup in Lake Placid.


A View From the Trenches Grade 10 Orientation—The WWI Re-Enactment John Boyko The young soldier stood poised at the ready with a heavy rifle cradled in tired arms, an elbow on the parapet, gazing blindly, desperately through the darkness of no man's land before him. Flashes of haunting light betrayed the ghosts of trees and broken land as booming artillery

The young person could be any

uniforms and proudly sewed

soldier on either side of the First

platoon badges to their tunics. It

World War's western front. Or he

was then on to the Peterborough

could have been one of Lakefield

armouries where drill Sgt. Kyle

College School's Grade 10

and his staff trained the raw

students on a rainy night last

recruits. Then, with dusk

September, participating in The

approaching, and the booming

Grove’s new and unique orienta-

sound of battle echoing over unfa-

tion experience—the First World

miliar fields far from the school,

War Re-Enactment.

soldiers moved from the safety of the buses and marched up a

exploded before and behind him.

It began on Monday morning with

He had already survived a gas

students gathered in the theatre,

attack by reacting quickly,

moved by a film documenting

donning his mask, and waiting for

Grove students who fought and

It was dark. And the rains came.

the orange cloud to dissipate.

died in the war. Attestation papers

Undaunted, one platoon

And now he stood. Adrenalin

were signed and an oath to the

embarked on an unnerving

filled his veins. And he waited for

king sworn. Split into four

march, found a wounded soldier,

the order to go over the top.

platoons, students were issued

and bore him back to camp on a

narrow, wooded trail, and established camp.


stretcher to learn of war time

secured a listening post. Finally,

horseback to inspect the troops

medical practices. Another

they went over the top. After just a

and oversee a competition.

platoon was told of, and shown,

few tentative steps a flare turned

Canadian military artefacts and

night into day and the platoon

discussed battle tactics. A third

froze. Machine gun fire rico-

was on leave in a log cabin

cheted as mortars and rockets

serving as a Belgian café where

created a deafening din, but with

they enjoyed hot chocolate and a

the return of darkness the

snack while singing songs of the

advance continued, only to be

day. At the same time, the fourth

stopped again by a second flare.

platoon marched to the front.

The platoon withdrew to the safety of the trench, then to the

Through the rain and the crashing

rear lines.

cacophony of battle, soldiers scur-

Students were assured at the outset that the exercise was not meant to glorify war but to honour those who served. They were told that the exercise’s three goals were to have fun; get to know one another better through a shared experience; and, since the First World War is the opening unit in the Canadian History course in which they were all

ried into the trench, filled sand

Tuesday morning saw a return to

enrolled, to learn a little about the

bags to re-enforce the line, and

the front line for a “stand to,”

war—to bring history to life. All

trained with clumsy, slippery gas

more re-enforcement of the

three goals were accomplished. In

masks. The thunder of artillery,

trench, and the writing of

the written debrief that ended the

machine gun fire, and the screams

emotion-drenched letters to those

two day experience the most

from the enemy line grew louder.

at home. Platoons practised drills,

common expressions students

A gas attack came and the masks

and then stood proudly as

offered were awesome, fun, fasci-

saved the day. Volunteers

“General Currie” (A.K.A. John

nating, coolest, intense, and

ventured into no man's land and

Runza, pictured below) arrived on



“But I had a dismaying thought. In this high-tech, time-crunched, results-obsessed world, do adults still appreciate how important imagination is?”

It Came From Her Imagination Stephanie Richmond Edwards, LCS Parent Reprinted with permission from The Peterborough Examiner (Outtakes, August 21, 2006)

Last May I had the unsettling

but seeing this child transform

friends didn’t share her fascina-

experience of watching my four-

herself into a divorced woman in

tion with make-believe, if they

teen-year-old daughter smoke a

love with a doomed criminal

had no interest in playing witches

cigarette, drink gin, and ask a boy

was—to say the least—mind-

or pioneers or orphans—it

if he really loved her. Now you


stumped us both. What on earth

must understand that my darling daughter has never smoked, drunk liquor, or loved any male who wasn’t a relative or Johnny Depp. So you can imagine my shock. But can you imagine my delight? All right—she was onstage. She was playing the wife of a notorious Canadian bank robber in a

would they do all afternoon? Talk about a stretch. First she had to learn how to move—to walk in

But when children did share her

high heels, wiggle her hips, perch

passion for make-believe, what a

on a bar stool, hug her man, drag

wonderful world our home

on a cigarette, handle a drunk, be

became, and a particularly

arrested. Then she had to learn

wonderful mess: couches

how to sound: prissy, passionate,

upturned in the living room,

pensive, sad, outraged, terrified,

sheets draped over the deck,

bitter, resigned. As I watched her,

mattresses and pillows on the

transfixed, I wondered where on

lawn, pots and pans in the

earth all this came from.

sandbox, lemonade on the garage

production of Girls in The Gang,

roof, dress-up clothes everywhere.

directed by her drama teacher, the

I think I’ve figured it out. It came

abundantly talented Greg

from her imagination.

MacPherson. Over the years I have watched my daughter play everything from a tree to a nun,

Despite the chaos, I felt very privileged because I was allowed to

When Zoe was little, imagination

witness those witches and

was her favourite plaything. If

pioneers and orphans flitting about their imagined worlds.


(Above) Onstage rehearsals for last year’s production of Girls in the Gang in the Bryan Jones Theatre—a perfect venue for the engagement of the imagination by actors and audience alike.

Now, watching my daughter and

couldn’t create; they would be

Consider this: if George W. Bush

her peers perform roles onstage

limited to serving up stale imita-

could truly imagine what it’s like

they have only glimpsed in books

tions. A rich fantasy life is pretty

to be the mother of a dead young

and movies—and do it so

much a prerequisite for their

soldier, if Osama Bin Laden could

convincingly—it’s obvious their

chosen fields.

truly imagine what it’s like to be the sister of an immolated suicide

ability flows from the deep well of imagination. But I had a dismaying thought. In this high-tech, time-crunched, results-obsessed world, do adults still appreciate how important imagination is?

But what about the rest of us? Chances are, only a handful of our kids will use ‘imagination’ to earn

our own—isn’t it possible that

their living. And probably none of

awareness could create a more

them will use it as successfully as

empathetic world? A more

J. K. Rowling or Frank Gehry or

connected world? A wiser world?

Tim Burton. So why encourage Sure, everyone agrees creative

imagination? Isn’t it the real world

types need robust imaginations.

we should be teaching our kids to

Directors, screenwriters, play-

understand—only reality that

wrights, novelists, artists,


composers, musicians, choreographers, dancers, performers, designers, architects, inventors, chefs—of course they must be able to imagine. Otherwise they

bomber—if every one of us could truly imagine a reality other than

For what it’s worth, I think reality cannot be fully grasped without imagination.

One thing is certain. If we want our kids to create a better world— they’ll have to imagine it first.


Debating .

includes Canadian Association of Independent School members), the Ontario Student Debating

Preparing Our Students for the World and The Worlds

League, and the International Independent School League.

Stomach butterflies, sweaty

down their fear—and learned lots

Students interested in politics and

palms, rapidly beating heart, a dry

of skills and strategies for effective

global issues can also dedicate

mouth: all are symptoms of the

speech-making along the way.

their rhetorical and intellectual skills to the Model United Nations.

anxiety most people feel at the thought of speaking in public. It is the most widely acknowledged fear in the Western world, yet public speaking at its best can move an audience to tears, sell products, persuade and motivate, and inspire change. A comfortable, confident public speaker can glide through corporate presentations, toasts to the bride, eulogies, and an occasional Robbie Burns evening—not to mention an LCS Chapel speech. Manal Stamboulie, faculty leader of the LCS Debating Program, readily acknowledges the benefits of being a strong public speaker. She has built a debating program that is meant to provide every student at LCS with some publicspeaking experience. While the program has both competitive and non-competitive aspects, its primary focus is to encourage student participation. LCS

The Debating Program runs from September to June, and about

In these forums, LCS students

sixty to seventy students partici-

compete with vigour, intelligence,

pate actively each year. Students

and wit, debating on topics

meet once per week to play

ranging from Canada’s participa-

speaking games, complete speech

tion in the war in Afghanistan to

exercises, and engage in

the virtues of ethanol. We have

impromptu and formal debates.

often had students compete inter-

The meetings focus on presenta-

nationally, and Shane Smyth ’96

tion skills: students learn about

was a finalist at The Worlds. This

tone and emphasis, body

year, Nick Pullen has earned a

language, facial expressions, and

place on the Canadian National

movement of arms and legs.

Team, and will take part in the World Debating Competition in

A favourite game is “Double-

April at Bishops-Diocesan College

Speak.” In this exercise, students

in South Africa.

are shown flash cards with single words, usually nouns, and must

Debating is a Lakefield co-curric-

invent and tell a story incorpo-

ular institution, bringing out the

rating words that are flashed at

best in those who participate. As

them. Students have only ninety

Ms. Stamboulie notes, “There is

seconds for this task. The results

room in Debating for whatever

are often hilarious, and students

students want out of it, whether

become increasingly comfortable

that be keen competition or

at speaking to an audience

personal development of confi-

through this form of improvisa-


tional humour.

students can gain a solid level of


comfort with speaking, while still

For those students who want to

in the safe cocoon of The Grove

use their newly honed skills in a

environment. Consequently, when

broader arena, many opportuni-

they are required to deliver a pres-

ties are available. LCS belongs to

entation or a speech for university

several debating leagues,

or work, they have already faced

including the Fulford (which


something that he would be inter-

the things I enjoyed. I also did a

ested in trying out. It would be a

lot of music, sports, and drama—

great next step for a young man

and so I feel that is one of the

who was experienced in acting.

greatest things Lakefield has to

(Shane’s pre-Grove acting experi-

offer: giving students the chance

ence included a brief appearance

to try different things.”

on a Nickelodeon program called Who’s Afraid of the Dark). For Shane, debating married the opportunity to make arguments and discuss important issues. Paul

Shane graduated from Princeton University in 2000 where he studied public policy and international affairs in the Woodrow

Mason, who was the coordinator

Wilson School. He worked for the

of the program at the time, saw a

Boston Consulting Group in

talent in Shane and encouraged

Toronto for two years, and then

him to continue.

worked for Telus Corporation

Upon arriving at The Grove, Shane

Toronto in pursuit of his law

was actively involved in the life of

degree. In the fall of 2006 he

the school. He was Head Student

joined Shearman & Sterling LLP, a

in his graduating year, was

New York Law firm, based in

treat them greatly and they will show

involved in drama, concert band,


themselves great.” RALPH WALDO EMERSON.

concert choir, and participated in

Shane Smyth and his fiancée Aurora Ratcliffe

Shane Smyth ’96—Debating Champion “Trust men and they will be true to you;

before he went to University of

hockey, soccer, sailing, and tennis.

Is the natural next step from debating success and law school,

Cited on his grad page in 1996,

For all of his achievements, his

to a political career? “I have

Emerson’s quote (above) contains

debating career is the first thing

thought about it, but it is certainly

“words to live by,” according to

his former teachers recall about

early in my career. It is something

Shane Smyth ’96 ... even for today.

him. Shane achieved great success

I keep in the back of my mind and

through the debating program. He

may consider doing down the

Shane came to the LCS debating

placed first at the North American

road, but I don’t have any concrete

program in Grade 7. After

High School Parliamentary

plans at this point. Certainly,

watching senior students he

Debating Tournament in Victoria,

public service is something that is

admired participate in model

B.C. in 1994, which qualified him

always interesting to me, so maybe

debates, he thought it might be

for the World Championships held

one day,” Shane shares.

in Nicosia, Cyprus in 1995, where he placed second in the world in

For now, he is content to continue

Persuasive Speaking.

learning and enjoying the law. We will continue to follow as Shane

He tells us, “Lakefield gives you the

continues to achieve greatness.

chance to try different things and I found out that debating was one of



Writing . Literary Arts

students have a first-class show-

Guiding students through much of

case for their work.

this journalistic-style work has been veteran Toronto Star reporter

For most students who are inter-

Judy Steed, a friend of the school

ested in writing, it’s an opportu-

and weekend Lakefield-area resi-

nity to express themselves about

dent. Ms. Steed, one of Canada’s

something they feel passionately.

most respected reporters, actually approached Lakefield herself

Mention the word “writing” in a

“I like writing because it lets me

school setting, and it tends to

access the creative part of my

conjure up the image of students

brain that otherwise lies pretty

She was impressed by the quality

sitting at rows of desks, churning

dormant,” says Literary Journal

of the work generated by students.

out the latest essay or assignment

Senior-in-Charge Felicia Ross. “It

“I was amazed by their passionate

for an English or History class.

gives me the opportunity to put

curiosity. I learned a lot about

my incessant thoughts into words

popular culture, their ideas and

as eloquently as possible. Writing

interests. It makes me feel good

can be really liberating because it

as an adult to know this genera-

gives you absolute control over

tion is so interested in social


issues as well.”

an important and creative way to

“Personally, I think writing has

Look for stories in the e-news and

express their individuality.

become my creative outlet,” says

this year’s In a Grove, available on

Grade 11 student Karine Gauthier,

Regatta Day!

While that will always be part of the educational process, Lakefield College School students have found that both inside and outside the classroom, writing is

Students are, of course, given many opportunities to express themselves creatively in English and other classes, but in recent years, a variety of opportunities

several years ago.

who has had several pieces published in In a Grove.


“Everything that I want to say but can’t, or even things that I never will have the chance to experi-

have enabled Lakefield’s young

ence, I can put into words and

writers to show off their work on a

create my own world.”

broader stage. Another outlet for student writing These opportunities have resulted

and publishing has been the

in victories and honourable

weekly online school e-news.

mentions in contests such as the

Many students have made contri-

Conference of Independent

butions over the years on a wide

Teachers of English (CITE)

variety of topics, including news

province-wide writing contests

and updates, and opinion pieces

and the University of Buffalo’s

on everything from current music

high school poetry contest. And

to fashion to world issues. Alumni

now that Lakefield’s annual

including Emily Ames ’05, Hilary

student-produced Literary Journal

Bird ’06, and Michael Wilson ’06,

has evolved into In a Grove, the

have found a much broader audi-

new poetry and art journal,

ence for their opinions.

Judy Steed Toronto Star Reporter and classroom volunteer


Stephen Smith ’85—Literary Journalist & Novelist

have a just-about-finished book that may be, I’m not sure, a novelmade-of-stories or a collection of

Anyone who reads the literary

linked stories. It has no publisher.

pages of Canada’s national news-

I’m trying to find one.”

papers will be familiar with Stephen Smith’s byline—it serves as a signal that what follows will

“What are you doing at present?” we wondered.

the schoolyard talking to her friend

be both insightful and elegantly

“I’m working on a book about the

Ellie, The New Yorker, Thai food

written. But when the Grove News

culture of hockey and vice-versa.

menus, flyers that come through

caught up with him recently we

It’s called Ear to the Ice, I think.

the door.

found his thoughts were focused

This one does have a publisher.

on creative rather than critical

Then I also have another novel


that’s beginning to assert itself. It’s set in old Toronto. It has fires

“I had a novel I was writing for a long stretch of years that was going to be called Invasion

and wild animals of the forest and adultery and a battle. A historical novel, but full of lies.”

Behaviour. It wasn’t working. It

“But I think you’re probably asking more about older influences, back when I didn’t realize I was being influenced. I used to steal my dad’s New Yorker for the cartoons and then I accidentally started to read the articles. I’m still reading, though I have my own subscription

was falling apart on every side,

Asked what influences were

bits of it blowing away, staining

particularly important in shaping

the furniture, making a mess. I

his work, Stephen considers for a

had another one, after that. I was

moment. “I’m going to have to

cially military. Also I’ll say, as far

going to call that one The Patron

invoke the present tense on this

as fiction, I have a shelf here by my

Saint of Sorry—but it slipped out

one,” he says. “My influences are

desk, above the shelf with the

of the tent at night and went off to

ongoing and everyday: newspa-

dictionaries, the shelf for neces-

die quietly in the blizzard. Now I

pers, CBC radio, my daughter in

sary novels. In an emergency, if I

now. “I also read a lot of history, espe-

have to get out of the house fast, they’re close enough that I can grab them and go. That’s how essential they seem, for me.” What advice might he give a young writer? “I loved working in a newsroom, especially at The WhigStandard in Kingston. Reporting news is a very worthy preparation for many kinds of writing. Writers don’t need to be told to read, so maybe I’d say read everything you can.” Stephen Smith’s literary journalism Stephen Smith ’85 researching his latest topic—an abandoned outport in Ireland's Eye, Newfoundland

is first-rate. I know that I, and many others, will put his first novel at the top of our to-read lists. PAUL MASON


Art .

Visual and Applied Arts Art at Lakefield College School is

not limited to one specific type of student, and a walk through room #5 illustrates this to even those visitors unfamiliar with the long and storied history of the program at The Grove. While looking at the impressive collection of paintings, drawings, collages, prints, and photographs on display in and around the art room, it is clear that the inclusive nature of the Art Program is one of the greatest themes underscoring the continued success of the discipline at LCS. “This room has always been, and continues to be, owned by the students,” confided art instructor Linda Warren. “It is a place for them to learn about the language of art that is around us, all of the time. It is a language that helps us make choices and feel a certain way.” The Grade 9 and 10 options for Visual Arts are encapsulated by an ‘open’ course in Grade 10— requiring no previous experience in art. The emphasis is on creativity, not background—and this starts with a simple discussion of the right and left hemispheres of the brain and their respective roles in

Self Portrait by Mike Kim, Gr. 11

p14 drawing realistically. Day-to-day

patterns and concepts found

school’s entry into the

activities may vary—contour

within M.C. Escher’s work in

Peterborough Festival of Trees

drawing, color theory, painting

Grade 11 art overlaps with the

during November of 2006.

with watercolors, jewelry making,

student’s understanding of the

a study of art history—but the

tessellations of Grade 11 mathe-

theme remains the same: a


feeling good about both the end product and the effort to produce it.

open to all students) participated in an exhibit during the Spring of

commitment to creative problemsolving and an emphasis on

The LCS Photography Club (also

By Grade 12, the emphasis shifts

2006 at the Kawartha Artists’

to the student as the ‘art maker.’

Gallery, and Visual Art students

Students (in consultation with Ms.

have their creativity showcased

Warren) create a proposal using

during the annual Art Show on

specific criteria to design, plan,

Regatta Day at The Grove.

Grade 11 can be characterized as

produce, and evaluate their

more of a transition course.

project—a model that closely

These courses and clubs (including

Students use their “foundation

parallels first-year university art

art instruction at the junior school

skills” and are pushed to realize

school structure.

level), point clearly to the popularity and longevity of art at The

that on many levels, art communicates ideas—a concept that is

The LCS Art Club is open to all

Grove. This success stems from the

currently being looked at in a

students. Members participate in

fact that art has traditionally been,

cross-curricular project involving

origami and jewelry workshops,

and continues to be, highly acces-

the use of the Grade 11 art and

tile-painting, and collage-making.

sible to a wide cross-section of

Grade 11 mathematics courses to

Ms. Warren and her students were

students at Lakefield.

explore the “true language” of

also involved with making

each discipline. For example, the

Christmas decorations for the


Jess Perlitz ’96—Artist with a Mission Jess Perlitz ’96 (left) lives in the Toronto studio where she writes and makes her sculptures and drawings. It’s a small space, but the limited square footage doesn’t constrain her dreams. Today, she tells us, she spent time at one of Toronto’s long-term care facilities—a city home for the aged. “I’m running three classes right now,” she says. “Under the name of Upwards Art, I bring art programming into facilities in Toronto where art programming would otherwise not exist. Today I helped the residents make a welcome sign and some paintings of dogs, a beach, Detroit, flowers, and abstract explosions. “Since forming this non-profit community arts organization four


years ago, I have begun to realize

of-a-kind shirts. People ordered

that it is part of my art practice.

them by downloading a question-

I’m trying to address a system that

naire, then answering 21 ques-

has some major problems and I’m

tions about the person they were

doing it quite directly and in a

buying the shirt for. They mailed

way that takes a great deal of

the questionnaire to me, and I

thought and reordering of my

interpreted the answers and

assumptions. That is what I’m

painted and sewed onto a t-shirt.

grappling with all the time in my

In the end I made 365 shirts for

own creative work.”

people all over the world. I did it

And what about that creative work, we wonder? What is she working on now?

to pay the bills, but also to address the larger capitalist system in which we all live. I am trying to make work that has

Theatre. Drama and Dance

Ask any of the 31 students

“I’ve been making large sculptures

importance, worth, and success

enrolled in the Dance Program

that explore points of interaction

measured on an entirely different

why she loves it and she will say,

between people: how we commu-


nicate with each other, how we interact with the space around us, what our expectations are from

“I wear a Lakefield sweatshirt as I work. Lakefield gave me the room

those things. I’ve been making big

to pursue what I was interested

work—bigger than me at least,”


she laughs. “Recently I’ve been

“It’s so much fun!” In its fifth year, the class’s dedicated, enthusiastic and talented dancers are already preparing for the Dance Showcase, February 22-24, 2007. Libby Dalrymple, dance coach, has

“Lakefield encouraged me in my

worked hard to ensure that dance

questioning. I was provided with

is accessible to students of all

the support there to use my anger

levels. “In addition to improving

and confusion—and there’s a lot

their fitness and body awareness,

of both in high school—to do

students learn new dance tech-

“I’ve also been making a bunch of

something constructive with

niques, learn how to choreograph

steel talk-tube sculptures. Two ear

them. That’s different from acting

and perform as well as learn

pieces connected by a hollow pipe

out of anger, and I think it’s an

are acoustically sensitive enough

important thing to get help with.

to carry sound over an amazing

What I learned was to use it as a


way to make this world a better

making large fiberglass and plaster forms that become containers for the viewer to stand in.


this enhances the girls’ selfesteem,” said an excited Dalrymple. “I am so inspired by their energy and creativity. Kids who are shy blossom on stage,”

“The other big project that I just wrapped up had me making one-

different cultural dances. All of


she says proudly.


Becki Worsfold, a Grade 11 student, enrolled with no previous dance experience in Grade 9. Becki was uncomfortable and self-conscious in front of people. “I am very shy,” she says. “I wanted to get over my fear of performing in front of people.” Just two years later, she is looking forward to getting up in front of people during the Dance Showcase to do a belly-dance solo! Sitting across from Becki is Mika Watanabe, also in Grade 11. Mika started dancing ballet in Japan when she was three. She loves to dance and was very excited to join the dance program and learn new dance styles. Even though Mika loves dancing and performing, she hates talking in front of people. “It’s so hard for me,” she says, “but it’s totally different when you’re dancing. It’s a good experience to dance in front of your friends.” JaMin Kim, a Grade 10 student, agrees that the opportunity to dance with and for your friends is LCS Dance Student, Olivia Kim


Laura Lawson ’00— Performance Artist

amazing. “My confidence has

One of the great strengths of these

grown so much. I can dance in

productions is the broad range of

front of people now,” she says

students who participate. While

proudly. Krys Byers, a Grade 11

the Lakefield stage attracts

“For me, my dance and my

student with extensive training in

seasoned performers, many

theatre—it is where my heart is. I

many forms of dance, found that

students who have never been

feel so fulfilled doing it and when

dancing in front of people helped

involved in theatre before coming

you are doing what is your heart’s

her make new friends. “People

to LCS make the leap of audi-

true passion, the universe starts to

know who I am now because of the

tioning for a part (onstage or back-

align for you—that’s how it feels,”

Dance Showcase. People say, “hi”

stage) and never look back. The

says Laura Lawson ’00.

to me because they recognize me.

inclusive nature of the program

It’s a really nice feeling.” Because

encourages a wide array of

of the positive experience that

students to venture outside their

these girls have had in the Dance

comfort zone and play an active

Program, they hope to continue to

role. Grade 12 student Greg

dance recreationally and, for

Soltermann made a leap of faith

some, professionally, once they

Ontario. In her Grade 10 year she

this fall when he auditioned for

leave LCS.

returned to her home town of

the first time and landed the chal-

Peterborough, feeling the need for

lenging (and hilarious) role of

a more balanced education. “I had

Banjo in The Man Who Came to

danced so intensely since I was

Dinner. “It was the strong encour-

very young, and felt that I needed

agement from my parents, friends,

something more,” she recalls.

Like the Dance Program, the Drama Program encourages a wide range of students to get involved. In addition to the school’s two major productions (one in Fall and

Laura was introduced to the world of dance at a young age. In her earlier dance years she attended the National Ballet School and the Quinte Ballet School in Belleville,

and Mr. MacPherson that gave me not only the courage to audition

She and her mother visited

but also the confidence to perform

Lakefield College School and were

in front of the whole school.” Greg

immediately drawn to the campus.

credits that supportive environ-

“I came for an interview and was

ment for his motivation to work

astounded by the people I met, the

hard and succeed in his role:

energy of the space, and what the

“With such a friendly environment

school is about. I remember

during the play, I found myself

feeling that I would do anything to

eager to read over the lines to

be a part of Lakefield. It meant the

“Only a tiny percentage of our

learn them, not wanting to let

world to me.”

students will ever perform profes-

down my friends.”

one in Spring), Drama classes are a popular choice for students who want to improve their confidence and presentation skills. Drama classes help prepare students for theatrical performance but also for life. Drama teacher and director Paul Mason explains:

sionally. We rightly celebrate their achievement, but we are more interested in building the confidence and skills young people will need in any profession they enter: how to project their voices, how to

At the time of her arrival at LCS,

The Dance and Drama Programs at

there was no formal dance

LCS share the common goals of

program—as there is today.

preparing students to take creative

Instead, she was introduced to the

risks and ensuring that the performing arts are accessible to all students.

speak clearly and expressively, how

world of music and drama. She was inspired by music teacher and advisor Stephen Grasmuck who helped her to find her voice as a

to listen carefully, how to move


performer. She also credits the

quietly, and how to be still.”


guidance of teachers Mike Chellew


and Paul Mason in support of her career at the school. “All of a sudden there was drama and there was music and I was no longer bound to simply point shoes—I had a much bigger voice.” She attended Ryerson, where she completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting. In addition to performing in various projects, including Cirque du Soleil, she began a non-profit dance program for underprivileged children in Toronto. She also returned to LCS to conduct dance workshops. When she finished at Ryerson, she was invited to be the Artistic Director for the Centre for Performing Arts in Peterborough. She embraced the opportunity to give back to her hometown, by bringing the relationships and skills fostered in Toronto to the Peterborough arts community. She later turned her attention back to Toronto to continue her growth as a performer. She began working on a collective with fellow artists, completed the film Save the Last Dance II, and did a season touring with the Ontario Ballet Company. Recently she appeared in Wagner's Ring Cycle at the Four Season's Performing Arts Centre with the Canadian Opera Company. Her most recent project was the film Hairspray, filmed in Toronto this fall (due out Summer 2007). She is the founder of The Rise and Fall of the Picket Fence, a project bringing together various artists


“creating cross-collaborative and multi-sensory works for performance” for the urban community.

Music .

Instrumental and Vocal

Today, she is continuing to learn

“Music can be enjoyed through

It all starts with music class. In

and grow as a performer, director,

listening or creating; everyone

Grade 7 and 8 Music, students

and teacher. She continues to

listens to music, but not enough

gain important musical knowl-

teach, to work with Picket Fence,

create it. The Lakefield Music

edge, appreciation, and experi-

and to nurture her relationships

Department encourages and

ences, which they will carry with

provides many outlets to create

them. John Kraus, who teaches the

music,” says guitarist Karl

Upper School Music classes (and

Patrontasch, a Senior-in-Charge of

directs three of the four ensem-

Music. And it’s true. One of the

bles at LCS) reflects:

with the performing arts community. “I am trying to bring people together, link them up, and I am really trying to have them do what they are innately driven to do— and providing the canvas for that to happen.” TRACEY BLODGETT

main goals of the Lakefield College School Music Department is to provide opportunities for all students to experience the pleasure of making music.

“It is a thrill to be able to watch as our students’ understanding of the world comes into play as we discuss the evolution and the changes that have occurred in music over time. Add to this the students who choose not to study music as a course, but who choose to participate in our co-curricular ensembles. It is here that they further their performance skills and evolve into confident, proud members of our performing ensembles.” Concert Choir and Concert Band are two co-curricular ensembles that enjoy a varied membership: some have rich musical experience, and others are novices. It is gratifying to see how these ensembles allow more experienced musicians to mentor others. For 90 minutes every Monday evening, the choir and band say good-bye to worries about tests and assignments and sing or play their hearts out. (Opposite) Laura Lawson ‘00 (Left) L-R: Jerry Hogan, Gr.10, Jordan Muise, Gr.11

p20 LCS is proud of our auditioned,

Lorelei and the Jazz Ensemble

competitive ensembles, Lorelei

because they are just plain fun.”

Consort and the LakEFFECT Jazz ensemble. Both ensembles have earned successive invitations from MusicFest to attend National Festivals. The Lorelei Consort is an advanced choir of approximately 20 mixed voices. The LakEFFECT Jazz Ensemble performs demanding instru-

The Music Department encourages

When one meets Marcus

students of all levels to take

MacDonald ’86, one is struck by his

pleasure in the challenges of making

dramatic appearance: tall, bleached

music. Emily Ewing (Grade 11) is an

blond hair, black leather boots,

active trumpeter at the school, in

coat, and gloves—perhaps unex-

the community, and in her church.

pected for an LCS alumnus. When

Emily reflects on the value of

you get to know him you realize he

performing music, "Music has given

is a kind, gentle, articulate man.

me opportunities to participate in

mental jazz music. These ensem-

ensembles where everyone has to

bles provide a place for advanced

work together as a team in a

musicians to polish their skills.

performance setting. This provides

Tyler Bishop (Grade 11) is in his third year with both the Lorelei Consort and the LakEFFECT Jazz Ensemble, where he plays alto

Marcus MacDonald ’86— Discipline and Love

valuable life lessons, such as cooperating with friends and coworkers, which will help me as I enter the work force later on."

Meet his alter-ego, Baron Marcus, the owner and lead singer for the Goth Band Vampire Beach Babes. Marcus’ classmates are very surprised when they meet him today. “They were pretty shocked when we met at our reunion this past September. I was a pretty mild,

saxophone. He enjoys these

Music is about beauty, proficiency,

quiet, kind of a ‘geek’, back then,”

ensembles because they “inte-

communication, confidence, and

he remembers.

grate many people that may have

camaraderie. I am proud of

never become friends. This is a

Lakefield College School because it

Marcus is effusive about the impact

great thing, because it helps

embraces these qualities, and

LCS has had on his life. “Lakefield

everyone get to know each other

encourages students to do the same.

College School gave me the tools to

better.” He adds, “I also enjoy


“Baron” Marcus MacDonald ’86

be able to pursue my dream. Lakefield enables and empowers students to know that all the resources in the world are available to them. Just about anything is possible. Lakefield did that for me for sure.” He recalls an incident with housemaster Doc McCubbin that had an impact on him. Having broken the house rules, he anticipated the ‘hammer’ to fall, but he was surprised to receive concern instead. “It was a life lesson that I took with me ... that discipline and love can be combined. That follows me today with my musical industry career. The music industry requires two things ... discipline and love. Without those you are never going to make it.” After earning his undergraduate degree in Philosophy at Trent University, Marcus interned at BMG

Records in Toronto where he

called HM Fist and then in 1997,

learned he had an affinity for

he began the Vampire Beach

database development. He

Babes, a project band with semi-

formed his own company in the

regular members. He describes

early 1990s, and in 1997 he part-

the band as a “gothic pop band

nered with a friend and formed

with industrial influence. There is

M7 Database Services to allow him

an influence of dark rave about

more time to pursue his music.

us—electronic ... dance-club-

Backstage The Technical Crew

Behind every great performance is a great production crew, and LCS is no exception.

related stuff; a sense of humour

As anyone who has ever worked

He was not involved formally with

with a twang guitar which is our

backstage will know, a tremendous

the music program while at LCS,

signature sound.” VBB has

amount of activity goes on behind

but he took advantage of the

achieved success in Canada, the

the curtain—a full-scale perform-

availability of the piano. “I would

UK, and Germany. In 2006, they

ance requiring choreography just

sit there several hours each day

completed a US tour and recently

as practiced and as tightly

just playing on that piano—

opened in the UK for The Damned

rehearsed as what the audience

improvising, playing the sounds—

(the first professional punk band).

will see on stage.

basically teaching myself. My

“We feel now that we have been

parents suffered through trying to

welcomed into the circle—we

put me through formal lessons

have finally broken through,”

drama teacher directs a hierarchy

Marcus shared.

of assistants in “supporting” roles:

and I failed so miserably. I was

stage manager, backstage manager,

left in a world where I didn’t have any technical skills for music, but my heart would be filled by it.”

But Goth has such a dark, negative reputation, some argue. Marcus disagrees, “I think that every

His first performance was in

community has good and bad

Grade 11 and the name of the

people. In a nutshell, Goth can be

band was Party Moose and the

a really healthy way to reconcile

Melba Toast. “We were very well

popular culture and mysticism.

received,” he recalls. “Then we

The irony is that most Goth

were blown off the stage by

people are kind-hearted, articu-

another band that featured Sebastian Bierk ’86 on vocals,

For each drama production, the

late, and bright, with a good sense of humour.”

two assistant stage managers, technical director, and assistant technical director. There is the properties manager and crew, costumes, makeup, and set construction. It is not only actors who win Academy Awards on Oscar night, they go to costume and set designers, for musical scores, and technical effects. A tour backstage of the Bryan

who of course later became world-

Where is Baron Marcus in ten

renowned rock singer, Sebastian

years? “It is an easy question to

Bach [Skid Row]. So needless to

answer because I so love what I

say we were trounced.”

am doing: continuing to work on

whole world of technical opportu-

the music, and my beloved data-

nities for students with strong

base company and who knows ...

interest or skills in sound, lighting,

maybe a family ... imagine seeing

and digital technology.

Marcus’ first professional band was The New World Disorder (1991), a punk rock band with a cult following in Toronto. Later he pursued a solo industrial project

me on the soccer pitch!” TRACEY BLODGETT

Jones Theatre reveals a full backroom of technical equipment—a

During a production the technical crew rolls into action in the last

week of rehearsal—the week before

and sound, but the full mechanics

the production opens. This is a

of designing and construction of

training week during which stage

complete theatre sets.

managers and support crews learn their responsibilities. On opening night, the reins are handed over from the Director to the Stage Manager.

credit to Andrew Ball for opening the door and “grooming” him in technical theatre. Mike has since followed suit, “mentoring” Kane

Working backstage provides oppor-

Miller (Gr.11) and Philip Switalski

tunity to exercise organization,

(Gr.12). Mike formed a company

leadership, and time management

called Meet the Dude Productions

skills. It also gives students the

and employs both Kane and Phil to

chance to experience teamwork—

work with him on local gigs.

the camaraderie and sense of togetherness, adrenalin, and satisfaction of being part of a team. Much like in sports, the crew—technicians, costumes, makeup, and properties—must work together in a coordinated effort towards one goal.

“In theatre production you work ... to fulfill the director’s dream.” Mike enjoys the creativity offered by dance shows and other types of studio productions. After graduating from LCS, Mike followed Andrew into Ryerson University’s

When the technical elements of a

Theatre Technical Production

theatre production run flawlessly in


the background, they serve to support the entire show. It’s when things go wrong that things are noticed. Andrew Ball ’05 shares, “I remember during the production of Noises Off (2004) ... the revolving stage stopped and wouldn’t move.” The set—built two stories tall with four stairwells and eight doors—had been built on top of one-inch casters. With a squeak and a squeal, the entire thing locked up. “Luckily, we were able to fix the problem with a car jack during the intermission, and everything ran smoothly for the rest of the show.” Andrew Ball ’05 above stage on the catwalk of the Bryan Jones Theatre during The Farm Show, 2004

Michael Wilson ’06 is quick to give

Technical theatre involves not only the digital technology of lighting

Kane Miller is in Grade 11 at LCS, and plays the piano, guitar, flute, viola and violin. Discipline has been a big part of the skill set Kane has learned. “To do a show, you can’t just plug in and go. Everything needs to be framed out, all the details covered. You can’t rush it. The last week before a performance, you must run the entire script, practice transitions, and build the entire set, running through the “dry tech rehearsal” and then the “full dress rehearsal.” A big hurrah for the guys behind the scenes making it all happen! KAREN DENIS


James Hyslop ’85— Writer & Director Since graduating from the Grove in 1985, James Hyslop has forged an impressive career in the film and television industry. Among many other projects, he’s directed 35 episodes of Masterminds for Court TV and History Channel, three episodes of the Gemininominated series Forensic Factor

that the character would be in. It

Travel. Explore. See what’s out

was one of the most powerful

there in the real world. Walk

performances I have ever seen.”

through the gutters of Calcutta, sit

Maximum Capacity has been sold

on the Spanish Steps, ride the Inca

to HBO, Showcase, and Air

trail, work at a Native Outreach


Centre. There is nothing technical about film that you can’t learn from

(A & E and Discovery), and four

“I came to film-making through

episodes of CBC’s true crime

a book or actually working in the

an unconventional route,” says

series 72 Hours.

business for half an hour. If you

Hyslop. “I was a naval officer, an

want to be a writer or director, take

advertising copywriter, and a

the money you would have spent on

bodyguard before ever directing a

film school and make a film.

James has also directed several documentaries. His subjects have included the notorious band Black

single frame of film.” “Take the opportunities that

Sabbath, the Inuit, life on board a

Asked what advice he might give a

nuclear submarine, polar bears,

young person interested in the

and mountain climbing. He is just

same field, James pauses a

finishing a documentary for the

moment. “I’m the poster boy for

National Geographic Channel and

not going to film school,” he even-

the BBC called Underworld City—

tually replies. “I have lots of film

Montreal, which covers the

school grads working on my sets,

alliance between the Hell’s Angels

pulling cables or getting me a hot

and the Mafia in Quebec.

cup of tea. Get out and live life.

Dramatic films are a large part of James’s professional life. “The one project that continues to resonate both with myself and, by all reports, audiences, is a film I did five years ago called Maximum Capacity,” says James. “It’s a story about the father of the accused and the father of the victim trapped in the courthouse elevator during jury deliberations. “We had very limited production resources, so I set the majority of the film [which James also wrote] in the elevator. I was blessed with two gifted actors, Eugene Lipinski and John Bourgeois, who really became the characters. In one very emotional scene, John summoned up the image of his daughter dying to find the space

Lakefield provides,” Hyslop concludes—“Round Square, community service, the music, art, and drama programs—and always keep them in your life. If you do, you will always have a story to tell.”



Creativity in Costuming The Art of Megan Watson—LCS Volunteer in Action Karen Denis Megan Watson lives on an acreage near Lakefield with her gregarious Bernese Mountain dog, Griffin. The

construct hundreds of costumes,

Ms. Watson’s relationship with

with ideas wrought from costume

Lakefield College School began

books and historical pictures—is

when her eldest son entered the

something else.

school in 1996. Bea Quarrie, who

parent of three alumni, Oliver

Megan attended the University of

Barker ’01, Eliot Barker ’03, and

Guelph to obtain her degree in

Gemma Barker ’05, she is a volun-

Drama, studying history and liter-

teer, professional costume maker,

ature to give her exposure to

and as talented as she is generous.

period costume.

was directing at the time, asked Megan to sew a costume for Paper Bag Princess. Thus began the volunteer career and relationship between Megan Watson and Lakefield College School.

Her gift to Lakefield College

With Stratford Theatre Company,

School for the past seven years

she was Maggie Smith’s personal

has been her time, skill and

Dresser. She also worked with

expertise, her love, her energy, her

Rod Beatty, Sedrick Smith, and

MacPherson. Greg introduced the

creativity. As Mr. Hadden says, “It

Jennie Phipps. But this was only

archetypal Renaissance characters

is just unbelievable.”

seasonal work. Compelled to

from Italian street theatre to the

Megan also works with LCS teachers Paul Mason and Greg

move on, she worked for Young

drama curriculum—The Clown

To sew and create an outfit is one

People’s Theatre, The St. Lawrence

(Harlequin), The Shylock, the Fey

thing—to design, craft, and

Centre, and the CBC.

Prince, and The Pompous Fat


Man. In 2004, Megan completed

When finances and time allow,

exemplary—and she has an

the magnificent set of Commedia

Megan combines teaching with

absolutely wonderful rapport with

del’Arte costumes that are used by

costume making, working with

our students.”

new troupes of budding actors,

students who show an interest.

year after year.

Under Ms. Watson’s tutelage, students like Gea and another

Beyond costuming for theatrical productions, her skills are also in high demand for costumes to enhance curriculum studies. She created, for Teacher John Boyko, costumes of Abraham Lincoln, Sir

Grade 10 student, Alison Cameron, have learned to sew. The pride of success and accomplishment is evident when the girls speak of the

And her dedication to the school is evident. When the school was looking for a location on which to build the trenches for the Grade 10 World War I Re-enactment, Ms. Watson immediately offered her property.

costumes they sewed. For Megan, it’s all about the kids,

John A. MacDonald, lawyers’ robes,

Not only do the students rely on

and all the Civil War Re-enactment

Megan, but so do the staff. “I don’t

opportunity to stretch as far as they


know what we would do without

can go ... so they can take it and

Ms. Watson,” says MacPherson.

run,” she says.

Professional costume maker and designer, yes, but Ms. Watson is so much more. Gea di Prisco, a Grade 12 drama student and backstage manager, calls Ms. Watson “the strength of the cast and crew who work on

about “... giving them trust, and the

“She is my right hand ... she gives the kids something you can’t put on

The direct involvement with the


students is what Megan loves. To see a child who has never been on

“Megan’s work has been an extraor-

stage get into costume and become

dinary gift to this community,”

the character—this is why she

declares Mason. “Her designs are

does it.

beautiful, her sense of craft

stage and behind the set.” With her caring manner, she has earned the trust of the students. They know she will be there for them, offering emotional security and support. She is a friend and “den mother.” She is there, cheering them on, pumping their confidence, and rejoicing in their successes. “Ms. Watson’s dressing room becomes a small refuge,” observes Gea. “She ... always has time to listen, laugh, and share stories— her patience outlasting anyone you’ll ever meet. She orchestrates small miracles every day … unlikely friendships form under her watchful eye, and unfriendly situations that erupt she quickly defuses … all while teaching everyone the finer details of costume design and props.”

(Opposite L-R) Megan Watson, Alison Cameron, Gea di Prisco, and Krys Byers (Below) Megan Watson and Alison Cameron


Foundation Update—$31.5M Raised To Date! David Hadden, CEO LCS Foundation Rudy Massimo, Director of Advancement In 2002, Lakefield College School launched its new strategic plan entitled Securing our Future, a $30M initiative to fund campus renovations, capital projects, and student financial assistance. Identified priorities included the renovation of three student residences, refurbishment of the Bryan Jones Theatre, the addition of a new student recreation centre, and the doubling of the school's endowment fund. The original goal has recently been increased to $38M to reflect the addition of other capital elements including a new outdoor shinny rink and the outdoor education wing attached to the Student Recreation Centre. As well, an expanded endowment will fund the human resources required for the new learning support program. At the time of publication, we are pleased to announce that, due to the magnificent leadership of our foundation trustees and exceptional generosity of the Lakefield community, we have raised $31.5M (83% of the revised goal) in cash and commitments. The Foundation continues to work diligently to meet the targets that have been set and to support the strategic priorities identified by the school trustees. We are grateful for the time and leadership that the foundation trustees provide in advancing the school for the benefit of our students.

Trustees of The Lakefield College School Foundation Paul Desmarais Jr. ’73, Chairman

Linda Leus

Donald Ross ’48

Emilio Azcarraga Jean ’87

Angus MacNaughton ’48

Thomas Ryder '53

Bruce Boren ’87

Jeffrey Marshall*

William Wells ’78

Jonathan Carroll ’87

Scott McCain

Richard Wernham

Brian Carter*

Bill Morris ’70

Graham Worsfold

Bryce Douglas

Rosemary Phelan

HRH The Duke of York ’78

John K. Hepburn ’68

Kathleen Ramsay

* Honorary Alumni


Scope of New Recreation Centre Project Grows The scope of the new Student Recreation Centre for

will complete the “quad” created by the original class-

Lakefield College School has grown to include the

room block, the Desmarais Family Academic Wing,

construction of an attached $1.5M outdoor education

and the new recreation centre. The quad will be land-


scaped and used as a protected outdoor gathering area for students during the warm-weather months.

The decision to include the outdoor education wing was based on the considerable cost savings resulting

Fundraising for the Student Recreation Centre is in

from combining the two projects into one. It is antic-

full swing. At press time, more than $10.5M of the

ipated that the new wing will add approximately

$12.5M project had been raised. It is anticipated that

$1.5M to the $9.0M original project cost. In addition,

construction will begin in the summer of 2007 with

a new elevator, new furnishings and equipment, a

completion in the fall of 2008. A number of naming

larger climbing wall enclosure, “green” construction

opportunities, for donations of $50K or more, remain.

(including LEED—Leadership in Energy and

Multi-year pledges of up to five years are being

Environmental Design—Gold Certification) and

sought from our community of parents and alumni.

ground source heating and cooling will bring the total

To lend your support to this exciting project, please

project cost to $12.5M. The world-renowned archi-

contact Rudy Massimo in the Advancement Office.

tectural firm of Diamond & Schmitt is leading the project design and will oversee construction.

The students are eagerly anticipating the opening of the new recreation centre and outdoor education

The outdoor education wing will include three class-

wing and the opportunities it will present for

rooms and a faculty office on the upper level, and a

enhanced athletic activities, spirit events/assemblies,

food preparation area and equipment room, with easy

quiet gatherings in the student commons and the

access to the outdoors, on the lower level. This wing

outdoor quad, teaching, and rock climbing.

Rendering of Upper Student Commons looking onto courtyard

View from inside the gymnasium looking out at the lake


The Gift of Life Insurance—Innovative and Easy Al Pace ’77 During the early 1980s two of my ’77 classmates, Jim

out to about two days of studio time for me every year dedicated to the Grove—time I am pleased to give.

Kemp and Hugh Rawling, chatted up the idea of

Upon my death, Lakefield College School will receive

purchasing life insurance policies for Lakefield College

this substantial cash payment without affecting my

School as a way of initiating a planned giving program.

personal estate. Now, at age 47, the policy is worth

At the time, Hugh worked for London Life Insurance

$52,000 to the school if I die, but because of the equity

and, with the blessing of the school, he set up the

in the policy it will continue to grow to approximately

necessary paperwork and began to quietly pitch the

$77,000 if I am lucky enough to live until age 80. I am

idea to a few Grove alumni.

telling this story because, after 16 years, I feel really

In 1990, I was the acting Chair of the Grove Alumni Association and felt this program was a worthwhile endeavour to consider. After talking with Hugh about how the Life Insurance Program worked, I was convinced that this was an affordable way that a guy

good about the entire planned giving experience. I could continue to support and grow the policy, but as a parent of a graduating student, I would like to support some current fund-raising initiatives like the Bob Armstrong Bursary.

like me with limited financial means could make a

Although the school currently owns a number of

significant financial contribution to LCS.

similar policies purchased fifteen or twenty years ago,

So, at the age of 31, I purchased a Life Insurance Policy and then transferred the ownership of the policy to Lakefield College School. The policy took just a few phone calls to set up with minimal paperwork. My goal was to sponsor the policy for fifteen years at which time the policy would be worth approximately $50,000 depending on fluctuations in the markets. My

imagine the future financial impact if more alumni supported planned giving with new policies purchased on an annual basis. Planned giving may not be something you have considered as a way of supporting the school but I can assure you that my experience has been both remarkably uncomplicated and personally gratifying.

monthly premium payments of $50 were automatically withdrawn and totaled $600 annually. Because LCS owns the policy, I was issued a charitable tax receipt each year for the full $600 amount. My only other reminder about the policy (besides the annual tax

Giving a life insurance policy is one way to

receipt), has been ongoing donor recognition in school

maximize your contribution to LCS. It

publications which often catches me by surprise. To

enables you to make a significant, lasting

my delight, the entire process of sponsoring this insur-

gift to the school with minimal outlay of

ance plan was entirely maintenance-free.

current savings or income. Donors often struggle between their desires to achieve

After 16 years of sponsoring the policy, I have decided

philanthropic goals and their need to

to take a “premium vacation.” In the end, the total cost

preserve their estates for their families. A gift

of my policy was $9600. I made my last $50 premium

of life insurance can eliminate this conflict.

payment on October 26. In my business world as a studio-potter, I can generate $50 by making and selling a couple of coffee mugs. So I guess you could say I created 24 coffee mugs annually for 16 continuous years in order to finance my policy. That works

For more information please contact: Theresa Butler-Porter 705.652.3324 Ext. 329 or email


The Class of ’81 Fund—Inspired by Friendship Ross Little ’81 Over half of the Class of 1981 returned to LCS for our 25th reunion this fall—amazed that it had been 25 years since we graduated. Each time we return, we are awed by the changes and amazed with what has stayed the same. At dinner we recounted those stories I’m sure all alumni have. This time around, however, we somewhat unexpectedly found ourselves in passionate conversation over what we could give back to the school and future students of The Grove.

(L-R) From the Class of ’81: John Rich, Keith Drummond, Ross Little, Phil Dyment, Ramsay Wells, Hamish McEwan, Peter Bassel, Robert King, Ian Macdonell, Steve Hill, David MacNicol (missing Larry Greaves, Andrew Sibbald).

With the realization that had we done something when we graduated, we would have a sizable fund to

And in five years, at our 30th, we will figure it

offer as an annual bursary or gift to the school, we

out then.

decided that this 25th reunion presented us with an ideal opportunity—at this time in our lives—to give back something for what each of us received from our Lakefield experience. Likely because each of us had gained something different, we had difficulty figuring out how and where to allocate our funds. For some it

So, for The Class of ’81 Fund, we set a goal to have $25,000 in five years with at least 25 percent participation. As we launch the fund now, we have over 50 percent participation and will easily meet our target with a number of seed donations of $1,981, monthly contributions of $19.81, and more.

would be in recognition or support of the Masters, the activities, or the curriculum. For others, it was in

On behalf of the Class of 1981 we are happy and

appreciation of specific good times we had or oppor-

proud to start this fund which we hope to see grow

tunities we were given. That evening we decided not

even greater over the years; and we happily share our

to worry about deciding what our Class of ’81 Fund

story in the hopes that it may be a modest induce-

would be for, we just decided to make it happen first.

ment to great alumni giving to come.

LCS and the Class of 2006 Win Gold CASE Leadership in Educational Fundraising Award 2007 On February 12, 2007 in New York City, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) presented Lakefield College School with a Gold Award for Leadership in Educational Fundraising for our innovative 2006 Grad Class Bursary initiative ( Congratulations to our 2006 grads whose enthusiasm and passion for The Grove resulted in this unprecedented grad class gift. See /NEWS—January 26, 2007 for the full story.

Honorary Alumni—Outstanding Members of The Grove Throughout The Grove’s recent history, individuals who are non-alumni, 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.”

Congratulations To Our New Honorary Alumni

Current Honorary Alumni

The Grove Society is pleased to announce that the following

Dr. Rosalind Barker

Susan Hadden

individuals have been selected to become Honorary Alumni

Neil Blair

Goodith Heeney

of Lakefield College School:

Katie Brown

Ted Ingram

Brian Carter Mike Chellew

Win Lampman (deceased)

Peter Dalglish

Jeffrey Marshall

Bob Goebel

John Milligan

Terry Guest

J. Gordon Dunlop (deceased)

Lois Keller—Past Staff, Volunteer Jack Matthews—Former Headmaster Bid Milligan—Former Head of House, Past Staff, Past Parent Ben Whitney—Former Faculty, Past Parent, Volunteer These individuals will be recognized at Closing Ceremonies

David Hadden

on June 16, 2007.

Editorial Note: On page 30 of the Spring/Summer 2006 edition of the Grove News John Dunlop (deceased) is listed as an Honorary Alumnus of LCS. The proper name should have read J. Gordon Dunlop (deceased), commonly known as Gordon .


Grove Events This January, The Grove Society hosted over 150 alumni for the SnowBall, a semi-formal event at the Steamwhistle Brewery in Toronto (read story online, dated January 19, 2007). To read about recent LCS events, news, and view snapshots, please visit our website at, choose NEWS / MORE NEWS.

Guides: Lin Ward and Vicky Boomgaardt Difficulty: Class II, novice—intermediate, no portages Group size: 12 June 30—July 14 (including travel) Have you ever dreamed of paddling a pristine wilderness river and retracing the historic trail to the Klondike Gold Rush? This canoe trip through the Yukon's stunning mountain landscapes includes time for hiking, wildlife viewing, and photography. Lin Ward and Vicky Boomgaardt invite current or past parents, alumni, and staff—with a spirit of adventure—to paddle the Pelly and Yukon Rivers to historic Dawson City. For fifteen years, current parents Lin Ward and Al Pace ’77 have operated Canoe North Adventures dedicated to exploring Canada's Arctic by canoe. Together, they have guided more than 50 expeditions in the Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut including five trips for Grove alumni and students. Vicky is an experienced wilderness leader having led trips with Outward Bound Canada and in her role as a current teacher at The Grove. If you are interested, and would like to attend an informative presentation, please contact Lin Ward at


Class News The 1960s Michael Derrick ’63 has retired from teaching after spending 27 years at Graham Creighton Junior High School in Dartmouth. He currently lives in Halifax with his wife Genia and their cat, Amber. Old Boys of his vintage will be happy to hear that Michael’s mother, Katharine Derrick is alive and well and living in Halifax. She has many fond memories of the boys at The Grove, as Michael’s father used to teach there.

Class of ’92 Back Row: Kurosh Burris, Bill Lett, Dave Stephens, Ehren Mendum. 2nd Row: Mark and Josee-Anne Wakefield; Matthew, Franziska, and Lukas Hines; Kristy Hook (Lett) and Petra Lett; Shari Stephens; Melanie and Emerson Mendum. Kneeling: Steve Hutchinson, Sonja Veal, Laura Penny. Front Row: David, Callia, and Elaine Chui (Lee); Katie (Brown), Sandrine, Marco, and Daniel Gagne; Heather, Jason and Aidan Haigh

The 1980s Randal Barker ’83 is Group Legal

appearing in, among other

Congratulations to Anil Patel ’93

Director and Group Company

productions, Saint Joan.

who, with his colleagues, was

Secretary of Resolution plc, a

The 1990s

member of the FTSE 100 index

presented with the Queens’ University Alumni Humanitarian

that comprises the UK’s largest

Crispin Barker ’92 is spending

Award for his work in establishing

public companies. Randal

2006-2007 as a visiting scholar at

The Framework Foundation. The

functions as the company’s chief

the Max Planck Institute for the

Foundation promotes volun-

legal officer and has responsibility

History of Science in Berlin,

teerism within Canadian commu-

for all legal and corporate gover-

Germany, and the Centre Cavaillès

nities. Visit their website at

nance matters across the group.

de l’Ecole Normale Supérieure in

Randal and his wife, Loralie, have

Paris, France, where he is working

three children—Max (6), Zoe (5),

alongside Europe’s leading histo-

and Hugo (2)—and live in

rians of science.

central London.

Nicole (Morgan) Barton ’92 has

Patrick McManus ’88 will be a

relocated to Atyrau, Kazakhstan,

member of the Shaw Festival

where she and her family plan on

company next year (2007 season),

a two to three year stay in this city on the banks of the Ural River.

Honorary Alumnus and former Headmaster Terry Guest has been named a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order. The Royal Victorian Order was established in 1896 by Queen Victoria “as a reward for extraordinary, important or personal services performed for the Sovereign or the Royal Family.” Terry Guest has been recognized for his humanitarian work with Round Square, with whom he has recently retired as their Executive Director.

In June, Chantel Coward ’95 obtained a degree of Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology with highest honours and has since accepted full-time employment at Queen’s University.


Class News Victoria (Horton) Turner ’95, has

job as an environmental

is currently studying french in

officially become a “mompreneur”

consultant near Halifax.

Dijon, France.

with the successful launch of her stylish baby sling company, Pippalily. Pippalily was featured in The Globe and Mail, November 18, 2006—Style. You can visit her website at

David Anthony ’98 will receive

Meghan Roach ’01 will receive her

both his MD and his Master of

C.A. from the Canadian Institute

Public Health from Columbia

of Chartered Accountants in

University in New York in May,

February 2007. She graduated

2007. His MPH concentrated on

from Queen’s University in 2005

Global Health—he has been

with her B. Comm.

Dawn Danby ’96 has co-authored

involved in the development of

WorldChanging: A User’s Guide to

emergency medical systems in

the 21st Century, (Abrams, Harry

India and Eastern Africa

N Inc.) and has spoken about

( In the

designing for sustainability at

summer of 2007 David will begin

TEDGlobal 2005: Ideas big enough

his residency (location TBA) in

to change the world (Oxford UK),

Emergency Medicine.

Kevin Makowchik ’03, in his final year of the Honours Business Administration Degree at the Richard Ivey School of Business, UWO, was the youngest contestant among 90 hopefuls making pitches to the new CBC-

Subtle Technologies (Toronto),

The 2000s

and Unilever (Sao Paulo). A Canadian liaison for the ’02

Kate Anthony ’00 accepted a

Global Sustainable Design

position at Collingwood School in

Network (Toronto/Ontario), she

Vancouver, BC, where she will be

also researches and maintains the

teaching Grade 3.

sustainable/design/portal as a

TV reality show Dragon’s Den. To make it to this level, contestants were faced with tough questions from corporate financier Sean Wise, who traveled across Canada in search of potential candidates

resource site for product

Joel Allen ’01 graduated in the

for the show. Kevin invented a


spring with concurrent degrees in

key chain that helps prevent

Business and Health Science after

drunk driving. The device, devel-

Jennifer (McIntosh) West ’97

a “fun and quick” five years at

oped with the help of MADD

spent four years at Mount Allison

Western. He began working for

Canada, can be programmed with

studying math and geology. She

Carpedia International Ltd.

the owner’s personal information

spent one year teaching English in

(consulting) in the fall.

and the amount of alcohol

Japan and travelling, then

consumed to estimate the

attended Dalhousie where she is

Kristin Macrae ’01 received a

person’s blood alcohol over a

now finishing her MSc in Earth

Master of Science Degree with

period of time.

Sciences. She is starting a new

Merit from the London School of Economics in December 2006. She

Keith and Dorothy Scott (former Bursar) celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. (L-R) Dorothy Scott, Major Doug Munro (great grandson of Catharine Parr Traill), Keith Scott, Stephan Grasmuck, and Judy Grasmuck


(L) Jonathan Brinckman ’78 and Amy Gage Thompsen

Sean Quinn ’82 and Libby Dalrymple

Nik Rishor ’89 and Nancy Sukornyk

Marriages Jonathan Brinckman ’78 married

members attending were Richard

Philip Craig ’91 and Petra Elaine

Amy Gage Thompsen in Portland,

“Swatty” Wotherspoon ’48,

Pedley were married on February

Oregon, on September 23, 2006.

Geordie Dalglish ’89, Peter

25th, 2006 in Kuala Lumpur,

John Lyman ’78 and Tom

Dalglish, Camilla Dalglish, Joel


Stevenson ’78 attended.

Finlayson ’89, Jake Dudas ’90, Rich Lavery ’89, Fred Wood ’79,

Sean Quinn ’82 and LCS faculty member Libby Dalrymple were married on September 16, 2006. LCS community in attendance were: Terry and Sue Guest, John Paul Beaudoin ’92, Cameron Beaudoin ’88, Mitch Mingie ’82, Stephen Robinson ’82, Scott Ebenhart ’82, Doc and Jose McCubbin, Louise Paoli di Prisco, Vicky Boomgaardt, Todd Harris, and Diane Rogers. Nik Rishor ’89 and Nancy Sukornyk were married on September 2, 2006 at the A.W. Mackenzie Chapel by Father Glenn Empey. Grove community

(Top) Craig Wedding (L-R) David Craig '89, Annabel Craig '00, Hershey Beharry '92, Best Man Justin Minns '91, Philip, and Petra Elaine (Bottom) Lamont Wedding (L-R) Sue Holland ’95, Scott Ross ’95, Heather Patterson '95, Davin MacIntosh '95, Erica Chellew '95, Andrew Johnston '95, Tam Matthews, Chris Howard ’95, Jan Matthews, Jamie Lamont '93, Linsay Anderson ’95, Todd Lamont '95, Richard and Pat Life

Douglas Rishor ’57, Sigrid Rishor, Charles Rishor ’93 and Best Man David Rishor ’89.

Todd Lamont ’95 and Lindsay Anderson (photo opposite) were married on June 24th, 2006 in Lakefield.


Julian West and Jennifer McIntosh ’97

Jennifer Scott ’98 and Mike Wellman

Andres Vergara and Daisy Surjo ’98

Jennifer McIntosh ’97 married

Daisy Surjo ’98 married Andres

Arsenault ’04, Megan Walsh ’00,

Julian West in the summer of

Vergara on May 21, 2005 in Kansas

Dave and Marg Walsh, Gerry and


City, MO. Andres is from Kansas

Sandra Bird, Katie Hadden ’00,

City, KS, but met Daisy in Hawaii

Kate Anthony ’00, Mark

when he was stationed there with

Sunderland ’00, Tara Gilchrist

the US Army in 2000. Daisy is a

’00, Leslie Najgebauer ’01.

Jennifer Scott ’98 was married to Mike Wellman on June 3, 2006 at King Valley Golf Course in King City, Ontario. Brendan Dunn ’98 and Nik Van Haeren ’98 were in

family therapist working with families through the Child Welfare System.

LCS staff member Carol Todd and Mark Jorgensen were married on September 29, 2006 at the

attendance. Carolyne Mondoux ’00 and Dave

Lakefield Legion. Many Grove

Tennant ’99 were married on July

staff joined in their celebration.

2, 2005 outside of Ottawa. Their courtship began at The Grove on September 28, 1998. Jess Arsenault ’00 and Graham Thoem (of Burlington, Ontario) were married on October 7, 2006 at Viamede Resort. LCS community in attendance included: Jill (Arsenault) Dewing ’03, Joss

(Left) Front Row (L-R) Dave Tennant ‘99, Carolyne Mondoux ‘00; 2nd Row (L-R) Heather Konecny ‘00, Ashley Royer ‘00, Robyn Hardage ‘00, Valerie Mondoux ’97, Laura Reesor ‘04; Back Row (L-R) Mark Reesor ‘99, Jenn Reesor ‘01, Mike McRae ‘99 (Middle) Graham Thoem and Jess Arsenault ’00 (Bottom Right) Carol and Mark Jorgensen and their children


Matthew Malone

Charlotte Coates

Michelle and Peter Grose ’91 with Samantha

Births Mona and Kevin Malone ’77

their first child, a daughter,

June 20, 2006 and weighing 10 lbs

announce the arrival of Matthew

Samantha Elizabeth on January

7 ozs.

Jack Henry on October 18, 2006

10, 2006, in Aurora, Ontario. Lisa, Clint, and Aidan (4) Clarke,

weighing 6 lbs 12 ozs. Franziska and Matthew Hines ’92

welcomed Cohen Nikolas

Charlotte Grace Coates was born

welcomed Lukas Sebastian on

weighing 7 lbs 11 ozs on

on Sunday, October 22, 2006

March 17, 2006 in Toronto.

September 25, 2006, in

weighing 7 lbs 13 ozs to parents Nicole and Steve Coates ’90.

Peterborough. Lisa works in the Melanie and Ehren Mendum ’92 are pleased to announce the birth

Michelle and Peter Grose ’91 are

Communications & Constituent Relations Office.

of their baby boy, Emerson, born

thrilled to announce the birth of

Lukas Hines

Matthew Hines ’92 and Ehren Mendum ’92 with Lukas and Emerson

Cohen Clarke


In Our Memories Donald Gordon ’45 on March 17, 2006. Brother of the

Albert Branscombe on October 25, 2006. Former

late Michael Gordon ’53.

School Bursar from 1955 to 1982.

Jeremy C. Sams ’57 on June 15th, 2006.

Donald Bark on November 5, 2006. Father of John Bark ’70.

Gary O'Neill ’65 in Campbellford on June 25, 2006. Larry Soder on November 8, 2006 at his home in Mary Rogers on August 23, 2006. Mother of David Rogers ’73. Jim Massie on September 19, 2006. Father of former

Lakefield. Father of Amanda Soder ’98 and Mark Soder ’00. Bill Hamilton ’42 on November 26, 2006.

Board Chair Marilynn Booth and grandfather of Rob Booth ’98.

Laura Gainey on December 9, 2006. Sister of Anna Gainey ’96 and Colleen Gainey ’03, and daughter of

William Errington ’42 on October 1, 2006 in

Bob Gainey.

Newmarket. Brother of Joseph Errington ’41 and the late Philip Errington ’42.

Clarence Coons ’59 on December 16, 2006 in Kemptville, Ontario.

David Perry ’80 on October 3, 2006. Son of Peter Perry ’42.

Ismay Needham, mother of John Needham ’90 on December 21, 2006 at Toronto Western Hospital.

Elizabeth Bierk on October 12, 2006 at her home in Peterborough, Ontario. Mother of Nicholas Bierk ’03

Harold Matthews on January 1, 2007. Father of

and Charlie Bierk ’05; step-mother to Sebastian

Timothy Matthews ’80 and brother of former

Bierk ’86.

Headmaster Jack Matthews.


From the Archives This is a photo from our Archives with the caption “Chapel Choir Picture� 1965 to 1966. Can you help us fill in the missing names? Please contact Richard Johnston at or phone 705.652.3324 Ext. 343.

24,661 respondents 23 independent schools 3 survey groups 1 result Lakefield College School ranked 1st with students, parents, and alumni WOW! In 49 separate surveys of leading Canadian independent schools conducted by Lookout Management Inc. since 1996, one school rated highest in overall satisfaction with students, parents, and alumni. An accomplishment worth celebrating.

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