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Grove News Spring/Summer 2007

Calendar of Events 2007-08 For details please refer to our school calendar at, click NEWS September




Grade 7/8 Parents’ Reception


Grove Gathering Dinner (Toronto)


Edmonton/Calgary Meet & Greet


Grade 11/12 Parents’ Reception


Ottawa Meet & Greet


1960s Decade Reunion


Fall Fair Grade 9/10 Parents’ Reception Home to the Grove Reunion




Grove Society Christmas Meeting & Luncheon


Class Reps Workshop (Toronto) Toronto Pub Night



Peterborough Pub Night


Trustees’ Meeting


Grove Society Meeting & Luncheon



Grove Society AGM


SnowBall (Toronto)


Regatta Day


London UK Pub Night


Montreal Pub Night



London UK Dinner


Toronto & Area Parents’ Reception


Grove Society Pot Luck Luncheon


Halifax Pub Night



Grade 8 Graduation Dinner


Trustees’ Meeting/Dinner


Kingston Pub Night




Red-Green Shinny Day

Closing Ceremonies Grade 12 Graduation Dinner


Grove Society Meeting & Luncheon


London, ON Pub Night


Andy Harris Cup—Grove Golf Tournament

Guelph/Waterloo Pub Night




Grove Society Meeting & Luncheon

Trustees 2006-2007 Board Chair

Richard Cohen ’07

David Hadden*

Kevin Malone ’77

John Ryder ’77

Jock Fleming ’74

Janet Cudney ’94

Chris Hadfield

Paul Mason

John Schumacher

Past Chair Marilynn Booth

Jack Curtin

John K. Hepburn ’68

James Matthews ’58

Nancy Smith

Susan DeNure

Paul Hickey

Scott McCain

Scott Smith ’87

Peter Dunn ’62

Howard Hickman ’60

Andrea McConnell

Amanda Soder ’98

Andrew Durnford ’85

Tim Hyde ’76

John McRae ’70

David Thompson

Michael Eatson ’83

James Hyslop ’85

Val McRae

Stuart Thompson ’91

Stephanie Edwards

Alan Ingram

Betty Morris

Tim Ward ’62

Bishop George Elliot

Warren Jones ’88

William Morris ’70

Gordon Webb ’72

Ann Farlow

Angie Killoran

Christopher Ondaatje

Jamie White ’79

Romina Fontana ’94

Janet Lafortune

Travis Price ’85

Chris White ’90

Bill Gastle ’68

Kathleen Leonard

Tony Pullen ’63

Terry Windrem

Bruce Gibson

Nicholas Lewis ’77

Sean Quinn ’82

HRH Duke of York ’78

Janice Green

James (Kim) Little ’53

Kathleen Ramsay

Jennifer Gruer

Laleah Macintosh

Douglas Rishor ’57

Terry Guest*

Don Maguire

Gretchen Ross

Mary Armstrong ’07 Cindy AtkinsonBarnett Nicole Bendaly ’93 David Bignell Gerry Bird Walter Blackwell ’56 Gordon Blake Scott Campbell Brian Carter* Andrew Clarke ’85

Directors in Bold * Honorary Alumni

(Front Cover) Jeff Scanlon (Gr.11), Morgan Bignell (Gr.10) and Cole McKinnon (Gr.11) racing on Regatta Day, 2007. (Opposite) Grade 9 students Earl Sheppard, Jack Cole, Emily Keating, and Jocelyn Stevens watching the races.

Editorial Belinda Schubert ’99 I recently stumbled across a 2005 BBC News article about researchers in the United Kingdom who set out to teach the town of Slough to be happy. The plan was to instruct 50 volunteers on techniques for increasing happiness, and allow them to go on to spread the emotion to others in the community. The list of ten techniques to be taught to volunteers as a means of achieving happiness included counting one’s blessings, having a good laugh, exercising for half an hour, taking the time to talk to friends and loved ones, and helping others. This immediately reminded me of a typical day at The Grove. The morning announcements in Chapel, surrounded by friends and mentors, result not only in frequent laughter, but also in a chance to acknowledge the many things for which one is grateful. At meal times, students gather together in the dining hall, talking and laughing. Sports give ample opportunity

I think this happiness-fostering atmosphere is what Justice Ian Binnie refers to in his speech (p.8) when he praises the huge range of interests fostered by the school. I can’t think of a better environment in which to launch the Learning Commons Program, described by Dr. Avery (p.15). With this foundation provided by the unique qualities of The Grove, students are ready, minds open, to benefit from the truly amazing educational resources being made available through the generosity of The Grove’s alumni, family, and friends. I hope some day to be blessed with children and have the chance to send them to this place of happiness and learning. In the meantime, I am going to wish Grove News readers farewell. I am moving on to pursue new adventures as an exchange student in the Netherlands in the coming year. This will be my last editorial for the Grove News. It has been a great pleasure to have the opportunity to contribute.

for exercise and far more—as Mr. Gilfillan describes in his article on p.20. The school’s highly successful

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

volunteer program and international service

currently attending law school at UBC. She graduated

opportunities give every student the chance to help

from Princeton in June 2003 with a degree in English



Grove News Spring /Summer 2007  | 

David Hadden Announces His Retirement In June of this year David Hadden announced his retirement as Head of Lakefield College School. The following is a letter to the community from Jock Fleming ’74, Chair of the Board. Dear Trustees, Parents, Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff, and Friends: It is with deep appreciation and regret that I inform you of David’s decision to retire as Head of Lakefield College School after the academic year 07/08. When David approached me with his intention to retire as Head of our school, I knew there was little I or we could do to change his mind. I am happy to report that David has agreed to stay on as CEO of the Lakefield College School Foundation for an additional year (08/09). He will fulfill this responsibility while living off campus. It is hard to imagine The Grove without the Haddens. For 22 years David has been a visionary leader. His energy, driving passion, commitment, sense of humour, and compassion are all legendary. How can we begin to thank someone who has transformed our school in so many ways? After boldly moving to co-education in the late 1980s, Lakefield took a leadership role with its investment in technology. Our physical plant has never been better and it continues to be enhanced and expanded. After all, David was the person who coined the phrase “LCS actually stands for Let’s Change Something.” Lakefield’s endowment has increased almost tenfold during his tenure. Thousands of students have benefited from his wisdom and caring nature. On behalf of our total Grove family, thank you so very much. We will begin our search for a new Head immediately. I know that this will not be an easy task. Search committee members include: John Ryder ’77, Committee Chair; Nicole Bendaly ’93, Jock Fleming ’74, Janet Lafortune, Jeffrey Marshall, Sarah McMahon, Bill Morris ’70, and David Walsh. In addition, the committee will be assisted by Janet Wright & Associates Inc. Lakefield is like no other. We have always remained true to our mission to challenge and enable students to reach their individual potential in mind, body, and spirit. The Grove has a strong foundation upon which to build. I am confident that the School Board and Foundation Board will appoint a strong leader who will continue to take Lakefield to new heights. David and Susan, again, thank you for your unprecedented commitment, dedication, and love for our school. (Above Opposite) Jock Fleming, Susan and David Hadden at Closing Ceremonies 2007. (Below) David Hadden. Grove News Spring /Summer 2007  |  iii

Finding Real Meaning and Purpose in Life Head of School, David Hadden In his Closing Chapel Speech, David Hadden spoke of the importance of becoming more aware and accepting of oneself, highlighting observations made by students

in the world, then you have received a great gift. Mat MacLean ’07 and Courtney Druce ’07 revealed the deep impact of their experiences during their careers at Lakefield in their chapel speeches.

about what they have learned from their experiences at

Mat MacLean shared his perspective-changing

Lakefield. What follows are excerpts from his speech.

relationship with a young boy named Gilbert on his

Recently, I was given a book by a current parent entitled True North. In it, the author, Bill George, conducts interviews with 125 leaders from all walks of life—

international community service project in Kenya and how it has directed his sense of purpose when he recounted:

business and political leaders, educators, philanthropic

“Gilbert was special to me because he put a face to a

and social leaders. He makes the observation, after

problem: Starvation—and AIDS is no longer a number to

reading through 3,000 pages of transcripts, that his

me, it is no longer pictures. This problem now has a face,

research team was surprised to learn that these leaders

a touch, a smile, and a frown. Coming back from Kenya,

did not identify any common characteristics, skills, or

I have been silent about my trip. People have asked why

leadership styles that led to their success. Rather, their

there aren’t more stories, more things to hear. The truth

leadership emerged from their own life stories and how

is that there are a million things that you all need to

their personal experiences helped them to become more

hear, yet my words can only go so far. I was kept awake

self-aware and accepting of themselves.

at night because their teeth were brown and rotting, not

George observes that the stories of authentic leaders cover the full spectrum of their life’s experiences. They include the impact of significant individuals in their lives: parents, friends, coaches, teachers, and mentors. They include leadership experiences in team sports and student government. Many leaders find their motivation comes from difficult or emotional experiences in their lives—the loss of loved ones or personal health challenges. By constantly testing themselves through

from not brushing, but from not having the nutrients to build their teeth in the first place. I was kept awake at night because Gilbert offered me water and I couldn’t drink it, not because I didn’t want to, but I couldn’t. The water that this young boy, my friend, was drinking would have sent me to the toilet for weeks. Every single time I have a shower, I remember Gilbert, and how the water I waste now, could save his life.” Mat went on to say:

these experiences and by reframing their life stories to understand who they are, these leaders discover their

“Find one thing you are passionate about, and fight

strengths and enthusiasms, and derive a greater sense of

for it. The part of me that has changed is that I believe

purpose in their lives.

in something. I believe in one thing, one cause. I have found something that I believe in, and that I care enough

To the members of the leaving class, if we have helped

about to make a difference. I believe in Kenya, and I

you to become more knowledgeable, open, and

believe that it can be changed.”

accepting of yourselves, as a result of your experiences here, we have given you a gift.

Courtney Druce shared the impact of her battle with leukemia and how she views her world, urging all of us

If your experiences have caused you to become

not to take our health—or anything for that matter—for

passionate about your perspective, place, or purpose


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“Never waste a minute of your time, because you can

life, so live it. Grow, not because you have to, but because

never get that minute back. Never plan on putting

you’re lucky enough to have been given the opportunity

something off till the future, because you don’t know


what the future holds in store for you.

To the members of the leaving class, on the eve of your

“If I could ask one thing of everyone here today it would

departures from The Grove, it would be my hope that

be to donate blood. I can’t because no one wants my

you truly appreciate the opportunities you have been

blood, but seriously it saved my life more times than I

given. It would be my hope that all of you have made the

have fingers and toes.

most of them and years from now, when you reflect back

“Live for now because there may not be a tomorrow; smile every chance you get; only worry about something if you have to worry about it. You’re put on Earth to live a

upon your time here, it would be my hope that this place, its values, and the experiences you have shared together will have added real meaning and purpose to your lives.

Grove News Spring /Summer 2007  | 

Growing Alongside The Grove Jock Fleming ’74, Chair of the Board


and climbing wall will clearly challenge our students

Closing Speech, June 2007

physically; and

When I graduated 33 years ago I came to the front to get an award, my diploma, and an Old Boy tie, I thought back

In body ... the gym, dance studio, exercise room,


In spirit ... the common space will enable all of our students to hang out and talk about school, sports, or

to what I had learned in the classroom, on the field, on

where the party is this weekend.

stage, and in the arts, and felt I was prepared for my next step. But, I really didn’t think I’d be back up here (at the

My three-year term as Chair of the Board ends this year

front) again.

and when I think back to what we have all accomplished

Eleven years later, as President of the Old Boys’ Association I found myself back up here handing out Old

it is truly amazing. We have: k

Renovated two residences;


Renovated the theatre;


Created four new tennis courts;


Built the Bob Armstrong Rink;

But, Lakefield taught me more than I had expected,


Increased the size of our endowment by over 70%;

particularly in understanding people’s differences,


Increased financial assistance by over 30%;

accepting them, and working with them.


Introduced the Learning Commons;


Created a whole new governance structure for our

Boy ties and I reflected back on what I had learned at The Grove and realized that, yes, I had been prepared for university and the start of a young family and career.

After four years as President I really didn’t think I’d be back up here (at the front) again. Three years ago I became Chair of the Board ... and, yes, I knew I’d be up here again. Again I have had the opportunity to reflect back on what I learned at the school and again I had been prepared for a successful career, a great family, and strong friendships. But what seemed to stand out was while The Grove had provided a great foundation for continued learning and health, it also provided a foundation for a set of values, a sense of commitment, and a desire to make a difference.

Foundation; k

Started construction on the Student Recreation Centre; and


Begun creating a sustainability policy and strategy.

... And that's not everything. At the same time our students continue to excel in and out of the classroom as evidenced by the number of university scholarships, Duke of Edinburgh Awards, and thousands of volunteer hours. To accomplish all of this you need an experienced management team and visionary leadership; an extremely dedicated group of volunteers—Board of

So talking about the “Lakefield difference” ... not in an

Directors, School Trustees, and the Grove Society;

odd way but in an exceptional way … Our new Student

committed faculty and staff; and a great student body.

Recreation Centre will enable each of our students to reach their individual potential in mind, body, and spirit: k

In mind ... The Learning Commons and Outdoor Education rooms will provide a place to support and enhance the education process;

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So, thanks for all that you have accomplished. Lakefield has had great visionary leadership over many decades and I suspect that it will continue into the decades ahead. I don’t think I'll be back up here again ... but you Grads, who knows which one of you might be up here again.

Head Students’ Closing Address


Closing Awards


Farewell to Our Friends


Roll Up Your Sleeves and Get On With It


School Highlights


Course Profile: Careers Studies 10


The Learning Commons Program—Meeting the Learning Needs of all Students


Learning as a Lifestyle


The Hockey Jacket


Foundation Update


From The Archives


A Helping Hand for At-Risk Youth: Scott Ross ’95


Voluntourism on Wheels: Judy Morozuk ’99


Class News (Weddings, 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

Grove News Spring /Summer 2007  |  

So Did We Make a Difference? Co-Head Student Andrew Carr Closing Address 2007

Co-Head Student Helen Honig Closing Address 2007

It has always been said that as you come to the end of

So did we make a difference? Before we can decide

something, you start to think about the beginning. You

this, we first must think, “What is a difference?”

start to think about all the experiences you have had, and all the friendships you have made. You begin to think of the initial days of your Lakefield career, and all the feelings associated with them. The feeling of venturing into the unknown, which is what this school was for many of us. You remember the feelings you had when wondering what friends you would make, or for

Some might define difference as a significant change. Have we done this? Have we changed Lakefield, its students, or its staff? Did the extra smile in the hallway, the directions on how to get to class given to the lost new student, or the meaningful advice we put into our chapel speeches cause a change in someone?

many if you would even last the first couple of days at

Well, what we have come to realize as we mature at

the school. Eventually you manage to find some sort

this school is that it is not us who changes Lakefield,

of rhythm and the school becomes part of you, and

but rather Lakefield that changes us. The difference

without even knowing it the days become weeks, weeks

is everywhere and within everything that surrounds

become months, and in the end months become years.

this school—the teachers who give up their lunch hour

You sit in chapel after chapel, go to numerous athletic

to provide extra help; the kids we play pick-up hockey,

banquets, and take part in Camp Lakefields, Regatta

soccer, and beach volleyball with; and even the dogs

Days, and other events that remain in the memories

that aimlessly wander around campus.

of the numerous alumni years after graduation. You sit in those seats watching different grad classes come and go, wondering when it will be your turn. Well, the day has finally come, and here we stand in our blue blazers, waiting to finally graduate, and make the next big step in our lives. As many of us stand here there are thoughts, some happy some sad, rushing through our minds. But one thing outweighs the others: Did we make a difference?

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So did we make a difference to Lakefield? That is for everyone else to decide, but all of us standing up here today know that Lakefield has made a difference in us. And it is a difference that we will carry away with us and still have 5, 25, even 45 years from now when we look back and think of Lakefield College School. (Above Opposite) Co-Head Students Andrew Carr and Helen Honig. (Below) 2007 graduates assemble for the allschool photo.

Grove News Spring /Summer 2007  |  

Student Awards—June 16, 2007 Academic Proficiency Standing Top of Form

Grade 7

Alex Procyk

Grade 10

Zoe Edwards

Grade 8

Margaret Chan

Grade 11

Max Lafortune

Grade 9

Ashley Patel

Grade 12

Kevin Kim (Governor General’s Medal)

Curriculum Area Prizes English

Fine Arts

The Grade 7/8 Arts & Languages Prize: Margaret Chan

The Junior/Intermediate Drama Prize: Laura Wilson

The Dela Fosse Prize (Junior): Zoe Edwards

The David Bierk Visual Arts Prize: Ricky Gonzalez

The Intermediate English Prize: Becki Worsfold

The Senior Music Prize: Emily Ewing

The Senior English Prize: Carly DeNure

The Senior Drama Prize: Emma Smith

The I. Norman Smith Prize for Studies in English Literature: Carly DeNure

Modern Languages

The English Writers’ Craft Prize: Nick Pullen

The Junior Modern Languages Prize: Philipp Duffner

Fine Arts The Hubert Eisdell Award (Junior/ Intermediate Music): Ha Yun Lee The Junior/Intermediate Fine Arts Prize: Jeff Chang

The Intermediate Modern Languages Prize: Jordan Muise The Core French Prize: Katharina Richter The Extended French Prize: Gea Di Prisco HRH Prince of Asturias Spanish Prize: Mary Elizabeth Konrad

(Below) Back Row L-R: Grade 8 Graduates, Connor Massie, Michael Zahradnik, Craig Willoughby, Sami Shehadeh, John MacKinnon, Iain MacKenzie, Dario Gabbani. Front Row: Megn Walker, Danica Troughton-Markovich, Paige Mackey, Jesse Anglesey, Meggy Chan, Hope Casserly, Emily Koller. (Opposite) Governor General’s Award Winner Kevin Kim and David Hadden

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Curriculum Area Prizes Mathematics

Science and Technology

The Grade 7/8 Mathematics, Science & Technology Prize: Iain MacKenzie

The Earth and Space Science Prize: Ian Ames

The Paterson Junior Mathematics Prize: JJ Maxwell

The McLimont Scholarship for Engineering: Mathew MacLean

The Communications Technology Prize: Georgia Gravel

The Intermediate Mathematics Prize: Ja Min Kim The Larry Griffiths Prize for Geometry and Discrete Mathematics: Warren Leung

Social Sciences and Outdoor Education The Grade 7 & 8 Social Sciences Prize: Megn Walker

Professor M. Mackenzie Prize for Advanced Functions & Calculus: Kevin Kim

The Junior Outdoor Education Prize: Robbie Dickinson

The Mathematics of Data Management Prize: Kevin Kim

The T.H.B. Symons Canadian Studies Prize (Junior): Lyndsey Trylinski

Science and Technology

The Intermediate Outdoor Education Prize: JJ Maxwell

The A.W. Mackenzie Environmental Award for Junior Science & Technology: Lawrence Brennan The Intermediate Science and Technology Prize: Max Lafortune The Mrs. A.W. Mackenzie Prize for Biology: Sean Munoz The Chemistry Prize: Kevin Kim The Physics Prize: Mathew MacLean

The American History Prize: Emily Ewing The Susan Guest Outdoor Education Prize: Max Lafortune The Classical Civilizations Prize: Ahmed Elharram The Economics Prize: Nicole Pinto The World History Prize: Lauren James The Canadian and International Law Prize: Justin Crawford The Canada & World Issues Prize: Mary Elizabeth Konrad

Character and Achievement Awards The Harman Award: Hope Casserly

The Stephen Thompson Prize: Monica Farlow

The Gaby Award: Emily Koller

The Senior Grove Society Prize: Patricia Gabilondo

The Junior Grove Society Prize: Cameron Boland

The Milligan Awards: Jason Church, Cassi Hammett

The Fred Page Higgins Award: Zoe Edwards

The King Constantine Medal: Katharina Richter

Junior Edson Pease Prize: Alison Cameron

The Crombie Award: Ashley LaPlante

The Jean Ketchum Prize: JJ Maxwell

Senior Edson Pease Prize: Brent Craswell The Lieutenant-Governor’s Community Volunteer Award for Students: Diana Ancona Lezama H.M. Silver Jubilee Award: Courtney Cooper The Nelles Prize: Riley Shier The J.R. Anderson Award: Hannah Anglesey John Pearman Martyn Sibbald Prize: Nick Pullen The Ondaatje Foundation Award: Gaelen Murray The Monty Bull Award: Johannes Siekmann The Jack Matthews Humanitarian Award: Carly DeNure The Whitney Prize: Anthea Morse Jean and Winder Smith Award: Alison Corner The Trustees’ Prize: Mathew MacLean British Alumni Travelling Scholarship: Helen Honig Grove Awards: Sean Munoz, Andrew Carr, Courtney Druce Grove News Spring /Summer 2007  | 

“Don’t be dismayed at goodbyes, a farewell is necessary before you can meet again and meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.” RICHARD BACH

Farewell to Our Friends David Hadden, Head of School Excerpts from his Closing Speech, June 2007 The departure of staff is always deeply felt. Lakefield receives enormous support from its 11 Assistant Heads of House on several diverse fronts. Today we express our appreciation to six of them who are departing: Brad Bateman, Alison Denman, Megan Ewing, Sean Harris, Tom McCarthy, and Adrienne Wood. Thank you for all the support, energy, and vitality you have given to Lakefield. We express a warm thank you to Karen Denis, who was lured away from the Kawartha Board this year to fill in for Lisa Clarke who is returning in the fall. We are grateful to A.J. Sainsbury who has completed her one year contract as an OE teaching assistant. And, we extend best wishes to Vicky Boomgaardt, Ally O’Grady, Sarah Young, and Krista Dunford on their maternity leaves next year and also to Greg MacPherson and Tia Saley on their one-year leaves of absence. As well, we must bid fond farewells to four other long-standing members of the teaching faculty. Diane Rogers joined Lakefield in 1994. For the past 13 years, she has been a highly effective teacher of Science, Math, and Outdoor Education. Diane coached Nordic skiing, kayaking, and field hockey­—leading her senior girls’ field hockey team to OFSSA Gold. A keen outdoorswoman, she participated in Irving and Ondaatje Expeditions and recently helped to lead the Round Square Thailand Water Project. We thank Diane for all she has given to Lakefield. Kirsten Franklin joined the teaching faculty in 1986, as a teacher of History and French. During her career, she served as the Head of Lower Colebrook, an all-girls’ residence, for five years— a record length of service by previous standards. She also served as the Head of Armstrong House. For the past several years, Kirsten has been a much beloved teacher of Grades 7 and 8. An absolute champion of charitable causes, Kirsten has organized LCS students in countless worthwhile funding initiatives to lend assistance where needed in our community.

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For the past 20 years, she has been the staff

We thank Arnie and his wife Anne—who has also been so

representative for the United Way. During the course

supportive over the years—for all they have given to LCS.

of her career at Lakefield, no one has demonstrated a greater depth of kindness, caring, encouragement, and generosity in their interactions with students, their parents, and amongst colleagues, than Ms. Franklin.

Dr. Alex McCubbin came to Lakefield from Ridley in 1976. Over the past 31 years, “Doc” has brought a new definition to the phrase, “Still waters run deep.” He is always so sensible with his judgement and caring about

Dr. Arnie Boyle came to Lakefield as the Head of the

Lakefield and all it stands for. As Head of School, I have

Modern Languages Department in 1984—commencing a

been the beneficiary of his consistent wise counsel and

career at The Grove spanning 23 years. For ten years, he

strong leadership. Remarkably, during the course of his

was the Head of all Day Students. Also, he was previously

career, “Doc” has taken on seven significant leadership

responsible for all community service programs and

roles as: the Head of Science, Director of Athletics, Head

the Duke of Edinburgh Program. Dr. Boyle has given

of Guidance, Head of Day Students, a housemaster of

outstanding leadership to Lakefield’s International

three residences for a period of 18 years, the Director

Affairs program, raising its participation from students

of the Residential Program, and most recently, Dean of

to a level unsurpassed by any school in Canada—or the

Academics. Now I ask you, “Who does that?!”

Round Square conference for that matter. This year alone, Dr. Boyle organized service projects and international Round Square conferences for 51 students and exchanges for 16. As a result of Dr. Boyle’s leadership, many hundreds of LCS students have participated in these life-changing and highly worthwhile programs.

Doc, in so many ways, is the conscience of this place. As well, we are grateful to Jose who has been in it with Doc every step of the way and has supported Lakefield in the past as our librarian, a Head of House for two years, and most recently, one of our most active tutors. I am pleased to announce that we will be setting up an endowed bursary in the McCubbins’ name to honour

I am pleased to announce the establishment of the

his long-standing service and contribution to Lakefield

endowed Dr. Arnie Boyle International Bursary to


be awarded to deserving students to participate in

(Opposite) Doc and Jose McCubbin. (Below) Diane Rogers, Kirsten Franklin, and Dr. Arnie Boyle.

international experiences (p.25).

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Roll Up Your Sleeves and Get On With It The Honourable Mr. Justice Ian Binnie ‘48 Excerpts from his Closing Speech, June 2007 I was here in the 1940s—as unimaginable as that may sound. At that point in the school’s history the pursuit of excellence was not a concept we had thought of. If we had thought of it, we wouldn’t have agreed with it. The school had the air of a windswept penal colony. The great strength of The Grove was, and I hope still is, its massive quirkiness and eccentricity. David Hadden mentioned in his report the new gymnasium project. I am sure you have all been “dinged” for money to contribute. Around the time I was here, the school turned down an offer of a new gymnasium from Col. Sam McLaughlin, the founder of General Motors Canada. He came to the school and said, “You don’t have a gym, I would like to build one.” The school said, in its own quirky way, “We don’t believe in doing things indoors—Lakefield boys are outside in all seasons.” Hence, the “windswept penal colony” ... [but] the fact the school acted in accordance with its convictions left a profound impression on the students, not to mention on the parents and fundraisers, who must have choked on the quirky outcome. Grove students learned not to be great respecters of position. Even the smallest pupil (and I arrived in Grade 5) was encouraged to make his own judgment on things, however uninformed or ill-considered. Consider the position of the school dog. By summer the dog slept out under the trees. In the winter it moved indoors and pressed up against the radiators in the old school block. Its only hunt for food was in the kitchen. If there is to be a life hereafter, we always thought that we would like to come back as the school dog. The most important thing about people at Lakefield was ... how they handled the situation in life they had been given, and the attitude with which they approached their own particular challenges. The fact the school dog was so admired showed that the most important people may not even be people. David Hadden referred to Ralph Waldo Emerson’s homily that success in life may lie in nothing more than “improving a garden patch.” I don’t agree, really. I think you should shoot a bit higher! Generations of LCS graduates have come out of here with a powerful sense of community, with a sense of belonging to a broader community, and of wanting to contribute to it whether in peace or wartime, whether in politics, science, or the professions. Ralph Waldo Emmerson’s “garden patches” are not without importance, but they should be enjoyed in moderation. I don’t know if you have had much time to vegetate in your years at the school, but in my day down time was regarded as a good thing—in moderation. My sweetest memories are of the huts that used to be spread around in the woods north of the school. We used to pole back and forth along the waterfront on handmade rafts, like Huckleberry Finn ... You can do seven days work in five, but you can’t do seven days work in seven. You cannot work continuously week in, week out, year after year, or you will kill yourself. Lakefield starts you off with a huge range of interests. Keep them going. Finally, at Lakefield we learned not to conform to other people’s expectations—even to the school’s expectations. Take the case of Dr. Alick Mackenzie, whose methods were so unorthodox that today he likely would be denied a teaching licence. I want to paraphrase a few lines from the school biography (Lakefield College School: The First 100 Years) edited by Andy Harris ’44. This is about Dr. Mackenzie:   |  Grove News Spring /Summer 2007

“He could be quick tempered and unfair, some of his teaching methods were deplorable. I remember him teaching a future admiral to add and subtract by drawing chalk lines on the floor and making him walk back and forth, “plus two, minus four, plus two”, while the rest of the class guffawed. On another occasion, Dr. Mackenzie taped up the mouth of a small boy who could not stop talking.” Alick Mackenzie may not fit the model of the modern headmaster, but if you want to see what he accomplished in his life, if you want to see his monument, you need only to look around you. So that is really all you need to know. Become neither a couch potato nor a workaholic. It is okay to stop and smell the roses, but do something special with your life. Have a great family life—lots of children—and send them all to The Grove! Secondly, act in accordance with your principles. Gym or no gym, remember in all that you do who you are and what you stand for. Thirdly, just as the school is a community, so too is there a broader community out there where big things are going to happen in your lifetime. And you should be part of it. Don’t lose hold of your dreams. Somebody is going to have to run the government. Somebody is going to be the future Michael Ondaatje. Somebody is going to be the future John Polyani, the Toronto chemist who counts among his honours a Nobel prize. Why not you? Don’t take yourself out of the game. Of course not everyone can be a Michael Ondaatje or a John Polyani. At the end of the day, the true measure of success is to do the best you can with what you have, taking into account all the curve balls that life is about to throw at you. The time of preparation is over. Roll up your sleeves and get on with it. LCS students roll up their sleeves and dive into their review of Benthic Inventory Grove News Spring /Summer 2007  | 

School Highlights World Class Debater Congratulations to Nick Pullen ’07 for placing 8th at the World Individual Debating and Public Speaking

represented the school proudly in the half marathon. Rory Gilfillan ran a personal best time of 1:15:14 in the half marathon, clinching 7th place overall.

Championships in April (Nick pictured top left).

Literary Awards Max Lafortune (Gr.11) and Caylea Foster (Gr.11) won First Place in Senior Fiction and Senior Non-Fiction, respectively, in this year’s Lakefield Literary Festival Young Writers Contest. The contest is open to students

Tower Climb to Fight Climate Change On April 26, 14 Grovites travelled to Toronto to participate in the 17th Annual World Wildlife Fund’s CN Tower Climb to Fight Climate Change—raising $3,005.31 to add to the $1 million-plus raised this year by the WWF initiative.

in Peterborough-area high schools, in conjunction

Jason Church had an exceptional result finishing 18th

with the Lakefield Literary Festival, which is held here

overall. Martha Mattiello, Mary-Elizabeth Conrad,

in July, attracting writers and participants from across

Caylea Foster, and Tia Saley, with a combined average

Canada. Caylea and Max pictured top right.

Rick Hagg Honoured

time of 18:16, beat the official four-women-teamwinner’s time of 18:51!

School Play

Lakefield College Nordic Ski Coach Richard Hagg was recently awarded the OFSAA Colin Hood School Sport

Congratulations to the cast and crew who brought

Award for Nordic Skiing.

this spring’s school play, The Dining Room, to life. The play—a collection of scenes spanning fifty years, with

One Colin Hood Award is given out annually to coaches

no character appearing more than once—allowed

who, throughout their high school career, have been

cast members to expand their skills and creativity by

committed to the success of school sport at their school

playing more than one character. Director Paul Mason

and within their association.

and the technical crew played their supporting roles beautifully, bringing another successful event to the

Richard has been involved in the sport of Nordic skiing

LCS community. The Cast of The Dining Room pictured

for 26 years as a coach, regional convenor, OFSAA

opposite, middle.

convenor, member of the OFSAA Sports Advisory

Multicultural Mural

Committee, and Chair of the OFSAA Sports Advisory Committee for Nordic Skiing. He has also been very involved in promoting the sport of Nordic skiing both in the Peterborough region and provincially.

Going the Distance

This past spring guest artist Marsha Stonehouse, from Toronto, worked with LCS students from different grade levels and disciplines to create a mural for the school.

Congratulations to Lakefield distance runners who

The mural is a social commentary—a celebration of

competed in the Ottawa Marathon and Half Marathon

multiculturalism at LCS. Students had the opportunity

this May, and for many achieving a personal best.

to paint alongside a professional artist. Grade 11 Art, English, and Grade 12 Spanish students; staff; and

LCS Faculty Member John Boyko finished strongly with

HRH The Duke of York all contributed to the project

a personal best time of 3:58 in the full marathon. First-

which was unveiled at Regatta Day, May 26, 2007. The

time half marathoner Caylea Foster (Gr.11) placed 35th

mural will be displayed in the hallway outside the

in her category. Jordon Taylor (Gr.11), in a stand-out

dining hall. Mural pictured opposite, bottom

race, and his second half marathon since February, ran a personal best of 1:35 placing him 21st in his category. Lakefield staff members Amy Hollingsworth, Janice Runza, Vera Wilcox, and Megan Briggs also 10  |  Grove News Spring /Summer 2007

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“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”


Course Profile: Careers Studies 10 Careers Studies 10 (GLC 20) is a

have these pieces they create an

piece of the student to help them

course designed to challenge

excellent picture of their learning

better understand themselves and

students to think about who they

strengths and how best to use

what is important to them.

are, how they learn, and what

them. Knowing that you learn

contributions they hope to make

best by hearing instructions orally

in their lifetimes. Careers is a

enables a student to understand

half-credit course taught in Grade

that asking questions in class

9 at LCS and mixes together Grade

and having the teacher relay the

9 students and new students in

instructions is the best way to

Grade 10 (who do not already have

internalize them.

the credit). Understanding how

The final section of the course focuses on preparing for the job market—interview skills, résumé and cover-letter writing, and the importance of filling out applications properly. Students enjoy this hands-on section of

Careers Studies also focuses

the course and walk away with

on learning influences, heroes,

a current, useable résumé and

mentors, and the importance of

cover letter—perfect for their

values, honesty, and integrity.

summer job search! Once the

This section of the course allows

practical job skills are learned,

students to understand more

students turn their focus to their

about themselves, what they

‘dream job’—a profession, career,

value, and the importance they

or area of study that interests

place on different influences

them. Each student investigates

in their lives. The culminating

a career of interest, researches

During the course, students

activity—a presentation on a hero

the necessary university and/or

take a series of tests to better

they value—is a fantastic learning

college education required, and

understand their learning styles,

exercise for the students. These

finally writes a toast to themselves

multiple intelligences, interests,

presentations allow each member

on their retirement—a perfect

skills, and personality types.

of the class to learn about other

encapsulation of their hopes, and

Each test reveals another part of

students’ influences ranging

dreams for their future lives and

themselves which helps them to

from sports heroes, community

future careers.

better understand how they learn,

heroes, family members, political

what they are good at, and what

influences, and social activists.

activities they like. Once students

Each presentation reveals another

we learn and the ways in which our brain works are key components to success in all levels of education. With the knowledge of their optimal learning environments and skills, students are given the opportunity to investigate strategies to use these talents to excel in school and in life.

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In the final Careers class, students read through the commencement

address Steve Jobs gave at Stanford

only way to do great work is to love

their soul, and most importantly, is

University in 2005. He offers

what you do. If you haven’t found it

a job they love.

graduates the following advice:

yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”

“Your work is going to fill a large

This is my wish for each Careers

part of your life, and the only way

Studies student—to find the

to be truly satisfied is to do what

perfect career for themselves, one

you believe is great work. And the

that suits their personality, feeds

KERRIE HANSLER LCS strives to nurture students’ passion for inquiry into possible areas of research. Below, Grade 7s and 8s prepare for the Annual Science Fair.

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The Learning Commons Program— Meeting the Learning Needs of All Students Like all great projects, it started with a puzzle.

Informing the entire project is the principle of

Three hundred and sixty-five individual minds;

universal instructional design. Put simply, universal

three hundred and sixty-five arrays of strengths

instructional design encourages educators to provide

and interests; three hundred and sixty-five sets of

methods of learning support, instruction, and

aspirations and dreams; and an end goal of launching

assessment that help all students learn and perform

each of these three hundred and sixty-five students

better, while simultaneously addressing the learning

successfully into university and a fulfilling career.

needs of individual students in the classroom. In the

These were our givens. And the question: How could

same way that sidewalk curb ramps benefit not only

LCS meet the learning needs of each of these students

people with mobility difficulties—but also joggers,

with equal effectiveness so that every student attains

cyclists, and parents with strollers—the application of

academic and vocational success?

universal instructional design will benefit the entire student population.

The answer is the new LCS Learning Commons Program, a five-million dollar project that has already

Extremely generous donors have made it possible

begun to make a difference in the learning lives of our

for LCS to take the first steps toward developing the

students—and that offers unlimited potential for the

Learning Commons Program in 2006-2007. The space


component of the program will be fully realized by September 2008. Supporting students in achieving

The Learning Commons Program has two key

their academic potential is, of course, a continuous

components. The first is an infusion of expertise on

objective, and will be a priority at The Grove forever.

learning, learning styles, and learning differences. Through hiring new staff and providing professional

An Infusion of Expertise

development for current teachers, advisors, and

The most readily identifiable infusion of expertise

heads of house, the program will allow LCS to set the

came in August 2006 when Ms. Carrie Murray began

standard for creating a personalized education that

work as the LCS Learning Strategist. A qualified teacher

supports each student in achieving his or her learning

with an M.A. in Human Development and Applied


Psychology, Ms. Murray completed a thesis focusing on adolescents with Attention Deficit Disorder. She has

The second component is a people-friendly, learning-

been able to provide an extremely high level of support

positive space—the Learning Commons—where

for our most academically challenged students,

students and staff can readily access the learning

particularly through her teaching in learning skills

resources and assistance they need. The current

courses—credit courses where students learn how

library will be expanded and renovated so that it can

to capitalize on their learning strengths and develop

house the complete Guidance and Learning program.

alternative strategies to master challenges. Students

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enrolled in these courses have academically improved

Many of our advisors completed a two-day workshop

by quantifiable leaps and bounds, achieving significant

last June on academic coaching (working with students

increases in grades and effort ratings.

to help them find their own answers to their learning

Ms. Murray has also brought her innovative ideas and approaches to students’ learning challenges to the school’s grade team meetings, sharing ideas for helping students with faculty and advisors. Her knowledge of adaptive technology has moved the school toward a

challenges). Teacher Susan Armstrong is currently finishing a Learning Disability Specialist Program at Cambrian College, and she has led many of our students this year through training on adaptive technology programs.

philosophy of circumvention, rather than remediation.

The work of the school’s grade team leaders with

We now actively encourage students to use technology

students is now informed by the ideas of Dr. Mel

to augment their academic skills—whether their

Levine, an internationally renowned expert on

challenges lie in reading, writing, listening,

children’s learning. They have all completed

notetaking, or time management.

Levine’s program training teachers in the use of

Ms. Murray’s previous experience as a learning strategist and academic coach at the university level gives her a unique perspective on her work. She sees clearly the need to help students toward everincreasing autonomy and self-advocacy, knowing that students who are aware of their learning style and have the confidence to ask for help and support when needed are those most likely to succeed at university. While Ms. Murray’s contribution to the advancement of the Learning Commons Program has been very important, other members of the LCS community have been developing expertise, and making a difference in the learning lives of students, as well.

neurodevelopmental constructs as a means of helping each child achieve academic success. As well, in June 2007, all faculty, heads of house and advisors completed a three-day workshop at LCS on universal instructional design, focusing on innovative ideas to help all students learn in the variety of educational settings that LCS offers—e.g. the classroom, the playing fields, and the residential houses. All of the professional development for LCS faculty has been funded through the Learning Commons Program. Targeted professional development about learning needs will continue over the next several years. As funds become available, LCS will also hire the equivalent of an additional full-time teacher to provide greater academic coaching support.

A New Space The advances made to date on the Learning Commons Program have been energizing—but the ease with which we can help students is limited by our physical space. Staff involved in the project are counting the days until the learning services can be provided in a space tailor-made to meet students’ learning needs. The J.W. McConnell Family Library is already a welcoming space where students prepare for classes, meet tutors, work on group projects, play chess, and socialize. The proposed renovations will make this space even more useful to students. First, students will benefit from easy access to guidance and expertise on university applications, course selections, career and vocational counselling, learning strategies assistance, and gap year guidance. 16  |  Grove News Spring /Summer 2007

Because renovations to the classroom at the south end of the library will provide office and counselling space for all Guidance and Learning faculty, students can drop by as they go about their day, rather than having to make a special trip to meet with a counsellor. Second, the renovation will help with the learning process itself. Students who need to read or study without distractions will enjoy using one of the sound-



proof study carrels. Students looking for help with a particular learning issue will be able to use the new meeting room to talk with an advisor, a teacher, or an academic coach, or to consult on a wide range of learning resource material. Support for learning thus becomes seamless and readily available. As a regular part of their day, students will have access to the staff and resources that will allow them to achieve their potential.

Universal Instructional Design Readers may be wondering what a program that benefits all students’ learning actually looks like. To close, I offer a glimpse of the Learning Commons Program at work.

Proposed floorplan for the Learning Commons in the J.W. McConnell Library differences are often allowed to use a computer as an accommodation—but this program allows everyone in the class to have the benefit of composing their answers using the editing functions of Word. The net

It is early June, 8:30 a.m., and the Guidance and

result: all students who feel more comfortable writing

Learning Office is hopping as another morning of

with a keyboard have the opportunity to do so.

exam invigilation starts. Learning strategist Carrie Murray greets teachers with brightly coloured plastic envelopes, each package loaded with an exam, a memory stick, a set of instructions. “You’ll be supervising Kendra,” she chimes. “She uses TextHelp Read and Write to read the questions and check her spelling, and Dragon Naturally Speaking to dictate her answers.” She turns to another teacher. “You’re using LockDoc for your whole class, right? Great—here are the instructions. You’ll love marking these exams.” Ms. Murray, in her instructions, is speaking a new language for The Grove—the language of universal instructional design. Even in the first year of the

As students and staff gain exposure to the learning tools available to them, a mini-revolution is happening. Consider the example of Dragon Naturally Speaking, a voice recognition program that allows students to dictate to their computer, so that they “write” by speaking. Teachers have begun to use the software themselves, recognizing it as an effective and efficient means of writing essay comments. Again, a learning strategy that helps some students with a particular learning challenge helps all of us to complete academic work better. LCS has always been committed to helping students achieve their educational and career goals. The

Learning Commons Program, it is beginning to

Learning Commons Program renews and expands that

inform our educational practices. The use of LockDoc

commitment with energy, imagination, and vigour.

mentioned above, for example, is a notable example of this principle in practice. LockDoc is a software


program designed in-house by our IT Department that allows students to use their own laptops to write exams. Students with identified learning Grove News Spring /Summer 2007  | 17

Learning as a Lifestyle I feel excitement and pride when I think of what LCS means to so many lucky young people. I would have given my proverbial eyeteeth to attend such a school. Since its inception, LCS has benefited students with a solid and secure platform from which to jump into their future. It is well recognized today that emotional intelligence is vitally important to success and happiness in school and in life. The cultural environment at Lakefield offers a place for a young person to grow into a caring and well-rounded human being. Residential life affords students exciting opportunities to learn informally on a personal level. Because LCS residential houses are comprised of students from all grades, living as a boarder at LCS is much like living in a large family. One has “siblings” of every age, ethnicity, and economic background. Fr. John Runza, Assistant Head of School Life, explains that, “the most important relationships in a young person’s life are his friends, and he will do all he can to earn their acceptance.” But it is vitally important, during those teenage years, to have a strong social fabric to bounce against, measure up to, and reflect strong values. Living with other students is not always easy; it can be difficult. Head of Upper Colebrook girls’ residence, Dr. Margaret Blanchette reflects, “My office is a hotbed of discussion, always a great exchange of ideas. We spend a lot of time drinking tea. Learning how to cope and adapt … finding your inner resources … life is about all of this.” For the student who sees this as an opportunity to grow, the experience can be very rewarding. Making new friends outside of one’s own demographic, culture, interests, and age group is a valuable learning experience in its own right. Jordan Muise, a boarding student from eastern Canada, is more than willing to embrace the opportunity. “One of the main reasons I love Lakefield,” states Jordan, “is because I get to meet people from everywhere! You 18  |  Grove News Spring /Summer 2007

think the way you live is the only way people live,” he

right and wrong at every turn. As students adopt these

points out, adding, “I used to think like that.”

values, they lead by example, creating a culture of trust

Mimi Yang, a student from Taiwan, agrees. “The main reason I came to LCS is to learn an international point of view, globalization in your thinking.” Irene Farah, a Grade 11 student from Mexico, was happy to jump in and take the best of what Lakefield

that is central to the LCS experience, in and out of the classroom. Spencer Hodgins ’06, who attended LCS as a day student for six years, can attest to that. He can’t say enough about the school:

had to offer. “Living at this school is so enriching. We

“Sure, you get a good education ... but LCS is so much

meet people from different countries and cultures.

more than that. The school encourages students to

I learned to live in a house with 20 other girls, and

always maintain trust. Seniors feel that they have

although it was hard at the start, I did not want to leave

a certain responsibility to the younger students,

at the end. It was so much fun, and being away from

especially in the boarding situation, where they are

home teaches you so much about everything.”

a role model. Some of them really take the challenge

And another good thing—they all agree enthusiastically—is that they now have friends all over the world! Leslie Dunn, mother of Stephanie ’01, and Gillian ’04, observes, “As parents, we felt that there was more for our girls to learn at LCS than we could ever teach them

head on—taking younger students under their wing and helping them to learn about respect, trust, and how to behave appropriately in the Lakefield community. This is really the part of school life that makes Lakefield so special.” In the words of Anne-Marie Lyttle, a current parent:

at home. From a parent’s perspective, residential life is

“Lakefield is not only a school, it is a lifestyle. It

a way of empowering your children.”

nurtures the whole student in an unpretentious,

“Academics are only one half of it,” Leslie insists. “Living in residence while going to school is far more challenging—and rewarding. They have so much to learn … and all while going to school. Maturation

understated environment. It has allowed our children to embrace all facets of life, self-exploration, and knowledge, while at the same time establishing strong values and self-confidence.”

... they learn how to negotiate a lot of things—the

LCS is all these things and more. LCS is, first and

practical things: to handle their responsibilities,

last, a community. When students share meals, share

simple things like booking a taxi, making choices for

space, and develop an intimate understanding of

yourself … but it’s also the emotional things: learning

how teachers and peers live together, our community

to share your space, lending support to others. That

grows as we come to know, understand, and accept one

first year is really tough.


“In residence, it’s not all about you. Learning to be

I have often thought, during my time here: All students

a part of the group means that there are … times

should have this opportunity, such an education. What

to be the centre of attention and … times to be the

better investment could be made in a child’s future?



At the centre of the core values of students and staff alike is honesty. By developing meaningful relationships with adults—teachers, coaches, heads of house, advisors—students have the reflection of Grove News Spring /Summer 2007  | 19

The Hockey Jacket In Grade 6 I wore the same pair of blue polyester

At Lakefield we teach hockey. We teach basketball and

Adidas track pants every day to school. They were the

Ultimate too. We teach zone defence, corner kicks, and

kind with the trade mark three yellow stripes and the

power plays. We encourage fitness. We celebrate great

stirrups that prevented the tightly tapered leg from

effort and achievement on the soccer field, on the ice

cinching up. I completed the look with a hockey jacket

and on the track. But beyond this, we believe that sport

that changed colours almost on a seasonal basis.

and the pursuit of athletic excellence instils in young

The hockey jacket was the most important thing that I would ever possess not because of what it looked like but because of what it meant. It meant that I was part of something that mattered. It meant the hours spent going to power-skating, the early morning hockey practices with my Dad, and the relentless pursuit of a place on the team had been achieved.

people the very essence of what it means to be human. We call it co-curricular activity because we deem sport to be of equal importance to what we teach in class. The legacy of sport is everywhere at Lakefield. It lives on in Jason Church’s willingness to change positions to help the team. It is strengthened by Sam Massie’s determination to re-invent himself in the aftermath of injury. It is redeemed in Helen Honig’s dogged rehabilitation after knee surgery, and epitomized

Dr. George Sheehan once wrote that “everyone’s

in Beatrice Chan’s mile-wide grin upon receiving

an athlete. The difference is that some of us are in

accolades for being soccer’s Most Valuable Player.

training and some of us are not.”

These are the young people who play not on the team but for the team. They show up early for practice and

At Lakefield we believe this statement to be true and

leave late. They make a difference not by what they do

our students are in training in various sports from

but by who they are.

September to the end of May. Sport at Lakefield builds strong bodies. It cultivates the Playing on a team or stepping to the start line takes

mind and it nurtures the spirit. But it does something

courage. It would have been easier not to. Had I never

else that is a little harder to define. The great serial

tried out, I never would have been cut. Had I never

western writer Louis L’Amour referred to individuals

played, or run, or raced, I never would have been hurt.

who possessed this intangible quality as people who

I never would have broken my arm killing a penalty. I

had “sand.” They were the kind of people who would

never would have blown my knee pursuing speed down

put honesty before expediency. They were the type of

a rutted and icy slalom course. I never would have

people who would take the direct and most punishing

done a thousand things that ached or caused me to fall

line down the rugby pitch. They were the ones who

asleep at 8 pm on a Saturday night.

would make the supreme effort regardless of whether

But without sport, I never would have known what Theodore Roosevelt called, “the great enthusiasm.” I

they were first or last and celebrate the achievements of their teammates before their own.

never would have experienced the feeling of one game,

I have to believe that this is the breed of young people

one race mattering more than life itself. I never would

that the future so desperately needs and it is perhaps in

have learned to win with honour and to lose with

the realm of The Game as we play it where part of the

dignity. I never would have understood that some

Lakefield difference resides.

things are meant to hurt and that wounds heal, and that failing isn’t an end state but an invitation to get to practice earlier and to leave later.

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Foundation Update—$36M Raised to Date! David Hadden, CEO LCS Foundation and Rudy Massimo, Director of Advancement In 2002, Lakefield College School launched its new

our volunteer-driven parent initiative in support of

strategic plan entitled Securing our Future, a $30M

the new Student Recreation Centre. As well, for the

initiative to fund campus renovations, capital projects,

second year in a row, 100% of the graduating class

and student financial assistance.

participated in the annual fund to create a class bursary.

This goal has been exceeded do to the addition of other capital elements including a new outdoor shinny

The Foundation works diligently to meet the targets

rink, the outdoor education wing attached to the

that have been set and to support the strategic

new Student Recreation Centre, and a new student

priorities identified by the school’s Board of Directors.

residence. As well, an expanded endowment will fund the 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 $36M in cash and commitments. Included in this total is the contribution from the Ties That Bind Gala and

We are grateful for the time and leadership that the foundation trustees provide in advancing the school for the benefit of our students. The Foundation would like to welcome two new trustees. Michael Cooper and Robert McEwen were recently elected to join the Foundation. (Below) Artist’s rendering of Student Recreation Centre currently under construction.

Over 200 parents, alumni, and friends joined together on Saturday, March 31, 2007, at the Granite Club in Toronto for The Ties That Bind fundraising gala in support of the Student Recreation Centre.

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

Michael Cooper

Scott McCain

Thomas Ryder ‘53

Bryce Douglas

Robert McEwen

William Wells ’78

Emilio Azcarraga Jean ’87

John K. Hepburn ’68

Bill Morris ’70

Richard Wernham

Bruce Boren ’87

Linda Leus

Rosemary Phelan

Graham Worsfold

Jonathan Carroll ’87

Angus MacNaughton ’48

Kathleen Ramsay

HRH The Duke of York ’78

Brian Carter*

Jeffrey Marshall*

Donald Ross ’48

* Honorary Alumni

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and with your generous support a young person’s will become

Dream a reality


The Doc and Jose McCubbin Endowed Bursary To celebrate the retirement of Doc and Jose McCubbin from Lakefield College School, The Doc and Jose McCubbin Endowed Bursary

Imagine it’s June 16, 2016 ... Dear Doc and Jose McCubbin, First I want to say thank you so much for what you have done for me. Because of the bursary that was created in your honour when you retired in 2007, I have had the most amazing and

has been created in honour of their contribution

wonderful opportunity made available to me. I am so glad that

to the quality of life and education at The Grove.

I am able to attend this amazing school. I am here, in part,

Throughout their 31-year affiliation with LCS and direct involvement with hundreds of students, Doc and Jose saw—on a daily basis—the impact that a Lakefield education has on young people. Because of their passion for the school and its students, it is their wish that many more young people benefit from increased

because of you. I can’t believe I am here and getting to experience so many wonderful things about Lakefield College School. From the beginning of every day in Chapel to the final minutes of study in the library—I know that it is because of you and your generous friends at The Grove that it is possible for me to be here.

financial assistance—funds which will be made

I wish I could tell you that I was the MVP for my hockey team

available as this endowment bursary reaches its

or that I have been on the Scholar with Distinction list every

full value of $100,000. Please join the many friends, family and colleagues of the McCubbins with a gift to The Doc and Jose McCubbin Endowed Bursary. To contribute contact: Theresa Butler-Porter, or 705.652.3324 ext 329 or give online at DISCOVER/SUPPORT LCS

term this year, but I can’t. What I can tell you is that I have never worked so hard, learned so much, laughed so often or felt like I belonged as much as I have since I came to The Grove. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your generosity to The Grove and to me. It is an honour to be the first student to ever receive the Doc and Jose McCubbin Endowed Bursary. I promise that as I go through life—and I have no idea where it will take me—that I will always keep you in my thoughts. If I

Save the date: Join the LCS community on Wednesday, November 21, 2007 as we toast Doc

said thank you a million times it would never show you just how grateful I am.

and Jose at the 2007 Grove Gathering in Toronto, Ontario. For more information, contact Tracey Blodgett: 24  |  Grove News Spring /Summer 2007

Sincerely, Stanley Student, Class of 2016 (a student of the future)

The Dr. Arnie Boyle International Community Service Award “... Last but not least, pass my regards to the students and tell them that hard work and determination will make them prosperous for that is actually what has made me succeed since then—inform them also that I shall always remember them in my prayers for their generosity ... ”


When Dr. Arnie Boyle, Head of International Affairs,

of Eastern Africa, and has turned to The Grove to

announced his retirement after 23 years at LCS, he

help him achieve his goal. A three-year program in

had two wishes: that the school continue to provide

Computer Studies will cost just over $12,000 US—at

international service opportunities to its students;

press time the staff of Lakefield College School has

and that The Grove maintain the relationship and

provided more than $4,000 in cash and pledges.

stewardship of a young Nairobi student—Vincent Okoth Obiero.

Dr. Boyle is passionate about LCS’s commitment to this young man, “Vincent knows that Lakefield has

The Dr. Arnie Boyle International Community Service

sponsored him all the way through, and he is so very

Award provides funding for LCS students who are keen

appreciative. I have come to know him well over

to enhance their service experience by working on

the past five years. He is so positive about what the

international community service programs throughout

future can hold for him. Without our help, he cannot

the year. For students this is a life-changing experience

continue. This individual has a direct, personal

providing an opportunity to transform the quality of

connection to Lakefield and has met our students who

life for those less fortunate in other parts of the world.

have participated in the Round Square Kenya Project

Also, for a number of years, The Grove community

over the past few years.”

has supported a young person in Kenya, providing the

How can you make a difference? Consider a

opportunity for them to continue their education. In

contribution to the Dr. Arnie Boyle International

2002, LCS students took on the sponsorship of Grade 9

Community Service Award (designate your gift in

student Vincent Okoth Obiero at Starehe Boys Centre,

support of a current student or to Vincent’s education).

a Round Square school in Nairobi, Kenya, paying

For more information contact Theresa Butler-Porter at

his tuition through various fundraising activities

705.652.3324 ext. 329 or email

organized by the International Affairs Department. After four years at Starehe, Vincent is looking forward pursuing his education at the Catholic University

(Below) L-R: Martin Cayouette ‘05, Vienna Thurlbeck ‘05, Charles Karuri Mwai, Anjie Ober ‘05, Arthur Kagunda Mwai, and Vincent Okoth Obiero

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Thank You for Another Successful Golf Tournament The organizers of the Andy Harris Cup Grove Golf Tournament 2007 would like to give thanks to the following sponsors and supporters: Lead: Ingrid and Tony Ross ’62 Longest Drive: Scott and Trish McCain

Hole in One: Merit Travel Paris Marine RBC Dominion Securities, Richard Dupuis

Closest to Hole: Ellwood Hamilton Bus Lines The Hunt Brothers


M&M Meat Shops


Mark’s Work Warehouse



CI Investments


John Easson ’49

Peterborough Golf & Curling Club

Fidelity Investments

Peterborough Volkswagon

The Foster Family

Royal & SunAlliance

Mapleridge Mechanical

Sports Equipment of Toronto Ltd.Steam

Oliver Murray

Specialty Sales Ltd.

RBC Dominion Securities Foundation

Stone Willow Inn

Royal Mutual Funds

The Chef Upstairs

Scotia McLeod

Dr. Bernie Uhlmann


University of Toronto Uvalux

Hole Sponsors:

Amsterdam Brewery/KLB

The Village Florist

Amsterdam Brewery/KLB

Paul Beesley


Cam Tran Co. Ltd.

Black Diamond

Wildfire Golf Course

Michael Dickinson, Royal LePage

Coach Canada

Wildrock Outfitters

The Garneys Family

Janet Corner

HD Supply Inc.

Richard Dupuis, RBC Dominion

Paul & Kris Hickey


To read about recent LCS events, news and view snapshots please visit our

IPC Investments, Stuart Thompson ’91

Green’s Greenhouse

website at, choose

Leon’s Furniture, Betsy & Tom Reburn

Happenstance Books & Yarn

NEWS/more news.

Murray Brothers Lumber

Tony Harris ’82

Peterborough Physiotherapy

HD Supply Inc.

Richardson Partners Financial Ltd.

Lakefield IGA

Stonescape Buckhorn Quarry

Leons Furniture Peterborough

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(Below) Golfers, Chris Patton ’44, Tony Ross ’62, Bob Langmuir ’46, Bruce Crickmore ’39, Peter Perry ’40

From The Archives Thank you to everyone who contributed to identifying the boys in the “Chapel Choir Picture” 1965 to 1966 in our last issue of the Grove News. Can you identify the missing names? Please contact Richard Johnston at rjohnston@lcs.on.cs or phone 705.652.3324 ext.343. Following are those who have been identified: 1.


16. Gregory Massie


31. Geoff Lee


10. James Wright II

17. Martin Procunier


32. Michael Sherriff

3. Rick Archbold

11. Robert Mackett

18. Phillip Carr-Harris

33. Shaun Jackson

4. Paul Eatson

12. Robert McKinley

19. Zimmerman?

26. Duncan Anderson or John Ryder

5. Kingsley Campbell



35. Peter Clarke II

6. James Hood

13. Stephen Prowse or Larry Dockstader?


28. Geoff Carr-Harris

7. Richard Orr



29. Angus Matthews



23. Tam Matthews

30. John McRae

34. Ray Ackerman

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A Helping Hand for At-Risk Youth: Scott Ross ‘95 The voice streaming down the fibre-optic cables

Scott explains that he found the climb relatively

from Fredericton is warm and friendly, and I have no

straightforward: “A previous trip to the Himalayas

difficulty conjuring up the face of a somewhat younger

showed that my genes allow me to adjust to lack of

Scott Ross as we speak. It’s always good to catch up

oxygen at high altitude. I’m very fortunate.” Even so,

with former students, and Scott seems to be doing

he says, the trip was a wonderful experience: “We

gratifyingly well on all sorts of fronts.

passed through five distinct climate zones within a

Married (his wife Kristin is a registered nurse) and with two daughters, Scott is up to his neck in a successful

relatively small area. And I can’t describe how kind and generous the people of Tanzania were to us.”

and highly diversified family business: “We’re involved

Scott’s interest in working with troubled youngsters

in commercial real estate, oceanfront property

was sparked when he worked with them in a provincial

development, hospitality—we have four restaurants—

park in New Brunswick. His subsequent experience

and coffee-roasting,” Scott tells me. While his father

with Outward Bound in Maine led him to start a

maintains some involvement in these ventures, he

tripping organization for young people who would

adds, he is gradually stepping aside and leaving the

otherwise be restricted to urban environments with

day-to-day operations to his son.

their easy and dangerous temptations. “But you can’t

While business success is a newsworthy thing in itself, it was Scott’s community work with at-risk youth that caught the attention of this magazine’s editor. Scott and the Ross family companies have been involved in this cause for many years, but a particular fundraising

write about this without stressing the impact that Lakefield had on my life,” said Scott. “It gave me a desire to give back to the community and help others. Lakefield was unquestionably the key turning point in my life.”

scheme in January and February of this year attracted

“The reason I feel so strongly about helping others—

regional and even national attention: Scott joined a

kids in particular—is the experience I had at Lakefield.

group of six other participants previously unknown

It was my teachers and peers there that gave me

to him to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, and

the confidence to pursue the issues that I feel are

in making the ascent—and reporting back daily—he

important with conviction.”

raised $85,000 for the charity, Partners for Youth.

Scott has a teaching degree, and he did indeed teach for

“I’ve wanted to climb Kilimanjaro since I was five

some while, but he never felt the passion for classroom-

or six,” says Scott. “And we’re always looking for

based teaching that he feels for outdoor tripping. “Our

interesting fundraisers for our work with at-risk youth.

program adds five new schools a year,” he tells me, “so

It’s a bonus if we find something that fits in with the

we’re reaching a lot of kids. I feel very good about what

kinds of challenges we set for the kids we work with.”

we’re doing.”


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Voluntourism on Wheels: Judy Morozuk ‘99 A bundle of energy, Judy Morozuk is already well on her

The strong focus on community service at LCS piqued

way to fulfilling many of her life’s dreams—and she can’t

Judy’s interest in service work. Her commitment

stop acknowledging Lakefield College School and the

to volunteerism evolved to “voluntourism,” a new

support she received there.

catchphrase blending, environmentalism, tourism,

“I think I could have become a troubled teen,” Judy says,

and volunteering.

“when my parents began looking into private schools.

Judy has traveled all over Japan, Cambodia, Thailand,

I needed something ... and when we visited Lakefield, I

China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Laos, and Papua New

said to my mom, ‘This is it—this is the school I want to

Guinea for a Habitat for Humanity Service Project.


In Japan, Judy wanted to support PEPY, an

Judy attended LCS for four years. The school’s focus on

organization built by two of her friends—Daniela Papi

community service had a profound impact on her. After

and Greta Arnquist—both Americans living in Japan.

graduating, Judy studied Business, Political Science, and

An anachronym coined for Protect the Earth, Protect

Communications at Sir Wilfrid Laurier University. She

Yourself, PEPY describes itself as “an educational

then accepted a position with JET, the Japan Exchange

organization with an environmental focus” striving

and Teaching Program ( where she

to bring education and sustainable development

was involved in training and development for JET

practices to rural Cambodia.

participants; chaired the Association of JETs in Shizuoka Prefecture; and gave talks on global awareness and volunteerism in public high schools.

Meanwhile, Judy had already started a small grassroots movement that combined her interest in fitness with her interest in helping people: a fundraiser that became known as The Judy Run. The first Judy Run took place in May 2005 in the small town of Shizuoka Prefecture where Judy lived, a few hours from Tokyo. Since the first run (which was followed by runs in 2006 and 2007), more than 175 people from all over Japan have participated in the event, raising a cumulative total of $18,000 US. “I was surprised to find that many Japanese people don’t understand the concept of charity as we know it,” states Judy. “‘Charity’ doesn’t exist as a word in Japan. I had to teach the idea first, then get people involved.” For Judy, this project was about bringing people together to support a great cause in a fun way. “People were ... inspired to learn that in simple ways, they really can make a difference as individuals.” Judy’s trajectory coincided with PEPY when she decided to support their 2005 initiative with the funds she raised. Then Judy—never before a bicyclist—signed on as the coordinator of the second annual PEPY

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Ride. And, in January 2007, she embarked on the trip of a lifetime. Accompanying Judy on a threeweek cycling trip across Cambodia were fifteen men and women from five countries. The 2007 PEPY Ride Team was selected from a long list of online applicants, and included avid cyclists and first-time riders, with a common interest in the challenge of touring the back roads of a developing country by bicycle. “The physical challenge of racing against the possibility of heatstroke in the afternoon sun (45° C) was extremely tough. My teammates, the striking Cambodian scenery, and the endless cheering from kids we passed by kept our pedals

come by their old school to show

returned home. Trent University

moving when we felt like giving

off their special bikes. They are so

boasts a strong residence program,

up ... .” During the three weeks,


and Judy will assume her new

the cyclists visited other NGOs, orphanages, community centres, and rural schools along the way.

PEPY has grown very fast since its inception two years ago. It has become a for-profit organization,

role as the Lady Eaton College Residence Life Coordinator. She will supervise six “Dons,” tapping into a love and passion for what

Cambodia was ripe for this type

offering cycling and volunteer

of project, as nothing like this had

she is doing that was sparked at

trips, with the profits going into

been done in the country, and the


the NGO. In the beginning,

need was so great. People living

the money raised by the Judy

“Twelve years later, I am still

in rural Cambodia understand

Run was donated to PEPY and

privileged because someone took

that the only way they can get out

used to purchase and deliver

a chance on me,” says Judy, “and, I

of the cycle of poverty is through

environmental educational

feel absolutely honoured ... In my

education. But many children

material to rural Cambodian

own way, I hope to pass on this

cannot attend school because the

schools. More recently, Judy Run

fortune to others.”

schools are just too far away. Enter

funds supported PEPY’s Road to

PEPY, with the idea of purchasing

Literacy Program, providing the

and delivering bicycles. Judy’s

salary for a school librarian, one

team fundraised for the first set of bicycles, to be presented to the class of graduating elementary

of few such positions in the entire country.

students at The PEPY Ride School:

While the Judy Run continues

“I’ve heard those students still

under new leadership, Judy has

If you are interested in getting involved in either the Judy Run or The PEPY Ride, visit www. or reach Judy at (Opposite and Above) Judy while on tour and local villagers in Cambodia

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Left: Emily Ames ’05 is the most stylish woman in Canada! (Photo taken at her 2005 LCS Formal). Emily won the Globe and Mail’s Most Stylish Canadian Contest. She is currently taking Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario. For the past three summers, she has hosted her own radio show called Hysteric Glamour. She also hosts a cable show, London Calling, throughout the school year.

Class News The 1980s Jim Ganley ’83 and his wife, Jillian Napier, have two children, Jack (4) and Jensa (2). They live on Vancouver Island where Jim teaches English and coaches rowing at Brentwood College School.

Paul Ganley ’88 teaches physical education at Bayview Glen School in Toronto and plans to be married next March to Danielle Vincent, a teacher at Holy Trinity School.

The 1990s Matthew Rivers ’92 is living in Bancroft, Ontario, with his wife

Michael Ganley ’86 is a journalist

where they run a driving school.

living in Yellowknife, NWT, with his wife, Belinda, and their three

John Ing ’94 is living in Markham,

children, Thomas (6), Megan

Ontario, with his wife Valerie and

(4), and Sarah (2). Mike edits the

their two children. He is a partner

magazine Canadian Diamonds and

at PSTG Consulting in Toronto, a

writes for Up Here. This summer he

global company with new offices

will board the icebreaker Louis St.

in Port of Spain, Trinidad and

Laurent for a voyage through the

Tobago. He would love to hear

Northwest Passage.

from other alumni who are in the field or are interested in it.

Tim Cormode ’88 has been named

Vancouver Island’s ‘Visionaries Under 40’ in the category of

Christina Cox ’96 received a

Philanthropy for his work with

Master’s Degree in Education from

Power to Be Adventure Therapy, a

Lesley University in Cambridge,

program to introduce youth at risk

MA. She resides in the Town of

or those living with disabilities

Weymouth, MA, with her husband

or serious illness to outdoor

(see Weddings) and is teaching

education opportunities.

at South Shore Educational Collaborative in Hingham, MA.

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Eric Siebert ’97 has launched

Adam Bishop ’04 worked with the

his own business, The Private

world-renowned tenor, Richard

Collection, a club for high-end car

Margison, at his summer opera

lovers. The club is fashioned after

camp in Haliburton in late August.

Club Sportiva (U.S.) and uses a

Margison sought Adam out after

toast Jon’s accomplishment after he

point system for booking the cars.

hearing about Adam from his

completed the Vancouver Marathon

teacher at Queen’s University,

Kara-Lynne Big Canoe ’99

and hosted Adam and his mother,

Below (L-R, Top to Bottom): Alumni Katie Hadden ’00, Kate Anthony ’00, Jon Hazell ’00, and Megan Walsh ’00

(May 2007). Kate is a now a Grade

Kim, in New York where Adam

3 teacher at Collingwood School,

performed for him in late April!

West Vancouver. Katie flew out from

accepted a position with Crawford,

Rosemary Ganley, LCS faculty,

Ontario and Megan came in to visit

McKenzie Barrister & Solicitor in

(1981-86) continues to lead youth

from Fernie, British Columbia.

Orillia, Ontario.

service-learning trips to Jamaica,

graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in June 2007. She has

The 2000s Jessica Arsenault-Thoem ’00 has

and has recently been elected to the national board of Amnesty International.

been accepted into the Master’s of Art, Department of Creative Arts Therapy program at Concordia University. She will be earning a Master’s in Creative Art Therapies: Specializing in Art Therapy. When finished, she will be a registered Art Therapist. This program is recognized internationally, and invited only 12 students this year. Colin Harper ’00 has launched his career as a reggae singer and has just released his first album. Listen to his new tracks at Brien Stelzer ’02 and Josh Turk ’03 have partnered together to develop a character-driven, situational comedy with beautiful girls. Visit RAYTELEVISION.COM Allie Caldwell ’03 is making documentary films and recently had one showing at the Travelling World Film Festival in Peterborough. Her subject is the Montreal branch of the Raging Grannies.

Grove News Spring /Summer 2007  | 33

Weddings In a small family ceremony, Geordie Dalglish ’89 and Swith Jennifer Bell were married on April 21, 2007, at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church In Toronto. (top) Christina Martha Gordon Cox ’96 and Jay Robert Kilduff were married June 10, 2006, at Scituate Harbour on Boston’s South Shore. Family and friends from Ontario, Massachusetts, New York City, Florida, and California attended the wedding. Christina’s LCS roommate Jennifer Pereira ’96 was also present. (second from top) Warren Jones ’88 and Denise Curry celebrated their wedding on June 15, 2007, at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club in Toronto. (third from top) Nicole Kettlewell ’97 married Jack Gawen on June 16, 2007, at Wildfire Golf Club in Lakefield. (bottom left)L-R: Joel Allen ‘01, Kristin Macintosh ‘98, Tiffany Sly ‘00, Sarah Sherfey (Leavens) ‘98, John Stelzer ‘00, Erin Thomson ‘98, Jack Gawen (groom), Nicole Kettlewell ’97 (bride), Amy Stanley ’98, Amanda Soder ‘98, Loranne Kettlewell ‘95, Lauren Allen ’02 Jenny McRae ’99 married Mark Cooper on June 23, 2007, at the University of Toronto, with a reception following at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club. (bottom right) Back Row L-R: Andrea Morris ‘99, Bill Morris ‘70, John McRae ‘70, Bill Stewart ‘70, Lindsay Gordon ‘70, Kingsley Campbell ‘70, Bob McRae ‘66, Jamie McRae ‘97, Sean Harris. Front Row L-R: Janie Smith, Duncan McRae ‘03, Gilly McRae ‘05, Jessie Sinden ‘99, A.J. Sainsbury ‘99, Cam McRae ‘01, Mark Cooper and Jenny McRae ‘99, Mike McRae ‘99, Sarah Freeman ‘05, Maggie McRae ‘03.

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Jen (Helsing) Cooper ’92 and baby Karsten

Kristin McKnight ’95 with baby Caleb

Alexis Smith

Jen (Helsing) Cooper ’92 and

Liz Irwin Harrison ’92 and her

Parker Conrad Ing to the family on

husband Geoff welcomed Karsten

husband David and son Toby

March 24, 2007.

on August 8, 2006.

welcomed baby Oliver to the


Caleb McKnight-Couture, son

family in April, 2007.

of Kristin McKnight ’95, was

Jane Victoria White was born on

born on November 24, 2006, in

March 15, 2007, to proud parents

Georgetown, Ontario.

Janine and Chris White ’90 and a

Scott Smith ’87 and Jill Taylor-

very excited big sister Kathleen.

Smith gave birth to Alexis Elli

Valerie and John Ing ’94 and big

Smith on February 16, 2007.

sister Madeleine (2), welcomed

Liz Irwin Harrison ’92 with Oliver

Kathleen and baby sister Jane White

Odinn Petur Young was born to LCS faculty member Sarah Young and husband Neil on April 10, 2007. Crown Prince Felipe ’85 and the Crown Princess Letizia celebrated the birth of their second child, Princess Sophia, on April 29, 2007.

Madeleine with baby Parker Ing

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Brennon and baby Addison O’Grady

Mairianna and Baby Lilah Ross

Kristeen McGowan with baby Jud

LCS faculty members, Ally and

of Gavin Mitchell Siebert, born at

Jim and Kristeen McGowan have

Peter O’Grady, and big brother,

North York General Hospital on

added a little (big) boy to the house

Brennon, welcomed Addison Irene

May 4, 2007.

—Judson Douglas (Jud) McGowan


on May 2, 2007.

Kristin and Scott Ross ‘95

Sarah and Eric Siebert ’97 are

welcomed Lilah Elisabeth on June

thrilled to announce the arrival

7, 2007, in Fredericton, NB.

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was born on June 21, 2007.

In Our Memories William Errington ’42 in

The Story of Allan Kirby ’71—Unique­; Inspirational!

October 2006. Brother-in-law

John Lawrence ’71

to John Tusting ’44. Brother to Joseph ’41 and the late

At LCS, Allan was a good student, a

Phillip ’42.

leader in cadets and active in many sports including football and rugby. We remember Allan as a true outdoorsman.

John “Bubs” Macrae ’33 in

We will vaguely remember a cowboy hat, a

Peterborough on February 27,

leather vest, and a walking stick. For Allan

2007. Husband of Gilly; brother to Morson ’30, Donald ’34; father of Bruce ’65, Ian ’66 ; grandfather to Kristin ’01; uncle of Jamie ’61.

at age 16, this was not a look, it was Allan being Allan.

March 3, 2007.

David Campbell Barber on March 11, 2007. Father of Michael ’73.

Edwards ’30 in Cobourg on March 26, 2007.

2007, in Windhoek, Africa.

Geoffrey D. Hull ’79 on July 21, 2007, brother of Andrew ’82

his own company, Wild Dog Safaris. By 2007, Allan had built it into the largest safari company in Namibia, with over 50 staff and over 30 vehicles. He was a tourism advisor to the Namibian government and led the development of local tourism education programs. He also became internationally known as one of the greatest bird experts in

quiet personal discipline. In retrospect,

southern Africa.

one might note that Allan was meticulous. everything he owned was kept neatly in its place—as if he was camping or on military manoeuvers. After leaving LCS, Allan studied History at Queen’s and then studied gun restoration in Colorado. He took a job in Johannesburg, restoring Boer War guns at

For his friends, this story was impressive, but not that surprising. He was the real Crocodile Dundee, always at home in the wild, born with a great personality, and continually perfecting his skills and discipline. When he was forty, he met a beautiful English girl on safari and they were married a year later. Elizabeth was his true life partner, enthusiastically using

After a few years in Johannesburg, Allan

her business training to manage their

decided to go on a safari. The safari

growing enterprise.

leaders were quite surprised to find a “tourist” who knew so much. Allan knew the geography of their trip, the history,

Allan Kirby ’71 on April 17,

(Southwest Africa) and eventually created

personal confidence, generosity, and

the South Africa National Museum.

George Slade “Bud”

a franchise safari operation in Namibia

We remember Allan’s friendliness,

He only owned what he needed, and

Douglas MacDonald ’35 on

moved up in the organization, opened

the animals and all the birds. It is not surprising that they offered him a job as a trip leader.

Tragically, in early April of this year, Allan died as a result of injuries in a vehicle accident near Windhoek. At his service in Windhoek, there was not enough room in the church to seat the 400 mourners. He had not only built a company but had

Allan had the skills and a great

won the love and respect of hundreds of

personality to be a success in this

friends in his new home.

business. Over the next years, he quickly

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Words for John “Bubs” Macrae ‘33

Dear Bubs: We have just come back from your memorial service in the chapel and heard the loving words recounting stories of you as a grandfather, dad, and husband. The service was inspiring and not surprisingly, the chapel was full. The hymns and prayers sounded like you in the old chapel, and how clearly my memories brought back my standing beside you. Your family spoke very well and most of us who were at the school during your tenure were in attendance. And throughout the service, the same recurring theme appeared: the importance of The Grove to you in your many connections with it. As a student, parent, old boy, governor, and teacher you were part of the school. But now I would like to set the record straight. You were so important to The Grove as well. I will take you back to the academic year of 1970-71 at the school. Senior Master Bill Rashleigh had just retired, Headmaster Jack Matthews was leaving to start a United World College in Victoria, and I had just been appointed a new, and very green Headmaster. Happily you were put in the position of Senior Master and were able to give confidence to a rather dubious Board of Governors who were a little surprised at the turn of events. They knew then, as I learned very quickly, that you were a person who could smell a problem before it became a real issue. You put out the fires before they became a genuine conflagration, and how fortunate I was to have your eyes, ears, and innate common sense to guide me in those early seventies.

every opportunity you seized as a vehicle for teaching. You were always keen to try the new changes that we implemented and would challenge the boys in every sphere, academically, physically, and morally. With your support, the prefect system disappeared, and we instituted the managerial model, as well as focussing more on an international outlook. You led by example, by being the true essence of a gentleman; as a veteran of the Navy in the Second World War, your experiences were invaluable in giving the boys a real insight into history and what leadership entailed. The November 11 service was a tough one for you, I know, but for the rest of us, it brought home the sacrifices so many Grove Boys had made. On the hockey rink you also made a mark, and I can remember how sad I was when you hung up your skates and decided no longer to play for the staff team. You said that the bruises and aches from the Tuesday games hadn’t disappeared by the following Monday, and the accumulated effect was just too great. You were so smooth on the ice, and Bob Armstrong loved to pass to you up the right wing because you could always pick it up. And I could go on, but space is limited. Perhaps the last line of that wonderful hymn Dear Lord and Father of Mankind which we sang at your memorial service best epitomizes the contributions you made to The Grove in my time: O still small voice of calm. Thank you, Bubs

Sincerely, Terry. Terry Guest, Headmaster 1971-1985

What is more, you never appeared to become flustered (although Gilly could probably tell the real story), and

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(Below) Gilly and Bubs Macrae ‘33,

Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2007 Fifth Row (Back): (L-R) Ahmed Elharram Jeff Smith Morgan Whittall Dan French Taylor Pace Caeleb Campbell Ian Ames Kevin Bark Philip Switalski Russell Braive Matt Sharpe Mike Sloan Mat MacLean Nick Pullen Andrew Carr Jason Evelyn Dylan McLeod Andrew Casson Johannes Siekmann Ian Walshe

Kevin Kim Anthony Heller

Fourth Row: (L-R) Gaelen Murray Joe Gold John Orr Warren Leung Jordan Detmers Jeremy Foster Ian Bingham Raymond Lam Justin Crawford Sean Munoz Nick Barbaro Greg Solterman Brent Craswell Sam Massie James Aldis Josh Pascoe Karl Patrontasch

Pelayo Gil-Abando Jaeger Robertson Marco Pellerey Alex McEwen McGregor Townley

Third Row: (L-R) Helen Honig Diana AnconaLezama Carly DeNure Larissa French Maggie Keating Andrea RamirezVazquez Nikola Simpson Jenny Lee Yuet Wai Tung Courtney Crampton Christine Forest Katrina van Laren

Alison Corner Emma Lashbrook Lauren James Courtney Cooper Cassi Hammett Riley Shier Miyu Matsumura Hilary Windrem

Second Row: (L-R) Jenn Hiley Courtney Druce Gea di Prisco Lisa Lienert Carole McLaren Georgia Gravel Katharina Richter Hannah Anglesey Ashley LaPlante Anthea Morse Mary Armstrong

Kim Vincent Emily Kerr Lara Hintelmann Rosalea Terry Lauren Stiles

First Row (Front): (L-R) Stephen Park Mojtaba Pakzad Kenman Wong Nicholas Ho Derrick Tam Shamar Byrd Brendan Batanghari Jason Church Richard Cohen Ricky Gonzalez Matthew Bentley Shaheer Sanuri David He Thomas Ho

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Spring/Summer 2007