Grove News Fall/Winter 2008
Calendar of Events 2008 For details please refer to our school calendar at www.lcs.on.ca, click NEWS
London Pub Night
Grove Society Meeting & Luncheon (LCS) 3
Grove Society Pot Luck Luncheon
Edmonton Meet & Greet
Grade 8 Graduation Dinner
Calgary Meet & Greet
1960s Decade Reunion
Closing Grade 12 Graduation Dinner
Grove Golf Tournament
may Class Reps Workshop (Toronto) Toronto Pub Night
Grove Society Annual General Meeting
Fall Fair & Home to the Grove Reunion
Save the Date: The Haddens’ Retirement Celebration
Trustees 2007-2008 Board Chair
Peter Dunn ’62
Howard Hickman ’60
John McRae ’70
Murray Sinclair ‘79
John Ryder ‘77
Andrew Durnford ’85
Tim Hyde ’76
Past Chair Jock Fleming ’74
Michael Eatson ’83
James Hyslop ’85
Scott Smith ’87
William Morris ’70
Amanda Soder ’98
Bishop George Elliot
Warren Jones ’88
Anil Patel ‘93
Romina Fontana ’94
Stuart Thompson ’91
Bill Gastle ’68
Travis Price ’85
Tim Ward ’62
Nicholas Lewis ’77
Tony Pullen ’63
Gordon Webb ’72
James (Kim) Little ’53
Chris White ’90
Sean Quinn ’82
Jamie White ’79
Kevin Malone ’77
Douglas Rishor ’57
HRH Duke of York ’78
Tim Heeney ‘83
James Matthews ’58
John K. Hepburn ’68
Cindy AtkinsonBarnett Nicole Bendaly ’93 David Bignell Walter Blackwell ’56 Marilynn Booth Scott Campbell Brian Carter* Andrew Clarke ’85 Jack Curtin Susan DeNure
Directors in Bold * Honorary Alumni
(Front Cover) L-R: Grade 8 students Jacob Slobodian, Muaz Elharram, Nathalie Jennings, Nayna Maini, Cody McMahon, and Nora Hickey pose in an antique wagon at Northcote Farm in celebration of the wonderful gift of the property, made possible through the generosity of Donald Ross ’48 and the Gastle family.
Editorial Malcolm Johnston ’02 It was Grade 9, and my classmate had received an email from Mr. Hadden applauding his recent successes
a teacher,” writes Miller. “I always wished that he understood the impact he had on my life, and those of my peers.”
on the school soccer team. Naturally, the friend felt
Simply put, something special exists between staff
that such an email was best enjoyed publicly rather
and students at LCS—a relationship that is founded on
than privately, so he passed it along to a few of us in
mutual respect, friendship, and positive influence. It
good-natured, boastful fashion. Such a cheeky action
is this unique relationship that Richard Life identifies
deserved an equally cheeky reaction, so by way of the
in the school’s twelve-point response to its successful
‘Reply’ button, I typed out a sarcastic congratulations
review by the Canadian Education Standards Institute
(that may have included words not usually heard in
(p.6). Importantly, point two states, “Lakefield affirms
Chapel) and sent it to the friend.
its ‘relaxed and flexible’ school culture, with its
The unfortunate part was that the school’s email system in those days—Pegasus, if I remember
emphasis on ‘learning through relationships.’” Lucky for me.
correctly—did not work as email tends to now: specifically, clicking “Reply To” directed the reply to
I would not describe Mr. Hadden’s face as beet red that
the original sender, not the original recipient. That
afternoon in his office—probably more of a cherry
is, my somewhat earthy reply bypassed my friend
or tomato shade. As it turns out, headmasters don’t
and went directly to Mr. Hadden, Head of School and
take kindly to receiving irreverent emails from their
Seriously Intimidating Man. What’s more, I forgot to
students. Still, despite his obvious displeasure, I could
include a salutation to the email, meaning Mr. Hadden
tell that Mr. Hadden understood exactly what had
would think the email was intended for him.
happened, that the email was inadvertent, that I had meant no harm, and that I would most certainly learn
In reading this latest issue of the Grove News, I found
from my mistake. Underneath his substantial fury, I
this indelible memory coming to mind time and again.
could sense a wink and a reassuring smile, saying “It’s
The recollection was perhaps most pronounced upon
okay, kid. Just don’t ever do it again.”
reading David Hadden’s Christmas Greetings speech to the Grove Society (p.ii). In it, Mr. Hadden recounts
With the retirement of David Hadden, Lakefield
his first visit to the school 23 years ago as a candidate
moves into a new phase. But the special relationships
for the position of headmaster. He was struck by the
that existed before—and, evidently, during—his
unique interaction between teacher John Milligan
remarkable time at the school will remain as the school
and a student. “Immediately,” Hadden writes, “the
opens a new chapter. The face of things may change,
quality of their relationship seemed different from the
but the essence of Lakefield—its relationships—will
relationships I shared with my students at UCC. Their
undoubtedly continue as Lakefield warmly welcomes
interactions seemed so—for lack of a better term—
its eighth Head of School, David Thompson.
familiar.” The contribution by David Miller ’77, mayor of Toronto, tells a similar story. On hearing of the death of Richard
After backpacking through Europe on the British
Hayman, Miller wrote to Hayman’s adult children,
Alumni Travelling Scholarship, Malcolm completed an
Coryn ’92 and Patrick ’94, sharing their father’s lasting
honours degree in English and History at Trinity College,
effect on Miller as a student and graduate (p.36). “I
University of Toronto. In August of 2007, he entered the
know that to many Lakefield graduates, particularly
working world as project manager at ManchesterCF, a
those of my era, Richard felt more like a friend than
financial crime risk management firm based in Toronto.
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First Impressions Remain True David Hadden, Head of School From “Christmas Greetings” to the Grove Society, 2007
Bob Armstrong, then director of athletics, proudly informed me, “At Lakefield, a student’s breach of trust and accountability for it never interferes with their
My love affair with Lakefield began on the day of my
participation in practices or games. At Lakefield,
first tour here, before I was even appointed Head of
we take a broader approach to education than other
School. Part of the search process, back then, included
a tour of the school for the three finalists.
Richard Hayman, the Senior Master, talked
Susan and I came up for the day; we ate hard-to-
passionately about Lakefield being “a renaissance
manage tortillas at a table seemingly filled with
school where the students coming off the playing field
entitled senior boys who delighted in peppering us
were the same ones involved in school plays ... and
with all sorts of questions.
Two students toured us around the school and I met
John Milligan, the director of academics, wholesomely
one-on-one with several key faculty members, among
asserted that “academics should not compromise other
them heavyweights John Milligan, Richard Hayman,
important extracurricular responsibilities.”
and Bob Armstrong. Despite the “tired” state of the campus back then, the two students who toured us, seemingly to every nook and cranny, could not have been more proud of their school.
Towards the end of my meeting with John Milligan, a student politely knocked on the door. Immediately, the quality of their relationship seemed different from the relationships I shared with my students at UCC. Their interactions seemed so—for lack of a better term – familiar. I was bowled over when the student said, “Sir,
At the end of the tour, we visited one of their bedrooms
you have us for Math now and you’re 10 minutes late.
in the basement of Wadsworth House. The state of the
What would you like us to do?” At UCC, they would
room, shall we say, “left something to be desired.” It
have been gone after six.
accommodated four students in a room that would accommodate two today ... paint peeling off barren walls ... dishevelled clothes strewn everywhere. Incredibly, when we opened the door to this student’s
The pride of place of students and staff, the nature and quality of their relationships together, and the broad understanding and commitment that an education at Lakefield was far more than academics, captivated me.
room, he exclaimed unconditionally, eyes gleaming,
Driving home at the end of the day, I went from “having
proud as a peacock, “And this is where I live.” I thought
my hat in the ring ... what will be will be” to desperately
at the time, there’s gotta be a pony in here somewhere.
wanting this job.
The love these students shared for their school was
The very characteristics that attracted Susan and me to
overwhelming. It seemed, as we toured around, they
Lakefield, in the first place, are the same ones that have
knew everybody; everyone was so friendly and happy.
created our greatest source of joy and pride; the same
Their pride of place was thoroughly heartening. The
ones that have sustained us over our time here; the
same was true of my individual meetings with Masters
same ones that I know will be sustained after we leave.
Hayman, Milligan, and Armstrong. Each of them championed Lakefield’s holistic approach to education.
May our long-standing values always direct and reflect the essence of what is distinctly Lakefield.
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May we always take a truly holistic approach to
them in a personal way that invites them into our lives
education in an environment that is unpretentious,
in some meaningful relationship.
down to earth, and values-driven.
We know that our relationships with our students
May we do so in a manner that truly empowers our
are best established when we demonstrate a genuine
students, encouraging them to authentically be
interest in their lives, when they see us uplifted
by their accomplishments, when we share their
May we always understand that, at its core, Lakefield is all about the establishment of caring and committed
disappointment for their losses and failures, when we become emotionally connected to them.
relationships amongst our students and between them
One of my favourite stories to help illustrate the level of
and the faculty.
commitment we make to our students comes from the
For those of us who have had the pleasure of living
Talmud. It is a story about a king and his son.
and/or working here for some time, this much we know
As the story goes, they loved each other very much
to be true.
but they could not get along. So the son left home and
We know that it is our connection with our students that is our most important link to their effective learning.
went far away. After a while, word came back that the son was not doing well. The king sent a message to the prince and said, “Come home.” But the prince was too proud. He sent a message back to his father, “I cannot.”
We know that the establishment of relationships is
Then the king sent another message saying, “Just turn
based on trust.
around and come as far as you can. I will meet you wherever you are.”
We know that trust is our most important value. May we always meet our students wherever they are We know that we nurture trust by actively seeking out
with the knowledge that they truly belong here and are
and reacting to our students’ suggestions and opinions,
accepted by us.
by being open and honest and authentic with them, by believing and having faith in them, by investing in
(Below) David Hadden joins the troops at the French Café during the Grade 10 WWI Reenactment
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Hit the Ground Running The LCS Community is pleased to welcome John Ryder ’77 to his new role as Chair of the Lakefield College School Board of Directors. John joined LCS as a student in 1970, although as the great grandson of Dr. Alexander Mackenzie, and the son of Tom Ryder ’53, he was already quite familiar with The Grove. John and his wife, Lily Harmer, have two sons, Matthew (Grade 12) and Graeme, and a daughter, Jordan. John served on the Alumni Executive from 1982 to 1991, is Past President of the Alumni Association, and was an ex-officio member of the Board of Governors from 1989 to 1990.
John Ryder ’77, Chair of the Board The past year, like so many, has been an active year in just about every aspect of life at Lakefield College School. The most prominent event was the announcement of David Hadden’s retirement following 23 remarkable years as our Head of School. In the months ahead, we will have the opportunity to celebrate the “Hadden Years” and the wonderful contributions that David and Susan have made to our school and its students. The Student Recreation Centre construction is proceeding on budget and we are eagerly anticipating its opening in the fall of this year. With this project, the school has firmly embraced environmental sustainability with the inclusion of “green” design and materials, as well as geothermal technology. In addition, significant contributions to the Foundation’s endowment will ensure the continued strength of the school and its programs. These are just a few of the many achievements of 2007. As an alumnus and parent of a current student, one has a strong sense of the spirit and community in this place that we call The Grove. This has perhaps never been as apparent as over the past six months when I, along with
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the other seven members of the search committee, had the privilege to serve our school in selecting our new Head of School and CEO of the Foundation. We are thrilled that David Thompson has accepted our offer to fill these positions and we look forward to his return to LCS along with his wife Jennifer and two boys, Matthew and John. What was most invigorating during the search process was the great enthusiasm from The Grove community and the sense of unity around balancing the themes of “progress and evolution” with “tradition and continuity.” This is not a school nor a community that is content with the status quo; rather it is a community that has great passion and engagement. It is a community that is excited about its future while fiercely proud of its past. As we fondly reflect on an era in Lakefield’s storied history, the Board and Trustees look forward to embracing the change of leadership, while maintaining the spirit and traditions of LCS. Stepping into the large shoes left by our previous Chair, Jock Fleming ’74, I am energized about the future of our beloved school. (Below) John Ryder, front center, with the Lakefield College School Trustees, October 2007
Welcome David Thompson and Family! The Lakefield College School Board of Directors and
develop a broader perspective on global matters and
the Lakefield College School Foundation are pleased
to announce the appointment of David A. Thompson as the new Head of School and CEO of the LCS Foundation. Mr. Thompson’s appointment as Head of School is effective July 1, 2008; he will assume his role with the Foundation one year later, on July 1, 2009. Mr. Thompson is currently the principal of Greenwood College School in Toronto. He will bring to Lakefield College School 30 years of related experience in independent schools and a deep passion for
“Lakefield is a very special place and I feel honoured and privileged to be appointed as its Head of School,” Mr. Thompson says. ���My family has had a fond association with The Grove for over 30 years and we are looking forward to coming home.” The school extends a warm welcome to Mr. Thompson and his wife Jennifer, their two sons John and Matthew, and their yellow Labrador Retriever, Morrissey.
challenging, guiding, and nurturing young people in their educational and co-curricular pursuits. Both schools are recognized for their commitment to the community, extensive outdoor education programs, staff development initiatives, and the support they offer all students through their academic enrichment programs. Mr. Thompson’s academic credentials include a B.A. in History from Trent University, a B.Ed. from Queen’s University, and an LL.B. from the University of Windsor. During his early career, he held positions as a teacher and housemaster at two Ontario independent schools (including Lakefield College School) and was the Director of the Norval Outdoor School at Upper Canada College. After completing his law degree in 1987, he worked for seven years in corporate, commercial, and environmental law. In 1994, Mr. Thompson became Director of Academics and Guidance at Crescent School and in 2000 was appointed Assistant Head of the Upper School at Upper Canada College. Lakefield College School is pleased to have found a visionary leader whose values and principles align so closely with those of the school. Mr. Thompson is an outdoor enthusiast and has led numerous canoe and hiking trips in Canada’s north. He believes strongly in education through experience and that students who participate in activities beyond the classroom will
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The Undefinable Grove
Lakefield’s 12-Point Response to CESI
Creating Intellectual Challenge—LCS Advancement Placement Courses
Taking a GAP Year
Running Rapids—A History of the Canoe at Lakefield College School
Over 20 Years at The Grove and Lovin’ It
Like No Other: Donald Ross ’48
Enhanced Portal Pages Now on the LCS Website
Running and Reading: Romina Tina Fontana ’94
Class News (Weddings, Births)
In Our Memories
He Was an Inspiration and a Friend (Tribute to Richard Hayman)
The Energy and Wisdom of Jack Matthews
Editor: Tracey Blodgett; Layout & Design and Copy Editor: Christine Vogel; Contributing Editor: Malcolm Johnston ‘02; Editorial Committee: Jeanne Armstrong, Heather Avery, David Hadden, Richard Johnston, Richard Life, Sarah McMahon, Tom Milburn, and Lisa Clarke. Contributing Photographer: Simon Spivey. Please address correspondence to the Communications and Constituent Relations Office: Lakefield College School, Lakefield, ON, K0L 2H0 705.652.3324 email@example.com
(Opposite) Front to back: Grade 9 nordic skiers, Jesse Anglesey and Paige Mackey. (Above) The Grade 7 class.
School Highlights Concerned with Climate Change
Gold for T1 Boys Soccer
The Grade 8 class has joined schools in Brazil and
Lakefield College School was victorious in November,
Mozambique in an international online conference
as the T1 Boys Soccer Team won its first-ever CISAA
program called Fire and Ice for a student climate
championship. Coach Chris Bocking credits the
change project . This program, made possible by
shutout earned by Jake Exton (Grade 11) as LCS
Elluminate Inc., gives students an opportunity to
blanked Country Day School 2-0 on goals by Chris
share and discuss their concerns about climate change
Horton (Grade 12) and Felix Kommoss (Grade 11).
through internet conferencing. Students have explored
The victory ended the season for the 20 eager players,
specific tragic outcomes of climate change in their
who compiled an impressive 8-1-1 (won-lost-tied)
region, brainstormed projects that they could initiate, and reported back on the projects they started.
record during the regular season. Almost as exciting as the championship win was finishing second in a
“Think globally and act locally” is the inspiration
tournament behind Ridley College, a T1-A school.
behind the student discussions. The Grade 8 class
(Opposite - Middle) The T1 Boys Soccer Team in a victory pose as the CISAA Gold Medal champions.
presented their ideas to reduce automobile idling on campus as a means to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions. They also shared some information about the exciting geothermal heat projects in the new
On Saturday, January 26, the LCS community gathered
Student Recreation Centre. Our international friends
in the Bryan Jones Theatre to enjoy an evening of
shared their ideas including horticultural education
live entertainment starring members of the LCS
and soil enrichment/planting programs, and garbage/
community. The concert, a spirit event organized by
litter clean-up as a means of disease reduction.
Kane Miller (Grade 12), featured Kane’s bandmates
(Opposite-Top Left) Front to Back: Grade 8 students Nikki Gosselin, Rob Thompson, and Nora Hickey conferencing online.
Cody McMahon (Grade 8), Sarah Griggs (Grade 11), and faculty member John Kraus. Cody played several drum solos to get the crowd excited.
Sailor Greg Douglas Competes in Australia
Brodie Robbins (Grade 12) later joined fellow
Greg Douglas (Grade 12) competed in the 2008 World
bandmates Sarah Griggs and Steph Hodgins (Grade
Laser Competition, Standard Championship in
12) to perform a collection of their own songs. Joined
February in Terrigal, Australia. Entry to the Standard
by Felix Kommoss (Grade 11) and Joe Corner (Grade
race is limited to 150 of the best Olympic-level Laser
12), the band rocked the theatre. The atmosphere was
sailors in the world. Approximately 60 countries
also inspired by lighting arranged by Mike Wilson ’06.
were represented, with many competitors seeking to
Faculty member Alison McElwain also contributed her
qualify for the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Competing for
staging expertise for the event.
Barbados, Greg had an impressive showing, finishing 11th out of 53 in the bronze fleet. (Opposite - Top Right) Greg Douglas posing with Lily Dash as winners of the Westwood Sailing Cup at last year’s Regatta Day
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(Opposite - Bottom) L-R: Sarah Griggs, John Kraus, Kane Miller. Photo by Derek Shin (Grade 10)
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The Undefinable Grove Lakefield College School is not a building. It is not
‘What is REAL?’ asked the Rabbit one day, when they
a beautiful campus. It is not the canoes or the lake
were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before
or the rink or even the trails or the forest. When we
Nana came to tidy the room. ‘Does it mean having
allude to the “Lakefield Difference” what we are really
things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?’
talking about is the spirit, not of a place or a time, but of a common belief in something that has survived
‘Real isn’t how you are made,’ said the Skin Horse. ‘It’s a
two world wars, the Depression, and a myriad of
thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a
changes that have spanned two centuries. We
long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves
sometimes laugh about it, often struggle to define it,
you, then you become Real.’
but always fear losing it. I have always loved the Trustees’ Dinner but I have never quite understood why. On the surface it has a lot of things going for it. It is one of the few times where I get to wear my suit and have at least some people think that this is something that I wear regularly. The Haddens’ reception prior to dinner is second to none
‘Does it hurt?’ asked the Rabbit. ‘Sometimes,’ said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. ‘When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.’ “‘Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,’ he asked, ‘or bit by bit?’
and of course the dinner always leaves me stunned.
‘It doesn’t happen all at once,’ said the Skin Horse.
For some inexplicable reason, I love the speeches
‘You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t
given by people about old friends and times past that I
happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp
have not been privy to. This past October I understood
edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the
why. I think every October I bear witness to a thinning
time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off,
of time, an evening where people remember who they
and your eyes drop out and you get loose in your joints
once were and what the school meant and, above all,
and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all,
what the school still means.
because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to
I am quite certain that I cannot define the Lakefield
people who don’t understand.’
spirit, but on most days I get to see it in action. It is
LCS has never been defined by its buildings, lake, or
reflected in Mr. McGowan’s taking the boys’ skates
beautiful campus, but by those people who believe
to get sharpened in Peterborough on a Friday night
that being a student, a teacher, a parent or a trustee, is
for a Saturday game. It is reflected in the number of
to be part of something real, something that matters.
staff who attend most games and see every play—not because they have to be there or even because they
should be there but, profoundly, because they want to be there. Every year I find a reason to read The Velveteen Rabbit to my students and as LCS undergoes significant change I am reminded of the following passage: 4 | Grove News Fall/Winter 2008
(Opposite) LCS students exchange notes of friendship on Valentine’s Day
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Lakefield’s 12-Point Response to CESI Richard Life, Associate Head of School The Canadian Educational Standards Institute (CESI) is the accrediting body of Canadian independent schools. Lakefield completed its CESI evaluation in May 2007. A team of educators from independent schools and from Trent and York Universities spent four days meeting with LCS students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and trustees, in order to formulate recommendations to help us to improve our school.
make constructive criticisms of
7 and 8, additional help for teachers
the school, they are fine points
with IT integration, and joining the
or nuances ...” The committee
CESI National Tracking Project for
endorsed Lakefield’s plans to
Graduates. Finally, the committee
make improvements to the areas
identified in our self-evaluation:
Lakefield’s commitment to
the advisor system, student
learning support and differentiated
support and remediation in
instruction, through the Learning
mathematics and organizational
skills, integration of international students, food services, and environmental sustainability. The committee also made a number of recommendations upon which the school took immediate action this past fall: the clarification of
The conclusions of the visiting
the administrative organization
committee were extremely positive.
chart, the implementation of
The committee concluded that,
a “lockdown” procedure, the
“in so far as [the committee] could
integration of curriculum in Grades
LCS students celebrate their love of the school with cheers during orientation week.
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In the explanation to CESI of our educational philosophy (published in the Fall/Winter 2007 Grove News), we stated that “it is Lakefield’s philosophy that if playing first team sports, or being in a school play, or spending three weeks on a service project in the third world costs a student 1% or 2% on his or her academic average, the cost is worth the benefits of the
experience—many times over!” We
point response to CESI. The
program, including the concomitant
also emphasized the intentionality
following “points of principle” will
expansion of the school’s science
of our relaxed environment and
inform Lakefield’s short-term and
facilities with a particular emphasis
concluded that “Lakefield provides a
long-term planning. Over the next
on life sciences and bio-technology.
safe and loving environment which
several years: 8) Lakefield commits to orientation
... helps young people to learn about themselves, to find their own soul
1) Lakefield affirms its mission to
programs to help international
and to follow their own heart.”
provide a wide range of challenges
students adjust to the Canadian
and support to enable students to
The CESI visiting committee
grow as whole people. 9) Lakefield commits to expanding
challenged Lakefield to reflect upon our chosen balance between
2) Lakefield affirms its “relaxed
the range of services provided
academic and co-curricular
and flexible” school culture, with
to students who live outside the
programs. As well the visiting
its emphasis on “learning through
Montreal, Ottawa, and Windsor
committee urged us to consider
corridor (e.g. long weekend
the balance between affirming the individual and asserting community values in the Chapel Program in general and in Chapel Talks in particular. This challenge to our school culture was daunting, but ultimately valuable. Lakefield responded by bringing these issues before a meeting of the school’s trustees and students. On Saturday, October 28, students and trustees met in small groups and in a summary forum to discuss the important philosophical issues presented by CESI. The conclusions of these discussions were firmly in support of Lakefield’s philosophy, but the process helped
3) Lakefield affirms the value for Lakefield students of co-curricular
10) Lakefield commits to the
programs, including athletics,
provision of high-quality food
performance arts, expeditions, and
services, including healthy options
local and international community
to serve a wide range of tastes, and a
renovated dining hall with modern
4) Lakefield affirms the value of
11) Lakefield commits to an
provide differentiated instruction
inclusive, student-centred Chapel
and learning support for all
program, which emphasizes
Lakefield students (items 5 to 8).
universal values within the context
5) Lakefield commits to reducing
of the school’s Anglican affiliation.
the ratio of student advisees per
12) Lakefield commits to making
faculty advisor, and to ongoing
environmental sustainability a core
professional development for faculty
principle of its strategic planning.
advisors. 6) Lakefield commits to a
how different people interpret the
structured, intentional approach
words and ideas.
to the development of core
trustee discussions, plus input
preparation and service facilities.
the Learning Commons Program to
to bring a better understanding of
As a result of these student/
academic skills, including language, mathematics, and organization.
The CESI evaluation has been extremely valuable for the school. Lakefield is pleased to be an accredited member of CESI, but it is even prouder of its continuing commitment to an open and
from a committee of faculty, plus a
7) Lakefield commits to re-
reflective approach to making the
thorough review by management,
enforcing and expanding the
school a better place of learning for
Lakefield has developed a twelve-
Advanced Placement academic
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Creating Intellectual Challenge LCS Advanced Placement Courses It is 3:30 on a Friday afternoon, the
subjects, and ultimately, provided
students in 491 schools across the
second week of May. Outside, there
they do well on the exam, to earn
nation participated in the spring
is laughter and the buzz of activity
a university credit. It is also a time
testing. AP programs are growing
as coaches and players heading for
for these students to celebrate
at a phenomenal rate: the number
playing fields and the waterfront
the completion of a rich, rigorous
of participating schools and
joke with one another, grateful for
educational opportunity that
students in Canada has increased
warm weather and a sunny day.
will have prepared them well
by 30% in just five years, with
Inside one room in the classroom
for the challenges of university
British Columbia, Alberta, and
block, however, students still sit
Ontario leading the charge.
The LCS students from Grades 11
Currently, LCS offers six AP
and 12 who are writing exams have
courses: French, European
all completed Advanced Placement
History, Calculus, Geography,
courses, courses with an approved
English Literature, and Biology,
For these students—an increasing
and audited curriculum that are
and is contemplating the addition
number at LCS—May marks
equivalent to a first-year university
of both Chemistry and English
not only the beginning of
course. The Advanced Placement
Language to its program. Each
Camp Lakefield, but also the
program today offers 37 courses
course offers unique opportunities
commencement of the Advanced
and exams across 22 subject areas.
in learning: more analysis, more
Placement (AP) exam period. It is a
In 2007, over one million students
depth and detail in content, more
time to display their knowledge of
worldwide wrote at least one AP
writing and problem-solving, more
and academic ability in particular
exam: in Canada, almost 13,000
row on row in absorbed silence, the only sound the occasional scratching of pencil on paper or the turn of a page.
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Lakefield College School has
on a particular exam. LCS grads
pace of each course is faster, but
been involved in the AP Program
love the flexibility the extra credits
the students enrolled in our AP
for many years, but renewed its
offer them. Katharine Rogers ’04,
courses are more than ready for
commitment to the program in
for example, was able to lighten her
accelerated learning. LCS has also
2006, viewing the courses as a
fourth-year university workload
introduced “AP Prep” courses—
means of providing intellectual
considerably by “cashing in” the
sections of Grade 11 courses in
enrichment and challenge for
two additional credits she earned
English, Math, and Biology that
academically strong students, and
for her high scores on her English
begin students on the AP path,
of preparing students solidly for
Literature and European History
allowing them to cover additional,
university study. It was a sound
exams. Students can also be
more challenging content, as well
decision, backed up by some
permitted to skip introductory
as the regular Ontario curriculum.
recent research, including a study
courses in certain subjects based
It is too early to predict the effect
by Hargrove et al. (2007) which
on AP scores; hence Courtney
of this extra preparation (the first
followed the university experience
Cooper ’07 was permitted to
set of Grade 11 AP Prep students
of five cohorts of Texan high school
enrol in a more interesting and
will not have their AP exam results
graduates. The study established
challenging second-year university
until mid-summer of 2008), but
that students who had taken one
English Literature course at
the early response from LCS
or more AP courses and exams,
Georgetown University, based on
teachers has been enthusiastic:
and students who had taken one
her AP English Literature exam
students entering the Grade 12 AP
or more AP courses but no exams,
courses are now more ready for
significantly outperformed nonAP participants on all college outcomes in all years, after statistically controlling for SAT
For students applying to universities outside of Canada, AP
the rigorous course of study, and eagerly step up to the challenges it offers them.
courses and exams offer a means
score and economic status. In
of competing successfully on the
Will there come a time at LCS when
other words, the challenges offered
international college market. Given
there are more students writing AP
by the approach and content of
the wide variety of grading systems
exams in May than making their
AP courses—more close readings
and curricula among provinces
way to afternoon sports sessions?
in English, more use of primary
and countries, AP scores serve as a
documents in History, more labs in
reliable indicator for international
Biology, and tougher problems in
universities of academic potential.
Calculus—are in and of themselves
Many American colleges place
useful as preparation for university
a premium on an AP course of
study; UK universities such as Cambridge look favourably upon
Probably not. The high value placed by LCS on the education of the whole student and the value of co-curriculars in that education will always serve to ensure that our students do not follow the current (and much criticized) American trend of trying to complete as
A high score on the AP exam,
Canadian applicants who present
moreover, can also be very helpful
many AP credits as possible. But
AP qualifications with outstanding
to our LCS grads at university.
for our students who would like a
challenge, the AP program is there
The AP exams are scored out of 5, and many Canadian universities
Do students find the courses
will award a university credit to a
harder than the regular LCS
student who scores a 4 or higher
offerings? Yes … and no. The
to allow them to push themselves to be the best they can be. DR. HEATHER AVERY
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Taking a Year Once upon a time, the main question facing Lakefield
both in Australia, and Carole McLaren to Regent
students in their final year of high school was: which
School in Thailand.
university should I go to?
“My job is based in the boarding house, and in the
Now, it’s a whole new world, and a new word, too. That
junior school I work on reading recovery and literacy
word is “gap.”
skills,” says Hannah. “The school is great and I really
The idea of “taking a gap year” is becoming an increasingly attractive option for Lakefield students. While once the number of students who didn’t proceed directly to post-secondary education could be counted
like it here,” she adds, of the school where she spent an exchange term several years ago. Like many students in similar situations, Hannah loves being able to travel at break times.
on one hand, in more recent years, 10 to 15 students
Carole is enthusiastic about the gap opportunity,
each year decide to “take a year off.”
even though she’s far away from home. “It’s pretty
The tradition of “taking a gap” has come to these shores from Great Britain, where this is a common practice
overwhelming sometimes to be so far away from my family and friends, but I’m enjoying life here a lot.”
for “school leavers.” Student culture in North America
Another popular vehicle for students taking gap years
has been slower to adapt to the practice, but the gap
is the British Alumni Travelling Scholarship (BATS),
year is becoming big business. Many companies and
awarded to a graduating student to help support him or
programs vie to arrange gap year experiences for
her while working and travelling in Britain and Europe.
All winners benefit from being able to stay with Dr.
Many Lakefield grads have found success through LCS-related activities. Three 2007 grads have travelled
Tim Ward ’62 and his family for several weeks before venturing out into living in London on their own.
abroad to work as residential and program assistants at
“They were really welcoming and so nice,” reports
Round Square schools: Hannah Anglesey to Ballarat
Helen Honig ’07, this year’s BATS recipient. Helen
Grammar School and Nick Barbaro to Armidale School,
worked in the famed department store Harrod’s. “It’s
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just such a London thing to do!” For the balance of her
Especially as a young woman, it really is daunting to be
time in 2008, she will travel through Europe.
in a major city on your own.”
Most BATS winners, like other gap year participants,
The top concern for most parents—or at least in second
report that the feeling of independence gained from
position, after worrying about the well being of their
travelling, and meeting so many different people,
children—is the question of making the transition back
leaves an indelible mark.
“I have a better perception of Europe and its many
As gap years have become more common, most
diverse cultures and I know exactly what kind of
Canadian universities are willing to grant deferrals
person I hope to become in this world,” says Bianca
of acceptance for a gap year, recognizing the benefits
Bell, the 2006 BATS recipient. “As I am slowly figuring
of the experience. Some competitive programs tell
out my role as a citizen of this world, I have come to
students they must re-apply, though.
realize that being travelled is an invaluable asset.”
The vast majority of students do in fact come back
Many students find the experience of living
to school, though, almost always enriched by the
independently, working and travelling for a year to
be significant later in life. Lindsey Hepburn ’02 is now the co-ordinator of travelling mission groups for the Presbyterian Church of Canada, doing logistical planning and intercultural facilitation. “All of my young years as a traveller have made their way to a very practical vocation,” she says. Of course, it’s not all easy. As one Lakefield grad notes, “the biggest challenge was being lonely for the first little while. The world is not like a Jack Kerouac novel!
In the end, the important thing to remember about gap years is that the experience is totally unique to each individual. What’s right for one person is not necessarily right for all! TOM MILBURN (Opposite) Peter Reid ‘06—on the beaches of Dieppe, France— took a GAP year and combined many experiences, including work and travel, in Canada and Europe. (Below) Fiona McNestry ‘06—in Beaune (wine country) France—met up with both Peter and Bianca Bell ‘06 at various points while away on her GAP year.
I push myself forward, Past my comfort zone, Past my boundaries. I paddle up stream, And down stream, Rain, and sun. Nothing stops me From pushing the boundaries. I paddle to my escape, Escape from structure, Escape from life. Canoeing is my freedom, And it lets me loose. JAMES MCDONALD, GRADE 9
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Running Rapids A History of the Canoe at Lakefield College School
We can never truly predict the
manufacturers, including the
Sheldrake. “Long before there was
direction of our journey, despite
Thomas Gordon and Strickland
much sense of a Canadian identity,”
a paddle, map, and compass.
Canoe Companies (which merged
wrote John Morgan Gray ’23, “Dr.
Rather, it is the valiant moose,
to create the Lakefield Canoe
Mackenzie was inculcating in us a
the rugged portage, the songs
Company) and the Ontario Canoe
love of what was special and to be
echoing off Precambrian cliffs that
Company (later the Peterborough
prized in Canadian life.” An avid
navigate our experience. Seated in
Canoe Company), had established
canoeist who had paddled down
the canoe, we steer a tool of both
themselves in the area’s growing
the Grand River as a young man, it
introspection and destination.
leisure market. Not just pleasure
was natural for the headmaster to
crafts, the region’s canoes were a
assume the canoe as an extension
valued source of transportation
of outdoor life at The Grove. Reg
Blomfield (Class of 1900), one of
“Canoes have always played an important role in the life of The Grove and continue to do so,”
Canada’s outstanding canoeists in
wrote student Angus
In 1883, life-long canoeist Dr. C.M.
McCabe ’88 in his Grade 9 year. “It
Douglas V.C., father of George and
seems appropriate that a school so
Lionel Douglas (who attended the
geared toward canoes be located
school from 1883 to 1887), bought
in such a famous canoe area.”
the Northcote Farm north of the
The “birthplace of the modern
main campus of the school (p.26).
canoe,” the Kawartha Lakes
He patented a folding canoe called
“The canoe is essential to an
thrived with boating activities
the Tom Cat in that same year.
understanding of what it is to
and regattas during the mid-
His sons continued Dr. Douglas’s
be Canadian,” says John Boyko,
19th century. During that time,
passion for canoeing; his son
Dean of Social Sciences. “Consider
friends John Stephenson and
George was a noted canoeist and
that while others explored the
Thomas Gordon were inspired
explorer of the Canadian arctic,
wilderness in wagons leaving scars
to invent the cedarstrip canoe to
and Lionel was a master mariner.
upon the land, that Canadian
replace the dugout and birchbark
“George Douglas was my hero,”
explorers ventured forth in canoes
first introduced by the First
says Al Pace ’77, master potter and
—silent and leaving not a trace.
Nations people, propelling the
professional canoe tripper. “We
It is that heritage, that respect for
Peterborough area into a frenzied
all read his book Lands Forlorn
the environment, to which we
hub of canoe innovation and
—Headmaster Terry Guest had
pay homage every time we have a
a copy. He and Samuel Hearne
student dip a paddle into the water.”
Twenty years later, as Sparham Sheldrake first opened the doors
the early 20th century, like so many students after him, was inspired with a life-long passion for paddling due to this early encouragement on Lake Katchewanooka.
inspired my trips to the high arctic.”
During the early 1900s, students, like [Rev.] Roland Palmer , would go
to a preparatory school for boys
In 1895, Dr. A.W. Mackenzie
to the village Saturday afternoons to
in Lakefield, several canoe
took over the school from Mr.
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“This year the holiday was held on Monday the 25th. After breakfast we went down to the village, obtained our canoe, and returned to the school to pick up the school dinner that Miss Perry provides us. And then we
about “Mr. Hillyer’s canoe factory to watch the canoes being made and pick up scraps of basswood for various purposes.” It was from the local canoe makers that the school would rent canoes for the annual Regatta and to travel up to Stony Lake on the annual Victoria Day
tripping instructional program. “I
holiday weekend picnic. Each year,
would contend,” says Mr. Hodgetts
stopped and the sun came out, and it
groups of students and masters
in the December 1970 Grove News,
was fine for the remainder of the day.
would also make recreational
“that the finest opportunities often
spring and fall excursions “up
present themselves when together
the lake” to Northcote Farm, Eel’s
we can forget the worries and follies
Creek, and later to Algonquin Park.
of the ‘rat race’ and take to the out-
started up the lakes, and soon the rain
Arriving at the Point we portaged our canoe, there being about fifteen other canoes enjoying the same experience. We never imagined a canoe weighed
As Lakefield Preparatory School
of-doors in a canoe!”
grew through the century, so did
The mid-1970s gave birth to
so much, but we finally got it across,
the watercraft at the waterfront:
a curriculum-based outdoor
and safely launched it in Clear Lake.
Dr. Mackenzie’s beloved Gilpie I &
education program, which
We were doing what boys had done for over fifty years!” CARTER, FIFTH FORMER in The Grove Chronicle, summer 1931
II, Mr.Smith’s Happy Return, Navy
immediately flourished and
cutters, Albacores, Lasers, kayaks,
strengthened the focus of outdoor
a motorboat, and sailboards. Yet,
life at The Grove. The course,
the canoe was not abandoned into
initially for Grade 9 and 10
disuse. Rather, in 1970 as the Cadet
students, began with flatwater
Corps training was suspended,
canoeing, and explored hiking,
Master David Hodgetts began
Nordic skiing, snowshoeing,
the development of a canoe and
camping, orienteering, and rock climbing throughout the school year. The program grew to include all grades, exemplifying the school’s commitment to learning in the outdoor environment. “Canoeing is a link to Canada’s past and to our future,” explains Richard Hagg, teacher and trip leader. “It is a valuable life skill that will keep students connected to the outdoors as they move on and have their own families.” As students build their skills base, they are exposed to different levels of canoeing, not just on the lake, but
Grove Boys launching their canoe into the Young’s Point Lift Lock circa 1945
as Grade 11 instructors working with the Grade 9 classes. At the senior level, students champion whitewater canoeing, instructor skills, river rescue, and wilderness
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first aid. “Students enjoy gaining
expedition down the Coppermine
of Ontario. Yet the next year, the
these skills, the team building
River to introduce exchange
first Ondaatje Expedition took
exercises, and playing swamptag,”
student Prince Andrew (now
place in Glacier National Park in
Mr. Hagg continues. “I’ve spent
HRH The Duke of York) to the
British Columbia and sparked a
so much time in a canoe, it’s like
Canadian North. The experience
new history of character-building
second nature. It is rewarding to
was so impressive that many of the
outdoor challenges at The Grove.
see kids enjoy themselves, work
original trip members journeyed
Sponsored by Sir Christopher
as a team, and operate the canoe
down the Keele River last summer,
Ondaatje, the expedition
30 years later.
was developed to encourage
In 1977, Headmaster Terry Guest,
Before adventuring into the
a seasoned paddler, planned
Northwest Territories, there had
an ambitious 26-day school
been no school tripping outside
Grove students in personal growth, physical challenge and international adventure. It was after the Nahanni River Ondaatje Expedition in 1983 that the Irving family became patrons of the Irving Expedition, promoting a uniquely Canadian canoeing experience. As a historically significant and largely untouched region, the North offers students a glimpse of a completely different environmental, social,
“The aeroplane dropped us on the lake, and then left. There was nothing, no contact for two weeks! But we had a ball! Based on our training, teamwork, communication, and leadership we were able to take risks we would not otherwise have been able to and were rewarded with complete euphoria.” HRH THE DUKE OF YORK (in reference to the 1977 Coppermine River Expedition from his 2002 NAIS address) Pictured left in 2007 with Terry Guest during a 30-year reunion paddle on the Keele River.
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cultural, and economic structure. “It is interesting for me to see how kids are blown away by the remoteness and scenery of Canada’s North,” says LCS teacher and trip leader Richard Hagg in regards to the Irving Expeditions over the past 20 years. “We paddle in rivers used as highways by First Nations people and explorers for hundreds of years.” The annual Victoria Day weekend expedition also experienced an evolution in the 1970s. The formula of September weather, small groups with staff trip leaders, and a checkpoint system improved the annual canoe experience for everyone involved. A school-wide September trip to Algonquin Park became the new tradition. With the steady increase of students, the expedition became a leadership opportunity for the Grade 12 class in their graduation year. “There is nothing like appreciating the outdoors in a canoe,” says retired (Right) LCS Seniors on Expedition in Algonquin Park, September 2006
“I awoke this morning to the fresh smell of evergreen pines. As I paddle now, propelling myself through the serene waters in my quicksilver craft, I recall breakfast: its scintillating tastes lightly tinged with smoke giving its rewards heartily to my gnawing hunger. I anxiously await my next portage, enveloped in natural beauty as we tread among the pines and admire the gushing creeks.” GRADE 11 STUDENT (on the Algonquin Expedition, The Grove Chronicle, 1988)
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teacher and trip leader Doc McCubbin. “During
is about more than just history at LCS,” says Dr.
expedition, kids get to know each other, and prove
McCubbin. “It is about teaching students something
to themselves that a) they’ve done it and b) they’ve
about themselves.” Watching the disheveled but
enjoyed it.” Almost 50 percent of faculty also attend
triumphant Algonquin Expedition groups return to the
the Algonquin Expedition, giving them a unique
dock at Smoke Lake, he says, “I always reminisce about
opportunity to mentor the approximately 100 students
Dr. Mackenzie standing at the top of Matthews Hill fifty
in smaller groups. “In a canoe, there are no video games
years earlier, waiting for his canoe trips to return.”
or BMX bikes in the way of you and the real world,” says Chris Rowley ’87. “You are out of the social hierarchy,
and become in tune with the boat, paddle, lake, and yourself. We developed fortitude, the ability to plug along and keep going.” “When I reminisce with alum about our time at The Grove,” says Al Pace ’77, “we don’t talk about
“June 24th, 1914, saw three lucky Lakefield boys, fairly meticulous, leave the school wharf in a Lakefield
chemistry class or a dining hall meal, we talk about
canoe complete with camping equipment and dog.
expedition weekend; about just arriving at school and
August 8th, 1914, saw them slightly bedraggled,
immediately leaving for Algonquin.” Several alumni,
pulling their canoe out of the water on upper
including members of the Class of 1977, have returned together to the water to again experience the magic
Broadway, New York City, with two cents between
of expedition. Canoe North Adventures, a tripping
the three of them, but 855 miles behind.
company owned by past parents Al Pace ’77 and Lin Ward, also recently organized a “Women’s Klondike Expedition” to the Yukon that included many LCS moms and faculty member Vicky Boomgaardt. Parents
JOHN F. DAVIDSON ‘14 (of his journey with Don Cameron ‘14 and Master Gordon Grahame, The Grove Chronicle, Summer 1943) (Below) Photo of their departure.
and alumni both recognize that the respect in one’s own accomplishments, the value of teamwork, and the appreciation of nature during a canoe trip often makes a lifelong impact. This spring, the Outdoor Education program coordinators look forward to paddling “up the lake,” to the new Northcote Campus, following the legacy of several famous Grove canoeists. The Grade 9 OE students will each make their own paddle; enthusiastic athletes will attempt the solo paddle during the Ondaatje Challenge; and many will try to make the finish line during the crab and gunwale races of the annual Regatta, which has taken place for almost 130 years. More than fifty percent of the student body study Outdoor Education for at least six hours a week, and canoeing is integral to each course. “But canoeing
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Over 20 Years at The Grove and Lovin’ It! KAREN STAUNTON
has been a familiar face
order to send their children to school. “It was so
to LCS students for over 25 years. Now the School
interesting to see the Nigerian women develop pride
Life Administrative Assistant, in the past Karen has
and responsibility,” remembers Karen. “A little thing,
worked with Development, Admissions, and Academics
like starting a business can make such a difference
to support the extensive growth of the campus and
in someone’s life. Just think how giving up a fast
food meal or a movie once or twice a month can have such an impact on a family in the middle of Nigeria.
Having assisted Larry Davies, Simon Bruce-Lockhart,
I’ve seen how grassroot groups do benefit from
Richard Life, Susan Hazell, David Walsh, Doc
Development and Peace funding.”
McCubbin, and now Rev. John Runza, Karen believes strongly that the leadership of the school plays a
Living the values of the school beyond its walls, Karen
large part in its successful growth. “Seeing the school
feels she lives her faith in all aspects of her day. With a
develop from all male to co-ed has definitely changed
talent for creating extraordinary cakes and chocolate
its atmosphere by enriching it.” She has continued
candies, her delicious gifts, seen occasionally around
to be amazed with the devotion of the staff, citing
campus, are just one other way she can lift up
that one of David Hadden’s talents is to bring great,
someone’s life. “We have so much freedom and wealth
dedicated people to the school: “everyone seems to
here,” she says. “Everybody in the world should have
something to do, a use for their abilities. Unless you put your foot forward, you don’t know how much of a
“What I really like about working in School Life
difference you can make!”
is seeing the students spend time outside of the classroom block … I’m not just working in an office; I’m seeing kids change from Grade 7 to 12. We become so close to the kids and every aspect of their lives here. The students are challenged in so many ways—through co-curricular activities and sports—that they always find something to excel in. How can you compare a school in the middle of Toronto to this one?” With the encouragement of her two grown children, Chris and Jacqui, Karen has dedicated much of her leisure time to Development and Peace, an organization in support of people in the Global South promoting their right to control their economic, political, social, and cultural development. Through her church, Karen helps organize a fall educational campaign and a fundraising ‘Share Lent’ campaign, which currently focuses on mining and pollution in developing countries. As Diocesan Chair of Development and Peace in Peterborough for five years, Karen traveled to Nigeria to help local women start their own businesses in
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(Below) R-L: Karen Staunton with Assistant Head of House Ian Matthews, Assistant Head: School Life, John Runza, and Assistant Head of House Megan Briggs. (Opposite) Tom Fife.
“The true way to render ourselves happy is to love our work and find in it our pleasure.” FRANCOISE DE MOTTEVILLE..
TOM FIFE has worked in various roles within the facilities department at the school for over 23 years, and plays an often quiet, but significant, role in the growth and beautification of The Grove. It is the dedication of people like Tom that keeps the campus well groomed and up-to-date. Tom first came to Lakefield College School in 1983 when he was asked to help cut grass before Closing. Although he enjoyed the experience, he continued to work on his family farm on Indian River and install satellite dishes. Next April, he was again enlisted to assist the maintenance crew as a full-time employee, driving the truck, helping the carpenter and plumbers around campus, and looking after the grounds. After three years, he was offered an apprenticeship with the head carpenter, and supported in going through school to get his official papers. With his apprenticeship complete, he was offered the position of carpenter at the school. Although not intentionally, Tom was following in the footsteps of his father who was a carpenter as well.
the Netherlands, France, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Hawaii, and Australia, Tom found it was the contrast of mountains, desert, and beach in New Zealand that he liked best. With his brother in England, and his worldtraveling partners in Toronto and Vancouver, Tom still
In the first years at the school, Tom met his future
takes the opportunity to visit new vistas. Although
wife Kathy who worked in the Business Office. Their
traveling has been an eye-opening experience, Tom
daughter Amy is now a teacher and engaged to be
says that right here in the Kawarthas remains one of
married this summer at the farm. Although a hobby
the best places to live in the world.
farm now, Tom keeps both his and his parents’ home on the property in top shape.
“I just love working here,” he states. “There have been huge changes at the school—all for the better.
With a love for photography, woodworking, camping,
Especially the change from a boys’ school to co-ed;
kayaking and hiking, he easily fills what personal
the girls have improved things a lot (they’re certainly
time he has. Yet it is his stories of world travel that
easier on the houses for repairs than the boys!)”
are truly remarkable. Before coming to LCS, Tom had
Watching capital projects and improvements over the
just completed a world tour with two co-workers from
years, he has seen the landscape change a lot. “I like
Quaker Oats. Traveling through Western Canada, the
the variety, it’s a friendly place with nice surroundings,
UK, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Greece, Sweden,
I couldn’t ask for much better.”
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Like No Other: Donald Ross ’48 2007 Jeffrey Page Rein Wadsworth Award Recipient Jim Matthews ‘58 From his Trustees’ Day Address, October 2007
and growth of the school, as well as serving as an inspiration to others.
The Jeffrey Page Rein Wadsworth Award is awarded
It is my privilege to announce that the school has
from time to time to a Board Member or a Trustee in
awarded the Page Wadsworth Award for Volunteerism
recognition of his or her commitment to volunteerism
to Donald Ross ’48. I would like to tell you something
which has resulted in outstanding service to the
about Donald and the tremendous contribution and
school. It was first awarded in 1997 following the death
support that he has given to the school for most of
of Page Wadsworth ’26. It was created to celebrate
his life. At the same time, I know that I do this at
and recognize Page’s belief that “it is a great privilege
some considerable risk. First of all, it is well known
to serve.” The award embodies the characteristics
that Donald does not like lawyers and I am a lawyer.
so admired in Page Wadsworth, that of dynamic
Notwithstanding, he has a brother and a son who are
leadership, sensitivity, commitment and vision, all of
lawyers. He also prefers to stay in the background with
which he so generously dedicated to the benefit of the
respect to his philanthropic efforts.
Donald came into this world on February 29, so he has
The Wadsworth Award is represented by a stained glass
been somewhat unique from the very beginning. In
window handcrafted by Eileen Nolan of Lakefield. It
addition, Donald’s brother initially told me that he was
depicts the school’s coat of arms, the Anglican Church
born in Japan—which would explain the origin of his
Cross, and the Kawartha landscape reflecting Page’s
cryptic directions and instructions requiring one to be
love of the school, his Christianity, and his love of
an expert in hieroglyphics in order to understand what
nature. The glass is framed in one of the clear gothic
he is talking about. However, he was not born in Japan
windows which were removed from the chapel prior to
but rather here in Canada, although his parents did
its reconstruction. The refinishing of the frame and
spend a considerable period there.
the construction of the stand were done by Alex (Doc) McCubbin. The winners of the award are recorded on a brass plaque on the window’s frame.
Donald attended Lakefield from 1942 to 1948. His two brothers also attended. As his father had recently died, his mother had intended to move to Scotland with her
Page had a lifelong association with the school which
children but ultimately decided to remain in Canada
spanned 73 years commencing with the years when
because of the war. It was a very fortuitous decision for
he was a student here from 1924 to 1926. During that
the school. G. Winder Smith ’20, then headmaster of
period, his contribution, leadership, and civilized
the school, became Donald’s stepfather in 1948 when he
manner made a fundamental impact on the evolution
married Donald’s mother.
(Opposite) L-R Mary Elizabeth Konrad (Grade 12), Donald Ross ’48, and Jen Reader (Grade 12) arrive in style as voyageurs at the dedication of the Northcote Farm, October 2007 (p.26)
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Donald was a very enterprising school boy. One
Northcote property (in conjunction with the generous
probably had to be in those days at The Grove. He once
gift of the Gastle Family) which was celebrated during
informed David Hadden that he used to sell buckets of
Trustees’ Day. He also made possible the acquisition
apples, putting the bruised ones on the bottom with
by the school of Fort Smith and the reconstruction
their good sides up.
of the Chapel, and has over the years supported
I gather that Donald has many interests and passions but at the top of the list would be his family, his business at which he has been very successful, his race horses, and of course the school. He has six children and stepchildren. It is rumoured that one of his
numerous students who otherwise may not have been able to attend Lakefield. In addition, somehow he has found the time to support a number of other causes, including being very instrumental in the resuscitation of the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough.
daughters may have been named after a stallion named
As you may have gathered, Donald is his own man
Victoria Park who was Canada’s horse of the year in
with his own way of doing things. For example, as I
1960 and a winner of the Queen’s Plate (now that’s
mentioned earlier, he was a driving force with respect
consolidating your passions).
to the reconstruction of the Chapel. As such, he was also a member of the Chapel Committee which was
From this brief description you can recognize that
chaired by Walter Blackwell ’56 who, on one occasion
there is a lot more to Donald Ross than one might at
after considerable debate as to whether real stone or a
first realize, including how great a contribution he
concrete block structure should be utilized, called for a
has made to Lakefield over the years. Not only has he
vote. True to form, Donald agreed, but added that after
made random and substantial financial donations,
the vote, he would decide.
but he has initiated and carried through significant projects, the most recent being the acquisition of the
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(Below) Jim Matthews ’58 presents the Page Wadsworth Award to Donald Ross ’48 at the Trustees’ Dinner in October 2007.
Enhanced Portal Pages Now on the LCS Website Looking for a list of upcoming school events and a quick link to register for them (and to see who’s coming)? How about the eNews, important announcements, networking, and mentoring opportunities? These things and much more are now available online in the enhanced portal pages. You can even create your own personalized portal page. Visit LCS.ON.CA and click on ALUMNI or PARENT in the top right corner, then login with your username and password in the left column.
Questions? Contact Richard Johnston at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Running and Reading: Romina Tina Fontana ’94 What’s the connection between running and reading?
founder of The Running and Reading Club, soon gave her
Stupidly, I don’t put the question to Romina Tina Fontana
a cause to support.
directly, but after our conversation I resolve to check out the Get Lit website (below) and see if I can glean the answer for myself.
Ms. Ruegger is the founder of The Running and Reading Club—an after-school program that encourages children in underprivileged Toronto neighbourhoods to become
Romina spent only a single year at The Grove, a time she
physically active and learn to love reading, so breaking
characterizes as “brief but wonderful.” Her introduction
the cycle of generational poverty. Inspired by the
to the school came through Chris Howard ’95, and her
success of Ms. Ruegger’s program, Romina knew she had
unofficial tour guide on a visit to the campus in the
found her ideal charity partner. The result was Get Lit, a
summer of 1993 was Caitlin Sainsbury ’96—who Romina
literary evening at which eight inspiring Canadians read
describes as “still one of my closest and dearest friends.”
and discuss an excerpt from a piece of writing that has
After graduating from Lakefield, Romina spent a year at Queen’s, majoring, she laughs, in Political Science and
truly moved them. In a single evening, Get Lit—which will now be held annually—raised almost $5000.
sailing. She then took two years off, and travelled to
So what is the connection between running and
Costa Rica (where she studied Spanish and volunteered
reading? The Get Lit website makes an eloquent case
at a rainforest reserve), and subsequently backpacked
for a relationship between physical and mental health,
with a Grove friend, Ashley Campbell ’94, through
and the importance of promoting both in a context
Mexico and Guatemala. The next year took her to
where physical education programs have been cut in the
Trent: “I should have taken Dr. Barker’s advice in the
schools, and where literacy may not be highly valued
first place,” Romina says. “Trent was the right place for
in the community. The Running and Reading Club
me.” There, she roomed with another dear Grove friend,
program is currently operating within numerous inner
Andrew Parker ’94, and was well looked after by the
city schools, servicing over 700 children in the GTA,
Parkers, her adoptive Peterborough family.
throughout Ontario, and across Canada.
After Trent, Romina moved back to Montreal for several
Before our conversation ends, Ms. Fontana gives a very
years, during which she worked for a small NGO and
professional plug for the Framework Foundation, a
consulting group. At the same time, she helped produce
charity whose Founder and Executive Director, Anil
a short film (starring Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip)
Patel ’93, is another LCS graduate. Apparently his
based on an Al Purdy poem. The film was selected by
Foundation’s annual event, The Timeraiser, which aims
several prominent film festivals, including Sundance.
to increase volunteerism among young Canadians, has
She then went on to graduate school at the McRae
provided Get Lit with several first-class volunteers—
Institute in Vancouver, followed by some time in Paris,
people who Romina credits with making her event the
where she worked in the marketing department of a
success it is.
French multinational. Eventually, however, Romina found her way to Toronto, where she went to work in advertising. “But I knew I needed a special creative project on the side,” she says, and an introduction to Silvia Ruegger, a former Olympian, Canadian marathon record holder and
For more on Get Lit or The Running and Reading Club, please contact Romina at 416.500.0448, or visit getlit.ca PAUL NICHOLAS MASON (WITH FILES) (Opposite: Above) Running and Reading Club members pose for the camera. (Below) Romina Fontana (far left) with Get Lit participants. Grove News Fall/Winter 2008 | 25
Extra! Extra! Read All About It! On Saturday, October 27, 2007 (Trustees’ Day),
Susannah Moodie described in her book Roughing it
Lakefield College School was proud to host a special
in the Bush. The school has also used the grounds to
event in recognition of a generous donation to the
reenact the The American Civil War and Upper Canada
school. At a picnic lunch and dedication ceremony,
Rebellion of 1837.
Donald Ross ’48 and the Gastle Family Trust were acknowledged for their significant donation of approximately 160 acres of land and about 6000 feet of shoreline located three kilometers north of the school.
With such a long-standing friendship with the school community, it is befitting that The Grove will continue a legacy of education, sports, and outdoor activities at Northcote Farm.
During the ceremony, Associate Head Richard Life and John Boyko, Director of Northcote Campus, officially
To read about recent events, news, and
name the land The Northcote Campus. Northcote
view snapshots, please visit our website at
has long been a part of LCS history as it has provided
www.lcs.on.ca, choose NEWS/MORE
outdoor activities to thousands of people for more than a century, including skating parties, cross-
country skiing, Sunday picnics, campouts, educational excursions, and sleigh-rides. This fall, students picnicked and camped in a clearing on the farm that
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(Below) Associate Head of School, Richard Life and Dean of Social Sciences and Director of Northcote Campus, John Boyko, accept the “Key to Northcote” on behalf of the school.
Class News—What Have You Been up to Lately? Richard “Kings” Warren ’38 (below) sported his red LCS blazer at his 88th birthday party on September 28, 2007 in Kingston, Ontario. Richard and his wife Julia live in Port Elgin, ON
wilderness journeys to Canada’s Arctic. These two passions were inspired at The Grove. “Legacy Wild” is an exhibition of new work in stoneware celebrating Al’s 30 year odyssey of art and wilderness adventure hosted by The Canadian Canoe Museum, Peterborough, May 10 - June 1, 2008. Info: www.pacepottery.com or www.legacywild.com
The 1960s Dave Norton ’61 reports: “I was married in July of 1967, had our first daughter in April of 1970, and had a second daughter in March of 1973. They both went to university, one to Brock and the other to Laurier. Both got married after university and have each given Barb and me two grandchildren, a boy and a girl each. I was retired from Nortel Networks in 1995 after over 32 years and have kept active by working at two golf courses during the summer, the LCBO for the Christmas rush, then leaving for Florida the middle of
Congratulations to Fred Gaby ’75 who was presented with The Empire Club of Canada’s 2007/08 Community Service Award at a luncheon on December 13, 2007. Fred was recognized for his leadership as Executive Director of Adult Disabled Downhill
January and coming back the middle of April
Skiing (ADDS). It was through ADDS that Fred first learned to ski
to start the cycle all over again.”
in 1983. As part of the award, a financial contribution was made
The 1970s For 30 years Al Pace’s (’77) original pottery designs have been inspired by his many
by The Empire Club of Canada to ADDS in Fred’s honour. (Photo above) L-R: Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor David Onley and David Edmison presented Fred with the award. Grove News Fall/Winter 2008 | 27
The 1990s Lindsay Carswell ’90 has been living in Vancouver, BC for the past seven years. For the past year and a half he has been managing the Vancouver office of MacLaren Momentum, a division of MacLaren McCann that specializes in sponsorship and event marketing. Nicole (Morgan) Barton ’92 and her family are moving from Atyrau, Kazakhstan. Their latest move brought them to Anchorage, Alaska in January 2008. Nicole’s husband, Chris, works for Schlumberger. Alison (Mace) Cole, P.Eng. ’93 is living in Vancouver with her husband, Brian, and two daughters, Meredith (4) and Macey (1 1/2). She is an Environmental Engineer for Synergy Environmental Strategies Inc., an environmental consulting company specializing in contaminated sites work for the upstream oil and gas industry. Synergy
Bill Reddick ‘77 is a well-known potter, based in Prince Edward County. Among his most notable works is a set of porcelain serving plates acquired by the former Governer General the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson for Rideau Hall (photo above)
is a BC company with offices in Vancouver and in Fort St. John. Alison would love to hear from other alumni who are involved with the upstream oil and gas industry. email@example.com Trevor Burgis ’97 has returned from Australia, where he completed his Law
The 1980s Jim Barker ’82 is the Director of Supply Chain for Occidental Oil and Gas Corporation and resides in Houston, Texas. David Ferrabee ’84 is a management consultant in London, England and having quite a good time on the conference circuit in Europe. He has published a book —a compilation of more than two years of his popular blog on organizational communications. People Power is available through all online bookshops.
Chris Finley ‘80, Peter McArthur ’80, and Steve Selby ’80 (Right L-R) hadn’t seen each other since shortly after graduation until they reconnected at their 25 year reunion in 2005. They have tried to stay in touch since then including a day out on Steve’s boat on Lake Ontario this past June. 28 | Grove News Fall/Winter 2008
Degree at Bond. He is now completing his article period in Peterborough.
Volker Helmuth ’87 married Jessica Berglund on Jersey, Channel Islands, in 2002. Volker and Jessica live in Vancouver with their son Hugo, where Volker is legal counsel and Director of Planning and Research with the Vancouver Police Department, and Jessica, also a lawyer, practises in the area of occupational health and safety enforcement (photo left).
race in the world.” I’m hooked. I doubt this will be my last Ironman! And, perhaps most importantly, I’m extremely proud to report that I hold the unofficial title of the fastest Ironman on record with unshaved legs (I may be the one and only)!” Matt Chellew ’97 has graduated from University of Toronto Medical School in June. He is interning at
Amanda Soder ’98 finished the Master of Management
North York General in Family Practice.
and Professional Accounting Program at the Rotman School of Business at University of Toronto, and works
Eric Siebert ’97 completed the Ironman Florida
at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Ottawa where she is
triathlon on November 3rd, 2007 in Panama City
pursuing a CA designation.
Beach, FL. The race consists of a 3.9 km swim, 180 km
bike race, and a 42.2 km marathon run, which Eric completed in 12hrs 04mins 31secs. Eric shares, “With
Tiffany Sly ’00 is working as a licensed real estate agent
the tough weeks of training behind me, I can now
in Toronto. She has teamed up with Sheila Gallagher,
say quite definitively that this race was an absolutely
one of Toronto’s top real estate agents, with Chestnut
wonderful experience (perhaps even slightly easier
Park Real Estate Limited, one of the most successful
than I anticipated), and I highly recommend it.
firms in Toronto. Visit www.sheilagallagher.com
While professionals dominate in terms of results, the majority of racers are motivated amateurs (18-78
Danielle Vincent ’00 is living in New York and has
years of age) who want to challenge themselves with
started an independent cosmetics company. Visit
what is commonly referred to as “the hardest one day
Have You Registered Yet? Have you signed up for the Mentor Program? The Mentor Program connects alumni seeking guidance regarding career and/or business development (mentees) with members of The Grove community at varying stages of career progression (mentors). The principal mechanism for facilitating these connections is the LCS website. Check it out today at lcs.on.ca. Once there, choose ALUMNI and then login (at top left-hand corner) to access the Alumni Portal and “Networking” channel. Whether you choose to sign-up as a mentor or as a mentee, the networking possibilities are available for you to keep in touch with fellow LCS graduates. Grove News Fall/Winter 2008 | 29
Weddings Congratulations to Shane Smyth ’96 and Aurora Ratcliffe (top photo), whose wedding took place in West Vancouver,
BC on May 19, 2007. The Grove was represented by Jason Tsao ’96, Shelly Tsao, Tom Flynn ’96, Michael Eddy, Tracey-Lee (Smyth) Eddy ’99, Shane Smyth ’96, Aurora Ratcliffe, Dawn Danby ’96, Kathleen Killen ’96, and Andrea Knowlton ’96.
Erin Stephenson ’99 and Kevin Forestell celebrated their wedding at St. George’s Anglican Church in Guelph, ON, followed by a reception at the Ancaster Old Mill on August 25, 2007. Erin and Kevin were honoured to have several Lakefield alumni in attendance. (Second Photo) L-R: Lakefield alumni Elena Zorilla ’99, Ola Wierzbicki ’00, Erin Stephenson ’99, Dorothy Wierzbicki ’99, Meghan Stephenson ’96, Lena Miller ’99, and Miwa Inaida (nee Takahashi) ’99.
Andrew Sparling ’92 and Manon Laframboise (third photo) celebrated their wedding on September 1,
2007 at their home just south of Ottawa. In attendance were Robert Sparling ’94 and his wife Sophie and kids Esmee and Rose, Ehren Mendum ’92 and his wife Melanie and son Emerson, Jason Haigh ’92 and his wife Heather, Steven Hutchinson ’92 and his wife Sonja, and Wilson Edgar ’92 and his wife Kristen.
Nicole Bendaly ’93 and Jason Groves were married on September 15, 2007 in Muskoka. (Bottom Photo) L-R: Anil Patel ’93, Karie (Gawenda) Steinberg ’93, Jason Groves, Nicole (Bendaly) Groves ’93, Michael Laidlaw ’93, Kelly (Dimitroff) Maiese ’93, Karen Awrey ’93, James Lamont ’93, Tracy (Fenn) Morley ’93.
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Christopher John Gibson ’95 and Julie Michelle Morrow (Top Photo) were married on September 15, 2007, at
Graydon Hall Manor in Toronto. Christopher’s LCS roommate Derek Johnson ’95 travelled from Calgary to attend the wedding.
Chris Howard ’95 married Danielle Kain on September 1, 2007 in Kingston, ON. (Second Photo) Back Row L-R: Scott Ross ’95 and Whitney Dunn ’95. Middle Row L-R: Nick Howard ’99, Andrea Knowlton ’96, Sue Holland ’95, Peter Howard ’01, Kim von Arx ’94, Shane Smyth ’96, Carlos Berrocal ’95, David Nicuesa ’95, and Kathleen Killen ’96. Front Row L-R: Danielle Kain and Chris Howard ’95
Kelly Crothers ’96 and Charlie Smith were married on September 22, 2007 in Toronto. (Third Photo) L-R: Tony Willson ’97, Colleen Sommerville ’97, Barbara Ann Bernard ’97, Ashleigh Dempster ’97, Michael Unwin ’96, Kelly Crothers ’96, Charlie Smith, David Hadden, Will Bernard ’96, Jimmy Bernard ’01, Cait Sainsbury ’96, Megan Boriss ’97, Heather Hadden ’97, Sue Hadden, Jess Fitchette ’97 Also in attendance but not in picture were Mary Sunderland ’97, Kelly Dimitroff ’93, Janie Smith (former Don of Moodie House & sister of the groom), and Garrett Hart.
LCS staff member, Jackie Dunn was married to Gary McQuade (bottom photo) on November 3, 2007 at the A. W. Mackenzie Chapel.
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What’s in the Water? Jacqueline (Johnson) ’98 and
Andrea (Francq) Sealy ’95 and
Jonathan Coughlin, along with
her husband Kevin are happy
big brother Cameron, are pleased
to announce the birth of their
to announce the birth of Quinn
daughter, Katherine Victoria
Marie on February 16, 2007.
Sealy, born on October 4, 2007 in Kingston. The parents were in
On March 2, 2007 Makenzi
good hands as the newest Sealy
Mondoux Tennant was born to
was delivered by fellow LCS alumni
Carolyne Mondoux ’00 and David
Kate Munnoch ’96, Senior Resident
in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Kari Burgis ’95 and David
Andrew Jonathan Popper was born
McFadden are proud to announce
October 18, 2007, to Sara Knapp
the birth of their daughter, Shanen
and Jonathan Popper ’87, and big
Burgis McFadden born on May 16,
brothers Benjamin and Oliver.
Quinn and Cameron Johnson-Coughlin
2007. Kristi, Tenzin, and Losel Cameron James Gray was born July
Tethong ’89 would like to
19, 2007 to Jennifer Hughes ’93 and
introduce Kai Tashi Tethong, born
Chris Gray—a brother for Andrew.
November 7, 2007 in Toronto.
Proud uncle is David Hughes ’91, proud grandparents are Susan
Beverley Hildebrand (Library) and
Hughes and Jack Hughes ’59.
her husband Dennis had a baby
Makenzi Mondoux Tennant
boy, Robert William Owen, on Krista Dunford (School Stores)
November 20, 2007.
and her husband Art Dunford welcomed twins! Their son A.J.
Monica and Jim Barker ’82 had
and daughter Abby arrived on
another addition to the family.
August 22, 2007.
Zachary David Barker was born on November 26, 2007.
Jamie Stafford ’89 and his wife, Ruth, welcomed Dylan James on
Louisa Kay Dalglish was born on
September 20, 2007.
December 6, 2007 to Swith and
Shanen Burgis McFadden
Geordie Dalglish ’89. Faculty member Vicki Boomgaardt and Matthew Dunkin welcomed
Terry Ross ’92 and Nancy Ross
Griffith Boomgaardt Dunkin on
proudly announce the birth of
October 1, 2007.
their first daughter Noa Isabel Ross on December 25, 2007.
Beti Canet ’95 and Jacob Grodzinski are thrilled to
Greer Carolyn Thompson was born
announce the arrival of Lía
to Sara and Stuart Thompson ’91
Grodzinski Canet, born on October
February 9, 2008. Big sister Avery
4, 2007 in Stratford, ON.
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Cameron and Andrew (Hughes) Gray
A.J. and Abby Dunford
Katherine Victoria Sealy
The Barker family with baby Zachary
Baby Dylan Stafford with his brother
Andrew Jonathan Popper
Louisa Kay Dalglish
Vicky and Griffith Boomgardt Dunkin
Losel, baby Kai and Tenzin Tethong
Nancy, Noa Isabel, and Terry Ross
Beti Canet ’95 with baby Lía
Robert William (Hildebrand) Owen
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In Our Memories Peter Hellyer ’55 on May 3, 2007 in
George Freethy ’45 on October 12,
2007 in Toronto, Ontario.
Patricia Steinhoff in August 2007.
Alasdair Wallace on October 18,
Mother of Tom Steinhoff ’95.
2007. Father of Margaret Wallace ’93.
Donald Macrae ’34 on August 7, 2007. Predeceased by his brothers,
John Trethewey on December 8,
John “Bubs” Macrae ’33 and
2007. Father of Colin
Morson Macrae ’30.
Jim Wright on September 1, 2007.
Charles Perry ’44 on December 9,
Father of Melanie Wright ’02 and
2007 in Toronto, Ontario. Brother
Kathleen Wright ’98.
of Peter Perry ’42.
Jack Matthews, former
Constance Stuart (former secretary
Headmaster (1964 to 1971) and
for G. Winder Smith) on January 3,
Honorary Alumnus, on September
2008. Predeceased by her brother
7, 2007. He is survived by his wife,
Harding Stuart ’32.
Jane, sons Angus Matthews ’71 and Tam Matthews ’73.
Michael Armour ’48 on January 13, 2008 in Toronto, Ontario,
Richard Hayman, former LCS faculty member, on September 23, 2007. Father of Coryn Hayman ’92 and Patrick Hayman ’94.
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He was an Inspiration and a Friend From a letter by David Miller ’77 to Coryn Hayman ’92 and Patrick Hayman ’94 in memory of their father, Richard Hayman.
Without a doubt, Richard Hayman was the most influential teacher in my life. I tried to tell him this several times after I was graduated from Lakefield but I am not sure he ever either understood, or was concerned either way. I knew Richard from Colebrook House, from soccer and rugby, from drama, from art, and from simply being available to talk with students as an equal. He was an inspiration, a friend, a confidant. He taught us how to achieve excellence in sport, drama, and (for others, I was not capable) the arts. Most of all, he taught us that life is complicated, passionate, and worth throwing oneself into—and that maybe, if with the right spirit, it was okay to bend the rules. There are so many stories about Richard I could tell. Hopefully these three will show sides of his incredible talent that we respected so much: In 1973 the school play was the Insect Comedy by Josef and Karel Capek—an anti war play. Richard chose the play. He was the director, and brilliantly created what is still the best piece of theatre I have ever seen, or acted in. For example, when the yellow ants attacked the red from the back of the theatre, accompanied by remarkable music and an eerie and frightening whoop by Scott (The Blade) Elliot ’75, it was so real and so frightening that at every performance, patrons left! At the Ontario Drama competition finals at the St Lawrence Centre The Ants was clearly the best play, bar none, but strangely came second. The adjudicator said that the decision was incredibly difficult, but that The Ants, as an ensemble play, did not have enough “acting,” so it would finish second. Richard was outraged. He yelled, “You are all acting, what are they talking about?” He was so skilled to bring out the talent in each of us, and so passionate he fought against an unjust result with complete fervor. My second story is from soccer, although Richard was also my rugby coach and left me with a passion for both games that allowed me to fight Toronto City Council (and win) to create the National Soccer stadium in 2006, showcase for the FIFA U20 world cup final this year, and successful home for Toronto FC.
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Our soccer team was mediocre, but well coached. Nick Lewis ’77 led the defence that played the “W” successfully enough to make us hard to score upon, and Mark Herold ’77 (MVP) fed Bob Hunt ’77 and I enough ball that we could score regularly. Our one weakness was odd—our goaltender (Barclay Hope ’77) was the best in the league—except for some unfathomable reason, in the first five minutes of every game, he was totally asleep. So we were always coming back after being down one—nil after five minutes, despite Richard’s best efforts in coaching. About halfway through the season, Richard got fed up. In a scrimmage, when I was about to kickoff, he came up to me, very agitated, and said, “Miller, give me the ball.” He had noticed Barclay was not paying attention—just like the first five minutes of our games. He then proceeded to take the kick off, dropping the ball over Barclays’ head, into the net, from center! Unbelieveable. And then he yelled, “Hope, will you learn to WAKE UP.” We all know about Richard’s tremendous talent in the arts, and for teaching the arts. Richard taught Al Pace ’77 and Bill Reddick ’77 how to throw pots. I watched them be introduced to it, and thrive. Their work has been shown from Rideau Hall to the Vatican—and many places in between—and ultimately, it was Richard’s passion and talent that instilled this gift in my friends and peers. I know that to many Lakefield graduates, particularly those of my era, Richard felt more like a friend than a teacher. I always wished that he understood the impact he had on my life, and those of my peers. Despite the fact that when I tried to tell him he moved on to other topics, I think in his heart he understood. Richard was a remarkably talented, passionate man, who was an outstanding mentor to young men. I hope he is able to rest in peace. Grove News Fall/Winter 2008 | 37
Memories of Jack Matthews Tam Matthews ’73 From his eulogy to his father at The Jack Matthews Memorial Service, October 2007
I think I was 13 when I went to my first wedding. Dad threw Aunt Elenor Irwin in the pool—not knowing she was wearing her new dress from the world exposition in Japan. All the colours in the dress ran into smudges.
The life of Jack—I can vividly see Jack in three images: First, the boundless energy and enthusiasm, barreling down the ski hill at full tilt yodeling as happy as could
Jack felt badly—he went to the dollar store bought a new dress and cut and sewed a Holt Renfrew Label into the replacement dress and mailed it to Aunt Elenor.
be. Jack wanted to open a ski hill on Armour Hill in
Jack loved music—the casavant organ in this Chapel was
Peterborough and on the Trent University drumlin. I
added during his time at the school. Jack played banjo,
remember Dad telling me the highlight of a United World
harmonica and a wicked set of spoons. Why at age 60
College meeting in Switzerland was where he and Lord
would he take up classical guitar? He was tone deaf, his
Henke on a beautiful afternoon headed to the mountains
football fingers covered three strings, but he insisted on
and rented skis and boots. They skied in their business
playing at 6 a.m. each morning on the verandah.
suits and Lord Henke with his British black bowler on. One of Jack’s many contributions to his students was teaching Prince Charles how to ski. Second, is the image of Jack and Jane sitting on the
Dad was loving, playful, adventurous, and at times he would just break into song or verse of his favourite Robert Service poems—he was simply the best Dad one could ever dream to have.
bench on the point of Peddar Bay at Pearson College.
As we celebrate Jack’s life, we also celebrate my mother,
Officially married for 56 years, but having grown up
Jane, who helped more Lakefield and Pearson students
together one block apart in Peterborough, their bond
and staff than you can imagine. How many events,
began in childhood. Family life was picnics, walking,
dinners in our house, or strawberry shortcakes did she
and cross-country skiing. I think when Mum and Dad
make in the kitchen for hungry students? Jane supported
spent the year at Gordonstoun they hiked every hill in
Jack on just about every idyllic dream he had.
the Cairns together.
Today we sing and celebrate Jack’s life and we all carry
The third image is of Dad the educator. It is very simple
fond memories of him. You know Jack had big ideas—
for all of us to understand Jack’s inspiration—from
Lakefield, Pearson College, the Trent International
the front lawn of the school take a walk straight down
Program, Canadian Canoe Museum—and you know
to Lake Katchewanooka going past the log cabin that
what they all had? A lack of funding. It seems Angus and I
Dad and the students built in the 60s. The beauty and
have continued to live in the not-for-profit world. I look
wisdom of his life is there in the trees, in nature, and when you look out on water from the Kawartha Lakes, linked to Canada’s Great Lakes, and to the oceans—water
around the Chapel and I see many people here who have worked and generously supported the future of these deserving organizations.
that touches most people in the world. Look beyond the
Tony Wyand ’62 from England and his classmates
glistening water—you will see your dreams and, I hope,
helped to raise the academic standards of The Grove in
your grand passion like Jack did.
the 1960s. He writes, “[Jack] was an inspiring leader, a
Now a bit about family. Have you ever asked yourself why your parents did some things? Some of my favourites
brilliant headmaster and a real friend to us all. More than that, he was a Canadian of the international stature of whom we were all proud.”
were the embarrassing yodeling, skating on Buckley’s Lake, my poor mother when sailing from Pearson to
Jack was unique—his gift of communication with all
Victoria, worse still—Jack setting out to sail with six
ages, his enthusiasm and vision, his sincerity and
students around a Gulf Island; and Dad would cook
wisdom make him a very special being.
occasionally—why smelly kippers for Sunday Breakfast?
Thank you Dad, Jack, Pa.
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Jack and Jane Matthews Scholarship Fund As one alumnus announced following the September
Philip Carr-Harris ’43 wrote, “Jack Matthews was
30th memorial service for Jack Matthews in the
destined to reach more lofty levels in education just
Lakefield College School Chapel, “Honouring Jack is a
as he was destined to become Headmaster in 1964.
privilege and I am blessed to be able to do so. He had a
We were fortunate to have had Jack’s vision, energy,
great impact on our lives at The Grove.”
and leadership. Jack leaves an indelible mark in the
This sentiment of respect and affection has contributed to the success of the recently established Jack and Jane Matthews Memorial Scholarship to provide financial resources for a deserving student to attend LCS. Jack believed that education was the world’s last great hope. He believed that every child, every young person, was
annals, perhaps the maturing years, of the school’s development.” In Jack’s obituary, it states that: “Nature shaped his soul and nurtured his grand passion for life.” He communicated this love in classrooms around the world. His presence will be missed by many in his global family.
entitled to and deserved an education that was more
Donations in memory of Jack may be made to the Jack
than what the traditional classroom could provide. His
and Jane Matthews Scholarship Fund established
vision, his energy, his passion and his leadership were
at Lakefield College School. Please contact Theresa
the beginnings of the Lakefield College School that we
Butler Porter at 705.652.3324 ext. 329, by email at
are proud of today.
firstname.lastname@example.org, or online at www.lcs.on.ca/
In the 1971 Grove News, upon Jack’s retirement from the school, then Old Boys’ Association President
DISCOVER/SUPPORT. (Below) Jack Matthews circa 1980s
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