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Grove News Spring/Summer 2009

Calendar of Events 2009/10

For details please refer to our school calendar at September


22 Grade 7 & 8 Parents’ Reception


Guest Speaker: Adam Cox (LCS)

25 Grade 11 & 12 Parents’ Reception


Kingston Pub Night

26 Grade 9 & 10 Parents’ Reception Fall Fair Guest Speaker Carol Hotchkiss-Eliot Home to the Grove Reunion


London, ON Pub Night

April 8

Grove Society Meeting and Luncheon (LCS)



Pre-1950s Old Boys’ Reunion


UK Friends of LCS Dinner


GTA Parents’ Reception


UK Pub Night



Grove Society Meeting and Luncheon (LCS)

Class Reps Workshop (Toronto) Toronto Pub Night


Admissions Open House




Trustees’ Meeting


Trustees’ Meeting/Dinner


Grove Society Annual General Meeting


Ottawa Meet & Greet


Regatta Day




Grove Society Christmas Meeting & Luncheon


Grove Society Pot Luck Luncheon


Peterborough Pub Night


Grade 8 Graduation Dinner


Alumni Christmas Skate (LCS)


Closing Grade 12 Graduation Dinner


Grove Golf Tournament

January 16

SnowBall (Toronto)

26 Montreal Meet & Greet

Lakefield College Trustees 2008/09 School Board Chair John Ryder ‘77 Past Chair Jock Fleming ’74 Cindy AtkinsonBarnett David Bignell Walter Blackwell ’56 Marilynn Booth Scott Campbell Victoria Campbell ’09 Andrew Clarke ’85 Stephen Coates ’90 Susan DeNure Peter Dunn ’62 Andrew Durnford ’85 Signy Eaton-Shier

Michael Eatson ’83 Stephanie Edwards Bishop George Elliot Ann Farlow Romina Fontana ’94 Bill Gastle ’68 Janice Green Nicole Groves ’93 Jennifer Gruer Terry Guest* Tim Heeney ‘83 John K. Hepburn ’68 Paul Hickey Tim Hyde ’76 Alan Ingram Warren Jones ’88 Angie Killoran Janet Lafortune Kathleen Leonard Nicholas Lewis ’77

James (Kim) Little ’53 Kevin Makowchik ’03 Kevin Malone ’77 Paul Mason James Matthews ’58 Scott McCain Andrea McConnell John McRae ’70 Val McRae Tracy Morley ’93 Betty Morris Bill Morris ’70 Nicky O’Donohue ’09 Christopher Ondaatje Anil Patel ‘93 Karin Persson Travis Price ’85 Tony Pullen ’63 Vicki Pullen Sean Quinn ’82

Kathleen Ramsay Douglas Rishor ’57 Gretchen Ross John Schumacher Murray Sinclair ‘79 Nancy Smith Scott Smith ’87 Amanda Soder ’98 Manal Stamboulie Losel Tethong ’89 David Thompson Stuart Thompson ’91 Tim Ward ’62 Gordon Webb ’72 Chris White ’90 Jamie White ’79 Terry Windrem HRH Duke of York ’78


Rosemary Phelan Kathleen Ramsay Donald Ross ’48 Honorary Chair Thomas Ryder ’53 Paul Desmarais Jr. ’73 William Wells ’78 Chair Richard Wernham Jeffrey Marshall* Graham Worsfold Emilio Azcarraga Jean ’87 HRH Duke of York ’78 Marilynn Booth Bruce Boren ’87 Jonathan Carroll ’87 Directors in Bold Brian Carter* * Honorary Alumni Michael Cooper Stan Dunford Jock Fleming ’74 John K. Hepburn ’68 Angus MacNaughton ’48 Scott McCain Robert McEwen Bill Morris ’70

(Front Cover) L-R: Brooke Dunford ’11, Yasin Sridhar ’09, and Danielle Glassford ’10 in the spring production of Cabaret. (Opposite) 1st Boys’ Soccer Team

GIRLS! Malcolm Johnston ’02 When I started at LCS, the fairer sex had been at The Grove for nearly a decade, so co-education, which celebrates 20 years at LCS this year, was entirely ordinary, and pleasantly so, to us. Sports trips to all-boys’ schools, on the other hand, were totally alien: what were these austere boot camps, Sparta to our Athens, where the boys were stronger, tougher, faster and could grow facial hair? They’d usually destroy us on the field, but we had the last laugh — female friends back at school to comfort us and soothe our damaged egos.

be sensitive; that it could be cool

away at their keyboards. The world

to be smart; and that despite our

is truly co-educational, and those

conviction to the contrary, girls are

who succeed have embraced that

usually right. In short, girls helped


prepare us boys, and we them, I think, for the world beyond the Gate House. It’s this world that John Fraser ’64 speaks of in his delightful

As you’ll read in this issue, the decision to move to co-education 20 years ago was hotly contested and

closing keynote address on page 6.

divisive at the time. But the decision

Visit Lakefield today, and you’ll

not just in touch with the changing

witness a tremendous blend of boys

times, but leading the way into

and girls studying, competing and

the future, and our hats go off

hanging out together. Having spent

to those who persevered. As the

their formative years in such an

pages ahead attest, that visionary

environment, these young people

spirit of leadership and innovation

leave LCS with the skills to succeed

continues today.

as leaders in the world — prominent among them the ability to connect and collaborate with the opposite

To us, co-education was clearly the

gender. Long gone are the archaic

way to go, and not just for normal

days of the Mad Men (the hit AMC

hormonal reasons, either. Girls

TV series), where men sit atop the

reminded us that it was okay to

roost and women secretaries peck

demonstrated that Lakefield was

As features editor at Toronto’s Post City Magazines, Malcolm interviews and writes about Toronto celebrities and newsmakers while trying to keep his finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the GTA.

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From the Head of School

David Thompson Closing Speech, June 20, 2009 I would imagine that if the school’s founding Headmaster Sparham Sheldrake were alive today he would marvel at the growth of the school and the unparalleled facilities—especially this year with the opening of Hadden Hall, the McEwen Gymnasium and the Paul and Hélène Desmarais Outdoor Education Wing and Climbing Wall. Next year, we can look forward to the opening of Cooper House. Today, we are a far cry from the 15 students who settled into the grove of trees behind you, with a Head of School who was fresh from Cambridge, and, might I add, the $60 a term, plus $10 for extra bedding that was charged. The legacy of our founders lives today in the awards that we share with you: a love of what it is to be special, to be prized in Canadian life—the importance of doing your best and knowing that character is the framework for everything. For the Thompson family, it has been a remarkable year as we have settled into The Grove. We have truly

A special highlight of the year for our family was the presentation of the Order of Canada to Jennifer’s father, Dr. John Speakman. The citation read in part, “John Speakman has been at the forefront of providing eye care services in remote northern communities for more than four decades. He served as an opthalmologist with the J.A. Hildes Northern Medical Unit of the University of Manitoba travelling to such areas as Sanikiluag, Rankin Inlet, and Arviat.” Dr. Speakman received this award along with 46 others. Some are names that are familiar to you: Peter Mansbridge, Wallace McCain, and Randy Bachman among others. And seated among us are Order of Canada recipients: Rob McEwen (father of Sam in this year’s graduating class), Paul Desmarais Jr. ’73 (father of Charles ’11, Alex ’03, Nick ’03, and Paul Jr. ’00), and today’s guest speaker, John Fraser ’64. What was striking about the list of this year’s honourees was the number of names that you would not recognize: NN

premier musical ambassador for Canada;

appreciated the support that the community has given us: from the students, the board of directors and

John Fanning, a superb baritone, who has become a


Marcien Ferland who has spent over 50 years

trustees, and especially all members of the staff and

working to preserve and promote French and Métis

faculty who have been so welcoming to the “rookies” on

culture in Manitoba; and



Father André Poilievre who has spent much of his

The striking element of the study was that the

time on the streets of Saskatoon providing moral

researchers could not find any “naturals” who eased

and social support to marginalized Aboriginal and

to the top without practising. As Gladwell says, “The

inner-city youth.

people at the very top don’t just work harder or much

What was so poignant was how these remarkable Canadians were so humbled by the award and the

harder than everyone else. They work much, much harder.”

recognition. It was an honour that they did not seek nor

The idea that excellence at performing a complex task


requires a critical minimum level of practice surfaces

When John Fanning entered music, or John Speakman

again and again.

dispensed eye care through the Arctic, or Father

So, if I might return to those who were blessed with

Poilievre committed his time to the streets of

the Order of Canada; the honour was not something

Saskatoon, they did not think about the reward.

that was given, it was earned through hard work and

They loved what they were doing and knew that


they could contribute and make a difference in the lives of Canadians. It is certainly my hope that LCS has inspired and prepared our graduates to make a difference, however small that may be.

I would like to share a few thoughts with our class of 2009 as they approach the next stage of their journey: NN

than your IQ. Keep your word, be honest and fill

How did the Order of Canada recipients get to the point

your days with meaningful thoughts. Be true to

of being able to walk up the aisle at Rideau Hall? Was

yourself in whatever you choose to do;

this something that was pre-determined with their innate talents? Malcolm Gladwell, in his most recent book, Outliers, tackled this question. He said: “The obvious answer is yes. Not every hockey player born ends up playing at the professional level. Only some do—the innately talented ones. Achievement is talent plus preparation. The problem with this view is that the closer psychologists look at the careers of the gifted, the smaller the role innate talent seems to play and the bigger the role preparation seems to play.” Recently a study was conducted at the elite Berlin Academy of Music. They took their class of violinists and divided them into three groups: students with the potential to become world-class soloists; those judged to be good; and students who were unlikely to play professionally. Each of these groups started playing at roughly the same age, around five. At eight, differences emerged; those that would end up the best began to practice more than anyone else—from six hours per week at age nine to over 30 hours per week by age 20. By the age of 20, the elite performers had each totalled 10,000 hours of practice. Those who were unlikely to play professionally totalled just over 4,000 hours. The same pattern emerged when they compared amateur pianists with professional pianists.

Remember that character is more important


Keep curiosity alive and be open to new ideas; and


Learn from your teachers and mentors. You have all been blessed with a remarkable group of “leaders.” They have shared their wisdom and experiences with you. Education in its truest sense is really a conversation, the transfer of the best of our culture from one generation to the next. Take joy in your next conversations.

You leave The Grove today and enter into a complex world—full of economic, social and political challenges—a world that in many ways has lost its moral compass. It is a world that is full of opportunities—a world looking for guidance and direction. As you leave today, remember that you are all ready to participate and contribute. Above all—listen, learn, and discern. Set high standards for yourself and don’t be satisfied with anything other than your best effort. Know that, as those who were honoured by the Order of Canada, it is not about the reward, it is about the journey—the sharing, the giving, and exemplifying the highest qualities of citizenship so that you might enrich the lives of others. As Teddy Roosevelt said, “keep your eyes on the stars and keep your feet on the ground.”

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Unleashing Our Potential John Ryder ’77, Chair of the Board Closing Speech, June 20, 2009

Today, to look around our campus we find ourselves in the midst of what is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful campuses in Canada, endowed with some

Today marks the end of our school’s 130th year

of the finest facilities. For this we are grateful to our

and brings to a close the first year for our eighth

community of supporters, for their generosity and their

Head of School—Mr. David Thompson. A year ago,

belief in this fine school.

we celebrated the Haddens and welcomed the Thompsons at a time when the world was in a different circumstance. As we look back on this past year, with all that has changed, we also know from the lessons of time that the only thing that is constant is change. However, adversity has a way of re-focusing one’s commitment to purpose and to an organization’s mission and values.

These facilities are truly remarkable. They nurture our students and foster a sense of community so that they can strive for, and develop, their individual potential. I would like to interject a theme that weaves through the history of this school—which is that the facility itself will not lead you to your potential; it is what you do with these facilities that will. This school has always been blessed with a magnificent natural environment,

The events of the last year have affected us all, whether

and I cannot think of a more ideal setting to grow, to

in our professions, in our personal lives, or here at

explore, and to innovate.

this school. What we know from change, whether as individuals or organizations, is that we must also adapt and evolve; the alternative is to be left behind. Considerable time and effort has been given this past year by the school and foundation boards, school management, staff, and faculty to preserve and protect the fine traditions, mission, and values of The Grove, while also responding to the new reality in which we find ourselves. As we anticipate how the paradigms have shifted, and will continue to shift, and how these will impact our lives, we also know that when one responds appropriately and prudently that we will emerge from these times stronger and wiser, and perhaps a little different. The school has evolved with the times over its 130 years, but equally it has maintained a culture and a legacy of traditions that have transcended time and that are essential to what distinguishes this school as a very special place. To our Head, Mr. Thompson, and to the staff at LCS, we are grateful for your firm and steady hands “at the helm and on deck.” We cannot change the direction the winds blow, but we can adjust our sails to always reach our destination, and you are doing that most capably.

At this moment, with the backdrop of these challenging times, we see the completion of the final elements of the last strategic plan with the construction of Hadden Hall and Cooper House, and we now prepare to begin the planning process for the next strategic vision. Although our world has been profoundly changed by economic events, globalization, and ever newer technologies, we remain blessed with rich resources and opportunities that provide a solid foundation from which The Grove can chart its future. To the Class of 2009, as you embark on your new adventures—and to the students who will return to The Grove next year—and for that matter, all of us, our challenge is to use wisely our resources, these facilities, our opportunities, and to keep our mission mighty. Today the values that guide the school remain true to this rich legacy that began in 1879, and we find ourselves in the enviable position to do even more with the blessings that surround us. In closing, I leave you with a simple thought—we can choose to define our limitations, or with imagination and tenacity, unleash our potential. (Opposite) Images from Closing 2009.

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Letters I wish to commend the Headmaster and staff of LCS

It was a truly delightful and memorable day. I wish I

for the mighty fine reunion and hospitality that they

was young enough to return as a student.

provided for their alumni of the fifties (April 25), as well as some of the forties and sixties. It was a treat to

Best Regards, R. John Hughes ’58

renew contact with some of the fellow classmates and teammates that I hadn’t seen in almost fifty years. I was awestruck by the wonderful facilities, the huge

To fill in time while my car was being serviced at

gymnasium, the expansion of the theatre, and many

Henley-on-Thames, I paid a visit to The Rowing

other good things. The visit to the Northcote property

Museum—a fairly recent structure dedicated primarily

was indeed educational and the school is fortunate to

to rowing, but extending to all manner of boats on the

have this.


The chapel service was very moving. Listening to

On entering the museum, the second item on view

reminiscences as well as friendly roastings kept smiles

was a beautifully decorated canoe dating, it said, from

on our faces. The best magic of that service came

the 1890s. I recognized it instantly from my days at

during the hymns. When men in their sixties and

Lakefield College School as Canadian. The descriptive

seventies sang their hearts out with such gusto, it sent

notice said that it was built by the Lakefield Canoe

a message of love and appreciation for a wonderful

Company probably between 1890 and 1900. It said

country school which helped to shape them into the

that the company was the property of the Strickland

people that they have become.

Family living in Peterborough. It said that the Stricklands came from England from Maidenhead, a

My thanks to all those who helped make this event

large town on the River Thames. It also said that the

happen and, of course, my thanks to all who came.

Stricklands returned to Maidenhead and continued to

Blessings to you all. John Ballachey ’59

build Canadian Canoes. These became very popular in the early 1900s and many can be seen in the early photographs of boats attending the famous Henley-onThames Rowing Regatta.

My sincere thanks to everyone involved with the 50s reunion. It was wonderful to see so many old classmates and reminisce about our glory days. The “new” school facilities are absolutely amazing—such a big improvement over the 50s. A special thanks to Jennifer and David Thompson for providing such a warm welcome and inviting us into their home for lunch.

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It is interesting to reflect on the influence of Lakefield on the Thames River culture of England. With all good wishes, John Morrell ’45

Head Students’ Closing Address


Closing Awards


The Only Thing I Would Ask of You, John Fraser ’64


School Highlights


The Future Looks Bright: Reflections on the 1987 Co-Education Decision


Celebrating Our 20th Year of Co-Education


Over 25 Years at The Grove and Lovin’ It!


Update From the Archives


The Power of Participation


Honorary Alumni


Reminiscences of a Mentor and of a Mentee


Class News (Weddings, Births)


In Our Memories


Editor: Tracey Blodgett; Layout & Design and Copy Editor: Christine Vogel; Contributing Editor: Malcolm Johnston ‘02; Editorial Committee: Heather Avery, Lisa Clarke, Richard Johnston, Richard Life, Sarah McMahon, Louise Paoli di Prisco, and David Thompson. Contributing Photographer: Simon Spivey. Please address correspondence to the Communications and Constituent Relations Office: Lakefield College School, Lakefield, ON, K0L 2H0 705.652.3324

Head Students’ Closing Address—June 2009 Baillie Allen ’09 Before you die they say that your life flashes before your eyes. And apparently that goes for when you graduate as well. As I wrote the last word on my last exam, I realized that my time here at The Grove was up and it was time to move on. Walking across the gym to meet my fellow classmates in the hall, I could see the future basketball and volleyball games, classes using the open space for activities, and I remembered the day that it opened … well I remember the several days that it opened throughout the year. But what I remembered the most was the fact that it didn’t matter whether it was the first time or the third, everyone, Grades 7 through 12, got just as excited and cheered just as much. Instead of being frustrated with the delay, the gym was something that we all continued to look forward to.

changes, it is something we pride ourselves on. The spirit here goes way farther than us getting together and yelling, it’s about friendship and having a common purpose with people you otherwise never would. If you have issues with someone, but you are on the same paper house for the ten minutes that you are cheering, you two are best friends and united with the rest of your house. There are only a couple more steps till I’m outside and I can’t wait to get down to the water …

Malik Elharram ’09 And as I opened the door, the wind rushed towards my face and I smelled the cool air, and almost immediately my memory brought me back to Algonquin Park. The Algonquin Expedition passed before my eyes, and I saw our grad class tackling the outdoors. I saw our

For those of you who are not up to date on all of

portages through the thick forests—canoeing through

Lakefield’s traditions, one of the best ones is for all the

the heat and the rain, and the many nights where we

grads to run down to the waterfront and jump into

slept uncomfortably on the cold wet ground. But even

the lake, uniform and all, after our last exam. As we

though the grad class struggled with the challenges

ran screaming through the school block, we passed

in the wilderness, there was another person there to

classes that we had spent our high school careers

support us: Mr. Thompson. Mr. Thompson joined our

learning in and I couldn’t help but look back on all

grad class on the expedition, and he was there to face

of the teachers I had. The best lessons aren’t the

the challenges with us. But even after the expedition

ones about trigonometry or on the ancient Greeks,

ended, Mr. Thompson was still there with the

the most important lessons that we learn in high

graduating class, facing the obstacles that presented

school are life lessons. Like starting that 2000 word

themselves throughout the year. Mr. Thompson, you

essay at least three days before it is due or how it is

have been there supporting the Class of 2009 since the

probably not a good idea to eat tacos right before a

beginning of the year, and we could never have tackled

rugby game. Thank you to the teachers for showing us

the challenges of this year without you being right by

responsibility, for taking the time to really care about

our side. Thank you. To the Thompson family: You

us and for being our friend, and for sharing your life

guys have been the heart of our Lakefield Community.

experiences with us so that we might learn from them.

You have opened your doors to the students with warm welcome, you have involved yourselves in all aspects

As we ran down the last hallway towards the door that

of school life, and looking ahead, I know that Lakefield

would take us outside, we ran by the dining hall. The

has a very bright future with your presence.

dining hall isn’t just a place to eat, it is a place where many of our spirit events take place: fashion shows,

As I continued my journey to jumping in the lake, I

dances, Casino Nights, and many more. If you have

passed the basketball courts, and as I glanced over to

ever been to a Regatta Day or witnessed a paper house

my left, there stood Lefevre Field. As I stared at the

“cheer off” on Lefevre Field then you know first hand

soccer field, memories came of triumphant victories,

just how much spirit this community has. Students

disappointing losses, and countless practices. I

and teachers come and go, buildings go up, and our

remembered the moments where I met my first friends,

networks go down … but Lakefield’s spirit never

encountered gruelling practices, and the many days

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where I laughed with my teammates. I could vividly

have left our imprint on Lakefield College School. And

see our sports teams in our red and green. I could see

forever will Lakefield remember the Grad Class of 2009.

the intensity and power we played with, the courage within our eyes, and the sportsmanship that we all had. And as I passed the soccer field, and moved down towards the residences, I could hear the echo of the “Grove Cheer” for the very last time. As I raced past Moodie and Ryder House and approached the waterfront, my emotions reminded me of how I felt on the very first day of my Lakefield career. I remember entering the waterfront for the very first time. Everyone can remember their very first moments at Lakefield, with all the excitement, the thrill, and of course, the nerves of meeting your new peers. When I arrived to school in the fall of this year, something

As I approached the docks, I stared at the lake that lay ahead of me; the end of my LCS career. And as I ran forward I jumped with my memories; I jumped with all that Lakefield had taught me; and I jumped with my grad class right by my side. And as I hit the cool water, so did 106 of my peers. We all jumped together. To the Grad Class of 2009, we have finally jumped outside the Lakefield bubble into the real world—we are now prepared to enter the real world ready to pursue our passions. And, looking at the bright 106 students in front of us, there is no limit to what the Class of ’09 will be capable of doing.

about the grade felt different than it did in the past.

But as we move on to the real world, we will inevitably

It was something about everyone joining in on the

face the tragic cycle of life. Our relationships with one

orientation games, or showing enthusiasm and spirit

another will soon begin to fade; our trips back to The

when we performed our grad dance, or on Algonquin

Grove will become less frequent, and Lakefield, as we

Expedition when we encountered the challenges of the

once knew it, will become a thing in our past. But there

wilderness together. Our grad class was united.

is one thing in life that will never cease to fade: our memories.

And this unity was our strength. We came together to raise the spirit of this school. We came together as the

Although our Lakefield career only lasts a few years,

Grad Class of 2009. The success of this year doesn’t lie

the memories that it possesses will last a lifetime.

on any individual’s shoulder; the success of this year

(Below) In true Grove tradition, Co-Head students Baillie Allen and Malik Elharram leap into Lake Katchewanooka after writing their final exam.

is attributed to the grad class coming together. We

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Closing Awards—June 21, 2008 Academic Proficiency Standing Top of Form

Grade 7

Devon Cole

Grade 10 Rebekah Sibbald

Grade 8

Deborah Trotchine

Grade 11 Ashley Patel

Grade 9 Teraleigh Stephenson

Grade 12 Ran Zhao (Governor General’s Medal)

Curriculum Area Prizes English

Fine Arts

The Grade 7/8 Humanities Prize: Daisy O’Neill

The Junior/Intermediate Drama Prize: Megn Walker

The Dela Fosse Prize (Junior): Rebekah Sibbald

The David Bierk Visual Arts Prize: Ran Zhao

The Intermediate English Prize: Gabrielle Cormier

The Senior Music Prize: Maki Ishida

The Senior English Prize: Alison Cameron

The Senior Drama Prize: Alexandra Gronfors

The I. Norman Smith Prize for Studies in English Literature: Rachel Grant

Modern Languages

The English Writers’ Craft Prize: Zoe Edwards

The Junior Modern Languages Prize: Meggy Chan

Fine Arts

The Intermediate Modern Languages Prize: Ashley Patel The Core French Prize: Julie Buthmann

The Hubert Eisdell Award (Junior/Intermediate Music): Angela Lee

The Advanced Placement Extended French Prize: Katie Jones

The Junior/Intermediate Fine Arts Prize: Rebekah Sibbald

HRH Prince of Asturias Spanish Prize: Philipp Duffner

(Below) Back Row L-R: Grade 8 Graduates Martin Wu, Ben Lamont, Jon Kim, Matthew Dupuis, Josh Walker, Harrison Quinlan, Kayden Kaller, Tyson Nayler. Front Row L-R: Daisy O’Neill, Jillian Scates, Chris Jebens, Sophia Gabbani, Deborah Trotchine, Stephanie Paoli. Missing: Sara Vaughan.

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Curriculum Area Prizes Mathematics

Science and Technology The Communications Technology Prize: Derek Shin

The Grade 7/8 Mathematics, Science & Technology Prize: Deborah Trotchine The Paterson Junior Mathematics Prize: Rebekah Sibbald The Intermediate Mathematics Prize: Ashley Patel The Mathematics of Data Management Prize: Ran Zhao The Advanced Functions Prize: Dominik Lieberoth-Leden

The McLimont Scholarship for Engineering: JJ Maxwell

Social Sciences and Outdoor Education The Grade 7 & 8 Social Sciences Prize: Josh Walker The Junior Outdoor Education Prize: Teraleigh Stevenson

Professor M. Mackenzie Prize for Calculus: Dominik Lieberoth-Leden

The T.H.B. Symons Canadian Studies Prize (Junior): Rebekah Sibbald

The Larry Griffiths Prize for Advanced Placement Calculus: Harry Lee

The Intermediate Outdoor Education Prize: Andrew Dupuis

Science and Technology

The Susan Guest Outdoor Education Prize: Jamie Cooper

The A.W. Mackenzie Environmental Award for Junior Science & Technology: Angela Lee The Intermediate Science and Technology Prize: Katie Jones The Biology Prize: Julie Buthmann The Mrs. A.W. Mackenzie Prize for Biology: Philipp Duffner The Chemistry Prize: Ha Yun Lee The Physics Prize: Ran Zhao The Earth and Space Science Prize: Tobias Lengerke

The American History Prize: Helen Denyer

The Classical Civilizations Prize: Cameron Boland The Economics Prize: Ran Zhao The World History Prize: Julie Buthmann The European History Advanced Placement Prize: Philipp Duffner The Canadian and International Law Prize: Yasin Sridhar The Canada & World Issues Prize: Fiona Cameron The Politics Advanced Placement Prize: Katie Jones

Character and Achievement Awards The Harman Award: Kayden Kaller

Senior Edson Pease Prize: Alison Cameron

The Gaby Award: Josh Walker

H.M. Silver Jubilee Award: Baillie Allen

The Junior Grove Society Prize: Noah Rosen

The Nelles Prize: Pablo Castello

The Fred Page Higgins Award: Rebekah Sibbald

The J.R. Anderson Award: Jerry Hogan

Junior Edson Pease Prize: Brooke Dunford

John Pearman Martyn Sibbald Prize: Malik Elharram

The Jean Ketchum Prize: Megn Walker

The Ondaatje Foundation Award: Jamie Johnson

The Stephen Thompson Prize: Katie Jones

The Monty Bull Award: Zoe Edwards

The Senior Grove Society Prize: Alexandra Gronfors

The Jack Matthews Humanitarian Award: April Corner

The Milligan Awards: JJ Maxwell, Morgan Bignell

The Whitney Prize: Jessica Dobson

The King Constantine Medal: Rachel Johnston

Jean and Winder Smith Award: Laura Wilson

The Grove Award: Sarah Griggs

The Trustees’ Prize: Philipp Duffner

The Crombie Award: Rachel Grant

British Alumni Travelling Scholarship: Zoe Edwards

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The Only Thing I Would Ask of You Keynote Address by John Fraser ’64, Closing 2009 I don’t in any way want to undermine the headmaster’s eloquent description of those worthy of the Order of Canada, but you’re looking at a recipient of the Order of Canada who failed Grade 11 and Grade 13 and thereby hangs a tale or two. I attended many schools and the reason for all the schools I attended was that I was moving around trying not to get caught! I suppose you could accurately say I came from a famously dysfunctional family. In fact, at times I felt I was the only functional one. In any event, the year I came to Lakefield College School was the year I needed an oasis. This really was an oasis for me. Lakefield was in some ways a very different school than the one you’re at today. Obviously, there were no girls. And fees, I think, have gone up. I believe they were around $3000 then, and, as the headmaster took me around the school today, I realized that most of your rooms are named after teachers I actually had. Bryan Jones wasn’t a theatre—he was a beloved history teacher. Winder Smith wasn’t about 50 things—he was the headmaster and a wonderfully kind man. Andy Harris ’44 was my great mentor and he too had been to a number of high schools. In fact, when I was here, he was still trying to get his B.A. (I hasten to assure parents that he did eventually get it.) And he was one of the most inspirational figures you could ever imagine. I want to tell you something else too, in case you didn’t know it. In the old days, before royalty came here, this was a school for problem boys. I was a problem boy. In fact, when I met the Duke of York in Toronto at the York Club anniversary recently, I told him this and he said, “Me too.” What was it about The Grove that made it such a refuge? I suspect it’s the same thing that’s here now; at least I hope it is. For starters, it didn’t feel like a prison, but a place of freedom. Perhaps it was something about the lake or the woods. You could breathe here. I was at a place I used to call Stalag UCC— the Upper School, not the wonderful prep school—and it was not, for me, a place you could breathe. If you ran around the school you were taking in the fumes of Oriole Parkway. Here you took in a Kawartha lake. Now Headmaster, just forgive me but I want to do a survey. I’m curious. Is there anyone here in any of these classes who is not getting a prize today, like I didn’t all those years ago? [Dozens of hands are

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raised.] Okay then, this is what I

expert on technology—a master

to transform it somehow. And you

want to say: This is your school

lecturer. She said to me about two

can’t take the luck for granted.

and I’m your man! And I want

years ago that the only “ism” left in

to tell you, if you’re not getting a

her life—and she’s embraced most

prize the world is still there for

of them, everything from socialism

you, I promise. You might be a

to pacifism—she said that the

late starter, but it doesn’t actually

only one that she has any faith in

matter when you start. If you’ve

is “who’d ever have thought-ism.”

got good teachers here, they’ll

Who’d ever have thought that two

recognize it, even if they’re not

planes would crash into a building

setting you up for the history

and change the whole geopolitical

prize. They’ll know that you’re

world around us? Who’d ever have

someone worthwhile and that

thought that South Africa wouldn’t

maybe when you get to university

end in bloodshed? Who’d ever have

and study what you want to study,

thought that the Berlin Wall would

you can aspire to those kinds

come down the way it did. Good

of achievements that you may

and bad. Who’d have thought?

not be getting here. So don’t be

That’s what happens, this world

disheartened. There’s a wonderful

changes so dramatically. Are you

world waiting for you when you get

ready for a world like that?

out of this place, I promise you.

For example, gentlemen: it’s also a tough world out there for you. Tougher than it has been for awhile. They’ve done surveys of people your age: do you know the only things you guys excel at over girls in university? Binge drinking and automobile accidents. There are exceptions! But what are the women doing? Young women are now in the majority at many medical schools—the majority. This year or next, women will be at parity at many law schools. These are the two great professions of the university: Medicine and Law. It’s an extraordinary change just in my lifetime. And for several years

Look what happened almost

women have outnumbered men

I also want to talk directly to the

yesterday. There’s a black

in theology, and may already have

graduating class because there

President of the United States. To

taken over! Yet women still face

is a really interesting, exciting,

get that black President we had to

obstacles and luck alone won’t be

and daunting world waiting for

have an almost complete collapse

enough in some cases to get ahead.

you—not university—but the

of the western economy and two

world beyond that. It’s changing

really bad wars, but—whatever—it

so fast. There’s a wise woman at

happened. Who ever thought that

Massey College named Professor

would happen in our lifetime? It

Ursula Franklin, she’s 88. She

was an amazing achievement

has the most honorary degrees

bringing us a wonderfully

in Canadian history. I think she

inspirational figure. But this new

finally stopped accepting them

world is your challenge because

when she turned 80. She walked

you, like me, had the enormous

her mother out of a concentration

luck to grow up in Canada and

camp when she was a teenager;

be able to go to an incredible

she’s become a very famous

institution like this. You can’t just

Quaker; there’s a school named

shrug at luck like that. You have

after her in Toronto; and she’s an

So with all that said, you can see you’ve got challenges. But challenges create wonderful competition for us. It’s also going to change the nature of what our lives are all like. I can’t tell you how. The only thing I would ask of you is the only thing that is really important, beyond doing well to the best of your ability, and that is simply this—with all that luck, do something for someone else. That’s the most important thing all of us have to do. Grove News Spring/Summer 2009  |  7

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School Highlights The McEwen Gym Opens its Doors On March 5, 2009, the school celebrated the first game in the new McEwen Gymnasium. Dressed in red and green, the student body gathered in the gym for the opening ceremony with a ‘tip off’ by Co-head students Malik Elharram and Baillie Allen. The 1st Girls’ Basketball Team presented a CISAA banner to be hung in the gym, commemorating their fall CISAA Championship. LCS welcomed the Lakefield District High School Boys’ Basketball Team to play in the first ‘official’ game. The day’s events ended with an entertaining staff vs. girls’

were awarded to: The Lorelei Consort; the Flute Choir of Sophia Gabbani ’13, Angela Lee ’11, Hope Casserly ’11, Ha Yun Lee ’09, Sheena Wu ’11 Daisy O’Neill ’13, Teraleigh Stevenson ’12, and; a Flute trio (Tess McCutcheon ’12, Nikki Gosselin ’12, and Teraleigh Stevenson ’12); the Clarinet section from the Grade 10 Music class (Kathleen Nower ’12, Dagmar Christianson ’12, Sophia Walter ’12, Chloe Rees-Spear ’12, and Ryan Lee ’12); and a quartet of woodwinds from the Grade 11 music class (Makala Chapman ’11, Niki Quinlan ’10, Angela Lee ’11, and Nathaniel Arnill ’11).

volleyball game.

Making History at Regional Fair

Welcome Honourable Flora MacDonald This April we welcomed the Honourable Flora MacDonald (Minister of Foreign Affairs, Order of Canada Recipient, and former Member of Parliament). Ms. MacDonald founded Future Generations Canada—a one-person, grassroots development organization dedicated to the empowerment of the Afghan people. She inspired our students through her presentation and by her passion and commitment. Flora MacDonald is a living embodiment of Lakefield’s core values.

Grade 8 students Sofia Gabbani, Stephanie Paoli, Josh Walker, Sara Vaughan, Jillian Scates, Daisy O’Neill, and Deborah Trotchine competed at the regional Historica Fair. At the subsequent provincial Historica Fair, our students took four of the six positions. Congratulations to Josh Walker, Daisy O’Neill, Deborah Trotchine, and Sara Vaughan who were invited to compete in the provincial fair this August in Ottawa. Congratulations also to Stephanie Paoli who was recognized for her project on the Barnardo children.

Farewell Friends

Choreography Award Goes to LCS Dancers The LCS Dancers competed in February at the first Conference of Independent Schools Dance Showcase at St. Clements in Toronto. Congratulations to the team who performed six original dances. “Welcome to the 60s,” a dance in which all the 22 LCS dancers were involved, tied for first place!

This June, Lakefield College School says farewell to two members of faculty. Regan MacNay has been at the school since April 2007. Over that time she has taught English and Music and has given outstanding leadership to the Choral Music Program. Paul Follett joined the school’s faculty in 2002. For the past several years he has taught Canadian History and Civics and been a

Sports Action

wonderful advisor to many students.

It was a fantastic season with three teams entered into

Each spring we also say good-bye to Assistant Heads of

the CISAA Championships with undefeated seasons: the

House who have finished their contract. We thank Ben

1st Boys’ Softball team finished with a gold medal; the

Crocker, Ali Farlow ’04, Janice Greenshields ’03, Scott

Girls’ 1st Rugby team achieved the silver medal; and the

Gray, and Steve Morris for all that they have done for the

Boys’ Rugby team finished their run with a silver medal.

school this year.

The 1st Girls’ Soccer team, ranked first in regular season, won the CISAA silver medal. The U-16 Girls’ Soccer Team finished their regular season in second place and went on to win the CISAA bronze final. Congratulations!

LCS Wins First Place at Kiwanis Festival Lakefield College School performed well at the 63rd Kiwanis Music Festival this spring. First place standings

(Opposite) L-R, top to bottom: The first game in the McEwen Gymnasium, The Honourable Flora MacDonald, LCS Dancers performing “Welcome to the 60s,” and the 1st Boys’ Softball Team CISAA Gold Medal Champions.

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“The Future Looks Bright!” Reflections on the 1987 Co-Education Decision To begin with full disclosure: I supported co-education

The Board of Governors of the school (its members both

from the beginning. As the Director of Admissions at

individually conflicted and collectively divided on the

the school, I embraced a plan which would double the

issue) gave the opponents access to the school’s mailing

potential market for new students. As well, I believed

list. At the same time, the board was involved in a year-

that the addition of girls to the student population

long process of review of the co-education proposal.

would reduce the hierarchical culture, which was all too

As 1987 progressed, the board’s views shifted towards

common at all the boys’ schools with which I had been

support for co-education, while the opponents’ anger

associated as both student and teacher. Still, the decision

grew. The emotion of the critics poured out at a packed

to allow girls to attend Lakefield seemed to me at the

community meeting at the Toronto Stock Exchange, at

time, as it does now, to be a matter of “simple justice,”

which opponents challenged the board’s process and its

quite in keeping with the improving social climate of

decision to support co-education at Lakefield.

opportunities for women. By the mid-1980s, almost 20 years had passed since the Royal Commission on the Status of Women had set the agenda for change, and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms had been established in 1982. How could a truly “Canadian School,” as we called ourselves at the time, not include girls as well as boys?

In retrospect, it is clear that the opponents of co-education were correct in their assertion that the addition of girls to the student population would lead to a significant change in the school’s culture. While supporters can say that the change took the rough edges off the allmale culture, we must admit that it also led to the boys

Not everyone agreed, however. A group of parents and

abandoning some of their fields of interest. The thriving

alumni organized the “Save Lakefield Campaign” to chal-

environmental and arts programs from the all-boy era

lenge the move to co-education. Those who actively

have grown and flourished at Lakefield College School

opposed co-education at Lakefield did not see the issue

since girls joined the school—but they are now domi-

as one of the extension of human rights. They were

nated by girls, with most boys looking elsewhere for their

great believers in the school as it was, and they sought

co-curricular engagement.

to retain what they saw as one of its greatest strengths. They were also angered by a process which they saw as biased towards a pre-determined conclusion. They could point, with justification, to the questionnaire sent to the community, which did not ask for an opinion on the admission of girls, but rather sought only to determine the degree of opposition to co-education. To conclude from this questionnaire that a majority of the community were not “strongly opposed” to co-education at Lakefield did somewhat beg the question.

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Lakefield has gone through the same changes in culture due to co-education as most of the professions and organizations into which women have been admitted as equal participants over the past half century. The staunch spirit of individuality and the goal of holistic education have remained as core values at Lakefield (as proclaimed in our 1990s minted mission statement: “to challenge and enable students to reach their individual potential in mind, body and spirit”), but a new “ethic of

care” has emerged as a fundamental component of the

them to this decision, but it would have been very easy

school’s mission. We now talk explicitly about the essen-

to yield to the internal pressures favouring the status

tial importance of Lakefield’s “healthy, caring commu-

quo. Several days after Lakefield announced its intention


to admit girls, The Globe and Mail published an edito-

To their immense credit, the vast majority of the opponents of co-education have remained loyal members of the Lakefield community. The heroes of the story to me, however, are the members of the Board of Governors who voted for co-education. A group of men, all with deep roots in the all-male institution of Lakefield, decided to open the doors of the school to girls. To be

rial in support of the decision. The Globe concluded: “Parents who are frightened by the new policy can relax. Not only are the history and traditions of Lakefield College in good hands but, dare we add, the future looks brighter than ever.” Dare I add, The Globe and Mail got it right! RICHARD LIFE, ASSOCIATE HEAD OF SCHOOL

sure, there were considerable external pressures pushing

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Celebrating Our

Moodie House Girls arrive, 1989/1990

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20 Year th

of Co-Education

“In order for me to describe properly the year to you, as we the students saw it,” said Patrick Marshall ’90 in his Closing Head Boy address, “I must explain what our expectations were before it began.” In the fall of 1989, 54 young women trail-blazed onto

I remember the excitement I felt when the school

the shore of Lake Katchewanooka as the first Girls of

finally went co-ed … I finally would get to be part of this

The Grove. “The young men of the graduating class

amazing place—fully and completely.” The decision

returned from the summer with the knowledge that

to implement co-education was a lengthy process,

in addition to the 202 males, there would be women,”

discussed by a courageous group of board of governors

continued Patrick. “1990 would be the most significant

over several years. “Co-education was introduced

year of Lakefield’s history since its birth in 1879, and we

with much research, emotion, and conviction,”

did not know what to expect.”

explains (then) French teacher and later Director of Development Katie Brown. “David Hadden was a young

Looking back after 20 years, Patrick reflects, “One of the

Head of School with the vision and leadership skills

values Lakefield teaches is how to live with, and even

needed to guide and support the decision. In fact, going

embrace, change rather than fear it. I was lucky to have

co-ed before Trinity College School put LCS at the

spent seven years at Lakefield, and I came to realize

forefront of private schools in realizing the value of the

that the school I experienced when I first arrived at

co-educational experience.”

the age of 12 wasn’t the same as when I left at 18. We’d both changed. We saw friends, including classmates

“Generations of young men have come to Lakefield

and teachers, nurses and chaplains, even a headmaster,

and made it a very special place,” said David Hadden in

come and go.” And then a new ‘makeup’ of student

1987. “They have profited from the rigour and intensity

arrived. “I’ll always admire the courage of the first

of the academic, athletic, and extra-curricular life. They

female students who stepped into Lakefield history. In my mind, they were no less pioneering than the handful of boys who made up Sparham Sheldrake’s first class in 1879.”

have gone forth to establish families and contribute to their communities and country. As distinguished as this record of success is, the past is but a prologue to the future. The co-education decision recognizes the evolution of our society in which women have joined

Donna Milligan Starling ’90 was a Grove Kid, daughter

with men in shaping our country’s institutions. I am

of staff members John and Bid Milligan, and one of

committed to ensuring that the enrolment of girls will

the first girls to graduate from LCS. “Growing up at

make Lakefield even stronger, and will further the

The Grove was magical. The campus was one big

school’s role in the future of our nation.”

playground for the imagination, and allowed for exploration and learning,” she recalls. “But most of all,

Coming from the public system, Stephen Coates ’90 was very much in favour of co-education, despite

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Trustee Profile Romina Fontana ’94 was profiled in the Fall/Winter 2008 edition of the Grove News for her volunteer work with The Running and Reading Club, a program to encourage physical activity and reading for kids in underprivileged neighbourhoods in Toronto. Professionally, Romina works in business development and client services for Concrete Design Communications in Toronto—a position she arrived at after a degree at Trent University and jobs in British Columbia and Paris, France. Romina came to think of the school as “a home” during her time as a student. For this she credits David Hadden and her Head of House Janet Markus. As to co-education, “the boys had largely accepted co-education by the time I arrived,” she recalls. “I did have to push my way onto the sailing team, which had been all male, but those teammates are still some of my best friends.” As a trustee, Romina is eager to support the school’s marketing strategy: to communicate that LCS is unique among independent schools and, very importantly, an open and welcoming community.

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the resistance from his classmates. “It was a sensible decision for a residential, all-year setting,” he says. “The girls in that first year provided a lot of leadership; they paved the way. They made an impression on all of us and deserve a lot of credit.” “I was greeted at Lakefield by a core of older girls who were tough, driven, bright young leaders and fantastic mentors,” says Dr. Hélène Deacon ’95, one of four female LCS Rhodes Scholars. “They set the stage by ensuring that the opportunities and challenges at The Grove were balanced by a supportive and caring environment.” Nurse Vaila Hagg adds, “The strong group of girls were supported by an equally strong female staff. They all dug in their heels, working hard in order to be integrated and respected.” In that first year the demand by boarding girls was far larger than expected, and in addition to the newly built Susanna Moodie residence with Head of House Jan Matthews, girls lived in Lampman House with Pat Life and Smith Hall with Kirsten Franklin. Romina Fontana ’94 remembers fondly, “The school put a lot of thought and intention into who would live together. Janet Markus, Head of Grove House, made our residence feel like home.” Sandra Bird, a former Head of Memorial House, recalls how many “mothers” on campus including Linda Sunderland, Lynn Arsenault, Christine MacIntosh, and Susan Armstrong, offered a balance of caring and nurturing, as well as guidance and role modeling to both the female and male students. “Living together on campus is like being part of a complete family; we are all interdependent.” Interdependence also became a focus in the classroom where new world views were being introduced by the addition of female students. “In co-ed English classes, I had the opportunity to offer a wider selection of texts, perspectives in discussion, mixed groups for class presentations, and this enriched the challenges for me and our students,” remembers Dr. Rosalind Barker. A dramatic change was also seen in the theatre. “With over 100 years of all-male theatre, there must be at least 500 Old Boys out there who dressed as Old Girls at least once while at The Grove,” says Patrick. “I myself wore a bra and pantyhose no less than three times in various stage productions.” In addition to changes in academics and the arts, a budding sports program for female students was championed by coaches such as Donna MacIntyre. “She was a great source of support for the girls,” explains Christine Cole ’92 in the 1999 edition of the Grove News. “She helped us to shape our own identity as new members of the community.” Romina adds, “I remember having to wiggle my way (Opposite) Above: Upper Colebrook House Girls pose for their house photo,1996. Below: After over a century of all-male theatre, LCS girls took to the stage; pictured here in a production of The Paper Bag Princess and other Robert Munsch Stories, 2000.

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onto the sailing team, which had been all male, but those teammates are still some of my best friends.” “Co-education was not about accepting change, but about welcoming change in the community,” says Mrs. Bird. Despite the resistance from some students and alumni, “I never once thought the school’s values were compromised.

Trustee Profile Tracy Morley ’93

came to The Grove in the second year of co-education. Her recollection is that she and her female classmates had heard of the controversy surrounding the decision to admit girls, but “we didn’t see ourselves as changing the culture of the school, but rather as being a part of it.” Tracy is proud to have been one of the first girls to attend Lakefield and was flattered to be asked to be a trustee. Tracy brings a rich life experience and knowledge of the not-for-profit sector to her governance role at Lakefield. After earning her degree in history and political science in Australia, Tracy traveled widely and then settled in Sydney as an International Travel Consultant. In 2002, she and her husband moved to Toronto, where she has worked as a development officer, first for Camp Oochigeas and now for Fife House. Tracy enjoys her work because of the diversity of experiences and the sense of community—and this is how she remembers what she valued about her time at Lakefield, and what she loves about being a volunteer and trustee for the school.

In fact, they were made stronger by the trust, respect, empathy, responsibility, and interconnectedness that grew between the male and female students.” She continues, “The respect came from the top down. As adults welcomed change, examined stereotypes, and listened, the students embraced a healthier community and began to celebrate each other’s achievements.” “Although some male students may have felt they were losing their school,” reflects Mrs. Hagg, “it speaks of the ownership they felt—they loved the school.” True to its values, the school continued to be a leader, embracing co-education and affecting real and substantial change in its students. “It wasn’t that I was a girl at LCS, but a student at LCS that has made the difference in my life,” says Tracy (Fenn) Morley ’93. “I experienced encouragement and positive peer pressure to thrive and succeed, and I rose to the challenge. The strong friendships and memories that we developed came from more than a ‘school’ experience. There is an extension of growth and of self-esteem from the Lakefield difference that defines who we are and where we will go in life.” For many alumni, it is the life-long friendships and unique experiences that remain the most prominent memories of those first years of co-education. “Lakefield College School helped me build confidence and character,” says Nicole (Bendaly) Groves ’93 … “in my heart I was a risk taker, but hadn’t yet had the opportunity to explore that side of myself. There is more to a whole student than academics. The friendships I continue to foster give me strength and inspire me. We were a close-knit class and we continue to want to create change, make a difference, and help others. We live the LCS culture, values, and mission at every level.” Twenty years later, Patrick Marshall believes, “My experience at Lakefield College School contributed so much to who I am as a person. I have two daughters and it is difficult for me to imagine a time when they would not have been able to experience what I did at Lakefield, simply because they are girls.” LISA CLARKE (Opposite) Maddy Hackstetter ’11 enjoying the challenge of a co-ed beach volleyball game with her peers at the waterfront, 2009.

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Trustee Profile Nicole Groves ’93 Nicole Groves can remember “begging” her parents to allow her to attend The Grove. They did, and her LCS experience helped her to build her confidence and to take on new challenges. Today she runs her family’s consulting agency, Kinect. Nicole’s governance role at the school began as a class representative. She was proud to become a trustee and embraced the opportunity to serve on the selection committee which chose David Thompson to be the new Head of School. In October 2008, Nicole became the first female alumna to serve on the Board of Directors. Nicole identifies fostering diversity as a crucial goal for Lakefield at this time. “We must ensure we are able to provide the financial assistance needed to make the school available to students whose families could not otherwise afford the fees,” she says, “and we must work very hard to help international students to be integrated into the school community.” For Nicole, being a volunteer at Lakefield is a way to continue the school culture which she so enjoyed, and also to thank her parents for the sacrifices they made to allow her to attend. Grove News Spring/Summer 2009  |  17

Over 25 Years at The Grove and Lovin’ It! “I was not hired for my sports experience,” admits

duty was a unique opportunity to engage our students

MIKE ARSENAULT, who in 1982 had just completed

in a significant growth experience.”

his Masters in the Biology/Watershed Ecosystems program at Trent University and was preparing to go

Mike transferred this philosophy into his teaching, coaching, and as head of Grove and Brown Houses. Lessons in Biology and Computer Science now included special lab work to connect youth to the world. As an example, Biology students have the opportunity to “analyze their own DNA for a specific trait on Chromosome 16,” in the classroom. “DNA science was developed while I was teaching at LCS,” says Mike of a rapidly changing technology over the past 25 years. Two years ago, Mike decided that he wanted to take a year’s sabbatical. “My children are grown now and I needed to reconnect with kids whose lifestyles have included computers and the internet from birth.” For his sabbatical, Mike proposed a look at sustainability, which was becoming increasingly controversial with the release of Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth. During his studies, he focussed on politics, economics, biology, bio-technology, and computer science, as well as trends in education—how new technologies and social networking impact today’s youth. “We can’t ignore curriculum that’s made in the news,” Mike discovered.

on full scholarship to a Ph.D. program out west. After

“Students inherit new discoveries and we need to

hearing about a teaching position at Lakefield College

facilitate discussions, letting students wrestle with the

School, he submitted his resume on the last day, just

information and disseminate it.”

under the wire. “I was greeted by a charming young boy who addressed me as ‘sir’ as I wandered lost looking

Mike also continues to learn valuable lessons through

where to hand in my application. I knew immediately

his family’s long-term involvement in fostering

that the school was unique and had a completely

children. “Philosophically, you want to reunite children

different atmosphere from the university.”

with their family, but if you’re not able to do that, you can help them understand their story and grow. Not

“When my whole family was interviewed for the

only has fostering taught me about neurobiology,

position, it was obvious that this job was a lifestyle

genetics, and behaviour, but about patience, creativity,

choice and I was admittedly starry eyed.” Mike with

and empathy. I can truly appreciate each individual,

his wife Lynn and daughters Jessica ’00, Jill ’03,

their journey, and their contributions. It makes me

and Josselyn ’04 quickly became part of the warm,

a whole person. We can’t deny what is going on in

embracing residential community. “When I took over

our world and as a foster parent and teacher, I am

teaching duties from Ken Burns, I also assumed his

committed to connecting with youth, understanding

responsibilities of running the LCS Fire Department,”

the challenges they go through, and continuing the

Mike remembers of the early years. “Being a first

quality of education we offer at LCS.”

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“There are some wonderful schools out there, each with its own unique character, but Lakefield is one that not only embraces, but celebrates, individual differences in its students and staff. I am lucky to have been a part of it for this long.”

Fashion-savvy Grade 11 students know that only in

the Mission’s funds to the community. After returning

Mr. Gerry Bird’s Biology class do you get to sport the

to LCS, the Birds continued their work for the Bequia

coveted “chest wader.” In early fall, Biology students

Mission, where Gerry still serves as President of the

can be found conducting “field work” waist-deep in

Board, through opportunities like March Break service

Lake Katchewanooka for the taxonomy unit of their life

projects with LCS student volunteers. “Helping, even

sciences studies. “The more I learn about the nature

in a small way, to improve peoples’ lives in this small

of life and the natural world, the more wondrous and

corner of the world has helped make my time away from

awe-inspiring I find it to be,” explains Gerry, who feels

Lakefield much richer and more fulfilling,” says Gerry.

privileged to teach in a unique natural setting filled

“I’m indebted to the school for helping open my eyes to

with investigative potential. “I try to instill this sense of

the benefits of international service.”

wonder in my students and, while they don’t necessarily always share my enthusiasm, it’s really gratifying when it strikes a chord.”

In his current role of Biology teacher and Director of International Programs, Gerry has been able to merge his two passions as a career. “There are some

Gerry came to Lakefield College School as a Junior

wonderful schools out there, each with its own unique

Master in 1979 while studying at Trent University. One

character, but Lakefield is one that not only embraces,

week after his marriage to Sandra in August 1983, he

but celebrates, individual differences in its students and

returned to the school as Head of Smith Hall residence

staff. I am lucky to have been a part of it for this long.”

and instructor of six different courses. “It was a challenging first year to say the least,” he remembers. “Lakefield is a wonderful place to work,” Gerry continues, “and we have been fortunate to have raised our two children, Hilary ’06 and Jeremy ’04, here. The years have flown by and I really can’t imagine myself anywhere else.” Yet for one year, Gerry and Sandra did travel on sabbatical to a drastic change in scenery. In 2001, the Bird family moved to Bequia, part of the developing Caribbean nation of St. Vincent and The Grenadines, to volunteer for the Bequia Mission. While Jeremy and Hilary attended the local high school, Sandra and Gerry initiated several projects for the mission, including establishing a woodworking shop at the Sunshine School for Children with Special Needs to help teach marketable skills, starting a feeding program for the elderly, and establishing the Bequia Mission Local Committee to empower local volunteers to allocate Grove News Spring/Summer 2009  |  19

“If you open the door into a dark room, light floods in, not vice versa. Light has the final say.” HUSTON SMITH For PAUL

NICHOLAS MASON, the finest

plays (The Discipline Committee and Circles of Grace are

moments of his 26-year teaching career at The Grove

still in print), and Sister Camille’s Kaleidoscopic Cabaret

have been as witness to a student’s acts of kindness,

won the international CITA Full Length Play award in

luminosity on stage, or awakening sense of purpose.

1996. Paul wrote his first novel, Battered Soles, in 2005

He arrived at Lakefield College School in the spring

and recently published The Red Dress in 2008. “I am

term of 1983, and 26 years later Paul continues to love

20,000 words into a novel that I am tentatively calling

the students he teaches, challenging them to write

Saint Otis,” says Paul of his most recent project.

from their life experience, think critically, shine in their theatrical roles, and read widely and intensely. “Lakefield College School is a safe place for young people to become their best selves, and I am afraid you can say that of very few places,” he says.

Paul’s professional experience has helped him to bring real-world experience into his English and Drama classes. “I hope I teach writing more effectively because I know how to write myself, and that I teach drama more effectively because I acted and directed

His father, who was a high school teacher and

for a living before I came to The Grove.” He believes

university professor, taught first in England, then

in finding inspiration in writing—as with music and

travelled with his family to the University of Rhodesia

art—from the masters, and encourages his students

(Zimbabwe), Simon Fraser University in BC, and Royal

to do the same. “If you have never read stories that

Military College in Kingston. In addition to embracing

excite you, it is impossible to write stories that will

his father’s passion for education, Paul, who graduated

excite other people.” His own children have also been

from Trent and Queen’s Universities, is a novelist,

inspired by Paul’s passion for the arts—Rachael ’02

playwright, and journalist. He has published three

studied Drama and Music at Bishop’s University; Nina embraced Drama and English at University of Toronto, and is now studying for her Montessori Teaching Certificate. Paul’s stepson Jackson is an artist, and stepdaughter Molly is in her final year of high school. Over the past two decades, Paul has directed over 20 theatrical productions at LCS and witnessed students, who previously had little experience in the arts, seize their moment to shine. He celebrates the successes of gifted students who have pursued professional careers in acting and writing, but he takes no credit for their success: “their own vision and dynamism will take them where they are going,” he says. “I believe that my first responsibility as a director and teacher is to create opportunities for young people to grow.” LISA CLARKE

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UPDATE - From the Archives Thank you to everyone who contributed to identifying the boys in the “Classroom” (circa late 1950s) in our last issue of the Grove News. Can you identify numbers 2, 9 and 11 below? Please contact Richard Johnston at or phone 705.652.3324 ext.343. The following are those who have been identified:

1. Jack Nesbitt ’62 2. “Thump?” 3. John Eastman 4. Jim Mackenzie ’59

5. Fergus Brown ’60 6. Keith Morley 7. Derek Taylor ’62 8. Jim Marshall ’59

9. Peter Dunn ’62 or Jim Embury ’63 or John Hamilton ’62 10. Bud Wesley ’60






11. Peter Hancock ’59 or John Hancock ’60 12. Geoff Dilworth ’61 13. Brock Napier









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““If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” WARREN BUFFET (Philanthropist)

The Power of Participation “Paddles up!” The command comes from the front. You glance back over your shoulder and see others behind you, paddles poised above the water—sun and water glinting on the blades. You shift, turn, and look forward. The rest of the crew is ready—you join them with your paddle raised, prepared to break the calm surface of the water with the flat blade—together—in unison. You can already feel the wind as the boat heaves forward. You are working together. You are more than the sum of each paddler. Your boat will travel farther and for a longer distance than if you had been paddling alone. You are experiencing the power of participation.

education can be, your participation speaks volumes to your commitment to the school and its mission. The amount of your support really doesn’t matter. In 2008, Barack Obama’s campaign team boasted that 26% of the individuals who supported his campaign contributed $200 or less.* At LCS, 67% of our donors contributed at that same level (with gifts between $5 and $200). Everyone participates at a level that is comfortable for them. Just like our paddlers, working together—in larger numbers—makes the task easier and ultimately ensures success. But the true secret to the power of participation is simple—participate. Instead of a small number of supporters ‘raising their paddles,’ it is essential that there are others available to join the ‘crew’. Knowing that there are many ‘paddlers

Whether on the lake, in the hockey rink, the

paddling’ will make the task easier for everyone and

basketball court, the boardroom, the classroom,

the goal attainable. Your participation will directly

or even in your family life— every individual’s

benefit the students who are in need of financial

contribution is valuable. Participation reinforces a

support to fulfill their dream of attending The Grove.

sense of community. It is the gesture that signifies commitment and belief in an activity, a team, or an organization. It creates a culture of “we-ness.”

Get involved. Participate in the Annual Fund. Tell others how easy it is—that even a small effort by many can make a significant difference. Inspire and

Supporting Lakefield College School and the Annual

encourage one another to give back to the Lakefield

Fund is another unique opportunity to experience

College School community. It’s so much easier when

the power of participation. Each year more than

we all do what we can.

one hundred students receive financial assistance through bursaries so that they can experience a Grove education. Insufficient financial resources should never stand in the way of outstanding and deserving young people accessing Lakefield College School. Because you know first-hand how invaluable an LCS

Paddles up! To participate, visit to make your gift today. THERESA BUTLER-PORTER

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New Location! Oakridge Golf Club, Port Perry

Great friends. Great fun. Great golf!

The Grove Society and Lakefield College School give thanks to our sponsors and supporters of the Andy Harris Cup: Annual Grove Golf Tournament, June 24, 2009. Volunteer Committee

Leon’s Furniture Peterborough

M & M Meat Shops

Jen Horrigan ’99, Co-Chair

Peggy & Don Logie

Don & Cindy MacPherson

Richard Dupuis, Co-Chair

Murray Brothers Lumber


Ian Armstrong ’83

The Needler Family


Brett Jackman ’03

The Stewart Group

Peterborough Golf & Curling Club

Phil Nayler

Stonescape Quarry—Dr. Dan and Shelley Slobodian

Pizza Hut

John Stelzer ’00


Eric Siebert ‘98

Tournament Sponsors

Auction and Raffle Donors

Sports Equipment of Toronto Ltd.

Riona Petticrew ’03

Longest Drive

Angela Mark Designs

Ellwood Hamilton Enterprises Ltd.


Hole in One Lakefield IGA Richard Dupuis, RBC Dominion Securities Royal SunAlliance

Baxter Creek Golf Club The Beauty Spot Bigley’s Shoes and Clothing Burnham Mansion Callaway

Salon Sorella

The Stewart Group Sticklings Bakery Stone Willow Inn Stony Lake Furniture Sunblockers Tony’s Clubhouse Dr. Bernie Uhlmann The Village Florist

Closest to the Hole

Cassis Bistro

HD Supply Company

Charity Marketing Group—Scott Campbell

Skill Holes

Chocolate Rabbit

Class of ‘88 and ‘89

Coach Canada


The Hunt Brothers

Coca Cola

Colleen Christiansen

Trish and Scott McCain Family

Cutten Club

Juan Cumming ‘83

Peterborough Physiotherapy/Trent Health in Motion Sports Medicine Centre

Devonshire Tea House and Parlour

John Easson ’49

Ellwood Hamilton Enterprises Ltd.

The Foster Family

Hole Sponsors

Laurie Graham

Peter Jebens

Cam Tran Co. Ltd.

Home Hardware

Robert Langmuir ‘46

Coach Canada

In a Nuttshell

John Wilkes ‘40

The Garneys Family

The Investors Group

Gateway Passport & Marine

Brett Jackman ’03

Graydor Flooring Ltd.

Kawartha Orthodontics

Kawartha Orthodontics

Lakefield Flowers

(Opposite) Top L-R: Losel Tethong ’89, Denny Wadds ’87, Ian Hamilton ’87, Warren Jones ’88. Bottom: Richard Life presents the Andy Harris Cup to the winning team of L-R: Doug and Brenda Campbell and current parents Julie and Bryn Campbell.

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The Village Inn Wildfire Golf Club

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“We plant trees not for ourselves, but for future generations.” CAECILIUS STATIUSjjj

The 1879 Society The 1879 Society has been established to recognize, honour, and thank those alumni, parents, and friends who have chosen to reach beyond their own lifetime to enhance opportunities for future generations of Grove students by thoughtfully including Lakefield College School in their estate planning. The Society recognizes the generosity and special foresight of those who have made a gift to provide for the school’s future. These provisions include gifts through bequests, life insurance policies, charitable remainder trusts, charitable gift annuities or the proceeds of RRSP/RRIF. If you have already made a legacy gift to LCS, please let us know—we would like to welcome you to The 1879 Society. For more information on including Lakefield College School in your estate plans, please contact our Advancement Office at 705.652.3324 ext.329 or

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Honorary Alumni The Grove Society Recognizes Exemplary Service Periodically, throughout The Grove’s recent history, individuals who are nonalumni, but have committed themselves as outstanding members of the LCS

Review Committee An alumni/a committee of the Grove Society will review all applications.

community, have been awarded the


prestigious title of “Honorary Alumnus/a of

The title of Honorary Alumnus/a is awarded

Lakefield College School.”

at an appropriate gathering of the LCS The Grove Society is seeking nominations

community. The award consists of the

for individuals who may qualify for this

presentation of an alumni tie or scarf, a

award. Nominations for posthumous

letter from the Grove Society, and a framed

awarding of this title will also be considered.

certificate. A maximum of five awards may

Eligibility Criteria

be presented annually.

Current Honorary Alumni

Faculty, staff, parents or long-standing friends of Lakefield College School are

Dr. Rosalind Barker

eligible for nomination.

Neil Blair

The minimum term of involvement required with LCS is as follows:

Katie Brown Brian Carter Mike Chellew

Faculty or staff—20 years

Peter Dalglish

Chaplains—10 years

John Dunlop (deceased)

Heads of School—10 years

Bob Goebel

Chair of the Board of Directors—10 years

Terry Guest David Hadden

Others who have provided exceptional

Susan Hadden

dedication and service to the school may

Goodith Heeney

be considered based on their term of

Ted Ingram

involvement and level of achievement in

Lois Keller

support of Lakfield College School.

Win Lampman (deceased)


Jeffrey Marshall Jack Matthews

The deadline for nominations is November

Bid Milligan

30, 2009. Nomination forms are available

John Milligan

from the Communications Office

Ben Whitney


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Reminiscences of a


For me, mentoring is about sharing my work experiences and industry knowledge with others who are interested in the investment industry. I am very thankful for all the help I have received from other people in getting to where I am today, and networking with Lakefield College School alumni, and formal and informal mentors have been a big part of my success. I can remember very clearly my Grade 13 “work week” experience in which I worked for a brokerage house in Toronto, how generous and enthusiastic hardened veterans of the investment industry were to spend time with me and share what they thought were important lessons. For an 18-year-old to spend the day on the floor of the Toronto Stock Exchange, in the middle of all that trading activity, was a dream come true! It was something I could not have experienced if it were not for the time and generosity of others. Regardless of one’s stage in life, I have found that a mentor can always add value to one’s work experience. That is why I choose to mentor others. I think it is important to share one’s experiences, both good and bad, with others. Mentoring has a lot of rewards: gaining insight from a younger generation, giving back to the community, sharing one’s experience—the list goes on, but, most of all, the mentor/mentee relationship can lead to years of a very rewarding and mutually beneficial relationship, where ideas and experiences are exchanged. It is important for both parties to communicate their expectations of each other up front, as early as the first meeting. How much time is expected of each other; will the meetings be in person, over the phone, or through email? Mentoring is not about networking or getting a job, although both can come as a result of mentoring. It is also important for the mentee to come prepared. What do you want to get out of this relationship? Have some set questions that you are interested in having answered. In addition, be prepared to answer some questions as well. Do some research on the individual you are about to meet with, their chosen field of employment, and have a basic understanding of what kind of company they work for. You would be surprised at the number of leaders of today who have mentors. I would encourage everyone, regardless of what stage in life or career you are in, to seek out a mentor. JONATHAN POPPER ’87 To sign-up for the alumni mentoring network login at 28  |  Grove News Spring/Summer 2009

... and of a


It was fast approaching March of my final year of university. With recruiting sessions coming to an end, I found myself still without work post graduation. Today, with just over a year past that date, I am currently working as an Associate in the Foreign Exchange & Money Market trading floor at BMO Capital Markets and have the Lakefield College School alumni mentoring network to thank for helping me reach my career goal in getting here. It all started at the LCS pub night in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Upon discussing career aspirations to former teachers and friends, I was informed of an alumni, Jonathan Popper ’87, who was currently working in the industry. After receiving his contact information through LCS, an e-mail was sent, an immediate response was received, and the beginning of a very long and rewarding mentoring relationship was established. A mentor is someone who provides advice, guidance, knowledge, and support. Jonathan has provided all of these and more. Jonathan took the time to provide: i) knowledge as to what industry professionals are looking for in recruitment, ii) job search tools and skills, iii) interview coaching and role-playing, and iv) on-the-job coaching skills. It is my belief that no matter what stage of your life and/or how old you are, a mentor/mentee relationship is of great value. From a mentee perspective it gives you confidence, direction, and keeps you focused. The relationship also allows the mentor to give back to his community and embrace the rewards and successes of the mentee. Seeking a mentor may seem like an intimidating process. Being an LCS alumni makes this process a whole lot easier. It is important to remember that seeking a mentor is not the same as seeking an employer if you are looking for work. A mentor is there to help and support you in reaching your goals. As I continue to grow and learn throughout my career, I will forever cherish the experience of having a mentorship relationship with fellow LCS alumni. I strongly encourage current and future alumni to take the opportunity to link up with other alumni. It is a very rewarding experience and you would be surprised at how easy it is because of the power and spirit of The Grove that remains in all of us. ANDREW PARKE ’03 Grove News Spring/Summer 2009  |  29

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Class News The 1950s Michael Townsend ’51 was

Eberhard Zeidler (grandfather of

Seattle, San Francisco, Pittsburgh,

Taylor Mackenzie ’10).

and Georgia. Many fond memories

acknowledged for his contribution

During his visit to Ottawa in the

to accessibility through his work

fall, U.S. President Barack Obama

with the Heritage Society in June

was served lunch in the Governor

with a Peterborough County

General’s residence on dinnerware

Community Award of Recognition.

designed by Bill Reddick ’77. The

The 1970s

plates, each with a green rim and red centre with maple leaf shapes,

Tim Morawetz ’77 has published

formed from a real leaf, were

Art Deco Architecture in Toronto:

commissioned by then Governor

A Guide to the City’s Buildings

General Adrienne Clarkson in

from the Roaring Twenties and the


Depression (Glue Inc., 2009). Tim’s goal was to write a book “you’d be

The Class of ’79 met for their 30th

proud to leave out and flip through

reunion this July at The Briars

while you’re having a glass of

Resort on Lake Simcoe. The group

wine, or that you can put in your

thank the owners, the Sibbald

backpack on a nice Saturday and

Family (Andrew ’81, Hugh ’78, and

stroll through your neighbourhood

Peter Sibbald ’76), and their staff

and actually go see 10 buildings.”

who were great hosts. The group

The foreword for the book was

was thrilled to see classmates from

written by architectural legend

Japan, Costa Rica, Vancouver,

of The Grove were shared— especially Mr. David’s sayings as he tried to cope with teaching them math were centre stage of many conversations. (Opposite) Throughout the year, alumni get together at LCS Pub Nights to catch-up and share memories. (Top) L-R: Enjoying the London, ON, Pub Night held in February: Gaelen Murray ’07, Sean Munoz ’07, Nick Barbaro ’07, Brent Craswell ’07. Jason Church ’07, Luke Hazelton, Sam Massie ’07, and Max Lafortune ’08. (Bottom) L-R: Jamie Bignell ’05, Ross Greene ’05, Sarah Thompson ’06, Martha Ramsay ’06 at the Kingston Pub Night in March. (Below) The Class of ’79 30th Reunion. (Front Row) L-R: Malcolm Speirs, William Kilbourne, Dan Barraclough (Head Boy), Roy Hewson. (Second Row) L-R: Jon Nelson, James White, Fred Wood. (Third Row) L-R: Steven Morris, Peter Dance, Colin Duff, John Shaver, John Cowan, John Rae, Robert Scaiffe, David Ondaatje, Brendan Murray, Geoffrey Hull. (Back Row) L-R: John Turner, John Eaton, Duncan Lewis, Phillip Baker, Robert Aspinall.

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The 1980s Geordie Dalglish ’89 has been appointed Chairman of the W.

two feature film scripts, one TV

Employers in Canada by Queen’s

spec script and has another two

Centre for Business Venturing.

features in script development with production interest.

(Below) Two LCS

Canadian charitable foundation

Sarah Baumann ’98 is a co-

generations came together

based in Toronto. It is associated

producer and director of Theatre

with the George Weston/Loblaw

recently when Chantal

Smash in Toronto (www.

Group of companies and is

Sutherland ’95 recently, a company

committed to making grants

developed to produce new

jockeyed Vicar’s Olives, a

Garfield Weston Foundation—a

in Canada for the benefit of

Canadian theatre work.

Canadians. Congratulations to Nik Van

The 1990s

Haeren ’98 and his company,

horse owned by Donald Ross ’48 (second from left). Vicar’s Olives was the first

Jackie McLachlan ’95 is living in

Uvalux Tanning, who were

place finisher at Woodbine

Toronto and is pursuing a career in

recently named as one of the

on June 7, 2009 wearing

the film industry. She has written

Top 50 Best Small and Medium

LCS Red and Green!

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Weddings Joanne Bridges ’00 and Scott Farley (top) were married on July 26, 2008.

Erinn Piller ’99 married Peter Arblaster (second from top: with their dog Ollie) on September 20, 2008 at her parents’ home near Milton, Ontario.

Birgit Reiner ’97 married Jan Gerhard (third from top) on May 16, 2009 at a vineyard near her parents’ home in Germany, high above the River Rhine under the beautiful Rolandsbogen.

Joe Malette ’03 and Katie Musgrove (bottom) were married on August 8, 2009 at Joe’s Family home at Bloomfield Farm, Newcastle, Ontario.

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Births—Welcome to the World! Sonja and Steve Hutchinson ’92 are proud to announce

George Dobbie ’61 and his wife, Susannah Anderson,

the birth of their baby boy, Alexander Grant Hutchinson.

proudly announce the birth of their daughter, Willa,

He was born on January 30, 2009.

on May 5, 2009 in their new home in Rothesay, New Brunswick. Willa is welcomed by her sister, Leona

Caroline (Black) Wright ’98 and Anthony Wright

Dobbie ’99, and brother, George Jr.

welcomed their first child, Jacob William Vaughan Wright, on March 3, 2009.

The Coates Family has welcomed baby number four! Zachary Robert Coates was born on May 8, 2009 to

Anna Gainey ’96 and Tom Pitfield welcomed Jackson

Nicole and Steve Coates ’90. Lily (7), Simon (4), and

Robert Pitfield on March 5, 2009 in Montreal.

Charlotte (2) are very happy to have their new sibling.

Paul Ganley ’88 and his wife, Danielle, welcomed their

(Opposite) First Row L-R: Steve ’92 and Sonja Hutchinson with

first child, Emma Anne on April 5, 2009. Former alumni

baby Alexander; Caroline (Black) Wright ’98, baby Jacob, and Anthony Wright. Second Row L-R: Anna Gainey ’96 and baby

and family include Grandma Rosemary Ganley and

Jackson; Danielle, baby Emma, and Paul Ganley ’88. Third

Uncles Jim ’83 and Michael Ganley ’86.

Row L-R: Manon and Andrew Sparling ’92 , and baby Luis; Leona Dobbie ’ 99, Susannah and George Dobbie Sr. ’61 at the Christening of Willa. Bottom Row: Steve Coates ’90 with Simon,

Andrew Sparling ’92 and Manon Laframboise announce the arrival of Luis Christopher Sparling on April 9, 2009.

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baby Zachary, Nicole, Charlotte, and Lily.

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In Our Memories Ron Campbell on February 7, 2009. Father

Jane Morris on June 6, 2009 in Toronto. Wife

of Katelyn Campbell ’05.

of William M. Morris ’43 (predeceased).

Colin Bent ’69 on March 16, in Timmins,

Betty Pullen on June 6, 2009. Wife of


Thomas Pullen ’35, mother of Tim Pullen ’67.

James Fullerton ’35 in Cobourg, Ontario on

Cora May Hendren on July 2, 2009. Mother

April 3rd, 2009.

of Rod Hendren ’68.

Thomas Delamere ’55 on May 25, 2009 in

Bill Reddick (past staff/faculty member) on


July 18, 2009 in Oshawa, Ontario. Father of Ward ’76, Bill ’77, and Paul Reddick ’81.

Shirley Breithaupt passed away on May 30, 2009. Mother of Bob Breithaupt ‘81.

Paddy Bruce-Lockhart on August 5, 2009 in Sudbury. Father of Simon, Patrick ‘88, and

Patricia Macdonnell on June 3, 2009 in Newcastle, Ontario. Mother of Hugh Macdonnell ‘85.

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Logie ‘85.

Rich in Friendship and the Ultimate Canadian James John Fullerton ’35, my father, was a simple

Maple tree, blushing with red pride at the sight of his

man. In the words of his friend Victor he was, “never

roots, growing and blossoming with each new branch.

vain and always his own man.” Daddy was quite

For me, Dad was the ultimate father, the ultimate

simply “Daddy” to me and my sisters, Anne and Jane,

outdoorsman, the ultimate man: rich in heart, friends,

and “Dad” to my brother John. We each have different

and family.

memories of a man fascinated with nature, life, the Spirit, and the gentle beauty of a stream. Daddy was a keen observer of nature and preserved it his entire life in everything he did. As a teenager at The Grove, Daddy explored, paddled, and often wrote about his favoured surroundings, referencing friendships found and made while at school or visiting the family island at Stony Lake with classmates. Dad lived for the outdoors—at Lakefield, learning the science of nature

To honour Dad and the school he loved, the Fullerton family (my mother, Francesca; my siblings, Anne, John, and Jane) have created the James Fullerton Prize for a student who follows in such great footsteps. To know Dad’s footsteps is to understand a little of his humour as well: he had a great sense of humour, a quick mind, and size 13 feet ... not easy footsteps to lose sight of, but big steps to follow.

was one thing, but experiencing the outward bounds

There are so many stories of his years at LCS that I

of Stony Lake and the family island was quite another.

just don’t know, but some I have recently learned. For

However, both were bonded by relationships that have

instance, Dad, who was about 13 or 14 and close to six

lasted a lifetime.

feet three inches tall, was the Genie of the Lamp in

Dad was rich in friendship and never forgot the joy of opening his door to a passing fishing buddy, school friend (such as Dick Warren ’38), or family member. It is an honour for me to know that in life and in death my father has touched the lives of many: as a father, friend, fisherman, teacher, and, quite simply, as a true man. Daddy for me was the ultimate Canadian: if I could but see him in heaven he would be a tall Canadian

the 1934 production of Ali Baba ... amazing and quite a fitting part for my father. He was like a genie: able to fix anything, quick in mind and wit, and simply just Dad, James, Jim, Grandpa, or Grandad. Thank you, Dad, for sharing your life with so many. Blessings and great joy on your fishing adventures in the streams of heaven. JULIET FULLERTON

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A Fine Man and a Fine Teacher Bill and Doris Reddick came to The Grove with

remembered as: “a great guy with lots of patience …

their three sons, Ward ’76, Billy ’77, and Paul ’81, in

I remember being tutored at [the] kitchen table to get

1971. For them all, it would be an important part of

through;” “how in awe I was that he was so in sync with

their lives, and for those of us at the school at the time,

physics and electricity with wave theory and motors

it was special as well. Bill was hired officially as Plant

and stuff;” “he was a fine man and a fine teacher.”

Manager and a Physics teacher, but he became much

Fitting words.

more than that. The Reddicks lived in what is now Collingwood House, and made it a welcoming, warm place to be, not only for their own boys, but for many others too.

Bill and Doris both will be fondly thought of by the many friends they made at The Grove and in the village. They were truly part of the Lakefield community. Personally, special memories are hockey trips to

From performing the never-ending routine job of caring

Princeton and Buffalo when proud parents joined

for a very precarious and peculiar set of buildings,

Bob Armstrong and fortunate staff members on those

looking after emergencies in plumbing, electricity

wonderful adventures; the Boston Bruins logo painted

and construction, Bill led those in his department by

on a special house; and a couple of canoe, fishing, and

example. His knowledge of the workings of the plant

sailing journeys.

was founded on a professional educational degree and

The Reddicks left The Grove after five years, but we

practical experience, but it was his willingness to jump

didn’t lose contact. Bill’s “old grouch” demeanor was

in (literally), to get his hands dirty, and to attack the

just a cover-up for a sensitive teacher who listened and

problems he confronted any time of the day or night,

heard, an intelligent and gentle man whose passing

which endeared him to those of us living at the school.

leaves us all saddened. Our thoughts and prayers are

He was more than “a maintenance guy” as he taught Grade 10 Physics. From some of his pupils he is

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extended to Doris and the boys and their families. TERRY & SUSAN GUEST

Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2009 Fifth Row (Back):

Fourth Row:

Meagan McConnell

Sonia Egudkina

Amy Shao

(L-R) Matthew Corinaldi (L-R) Alex Massie Postel Jonathan Clark Laura Wilson

Aarons Huang

Amber Halcovitch

Nicole O’Donoghue

Sarah Griggs

Morgan Bignell

Lindsay Munoz

Andrew Skeete

Zoe Edwards

Rachel Grant

Kyla Murphy

Jonathan MacDonald

Olivia Saccucci

Third Row:

Malik Elharram

Simon Patrontasch

Brian Atkins Fraser Wilson

Tim Stewart Mitch Fox

Antonia Mitchell

Alison Cameron

(L-R) Lindsay Trylinski

Alisha Van Haeren

Erica Foster

Katelyn Richardson

First Row (Front):

Alexandra Gronfors Alison Sale

Second Row:

Danielle Lewis

(L-R) Dolly Peel

Ja Min Kim

Victoria Campbell

Ha Yun Lee

Philippa Lyttle

Anastasia Pavlen

Selene Di Prisco

Kimble Mooney

Riona Mohan

Suzy Lee

Dominic Seale

Madeleine Redfern

Ran Zhao

Fernando Vasquez

Andrew Crampton

Claire Lenouvel

Rachel Johnston

Tyler Schlemm

Brendan Urlocker

Erin Bunting

Alexandra Gravel

Alex Dellen

Yasin Sridhar

Lauren Cole

Sarah Nemec

Sean Bates

Jeff Chang

Jessica Dobson

April Corner

Sam Burgess

Christian Seale

Madelaine Gorman

Baillie Allen

Patrick O’Brien

Brian Lee

Danny Henderson

Coco Porte

Elyar Babayev

Matt Reesor

Laura Olsheski

Julia Buthmann

Ludwig Waldburg

Katherine Ross

Mallory Rose

Pablo Castello Oliva Jamie Johnson Andrew Richardson Philipp Duffner Jake Anglesey Jerry Hogan J.J. Maxwell Jake Exton

Joseph Jung

Dominik Lieberoth-Leden Sebastian Schiele Ruairi Laski Sushil Chanana Donny MacPherson

(L-R) Eugene Kang Ankit Lall Xavier Zhang Josh Reesor Lawrence Brennan Juan Huitron Peter Bigauskas Jason Langevin Oliver DeNure Matthew Casson Sam McEwen Victor Wang Kyle Macrae Lanre Akinwale

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Spring/Summer 2009