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Grove News Fall/Winter 2011

Calendar of Events 2011

For details please refer to our school calendar at April



Toronto Meet & Greet


Grade 8 Graduation Dinner


Grove Society Meeting (LCS)


Closing Grade 12 Graduation Dinner

20 GTA Parents’ Reception


Grove Golf Tournament





Graduating Students’ Registration Grade 9-11 Day Registration

27 Volunteer Recognition Event


Grade 9-11 Boarder Registration

28 Regatta Day


Grade 7-8 Registration and First Day of Classes


Fall Fair / Home to the Grove Reunion

School Trustees’ Meeting

Lakefield College Trustees 2010/11 School Board Chair Paul Hickey Past Chair John Ryder ’77 Cindy AtkinsonBarnett David Bignell Walter Blackwell ’56 Marilynn Booth Michael Casson ’11 Andrew Clarke ’85 Stephen Coates ’90 Dana Cooper ’11 Susan DeNure Peter Dunn ’62 Signy Eaton-Shier Michael Eatson ’83

Stephanie Edwards Bishop George Elliott Ann Farlow Jock Fleming ’74 Romina Fontana ’94 Bill Gastle ’68 Janice Green Nicole Groves ’93 Jennifer Gruer Terry Guest Tim Heeney ’83 Brent Hurley Alan Ingram Brett Jackman ’03 Warren Jones ’88 Jennifer Kotzeff Janet Lafortune Kathleen Leonard Nick Lewis ’77 Kim Little ’53

Hugh Macdonnell ’85 Kevin Mako ’03 Kevin Malone ’77 James Matthews ’58 Andrea McConnell Jim McGowan Sarah McMahon John McRae ’70 Val McRae David Miller ’77 Tracy Morley ’93 Bill Morris ’70 Margaret Nelligan Anil Patel ’93 Travis Price ’85 Tony Pullen ’63 Vicki Pullen Sean Quinn ’82 Kathleen Ramsay Doug Rishor ’57

Gretchen Ross John Schumacher Murray Sinclair ’79 Nancy Smith Scott Smith ’87 Amanda Soder ’98 John Stelzer ’00 Losel Tethong ’89 Stuart Thompson ’91 Richard Tucker ’77 Tim Ward ’62 Jane Waterous Gordon Webb ’72 Chris White ‘90 Jamie White ’79 Cathy Wilson Terry Windrem HRH Duke of York ’78 Erin Yeatman


Andrea McConnell Robert McEwen Board Chair Rosemary Phelan Bill Morris ’70 Kathleen Ramsay Donald Ross ’48 Honorary Chair Thomas Ryder ’53 Paul Desmarais Jr. ’73 Géza von Diergardt Secretary William Wells ’78 James Matthews ’58 Richard Wernham Emilio Azcarraga Jean ’87 Graham Worsfold Marilynn Booth HRH Duke of York ’78 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 Jeffrey Marshall*

Front Cover: Lakefield College School students and staff enjoy an afternoon at Northcote Campus. Organized by the Leadership Class, the annual Winter Carnival included sleigh rides, hot chocolate by the fire, homemade beavertail pastries, and tobogganing.

Editorial Cameron Ainsworth-Vincze ’96

balls had been kicked too far to

raised funds for Women to Women

collect, sat there smiling. It felt good

International, an agency based in the

In December of 2005, my wife

to be with them, not because I had

Congo that assists rape victims. Lisa

convinced me to spend our Christmas

done anything special, but because I

Clarke (p.10) talks about staff, parents

holiday in South Africa volunteering

was there to share that particular

and alumni who are committed to

at a camp for children affected by


volunteerism in different regions,

HIV/AIDS. Each child, some as young as seven, had lost an immediate rela-

Stepping out of one’s comfort zone

tive to the disease. An unfortunate

and giving time to local and interna-

few had lost both their parents.

tional communities is a core value of the Lakefield College School experi-

while Heather Avery (p.6) explores the work of three grads—Lindsey Hepburn-Aley ’02, Nik MacLean ’03 and Joanna Dafoe ’04—and their devotion to social causes.

When I first arrived, I was hesitant in

ence, and within these pages are

my approach with the children, espe-

amazing examples of the service, time

Such examples of service are a testa-

cially because we didn’t speak the

and energy of our students, alumni

ment to The Grove’s drive to be a

same language. Yet everything

and teachers.

vehicle for social change, a vehicle

changed on the first morning. The kids wanted to play soccer and I was

Lorraine Brown writes (p.4) about a

in charge of the morning activity.

group of students who—after reading

Before I knew what was going on,

The Poisonwood Bible in her class and

there were kids running around in

learning about the hardships in

every direction. They giggled relent-

present-day Congo—created an inter-

lessly, broke every rule despite my

active bulletin, gave a Chapel speech

refereeing and in the end, after all the

on the issue and held a bake sale that

that continues to gain tremendous momentum. Cameron Ainsworth-Vincze ’96 is a Toronto-based journalist and writer who has written for such publications as the Globe and Mail and Maclean’s.

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From the Interim Head of School

Sarah McMahon, Interim Head of School / COO Foundation One of our school-wide goals for the year is “to understand and embrace who we are today as learners, as members of a community and as a school,” which, in my mind, can be summed up with three words: “Do you know?” I believe that the success of our school goal is really quite simple: it is dependent upon the extent to which each of us at Lakefield College School demonstrates sincere caring, understanding and a desire to get to know each other.

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In my opening address to the staff at the end of August I shared that, during my time as Director of Admissions, I was often asked what I thought made LCS special, and my response to the question has never changed; it is the people that make LCS special. At LCS we take the time to get to know each other. As staff, we take the time to know, to understand and to celebrate each one of our students. We discover who is academically strong, who is athletic and who is artistic; however, we also get to know each student on a more

personal level and they get to know us. We know who is

we are able to celebrate successes, share in disappoint-

kind, who is sympathetic, who is funny and who is

ments, challenge more fully, support different perspec-

sincere. We also know who is confident and who needs

tives and styles, broaden opportunities, encourage inde-

more encouragement, who is independent and who

pendence, respect each other in an entirely different way

needs more structure, who is organized and who needs

and tailor each student’s learning to their individual

gentle reminders, who embraces academic challenges

style. We all want our children to be happy and to be

and who needs more support … and the list goes on.

valued and appreciated for their unique self. We also

In a recent Chapel Talk I shared that our Lakefield College School community was really not that dissimilar to the one on Sesame Street. Obviously more academic

want our children to be offered opportunities and experiences that allow them to explore and discover their passions.

and challenging—no pre-school learners at LCS—but,

From the moment students set foot on this campus to

like Sesame Street, LCS is really and truly full of charac-

the day they leave us with their alumni ties, we are

ters. If you think about it, each student or staff member

entrusted with the honourable task of teaching and

contributes something truly unique and special to this

nurturing them. Teaching is not a passive process. The

community. We know that it is important to not just see

ancient writer Plutarch said: “A mind is not a vessel to be

someone as a musician, an artist or a comedian, but to

filled, but a fire to be kindled.” This kindling, of course,

take the time to discover more than meets the eye. What

takes place within the classrooms, but at LCS it is clear

is different about LCS is that we take the time to see

that our students learn so much beyond the confines of

beyond just a person’s exterior or most obvious person-

those four walls and in far more than just the hours of a

ality trait.

school day. Whether it is on the playing field, in a resi-

On Sesame Street the Count isn’t just someone who loves numbers and has a natural ability for math. Oscar the Grouch isn’t just someone with a disgruntled disposition. There is so much more to each character and therefore, it is really important to get to know and to value each and every one. I asked the students the question, do you know? Do they really know their classmates, teammates, housemates and teachers? I challenged both the students and staff to step beyond the cursory level of knowing, to really understand and appreciate all members of their community.

dence, on the stage or in a canoe, learning occurs 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If life is the cumulative experiences of day-to-day living then the days spent at The Grove make up a significant part of our students’ lives. To that end we must all ensure that the time spent in our community is as profoundly positive as anyone could hope for. It is the breadth of opportunities, the appreciation for each unique member of this community and the relationships we form with one another that make LCS special. The thread that binds us all is the unrelenting belief in the potential of our students, and the deeply rooted culture of positivity and care that exists within

The message was very simple. Take the time to get to

our community. Thank you for all that you do to

know one another, as it is the relationships and the

support the students and staff at The Grove.

understanding between the students and the staff that make this place special and allows each student to reach their individual potential in mind, body and spirit. The

OPPOSITE: LCS students chat with Interim Head of School Sarah McMahon in the Upper Student Commons of Hadden Hall.

result of answering the question, “Do you know?” is that

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“We’re working towards making Lakefield College School even better, even more relevant, even more valuable to tomorrow’s students than it is today.”

Winter & Lakefield Paul Hickey, Chair of the Board As I write this on a cold, sunny January afternoon I have hockey on my mind, no doubt due to a couple of recent Grove memories. Both these events have helped heal my broken hockey heart after watching the Team Canada Juniors fall victim to one of the biggest third

and staff are engaged in the sports and activities that have come to define our great country: ice hockey, shinny, Nordic and Alpine skiing, winter camping, and just plain being outside tramping through the snow, tobogganing on Matthews Hill or celebrating the camaraderie of Ted Pope Day.

period comebacks ever; perhaps a payback for 1972?

For many of our LCS trustees and board members, the

Yesterday I watched our 1st Boys’ Hockey Team win

winter of 2011 is the season we truly roll up our sleeves

two overtime games en route to an important high

on the 2017 Strategic Plan; when we condense big,

school hockey championship. One evening last week

broad, visionary ideas into a more focused articulation

I admired the glow of the lights in the trees as they

of where the school could and should be 5-10 years

shone brightly through the black night onto the Bob

from now. A lot of the heavy lifting has been done,

Armstrong Rink while walking to my car.

assessing where we are at as a school and where we

They say that marketing and advertising people are really just hapless saps and romantics at heart. We spend our careers writing and telling stories about

could go in terms of learning and teaching and living at LCS. The basic question that we are asking ourselves and each other is,

products, companies and brands that we want others

“How could the Lakefield College School of tomorrow

to have a stronger connection to. In this line of work

be better than the Lakefield College School of today?”

we are always searching to define and articulate connections, which I suppose is why I am thinking and

In typical LCS fashion, quietly yet confidently, the past

observing how LCS and winter bring out the best in

two strategic plans have articulated a goal of being the

each other.

country’s preeminent boarding school. Strong school loyalties and partisanship aside, it is an auspicious

Many would say that there’s nothing like our gorgeous

goal. And whether it truly is ‘becoming’ the best or

campus on a colourful fall day, or in the spring when

‘staying’ the best is really beside the point—because

things are greening up and there’s such hope and

we’re working together towards something even

happiness in the air. But I happen to believe that winter

bigger than being the best in the country; the best in

at The Grove is the most special—snow banks and the

cold, wintery Canada. We’re working towards making

crisp campus colours magnified by a blanket of fresh

Lakefield College School even better, even more

snow. I love how the LCS ‘green’ on signs and buildings

relevant, even more valuable to tomorrow’s students

seems to pop off the page in the winter. And the Red

than today. At the heart of the ideas in development

Door looks its deepest, best shade of red in January and

is the unwavering belief by all around the table that a

February framed by so much white. To me Lakefield

better LCS is a better world. The world needs that. And

College School is at its best, most authentic self in the

if that isn’t enough to keep you warm on a cold winter


day then I don’t know what is.

It’s only natural that Canada’s premier boarding school would have a special connection to the winter months; that we would be especially ‘on our game’ when the snow and cold are here. It’s a time when our students

(OPPOSITE): With camera mounted on her helmet, Paige Mackey ’11 rides to the finish line at the LCS Katchewanooka Rod (K-ROD)— an annual winter ”human-dog-sledding” event where teams of four to six students race along the snowy evening fields at The Grove in an effort to pull their rider across the finish line first.

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School Highlights


The Making of a Social Justice Activist


Service Learning as a Lifelong Passion


A Community of Citizenship


The Results Are In!—LCS Continues to Receive High Scores from its Community


Archive Update


Celebrating Volunteerism—Bill Morris ’70, 2010 Jeffrey Paige Rein Wadsworth Award Recipient


Welcome New Trustees 2010/11


LCS Foundation—Donor Recognition and Fundraising Report 2009/10


Honouring a Legacy of Friendship Born at LCS


Class News


In Our Memories


Editor: Tracey Blodgett; Layout & Design and Copy Editor: Christine Vogel; Contributing Editor: Cameron Ainsworth-Vincze ‘96; Editorial Committee: Heather Avery, Joe Bettencourt, Theresa Butler-Porter, Lisa Clarke, Richard Johnston, Sarah McMahon, Tom Milburn, and John Runza. Contributing Photographer: Simon Spivey. Please address correspondence to the Communications and Constituent Relations Office: Lakefield College School, 4391 County Rd. 29, Lakefield, ON, K0L 2H0 705.652.3324

School Highlights Catriona LeMay Doan On Sunday, September 19, LCS had the privilege of hearing World Record Holder and Double Olympic Gold Medalist speedskater Catriona LeMay Doan speak about a sport she is passionate about. She inspired students to play an active role in our athletic community.

Summer Successes

Megn Walker. A sequel to last spring’s play, Murdered to Death, Mr. Mason said, “Not only is this the first time LCS has mounted a sequel to a play produced in the previous year, but so many of the leading roles have been taken by students in Grade 9 and 10. It has been fun to nurture so much young talent.”

Lakefield Environmental Action Force On October 26, LEAF (Lakefield Environmental Action

Stephanie Paoli ’13, the Womens’ Eight Coxswain for the

Force) hosted the first Locavore Feast of the year at the

Peterborough Rowing Club, led her team perfectly in the

Head’s Residence. The event sold out to more than 25 staff

Head of The Rideau 6,000 metre course during the summer

and students who enjoyed a delicious home-cooked meal

season. Despite starting a full fifteen seconds behind

prepared exclusively from local ingredients produced by

Ottawa, Peterborough was able to pass them and kicked

farmers within a 40 km radius of LCS.

towards the finish line. Sophia Gabbani ’13, Stephanie and the rest of the Womens’ Eight won gold.

Irving Expedition

Sarah Douglas ’12 competed in sailing for Canada at the

The 2010 Irving Expedition participants consisted of six

Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games and placed 10th

LCS students, Nathaniel Arnill ’11, Campbell Bryk ’10,

overall in a field of 32 sailors. She ended the competition in

Michael Casson ’11, Kate Carroll ’10, Robbie Dickinson ’10

a thrilling manner by winning the final medal race, leading

and Julia Miller ’11, who were accompanied by four LCS

it from start to finish.

staff, Peter Andras, Andrew Johnston ’95, Alaina Robertson and Bryan Yantha. The destination for the 15 day adventure

Bruce Mackie ’11 competed in the Barbados Surfing

was the Hood River, located in northern Nunavut.

Association’s inaugural Pro-Junior Summer Fest in August


2010 and was named the 18 and Under Caribbean Champion.

Members of Lakefield College School’s debating team

LCS students also competed in the Ontario Games Team

participated in the four-day International Independent

held in Sudbury in August: Lyndsay Armstrong ’13 placed

Schools’ Public Speaking Championships at Ashbury

fourth for Rowing with a sculling quad; Carlyn

College in Ottawa this fall. This advanced competition

Hollingsworth ’13, Colleen MacKenzie ’12 and Hope

included participants from as far away as Jordan, Cyprus

Casserly ’11 placed fourth for Field Hockey.

and India, as well as many strong independent schools from North America and Europe.


James McDonald ’11, Anna Heffernan ’11 and Teraleigh

Lakefield College School had two Movember teams raising

Stevenson ’12 competed in many rounds of the various

funds and awareness for Prostate Cancer. In all, 22 staff and

events. Teraleigh outdid herself and competed through the

16 students participated as either Mo Bros or Mo Sistas,

finals, finishing second overall in the category of

raising a grand total of $4,120 and $1,580 respectively. The

Extemporaneous Speaking. Congratulations to all the

goal of Movember is to “change the face of men’s health” by

participants for representing LCS so well.

growing a mustache and bringing much needed awareness to various men’s health issues, including Prostate Cancer.

Secondary Cause of Death From November 4 to 6, Lakefield College School presented their fall play, Secondary Cause of Death, in the Bryan Jones

(OPPOSITE) Top Row (L): Olympic Gold Medalist speedskater Catriona LeMay Doan poses with Kristy Lanigan ’11 during a visit to LCS (R): Carlyn Hollingsworth ’13, Coach Amy Hollingsworth, Hope Casserly ’11 and Colleen MacKenzie ’12 placed fourth in Field Hockey at the Ontario Games in August. Second Row: Cast and crew of Secondary Cause of Death. Bottom (L): The 2010 Irving Expedition participants (R): Teraleigh Stevenson ’12 finished 2nd place at the International Independent Schools’ Public Speaking Championships.

Theatre. Taking place in “The Library of Bagshot House; England, 1939,” the production was co-directed by Mr. Paul Mason and Grade 12 student and seasoned actor

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The Making of a Social Justice Activist My decision to become a teacher was largely based

that was social justice oriented. We incorporated a

on the idea that I could make a difference in the lives

variety of supplemental readings to help students

of young people. I loved the world of ideas, but when

understand the social context of slavery. As the

contemplating applying for Ph.D. cultural theory

culminating task, students created a multi-media

programs, I realized that all my thinking, writing,

presentation that linked a theme of the novel to a local

and talking about social change would not translate

foundation/charity/advocacy organization. Students

into actual action. I wasn’t doing anything. I believed

chose local literacy organizations, the YWCA Safe

then, and still believe, 17 years later, that social justice

Haven Campaign, Peterborough’s Youth Emergency

activism and teaching go hand in hand if one chooses

Shelter, the Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre and other

to embrace the abundant opportunities to incorporate

equally relevant charities. The class voted on the most

social justice afforded by curriculum expectations.

persuasive presentation and the charity will receive

As an English teacher at LCS, I am fortunate to have

hours of service or a donation.

the liberty in choosing the texts my students will

In previous years, students did very similar

study. Every novel exists within a social context. This

presentations but connected the mission statement

year in Grade 11 English, we read The Book of Negroes

of their chosen local charity to Alice Walker’s novel,

by Canadian author, Lawrence Hill. To help students

The Color Purple. During the study of that novel,

make connections to the big ideas of the text, we

we experienced the importance of fellowship and

introduced a “quote of the week” free-writing activity

community by making a quilt. The quilts were raffled

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during Regatta Day and the proceeds were awarded to

any teacher can open up students’ hearts and minds to

the “winning” charity. Over $900 was awarded to the

how we truly can be the change we wish to see in the

selected charity each year.


Although my colleagues and I have created

Living the change is a daily choice. Connecting to

assignments that foster social justice activism, our

literature is one of the most obvious ways to bring

facilitated discussion techniques, such as Harkness

social justice issues into the classroom. Creating

Tables, have also motivated students to be the change

a tolerant and affirming environment in which to

they wish to see in the world. For example, in 2009,

discuss these issues is paramount. I am required to

when my Grade 11 AP Prep English class read Barbara

be a model of everything I teach. The words I choose,

Kingsolver’s novel, The Poisonwood Bible, they

my tone of voice and almost more important, my

researched the history as well as the present-day reality

non-verbals are critical to creating a safe place for

of the setting of the novel: the Democratic Republic

dialogue. The Southern Poverty Law Centre’s Six Steps

of the Congo. They were horrified when they learned

to Speaking Up Against Everyday Bigotry published on

about the rape epidemic sweeping through South

their Teaching Tolerance website (

Kivu province. They were inspired to educate their

is an invaluable tool in my social justice toolbox.

peers about this atrocity. Independent of curriculum expectations, they created an interactive bulletin board in a high traffic area of the school, presented a Chapel Talk, and held a bake sale. Collectively, they decided that every penny of the $800 they raised would go to Women to Women International, an agency based in the Congo that assists Congolese rape victims.

Change not only happens slowly, but is also a difficult process. Confronting the multi-dimensional nature of our privileged lives is challenging and uncomfortable. Not every student will embrace the opportunity that requires them to take responsibility for their privilege and to be of service to others. It’s a process; it’s a process that is as challenging as it is rewarding.

Asking Grade 11 AP Prep students to read and discuss

It is worth every difficult, charged conversation.

Stephen Lewis’ Massey Lectures, Race Against Time;

Those conversations lead to deeply personal, moving

Grade 12 AP English students to read Pulitzer Prize

revelations. Those conversations make my heart sing,

winners’ Nicholas. D. Kristof’s and Sheryl WuDunn’s

my soul leap at the incredibly good fortune that is mine

book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity

as an English teacher at LCS.

for Women Worldwide; and award-winning author and Jesuit Nigerian priest, Uwem Akpan’s short story collection, Say You’re One of Them are examples of how

LORRAINE BROWN, M.A. (BELOW) Detail of Colour Purple quilt made by LCS students.

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“I rapidly realized that I was still in a community where students cared passionately about uncovering truths and addressing injustices. Perhaps they were young and super-polite, but they were also very bright and very knowledgeable, ready not only to rule the world but to change it.”

Service Learning as a Lifelong Passion My formative teaching years were spent at Trent

Enter Joanna Dafoe into the Google search engine, and

University, and there I was surrounded by students who

you will glimpse her engagement on environmental

wanted to change the world: Trent’s strong

issues—appearances on As It Happens, YouTube video

Environmental Sciences, Native Studies and

interviews, a University of Toronto Alumni Award for her

Comparative Development Studies programs attracted

environmental leadership, her own blog and Twitter

opinionated intellectuals and activists from around the

postings (see, for example, http://live.tcktcktck.

globe. On my first day of work at The Grove, I remember


surveying the clean, well-scrubbed and happy LCS

Joanna lives a career as an environmental mobilizer that

student body in Chapel and reflecting—mistakenly, as it

quite literally would have been impossible to imagine

turns out—that my days in classrooms with student

ten years ago. Working for the “Adopt a Negotiator”

activists were probably over.

program, she tracks Canada’s activity in UN climate change negotiations, using blog and Twitter postings to

That first day was also September 11, 2001. As the weeks

make the information readily accessible to average

and months of media exposure to homeland security

Canadians, and then using the feedback on her postings

and weapons of mass destruction unfolded, I rapidly

to let negotiators know Canadian concerns.

realized that I was still in a community where students cared passionately about uncovering truths and

But this isn’t Joanna’s only job (and it is quite clear,

addressing injustices. Perhaps they were young and

drawing from the experiences of these grads, that

super-polite, but they were also very bright and very knowledgeable, ready not only to rule the world but to change it. There are hundreds of LCS grads making a difference, as the accomplished young alumni profiled below would humbly acknowledge. But a snapshot of the careers of just three—Lindsey Hepburn-Aley ’02, Nik MacLean ’03 and Joanna Dafoe ’04—is enough to inspire us all.

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working as a world-changer in the 21st century means creating a pastiche of employment activities, rather than finding a single “job”). Joanna is also a freelance researcher, currently working out of Stockholm, investigating institutional venues for negotiating climate change and strategies for trust-building for the United Nations. She honed her research skills by working parttime for her professors at the University of Toronto while finishing a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies; she

garnered expertise on climate change through such

stand and motivate her in her life work. As a Mission

activities as representing Canada as a youth delegate at

Coordinator for The Presbyterian Church in Canada,

the UN Commission on Sustainable Development.

Lindsey supports congregations and individuals to coor-

Joanna describes herself as a “huge nerd,” and certainly plans to complete graduate work, but she will probably never stray far from her political engagement. “I am often quite excited to be alive during this moment in

dinate short term mission trips. The website reads like a Round Square flyer—trips to Malawi, China, Nicaragua, Guatemala—and to Canadian communities as well (

history,” she reflects. “These are a formative few decades

But Lindsey is not a service travel agent, and devotes a

that will decide the fate of the planet, and the unused

considerable amount of energy to exploring the

potential of our country gives me great hopes that

phenomenon of the short term mission trip: how can

Canada can take a leadership role [in creating climate

these trips be as educational and transformative as

change policy].”

possible? How can they fit into longer-term projects

Like Joanna, Lindsey Hepburn-Aley uses her academic background—an undergraduate degree in International

within the host community? Lindsey explains carefully that the trips may have components of service work, but

Development and Spanish at Dalhousie, an M.Ed in progress in Adult Education and Community Development from the University of Toronto—to under-

(BELOW) Joanna Dafoe ’04 speaking on a panel at COP16 (the United Nations Climate Change Conference) in Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico.

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(ABOVE) Lindsey Hepburn-Aley at the community kitchen project at Portland Place, sits down with resident and cook Virginia McGlenning at the end of an evening to enjoy the Thai stir fry they made.

the service is done in partnership with organizations

While Lindsey’s work supports the development of

doing long-term development work. Participants go

Canadians’ understanding of their actions, Nik

abroad to learn from people and organizations, but

MacLean’s focuses on projects that allow Canadian

much of the service happens “when people come home

dollars and resources to help others work comfortably in

and start to talk about what they learned, and can foster

their own language. As Executive Director of Tempus

[in their own community] a different understanding of

International, an award-winning Canadian-based

another culture or a particular issue.” “Sometimes the

charity that works to promote sustainable development

most valuable service,” Lindsey says, “happens in your

by organizing literacy and education projects (http://

own back yard, with the knowledge that your actions, Nik MacLean places his

have a big impact on others, even in different parts of

activist emphasis on developing programs that empower

the world.” To that end, Lindsey finds her greatest satis-

less privileged youth. Tempus’ largest project, “The

faction outside of her day job working in the community

Mighty Pen,” is a writing competition for youth in Nepal

kitchen project at Portland Place, a transitional housing

that encourages students to write short stories in their

cooperative in Toronto. “Working in an international

own language. Collections of these stories are in turn

development field, but with mostly Canadians,” she

published and distributed by the organization to

notes, “allows me to [educate others] about the impact

libraries and schools across Nepal, in this way making

of what kind of coffee you buy, how you get to work in

culturally relevant and appropriate reading materials

the morning, who you vote for.”

available in native Nepalese. Students who win the

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competition are given scholarships so that they can

difference in society if that was what he wanted—and

continue on their educational journey.

that has motivated him ever since. For Lindsey, the

Nik’s work for Tempus is entirely on a volunteer basis (he works at Mountain Equipment Coop in Toronto, which makes such an extensive contribution possible), and he is justifiably proud to be part of a charitable organization where 97% of contributions go directly to the cause. Nik’s energy is inspiring: he speaks enthusiastically of the organization’s plans to develop a program in Canada’s North and of expanding the Mighty Pen project to an annual event. Having just finished a Master’s thesis at Trinity College Dublin in the International Peace Studies Program there, Nik was ready for a break that would allow him to gain hands-on international experience, but he may eventually pursue a PhD—his interest in the environmental determinants of civil conflict is not yet sated. He is keen, however, to also find a salaried position in the not-for-profit sector. Did their time at LCS inspire these grads? Yes—but in different ways for each. For Nik, the LCS leadership program made him aware that his privileged position would allow him to make a great contribution to and

international travel opportunities—which she couldn’t fully appreciate at the time—gave her glimpses into the complexities of global politics. Working with a chaplain in the shanty towns of South Africa on a Grade 10 exchange, visiting Ladakh on a service project and Nepal on an Ondaatje Expedition, travelling as a British Alumni Traveling Scholar: all these experiences gave her a context for her later studies. And for Joanna, the pedagogical and physical environments were the Lakefield difference. She says, “It was such a treat to have those years [at Lakefield] just to be nurtured” and to have teachers who encouraged her to pursue her interests and expand her knowledge. Joanna adds, “Being immersed in a natural space, mulling over ideas in the forest, let me reflect on what I was learning and experiencing.” DR. HEATHER AVERY

(BELOW) Nepalese youth involved in the “Mighty Pen” project, organized by Tempus International and its Executive Director, Nik MacLean. © Tempus International

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A Community of Citizenship Canadian-born geographer, Isaiah

banked more than 10,107 volunteer

Bowman, once said: “Citizenship

hours upon graduation, 98% of

comes first today in our crowded

graduates had more than the 40

world ... No man can enjoy the privi-

hours required.

leges of education and thereafter with a clear conscience break his contract with society. To respect that contract is to be mature, to strengthen it is to be a good citizen, to do more than your share under it is noble.” As one of Lakefield College School’s six core values, citizenship plays an important role not only in our day-to-day interactions, but in the spirit of our community. The school encourages both our youth and adults to embrace citizenship “through the service to others and the development of leadership skills,” in order to exemplify how to become “thoughtful, constructive and contributing members of the local and global community.”

“I hope that our students develop a life-long commitment to volunteerism and that they see volunteering as an active way of promoting good citizenship,” explains Dr. Margaret Blanchette, LCS Director of Charities and Community Service, Head of Upper Colebrook House, and mother of Robert ’02 and Claire ’03. “When I went to live in Barbados in 1973, it was a developing third world country. The government was unable to provide for all the needs of the citizens, and volunteers were instrumental in the areas of health, education, cultural integration, the arts, and environmentalism. My passion is children and responding

In 1999, the Ontario Ministry of

to their needs drives my commit-

Education mandated a minimum of

ment to volunteerism.”

40 hours community involvement for high school students as a condition of graduation. Through the Charities and Community Service Program on campus, and the International Program that offers service project and exchange opportunities abroad, our students have a plethora of opportunities to become actively involved in, and concerned with, school life and our greater community. Last year, the class of 2010, which included 99 students,

(Opposite) LCS students earn volunteer hours during opportunities such as the service project to Thailand (March Break 2010). These students alone have earned over 1,211 cumulative volunteer hours throughout their LCS careers, including Grade 12 student Iain MacKenzie who has an astounding 230 volunteer hours in his résumé. (Back Row L-R): Michael Zahradnik, Brooke Dunford, Jesse Anglesey, teacher Bryan Yantha, Ben Bartlett, Iain MacKenzie, Stefan Shier, and Tess McCutcheon; (Front Row L-R): Carley MacEwen ‘10, Kaitlin McCann, teacher Melissa Rathier, Dana Cooper, Dee-Dee Laski, Fernanda Cristobal, and Ryan Lee.

Current Parent Dorothy Little, wife of Ross ’81 and mother of Andrew ’13, volunteered with Oakville Soccer, River Oaks Public School, and the Oakville Minor Hockey Association in 2010. She says, “I volunteer to support organizations my kids are involved in and the greater community, and to fill gaps or needs that aren’t currently being met.” For Dorothy, modeling commitment to her kids is very important because she and her husband strongly believe in volunteerism. She loves sharing her love of sport, reading and community participation. “I can’t seem to stop myself from volunteering; it’s a habit! I still have parents thanking me from coaching their kids 10 years ago in soccer—that’s pretty special. But the most endearing moments came from when I did remedial reading with kids at our public school. Seeing stories come alive through the eyes of a struggling yet ultimately triumphant reader really is the best filter—it was awesome!”

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Grade 12 boarder Angela Lee is

aware of the needs that surround us

Student-in-Charge of Music and

in our own community.”

Wadsworth House, and is very involved in the music and theatre programs, yet she has also earned over 200 volunteer hours through

The YWCA of Peterborough, Victoria, and Haliburton has received enormous support from the Lakefield

the Charities and Community

College School community. Not only

Service Program and volunteering

do students help raise money during

for two summers at a hospital near

the YWCA Tag Days each year, but

her home in South Korea. She cites

over 20 staff, parents, friends and

Woodhaven Lodge’s Battered Moms

alumni were actively involved in the

and Tots program, which she has

recent, and enormously successful,

participated in for several years with

Crossroads Safe Haven capital

her peers, as the most impactful

campaign to build a new women

experience. “Woodhaven is not

and children’s shelter in downtown

meant to be a women’s shelter,” she

Peterborough. Many LCS staff have

says, “It is a lodge run by a family

also sat on the YWCA’s board of

who opens it up to battered women

directors and participated in the

and their children each Christmas.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes fundraising

We cook, talk and play in a very free


environment—it feels like we have come together for Christmas dinner. It is not until you learn about these families’ backgrounds that you would know how badly they have been hurt.”

Eighty-nine percent of LCS community members who responded to a recent survey reported that they most often volunteered with local organizations, but some had touched lives as far away as

Margaret explains that LCS students

Cambodia, Singapore, Bermuda,

raised $1040 during a Coffee House

Nicaragua, the Philippines, and

this winter to buy food and gifts for

Bequia. Gerry Bird, LCS Director of

the Woodhaven Lodge program.

International Programs, coordinates

“Our volunteers helped with food

the Round Square International

preparation, played with the chil-

Service and other projects, and

dren, and discovered that each

student exchanges. In 2001, Gerry

woman had a unique story of abuse.

learned about the Bequia Mission

Our students were warm, caring,

from former LCS librarian Pat

and hard working—they experi-

Butcher. Later that year, Gerry and

enced personal growth and new

his family—Sandra, Jeremy ’04 and

understanding. Privilege brings

Hilary ’06—travelled on a one year

responsibility and students can use

sabbatical to Bequia, a small island

their abilities to make a difference.

within St. Vincent and the

Volunteering locally will make them

Grenadines, to volunteer with

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David Staples ’98 recently attained his Master of Sustainability Management, a degree studying corporate sustainability, from Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Australia. After returning to Oakville, Ontario, he now works as Senior Account Manager at KMI , a small software firm that helps companies achieve their environment, health, and safety requirements. Over the past year, David has volunteered with the Clean Up Australia Day organization, the Curtin University Students Union as environment department officer, and most recently as a tree planter and board member with Oakvillegreen. One of his more extraordinary experiences was volunteering with aboriginal communities in remote parts of outback Australia. “I’ll never forget landing on a strip of red earth in the middle of nowhere with nobody but kangaroos to greet you upon arrival. Once we arrived in town however, the kids started coming out to see us because they knew we were here for them.” David feels making a difference is of vital importance: “I’m passionate about sustainability because it is time sensitive. I feel we are the last generation that has an opportunity to get things right. Bio-physical limits are being exceeded and we don’t know how long planetary systems can cope with issues such as climate change or biodiversity loss before things start spinning out of our control.” (Opposite) David Staples manning the Environment Department booth on Orientation Day as a representative of the Curtin University of Technology Students’ Union in Perth, Australia.

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In her 29th year at LCS, Karen Staunton, our Administrative Assistant: Academics and School Life, has dedicated as many years of her personal time to the organization Development and Peace. A member of the Peterborough Diocesan Council and Chair of Development and Peace for her parish, Karen organizes the Share Lent Campaign, as well as other initiatives throughout the year, to provide grassroots support in developing countries—including microloan programs, emergency relief, and advocacy—that builds communities and promotes women’s rights. “We are helping people discover their rights, to feed their families—I know it makes a difference because I have been to the ghettos of Jamaica and the jungles of Nigeria and have seen how providing a grinder for flour or providing loans for women to start businesses changes lives. Recipients who visit Canada through the organization are so happy and thankful that someone so far away cares about them, listens to them, empowers them, and gives them tools to make change. We share an interdependence as members of one human family—within this solidarity is a responsibility for others less fortunate as us.”

(OPPOSITE) Development and Peace micro-loan recipients in Benin, Nigeria opened Groovey Restaurant. Small revolving community loans encourage new initiatives by providing women (with no collateral) the means to create self-sustaining businesses and learn financial management.

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special needs students and seniors. Before returning to LCS, the family established a committee of educators and professionals to continue the island outreach. Gerry has been the president of the Bequia Mission for the past six years and returns to the island each year to continue his service. He notes that becoming involved with international service—as a youth or adult— “greatly expands a person’s world view that not everyone lives like us, shares our values, or culture.”

“pay it forward.” In 1907, during an Old Boys’ Reunion, the alumni formed the Old Boys’ Association, and by 1909, the men began to institute a legacy of fundraising for their alma mater. In 1911, Old Boy Percy Manning donated $500 towards the very first scholarship fund. Fifteen years later in 1924, the boys’ mothers formed the Grove Guild as a “new source of strength, not only as an evidence of friendship to itself, but because it can be and, we are sure, will be the

“We so often receive more in the

means of keeping Old Boys in touch

personal connections we make by

with one another.” In 2002, the

giving than we actually can

Alumni Association and Grove Guild

contribute to a project or commu-

merged under one umbrella—the

nity,” he continues. “But it is the

Grove Society—to continue this long

human connections with people

history of volunteerism, build strong

around the world that resonates

and enduring relationships with all

most with our students and this

members of the Grove community,

closer sense of connection will

provide valuable constituent feed-

encourage them to continue

back, and support ongoing develop-

working towards closing the equity

ment and advancement initiatives.

gap around the world. Yet, students always comment on how happy people are with what they have— that material goods are not the key to happiness. Volunteering globally helps to turn our whole perception of what makes us happy upsidedown. That is a big education.”

Vicki Pullen, wife of Tony Pullen ’63, and mother of Nick ’07 and Emmy ’11, is the current president of the Grove Society. “Volunteering in my children’s school community teaches by example,” she explains, “and fortunately, my son and daughter seem to have appreciated the bond

“There are two ways of spreading

created by this visibility. I have

light,” said Edith Wharton in her

learned a great deal working with

poem Vesalius in Zante, “to be the

the staff, parent and alumni volun-

candle, or the mirror that reflects it.”

teers who make the Grove Society

The adults of Lakefield College

one-of-a-kind. Lakefield is a hamlet

School—alumni, parents, friends,

unto itself, but our satellite commu-

and staff—have exemplified over a

nities span the globe through

century of citizenship to the school

student, alumni, parent, trustee and

community and their own local

board member connections. As

communities. This legacy of volun-

volunteers, we share a commitment

teerism, generation after generation,

to solidify these bonds as we work

has become tightly woven into the

together to continually challenge

fabric of school culture and has

and improve this school and this

been the key to inspiring youth to

world we love.”

John Ryder ’77, Past Chair of the LCS School Board and father of Matt ’08 and Jordan ’13, agrees, acknowledging it is the benefit to future students, his belief in the purpose of the school, and personal fulfillment that drives him to dedicate hundreds of hours to The Grove. In fact, one fifth of our recent volunteer survey participants dedicate time to LCS in addition to their other volunteer commitments. Participants overall offered 31% of their volunteer time to children’s organizations (including education and athletics), 21% to healthcare organizations, 30% to other community-related organizations (including the arts and religious institutions), and 11% to international organizations. The majority of respondents offered their time to between one and three charities last year with an overall average of 127 hours per person. In one staff member’s words, “Volunteerism strengthens humanity, encourages collaboration, inspires, and educates.” As an institution committed to experiential education, the development of the citizen—in addition to the academic, the athlete, and the artist —is what truly makes The Grove a home, a hamlet, and an example of how a global community can work together to help all its members reach their potential in mind, body, and spirit. LISA CLARKE Grove News Fall/Winter 2011  |  15

The Results Are In! LCS Continues to Receive High Survey Scores from its Community Student satisfaction

The quote “if you can’t measure it you can’t manage it” was taken to heart last year when the school commissioned three comprehensive satisfaction surveys of the school’s main constituent groups: parents, students and young alumni.

LCS students rated their overall satisfaction with LCS at 4.2, well above the average score of 3.9 for measured schools. This score dropped nominally (-.1) over the four years since the previous survey.

The surveys were conducted by Lookout Management

Compared to other schools …

Inc. of London, Ontario. LMI has conducted more than 200 surveys for 82 independent schools throughout

Our students rate LCS significantly above average ( +.3

North America and they completed similar surveys for

or more) in:

LCS between 2003-2006.

relationship with faculty and staff

the overall residential experience

This is the second time that the parent and student

communications with residential and guidance staff*

surveys have been conducted, thus permitting direct

response to the question “I look forward to coming

comparison to benchmark scores established five to six

to school”

years ago. The young alumni survey (classes 1985 to

social events and school spirit

2009) is new—a similar survey of all alumni was

campus facilities

conducted in 2003, however questions differ.

community service program*

extra-curricular programs

fairness of discipline

leadership opportunities

respect and caring among students

The survey data was analyzed as stand alone results but also compared to previous scores (where applicable) and in comparison to average scores and best scores attained in similar surveys of other independent schools. Scores mentioned below are out of a total of 5.0

Student Survey This survey was conducted in May of 2010 and was completed by 324 students. This represents a response rate of 94%.

and significantly below average (-.3 or more) in: •

technology resources and access to technology

participation in the arts program

Compared to previous survey … The following student scores improved significantly (+.3 or more) since 2006: •

the positive relationship between faculty and students*

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all elements of the residential boarding experience

The following student scores declined significantly (-.3

There are only three areas in which LCS parents score

or more) since 2006 including:

the school slightly lower than the average of measured


technology resources and use of computers in the classroom

some social-emotional measures

community service program

Students rate themselves best prepared in: •

making appropriate decisions

living independently

demands on their child in a typical day

efforts to promote and enhance diversity of the student body

math skills development for students

Compared to previous survey … In our parents’ opinion, the following scores have

and least prepared in:

improved significantly (+.3 or more) since 2005:

artistic expression

test-taking and math skills

food quality

academic facilities

Students report that they would like the dining hall to be

ability to contact residential staff

upgraded and some would like additional academic

advisor system


university counselling

quality of communications with the teachers and advisors

Parent Survey

This survey was conducted in January 2010 and was

No parent scores declined since 2005; however,

completed online by 212 current parents. This repre-

anecdotally parents tell us that we should:

sents a response rate of 60%.

continue to improve the food quality

present more opportunities for their children to

Overall parent satisfaction

development of critical thinking skills in students

express themselves artistically

LCS parents rate their overall satisfaction with the school

review the educational technology program and fee

at 4.5. This score is tied for the high score with one

provide students with better access to the internet

other independent school and well above the average

ensure that school breaks aren’t excessively long

score of 4.2 for all measured schools! The score

be mindful of rising tuition fees

improved by +.1 since the 2005 survey.

Compared to other schools …

The top reasons parents send their child to LCS are (in order): •



small, caring community

access to outdoors and nature

Specifically, parents like:

campus and facilities

academic programs*

well-rounded, holistic school

advisor program*

international opportunities

leadership opportunities for their child*


open communications to and from the faculty/staff*


the online learning centre (OLC) and the ability to

leadership opportunities

LCS parents rate the school above average compared to other schools in virtually all categories including many new high scores*.

monitor their child’s progress* •

the fact that we are a small, caring and holistic school (not a pressure cooker)

the fact that we teach our students life skills, self-

The main hurdles LCS parents face when sending their child to LCS continues to be “financial obligation” and “letting go.”

advocacy skills, leadership skills and how to cope

Only 60% of LCS parents intend to donate to the school

with peer pressure*

compared to the average of measured schools of 76%.

the admissions process*

health services* Grove News Fall/Winter 2011  |  17

Word of mouth between current families and prospec-

review ratings related to test-taking and organizational skills development in its students

tive families continues to be the school’s best marketing tool.

Younger Alumni Survey

This survey was conducted in the spring and summer of

continue to emphasize co-curricular programs at LCS continue to emphasize the importance of interpersonal relationships between staff and students

2010 and completed by 265 alumni in the classes of 1985

explore the opportunity to engage more alumni in volunteering for the school

to 2009. This represents a 19% participation rate.

Overall satisfaction

Summary of Topics

Younger alumni scored their overall satisfaction with

Summary of topics going forward to the strategic plan

their student experience at LCS at 4.6, well above the


average score of 4.3 for measured schools. This ties the

Based on the results of the three constituent surveys

high score for overall satisfaction with one other

(and an employee survey) and many anecdotal

independent school. 94% of respondents rated their

comments that were received, the following topics will

experience at 4 or 5 out of 5.

go forward for further discussion and to help inform the school’s next strategic plan:

Compared to other schools … Our young alumni rate their experience at LCS significantly above average (+.3 or more) in: •

campus facilities

interaction between faculty and students *

being treated as a unique individual

personal counselling

university counselling

sense of community *

library program

performing arts program

skills development in: community service, leadership, independence, technology, public speaking

fond memories of their time spent LCS

pride in being an alumnus and recommending LCS


continue to improve food quality 2.

communications: school updates and alumni events

Review need for more rigorous academic challenges for some students


Review balance between athletics, academics and co-curriculars programs


Continue to improve the Chapel program


Investigate lower scores in some social/emotional categories


Continue to improve math and test-taking skills


Review the educational technology program and how students use and access technology


Continue to monitor work/life balance—for both students and staff

to friends and family •

Start the process to realize a new dining hall and


Review the reasons why fewer LCS parents donate to the school’s priority needs

and significantly below average (-.3 or more) in: •

foreign-language instruction

test and exam preparation

comprehensive post-secondary preparation

level of academic rigour/standards for some

10. Be aware of growing concerns with rising tuition 11. Explore opportunities to re-connect alumni with the school and engage them as volunteers The school deeply appreciates the time taken by our

This exact survey was not conducted previously, so

community to complete the surveys. This input is

direct comparison to earlier results is not possible.

extremely important to the board and trustees and will help Lakefield College School in its quest to retain its

Based on the results of the young alumni survey, the

position as one of Canada’s premier boarding schools.

consultants recommended that the school: •

consider opportunities to enhance weekend social programs at LCS

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* denote tied for high score or new high score

Archive Update Thank you to the many alumni who contributed to identifying the boys in the 1971 photo (below) in our last issue of the Grove News Spring/Summer 2010. Can you identify #s 16 and 17 below? Please contact Richard Johnston at or phone 705.652.3324 ext.343. The following are those who have been identified:

1. Charles Peniston ‘75

7. Tim Roberts

13. Tam Matthews ‘73

2. Julian Lannaman ‘75

8. Bill Deacon ‘74

14. Terry Guest

3. Doug Burgess ‘75

9. Jack Diamond ‘77

15. Tigger

4. Reed Needles ‘71

10. Geoff Carr-Harris ‘71

5. Bruce Thomson ‘76

11. Billy Peniston ‘72

16. Bob Lorriman or Duncan Anderson or Greg Cockburn

6. Chris Jones ‘75

12. David Telles-Langdon ‘75

17. ??

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Celebrating Volunteerism—Bill Morris ’70 2010 Jeffery Page Rein Wadsworth Award Recipient Paul Desmarais Jr. ’73

awarded from time to time to a current or past board

Highlights from his speech at the Trustees’ Dinner, 2010

member or trustee whose exemplary commitment to

Page Wadsworth’s lifelong association with Lakefield College School spanned 73 years until his death in

volunteerism has provided significant benefit to the school.

1997. From his time as a young Grove student from

It is very fitting that this award be given to Bill Morris ’70

1924 to 1926, to his years as a dedicated board

who cares deeply about Lakefield, its missions, its values,

member, Page’s abiding Christianity, leadership, and

and its students.

advocacy helped guide the evolution, growth, and future of Lakefield College School.

Bill has been associated with Lakefield College School for over 40 years. He is a long-standing trustee of the

The Wadsworth Award celebrates Page’s belief that “it

school and a member of the Lakefield College School

is a great privilege to serve.” This award embodies the

Board of Directors from 1980–2005. Bill chaired the

characteristics so admired in Page Wadsworth’s

board from 1999-2001 and is a founding member of

dynamic leadership balanced with sensitivity,

the recently formed school foundation.

commitment, vision, and a generous spirit. It is Bill is a graduate of the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario in 1974. In 1983 he joined the Stewart Group and is now its CEO and principle shareholder. In addition to the contributions that Bill and his wife, Betty, have made to LCS, they have always made time for important community projects. Bill is actively involved in the community through his work with the Peterborough Regional Health Centre Foundation and with the recent success of the Peterborough Victoria and Haliburton YWCA, co-chairing a capital campaign, alongside Betty, in support of the newly constructed women’s shelter in Peterborough. In 1998, Bill and Betty moved to Peterborough to be closer to their children, Andrea ’99, Kaley ’02, and Michael ’05 while they completed their studies at LCS. Bill has participated on numerous LCS committees, offering his expertise and demonstrating his commitment and enthusiasm: School Governance, Finance and Audit, Joint Strategic Planning, and Joint

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Performance Review Committees to name a few. In 2006, Bill became a trustee and member of the Lakefield College School Foundation Board of Directors and is now the past chair of the Governance Committee, and the current chair of the foundation.

collegial, yet purposeful approach to convening the right people to address the right issues. From school board, to foundation board, to fundraising to governance, to outreach and strategic planning, Bill’s personal commitment, key insights and steady diplomacy have been instrumental in keeping Lakefield

In addition to Bill’s extraordinary contributions of

College School at the forefront of independent schools

time to The Grove, the Morris Family has generously

in Canada.”

supported expendable financial assistance and endowment for financial assistance.

The Wadsworth Award is a stained glass window on permanent display in the Heritage Room. Handcrafted

Fellow trustees expressed their heartfelt sentiments

by Eileen Nolan of Lakefield, the window depicts the

about Bill as follows:

school’s coat of arms, the Anglican Church cross, and the Kawartha landscape reflecting Page’s love of the

“Bill’s enthusiasm for Lakefield is infectious, and his

school, his Christianity, and his love of nature. The

commitment to its values, inspiring. He leads by

glass is framed in one of the gothic windows removed

example, and provides his time and talents quietly,

from the original chapel prior to the reconstruction.

never seeking recognition for himself.”

Award recipient names are recorded on the window’s

“While not always in the foreground, a key hallmark of


Bill’s contribution has been his quiet, thoughtful,

“Presented to William Morris, the 2010 recipient of The Jeffery Page Wadsworth Award for Volunteerism and in whose memory the Privilege of Serving lives on. Lakefield College School, October 30, 2010.”

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Welcome New Trustees 2010/11 As tradition would have it, the trustees of Lakefield College School gathered with trustees of the Lakefield College School Foundation on Saturday, October 30, 2010, making this the third annual joint meeting of the school and foundation trustees. LCS was delighted to welcome over 50 trustees (and guests), including His Royal Highness The Duke of York ’78. A highlight of the day included a panel discussion on what teaching, learning and living looks like now at LCS, and what it might look like in the future. The day concluded with a celebratory dinner in recognition of LCS staff, and their tireless dedication to the LCS community. Retiring chair of the school board, John Ryder ’77, was recognized for his outstanding service, and Bill Morris ’70 was awarded the prestigious Page Rein Wadsworth Award for exemplary volunteerism (p.20). Paul Hickey replaces John Ryder as Chair of the Lakefield College School Board of Directors. We are pleased to introduce eight new school trustees, and acknowledge them for their enthusiasm and deep-rooted support of our school.


Brett Jackman ’03

Sarah McMahon

Student Representative

Vice President, Grove Society Strategy Consultant, Accenture Toronto, ON

Interim Head of School

Hugh Macdonnell ‘85

Former Mayor of Toronto Toronto, ON

Dana Cooper Student Representative

Brent Hurley Faculty Representative

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Real Estate (Investing) Morgan Stanley New York, NY

David Miller ’77

Margaret Nelligan Lawyer Aird & Berlis LLP, Toronto, ON

LCS Foundation Donor Recognition and Fundraising Report 2009/10 Thanks to the remarkable generosity of The Grove community, the Lakefield College School Foundation has continued to meet the needs of the school. In the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010, the foundation received a total of $4.4M in donations—the eighth year in a row that gifts received have exceeded $3M. Our Endowment Fund experienced an increase of $1.9M or 12% over the past year as a result of $1.4M in gifts, $0.9M in investment returns, reduced by $0.4M in bursary awards and fund management expenses. (The endowment has increased a further $2.1M to December 31, 2010; the total fund balance is now $20.1 million.) The receipt of significant endowed and expendable gifts during the fiscal year is a testament to our donors’ commitment to provide funding for need-based financial assistance to our students in these trying times. Fundraising efforts will continue to focus on encouraging broad participation in the annual fund with special emphasis on expendable financial aid, as the Endowment Fund continues to grow. The foundation transferred $4.8M to the school for the year: 53% for capital additions, 36% for financial assistance, and 11% for specific operating items. The foundation board is committed in its effort to protect the capital of the fund, through vigilant oversight of our fund managers while setting realistic disbursement goals for cash income from dividends, interest and realized gains. We are most grateful for the generous support and contributions received from all of the friends of LCS. It makes a tremendous difference in the lives of our students.

William O. Morris ’70, Chairman Lakefield College School Foundation

Our Annual Donors: July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010 Thank You for your Generous Support of The Grove Golden Oak Society

Jeffrey Orr and Suzanne Legge Rosemary Phelan and Sam Blyth The Cooper Family Donald ’48 and Gretchen Ross Paul and Hélène Desmarais Jeffery Ross and Diane Mavrinac-Ross Bryce and Nicki Douglas Barb and Tom ’53 Ryder The John C. and Sally Horsfall Eaton Stephen and Rita Shefsky Foundation Mona Stevenson and Family Bill ’68 and Susan Gastle The von Diergardt Family Helen Hepburn Linda McCain and Dan Walshe John Hepburn ’68 William M. Wells ’78 Paul and Kris Hickey Richard Wernham and Julia West Angus MacNaughton ’48 The W. Garfield Weston Foundation Andrea and Peter McConnell The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation Anonymous (4) John ’70 and Val McRae Royal Oak Society Bill ’70 and Betty Morris John and Susan Buchanan Barry and Louise Needler

Statement of Financial Position—as of June 30, 2010 Assets

2010 $ 74,199 19,698,221 2,846

2009 $ 315,417 18,712,314 2,927





4,200 411,132

4,200 46,301



Endowment Fund Restricted Fund General Fund

17,867,061 5,771,424 299,153

15,971,506 7,247,975 338,380

Total Fund Balance



Total Liabilities and Fund Balances



Cash Investments at Market Prepaid Expenses Land and Artifacts Total Assets

Liabilities Accounts Payable Due to LCS Total Liabilities

Fund Balances

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Sean and Jennifer Cameron The Dalglish Family Foundation Ken Irving ’80 John Martin and Jane Edwards Ray Richardson and Anne Nurse-Richardson Anonymous

Oak Society Bob Abraham ’82 Emilio Azcarraga Jean ’87 David Bignell and Janice Green Juan Jose Castello Bocinos and Encarnacion Oliva Cabeza Stephen Coates ’90 Anne Fullerton John and Kathy Gillis The Grove Society Thomas Healy and Joan Flood Adam Horne ’79 Warren ’88 and Denise Jones Peter Mackenzie and Kate Zeidler The McLean Foundation Terry and Mary Olsheski Peter Procyk and Karen Gillis-Procyk John Ryder ’77 and Lily Harmer The Armagh L. Sifton Charitable Foundation Win Sifton ’78 The Worsfold Family Rainer and Kristin Zimmermann

Maple Society Jennifer Allen Paul Balfour ’81 Boland Foundation The Bryk Family Brian and Charlotte Carter Richard Dupuis and Heather Drysdale Marc Dutil and Catherine Larochelle Jock ’74 and Susan Fleming Cathy Forster The Foster Family

Margaret Gillis Zack Kembar ’87 Jocelyn Lefebvre and France Deshaies Lefebvre Nick ’77 and Christine Lewis Don Logie and Peggy Dowdall-Logie Brian MacKenzie and Sheila Alexander Dean and Donna Mackey Juleen Marchant Warwick Marchant ’89 McLean Budden Limited Grant Murray and Lucie Laplante Jack Nesbitt ’62 W. Ross Pinkerton Memorial Trust Fund The Shehadeh Family Jeffrey J. Shier and Signy Eaton-Shier John and Betty Speakman Bob and Marie Swidler Gabriel Vazquez Arroyo and Maritza Vazquez The Vincent Family

Birch Society John Abraham ’76 Nicholas Barbaro ’07 Shon and Cindy Barnett Walter ’56 and Anneliese Blackwell Marilynn Booth Bryn and Julie Campbell Christina Chan ’12 and Thomas Chan ’14 Susan and Peter Clarkson Ray and Susan DeNure Stan and Eva Dunford Larry Evoy and Sara Houstoun Glenn Garneys and Pearl Dixon Jennifer Gruer David and Susan Hadden Neil Hamilton and Kerri Jobe Bill and Anne Hepburn James ’84 and Barbara Hicks Bill Hughes and Jennifer Fraser Brett Jackman ’03 Richard and Annie Johnston Kevin and Ruth Kaller Bill Koerner ’61 SeokGyu Lee and MiKyung Shin Hugh ’85 and Margot Macdonnell Brenda May and Timothy Madill Daniel and Rose Mann Jeffrey Marshall and Nancy Smith

David ’78 and Sheila McCracken Jackie McLachlan ’95 Bruce and Sarah McMahon Linda Nower Giovanni Di Prisco and Louise Paoli Di Prisco Sean Quinn ’82 and Libby Dalrymple Hugh Rawling ’77 Douglas Rishor ’57 David Ross and Katherine Spencer-Ross John and Janice Runza Oskar T. Sigvaldason Dan and Shelley Slobodian Manal Stamboulie Dr. David and Kelly Sullivan Gavin Sword ’91 Losel Tethong ’89 Alan and Dori Thompson Sherry and Edward Drew Family Fund at the Toronto Community Foundation Johnson Family Fund at the Toronto Community Foundation Nancy Webster-Thurlbeck Bill and Sandi Wilder Karen Young

Red Ash Club John and Julie Andras Arrell Family Foundation Rosalind and John Barker Jim Bethune ’47 Andrew Clarke ’85 and Betsy Britnell Tom and Vicki Cole Peter and Dale Douglas Andrew W. Durnford ’85 Peter and Rita Eatson Bruce and Ann Farlow The Gainey Family Rory Gilfillan Donald ’77 and Marsha Grant Rod Hendren ’68 Eric and Karen Hill-Whitson Alan and Jenny Ingram Arthur and Sandra Irving George Jones ’51 John Lawler and Heather Morris Jim Lorriman ’66 and Lisa Garber Rosemary and Tiff Macklem Jim Matthews ’58 and Jacqueline Le Saux John McConkey and Colleen Crowley McConkey

Thank You for your Generous Support of The Grove Hamish McEwan ’81 Thomas Neuendorff and Constance Olsheski Peter Perry ’42 Aman and Shamim Rajan Joan Richardson Brian Rose Royal and SunAlliance Rupel Ruparelia ’89 John and Kerry Schumacher Hugh Sibbald ’78 Maurice Switzer ’63 Derek Taylor ’62 David and Jennifer Thompson Kenji and Masai Tomioka Charles Turpin ’98 Nik Van Haeren ’98 Robert Welch and Sandra Hodgson-Welch Christopher J. White ’90 Anne-Marie Wielhorski-Lyttle Alan and Vera Wilcox John B. Wilkes ’40 Windsor’s Dry Cleaning

Green Ash Club Michael and Deborah Aben Michael and Sarah Adamson Peter Andras Sarah ’02 and David Andrew Rick Archbold ’69 Ian ’83 and Susan Armstrong Jeanne Armstrong Mike and Lynn Arsenault Andre and Donna Arseneau Heather Avery Karen Awrey ’90 Rod Baker ’58 Donald Beaton ’56 Joe Bettencourt Kara-Lynne Big Canoe ’99 Ian Binnie ’48 David Bird ’60 Gerry and Sandra Bird Adam Bishop ’04 Tyler Bishop ’08 Margaret and Richard Blanchette Samuel and Ann-Marie Blatchford Art and Tracey Blodgett Bob Johnson Photography Don Bocking and Anne Morawetz Walter and Pamela Boyd

John Boyko Bill Bradburn ’58 David Brock ’86 Brian Buchardt and Elizabeth Messervey Deborah Buckley David Budden ’67 Douglas Burrows ’77 Pat and Ruth Butcher Theresa Butler-Porter Nan Campbell Nick Carter ’54 Susan Casson Jacques Cholette Rosanne Cholette Bud and Susan Christensen Margaret Clark Alex Clarke ’80 Lisa Clarke Peter, Carol and Sarah Clarke Jim Coghlan Andrew Combe ’50 Trevor Cory ’99 Heather and Geoffrey Cox Robert Creasy ’68 Kelly Crothers ’96 John Crowe and Jan Van Dusen-Crowe Scott Current ’93 Michael Czerewko Geordie Dalglish ’89 Peter and Jane Darling Hélène Deacon ’95 Bruce Disney ’93 Hugh and Kim Dobson Greg Douglas ’08 Colin Duff ’79 Barry Duncan ’54 Jonathan Dunlop ’89 Michael and Stephanie Edwards Rev’d W. Glenn Empey Gerald Fairhead ’42 Brendan Fell ’04 David Fell and Kaetlen Wilson Bob and Melanie Fell Jan Fialkowski Jess Fitchette ’97 John Fleming Louis Fleming ’43 Robert Fleming ’43 Carol Florence Romina Fontana ’94 John and Angela Fox

Philip Frewer ’40 Michael Gabbani and Lynda Chilibeck Anna Gainey ’96 General Electric Canada Lorne and Geraldine Gold Jonathan and Alice Goldbloom Alan Gordon Peter Grant ’54 Rick and Kathy Green David Griffith ’66 Roberta Griffiths Nicole Groves ’93 Fred Hadden Rick and Vaila Hagg Kerrie Hansler Todd and Helga Harris Garret Hart Goodith Heeney Matthew Heeney ’87 Michael Heeney ’76 Tim Heeney ’83 Bob and Fran Helsing Alec and Jacqueline Henderson Bob Henderson ’75 Maureen and Steve Henderson Tony and Nique Hendrie Susie Hendrie ’93 Will Hendrie ’64 Tom and Judy Hendy Wendy Hepburn ’00 Stephen Hill ’81 and Carol Miller Bill and Eileen Hill David Ho Peter Ho and Winnie Kwok Amy Hollingsworth Donald Hosking ’59 Stuart Houston R. John Hughes ’58 Brian Hull ’60 Corey Hunter ’04 Murray Hunter ’68 Brent Hurley Andrew Hutchison ’50 Ted and Daphne Ingram Rod Innes ’60 Peter and Vanessa Jebens Mark and Corinne Jenden-Selway Fraser Johnson and Joan Watson-Johnson AJ ‘95 and Kirsten Johnston

The Keavey Family Ross Kembar ’53 James Kemp ’77 Angie Killoran Lorcan A Kilmartin ’02 Rob King ’81 The Kingdon Family David Kitchen ’83 Howard and Ruth Kitchen Johanna Kruger ’97 Yves and Janet Lafortune Jane Latimer Stu Lawrie and Carol Lethbridge Leo and Louanne Lax Brett Leach ’95 Garry and Carol Leach Sarah Leavens Sherfey ’98 Noll Lederman Dr. George Lee Thomas and Susanne Lengerke Kathleen Leonard and John May Richard and Patricia Life Heather Lightfoot David and Mary Lindsay Bruce Lister Ross Little ’81 Kim ’53 and Sally Little

Jacob Locicero ’04 Adrian Lyttle ’05 Alexander Lyttle ’03 Brianna Lyttle ’02 Pip Lyttle ’09 Ian Macdonell ’81 Christine MacKenzie ’93 Bruce MacNaughton ’52 Dave MacNicol ’81 Stuart ‘63 and Kyle Macrae ’09 Gilly Macrae Kevin Mako ’03 Kevin ’77 and Mona Malone Kathleen Mandry Patrick Marshall ’90 Paul Mason Jane Matthews Tam ’73 and Jan Matthews Thomas and Jill Maxwell Ian McCallum ’51 Peggy McCallum Doc and Jose McCubbin Todd Melville Tom Milburn David Miller ’77 John and Bid Milligan David N. Morgan ’77

Fundraising Report—July 1, 2009 - June 30, 2010

Endowed Gifts

2010 $

2009 $



887,859 56,712 121,500 111,720 758,306 617,072 40,900 105,450

524,227 40,467 113,677 90,607 276,832 4,788,560 58,200 50,390







Restricted Gifts Expendable Bursaries Gifts-In-Kind Learning Centre Other Restricted Gifts Cooper House Student Recreation Centre and Interest Theatre Renovations Northcote Farm Total Restricted General / Unrestricted Gifts

Total Donations

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Thank You for your Generous Support of The Grove D. William and Betty Morison Tracy Morley ’93 Kaycee Morrison ’08 Simon Mortimer ’83 John Murray ’81 Pete and Ally O’Grady Norma Orgill Leslie Ormston Josh Pascoe ’07 Anil Patel ’93 Katia Pawlak-Omnes Fevri and Brikena Pazari Frank Pearce ’53 Frank Peniston ’67 Jonathan Popper ’87 Gavin Rainnie ’57 Alex Ramsay ’53 Martha Ramsay ’06 Peter Reid ’75 Dan and Lisa Rice John Rich ’81 Will Richardson ’07 Sara Ann Ross ’06

Scott Ross ’95 Ashley Royer ’00 Paul Sandford ’85 Marcelo and Jackie-Lynn Sarkis John Sellers ’48 Bruce and Linda Selman Perry Shearwood ’69 Samantha Shefsky ’08 Stefan Shier ’11 Jessie Sinden ’99 Scott Smith ’87 Richard and Joan Smyth Alan and Jane Stewart Patrick Stoker James Stuart Nicholas Syrett ’93 Sandra and Michael Taylor Lynda Terry Stuart Thompson ’91 Michael Townsend ’51† Helen Tredinnick Diane Trevis and David Shooter Emma Trottier ’03

Statement of Operations and Changes in Fund Balances Revenue Donations Bursary Reimbursement Investment Income Realized Gains on Investments Unrealized Gains/Losses Transfer from LCS for Fundraising Expenses

2010 $ 4,353,377 6,630 558,090 (237,626) 545,629 744,494

2009 $ 6,600,616 4,304 600,825 (696,248) (1,647,182) 950,329

Total Revenue



Transfers to LCS Capital Additions Bursaries and Scholarships Expedition Bursary Specific School Operating Items Fundraising Investment Management Fees Insurance and Administrative

2,506,412 1,700,000 31,874 516,808 744,494 75,097 16,132

3,506,143 1,531,274 25,447 473,050 950,329 64,596 18,404

Total Expenses



Excess (deficiency) of Revenue Over Expenses Fund balance, Beginning of Year

379,777 23,557,861

(756,599) 24,314,460

Fund Balance, End of Year




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Marcia Tupling ’92 John S.M. Turner ’79 Guy Upjohn ’48 Wilfried van Haeren and Monique van Haeren-Jagers Robin Cavanagh and Christine Vogel Al and Barbara Wallace David and Margaret Walsh Peter Ward ’49 Hugh Washington ’43 Koichiro Watanabe Douglas and Janet Watson Vern Weaver Allison Webb Bud Wesley ’60 James Williams ’67 Erin Yeatman Robin Young Anonymous (2)

Friends Michael Aben ’10 Baillie Allen ’09 Hillie Allen ’10 Chrissie Arnold Ruth Auclair and Colin MacDonald Jason Ayotte James W. Baillie Piers Barker ’87 Arabella Becker ’10 John Bennett ’59 Kyle Bennett-Walcott ’10 Rosemary Berringer Cindy Best Lindsay Bibbings ’10 Tayub Bilwani ’10 Sydney and Pamela Birrell Sue Bochner Cameron Boland ’10 Vicky Boomgaardt Marnie and Steven Bowcott Richard Boxer Johnathan and Erin Braeckman Anne-Marie DaSilva and Walter Brennan Connie Brown Lorraine Brown Stephanie Bruce Campbell Bryk ’10 Brian Bunting ’10 Ned Burgess ’10 Laura Burns ’10

Pat and Leigh Butler Alison Cameron ’09 Fiona Cameron ’10 Dex Campbell ’10 Victoria Campbell ’09 John and Margaret Carpenter Althea Carr-Harris Kate Carroll ’10 Andrew Caruso ’10 Andrew Casson ’07 David Casson ’03 Matthew Casson ’09 Felipe Castello ’10 Guillermo Castello Oliva ’10 Ryan Cavell ’97 and Family Parri Ceci and Karen Sylvester Bea Chan ’10 Jeff Chang ’09 Matthew C. Chi ’10 Chris Chie Gabrielle Cholette ’10 Sarah Chung ’03 Jack Cole ’10 Jamie Cooper ’10 Haultain Corbett ’71 Terence and Margaret Corcoran Gabrielle Cormier ’10 Bruce Crickmore ’39 Catie Cundall ’03 James C. Dalton and Cara Westcott Christiane Dash ’10 Christine Davidson ’10 Edward Davis Lynne Davis Donald Dawson ’65 James de Bustin ’76 John Deacon ’58 James DeBerardine ’10 Graham DeNure ’03 Bill and Adele Denyer Michael and Midge Des Roches Selene Di Prisco ’09 Robbie Dickinson ’10 Heather Dockrill D.R. Doherty Gordon Doherty ’87 Philipp Duffner ’09 Adrian Dunn ’92 Andrew D. Dupuis ’10 Mathias Dutil ’10 John Easson ’49 Zoe Edwards ’09

Laura Elcock ’10 Dan Eldridge ’89 Paulo Engelke ’10 David Evelyn ’10 Stan and Darlene Ewing Jennifer Fairbairn Tim Farquhar Ima Fisher Sara Fitzsimmons ’10 Rob Fleming ’06 Lindsay Forget ’01 Claire Foster ’10 Patrick Frewer ’75 Ellen Garneys ’08 Riley Garneys ’10 Angus Gastle ’04 Kaitlyn Gillis ’10 Chris Gilmour ’92 Lorraine Goulty Scott Graham Geoffrey and Joan Grant Bremner and Marny Green Andrew Greenbaum ’10 Arianne Grimaldi ’10 Terry and Susan Guest Kaho Han ’10 Adam Harbutt ’02 Beverly Hargraft Liz Harrison ’92 Kevin Healy ’10 Danny Henderson ’09 Robin Herriman Jane Hickey ’10 David Hintelmann ’10 Matthew Ho ’98 Harry Hobbs ’64 Theresa Hogan ’10 Kristen Holloway ’06 Jon Holmes ’97 Jen Horrigan ’99 Mary Howell Mildred Howson James Hutchinson ’06 Phillip Iatridis ’10 Melisa Icgoren ’10 Maki Ishida ’10 Laura Jackman Alina Jebens ’10 Terry Jeon ’10 Jamie Johnson ’09 Malcolm Johnston ’02 Rachel Johnston ’09

Thank You for your Generous Support of The Grove Trevor Johnston ’00 Bill and Margaret Jones Katie Jones ’10 Taylor Joo ’10 Carol and Mark Jorgensen Sharon Judd Benedict and Catherine Kan Emily Keating ’10 Susan Kelner Haley Kemp ’10 Robert J. Ketchum ’49 Ryan Kinslow ’10 Vanessa Klages Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions Alex Ko ’10 Friedrich and Bettina Kommoss Joseph and Jean Konecny John Kraus Max Lafortune ’08 Will Lawler ’10 Harry Lee ’10 Tobias Lengerke ’10 Heather Levie Dianne Li ’10 Ann Lin ’10 Bruce Lister John Liu ’10 Justin Loga ’06 Kathleen Logie ’10 Myles and Dianne MacDonald Hugh MacDonald ’55 Ian and Janette MacDonald Luke MacDonald ’10 Carley MacEwen ’10 Davin MacIntosh ’95 Matthew MacKenzie ’10 Taylor Mackenzie ’10 Jamie Macklem ’10 Greg MacPherson Dana Madill ’10 Priya Maini ’10 Monica Mann ’10 Valerie Marlow Euan Mars ’92 Hamish Martin ’10 Ian Matthews Ralph and Heather McCormick Jim McGowan Linda McKenzie David and Dianne Miller W.G. Milliken Ashley Millward ’10

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Dan and Jen Moore Juliet and John Morand Judy Morozuk ’99 Beth Mulvale ’05 Carrie Murray Keenan Murray ’10 Arthur and Bridget Murrich Kirsten Neuendorff ’10 The OAC Class of 2010 Myles O’Donoghue Ontario Pesticide Education Program Philipp Ortmann ’10 Karin Ossenkopp Curzon and Pamela Ostrom Al Pace ’77 and Lin Ward Andrew Parke ’03 Ashley Patel ’10 Robb Paterson ’75 Andre Perey ’86 Karin Persson Joan Peters Sebastian and Sabitha Pinto Michael Pooley ’01 Oliver Porte ’06 Robin Prest ’10 Margaret Preston Deane Purves ’70 Melissa Rathier Peter Rea Katie Rice ’10 Andrew Richardson ’09 Brodie Robbins ’08 Alaina Robertson Terry and Milly Rose Andrew Ross ’10 John and Janice Runza William G. Russell Barb and Bill Rutherford Belinda Schubert ’99 Leanne Scott ’10 David and Patricia Scroggie Victoria Seale ’10 Kate Seo ’10 Richard and Marjorie Sharpe Earl Sheppard ’10 William Sheppard Derek Shin ’10 Marshall Slipp ’10 Kelsey Slobodian ’10 The Small Family Stephen Smith ’85 and Sarah Powell Amanda Soder ’98 Southampton Arts Society

Diana Spearn Alex Spiridis Bernadette Springford-Watson Bonnie Stephens Jocelyn Stevens ’10 Lauren Stiles ’07 Barbara Stone Connor Sullivan ’10 Michelle Sung ’10 Julie Trott ’10 Peter Van Buskirk ’53 Leonie van Haeren ’10 Marissa Vazquez Arroyo Vazquez ’10 Pauli Volz ’10 Carl Anton Waldeck ’10 Edward Walker and Cheryll Holman Daniel Walsh ’06 Elise-Marie A. Walsh ’03 Megan Walsh Lohmann ’00 Emma Walshe ’10 Marina Wang ’10 Frances Wang ’10 Larry and Judy Ward Kevin and Peggy Warren Linda Warren Jason Weaver ’10 Beverley Westcott Elizabeth Whitney Stephanie Wilcox ’03 Peter Wilkes ’45 Sheila Wilson Stephanie Worsfold ’10 Melanie Wright ’02 Connie Xu ’06 Bryan Yantha Pat and Kelly Young Sarah Young Jasper Zimmermann ’10 Helen and Diann Zinn Jane Zupo Anonymous (2)

LCS Best Practices The Lakefield College School Staff Appeal has been celebrated as a “Best Practice” in an international Advancement magazine. The Council for Advancement & Support of Education (CASE) recognized LCS in the October 2010 edition of their Currents magazine for the school’s faculty and staff giving campaign. The campaign used the school’s initials to represent “Let’s Celebrate Someone,” “Let’s Challenge Someone,” and “Let’s Congratulate Someone.” The program was created by Director of Student Life Vera Wilcox and was enthusiastically embraced on campus. With every staff or faculty gift made to the Annual Appeal, LCS employees had the opportunity to celebrate individuals who they felt made a difference. “We’ve been dazzled by the generous spirit of our staff,” says Theresa Butler-Porter in Advancement. “Everyone is feeling great about it.”

5 + consecutive years of giving 10 + consecutive years of giving 15 + consecutive years of giving 20 + consecutive years of giving 25 + consecutive years of giving † Deceased While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this listing, errors and omissions may occur. Please accept our apologies and bring any corrections to the attention of our Advancement Office.

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In 1951, when Peterborough boy Douglas Rishor ’57 joined Lakefield College School as a young boarder, his mother believed that it would be a good thing for her only son to experience a Grove education. And just like so many mothers … she was right. Since that time, a lot has changed at LCS but a lot has stayed the same. Doug’s involvement and passion for the school has continued and for the past 25 consecutive years he has supported the school and its students with an annual gift. In fact, Doug was among the first group of Forever Grove donors—those individuals who choose to make easy and manageable monthly contributions to the Annual Appeal. On October 30, 2010, for his inspirational and long-term support, current Foundation Board Chair Bill Morris ‘70, presented Doug with a custom made Red Tail maple paddle. Doug is the third individual recognized for support of this length and joins alumni David Miller ‘77 and Hugh Rawling ‘77 who were acknowledged in 2010. Following the formal presentation, and with paddle in hand, Doug (bottom left) stepped up to the podium and addressed the 160 attendees at the Trustees Dinner. “A little bit every month,” he said. “It’s easy. It makes a difference,” and in true Doug Rishor-style—he wrapped up his comments with, “Besides if you put it on your credit card, you can collect your points too.” On behalf of The Grove and the students who are impacted by this generous support—Thank you Doug.

Our Forever Grove Monthly Donors July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010 Michael and Deborah Aben Peter Andras Ian ‘83 and Susan Armstrong Mike and Lynn Arsenault Heather Avery Karen Awrey ‘90 Jason Ayotte Emilio Azcarraga Jean ‘87 Rosalind Barker Donald Beaton ‘56 Joe Bettencourt Gerry and Sandra Bird Art and Tracey Blodgett Vicky Boomgaardt John Boyko Anne-Marie DaSilva and Walter Brennan David Brock ‘86 Deborah Buckley Douglas Burrows ‘77 Theresa Butler-Porter Margaret Clark Lisa Clarke Andrew Combe ‘50 Bruce Disney ‘93 Hugh and Kim Dobson Rev’d W. Glenn Empey Jennifer Fairbairn Carol Florence Cathy Forster Philip Frewer ‘40 Michael Gabbani and Lynda Chilibeck Rory Gilfillan Richard and Kathy Green Kerrie Hansler Todd and Helga Harris Matthew Heeney ‘87 Stephen Hill ‘81 and Carol Miller Amy Hollingsworth Mary Howell Brent Hurley Ted and Daphne Ingram Brett Jackman ‘03 AJ ‘95 and Kirsten Johnston Richard and Annie Johnston Warren ‘88 and Denise Jones

Carol and Mark Jorgensen Heather Levie Richard and Patricia Life Ross Little ‘81 Anne-Marie Wielhorski-Lyttle Adrian Lyttle ‘05 Brianna Lyttle ‘02 Alexander Lyttle ‘03 Pip Lyttle ‘09 Christine MacKenzie ‘93 Dave MacNicol ‘81 Kevin Mako ‘03 Patrick Marshall ‘90 Paul Mason Peggy McCallum Jim McGowan Bruce and Sarah McMahon Todd Melville Tom Milburn Tracy Morley ‘93 John Murray ‘81 Carrie Murray Pete and Ally O’Grady Karin Ossenkopp Giovanni Di Prisco and Louise Paoli Di Prisco Andrew Parke ‘03 Peter Perry ‘42 Melissa Rathier Douglas Rishor ‘57 Ashley Royer ‘00 John and Janice Runza Dan and Shelley Slobodian Kelly Crothers ‘96 Manal Stamboulie Sandra and Michael Taylor Losel Tethong ‘89 Alan and Dori Thompson Marcia Tupling ‘92 Nik Van Haeren ‘98 Robin Cavanagh and Christine Vogel David and Margaret Walsh Allison Webb Nancy Webster-Thurlbeck Alan and Vera Wilcox Erin Yeatman Jane Zupo

Introducing the Verne Stevenson Memorial Bursary Inspiration is, without a doubt, the difference between apathy and activity. It is the catalyst for movement, for change, and ultimately, for igniting transformational actions. The Verne Stevenson Memorial Bursary is such an initiative inspired, as his son Tom Stevenson ’78 says, “by a low-key, unassuming man”—husband, father, grandfather, entrepreneur, businessman—who believed and recognized the immeasurable value of an extraordinary education. More importantly, Verne believed that young people, especially those who, like him, did not grow up in privileged circumstances, deserved the opportunity to learn and grow in an environment that developed and educated the whole person. Born in Saskatchewan, hard work and success found Verne in Ontario leading Hub Equipment for 50 years enabling him and his wife, Mona, to send their son Tom to Lakefield College School. In addition, as a grandfather, Verne would have been thrilled to see his two grandsons Nick ’07 and Brandon Barbaro ‘04 also graduate from The Grove. Almost ten years after his passing in 2001, Verne’s family honoured him by creating an endowed bursary that would not only celebrate Verne’s life, but would have the power to transform the lives of deserving young people by helping them to achieve their dream of an LCS education. At Closing 2010, Verne’s family (pictured opposite), wife Mona, son Tom and daughter Dorothy (Barbaro), joined the Grove community as the Verne Stevenson Memorial Bursary was announced: “Verne Stevenson, a Lakefield parent and grandparent who encouraged the experience of a Grove education, inspired his family to establish this endowed bursary. The Verne Stevenson Memorial Bursary will be awarded annually to a resourceful student who is committed to working hard to achieve their academic and extra-curricular goals.” Inspired by Verne’s life—this endowment promises to enhance the lives of our students—especially those who will benefit from it directly. More importantly, it will fulfill the dream of an ‘ordinary’ man and his family and provide an ‘extra-ordinary’ education for a deserving Grove student forever. To the Stevenson family and on behalf of the entire Grove community, your vision and commitment to LCS and the students it educates is inspirational. Thank you.


The 1879 Society was established to honour and recognize alumni, parents and friends who have chosen to enhance

Our Promise to You

Including Lakefield College School in your will is a big decision; we want you to feel completely comfortable about your gift.


We respect your privacy and recognize and appreciate that your will is completely personal and confidential.

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We realize that your family and loved ones always come first.


You are under no obligation to tell us if you have left a gift to the school, though we would love to know.


You have the choice about how and when you would like to be recognized. Allowing us to share your name with the Grove community may inspire others to make a similar gesture of support, but we respect your right to remain anonymous.


You and your family will have choices regarding how and where your gift will be used—maximizing the benefit to LCS and future generations of Grove students.


You will have the opportunity to be connected with the school—and to see the power of philanthropy at work at The Grove.


At any time, you have the absolute right to change your mind about a gift to LCS made in your will.

opportunities for future generations of Grove students by 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 an RRSP/RRIF.

Like you, we are committed to ensuring that The Grove continues to provide an environment that helps young people achieve their full potential in mind, body, and spirit—we encourage members of our “Grove Family” to support the school through their will. We also recognize that it is your decision and we respect your need to make it in your own time.

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We will handle your gift with care, sensitivity, and respect.

The 1879 Society Appreciation Event—April 26, 2011 On April 26, 2011, we will celebrate members of the 1879 Society at an exclusive thank you event in Toronto, hosted by one of the original members, David Miller ’77. If you have already included LCS in your estate plans, please let us know—as a member of the 1879 Society we would like to include you on our invitation list. Please contact Theresa Butler-Porter at 705.652.3324 ext.329 or email

Honouring a Legacy of Friendship born at LCS On Saturday, June 12, a happy group of LCS alumni

Among the titles were: Abstract Painting in Canada;

moms gathered, as they do every year, to catch up and

Canadian Aboriginal Art and Spirituality—A Vital Link;

reminisce about Lakefield College School and their lives

Images From Canada (Archives of Canadian Arts, Culture

since they last met.

& Heritage); and Independent Spirit—Early Canadian

Most of the moms got to know each other in the mid 80s

Women Artists.

and early 90s when their sons and daughters joined

Before a tour of the school and a chance to meet a few of

Lakefield College School and as parents, they were active

our students in the throes of studying for exams, Jane’s

volunteers on the Grove Guild, the school’s volonteer

Grove Guild friends, along with her husband Frank and

association and predecessor to the Grove Society. Not

son Jake, gathered together in the Canadiana Room to

only do they share an affection for the school and appre-

dedicate the books in her honour.

ciation for the impact the school had on their children, they truly enjoy each others’ company.

On behalf of the students of The Grove, thank you for this wonderful addition to our collection! History and art

Unfortunately, over the last few years, two of the

are significant components of the LCS experience and

members have passed away but in each instance, this

these books and the spirit in which they were given are

Grove Guild group of friends has come together to

truly fitting.

recognize the contribution their friend, and fellow parent, made to LCS. The Westwood Cup was presented for the first time at

(BELOW L-R): Donna Burgis, Pat Simpson, Juleen Marchant, Deirdre Paddon, Nique Hendrie, Pat McCully, Carol Rodger, Jill Maxwell, Katie Brown, and Dorothy Pestell (front).

Regatta Day in 2006 celebrating the life of Janet Westwood (mom of David Westwood ’94). At the time of her passing in 2005, the group wanted to ensure that Janet be remembered in a way that would have been special to her and so the Westwood Cup was introduced. It is now presented annually to the winner of the sailing race at Regatta Day. Coincidentally, the first pair to win the cup was mother and son team Lily Harmer and Matt Ryder ’08. Two years ago, another enthusiastic member of the group passed away, Jane Dudas (mom of Jake ’90 and Sarah Dudas ’93) and it didn’t take long until the friends rallied together once again to honour one of their own by making a special gift to the Learning Commons (Library). Jane’s love of art and her appreciation for the richness of the Canadian landscape inspired her friends to dedicate eight books to the Canadiana Room of the LCS library.

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Class News The 1940s Louis Fleming ’43 married Anita Albrecht in Toronto on July 31, 2010. The couple are making their

together in the Chapel where shared memories and familiar hymns brought everyone back to their earlier days at The Grove.

home in London, U.K.

The 1960s The Class of 1968 biennial reunion was hosted this summer by Murray and Monika Hunter during the Calgary Stampede. The group enjoyed all the activities surrounding the event including the Stampede Parade, Chuck Wagon Races and the Rodeo. They also went to Banff for a couple of days. In attendance this year were

(ABOVE) The Class of 1968 biennial reunion was hosted last summer by Murray and Monika Hunter. L-R: Decatur Howe, Murray Hunter, John Hepburn, Jamie Boyer. Alan Belcher, and Bob Mackett

Carolyn and Jamie Boyer ’68, Jane and John Hepburn ’68, Grace Fleming Wedding

and Alan Belcher ’68, Sue and Bill Gastle ’68, Carolyn and Bob

Congratulations to Bob Fleming

Mackett ’68, Monika and Murray

’43 and his wife Patsy on their

Hunter ’68 and Jim Carrique ’68.

60th wedding anniversary in

The 1970s

Deccember 2010. This November, the school welcomed a group of Old Boys who attended LCS prior to 1950. After tours of the main campus and Northcote, everyone joined

Michael Heeney ’76 was part of the team at Bing Thom (Vancouver) that designed the new, critically acclaimed, Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater in Washington. Bill Wells ’78, his wife Cathy, and

(ABOVE) L-R: Taylor Pace, Al Pace ‘77, Bill Wells, Ramsay Wells ‘84, Matt Casson

brother Ramsay Wells ’81 went on

Commerce at the University of Guelph.

an adventure with Al Pace ’77 this

He will study the interaction of brand

summer on the Canoe North Yukon

heritage, architectural preservation

River Expedition from Carmacks to

and corporate social responsibility

Dawson City, August 2010. Taylor

at the Canadian Chateau hotels

Pace ’07 and Matt Casson ’09 were

now operated by Fairmont. He will

assistant guides on the trip which

be on sabbatical from his full-time

Lin Ward and Al co-led.

position as Assistant Professor of

The 1980s

Marketing in the School of Hospitality Administration at Boston University.

Bradford Hudson ’80 will (ABOVE) L-R Front: John Drew ‘50, Bruce MacNaughton ‘52, Tom Caldwell ‘41, Bill Boyd ‘52, Bill Amos ‘48 2nd: Brink Weaver ‘50, John Sellers ‘48, John Easson ‘49, Donald Ross ‘48, George Cuthbertson ‘38 3rd: Peter Perry ‘42, Alex Ramsay ‘53, David Ross ‘57, Bob Fleming ‘43, John Wilkes ‘40

return to Canada as a Fulbright

Wanda and Topher Macintosh ’85

Scholar during 2011. He has been

would like to introduce Fraser Michael

appointed Fulbright Visiting

Allan Macintosh, born on May 4, 2009.

Research Chair in Sustainable

He is well attended by sister Mhari (5 years)—who recently announced her

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Fraser Macintosh

Joey Philpott and Chris Bird Wedding

The 1990s

intent to attend LCS—she has great taste! Thor Sigvaldason ’86 is the Chief Technology Officer with ODB, a

Joey Philpott Bird ’94 was married to Chris Bird on July 10, 2010 in Winchester, TN. They had a small

Kate and Max Binnie with baby Malcolm

Kate and Max Binnie ’98 happily announce the arrival of Malcolm Andrew McCloskey Binnie on August 6, 2010 in Ottawa.

ceremony at her parents’ house on

Kalen Ingram ’99 married Paul

multi-lingual paperbacks, identical

Tims Ford Lake. On July 31 their son,

Elsley at Elmhirst’s Resort in Keene,

to factory made books, printed

Cooper Alexander Bird was born

Ontario on September 5, 2010.

direct from digital files. Thor has

to the delight of his sisters Jesse

Also in attendance were: Paula

been with ODB since inception and

Stuart (4) and Maggie Macgregor

(Crawford) Mbonda ’99, Jenny

formerly worked in an advanced

(2). Joey and her family are living in

(McRae) Cooper ’99, A.J. Sainsbury

technology group within the

Chattanooga, TN where she and her

’99, Julie Fleming ’99, Judy Morozuk

management consulting practice

husband are both teachers, enjoying

’99, Jessie (Sinden) LeSauvage ‘99,

of PricewaterhouseCoopers. He

their busy lives with three little

Jenny Horrigan ’99, Steve Patterson

has been working with computers


’93, John McRae ’70, David Ingram

company that creates library quality

for over 30 years in a variety of disciplines and industries. Congratulations to LieutenantColonel Christopher Kenneth Penny ’88 who recently received a Meritorious Service Medal from the Governor General on Tuesday, November 2, 2010.

Cedar-Jazz McKnight

Kristin McKnight ‘95 is proud to

’96 and Kelsey Ingram ’04.

announce the arrival of Cedar-Jazz

Tracey-Lee (Smyth) ’99 and Michael

McKnight born June 17, 2010.

Eddy are proud to announce the

Alethea Arnaquq-Baril ’97 is released her first documentary, Tunniit: Retracing the Lines of Inuit

birth of their son Asher Smyth Eddy, born to a proud big sister, Olivia Grace on April 21st, 2010.

Tattoos, on APTN in October 2010.

Kalen Ingram and Paul Elsley Wedding

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It’s a Small World After All!

Class News

This past August, Gerry and Sandra Bird visited Jeremy ‘04

The 2000s

and Hilary ‘06 in Yellowknife, NWT. The younger Birds are both employed by the Native Communications Society. Hilary is an NCS news reporter and co-hosts

Lyle and Katie (Buckley) Saunders ’00 are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Michael, on October 15, 2010.

CKLB radio’s “Denedeh Sunrise” morning show, as well as the weekend environmental program, “Ends of the Earth.” Jeremy is the Marketing & Advertising Manager for NCS and both are loving life in the north. Their parents had only been in town a couple of hours when they bumped into Jenny Moores ‘99 who is a Communications Officer for Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC). As it turns out, Jeremy also plays on the same ultimate frisbee team as Mike Ganley ‘86 who has lived in Yellowknife for the past five years with his wife, Belinda, and their three children. Mike is the editor of Up Here Business magazine

(Buckley) Saunders family

Nadia and Justin Thompson ’00 were married on August 21, 2010 in Penetanguishene, Ontario (Opposite) Cam Crawford ’02 has just established

(BELOW): The class of 1985 at their 25 year reunion during Home to The Grove this past October (Back L-R): James Darling, Mark Simmons, Sue and former headmaster Terry Guest, Bob Ross, and Stephen Smith. Front Row L-R: Andrew Durnford, David McKinnon, Michael MacDonald, and Prince Felipe de Borbon

his dental practice with (LCS Parent) Dr. George Lee in Peterborough. Kate Townsend ’02 and Jaimie Bourgeois ’02 are working together at a company called Markit, a global carbon trading business (Kate out of the London UK office, Jaimie out of Toronto). Check out the company’s website at www. Alanna (Gravely) ’03 and Justin van Niekerk renewed their vows in a ceremony in Canada on August 21, 20110 at her family cottage in Bobcaygeon (Ontario). Alanna and Justin were originally married in a civil ceremony in Africa but chose to celebrate their marriage with Canadian friends and family. Emma Trottier ’03 and Stephanie Wilcox ’03 were Alanna’s attendants.

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(ABOVE L-R): Nadia and Justin Thompson ’00 Wedding: Mark Soder ’00, Mark Sunderland ’00, Danielle Scanlon ’04, Nomi Schachner, Sandy Davies, Mark Ambler ’00, Jen Thompson ’03, Trevor Johnston ’00, Justin & Nadia, Joel McElravy ’00, Tim Bell ’00, Malcolm Johnston ’02, David Tiedje ’00, Andrew Sainsbury ’02. Missing: Tom Reburn ‘02

Jillian (Arsenault) Dewing ’03

his work on his website: www.

featured original photographs

at a private showing recently in Lakefield and in a gallery in Belleville. To see here work visit her website at:

After losing his LCS ring years ago

Blog by Derek Shin ‘09 and Paulo Engelke’s ‘09—World Travelling Stories (

Great Canadian Movies YouTube clips by Katie Uhlmann ‘05, Actor ( Let us know where you are online so that we can follow you too! Email your information to

while visiting Queens University, Martin Cayouette ’05 was happily reunited with it when a kind

Jordan Vlasschaert ’03 was in

gentleman, whose sister purchased

Young’s Point this summer with his

the ring at a second hand shop a

band, Shred Kelly— “a group of foot

while back, contacted the school in

Valerie Marlow, Admissions

stompin’ banjo rockers on their

search of its owner!

Assistant, began her maternity

cross country tour.”

Reuniting on the field: Queens

Staff Babies

leave a bit earlier than expected as she and her husband Richard

A painting by Charlie Bierk ’05

recognizes LCS talent! Madi

recently sold for $22,000 at the

Redfern ’09, Amber Halcovitch ’09,

charity auction Art With Heart 2010

Morgan Bignell ’09, and Ellen

in Toronto. His piece, as one of

Garneys ’08 are all members of the

Teachers John and Erin Braeckman

the emerging artists submissions,

Queen’s Field Hockey team with

began 2011 as new parents.

fetched the second highest price

Mary-Anne Reid ’09 at the helm as

Samuel Jack Braeckman was born

tag of the entire auction. See

Head Coach.

on January 6, 2011.

Alana (Gravely) ’03 and Justin van Niekerk

Valerie and Richard Marlow with Haley

Samuel Braeckman

welcomed their daughter, Haley, on August 21, 2010.

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In Our Memories Bill Strathy ’44 on October 21, 2009. Jean Coolican on July 23, 2010. Mother of Paul Coolican ’69. Richard Birchall on September 8, 2010 in Toronto, ON. Former Junior Master of Colebrook House and Collingwood House (1977-79). Noll Lederman on September 11, 2010. Mother of the late Jonathan Lederman ’87. Rosemary Corbett on September 20, 2010 in Kentville, Nova Scotia. Mother of Haultain (Hal) ’71, and John Corbett ’72. Ben Whitney on October 1, 2010 in Lakefield. Former Master, Head of the Junior School and Honorary Alumnus. Father of David Whitney ’80, Kris Roblin, and Liz Whitney. Susan Louise Allison on Saturday, October 9, 2010 in Peterborough. Mother of Lucas (Grade 8). Steve Bowcott on October 17, 2010 in Peterborough. Father of Jenna ’03 and husband of school nurse Marnie Bowcott. Otto Fasthuber on October 28, 2010. Beloved husband of Renate and father of Christopher Fasthuber ’06. Chris Patton ’44 on November 10, 2010 in Toronto. Father of Nick Patton ’82. Jeffrey Steiner ’73 on November 11, 2010 in St. John’s Newfoundland. Ross Kembar ’53 on November 21, 2010 in Peterborough. Father of Zack Kembar ’87. Jock Maynard ’35 on December 27, 2010 in Toronto, ON. Uncle of Susan Hadden, Great-Uncle of Heather Hadden ’97 and Katie Hadden ’00. Donald Philip Durnford on February 7, 2011 in Oakville, Ontario. Father of Andrew Durnford ’85. Fred Hadden on February 26, 2011. Father of David Hadden and grandfather of Heather Hadden ’97 and Katie Hadden ’00. 40  |  Grove News Fall/Winter 2011

“Among the things Ross Kembar will be remembered for are his lively intelligence and his generosity and loyalty to friends and family.”

In Memory of Ross Kembar ’53 (1934–2010) Among the things Ross Kembar will be remembered for

were there along with school friends Mary and Bill

are his lively intelligence and his generosity and loyalty

Rashleigh ’54, Hugh Mackenzie ’55, Kate and Alex

to friends and family. And when he asked how you were,

Ramsay ’53, David Ross ’57, Anne Harris, and Brink

what you thought of this or that, what you were reading,

Weaver ’50. Frank Pearce ’53 made it from Iqaluit and

it wasn’t idle talk; he wanted to know. You were part of

Ross’ stepsons John and Peter Smith from the west

the world, and the world fascinated him. If he hadn’t

coast. Dozens of non-school friends were there too.

been an acclaimed architect, he might well have been a painter or poet.

Ross arrived at the school, where his mother became school nurse and his father later taught math, in the

His death in November from emphysema surprised

mid-forties. Football and hockey were major sports and

many of us. Although he’d been in and out of the

he played them both. But even then friends could see

hospital for a couple of years, he’d not only survived,

that organized sports, school rules and regulation,

he’d remained in good spirits, seemed almost indestruc-

including the cadet corps, were too constraining for his

tible. His son, Zack ’87, an Old Boy, coming from

boundless curiosity. Cross-country running was okay;

Singapore, missed seeing his father for the last time by a

he was more of his own boss.

day. He arranged a memorial service in the school Chapel. Ross’ sister Joan Rogers and her husband Ian

Following school came uncompleted university in Ottawa and Toronto, work and travel, before he settled in Vancouver, graduated in architecture from UBC and married Nora. When the marriage ended, he married Patti. They eventually moved to Lakefield, to the old stone house where his parents had lived. In the late 90s, Ross built one of Ontario’s first straw houses for Patti and himself. Patti died about eighteen months ago. Ross stayed on in the house alone. That was where I last saw him—sitting amidst his books, magazines and newspapers. He was thin and weak but looking forward to a friend visiting from St. Lucia, to seeing Zack at Christmas, to spending the winter in Guatemala. I brought him the Globe and Mail, a quart of orange juice, told him I had to go to Toronto for a few days, that I would see him whenever I got back. “I’ll be here,” he said. He died two days later. But he was right, he’s here. BILL BOYD ’52

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“Big Ben ... will always be remembered as a good man who had the gift of gab, an imposing figure with the furiousness of a bear and a heart in the right place— he loved his school, his students, his kids, and above all his wife Anne. We are all better off having known him.”


Remembering Ben Whitney (1930-2010) Ben Whitney died on September 30, 2010, peacefully at

What strikes me was his overall effect on people.

his house in Lakefield, Ontario. He was predeceased by

Everyone attending the memorial service and all

his wife of over 40 years, Anne.

who heard about his death has a memory—in fact

Dad loved his time at Lakefield College School, both as a Master from 1960-1977 and as a fundraiser at the school. He was a father, a father-in-law, a grandfather, a teacher, a coach, and a friend to many. Old Boys from The Grove wrote letters remembering their experiences in the 1960s with “Big Ben.”

many memories. Judging by the response to the news of his death he had a great effect; perhaps he never understood, or underestimated his own value to the Grove family. Dad lived life on his own terms. He and Anne raised a family and experienced the joys of being grandparents to five wonderful grandchildren or “grand-things” as he would call them. He appreciated the visitors to his house in Lakefield and was quick with a quip and always wanted to know what was going on at The Grove. He was proud of the school, believed in its ability to educate today’s youth for tomorrow. I believe, from reading the letters from well-wishers, that his thinking and ideals are woven into the fabric of Lakefield College School. Liz, Chris and I along with his five grandchildren, Jamie, Devanne, Casey, Kobi and Sarah, have lasting memories. Dad is gone and will not be forgotten. In the great scheme of things, what matters is not how long you live, but why you live, what you stand for, and what impressions you leave behind. All who read the Grove News and knew Dad, will be smiling about a memory he created that impacted their life. There is no greater compliment upon your passing than to have people honour your memory with good thoughts. DAVID WHITNEY ‘80

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Black Diamond Golf Club, Pontypool, ON

Warm up your golf swing and join us at the Andy Harris Cup: Grove Golf Tournament 2011 Wednesday, June 22, 2011—11 a.m. Black Diamond Golf Club, Pontypool Please join us for our memorial golf tournament in memory of Old Boy and Former Master Andy Harris ‘44—an LCS community-wide event to raise funds for Financial Assistance. But don’t just book yourself to play, be a sponsor! Or consider donating to our live and silent auctions. To find out how you can be one of our honoured sponsors or donors, please contact Event Chairperson Jen Horrigan ‘99 by email at or phone 705.652.3324 ext. 372

LCS Website Receives 2010 WebAward—School Standard of Excellence The Web Marketing Association is the producer of the WebAward Competition, an annual contest that names the best web sites in 96 industries while setting the standard of excellence for all Web site development. The organization is made up of internet marketing, online advertising, PR and top web site design professionals who share an interest in improving the quality of online advertising, internet marketing and web site promotion.

WebAward LCS Website Receives 2010 W3 Silver Award—School/University Category The annual W3 Awards are determined by the International Academy of Visual Arts, an invitation-only body consisting of top-tier professionals from media, advertising and marketing firms. The annual awards program recognizes creative excellence on the web

Environmental Award LCS Receives Envionmental Award from the East Kawartha Chamber of Commerce The Environmental Award was received in recognition of Lakefield College School’s two new gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) buildings—Hadden Hall and Cooper House. In addition, LCS was recognized for ongoing environmental initiatives such as a school-wide composting system, a hot water on-demand system and a comprehensive recycling system. The school also has plans to install a 100KW solar panel system.

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