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Grove News Summer 2013

Calendar of Events 2013/14

For details please refer to our school calendar at September


London UK Alumni Reception

27 Grade 11 & 12 Parents’ Reception


London UK Dinner

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


Kingston Alumni Reception



London, ON Alumni Reception


Grove Society Event: University Guidance (LCS)



Grove Roots Mentoring Program Launch (Toronto)


Toronto Alumni Reception


Admissions Open House


LCS Parents’ Reception (Toronto)

26 Trustees’ Meeting/Dinner


1950s Old Boys’ Reunion




Halifax Alumni Reception


Alumni Chapter Networking Event (Toronto)


Grove Society Alumni Dinner (Toronto)


Trustees’ Meeting


Guelph/Waterloo Alumni Reception


Volunteer Recognition Event

22 Ottawa Alumni Reception


Regatta Day



Going Grove Advancement Dinner (Graduating Class)



Grove Society Christmas Gathering

20 Peterborough Alumni Reception


LCS Parents’ Night Out






Grove Golf Tournament

Montreal Alumni Reception

Lakefield College Trustees 2012/13 School Board Chair Paul Hickey Past Chair John Ryder ’77 Tim Bell ’00 Walter Blackwell ’56 Marilynn Booth Carlo Bos ’94 Andrew Clarke ’85 Stephen Coates ’90 Peter Dunn ’62 Stephanie Edwards Bishop Linda Nicholls Amanda Ethier ’98 Ann Farlow Jock Fleming ’74 Romina Fontana ’94

Bill Gastle ’68 Janice Green Rick Green Nicole Groves ’93 Jennifer Gruer Sue Guest Terry Guest * Neil Hamilton Tim Heeney ’83 Brent Hurley Alan Ingram Brett Jackman ’03 Warren Jones ’88 Zack Kembar ’87 Janet Lafortune Kathleen Leonard Nick Lewis ’77 Andrew Little ’13 Kim Little ’53 Ross Little ’81

Hugh Macdonnell ’85 Kevin Malone ’77 Janet Markus Patrick Marshall ’90 James Matthews ’58 Andrea McConnell John McRae ’70 Val McRae John McWilliams ’65 David Miller ’77 Tracy Morley ’93 Bill Morris ’70 Margaret Nelligan Anil Patel ’93 Tony Pullen ’63 Vicki Pullen Sean Quinn ’82 Doug Rishor ’57 Struan Robertson Gretchen Ross

John Schumacher Murray Sinclair ’79 Nancy Smith Scott Smith ’87 John Stelzer ’00 Losel Tethong ’89 Stuart Thompson ’91 Richard Tucker ’77 Travis Turner Christine Vogel Tim Ward ’62 Jane Waterous Chris White ’90 Terry Windrem HRH The Duke of York ’78 Millie Yates ’13


Jeffrey Marshall * † Scott McCain Honorary Chair Andrea McConnell Paul Desmarais Jr. ’73 Robert McEwen Rosemary Phelan Board Chair Kathleen Ramsay Bill Morris ’70 Donald Ross ’48 Secretary Thomas Ryder ’53 James Matthews ’58 Géza von Diergardt Emilio Azcarraga Jean ’87 William Wells ’78 Marilynn Booth Richard Wernham Bruce Boren ’87 HRH The Duke of York ’78 Jonathan Carroll ’87 Brian Carter * Directors in Bold Michael Cooper * Honorary Alumni Stan Dunford † Deceased Jock Fleming ’74 John K. Hepburn ’68 Suzanne Legge Orr Angus MacNaughton ’48

(Front Cover) Students from the Class of 2013 revel in an annual tradition at The Grove: jumping into Lake Katchewanooka immediately following the completion of the very last exam of their high school careers.

Editorial Cameron Ainsworth-Vincze ’96 This past August, I had the chance to visit The Grove for my friend Brad Gibson’s ’96 wedding. As has been the case since Grade 7, my stomach filled with butterflies as I passed through the gates. Not sure why that always happens, the school must be in my bones and they know when they are home.

many close friends were invited to

you.” And, like all good homes, we

the wedding.

push each other to be better people,

At the end of the service, as we talked in the back room of the Chapel with Reverend Runza, whose first year at The Grove was our last, he said something to us that you don’t often hear: “This place will always be your home so

as emphasized in Jeffrey Orr’s keynote address at Closing (p.6), and continue long after graduation to nurture each other’s ventures through such programs as the new Grove Roots Mentoring Program (p.16).

come and visit.” There was nothing

For myself, that visit to The Grove

While standing at the front of the

specious in his delivery, he meant it

for Brad’s wedding was a reminder

Chapel as one of the groomsmen


of the incredible impact the school

during the service—an excellent service I might add delivered by Reverend John Runza—I thought about how, despite the fact that 16 years have passed since I was a student, it is still very much an

That sentiment is very much alive in the type of place The Grove has become—once you are woven into the fabric of the school, you will always be welcomed.

important part of my life. All the

In his Closing address in June

groomsmen in the wedding went to

(p.ii), Struan Robertson declared

The Grove; Brad’s parents, Judy and

to the graduating class: “I take this

Bruce, watched us grow up; and

moment to remind you that this will always be a welcoming home to

has had on my life, and that no matter where I go in life and what I do the school will always be a part of who I am. Cameron Ainsworth-Vincze ’96 is a writer, editor and communications specialist who has worked for Maclean’s magazine and the Globe and Mail. He is currently the Manager of Communications for the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada.

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from the Head of School

Struan Robertson, Closing Address, June 15, 2013

Good morning Class of 2013! The day you have all been working so hard towards is now finally here. From the first chapel speech by Lyndsay Armstrong on November 2 to the last one from Millie Yates on June 5, the countdown has been on and now it is “go time.” Today you have walked through the red door of The Grove for your final time as a student. That is very significant because, if you think back to your first time on our campus, you would have walked through the red door for the first time on your way to the Admissions Office. Whether you have been with us for six years or one year, I hope you remember your first time on our campus and I know you will remember your last time—today—as a student.

You have influenced the values of the school in

I take this moment to remind you that this will always

so many positive ways. You have scored the first

be a welcoming home to you—I truly hope you feel that

championship in the McEwen gym. You have appeared

and that the Going Grove Advancement Dinner in May

in three plays in the Bryan Jones Theatre and you have

helped you to see that. When you come back for your

been our learning leaders. You have organized some

5th reunion with your friends, your 10th reunion with

wonderful spirit events and even survived the grad

your spouse, your 15th reunion with a child and your

jump on Wednesday when 45 of you plunged into Lake

20th reunion (possibly to tour the school with your

Katchewanooka following your Calculus exam!!

children who want to follow in mom or dad’s footsteps), Lakefield College School will always welcome you back.

You have led by example and it is this topic— leadership—that I wish to stress today. At Lakefield

Your accomplishments this year are outstanding.

College School we strive to instill leadership in all our

Collectively as a class, you have been offered more

students. It is a life-long skill. One challenging thing

than $2.3M worth of scholarship funding to schools in

about leadership is how to measure it—there is no

Canada, the US, UK and around the world. It is truly a

“leadership exam” that you can pass in Grade 12. It is

banner year for our Class of 2013.

something that you “gain through living” and that we

Having spent the past 15 years overseas, I am thrilled to see some of you opting to take gap years so you

hope you continue to develop over the course of your lifetime.

can travel, apply your knowledge, give back and gain

I want to share a story with you that I received in an

valuable learning experience from all corners of the

email called the Monday Morning Motivator:


Two men, down on their luck, sit on a park bench in

On campus this year, you have left your mark on The

shabby clothes watching business people in crisp suits

Grove. You are the first to experience the “be at the

rushing to their offices.

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The first man says, “The reason I am here is because I refused to listen to anybody.”

“That so?” replies the second man. “I’m here because I

When asked, our faculty, staff and grads unanimously

listened to everybody.”

identified trust as our most important and our most

A big part of leadership development is carving out a set of guiding principles. How will you lead? When will you lead, and equally important—how will you know when to follow or when to listen? How can you learn from others? Which ones do you learn from and which do you politely ignore?

sacred value. I highlight this because I believe it brings insight into the mistakes of the two men sitting on the park bench. One refused to listen at all and the other listened too much. The first didn’t trust and the second trusted all. This lack of understanding of leadership led to their demise. But how do you, as you go on to gap years or your university/college choices next year,

I think what you will find, as you make your way into

know when to trust and when not to trust? How have

the next chapter of your life, is that you will gravitate

you built this into your leadership style?

to people who share the same beliefs and values as you do. I know from my experiences, and from speaking with many LCS alumni over the past 16 months, that a guiding principle for many of them are the LCS values,

The answer can’t know. There are no easy answers for this—you have to listen, observe and sometimes you will have to take a chance.

and perhaps most importantly, trust. As a long-serving

But I know, having worked with you this year, having

Head of LCS once said,

seen you lead, perform, act, shoot, score, sing, dance,

“Trust is our most important value. We have come to learn that its tone is a precious and fragile commodity —the most difficult to establish and sustain and the easiest to destroy. At LCS, trust colours everything. It provides the essential bridge between adults and students, creating a healthy relationship of mutual respect between them.” This year, as we embarked on a new 10-year strategic plan, we took a long, hard look at the values of Lakefield College School to ensure that they supported the vision for Our Way / More Intentionally Lakefield. We

talk and listen, that you are equipped to make that decision and to use the leadership skills that you have developed during your time at Lakefield College School to make a difference. Remember the story of the two men. Find your balance, use the values you have learned from us and your parents and I know you will be successful leaders in whatever you tackle in life. I wish each and every one of you the best—the best learning, the best leading, the best living and the best opportunities for success. I will be here to welcome you back whenever you choose to return. Go Grove!

felt that some of the LCS values needed to be updated.

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The LCS Way—A Lifelong Pass to Our Community Paul Hickey, Chair of the Board

I decided that MY LCS tie today would be a Boston

From his Closing Speech, June 15, 2013

Bruins tie. They are in the Stanley Cup Finals this

Six years ago under this tent, then Board Chair Jock Fleming ’74 delivered a memorable address around the theme of his school ties. He spoke eloquently of his three Lakefield College School ties (his Grade 9-12 tie, his Grade 13 grad-year tie and his Old Boy tie) and how each tie represented a different facet of his time at LCS. He wove a funny, interesting story together, as only Jock can, complete with the three ties themselves. I stand before you today with no Lakefield College School ties. Zero. Zilch. Nada. I look out at our students today and I look at your ties…those beautiful LCS ties… and oh, those very nice grad ties…and I just say, “I really want one of those ties!”

year and they have won many cups. They were Bobby Orr’s team. But what the Bruins remind me most of is Bob Armstrong…the LCS coach and teacher, the great golfer and former Boston Bruin defenseman that was a hero to me when I was 16. He WAS Lakefield College School to me—even though I was never a student here. All of my initial impressions of this special place were through him. And there are so many great stories of Bob. I love the story of when Bob and the Armstrong clan returned home here back in the 1970s after spending a year teaching in England. The head of maintenance at the time painted a gigantic, perfect, black and gold Bruins’ logo on the side of this house behind me, which is right now the Runzas’ residence.

I thought about wearing a (Toronto Maple) Leafs tie

It was the LCS way of saying, “We missed you Bob

today, but I already did that at Trustees’ Day, in May,

Armstrong and we’re glad you’re back!” That is so

to acknowledge my Habs’ (Montreal Canadiens)

Lakefield College School.

losing record to Struan’s beloved Leafs throughout the regular NHL season.

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“You have a lifelong pass to be part of this community, to be an active participant or spectator in any and all the events that you participated in while your child, grandchild was here as a student. Here at LCS and as our presence and reputation grows around the globe, always assume you are welcome. That’s the LCS way.” Today just felt like a Bruins kind of day. It was Bob Armstrong and Ian Armstrong ’83 who drew me to this place; Army sold me on this place as the right school for my daughters, I thank him for encouraging me to get deeply involved, even though I had NONE of the ties that Jock had. I love the dichotomies of this place. How on the one hand we are one of the most respected private schools in the world, yet we have so many characteristics that most of the world doesn’t usually associate with private schools—warm, homey, tight-knit, down to earth, community. How we are a boarding school, yet it’s the presence of a strong local day student population that makes boarding here so great, and how the fact that 75% of our students live on campus makes the day student experience like no other school because this place just feels so alive and so homey all the time. I love how this physical place is not about old, iveycoloured brick and stone but modest white, green and natural looking buildings—the kind of buildings that you could paint a Bruins logo on if the time was right. I love this place. The strength of the Bruins is directly attributable to the ongoing, never-wavering support of its fan base. The huge group of supporters that is intentional and unwavering in their decision to be ‘all in’ supporters of

showcases, art exhibitions and sporting events here on

the team each and every year.

campus and around Ontario.

To the parents, grandparents, amazing fans,

You have a lifelong pass to be part of this community,

supporters and donors who may be thinking that

to be an active participant or spectator in any and all

you also graduate today, you need to know that the

the events that you participated in while your child or

potential power of your continued involvement with

grandchild was here as a student. Here at LCS, and as

Lakefield College School is huge. It is this school’s

our presence and reputation grows around the globe,

secret weapon. So please, find something you love

always assume you are welcome. That’s the LCS way.

about this place that you want to protect or improve, stay connected and involved and I think you’ll find that

Enjoy this great day everyone. You have a lot to be

connection continues to be one of the most satisfying

proud of. This is the first Closing in nine years that

and rewarding parts of your life. Continue to attend

I haven’t been able to smile, boast and shed a tear or

events and receptions both on campus and all over the

two about one of my daughters finishing up a year

globe. Support new parents as they become members

here. So I’m jealous of you. And all of these beautiful

of the LCS family and continue the traditions that you

Lakefield College School ties! Take it all in. Grab some

have kept alive these past few years. Celebrate the work

Kleenex. We all have a lot to be thankful for. Grads…

of our students by attending the school play, music safe. Go Bruins. Grove News Summer 2013 | v

Letters My name is Amanda Barney, my brother is Felix Pope,

Felix has just recently moved to Wanaka, New Zealand

and we are two of Ted Pope’s grandchildren (the two

to live and snowboard, but spent the last two years in

from his daughter Peggy).

Kelowna, BC working at Big White.

I wanted to write because Felix and I have only

There have been many occasions in the past year that I

recently learned about Ted Pope Day* at your school

have found myself gazing out across a mountain range

but are thrilled by it. Even though we both grew up in

after skinning up a slope and wishing I could share

Newfoundland, Felix and I have both left the island for

what I was feeling with my unknown grandpa. As you

the mountains. After years working in fisheries science

must know, Ted died long before my brother or I were

and management in Alaska and Washington state, I

born but somehow his love of skiing was passed down

have finally settled in Prince Rupert, BC where I just

to us. I just wanted to write to you and thank you for

happen to be less than two hours away from Shames

Ted Pope Day, what an incredible tradition and great

Mountain. Shames is a small co-operative ski hill

way to celebrate his love of skiing. Felix and I talked

with only two lifts but with access to some of the best

about contacting you to see about joining in on your

backcountry skiing in North America.

festivities in 2013, but the snow out west was just too good for us to head east in the middle of winter! Maybe one year we can join you all for a day on the slopes. The two photos [opposite] show each of us having a blast in the snow—just so you know we really do love skiing as much as our grandpa did. Thank you again for keeping his spirit alive, Amanda Barney, MMA

I must tell you how very, very impressed I was to read of the school’s strategic plan along with the latest issue of the Grove News [Winter 2013]. Both are simply outstanding and all involved deserve my hearty congratulations. They make me proud to be associated with the school—and extra enthusiastic about its future—nothing short of inspiring, so in keeping with our “Mens Sana in Corpore Sano.” Peter Perry ‘42

* In its 32nd year, Ted Pope Day is a much-loved school tradition named after an Old Boy who attended LCS from 1939-1942. Every winter the whole school heads to the slopes for a day of Alpine skiing. Ted loved the thrill of adventure, and he found it in skiing, mountain climbing and car racing.

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Head Students’ Closing Address


Closing Awards—June 16, 2013


Being a Good Leader Means Being a Good Person: Keynote Address by LCS Parent Jeffrey Orr, Closing 2013


School Highlights


The “3 Rs” of Learning at LCS: Rigour, Resourcefulness and Resiliency


Introducing the Grove Roots Mentoring Program!


Lakefield College School to the UK and Beyond!


LCS Foundation Recognizes Paul Desmarais Jr. ‘73 20 The Grove Spirit—Eternal and in Good Hands


The Gift That Keeps on Giving


Going Above and Beyond—Words Are Not Enough to Express Our Thanks to Our Volunteers


10 Minutes with Grove Society President Rick Green


Evan Hadfield ’03—The Man Behind the Astronaut


Class News


In Our Memories


In Memory of John Hill ’50


Editor: Tracey Blodgett; Layout & Design and Copy Editor: Christine Vogel; Contributing Editor: Cameron AinsworthVincze ‘96; Editorial Committee: Heather Avery, Joe Bettencourt, Theresa Butler-Porter, Sarah McMahon, Tom Milburn, Struan Robertson, John Runza and Stephanie Wilcox ’03. Contributing Photographer: Simon Spivey. Please address correspondence to the Communications and Constituent Relations Office: Lakefield College School, Lakefield, ON, K0L 2H0 705.652.3324

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Head Students’ Closing Address—June 2013 Millie Yates and Andrew Little, Class of 2013 So, how do you sum up a year in one minute? Algonquin was incredible for some, a challenge for others—we paddled, hiked, ate, repeated. The first day of school gave us the feeling that this year was ours. The new uniform looked a little different. Classes became harder for some, easier for others. School events broke

way to deal with stress is to throw things at a wall. From Miles Robertson we learned that happiness is a choice. From Max McEachern, we learned to make time for family. From Mr. Robertson we learned that the best way to fail, is forward.

of House SICs adjusted to their roles feeling for the first

What advice could we give next year’s grad class in nine pieces of wisdom?

time exactly what it means to be a grad. We sat through

Dive in from the moment you arrive in September. Take

the chapel speeches of our friends, in awe of how much we

part in the choir, or whatever extracurricular you’ve been

have all grown up. Grads pushed through hard courses,

putting off joining. It’s worth it, we promise. When you’re

countless tests and assignments with seemingly endless

considering schools, apply to a program you’re curious

word counts. A long winter was made shorter with Hockey

about. Pursue what you’re interested in. Take a night class

Day at The Grove. March break arrived in a hurry, and

—support our school’s innovation. When you’re faced

passed just as quickly. We got outside despite the weather.

with tough decisions next year, keep the school’s values

One of the best moments of the year was the grad chapel

in your mind, but most important, in your heart. Give

held in June; no one could have possibly anticipated just

yourself the chance to plan a spirit event you’ve always

how blown away we would be by what was said that night.

wanted to try at the school. Stay on top of your homework

We passed through our final season of sports, feeling sad

as best as you can. When you don’t know which direction

at the fact that, for some, these playoffs were their last.

to turn, have the courage to be a positive role model and

This year has been one of the school’s best for university

to influence those around you for the better. Know that

acceptances. We made it to exams, and got through

next year you have the chance to make a difference. Know

them; we sat in the gym, counting down the minutes till

that our school has faith in you. Don’t wait.

the ice, and weather broke our spirit events. New Head

dismissal, tore through the doors and raced down to the water. When we jumped, we left a world of experience behind us. When we hit the water, we faced the reality of the experiences before us.

How many compliments does it take to show our extraordinary staff how much they mean to us? The staff is without a doubt the Lakefield difference.

How do you sum up what we’ve learned this year in seven lessons?

Who else will come in on a Sunday afternoon to provide

From Owen McCleery we learned that change can affect

piece of popcorn spilt on the ground? Who else will drop

much more than you think. From Jackie Orr we learned

everything to find you in the hall to make sure you’re on

that we should always celebrate the big things, but the

top of your university applications? Who else will go above

small things too. From Maya Sibbald, we learned that

and beyond to ensure each student is interested in what

being yourself can be as simple as a unique choice of

they are learning? You are told all of the time what an

footwear. From winning the first gold medal in our

influence you have, but we know that it’s the little things

gym, we learned that working as a team is exceptionally

that make you such a powerful team.

important. From Lambert Lefebvre, we learned that trust is the glue that holds relationships together. From Ellie Porter, we learned that an amazing chapel speech can be pulled together in less than 24 hours—so no excuses! From our university acceptances, we learned that dreams come true. From Lea Hermanns, we learned that the best 2  |  Grove News Summer 2013

chemistry extra help? Who else would pick up every

Class of 2013, looking back, it is impossible to pin down exactly what made this year so special. A number of factors have contributed to its success. It’s not just the staff, or the students, or the campus itself. What makes this year so special is that we can summarize our feelings in two words. No regrets.

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Closing Awards—June 15, 2013 Academic Proficiency Standing Top of Form

Grade 8 Megan McShane Grade 9

Aikansha Chawla

Grade 10

Yi Cheng

Grade 11

Devon Cole

Grade 12

Connor Mahony

Curriculum Area Prizes Arts Awards

Grade 11 AP Prep English: Jasmine Kheawok-Ashfield

Junior Art: Liam Chen

Senior English Prize: Rachael Larose

Intermediate Art: Jodie Sloan

Writer’s Craft and AP Literature: Millie Yates

Junior Drama: Sarah Muniz Herrera

Languages Awards

Intermediate Drama: Hayley Shortly The Hubert Eisdell Prize For Junior Music: Daniel Wang

Grade 9 Core French: Aikansha Chawla Grade 9 Applied French: Daniel Wang

Intermediate Music: Qi’an Chen

Grade 9 Extended French: Adam Milburn

David Bierk Visual Arts Prize: Natalie Wagner

Grade 10 Core French: Adrien Vilcini

Senior Music Prize: Timothy Chan

Grade 10 Extended French: Jake Fell

Senior Drama Prize: Martin Wu

Grade 11 Core French: Nicole Odhiambo

English Awards

Grade 11 Extended French: Sam Dalton Grade 10 Spanish: Yi Cheng

Grade 9 English: Adam Milburn

Grade 11 Spanish: Merit Zimmermann

Dela Fosse Prize For Grade 10 English: Juliet Gardner

Core French Prize: Daisy O’Neill

Global English: Michelle Huang

Extended French Prize: Millie Yates

Grade 11 English: John Abed

HRH Prince of Asturias Spanish Prize: Laurent Lefebvre

(Above) The 2013 Grade 8 Graduating Class (Back Row) L-R: Richard Xia, Liam Kaller, Matthew Lovick, Andrew Maltman, Michael Hudson, Braeson Agar, MacKenzie Dobson and Trevor Smith. (Front Row) L-R: Megan McShane, Rachel Harding, Tess Wilson, Sophie Welch, Van Narine, Sydney Belford and Juliette Polito. 4  |  Grove News Summer 2013

Curriculum Area Prizes Mathematics Awards

Grade 11 Physics: John Abed

Grade 9 Mathematics: Cameron Maltman

Biology Prize: Jackie Buchanan

Grade 10 Foundations of Mathematics: Emma Senkus

Mrs. A.W. Mackenzie Prize for AP Biology: Yiwei Xia

Paterson Prize for Grade 10 Principles of Mathematics: Jonson Xia

AP Chemistry Prize: Kayden Kaller

Grade 11 Functions: Jenna Vander Velden

Physics Prize: Matthew BettetoSocial Science Prizes

Grade 11 Functions and Applications: Jodie Sloan Grade 11 AP Preparatory Functions: Yi Cheng Grade 10 Introduction to Computer Studies: Qi’an Chen Grade 11 Computer and Information Science: John Abed Data Management Prize: David Pelino Advanced Functions Prize: Jackie Buchanan Prof. M. Mackenzie Prize for Calculus: Connor Mahony

Chemistry Prize: Owen McCleery

Social Science Prizes Grade 9/10 Information Technology: Aikansha Chawla Grade 9/10 Civics: Sarah Williams Grade 10 THB Symons Prize for Canadian History: Adrien Vilcini Grade 11 American History: Taeyeon Kwon

Larry Griffiths Prize for AP Calculus: Timothy Chan

Grade 11 Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology: Devon Cole

AP Computer Science: Richie Lee

Classical Civilizations Prize: Marcela Hernandez Gonzalez

Outdoor Education

Economics Prize: Gloria Abromeit World History Prize: Wilma Schweer

Geography in the Outdoors Prize: Daniel Wang

European History AP Prize: Phillip Buhr

Environmental Leadership Prize: Michael Welch

Law Prize: Elisha Sarkis

Susan Guest Prize for Outdoor Education: Devon Cole

World Issues Prize: Connor Mahony

Science Awards

Politics AP Prize: Joshua Walker

Grade 9 Science: Adam Milburn The A.W. Mackenzie Environmental Award for Grade 10 Science: Yi Cheng Grade 11 Biology: Sam Dalton Grade 11 AP Preparatory Biology: Devon Cole Grade 11 Chemistry: James Tory

The University of Toronto Book Award: Joshua Walker, Bilaal Rajan The Pinkerton Scholarships: Daisy O’Neill, Maya Sibbald, Joshua WalkerThe University Of Toronto Book Award: Grade 12 Bilaal Rajan

Grade 11 AP Preparatory Chemistry: Taeyeon Kwon

Character and Achievement Awards The Harman Award: Trevor Smith

H.M. Silver Jubilee Award: Andrew Little

The Gaby Award: Tess Wilson

The Nelles Prize: Joshua Walker

The Junior Grove Society Prize: Rebecca Garrison

The J.R. Anderson Award: Kayden Kaller

The Fred Page Higgins Award: Aikansha Chawla

John Pearman Martyn Sibbald Prize: Bilaal Rajan

Junior Edson Pease Prize: Logan Breadner

The Ondaatje Foundation Award: Millie Yates

The Jean Ketchum Prize: Alexa Armstrong

The Monty Bull Award: Miles Robertson

The Stephen Thompson Prize: Devon Cole

The Jack Matthews Humanitarian Award: Jackie Orr

The Senior Grove Society Prize: Jody Gerus

The Whitney Prize: Jillian Scates

The Milligan Awards: Will Thomson, Shannon Scrocchi

Jean and Winder Smith Award: Ivan Hsu

The Grove Award: Jesse Sarkis, Justine Dutil, Max McEachern

The Trustees’ Prize: Jordan Ryder

The Crombie Award: Lyndsay Armstrong

British Alumni Travelling Scholarship: Erica Armstrong, Miranda Hersco

Senior Edson Pease Prize: Kareem El-Baradie Grove News Summer 2013 | 5

Being a Good Leader Means Being a Good Person Keynote Address by LCS Parent Jeffrey Orr, Closing 2013 class, the students in Grades 8 to 10, parents and family, faculty and staff. This is a day of pride, and a day to celebrate accomplishments—the successful completion of a journey. It’s a day of anticipation—a door is opening, without anybody being sure exactly what is on the other side. It’s a day with a good dose of sadness thrown into the mix. Above all, it’s a day of joy and optimism about the future. I hope it’s also a day that you can absorb a few more messages. Whether or not you remember from whom or even where you heard them doesn’t really matter. The first thing I would like to say is that I believe that the years ahead of you are going to be filled with great opportunities. A lot of people focus on all that is wrong and negative in the world—the media perhaps more than anyone. There are issues for sure, but if you compare the world now with the world of 50 years ago, 100 or even 200 years ago, I have to confess that I am not a Lakefield College School graduate, but this is the seventh LCS Closing Ceremony I have attended in the last 10 years. That is more than a lot of LCS graduates! I had children who attended LCS each of those ten years—it’s not like I have just been showing up. Seven Closing Ceremonies is also a lot more than I attended at my own high school. I tried to think back to my graduation ceremony, to think about what was said and to reflect on the impact it had on my life. I realized that I couldn’t remember a single word that anybody said at my graduation. I tried to remember who could have delivered such an unremarkable Closing address. I came up completely blank! I couldn’t remember. I checked to see if I had actually attended my high school graduation, and it turns out I had—there was a picture! So my bar of success for a good closing speech is pretty low, and I was therefore pleased to accept Struan Robertson’s invitation to address you here today. Today is a very important day—one filled with a lot of emotions for everybody. For the graduating class, to be sure, but also for the Grade 11s—next year’s graduating 6  |  Grove News Summer 2013

you wouldn’t change places for anything. Advances in communications, including the internet, and investments in education have awakened a huge part of our planet’s population to their own potential. A billion people are likely to move from poverty to the middle class in the next decade alone. And we have not even envisioned the impact of the next technological breakthroughs. In your lifetime, the opportunities will be enormous if you are prepared to challenge yourself, work hard, grow and continue learning. There will of course be large challenges. How we manage our planet so that it can handle all of the economic activity without harm is probably the biggest challenge—coming up with solutions to that very issue, however, will likely be among the greatest opportunities available to you. How the world deals with its challenges, big or small, will depend upon leadership. It always does. Throughout your life, strive to be a leader. Inside each and every one of you, you have the capability to lead, whether you see yourself that way today or you don’t. You may think I mean you should go out and seek to be

Prime Minister, or the head of some world organization,

moment! The public has a huge tolerance and capacity

or some great scientist or leading educator. Well, that

to understand and forgive people when they make

would be good, but it’s not really what I mean.

mistakes. And leaders, including politicians, don’t

I am encouraging you to be a leader on a much more fundamental basis than that: in your day-to-day lives. In your interactions with people, your friends, your family, your teachers, your community. In how you treat people, how you listen, what you give back to others. • Are you a person who tries to give more in your relationships than you expect to get back?

always make the right decisions—they make mistakes. But we have no patience or tolerance when we learn that the person we entrusted with leadership was really just acting in their own interest. Because instinctively, we all know that the foundation of leadership is good values. The examples you have had of good leadership are all around you. When your mother or father encouraged you to eat well, sleep, exercise, study—they showed

• Do you have the interest and the temperament to listen

leadership in its most basic form. What the faculty and

and understand others?

staff at LCS do for you every day is leadership.

• Do you have the courage to speak up when all of your

I predict that if you try to act like a leader in all you

friends appear to be arriving at a common agreement

do, you will be rewarded more than you can imagine.

but something inside of you is telling you they don’t have

In fact, if you approach your relationships, your work

it quite right?

and your life with the attitude that you are going to give more than you expect to get back—you will get

• Do you have the maturity to support somebody else’s

back more than you ever imagined and be successful at

good idea and good leadership, even if you initially

whatever you do.

thought you had the answer? You may not always think of yourself as a leader. Those qualities and those actions define leadership.

Perhaps you don’t see yourself that way at all. When I

That’s who I am encouraging you to be—every day.

was in high school I didn’t think of myself as a leader. I

I differentiate between what I would call the “tools” of leadership and the foundation of leadership. The tools of leadership include being able to communicate

also didn’t win any academic awards, or athletic awards; I didn’t really win anything actually. To be clear, I am not recommending this as a strategy!

well, to articulate a common vision for people to strive

But I will tell you that you can decide to become a

towards, to foster confidence and hope, and to organize

leader whenever you want. Because leadership is not

and delegate. People usually think of those qualities as

something you are born with, it’s something you choose

the essence of leadership, but I think of them simply as

to do.

tools; tools that can be learned. So if you are a little confused about whether my message But the essence of leadership—the foundation of

to you today is to be a leader or to be a good person, then

leadership—is good values. Overwhelmingly, the people

I have succeeded. Because most of the time, I can’t tell

I have observed who have been given responsibilities

the two apart.

and advancing in business are the people who have earned the trust of others. And you do that by acting

You couldn’t be better prepared for what is ahead for

with honesty, integrity and contributing with energy to

you. You have been to Lakefield College School. LCS

the good of others.

has given you knowledge—taught you how to learn. But just as importantly, it has taught you, that first and

I think we all instinctively know that leadership is

foremost, you have to be good person.

based on good values. Think about public leaders for a Congratulations to all of you. Grove News Summer 2013 | 7

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School Highlights Unique Art Collaboration

Round Square Americas Conference

Grade 12 Art students took part in a unique

On Friday, May 10, Asic Chen ’15, Sonia Kiew ’14,

collaborative project with internationally renowned

Laurent Lefebvre ’14, Jamie Murray ’14, Josephine

artists. The exciting project engaged 90 artists, mainly

Neumann ’14, Shelly Zhang ’15 and Director of

painters, of diverse ages, geographical locations,

International Programs Gerry Bird attended the

career stages and formal education. Students created

Round Square Conference of the Americas—Regional

three paintings, which were cropped and sent to

Conference at Rothesay Netherwood School near Saint

their collaborators. Each artist had carte blanche

John, New Brunswick. Students engaged in activities

in transforming a student’s painting both through

ranging from a Model United Nations debate to an

method and media, using elements in the paintings as

international coffee house concert.

starting points. Many artists commented on how the student art they received made a positive impact on the direction of their own work.

Helping A Great Cause!

2013 BATS Recipients Congratulations to Erica Armstrong ’13 and Miranda Hersco ’13, who are the recipients of this year’s British Alumni Travelling Scholarship (BATS). Thank you to

Habitat Youth Program, along with LCS students Daisy

the British Friends of Lakefield College School who

O’Neill ’13 and Jesse Sarkis ’13, won a $25,000 grant

continue to support this important scholarship which

from State Farm Neighborhood Assist. Daisy and Jesse,

encourages a graduating student to live and work in

who serve on the HYP Youth Council, led the charge to

the UK and to spend time travelling abroad before

gather friends, family and the LCS community to vote

beginning their university career.

online for their cause, Building Hope for Youth.

Youth and Philanthropy Initiative

Performing Arts Take to the Road It was a great year for our Grove musicians. 18

Civics students took part in the international YPI

students participated in the annual Conference of

(Youth and Philanthropy Initiative) program. The

Independent Schools Music Festival at Roy Thomson

YPI program engages students by having them

Hall, performing in either of the symphony orchestra,

explore values that are important to them. At a

the jazz ensemble or the senior choir. Lorelei Consort

final competition in the Chapel, students presented

performed in the local Kiwanis Music Festival earning

passionately about local charities that reflected the values of YPI and why they were the most deserving of a cash prize (donation). Y.E.S. (Youth Emergency Shelter) in Peterborough, with a presentation by Luke Berg ’16, Marc Gulyas-Doy ’16, Mark Walter ’16 and Liam Sinclair ’16, won the prize of $5,000.

OPPOSITE (Top to Bottom) L-R: Grade 12 Collaborative Art Project Exhibit; Daisy O’Neill ’13 and Jesse Sarkis ’13 helped raise $25,000 for Habitat Youth Program; Youth and Philanthropy Initiative participants: Liam Sinclair ’16, Mark Walter ’16, Marc Gulyas-Doy ’16 and Luke Berg ’16; Round Square Americas participants Director of International Programs Gerry Bird, Jamie Murray ’14, Josephine Neumann ’14, Laurent Lefebvre ’14, Sonia Kiew ’14, Asic Chen ’15 and Shelly Zhang ’15. ABOVE: 2013 BATS recipients Miranda Hersco ’13 and Erica Armstrong ’13. Grove News Summer 2013 | 9

a first place standing as did members of our cast from

at LCS. Boarding was a new experience for the Spanish

the fall Arts Lakefield production of Colours in the

girls, as Santa Maria is strictly a day school, but Andrea


and Celia adapted easily into boarding life in Moodie House and Memorial House.

Shock & Awe, a Dance Success! Athletics Action

The 2013 Dance Showcase, Shock & Awe, took place in February and did not disappoint! From modern to

On Saturday March 2, the LCS 1st Girls’ Volleyball team

hip-hop, ballet to acro, as well as traditional Chinese

made history as the first Lakefield College School team

and African dances, our students displayed unbeliev-

to win gold in the McEwen Gym. The season wrapped

able talent and versatility. LCS dancers took on the

up with an undefeated record of 14-0 and champions at

challenge of choreographing the vast majority of the

home. Way to go! Congratulations also, to the Jr. Girls’

dances that were performed in the showcase, and

Volleyball team who climbed from sixth place to bring

entertained three nights worth of full-house audi-

home a season-ending third place victory!

ences with their creativity.

Inaugural Spanish Language Exchange

Engineering Win! On March 5, 15 Grade 11 and Grade 12 Physics students

In March, two LCS students boarded a plane for Madrid

competed in the “Engineering Week Challenge,”

for the first LCS Spanish language exchange. Over

sponsored by the Professional Engineers of Ontario

the March Break, Star Jang ’15 and Jasmine Kheawok-

and Ontario Association of Certified Engineering

Ashfield ’14 spent three weeks in Spain where they lived

Technicians and Technologists.

with their exchange partners’ families and attended their school, Colegio Nuestra Señora Santa María.

LCS sent four teams to compete with other local high

Later that month, the exchange partners travelled to

schools. The team of Will Thomson ’13, Henry

Canada to spend the final three weeks of the exchange

Zhang ’14, Raymond Lee ’14 and James Tory ’14 finished

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in a very close second place to the champions, another LCS team: Timothy Chan ’13, Matthew Betteto ’13, John Russell ’13 and Abraham Lau ’13.

Gwynne Dyer Visits LCS

Joining Forces with Trent University LCS and Trent University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to continue to develop and expand a framework of cooperation. Trent and Lakefield College School share in common many

This February, LCS was proud to welcome

parents, students, alumni and teachers and recognize

internationally respected journalist and filmmaker

the importance of sustaining a strong relationship that

Gwynne Dyer to speak with the Grade 11s and 12s.

will grow for students and the greater communities.

Mr. Dyer spoke with students about the geo-political

Trent and Lakefield College School have partnered

ramifications of climate change. Mr. Dyer encouraged

in many ways over the years, starting in 1964, with

the students to get involved and learn more about the

Trent’s founding president, THB Symons, who served

issues that will affect this generation much the same

as an academic advisor and later as board member and

as our grandparents experienced through the Great

trustee to Lakefield College School—and more recently

Depression and World Wars.

with a unique collaboration between Trent, Lakefield College School and the Canadian Canoe Museum to present the annual Jack Matthews Fellowship. Furthering the connection between the two renowned educational institutions, Lakefield College School and Trent University agree to work together to explore partnership opportunities of mutual interest and student benefit and develop beneficial programs, projects and activities.

OPPOSITE: LCS Dancers, Shock & Awe Dance Showcase ABOVE: 1st Girls’ Volleyball Champions. LEFT: Head of School Struan Robertson and Trent University President and Vice Chancellor Steven Framklin, sign Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions. Grove News Summer 2013 | 11

The “3 Rs” of Learning at LCS Rigour, Resourcefulness, and Resiliency If you have seen the Our Way / More Intentionally

farm could offer in the way of physical and natural

Lakefield “Travelling Road Show” on one of its many

environment that would teach boys to be resourceful

stops this year, likely you have an enhanced under-

and resilient in their lives.

standing of the vision for Lakefield College School. Through these presentations and communications from our Head of School, you may appreciate the notions of being “more intentionally Lakefield” and how the goals of being Enduring, Challenging, 24/7, World-Renowned, Connected and Inspiring will bring LCS to be known as “Canada’s finest boarding school, preparing students best for life in the 21st century.” Underlying these goals is the even more intentional goal of teaching our students about Rigour, Resourcefulness and Resiliency.

The commitment to a rigorous education was evidenced in early days, as stated by John Bubs Macrae ’33 (Indoctrination, Random Reminiscences of an Elder Old Boy): “Somewhere in the busy early morning, I guess it was after “rooms”, we went out to the ‘quad’. Here we lined up according to class, or grade, and underwent a military-like inspection which checked that our shoes were shined, our attire correct and, if condition called for them, that we were wearing rubbers or overshoes…The inspection was followed by physical jerks—exercise following the

Falling under the umbrella of the Challenging goal,

pattern traditional to the British Army and thought to

the “Three R’s”, as they have been affectionately

awaken us fully for what lay ahead in the serious day

dubbed, are not necessarily new concepts to LCS

of mental and physical development.” Rigour indeed.

students, but what is new is the intentionality of anchoring our vision with these goals. In fact, LCS faculty and staff have been teaching and instilling these goals and the school values throughout the history of LCS. An LCS education has always provided experiential learning opportunities—not simply going outside to learn about the environment in a science class. It means taking advantage of other opportunities through Outdoor Education, Community Service and International Service, to name a few.

Rigour In 1879, Sparham Sheldrake (our founder) recognized the need to engage students and give ‘his whole and undivided attention to their instruction in all the elementary branches of an English and Classical

In the earlier days, and maybe for the first one hundred years, rigour was translated more as ‘sound body’ than a ‘sound mind.’ Many LCS Old Boys will tell stories of shovelling snow, cutting wood and spring ‘trots’. The school motto, Mens Sano En Corpore Sano, means a rigorous education in both body and mind. While still promoting a healthy active lifestyle, Lakefield College School is proud of its rigorous academics—in fact, all 101 graduates this year received offers of admission to exceptional postsecondary institutions from around the world, where they will follow their passion for architecture, commerce and management, drama, education, engineering, fashion design, kinesiology, law, medicine, music, visual art and other fields.

Education. Special care [will be] taken to inculcate

Rigour is demonstrated in students like Philip

moral and gentlemanly principles…” He believed in a

Duffner ’09 who, in his quest to be accepted to the

rigorous education, balanced with what the Lakefield

university of his choice, trained himself to write an

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Advanced Placement exam in a subject not offered by the school and did well enough to be accepted by Oxford University.

Resourcefulness Resourcefulness is being able to adapt creatively and skillfully to new situations—to face a fork in the road and forge a new path. The best way to demonstrate the longstanding commitment to resourcefulness in our students is through our alumni. Katie Uhlmann ’05 left LCS with plans to become an optometrist…but soon discovered that her passion was elsewhere…she changed her major to study drama at Queen’s University. Her resourcefulness guided her when she found creative ways to demonstrate her talents, leading to Katie Chats, a freelance entertainment web show where she chats with professionals in the entertainment industry. Her exposure has led her to new feature film roles—achieving her dream. Being resourceful means not waiting for life to find you but seeking it out… finding a niche and filling it. Anil Patel ’93 took an idea of encouraging volunteerism and promoting local artists and married the two, creating The Framework Foundation—a unique not-forprofit organization that ‘connects people to causes and causes to people... reach[ing] out to young professionals who are looking for ways to get involved, but aren’t quite sure how. Their signature event, Timeraiser, brings together local agencies that are looking for skilled volunteers, while celebrating the work of artists in the community.’

Resiliency The third ‘R’ means teaching our students to be able to rise above adversity and be stronger for it. Resiliency is influenced by the way we

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“It is important that we teach our students that failure is a natural part of life—and the best thing we can do is teach them how to be resilient—learning from failure and how to manage leads to success in life.” think—and the staff at LCS strive to inspire students to learn from their challenges and prepare them now to face them in the future. When Courtney Druce ’07 arrived at LCS in 2003 with her curling iron and blow dryer, ready for Camp Arrowhon, she didn’t strike her classmates as the most resilient individual. When the heat went out in the cabin, though, she showed her ingenuity and kept her bunkmates warm by the heat of the dryer! Courtney’s resilience would be tested later when she was diagnosed with leukemia in Grade 10 (and relapse in Grade 11) and her life changed. Courtney’s resilience was supported by staff that encouraged and pushed her to reach her goals of continuing her studies and graduating with her class. Courtney shared that she would not have graduated if she remained at her former school—LCS offered something it didn’t. Today, Courtney’s enthusiastic joie de vivre drives her in everything she does. She has a natural curiosity and an adventurous spirit that she feels was nurtured by the staff and students at LCS.* Ask any student what our new Head of School’s favourite phrase is and you will get the same answer—“Failing Forward.” In the Winter 2013 issue of the Grove News, Struan Robertson explained what this means: “Failure happens every day in schools across our country,” he shared. It is important that we teach our students that failure is a natural part of life—and the best thing we can do is teach them how to be resilient—learning from failure and how to manage, leads to success in life. Rigour, Resourcefulness and Resiliency: the three ingredients in helping LCS students find their passion and learn how to achieve their goals. It is through dedication and an understanding of what they can do to reach their dreams. That is what an LCS education is all about. The Grove offers students numerous experiential learning opportunities, allowing them to apply theory in practise, be challenged, fail and succeed all in a safe environment. ABOVE: History is brought to life for students during the U.S. Civil War reenactment. OPPOSITE (L-R top to bottom): Exploring the principles of air during physics class; rising to the challenge of being the only girl on the Boys’ Junior Rugby Team; outdoor education students engaged in white water river rescue; and completing crime scene investigations for law class at Trent University’s forensic house.


We would love to hear your stories about the Three R’s. How have LCS values informed your life since leaving The Grove? Please share your stories by emailing: *Shortly after this article was written, Courtney was diagnosed with another rare form of cancer. Please join with the LCS community in sending your thoughts and prayers to her as she faces her fourth battle—which she does with her unique energy and positive spirit. Courtney is chronicling her experience through her blog,

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Introducing the Grove Roots Mentoring Program! We are thrilled to announce that we are launching our mentoring program! The Grove Roots Mentoring Program will give our alumni the ability to connect to the enormous talent, skills and experiences our Grove community has to offer. Whether alumni are looking for career advice or support through various life stages, Grove Roots promises to provide opportunities for guidance, learning and growth by pairing alumni of all ages with other graduates, parents and friends of the school who are eager to give back and share their perspectives and expertise.

A Wealth of Guidance at your Fingertips When you participate in Grove Roots as a mentee, the wealth of expertise and guidance you can tap into through our global LCS community is invaluable, and is an advantage very few have at their fingertips. Maybe you are looking for advice on how to land your dream job after graduating from university, or maybe you are starting your own business and you want to learn from a successful entrepreneur who can share best-practices, or perhaps you are moving to a new country and want help acclimatizing to a new culture; no matter what your goals Grove Roots will connect you with a mentor with the right skills, experiences and level of commitment to help you achieve your goals.

There are many benefits to be gained from being mentored: k

Access to a support system during critical stages of your academic and career development, giving you an edge you may not otherwise have.


An insider’s perspective on navigating your career, business venture or a particular industry.


Exposure to diverse perspectives and experiences.


Greater knowledge of best-practices and success factors.


A sounding board and guidance as you work towards your goals.


The foundation of a lasting professional network.

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How does Grove Roots work? It’s easy. Simply register online and the Grove Roots Committee will connect you with a mentor who has the experience, skill set, and interests that will best meet your needs. You may be looking to have a conversation, or a handful of

For those of you who have not yet registered, we’d love for you to participate.

As a Grove Roots Mentor you can reap many benefits including: k The satisfaction of sharing your expertise and helping

meetings, or you may be looking for a long-term

the development of others without a large time

mentoring relationship in which you connect with


your mentor regularly over the course of a year. Either way, you will be paired with a mentor who


achieve their goals

is ready to offer meaningful guidance and who will work with you to understand your goals and

The ability to give back by helping an LCS alumnus/a


support you as you work towards them. The

Exposure to the emerging talent pool and our future leaders.

Grove Roots Committee will kick off the mentoring relationship by introducing you to your


ship skills.

mentor and we will get you both started by providing some suggestions as to how best to move forward. We will also check-in periodically to answer any questions and gain feedback on how we can continue to strengthen the program. As a committee we are dedicated to creating mentoring relationships that work for all involved; we provide ongoing resources and support throughout the mentoring relationship so that both the mentee and mentor have what they need to create an enriching experience.

The strengthening of your own coaching and leader-


The growth of your professional network.

Meet Your Grove Roots Mentors and Learn More You can see profiles of some of your mentors at While you’re there you can learn more about the program and what it means to be a mentor and mentee as well as access mentoring resources you can use as part of the Grove Roots program.

What’s Next?

Grove Roots is Growing

Register! Register as a mentee, a mentor or both! Visit the Grove

Now of course for Grove Roots to be successful we

Roots website at to learn more about

need a broad and deep pool of committed

the program, to register, and/or reach out to the Grove Roots

mentors to connect our alumni to. Thank you to

Committee if you have any questions. We believe that with your

the people who have already registered as

help as mentors and mentees we can create a best-in-class

mentors; we are more than excited that you are

program that develops and empowers alumni to realize their

willing to share your time and expertise with our



Mentoring for Leadership Success Please join us on Thursday October 17, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. at The Badminton and Racquet Club (Toronto) for the launch of the Grove Roots Mentoring Program. Visit for more details.

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Lakefield College School to the UK and Beyond! 1977. A group of men, thirteen in number, united only in their affection for Lakefield College School and their gratitude to the institution, meet in London to establish a charitable trust fund intended to support the school. Several of these men had been taught and cared for by LCS during the Second World War; others were recipients of the Memorial Scholarships, which commemorated Lakefield College School Old Boys who had lost their lives in WWII. The initial contributions are thoughtful and inspired: the official creation of the LCS school crest, the last corporate coat of arms approved by England for a Canadian corporation; a set of 30 chairs, designed and built by the John Gormley Furniture Company in Thursk. But it is their third gift—the creation of the British Alumni Travelling Scholarship—that has shaped the minds of a chosen few LCS grads for the last two generations. The scholarship has supported one student of each graduating class (and occasionally, as in 2013, two students) every year since 1980 to travel in England and abroad for the year following graduation from The Grove. The one stated requirement: write and submit a report of the experience, which will be placed in the LCS library. As with many wonderful innovations, the initial impetus for the gift was serendipitous: Ian Mactaggart ’35 had an empty flat in London that he was willing to donate: the recipient could use the flat as a home base while he found work and explored the city. After a few years, the flat was no longer available, and then began a decades long tradition of the BATS recipients staying, with warm, open welcomes, at the home of Veronica and Tim Ward ’62 Tim Ward ’62 has been a gracious host to decades of LCS graduates travelling to the U.K. through the British Alumni Travelling Scholarship (BATS).

until they acclimatized and were ready to strike out on their own. There is no possibility of overstating the transformational impact of the scholarship on its

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recipients. The grads’ accounts of their travels make

multilingual European, writes that she realized, “I

compelling reading on so many levels. Some, like

knew nothing!” but then moves on to the more hopeful

Andrew Johnston ’95 embrace their close-up glimpses

recognition that, “maybe that’s a good place to start.”

of another nation’s history and politics: “In early

Since its inception in 1980, the world has grown

February, the IRA broke its ceasefire with a massive bomb in Canary Wharf that did as much damage to the peace process as it did to the office buildings.” Others, like Oliver Barker ’01, gain, among other riches, an

smaller and global travel much more common. As the founders of the scholarship grow older, their ranks are being reinvigorated by a new set of European alumni, grads from Germany and Spain who very much want

esoteric knowledge of a particular business. Oliver took a job at a fly-fishing shop in Scotland, and writes of the experience: “I ran around panicking, trying to

to encourage LCS students to experience their home continent. The focus of the scholarship is shifting to encourage travel in Great Britain and Europe, rather

avoid customers asking for things like size 14 Sparse

than world-wide travel, so that the recipients truly

Hendricksons, tapered fluorocarbon tarpon schock

gain understanding of the continent’s history, culture

tippets and grizzly saddle hackle.”

and politics.

The itineraries described astonish: grads have visited literally every country in Europe, travelling north

As always, BATS recipients have a chance each year to meet their sponsors at a dinner held in London. These

to cross the Arctic Circle, pushing east to Istanbul

gatherings, formal and yet simultaneously relaxed and

and Turkey, making a pilgrimage along the Camino

welcoming, are gathering an ever-increasing group

del Santiago, worrying about visas or lack thereof in

of loyal alumni based in the UK and Europe, some of

the Czech Republic; and horizons beyond Europe’s boundaries beckoned. James Alexander ’84 announces matter of factly: “Universal Pictures were in Kenya

them BATS recipients who have returned to make their living across the pond. Similar events are now hosted by alumni in Germany and Spain, further establishing

filming Out of Africa…I knew people connected with the film and hoped to get work as an extra.” Morocco, Nepal, Thailand—all have been part of the adventures of BATS recipients.

our European connections and support for the BATS travellers. Interesting in becoming involved? The BATS Committee could use your support. Contact Tim Ward

The immersion in another culture, the newly gained


perspectives, the awareness of a world beyond the Lakefield College School bubble also has had the effect


on many BATS recipients of allowing them to rethink their values and their ambitions. Rachael Adams ’99, after yet another encounter with a


Friends of Lakefield College School Dinner

The Friends of Lakefield College School (UK) cordially invite you to join them and your fellow Lakefield College School alumni and friends for dinner at the Oxford and Cambridge Club (London).

Friday, January 31, 2014 For information visit

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LCS Foundation Recognizes Paul Desmarais Jr. ‘73 For his exceptional leadership as Honorary Chair of the foundation and his 40+ years of involvement at LCS On June 23, the Lakefield College School Foundation Trustees had the pleasure of recognizing Paul Desmarais Jr. ’73 for his exceptional leadership as Honorary Chair of the foundation, and for the profound impact he has had during his 40+ year association with LCS. Paul arrived as a Grade 9 student at The Grove in the fall of 1969. He returned to the school several years later as a Junior Master in Memorial House—coaching soccer, teaching French and assisting in residential duties. Paul reflects, “Placing trust in me and making me a Junior Master was a defining moment for me. It allowed me to contribute to the school.” Paul’s involvement with the school was reignited when his sons joined the community: Paul III ’00, Alexandre ’03, Nicolas ’03 and Charles-Edouard ’11. He has served as a member of the Board of Governors of LCS, a trustee of the school from 1997 to 2004 and as the inaugural Chair and Honorary Chair of the LCS Foundation. Paul’s passion and commitment to LCS is inspiring. As Honorary Chair, he provided exceptional leadership and exhibited steadfast dedication to the school, overseeing the successful implementation of the Securing Our Future campaign, during which time an unprecedented $66M was raised to allow for tremendous capital improvements to the school, to enhance academic programs and to grow the school’s endowment in order to make LCS even more accessible to deserving young people. Paul has played an integral role in the creation of our innovative governance structure—a key element of our success and unique among independent schools, and he has been an incredible Admissions ambassador referring many new families from the Montreal area and around the world. Paul and his wife Hélène have been magnificent LCS philanthropic leaders with generous gifts including the Paul and Hélène Desmarais Family Academic Wing, the Paul and Hélène Desmarais Family Outdoor Education Wing, the Desmarais Family Indoor Climbing Wall and the Desmarais Family Endowed Bursaries (which have provided countless deserving young people

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with the opportunity to attend LCS), as well as supporting the Learning Commons program. We are so grateful to Paul for his exceptional leadership, dedication and generosity and for the truly transformational impact he has had on LCS. As a token of our deep appreciation, the foundation’s new Honorary Chair, HRH the Duke of York ’78 presented Paul with a painting by Lakefield artist Marilyn Goslin of the familiar Grove House red door that is so near and dear to the hearts of countless Lakefield College School students. The citation reads: Presented to Paul Desmarais Jr. ’73, with deep appreciation for his visionary and transformative leadership as founding Honorary Chair of the Lakefield College School Foundation from 2006-2013. We are delighted to announce that Paul has accepted the new position of Chair Emeritus of the Lakefield College School Foundation and we look forward to his ongoing engagement with the school. SARAH MCMAHON Incoming Honorary Chair HRH The Duke of York ’78 and members of the LCS Foundation recognized the contributions of Paul Desmarais Jr. ’73 at a dinner in June, 2013 in Laguna Beach, California.

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Eternal and in Good Hands

“Each member of the 1879

On April 30, 2013, the Lakefield College

Little ’13 (a fourth generation alumnus),

Society will have their own

School Foundation hosted members of

an enthusiastic presentation of our new

the 1879 Society for the second biennial

10-year strategic plan by Head of School

motivation for why they chose to

appreciation luncheon at Hart House

Struan Robertson, to the heartwarming

make a planned gift to Lakefield

at the University of Toronto. Guests

words from alumnus Bill Wells ’78, who

College School. The motivations

included alumni, current and past

honoured his parents as the inspiration

parents, friends and staff—a group of

behind including LCS in his estate plans.

dedicated and visionary supporters of

The perfect ending to the afternoon, all

LCS who have chosen to include The

voices joined together to sing Jerusalem.

may be different, but the cumulative effect is the same. It means that LCS will go on and on and the Grove spirit is eternal. My deepest thanks to all of you for your support. The Grove spirit is in good hands.” CHAIR BILL WELLS ’78, 1879 SOCIETY PLANNED GIVING COMMITTEE

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Grove in their estate plans—either through a bequest in their will or via life insurance policies.

One of the most memorable moments of the day occurred when Sarah McMahon, CEO LCS Foundation, honoured

So many aspects of LCS were

Pam and Tim Dunn ’35 (who passed

represented during this two hour

away within months of one another

program: from the musical talents of

in 2008). As original members of the

our current students, the moving Grace

1879 Society, their lifelong support,

led by Co-head Student Andrew

passion and commitment to LCS and its

The 1879 Society was established to honour and recognize alumni, parents and friends who have chosen to enhance opportunities for future generations of Grove students by including Lakefield College School in their estate planning.

students, was emphasized by ensuring

As Norma Young Chin, an alumni

by including LCS in their estate plans.

that, through their estate, any lifetime

parent and 1879 Society member

Since 2002, membership in the 1879

commitments they had made to LCS

enthusiastically noted following the

Society has tripled and increasing

would be fulfilled. Sarah shared that an

spring 1879 Society Appreciation

numbers of our LCS family are reaching

oak tree will be planted on campus in

Event, “I am honoured to be part of this

out to learn more about how their

their honour at Fall Fair.

gathering. Having an opportunity to

legacy commitment could impact the

listen to Bill Wells’ lovely words and to

educational experience of LCS students

speak with some of the LCS students—

of the future.

In addition, guests had an opportunity to enjoy a special presentation of A Place You Never Really Leave, a video tribute, created especially for the occasion by Jesse Sarkis ’13, Jordan Muise ’08 and LCS faculty member Greg MacPherson.

I am reminded once again of what a special place Lakefield College School is and am happy to be able to provide a gift for the future.”

If you are interested in discovering more about becoming a member of the 1879 Society please contact Theresa ButlerPorter, CFRE at 705.652.3324 ext. 329

The video paid tribute to three unique

Lakefield College School is extremely

or for more

eras at The Grove when members of the

grateful for the commitment of the


Dunn family attended: the 1930s, 1960s

members of the 1879 Society—those who

and the 2000s.

have chosen to enhance opportunities for future generations of Grove students

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The Gift that Keeps on Giving “When I first realized that the canoe had my name on it I was so surprised, and happy. It is a great way to commemorate my time at The Grove, and such a useful and unique gift for the school.” JOSHUA WALKER ‘13

When Megn Walker ’11 graduated from Lakefield College School, her family’s decision to celebrate her six years at LCS by dedicating a seat in the Bryan Jones Theatre in her honour was a natural choice. Throughout her entire time at the school, Megn’s passion was, and remains, the theatre. When younger brother Joshua was nearing the end of his time at LCS, the Holman-Walker family once again chose to acknowledge this special milestone in a unique and thoughtful way. Reflecting on what made LCS special to him, they knew immediately that this gift would need to reflect a very different element of The Grove from what his sister had experienced. Without a doubt, a theatre seat was not in keeping with the LCS that Joshua had experienced. He had, in fact, spent countless hours at the waterfront—that was Joshua’s special place. That was his Lakefield difference. So when Joshua’s family suggested that they would like to commemorate his time with a gift that would provide other students with a similar experience as Joshua had had, a canoe*— dedicated to Joshua that would remain at the waterfront for others to enjoy—seemed like a perfect choice. And it was. At Closing, on June 15, 2013 Joshua’s family, along with OE teacher Peter Andras, strolled down to the shores of Lake Katchewanooka, where Joshua was presented with his canoe. The message inscribed on the side of the boat states :

Joshua Walker 2013, Continue Exploring ~ Your Whole Family For decades to come, that canoe will serve to remind countless others of the very special place that LCS—especially the waterfront —is, and continues to be, for so many of our students. *The Holman and Walker family were inspired by the LCS Wish List that is provided on the LCS website ( lcs/annual fund). The school maintains this list of opportunities for support to enhance programming and the student experience. The LCS Wish List is brought forward by members of the LCS community and vetted through the LCS Master Campus and Program Planning Committees. Contact Theresa Butler-Porter ( for further information.

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Going Above and Beyond Words Are not Enough to Express Our Thanks to Our Volunteers Lakefield College School is blessed to have a strong group of volunteers who help to guide and support the school and our constituents each year. Many, many hours are dedicated to provide events, communications, good will initiatives, support for programming and co-curricular, and so much more. Whether they scoop strawberries at Regatta Day, bake for Fall Fair, or provide support through their role as a school trustee or Grove Society Executive member, our volunteers are the Lakefield difference and we thank you. Each year, the school presents the Red Door Award to volunteers who go above and beyond: This award recognizes a volunteer (alumni, parents (current & past) and friends of the school) who has had a significant positive impact on the Lakefield College School Community. Through their activities, they continue to demonstrate outstanding commitment and enthusiasm for the mission and values of the school. Through their efforts, they have embraced the culture and values of the school and earned the respect and admiration of the school community. The intention of this award is to acknowledge contributions beyond one’s specific role with the school (i.e. trustee duties, Grove Society Executive responsibilities, etc.).

The Red Door Award This year, at the annual volunteer recognition event in May, Head of School Struan Robertson presented the Red Door Award to five volunteers: Gill Exton, Anne Gill, Ruth Kaller (unable to attend), Jennifer Scates and Cathy Wilson. LCS would also like to acknowledge previous Red Door Award recipients who include Julie Campbell, Tom Cole, Carol Corner, Judy Craik, Hugh Dobson, Stephanie Edwards, Kris Hickey, Val McRae, Vicki Pullen, Kate Ramsay, Kerrie Schumacher, Scott Smith ’87, Stuart Thompson ’91, Phoebe Turk and Chris White ’90.

On behalf of the entire LCS community, thank you to all of our volunteers.

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The Andy Harris Cup: Grove Golf Tournament This year’s tournament

Putting Competition

Hole Sponsors

Thank you to everyone

was held on June 27 at

Holdun Family Office

Class of 1940

who participated, donated

Sign Sponsor

Class of 1963

and sponsored! For more

Class of 1998

photos, visit our Facebook

Class of 1999


Deer Creek Golf Course in Ajax. We had a great turnout—the highest

The Grove Society

alumni attendance in

Longest Drive

Class of 2000

years! Congratulations to

Holdun Family Office

Class of 2001

our tournament winners,

Class of 2003

D’Arcy McDonell ’06, Jeff

Closest to Hole The Morris Family


Davie ’06 and Justin

The Needler Family

The Howe Family

Loga ’06.

Skill Hole Measuremax

Thank you to our sponsors: Power Carts

The McCain Family Aramark The Scrocchi Family

Interested in finding out more? Contact our Event Chair, Andrew Parke ’03 (

The Village Inn Stephen, Rita & Samantha Shefsky ‘08 The Blair Family Steve Henderson, RBC Dominion Securities

Ellwood Hamilton Bus Lines

New Location! Oakridge Golf Club, Port Perry

Speed Dating…uh…Networking! The Alumni Chapter of the Grove Society took a new spin on the idea of Speed Dating and turned it into a very successful fast-paced Networking Event! The group of 30 alumni who attended the event on May 2 in Toronto found the novelty to be a very effective way to get to know more people in a short time and many successful networking connections were made!

OPPOSITE Top Row: Alumni and parents enjoying the Andy Harris Cup Grove Golf Tournament (L-R): Tim Bell ’00, Ian Fung ’00, Brett Jackman ’03 and Mackenzie Crawford ’05; Judy Craik, Shelley Davis and Cheryl Horrigan. Bottom: Winners of the 2012 Andy Harris Cup: D’Arcy McDonell ’06, Tony Harris ’82 (presenter), Jeff Davie ’06 and Justin Loga ’06. ABOVE: Alumni Speed Networking Event in Toronto this past May.

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WITH GROVE SOCIETY PRESIDENT RICK GREEN GN: Sure. It’s your ten minutes. RG: The Grove Society represents the social fabric of the LCS community. Alumni, parents (both current and those of alumni) and staff make up the Grove Society. When you enroll your child at the school, when you start working at the school and when you graduate from the school, you are automatically a member of the Grove Society. And you are a member for LIFE. It’s probably the only membership most people never realized they were a part of and one that they can never leave. We don’t let them.

GN: In other words, the Grove Society exists for everyone. RG: Precisely. Sometimes the perception is that the Grove Society is the small yet mighty group of volunteers on the executive, alumni chapter, parent chapter and events. These people do play a critical role in governing and running the Grove Society but they are not THE Grove Society. Everyone needs to know—it’s THEIR Grove Society. The Grove News had the opportunity to sit down with Rick Green, the new President of the Grove Society. We reached him by phone at an undisclosed location in the Peterborough/Kawartha area.

GN: How does one become President of the Grove Society?

GN: Let’s talk about the future of the Grove Society now. RG: First I’d like to talk about Brett Jackman ’03. GN: Brett Jackman ’03—the Past President of the Grove Society? RG: That’s him. We need to recognize him for taking the new governance structure of the Grove Society and making it a reality. Over

RG: Well in my situation, no one else wanted to do it

the past two years, Brett was the leader and facilitator that focused

and as I was about to become an unrestricted free

both chapters and executive on their new roles with great success.

agent, I was able to negotiate a very lucrative contract;

We owe him big thanks.

lucrative enough that I couldn’t turn it down.

GN: A contract? I thought it was a volunteer position.

GN: Impressive. Now tell us about the future of the Grove Society. RG: Well first, let’s be clear that these are just my views. We haven’t

RG: Okay I lied. In reality I asked if I could, figuring it

sat as the executive or as a parent or alumni chapter yet to set goals

would be tough for the nominating committee to reject

for the next year.

me. Plus I greased a few palms.

GN: Let’s move on to the future of the Grove Society. What do you see for the upcoming years? RG: Can we first make sure the readers know who the Grove Society represents?

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I believe there are three high level concepts the GS needs to focus on for success. I call them: 1) putting the pieces together; 2) remembering we are all the Grove Society; and 3) make it fun. I actually stole these from the concepts that Daniel Pink outlines in A Whole New Mind except to him they are “Symphony, Empathy and Play.”

The Grove Society needs to look within its governing bodies and ensure they are orchestrating across the

GN: Very true. Is that all?

different membership groups. This will require thinking

RG: I encourage the readers to review our organizational

outside the proverbial box and focusing on the big

structure and acknowledge the people on the executive

picture, especially with a new strategic plan now in place.

and in the chapters so that the next time they see them

GN: What are the other concepts? RG: Next, we have to ensure we are empathetic and

they can give them a big thanks.

GN: Absolutely.

remember that we are all the Grove Society. With such a

RG: We have some great people involved including new

wide variety of people from different places, with different

chapter presidents who are so unlike anything we have

experiences and different goals, we need to be open to

seen before. Which I believe is a great thing.

other viewpoints and put ourselves in others’ shoes. We will need to create stronger relationships with key volunteer groups like the trustees, the school board, the foundation board and the different groups within the Grove Society, such as our international constituents. We have to communicate that the GS is theirs. The third concept the GS needs to focus on is having some fun. We need to create opportunities that have fun as their key focus. We can support the school and have a

GN: Well this was fun. Let’s do it again sometime. Your 10 minutes of fame are up.

RG: Andy Warhol said everyone was supposed to get 15 minutes.

GN: He never met you. If he did, he would have only given you 10.

RG: [Sarcastically] Nice.

good time. It’s allowed.

GN: Anything else you’d like to add?

If you have any questions for Rick Green or for further

RG: Yes. I think people should be aware that through or visit the Grove Society web page at:

their support of Grove Society initiatives, the school

information, please feel free to contact him at

receives approximately $40K a year. That’s pretty significant.

* Trustees are shown in blue

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Evan Hadfield ’03—The Man Behind the Astronaut While his famous father was literally out of this world,

so we would chat 14 or 15 times a day. I would give

Evan Hadfield ’03 was here on Earth making all the

him ideas of things he could take pictures of, based on

social media magic happen.

what we were hearing were the interests people had,”

During Commander Chris Hadfield’s five-month journey in command of the International Space

says Evan, who then was the one physically posting all the material to the various media sites.

Station (ISS), he became renowned everywhere on

It was time-consuming, with Evan focused on

Earth for his extensive command of social media,

communicating with his father and posting his work

using Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, SoundCloud and

16 hours a day, seven days a week from his apartment

YouTube to establish an online presence that was truly

near Frankfurt. “The week he came back, it was 18

“like no other.” Yet few realized that it was actually

hours a day,” says Evan.

Evan posting all of the material from back here on terra firma. “I’d just finished my MBA (at Mannheim Business School in Germany) and was looking for work,” recalls Evan. “It was just the right events at the right time.” And of course, the family factor was important to his father, the astronaut. “It was the 35th mission in ISS history, so trying to make the 35th of something interesting is really difficult. You can’t expect someone else (outside a family member) to put that kind of time and effort into it,” says Evan, brother of Kristin ’04 and Kyle ’00. Commander Hadfield’s interest in “sharing his experience” is what motivated the efforts. “Astronauts are on the outer limit of what humans are doing today, and he always wanted people to experience that,” Evan notes. Posting his experiences through social media was an opportunity “for people to learn about what very few have experienced.” Being an astronaut’s social media and communications director was a busy task. “He had email up there (through the use of satellites), 30  |  Grove News Summer 2013

The intense and overwhelming interest generated by the postings took both Hadfields by surprise. “It’s unprecedented, so we couldn’t have expected it.” The Twitter following of over one million people “was in our dream numbers of what we vaguely thought we could have achieved. We just tried to grow a little bit more every day.” When the level of interest was clear, Evan worked with his father to establish what would be good subjects for public consumption. “We didn’t know what the capacity of the Internet would be up there, so we weren’t sure what we could do,” he says. “Eventually it just got to the point where I was doing a lot of planning, and I’d send him a wish list and he’d do what he could. I tried to take everything off his hands that I could, so he could float up, tweet away and float back.” An example of Evan suggesting feedback was for one of his father’s famous videos. “The first thing I asked him to do in space was to please do a backflip. Astronauts always make them-

selves look like they’re locked in and standing, which defeats the purpose of people being in space,” he says. “I told him, ham it up a bit.” One of the biggest responses came for his father’s floating rendition of David Bowie’s Space Oddity while literally floating in space. Bowie tweeted his appreciation of the video, but he wasn’t the only celebrity Evan connected with during his father’s flight. Evan was in contact with a number of celebrities, including the British author, comedian and television host Stephen Fry, the American Mythbusters television crew and the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team, all of whom were “great to work with,” he says. Evan is more than content to be “the man behind” his famous father, rather than collecting attention himself. “It made me famous in certain circles, certainly,” he says. With his father back on Earth and planning his future career after retiring from the Canadian Space Agency this summer, Evan and his wife Kata are settling into their new home in Toronto. “I’m thinking about how to transition to the future,” he says, but he’s still looking forward to working with his father in the near future. TOM MILBURN

OPPOSITE: Kata and Evan Hadfield with dad, Commander Chris Hadfield, and mom, Helene Hadfield.

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Class News 1940s We were delighted to welcome Michael Mackenzie ’40 and his wife June who visited The Grove from their home in Cobourg and toured the campus. Michael is the great nephew of Dr. Alexander Mackenzie (photo opposite). Peter Ward ’49 will be the speaker at Haida, in Hamilton commemorating the sinking of the HMCC Athabaskan in 1944. His father was killed on the ship, and in July of 2003 Peter’s son Mark coordinated a diving expedition in the English Channel off the northwest coast of

LCS Alumni Dedicated to Protecting Natural Ecosystems Thanks to the International Conservation Fund of Canada, created by Tom Welch ’66 and his wife Anne Lambert of Chester, Nova Scotia, elephants will sleep tonight, birds will fly free, and tropical forests will escape the devastation of human intervention. This vital fund, dedicated to the protection and restoration of natural ecosystems world-

France. He is the first and only Canadian to dive on the HMCS Athabaskan. The expedition was the subject of a History Television documentary that aired in Canada in April 2004. Mark went on to write about the expedition for Diver Magazine and Readers Digest Canada and returned to the wreck site in September 2005 to coordinate a multi-beam sonar survey, obtaining never before seen details of the wreck.

wide, has taken on a “Lakefield family air,” with fellow alumnus John McWilliams ’65 coming on board as Chairman and alumna Carmen Lishman ’01 as research and project associate. This small group of alumni is doing more to reduce threats to wild nature in the tropics than any other group in Canada. Go to the website to learn more at:

1960s Richard Temporale ’66 reports that after having been Assistant Chief Electoral Officer for the Province of Nova Scotia from August 2008 through May 2011 he was appointed Chief Electoral Officer by a vote of the Legislative Assembly in May 2012.

1970s Robb Paterson ’75 proudly reports that his daughter Tara is one of Canada’s 2013 Rhodes Scholars and will join the other 81 Scholars from around the world at Oxford University in September. Robb’s production of The Drowsy Chaperone was performed at the Globe Theatre (Regina) from May 23 until June 9. He will be directing A Christmas Story for the Manitoba Theatre Centre in November 2013.

Above (L-R): ICFC board and staff Tom Welch ’66, Laurie Havinga, Carmen Lishman ’01, Sarah Jackson, Anne Lambert, Barbara Zimmerman, John McWilliams ’65, Claude Gascon.

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The Bow, a recent project of Richard Tucker ’77, was recognized as the “World’s Most Spectacular Corporate Building.” A panel of building experts appointed by Emporis adjudicated the award. Emporis, based in Frankfurt, Germany, is the web’s leading data source on buildings. For more information, see Emporis and The Bow (

1980s Described in the report as the “NHLPA’s go-to artist” for hockey Michael Mackenzie ’40 and his wife June

players, Tony Harris ’82 was featured in the Toronto Star on February 8 for his incredible paintings capturing sports athletes and milestones (, search “hockey art Tony Harris”). Chris Tudor-Price ’84 has moved back to Canada after 13 years in Cape Town, South Africa. He is living in Caledon with his wife Fiona and three boys.

1990s Charity and Shane O’Neill ’91 shared the news of the birth of Shane O’Neill ’91 with Charity, Hudson (10), Bram (8), Grattan (6), Athan (5), Fanny (2) and Tyndale (6 months)

their son, Tyndale on February 28, 2013. They live in Huntsville, AL, USA. Anil Patel ’93 was one of ten recipients of The Globe and Mail Catalyst Award (which is a search for “creative Canadians who are involved in extraordinary, innovative pursuits—just under our radar”) for Timeraiser, the signature event designed to support local artists and promote volunteerism, delivered through his charitable organization Framework Foundation ( Nicholas Syrett ’93 received the College Scholar Award 2013

Hélène Deacon ’95 and husband Marc Whalen with Joseph

from the University of Colorado. The award is given annually to a faculty member who exemplifies excellence in research and scholarship, nominated and selected by his or her peers. Nick, a member of the Department of History, is the author of, The Company He Keeps: A History of White Fraternities (2009). This book has drawn national attention from academics, journalists, and a variety of civic organizations. Nick is currently working on his next book, looking at the history of child marriage in the US.

Benjamin Privitt and Dawn Danby ’96 wedding

Former Toronto mayor David Miller ’77 has been appointed as the president and CEO of World Wildlife Federation Canada. David was also recently honoured by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities with the 2013 Award of Excellence. William Koo ’78 reports that he would love to

Hélène Deacon ’95 and her husband Marc Whalen are pleased to announce the birth of their child, Coleman Donald Joseph Whalen. Dawn Danby ’96 and Benjamin Privitt were married at Channel Rock, Cortes Island BC on September 15, 2011 and are pleased to announce that Meridian Rose Danby Privitt was born on April 28, 2013. Dawn leads a sustainable design program at 3D design technology company Autodesk, Inc., and teaches a

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sustainability studio for the California College of the Arts’ MBA in Design Strategy. She’s an active voice student at the Berkeley Jazz School. Dawn, Benjamin and Meridian live in Oakland, California. Kelly Crothers Smith ’96 shared that she and her husband Charlie welcomed a son, Teddy in July 2012. Mike Sinden ’97, Amy Bangay ’99 and Tim Cooper ’98 celebrated Canada Day together in London in Trafalgar Square. It was a great evening capped off with a live performance by the Tragically Hip!

Mike Sinden ’97, Amy Bangay ’99 and Tim Cooper ’98 in Trafalgar Square, London, UK

Sarah Jennings ’99 married Guillaume van Renterghem on June 15. 2013 in Avignon, France. Sean and Jenny (Moores) Whitaker ’99 welcomed Isla Elizabeth on February 26, 2013 in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

2000s Tiffany Sly ’00 recently launched her new website ( which was designed by Jackie McLachlin ’95 at Base3Media (

Sarah Jennings ’99 and Guillaume van Renterghem

Bobby and Marie (Forest) Filippelli ’02, along with big sister Olivia Faith (20 Months), welcomed Chloe Grace on August 2, 2013. Amy Yamamoto ’01 married Kojiro Yagasaki on May 18, 2013 in a traditional Japanese wedding at a shrine, followed by a western reception in Tokyo. LCS was represented by fellow alumni: Pamela Ho ’02, Tess Lorriman ’03, Haruka Ozaki ’01 and Hitomi Hattori ’00. Kelly McCauley ’02 and Ryan Fleming were married on February 2, 2013 at The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa (Ontario). The couple honeymooned in Maui & Lanai. The wedding party

Sean and Jenny (Moores) Whitaker ’99 with baby Isla

included LCS alumni Laura McIntyre ’02, Jenna Shelley ’02 and Brianna Lyttle ’02. LCS was well represented at the wedding with guests Mike Pooley ’01, Liza McWilliams ’02, Leslie Najgebauer ’01, Cam Bishop ’02, Mel Wright ’02 and Andrew Sainsbury ’02. Sarah Chung ’03 is working at Nightingale Informatix as a Senior Implementation Consultant in Toronto. Brett Jackman ’03 married Amber Kaufman in Tavistock, Ontario, on May 25, 2013 in a ceremony officiated by Rev. John Runza. Rob Hazell ’03 was the best man, Joe Mallette ’03 was a groomsman and Sho Araki ’03 served as MC for the evening. Other LCS friends in attendance were David and Susan Hadden, 34  |  Grove News Summer 2013

Yamamoto wedding (L-R): Pamela Ho ’02, Tess Lorriman ’03, Haruka Ozaki ’01, Kojiro Yagasaki (groom), Amy Yamamoto ’01 (bride) Kojiro Yagasaki and Hitomi Hattori ’00

Susan Hazell, Karly (Coyle) Jessup ’02, Kaley Morris ’02, Loic Dalle ’03, Josh Turk ’03, Kyle Turk ’03 and Riona Petticrew ’03. Christine Tomkinson ’03 was married to Alan Batt in Ireland on June 15. She was joined by fellow alum, Tess Lapensee ’03, Alex Fraser ’03 and Allie Caldwell ’03. Christine and her new husband have returned to Ontario while Christine completes her medical residency in neurology in Hamilton, Ontario. Lifelong Toronto Blue Jays fan, Adam Bishop ’04 had the chance of a lifetime, twice!—to sing the national anthem at the Ryan Fleming and Kelly McCauley ’02

Jays home game on April 21, 2013 and again on August 11. Ned Loach ’04 is capturing attention for the theatre/film company, 360 Screenings (, which he founded with his husband Robert Gontier. The company is now in its second season, having brought iconic films like Amelie, 28 Days Later, and Fight Club to life. They were also interviewed by Katie Uhlmann ’05 on Katie Chats! ( KatieUhlmannChats) Katie Uhlmann ’05 recently played the role of Rachel O’Hara in the upcoming feature film Kingdom Come and will play the role of Jess in the feature film Saving Prosperity, both scheduled to

Brett Jackman ’03 and his wife Amber Kaufman

be released in 2014. Jeff Kloosterman ’06 reports that he is an Application Engineer for Blurwrist Inc. (Toronto). Martha Ramsay ’06 recently released her album For Esmé on July 18, with many LCS alumni supporting her at the release party! To listen to the album, visit This fall, Leslie Schumacher ’06 and Sarah Thompson ’06 will be part of the Lakefield Educators Apprenticeship Program (LEAP), a pilot initiative at LCS aligned with the school’s goals to strengthen and advance the 21st century learning experience for its students. Leslie and Sarah will join a team of four

Christine Tomkinson ’03 and Alan Batt

Teaching Fellows as they begin their professional career as educators and contribute their talent, resources and support to the greater faculty team. Johannes Siekmann ’07 and Shaheer Sanuri ’07 came back to visit us at The Grove recently. Johannes’ brother, Julius, will be attending LCS this coming September. Bekki Hawke ’08 married Jordan Grieve on May 26, 2013 in London, Ontario. Before JJ Maxwell ’09 returned to University of Waterloo for his

Bekki Hawke ’08 with husband Jordan Grieve

final year, he spent his summer working in Mobile Analytics at Facebook. He spent his summer in California working on the mobile apps and assessing how people use them.

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ABOVE (L): Head of School Struan Robertson, CEO of LCS Foundation Sarah McMahon and their teams held receptions for LCS alumni, past parents, and friends in cities around the world such as Montreal (top left), Hamburg (top right), Dusseldorf, Geneva, Madrid, Mexico City, Paris, Toronto and Lakefield to share Lakefield College School’s new strategic plan Our Way / More Intentionally Lakefield.

2010s Katie Jones ’10 attends Princeton University where she has been part of the Princeton Women’s Hockey team for the past three years. Recently she was selected as the Unsung Hero Award recipient. From their website: The award is “given annually to the member of the women’s hockey team voted by her teammates to be the team’s unsung hero during the season.”

Staff Amy Moore (faculty) and her husband, Matt, welcomed a

Amy Moore, husband Matt and son Ryan

son, Ryan James Moore, on Sunday, June 16, 2013. Ali Webb (faculty) and her husband, Joe, welcomed a son, Hunter Southall Webb, on July 9, 2013. Tim Rollwagen (faculty) married Laura Stephenson on Saturday, August 24, 2013.

Ali Webb’s son Hunter

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Tim Rollwagen with his new wife Laura

In Our Memories Shaun Jackson ’68 on January 8, 2013 in Sarasota, Florida. Fergus Brown ’60 on January 22, 2013 in Harrowsmith, Ontario. John Hill ’50 on April 6, 2013 in Wolfville, Quebec. Father of Iain Hill ’85. Lawrence Morley ’38 on April 27, 2013 in Leith, Ontario. Royden Richardson on May 4, 2013 in King Township, Ontario. Father of Quinn Richardson ’05. Michael Edwards on May 17, 2013 in Lakefield, Ontario. Father of Zoe Edwards ’09 and husband to Lakefield College School Trustee Stephanie Edwards. Harold Tilley ‘41 on June 27, 2013 in Ottawa, Ontario. John Ganley on July 11, 2013 in Peterborough, Ontario. Husband of Rosemary Ganley (former librarian) and father of Jim Ganley ’83, Mike Ganley ’86 and Paul Ganley ’88. William Kilbourne (former LCS Board Director) on June 15, 2013 in Calgary, Alberta. Father of Will Kilbourne ’79 and Tom Kilbourne ’83.

In Memory of John Hill ’50 1930 - 2013 John D. Hill QC, Class of 1950, passed away

35 years. He was made Queen’s Counsel in

in Wolfville, NS on April 6 of this year. John

1978. John was involved in many civic and

attended Lakefield College School with his

environmental causes throughout his life.

younger brother William (Bill), Class of 1951. John was raised in Montreal and had strong family roots in the Maritimes. After leaving The Grove, John graduated from Acadia University with a degree in French Literature, and later earned his law degree from Dalhousie University. During his time in Halifax he was also an active member of the Naval Reserve and participated in NATO exercises in the Caribbean, Europe and the North Atlantic. He was a lifelong sailor and kayaker, something that was instilled in him from his formative years at the school.

He was a key organizer for the successful campaigns of Premier Peter Lougheed, and saw Alberta transform itself from a ‘rural’ province to an important and equal partner on Canada’s national stage. His deft skills as a political campaigner were often called upon. Whether it was for a city councilor or a federal cabinet minister, he always gave generously of his time and talents. John was also a strong advocate for Alberta’s Parklands, and felt passionately about preserving indigenous wildlife and habitat for future generations. He leaves his wife Jeanne and daughter Heather (Michael Townsend), of Wolfville, NS

After Dalhousie he moved west and was

and twin sons Iain ’85 and David ’85. Family,

called to the Alberta Bar and enjoyed a

and countless friends and colleagues will

successful practice in Edmonton, AB for over

dearly miss him.

Grove Boys circa 1950s

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Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2013 Sixth Row (Back):

Fifth Row:

(L-R) Kareem El-Baradie

(L-R) Mitch Lowry

Jesse Sarkis

Reilly Porter

Sebastian Jones

Kayden Kaller

Matthew Betteto

Stuart Johnson

Matthew Dupuis

Ryan Da Silva

Jonathan Kim

Kyusik Chung

Victor Guo

Yiwei Xia

Rowan Strickland

Philip Buhr

Victor Rozen

William Thompson

Joshua Walker

Owen McCleery

Matt Goldbloom

Abraham Lau

Miles Robertson

Jacob Steele

Greg Hill

Timothy Chan

Andreas Engel Kevin An Vizen Huang Lambert Lefebvre Connor Mahony Jonathan Stark Ian Cooke

Reid Obradovich Austin Hill-Whitson Ben Redfern

Savannah French

Dee-Dee Laski

Millie Yates

Daisy O’Neill

Annabel Harding

Wilma Schweer

Aurelia Mueller

Sara Syed

Shannon Scrocchi

Sophia Gabbani

Marisa Evans

Lea Hermanns

Nathan Ho

Andrea Fearnell

Jackie Buchanan

Samuel Grant

Chloe de Serigny

Jordan Ryder

Andrew Little

Samantha Shapiro

Lyndsay Armstrong

Ben Lamont

Stephanie Paoli

Carlyn Hollingsworth

Paige Sampson

Maya Sibbald

Eleanor Porter

Deborah Trotchine

Miranda Hersco

Mahassin Atala Bejarano Alison McKnight Marissa Henderson

Kaylie Miller

Rachael Larose

Front Row: (L-R) Bilaal Rajan Benjamin Birrell

Jackie Orr

Second Row

Marcela Hernandez

John Russell

(L-R) (seated):

Max McEachern

Jillian Scates

Moritz Malina-Altzinger

Arynne Boyes

Ivan Hsu

Third Row:

Fourth Row:

(L-R) Natalie Green

Erica Armstrong

Allister Avard

Shirley Zhang

Sabrina Zhang

Yuri Jan

(L-R) Emily Volz

Angela Lee

Janine Steyn

Martin Wu

Justine Dutil

Race Mui

Sandie Nwokolo

Terry Chen

Gloria Abromeit

Megan Exton

Marina Schulz

Akin Akinwale

Dani Hatch

Emma Morgan

-von Siemens

Absent: Tyson Nayler

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