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Grove News Summer 2014

Calendar of Events 2014/15

For details please refer to our school calendar at SEPTEMBER


26 Grade 9 & 10 Parents’ Reception


London, U.K. Alumni Reception

27 Grade 11 & 12 Parents’ Reception Fall Fair/Home to The Grove Reunion


Montreal Alumni Reception




Kingston Alumni Reception


Grove Society Event: University Guidance (LCS)


London, ON Alumni Reception


Admissions Open House


25 Trustees’ Meeting/Dinner


Toronto Alumni Reception



Grove Society: Through the Red Door Event (LCS)


Halifax Alumni Reception


GTA Parents’ Reception (Toronto)


Grove Society Alumni Dinner (Toronto)


Pre-1950s Old Boys’ Reunion Admissions Open House


Guelph/Waterloo Alumni Reception



Student Career Day (LCS)


Grove Society Networking Event (Toronto)

27 Parent Pub Night (Peterborough)


Trustees’ Meeting

28 Ottawa Alumni Reception


Volunteer Appreciation Celebration



Regatta Day



Going Grove Graduate Dinner (Class of 2015)

Grove Society Christmas Gathering

20 Alumni Shinny & Reception (LCS)




LCS Parents’ Night Out (Peterborough)

22 London, U.K. Alumni Dinner



Lakefield College Trustees 2013/14 Board Chair Nick Lewis ’77 Past Chair Paul Hickey * Tim Bell ’00 Walter Blackwell ’56 Mary Blair Marilynn Booth Carlo Bos ’94 Andrew Clarke ’85 Stephen Coates ’90 Paul Desmarais III ’00 Peter Dunn ’62 Stephanie Edwards 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 Alan Ingram Kelsey Ingram ’04 Brett Jackman ’03 Andrew Johnston ’95 Warren Jones ’88 Jaron Kaller ’14 Zack Kembar ’87 Janet Lafortune 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 Bishop Linda Nicholls Anil Patel ’93 Tony Pullen ’63 Vicki Pullen Sean Quinn ’82 Doug Rishor ’57 Struan Robertson Gretchen Ross John Ryder ’77 John Schumacher

Sheilah Scrocchi Hayley Shortly ’14 Murray Sinclair ’79 Pat Sinka Nancy Smith Scott Smith ’87 John Stelzer ’00 Losel Tethong ’89 Stuart Thompson ’91 Richard Tucker ’77 Travis Turner Tim Ward ’62 Jane Waterous Cara Westcott Chris White ’90 Terry Windrem HRH The Duke of York ’78


Bernard Gault John K. Hepburn ’68 Honorary Chair Paul Hickey * HRH The Duke of Suzanne Legge Orr York ’78 Angus MacNaughton ’48 Board Chair Scott McCain Bill Morris ’70 Andrea McConnell Robert McEwen Chair Emeritus Rosemary Phelan Paul Desmarais Jr. ’73 Kathleen Ramsay Secretary Donald Ross ’48 James Matthews ’58 Thomas Ryder ’53 Emilio Azcarraga Jean ’87 Nancy Smith Marilynn Booth Géza von Diergardt Bruce Boren ’87 William Wells ’78 Brian Carter * Richard Wernham Michael Cooper Directors in Bold France Deshaies Lefebvre * Honorary Alumni Andrew Durnford ’85 Jock Fleming ’74

(Front Cover) LCS students enjoy the school’s beautiful waterfront while taking a break from studying in between their final exams.

Opportunity Is Knocking on the Red Door Guest Editorial: Brett Jackman ’03

John has presented the school

those gifts each year enables the

and its alumni with a tremendous

school to better plan for the future

I was recently in England for the

opportunity towards making an

and drives a number of additional

wedding of one of my closest

LCS education more accessible to

ancillary benefits.

friends from Lakefield College

the children and grandchildren

School, Sho Araki ’03. In the days

of alumni. In what is being called

leading up to the ceremony, we

the Hepburn Alumni Challenge,

spent hours reliving our fondest

John has thrown down the gauntlet

memories from Lakefield College

to alumni and challenged us to

School, along with several other

increase the annual participation

grads that were also in attendance.


While riding the London Eye, Sho asked me, “will you send your kids to LCS one day?” We discussed how much we would love our children to have the opportunity to attend The Grove, but the economic realities of a private school education make it a challenging prospect.

When I first learned of this initiative, I immediately thought that this would be a no-brainer. The cause is great and the benefits to all are clear. But there is an old saying in sports when the outcome appears to be a foregone

The initiative has been structured

conclusion —“that’s why they play

very smartly to reward the two

the game.” For any alumni that,

types of behaviors that are critical

like Sho and me, cherished their

for the future financial success of

time at Lakefield College School

The Grove: the simple giving of a

and want their kids to have that

gift itself as well as committing to

opportunity one day, participating

support the school on a recurring

in this initiative will go a long way

basis. All gifts—no matter the size

to making it a possibility.

Enter John Hepburn ’68. As you

—make a significant impact on

will learn about in this issue (p.20),

the school in their totality. Making

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from the Head of School

Struan Robertson, Closing Address, June 14, 2014 you a lifetime. I hope your time has been formative and will inspire you to achieve all that you hope for. On the day you first entered the red door of LCS, you started a journey. For some, the journey continues next year—but for our Class of 2014, their LCS journey finishes today and the next journey begins. Stepping through the red door today will signify that you are embarking on a new, exciting path in your development. Back in October, I attended the CAIS Heads and Chairs conference in Vancouver with Nick Lewis ’77, the incoming board chair, and Paul Hickey, the outgoing board chair. At the conference, we had the privilege of listening to Simon Whitfield.

Good morning Class of 2014! The day you have been

Simon Whitfield is a Canadian Olympic triathlete. At

waiting for, or not waiting for, is finally here. Today you

the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Simon captured the gold

will walk through the red door for the final time as a

medal in one of the most exciting races ever. After

student of Lakefield College School. That is significant

crashing with 14 other cyclists, Simon got up and

because, for most people, their first introduction to

slowly picked his way through the field and finished

The Grove is entering through the red door, turning left

with a time that, until last year, was the Olympic record

and seeking out Carol Florence at Reception. You have

for the triathlon.

now come full circle. Prior to winning in Sydney, I am not sure many For some, you have gone in and out of the red door for

Canadians followed the sport of triathlons or knew

six years and for others, this was your first year going

who Simon Whitfield was. But winning sure brought

through it. However many times you have entered the

world attention to Simon and he has been a wonderful

red door, I encourage you to do it one last time, take a

Canadian ambassador ever since.

“selfie,” tweet it, post it to Instagram and Facebook— capture the moment.

Simon talked to us in Vancouver about “putting in the hard yards.” He talked about how he put in the hard

You will come back—as Mrs. McMahon pointed out

yards in the years leading up to the Sydney Olympics

at our Going Grove Dinner—in the fall for Fall Fair

and the hard yards had paid off with a gold medal

or next spring for Regatta Day. Or it might be in five

and hero status. He then talked about what happened

years for your first significant reunion or in 10 years

after Sydney—how he had become awe-struck by his

to get married or in 46 years, like John Hepburn ’68,

celebrity status. In the four years leading up to the

to address the Closing Ceremony. You will come back

2004 Olympic Games in Athens, he forgot to put in the

through the red door and we will welcome you back.

hard yards. Simon arrived in Athens as the defending

The memories that you have from your time at The

Olympic champion and then proceeded to go out and,

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in his own words, embarrass himself with an 11th place finish. Simon talked about how much this failure hurt. He spoke about falling from the pinnacle of his sport. This forced him to reflect on his preparation and dedication as he looked ahead to the 2008 Games in Beijing. Did he have what it took to rededicate himself to put in the hard yards? After taking time away from competition to reflect, Simon decided he was hungry for redemption. The setback, although initially devastating, eventually motivated him to literally get back up and try again. The result was a silver medal in Beijing. The hard yards had paid off again. Why am I sharing Simon Whitfield’s story? It resonated with me. It connected with the message that I have shared with you over the past two and a half years since I arrived at LCS. Simon Whitfield failed forward. He learned an incredibly valuable life lesson with his 11th place finish in Athens.

The potential you have is enormous. We have seen you grow this year in ways we didn’t think possible. You

I can remember my own “hard yards” lesson. It

have learned to be independent while demonstrating

happened when I was in Grade 10 at Crescent School

an ability to collaborate. You have shown us an ability

in Toronto. I was trying out for the Under-16 Hockey

to inspire others while remaining humble and you have

Team. I made the team the year before and, as I look

left a legacy that our younger students will look up to.

back, I didn’t put in the hard yards in the tryouts.

I would like to share a quote from Maya Angelou, as I

When the team roster was posted, my name was not on

believe it truly captures the essence of what we hope

the list. To this day I can remember that gut-wrenching

for our Grads of 2014:

feeling… I can remember the tears burning up in my eyes, but desperately hoping that I wouldn’t cry in front of my buddies—it was a really tough lesson at the time. But I only had one person to blame and that was myself. I hadn’t put in the hard yards at the tryouts and I paid the price. But, I can assure you, it never happened again. I

“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.” Good advice.

learned the value of hard work, of giving my very best

As you walk through the red door for a final time this

and of taking nothing for granted. I like to think that

afternoon, as you leave our campus and begin to think

this was the defining moment when I learned to fail

about next year and your new journey, think about


what you are passionate about, what will inspire you

Now, back to the red door. For many of you, the hard yards in your journey through The Grove will be continued in September. For our Grad Class of 2014, your hard yards at LCS are behind you. The next journey lies ahead. Are you ready to put in the hard yards along the way?

and drive you to put in the hard yards. I know you are ready, willing and able. I look forward to welcoming you home to The Grove and hearing all about your journey, your successes, your failures and how you put in the hard yards. My very best wishes to you all. Grove News Summer 2014 | iii

Nurturing Our Connections Nick Lewis ’77, Chair of the Board, Closing Address, June 14, 2014 I came to Lakefield College School in 1972 on a

I remember school Closing like it was yesterday. It was

scholarship. Terry Guest was Head of School at that

bittersweet. I felt ready to move on to university and to

time. My brother and I overlapped at Terry’s previous

a co-ed experience, LCS being “boys only” at the time.

school in the Eastern Townships (Quebec). My parents

I was excited to move on to new challenges, but sad to

thought so highly of Terry they wanted to send me to

leave my friends and a place I’d learned to call home. I

his new school. He thought that was a good idea and

suspect many of you Grads feel the same way today.

as financial incentive offered to reduce my LCS fees by $100 to match the sibling discount at my former school—that’s a scholarship, right?

At the core of the Lakefield difference are special student/teacher relationships. During my five years at The Grove, we were blessed with the presence of

I spent five wonderful years at LCS, graduating in

Bob Armstrong, Andy Harris ’44, Richard Hayman

June of 1977. I have very fond memories of that June:

and Bryan Jones—truly special people who cared

Camp Lakefield in full swing; the waterfront alive with

deeply about the students and taught us academic

Albacores, Lasers and windsurfers; the 19th running of

lessons in the classroom, but also life lessons: on the

the Turtle Stakes; strains of the Eagles’ Hotel California

hockey rink and on the sports field, in the theatre and

blaring from a Grove House dorm; frisbee football

in the Chapel. The school has its equivalents of these

and cricket on Lefevre Field; and performances of the

Lakefield College School legends today. You Grads

school play, Oliver, an event that involved the whole

know who they are.

school including masters, their wives and even their young children…to name just a few.

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The school has also benefited over the years from a strong board of directors and that is certainly the case

“Consider that for a moment—the Head of School and a Head of House treating soggy 14-year-old-new-boys like equals! That could only happen at The Grove.” today. Your school board is comprised of 16 talented,

I’ve since embarked on numerous canoe trips in

committed and hard-working volunteers and it’s truly

Ontario, Quebec and Canada’s North. Many of these

a privilege to serve alongside them. We have had a very

trips have been with my LCS classmates, including

busy year overseeing and supporting our resourceful

Miller and Greenwood from that Thanksgiving

and resilient Head of School as Struan, together with

expedition. Canoe trips have been a great way to stay

his Leadership Team, went about implementing the

connected with each other and with the school. Seven

second year of the school’s strategic plan, Our Way |

members of the Class of 1977 participated in a 25th

More Intentionally Lakefield, with great rigour. I can

reunion trip down the Burnside River in the Northwest

tell you that from the school board’s perspective, the

Territories. That’s over a quarter of our graduating

school is in very good hands with Struan, or more


precisely, with Struan and Jennifer—we know it takes a team at the top to succeed.

The Class of 1977 remains connected to one other, but also to the school, serving as trustees (five of us

I’m certain the Grads will forgive me if I don’t delve

currently), board members (three of us, including a

into the details of the board’s activities and instead tell

former and the current board chair), current and past

you a canoeing story.

parents, and longstanding donors.

I was introduced to canoeing for the first time at

The trips in the North have been outfitted and guided

Lakefield College School and it was the beginning

by Al Pace ’77, who owns and manages a tripping

of a life-long passion. My first canoe trip was at

centre in Norman Wells, NWT. On two of those

Thanksgiving of Grade 9. David Miller ’77 (father

northern trips a selection of my classmates and I have

of Simon, Class of 2015), John Greenwood ’77, Brian

had the great good fortune of being in the company

Morrison ’77 and I, all new boys, went on the school

of His Royal Highness The Duke of York ’78, who

canoe trip to Algonquin Park with Headmaster Terry

attended LCS during our graduating year, and yes, the

Guest and my House Master, Ken Burns. We set out

person who got me hooked, Terry Guest. I think he got

from Smoke Lake on the Lake Louisa circuit on a

HRH hooked too!

beautiful and warm “Indian Summer” day. That night, the temperature plummeted and we woke up to snow, which turned to driving rain, and a cold and bitter wind. No one had advised us to bring proper rain gear so we resorted to green garbage bags (what else?) but

For me, the Lakefield difference is all about these special relationships, be they student-to-teacher or student-to-student, and canoe tripping is a wonderful way to discover and nurture these connections.

spent the weekend wet and very cold. We survived and

To the Grads of 2014, I hope you have found a life-long

completed the circuit. What stands out for me from

passion during your days at our school, one that will

that expedition is not the tough conditions but the way

keep you connected to each another and to your soon-

Mr. Guest and Mr. Burns treated us. They treated us

to-be alma mater, and that you will be inspired, in your

not as boys, but as young men. In a way, almost like

own way and in your own time, to give back to LCS to


ensure our values and traditions live on.

Consider that for a moment: the Head of School and a

Good luck Grads, and happy paddling!

Head of House treating soggy 14-year-old new boys like equals! That could only happen at The Grove.

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Head Students’ Closing Address


Closing Awards—June 14, 2014


My Five Observations for the Graduates of 2014: Keynote Address by John Hepburn ’68, Closing 2014


Saying Goodbye After Two Decades with LCS


School Highlights


Measuring Progress Every Step of the Way: Part II


A Successful First Year for Grove Roots Mentoring


Calling All Alumni—Join the Hepburn Alumni Challenge!


In Their Own Words—Stories of Giving 22 Dreaming of a World Renowned Residence


Grove Society


Class News


In Our Memories


Remembering Alex Robertson


The Graduating Class of 2014


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, 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, 4391 County Road 29, Lakefield, ON, K0L 2H0 705.652.3324

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Head Students’ Closing Address—June 2014 Jaron Kaller and Hayley Shortly, Class of 2014 Red and green are the colours of The Grove. We walk

Now we stand under the iconic big white tent that

through the red doors into our school with green

means our time is over, that our final moments at

roofs; we go and sit on red Muskoka chairs to watch

Lakefield College School have slipped from our grasp,

our teams play soccer on our green fields wearing

no matter how tightly we tried to hold on. Today, we

their red and green jerseys. Yes, the school’s colours

leave home. We take off these blue blazers for the final

are red and green, but blue was the colour of this year.

time and exchange them for an alumni tie; we trade

The blue blazer was seen everywhere this year, and

our spirit events for pub nights and alumni reunions.

the graduating students inside these blue blazers were

No longer will we be greeted outside Chapel by Mr.

people who could be counted on to laugh, to support

Robertson. Instead, we can look forward to coming

and to lead.

back and seeing the results of all his hard work.

The measure of a student’s time at Lakefield College

So now it is up to you, Class of 2015, to carry on what

School is not in how many awards they received, it’s not

we carried on from the Class of 2013, and so on. It’s up

about how many tie clips they won, how many plays

to you to lift the LCS torch, to hold it high and to sing

they were in or even how many times they were on the

loud and cheer hard and live your year to the fullest.

Honour Roll. The measure of a student’s time at LCS is

Make sure that you’re out of breath at the end of your

determined by how completely they gave themselves to

year, knowing that you squeezed every last drop of the

this special place we have all come to know as home.

Lakefield difference out of this special place. We know

And give they did. You are looking at a group of friends who lived LCS. It didn’t matter if they were wearing their blue blazers or not—you knew they were the Class

that every student standing proudly behind us today in their blue blazers has reached their final day at The Grove having done just that.

of 2014. You knew they were the Class of 2014 because

From this point forward Lakefield College School

they gave you a hand when you needed it. You knew

becomes past tense, but this place and the family we

they were the Class of 2014 because they gave what they

have come to know here will never be forgotten. The

did with everything they had in them. You knew they

Class of 2014 will never forget LCS, and LCS will never

were the Class of 2014 because they filled up the halls

forget the Class of 2014.

of this school with energy and enthusiasm. They were looked up to; they stood as role models and leaders

Class of 2014…We did it!

within the community.

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Closing Awards—June 14, 2014 Academic Proficiency Standing Top of Form

Grade 9

Cristina Conesa

Grade 10

Cameron Maltman

Grade 11

Yi Cheng

Grade 12

Taeyeon Kwon

Curriculum Area Prizes Arts Awards

Senior English Prize: Jiayu Han

Junior Art: Sydnee Korculanic

The I. Norman Smith Prize for Advanced Placement Studies in English Literature: Jasmine Kheawok-Ashfield

Intermediate Art: Liam Chen Junior Drama: Braeson Agar Intermediate Drama: Sarah Williams

The English Writer’s Craft and AP Literature Prize: Jasmine Kheawok-Ashfield

The Hubert Eisdell Prize For Junior Music: Kathryn Little

Languages Awards

Intermediate Music: Daniel Wang

Grade 9 Applied French: Olivia Gao

David Bierk Visual Arts Prize: Shelly Zhang

Grade 9 Extended French: Tess Wilson

Senior Music Prize: Jennifer Ower

Grade 10 Core French: Scott Murphy

Senior Drama Prize: Noah Lehman

Grade 10 Extended French: Adam Milburn

English Awards

Grade 11 Core French: Mary Dunn

Grade 9 English: Cristina Conesa Dela Fosse Prize For Grade 10 English: Adam Milburn Global English: Ashley Gao Grade 11 English: Ariela St-Pierre-Collins Grade 11 AP Prep English: Juliet Gardner

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Grade 9 Core French: Cristina Conesa

Grade 11 Extended French: Laura McCloskey Grade 10 Spanish: Adam Milburn Grade 11 Spanish: Véréna Lefebvre Core French Prize: Jennifer Ower AP Extended French Prize: Jody Gerus HRH Prince of Asturias Spanish Prize: Sonia Kiew

Curriculum Area Prizes Mathematics Awards

Grade 11 Chemistry: Khalid Younis

Grade 9 Mathematics: Zack Masciangelo

Grade 11 AP Preparatory Chemistry: Yi Cheng

Grade 10 Foundations of Mathematics: Karen Sanchez

Grade 11 Physics: Yi Cheng

Paterson Prize for Grade 10 Principles of Mathematics: Cameron Maltman

Biology Prize: Maddie Greenwood

Grade 11 Functions: Laura McCloskey

Chemistry Prize: Michelle Chiang

Grade 11 Functions and Applications: Emma Senkus

AP Chemistry Prize: Devon Cole

Grade 11 AP Prep Functions: Ibuki Sugiura

Physics Prize: John Abedocial Science Prizes

Grade 10 Introduction to Computer Studies: Adam Milburn Grade 11 Computer and Information Science: Asic Chen Mathematics of Data Management Prize: Piers Eaton Advanced Functions Prize: Michelle Chiang Prof. M. Mackenzie Prize for Calculus: James Tory Larry Griffiths Prize for AP Calculus: Asic Chen AP Computer Science Prize: John Abed

Outdoor Education

Mrs. A.W. Mackenzie Prize for AP Biology: Taeyeon Kwon

Social Science Prizes Grade 9/10 Information Technology: Michael Hudson Grade 9/10 Civics: Trevor Smith Grade 10 THB Symons Prize for Canadian History: Adam Milburn Grade 11 American History: Andrew Heffernan Grade 11 Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology: Nick Steele Classical Civilizations Prize: Chloe Arshagouni

Junior Outdoor Education: Jenna Hall

Economics Prize: Asic Chen

The Fullerton Prize for Intermediate Outdoor Education: Skye Nadon

World History Prize: Jessica Kotzeff

The Susan Guest Prize for Outdoor Education: Michael MacKenzie

Canadian and International Law Prize: Soren Christianson

Science Awards Grade 9 Science: Eden Snelgrove Ribovski

AP European History Prize: Yi Cheng Canada and World Issues Prize: Charles-Erik Richer La Fleche Of Toronto Book Award: Grade 12 Bilaal Rajan

The A.W. Mackenzie Environmental Award for Grade 10 Science: Cameron Maltman Grade 11 Biology: Jake Fell Grade 11 AP Preparatory Biology: Asic Chen

Character and Achievement Awards The Junior Grove Society Prize: Abbie Masciangelo

H.M. Silver Jubilee Award: Soren Christianson

The Gaby Award: Kathryn Little

The Nelles Prize: Alexandra Murphy

The Fred Page Higgins Award: Isabella Runza

The J.R. Anderson Award: Sam Dalton

Junior Edson Pease Prize: Lexie Krocker

John Pearman Martyn Sibbald Prize: Jaron Kaller

The Jean Ketchum Prize: Cameron Maltman

The Monty Bull Award: Kassim Jama

The Stephen Thompson Prize: Jake Fell

The Jack Matthews Humanitarian Award: Charles Laframboise

The Harman Award: Alexa Armstrong The Senior Grove Society Prize: Caleb Weatherbee

The Whitney Prize: Jody Gerus

The Milligan Award: Jenna Vander Velden and Robert Thomson

The Ondaatje Foundation Award: Devon Cole

Jean and Winder Smith Award: Elisha Sarkis

The Grove Award: Graham Andras and Hayley Shortly

The Trustees’ Prize: John Abed

The Crombie Award: Laura Blair

British Alumni Travelling Scholarship: Piers Eaton

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My Five Observations for the Graduates of 2014 Keynote Address by John K. Hepburn ’68, Closing 2014 that comes to mind. So I needed to do some work to prepare for today: I thought to myself, who does this kind of thing well? I remembered a commencement address by Ben Bernanke. As Chairman of the US Federal Reserve and a former professor, he was smart, practiced and delivered something I thought was simple, insightful and importantly memorable. Ben spoke in the Princeton University Chapel and referred to “The 10 Commandments,” but I thought “10 Suggestions” would be more helpful to the graduates—or “10 Observations” as he called them. Now I am not as smart as Ben so I could only come up with five for you today. How am I qualified to provide such observations, you may ask, and why are they important? In addition to Struan asking me to speak today, I am also a little older, as I mentioned earlier! It is a pleasure and an honour to have been invited to address you today. It’s great to be back at a Lakefield College School Commencement after almost 50 years! Goodness, I feel old saying that!

First let me congratulate the parents sitting here today. As a parent myself, I know sending a child to LCS is not a walk in the park. To entrust their education and development to the outstanding staff we have at the school is a big step, not to mention the financial

Difficult to believe in June 1968 I was sitting where you

implications. I truly believe it is one of the best

are—just waiting to graduate! I can’t remember who

investments you can make. My parents did it for me and I

spoke or what they said. I will try to do better today.

can’t thank them enough. So well done, Mums and Dads!

But there is no doubt whatsoever Lakefield College

So back to my five observations …

School is a very special place and a fundamental part of Chris Gordon, Bryan Jones and Winder Smith had a huge

#1 Cherish Your Friends—Nothing is more valuable

impact on me. To be honest, I was surprised to be invited

My class—the Class of 1968—lost touch with each other

to speak today.

for many years. We reconnected at an LCS reunion [10-15

who I am. Masters like Bob Armstrong, Andy Harris ’44,

I remember morning Chapel. To the best of my knowledge, I am the only Prefect in the history of Lakefield College School who was asked by the Headmaster NOT to read the lesson at morning Chapel! My reading the lesson was not a pleasant or meaningful experience for the audience—painful is another word

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years ago]. We were like brothers during our five years at LCS—we had forgotten how much we enjoy one another. We reminisced about “Bush Head” [Bob] Armstrong, the hockey coach (father of Ian Armstrong ’83); Chef Pringle, the school cook who used a broken hockey stick to stir the soup; Bunny Abbott, the local farmer and crazy

night-watchman (some stories we can’t repeat in polite

Harris ’44, my English tutor and ball hockey adversary,

company). We laughed until our stomachs hurt!

suggested an MBA post-grad, so off I went. I graduated

Subsequently we and our partners have: sailed in Halifax, hiked at Whistler, boated in Vancouver

from Princeton as a Civil Engineer, did an MBA at Harvard and joined a Wall Street firm: Morgan Stanley.

Harbor, stampeded in Calgary and tripped in

In those days, New York was viewed as the centre

Algonquin Park. We support each other, provide

of finance, so everyone wanted to go to New York.

comfort, and share our concerns. Those friendships

Because I was the only bachelor in my class, I was

are like bedrock to me. There is nothing more valuable

offered and accepted the chance to go to Montreal

in life.

with Morgan Stanley to work on the financing of a

#2 Figure Out What’s Important to You Try to sit down and think: what makes you tick? What makes you happy? What excites you?

hydroelectric project in Labrador. Then I was off to Tokyo, to re-lend the Japanese Export Surpluses to New York for global equity underwriting, and then to London for three years, to cover Scandinavia. (They said, “John, it is cold in Canada and cold in

This is very personal—there is no right answer—

Scandinavia, you will do well there.”) Thirty-seven

everyone is different. Many people will have views on

years later I am still in London, and Scandinavia is still

what is best for you. But it’s only you who can decide

cold. It’s been a fantastic adventure.

what works best. For me, it was: NN

Setting a goal, then achieving it


Mr. Armstrong’s view on teamwork—team “play”


Mr. Morgan of Morgan Stanley—“doing first-class business in a first-class way”


Motivating, coaching young people—whether in business, sports, charities


My father’s view—family first

Words like trust, honesty, commitment and hard work also are in the mix; take some time, think about it.

#3 Try the Unexpected Dream about where you want to be in five or ten years, but don’t be afraid to try the unexpected. No one really knows where they will be in five, let alone ten years. Life is amazingly unpredictable. For all the English scholars out there, I will refer to Robert Frost: “Two roads diverged in a wood—and I, I took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference.” In my case, Bob Armstrong (hockey coach) and Chris Gordon (house master) encouraged me to attend an Ivy League school—engineering seemed to be interesting—I was good with numbers. Andy

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#4 Give Something Back Thanks to someone else’s generosity, I was able to attend Lakefield College School, Princeton and Harvard. Their financial assistance helped my parents afford the education I received. My Chairman at Morgan Stanley, Dick Fisher, felt the same way. He said, “I recognized that I had benefitted from someone’s philanthropy. I had no idea what my

“Your help in allowing me to come here has played a major part in my life.” There is a true feeling of satisfaction—even a tear!

#5 Call Your Parents! I have to admit, I stole this from Ben: “There will be a time when you have hard-working, high-achieving children, and you will want to hear from them.”

own financial future would be, but I felt an obligation

Personally we Skype with our boys,as much as we

to do something, if and when I had resources.” Dick

can wherever they are in the world. There is nothing

funded a large number of bursaries and scholarships

more enjoyable. So…call your parents or send them a

at various schools and universities, and was a huge

postcard. And if postcards are too old school for you,

supporter of the arts. He gave his time generously to

there are some great apps to do this. Remember who

non-profit organizations. I have tried to do the same.

paid your tuition!

Nothing is more satisfying than reading the letters of thanks from the students we have helped over the

Why do these things matter, you may ask? I think we all

years here at LCS and other schools:

have a duty:

“Without your support I would not have been able to attend this amazing school. You have opened up doors in my life.”


To make a difference


To strive to be the best we can


To make the most with the talents and opportunities we have been given and for me that includes my time at Lakefield College School

“Thanks to you, I was able to have a life-changing experience at LCS.”

And if you do:

“Thank you for all of this. I am a better person because


You will make a difference

of my LCS years. I vow to pass on the same opportunity


You will find fulfilment

to another.”


You will find happiness in your life

Graduates—good luck and thank you for listening. GIVE ’EM HELL!

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Saying Goodbye After Two Decades with LCS Carol Florence

Vaila Hagg

Working at Reception, Carol’s warm

For more than 26 years, Vaila Hagg has

and friendly voice has greeted callers

made a difference in the lives of

to The Grove for almost 20 years. All of

hundreds of Lakefield College School

our parents, students, staff, alumni

students. Whether it was as a valued

and guests benefitted from her kind

member of the Health Centre team, as a

and caring nature as she has always

house mother to the Ryder boys for more

quickly assisted those in need,

than 10 years with her husband Rick, or

connected people and provided

as a school seamstress and costume

cheerful support. Carol has supported

designer for numerous dance showcases

the Admissions Team in the recruit-

and theatre productions, Vaila has been

ment of thousands of students during

a constant, valued and admired member

her time at LCS and has made every

of the LCS community.

visitor to campus feel welcome and special. Her contributions to the spirit of The Grove have been remarkable.

Connie Brown Connie Brown spent over two decades ensuring that our graduates earn their

Vern Sutherland

high school diplomas and realize their

Vern arrived at LCS in January 1994.

post-secondary dreams. Her fine atten-

For more than 20 years, he has been a

tion to detail, passionate commitment to

hard-working member of the house-

our students and endless support to the

keeping staff. But he is more than that.

Guidance Department helped to make

He has had an enormous influence on

the process easier for thousands of LCS

the boys of his houses—most recently

students. Connie’s retirement in 2013

in Matthews and Rashleigh Houses.

gave her time to pursue her other

He cares deeply for his students and is

passions: rescue animals, and

always there to offer a fatherly word of

supporting Hospice Peterborough and a

advice or direction. Vern looks forward

host of other volunteer organizations.

to his retirement and the opportunity to pursue numerous retirement activities including fishing, volunteering and spending more time with his children and grandchildren.

Bidding Adieu Over the past year (June 2013 to June 2014), Lakefield College School has said goodbye to several staff members. We wish them well as they move on to a new chapter in their lives!


Margaret Blanchette, School Life Melissa Davies, Health Centre Shannon Hamilton, Health Centre Jon Holmes ’97, Admissions Mary Howell, Faculty


Stephanie Lacey, Foundation Rob LaPlante, Facilities Louise Paoli Di Prisco, Admissions Sandra Taylor, Business Office Graham Vogt, Faculty Grove News Summer 2014 | 9

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School Highlights Winter Sports Celebrated

The Youth Philanthropy Initiative

Having finished the regular season in first place, the

This May, Grade 9 Civics students participated in the

Jr Boys’ Basketball Team, coached by John Braeckman

YPI (Youth Philanthropy Initiative). Five groups were

and Kevin Limeback, had the honour of hosting the

selected to give a compelling 10-minute presentation

CISAA Division III Championship tournament on

to a panel of eight judges about a local charity of

Saturday, March 1 and, in front of a ‘hometown’ crowd,

their choice who they felt was most deserving of a

they won the gold medal.

$5000 donation. This year’s grant was awarded to

The 1st Girls’ Volleyball Team won the Silver CISAA Medal; Coaches Leslie Schumacher and Tina St. John credit the girls for a strong season with great

the Canadian Mental Health Association, the charity chosen by Juliette Polito ’17, Sophie Welch ’17 and Nina Burger ’17.

Kids Against Hunger

communication and movement on the court. The 1st Snowboard Racing Team enjoyed a fantastic season! Jake Walhberg ’17 (Junior Boys’ Alpine) and Emilie Norris-Roozmon ’15 (Senior Girls’ Slope Style) were both CISAA Champions. For the first time ever, LCS qualified athletes to participate in the Ontario Championships during the OFSAA Snowboard Festival at Mansfield Ski Club. Emilie finished 19th of 128 competitors and Jake finished 13th in a field of 170 riders. To recognize their achievements Jake and Emilie were named the LCS Junior and Senior Most Valuable Snowboarders for 2014.

Spring Sports—Gold and Silver Medals! Congratulations to the 1st Ultimate Team, coached

Although it was not the winning presentation in the 2013 YPI Competition, the group representing Kids Against Hunger (Sydney Ginns ’16, Caitlin Lovick ’16 and Tara McCleery ’16), with support from Dr. Margaret Blanchette, Director of Community Service and Charities, challenged the Grade 10 class to take it on as an initiative this year. Several fundraisers in support of the charity took place throughout the school year which resulted in the students surpassing their goal to raise approximately $7,000. The entire Grade 10 class came together on April 9 to host a food packaging event in the McEwen Gymnasium. After a long four hours, the students packaged 99 boxes which contained 21,000 meals.

by Todd Melville and Alaina Robertson, for winning the CISAA Gold Medal. Silver medals were realized for the 1st Girls’ Soccer Team (Coaches: Janice Runza, David Brown) and the Jr. Girls’ Soccer Team (Coaches: Danielle Labrosse, Jennifer Howell). Congratulations to our teams on an incredible season!

OPPOSITE (Top to Bottom) L-R: The gold medal winning Jr. Boys’ Basketball Team; 1st Snowboard Racing gold medalists Emilie NorrisRoozmon ’15 and Jake Walhberg ’17; YPI winning team: Juliette Polito ’17, Sophie Welch ’17 and Nina Burger ’17; Grade 10s during the Kids Against Hunger food packaging event: Sasha Cove ’16, Delaney Smith ’16, Esme Munoz ’16, Sydney Ginns ’16 and Samantha Mauro ’16. ABOVE: The gold medal winning 1st Ultimate Team Grove News Summer 2014 | 11

Wearable Art Show in Peterborough On Saturday, May 10 three students presented wearable

Unleash the Noise: Mental Health at Lakefield College School and Across Canada

pieces of art for Public Energy’s fourth annual

Mental health is something that affects every

Wearable Art Show at Market Hall in Peterborough. Ali

person, every day, for their entire life. On February

Kosloff ’15, Lea Chowdhury ’15 and Taylor Watts ’15

28 and March 1, Juliet Gardner ’15 attended a mental

all entered and modelled wearable art creations in the

health conference in Toronto, Unleash the Noise, as

Independent Artist Show. These wearable art creations

a representative of Lakefield College School. This

included unconventional items such as pop can tabs,

summit was a student-led initiative of the Jack Project

feathers, newspaper and more!

( Over 800 students, ages 15-25,

International Young Round Square Conference in South Africa Lexie Krocker ’16 represented LCS at the first ever International Young Round Square Conference in South Africa this spring. Lexie was one of 20 facilitators at the event in South Africa. The theme of the conference was endangered animals and so the group stayed on a game reserve for two weeks. “It was an honour to be at the Young Round Square Conference in South Africa. Every minute I was there I felt so lucky and fortunate to be a part of a conference filled with people that want to be leaders in the world, want their voices heard and want to be the change,” shared Lexie.

Performing Arts at LCS The spring term was busy with many performances. The dance showcase theme this year was Feeling Fierce, and took place February 26, 27 and 28. The annual showcase involved dancers of all ages and a wide variety of dance backgrounds. From lyrical to hip hop, Bollywood to (native Canadian) inter-tribal dance, dancers displayed strength, talent, artistry and versatility. They took

applied for 200 delegate positions. Juliet learned that 25% of those participating had already started mental health initiatives in their own school, with another 50% being involved in one. She shared, “We have such a unique chance here to make the students at LCS feel supported and aware in regards to mental health. Lakefield College School is already a very supportive community that accents the importance of outdoor life, healthy living for mind, body and spirit, and has an extremely engaging and caring staff and student body. We need to take advantage of all of this to move forward.”

New Co-Head Students! Asha Trott ’15 and Nicholas Laframboise ’15 were elected by their peers and staff as the 2014/15 Co-Head Students. Asha has been at LCS for two years, and is a boarder in Wadsworth House, while this is Nicholas’ first year; he is a boarder in Matthews House. Both Asha and Nicholas are excited about being selected as Co-Head Students and they are looking forward to leading the student body in 2014/15.

The LCS Terrapin—Our New Mascot!

on the challenge of choreographing the vast majority

During the Friday evening of Closing, the 2014 Grad

of the 24 dances that were performed. There were

Class revealed their gift to the school—a school mascot!

dances that were fierce, dances that evoked a myriad of

The surprise guest—the LCS Terrapin—greeted

feelings and a dance that addressed social issues.

students and staff as they posed for the school end-of-

The spring play, Twelfth Night, was performed in May with more than 30 cast and crew members. The classic

year photo. The funds for the mascot were donated by the graduating class and an anonymous donor.

Shakespeare play was influenced by director Alison McElwain’s own unique spin on the story by changing its setting to a 90s oceanside town. The heartfelt performances, humour and live music all added to the cast’s interpretation and created an attention-grabbing show. Led by Jasmine Kheawok-Ashfield ’14 (Olivia), Alex Hooke-Wood ’14 (Malvolio) and Sarah Williams ’16 (Viola), the production featured singing, dancing and acrobatic antics. 12  |  Grove News Summer 2014

OPPOSITE (Top to Bottom) L-R: Alexandre Parent ’15 and Soren Christianson ’14 perform in the spring play, Twelfth Night; Kaileigh Bennett-Walcott ’14 and Camille Mongeau ’14 take part in the annual Dance Showcase; Lexie Krocker ’16 meeting a giraffe in South Africa; the 2014/15 Co-Head Students Asha Trott and Nicholas Laframboise; our new mascot, the LCS Terrapin, meets the students.

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ld Renowned Wor

enowned rld R Wo

24 / 7

Measuring Progress Every Step of the Way: Part II In the Winter 2014 issue of the Grove News, we began to

represented at LCS. Our Admissions staff will travel the

take a look at the goals of our strategic plan—Our Way |

world to find the most appropriate students to join us. As

More Intentionally Lakefield. In this issue, we share our

a truly Canadian school (roughly two thirds of our

vision for the World Renowned and 24/7 goals.

students are Canadian), we have a lot to offer our international students and they, in turn, bring a new perspective

The WORLD RENOWNED Goal Our World Renowned goal states that Lakefield College School will “position LCS on the world stage, as the finest Canadian boarding school.” This goal identifies the intention to:

� be the most competitive boarding school for admission in Canada

� be recognized as Canada’s top boarding school and in the top 10 in North America

� � attract students globally to support our have world class campus and facilities

multicultural mix within a truly Canadian school

for us to understand and learn from. Our day students and their families are a vital part of the fabric of LCS; we will continue to build on our local profile to attract those students who will both benefit from and contribute to the LCS community. We will strive to maintain our day student population between 100 and 105. Thanks to the hard work and strategic vision of the Master Campus Planning Committee, LCS now has a 50-Year Master Campus Plan for facilities. Highlights include plans for two new residences, a new dining hall and the renovation of our science labs. Also included in the longterm plans is the intention to move the health centre to the centre of campus and eventually retire some of our oldest residences.


� be the top school in the country for philanthropic giving

The 24/7 Goal

The school’s strategic plan also defines the 24/7 goal to

To support the World Renowned goal, the school will

“maximize the 24-hour potential of our boarding

endeavour to streamline the Admissions process. We

environment and campus.”

must ensure that LCS enrols the appropriate mix of day, domestic and international boarding students—those who will contribute to our community and wish to reach their individual potential in mind, body and spirit. LCS aims to increase its boarding population to 271 by 2017 from its current number of 252. To accommodate these students, we will open a new residence (p.24) in September 2015 (a year ahead of schedule).

Specifics of this goal are to:

� provide a boarding experience that maximizes all learning opportunities

� upgrade all of our facilities to support the goals of the strategic plan

� expand the opportunities for experiential learning beyond the school year and campus

We will maintain our international student target of 110 to

An exciting part of the 24/7 goal is our new daily schedule.

125 students and undertake to expand the countries

As we are predominantly a boarding school (our day Grove News Summer 2014 | 15

students purposefully stay on campus later and later), we seek to take advantage of being with our students, literally 24/7. Over the past two years we have offered night classes, online classes and a completely new schedule. Success from this initiative is evidenced by higher enrollment in night and online classes—yet another way in which we are preparing our students for university life. Our new schedule includes longer classes to enable our students more experiential learning opportunities. With only four classes per day (instead of five) students can organize their workload more effectively. We have also initiated “Grove Time” for up to 90 minutes each day. This flexible time is for enrichment activities such as hands-on learning, character, values and leadership development, guidance, clubs (such as Safe Space, the Lakefield Environment Action Force, etc.), extra help and many other exciting initiatives. In addition to the new schedule changes, we have added six Intersession days throughout the year with no formal classes. On these days, students participate in longer, more focused activities including character and leadership, outdoor education, university selection and other experiential ideas. We have tried to balance co-curricular demands to allow students to participate in multiple activities, such as playing varsity sports and singing in the choir or having a role in the school play. Our next focus will be to explore how we can more intentionally facilitate character development through our values-based curricula— student life, residential life and other avenues—to ensure that our students are prepared “best for life in the 21st century.” Another focus will be to be more intentional about how we teach character development through several values-based curricula including student life, residential life and several other avenues to ensure that our students are prepared “best for life in the 21st century.” We have added more staffing to our character-education programming and we are excited to measure the impact this will have on student development. Finally, we continue to ensure maximum use of our beautiful campus, both 24/7 and 365 days a year. This summer, we hosted seven summer camps, two weddings and many other entrepreneurial endeavours. This has made a very positive contribution to our revenue and ensures that many visitors see our incredible campus. LCS has also secured a commercial power operator’s licence and, with our numerous roofmounted and ground-mounted solar arrays, we are selling electricity back to the grid and supporting our bottom line even further. As we move forward to realize the goals of Our Way, we appreciate the ongoing support and guidance of our entire community. It is our hope that, through these articles, we are helping to articulate the intention and progress towards these goals. In the Winter 2015 issue of the Grove News, we will focus on the Inspiring and Challenging goals. STRUAN ROBERTSON

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A Successful First Year for Grove Roots Mentoring With the support of a volunteer committee, the Grove Roots Mentoring Program has had some great success in its first year. Grove Roots has a growing list of mentors ready to inspire and guide LCS alumni. The committee is excited about the opportunities for the future!

Help us to Celebrate Our Mentor Volunteers Featured below and on our website ( are a sample of our many talented Grove Roots Mentors. Consider signing-up (online) today as a mentor or mentee.

David Miller ’77—Industry: Law Company: World Wildlife Fund—Canada David Miller is President and CEO of World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Canada’s foremost conservation organization. The WWF creates solutions to the most serious conservation challenges facing our planet, helping people and nature thrive. David was Mayor of Toronto from 2003 to 2010 and chair of the influential C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group from 2008 to 2010. Under his leadership, Toronto became widely admired internationally for its environmental leadership, economic strength and social integration. He is a leading advocate for the creation of sustainable urban economies, and a strong and forceful champion for the next generation of jobs through sustainability. David is a Harvard-trained economist and professionally a lawyer. “I am participating in the mentoring program so I can learn from Lakefield College School’s energetic youth—and provide any advice that might be helpful.”

Dave Anthony ’98—Industry: Medicine/Emergency Physician Company: New York Presbyterian Hospital/Will Cornell Medical Centre After earning a B.Sc. in Neuroscience from Brown University, Dave moved to New York City where he completed his M.D. and Master of Public Health at Columbia University. In 2011 he completed a four-year residency in Emergency Medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital, where he served as chief resident. Dave is now the Associate Director of Emergency Medicine at Lower Manhattan Hospital, and works clinically as an attending physician in the Weill Cornell

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Sign up today to become a mentor or mentee at

Medical Center Emergency Department. He also holds a faculty appointment at Weill Cornell Medical College as an Assistant Professor of Medicine. To this day, Dave continues to be grateful for the strong mentorship he received during his time at The Grove. He is excited to be a part of the Grove Roots program, and looks forward to providing similar support to today’s graduates as they embark on their careers.

Loïc Dalle ’03—Industry: Sports Marketing Company: Canadian Football League After graduating from LCS in 2003, Loïc attended Dalhousie University where he completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree, which he finished in 2007. Loïc began his career with the Canadian Football League (CFL) as an intern in the Corporate Partnership department in 2008. He has since worked his way up to become the Manager, Marketing Assets. He currently oversees the strategic relationships with top media, consumer and analytic partners, including TSN, Reebok, Ticketmaster, YouTube and others. The goal of these relationships is to focus on growing the CFL brand to a new generation of fans while continuing to engage a fan base of over 12 million Canadians coast to coast. Loïc is excited to be a part of the Grove Roots program because he believes in LCS and the people that make it special. It was a fellow LCS alumnus who first helped him get his bearings in the sports industry and he would like to extend the same support to other LCS alumni who are looking to break into an already crowded industry.

Katie Uhlmann ’05—Industry: Entertainment (Acting & Reporting) Company: Katie Chats Katie attended Queen’s University where she earned a degree in Drama. While at Queen’s she was involved in community theatre, and was also an on-campus reporter for the university’s local TV show. Since then Katie has gone on to be an actress, entertainment reporter and “all-around goofball.” She has been in countless television shows, indie films and commercials. Katie has also started her own online entertainment network called “Katie Chats,” where she has completed over 2,400 interviews with various filmmakers and celebrities, including David Cronenberg, Gordon Lightfoot and Shannon Tweed. Mentorship is important to Katie because she wouldn’t have had the same success without the guidance of so many people along the way. Whether it’s as small as a coffee or a phone call, Katie has learned the immeasurable value of connecting and getting advice from someone in your field.

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Calling All Alumni:

Join the Hepburn Alumni Challenge! This school year, we are offering an unprecedented opportunity to all of our alumni John Hepburn ’68 is challenging fellow alumni to increase

a five-year giving commitment during this school year,

our donor participation rate from 10% to 30%. Toward that

John will boost each gift by $400 in each of those five

end, John has generously pledged up to $3 million in gift

years, for a total incentive of $2,000. And at the end of

incentives to encourage our alumni to donate. All of the

that five-year period, John will also give a $1,000 bonus

money John contributes will go toward a new bursary

to the school for each participant who successfully

dedicated to supporting the children and grandchildren of

completes their pledge, bringing the total Hepburn

Lakefield College School alumni—helping to make the

incentive to $3,000 per participant!

school financially accessible to more alumni families. To realize this bold vision, we need the alumni community to rally behind the Hepburn Alumni Challenge!

This means that for as little as $20 per year for five years ($100 in total), John will contribute $3,000 to the Hepburn Challenge Bursary—that’s a multiple of 30 on

All alumni who make a gift of $20 or more during the

the participant’s gift! This $3,000 incentive will pay out

2014/15 school year will have their gift boosted by a $400

$100 per year from our endowment in perpetuity,

donation from John. But there’s much more. What John

meaning that the participant’s $100 gift will generate

really wants to achieve through this program is to inspire

$100 per year forever through John’s contribution. We

our alumni to develop the habit of giving to LCS each and

hope that each of our alumni will make a gift that is

every year—a habit we hope will be sustained throughout

meaningful to them through this program, which for

their lives. Consequently, for every participant who makes

many people may be more than $20 per year.

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This is a program for alumni, by alumni. We have built a network of

“This is the most important thing the LCS Foundation has ever done.” Former LCS Board Chair

alumni volunteers spanning all generations to help us drive this program forward. We have a team of Decade Captains from each alumni decade who have been helping to lead strategy development as well as the implementation of this program, and

HOW IT WORKS Up to $3M in total incentives

we have recruited Class Captains who are responsible for championing this program within their respective






We are tremendously grateful to John Hepburn for his generosity and leadership on this initiative. John’s passion for LCS and his commitment to giving back are truly inspiring. During his keynote address at Closing


Every alumni gift or pledge ($20+) made in 2014/15 is eligible.


Every year you make a gift (up to 5 years), John Hepburn ‘68 will make a gift of


I was able to attend Lakefield College

(As long as you commit this year!) HC


helped my parents afford the educadescribe the satisfaction he gets today from helping other young people in




“Thanks to someone else’s generosity,

tion I received.” John went on to


Make a

this past June (p.6), John said:

School. Their financial assistance








the same way he was helped years






ago. It is this spirit of giving back that makes John very pleased to sponsor the Hepburn Alumni Challenge, encouraging fellow alumni to give back to a school that has made a real difference in their lives. The tagline for the Hepburn Alumni Challenge, Strength in Numbers, has a

+Bonus Hepburn

Make a 5 year pledge in 2014/15 and when you complete your pledge, John '68 will make an additional gift of


powerful double meaning. The tagline refers not only to the strength in numbers we can achieve collectively when we come together to support

$400 ( x 5 years) + $1,000 Bonus = $3,000 Incentive! $400 ( xTo5see years) + $1,000 Bonus = $3,000 Incentive! what alumni are saying and watch our progress, visit

LCS, but also the strength in numbers achieved mathematically by the power of the Hepburn incentive to leverage our gifts into something larger. We hope that all of our alumni

To join the Hepburn Alumni Challenge and follow our progress, visit You can also make your gift by: calling

will seize upon this incredible oppor-

705.652.3324 ext.366; mailing a cheque addressed to the LCS

tunity to invest in the future of our

Foundation; or texting “GROVE” to 45678 ($20 gifts only; charged

alumni community and make a

to your phone bill).

meaningful difference to The Grove.

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In Their Own Words—STORIES OF GIVING It’s simple. When someone gives you a great gift, you desperately want to find the perfect way to show them how much it meant to you. Without a doubt, that remains the prevailing inspiration for most of the recent legacy gifts intended for Lakefield College School. HONOURING OUR VALUES “The values instilled in me by my mother and her parents, Moses and Nellie Marsden, and the caliber of teaching I received at The Grove—exemplified by Andy Harris ’44—made my decision to give something back to the school inevitable. And planned giving seems like such a ‘painless’ way to express my gratitude.” Maurice Switzer ’63

IMPACTING THE FUTURE “In terms of why I give to the school in general, it’s about gratitude for what I was taught and the desire to make that available to future students. My planned gift was really about realizing that my donation would have a bigger impact as a life insurance policy premium than my annual support.” Patrick Marshall ’90

AN EXPRESSION OF GRATITUDE “I can never, ever demonstrate how grateful I am to LCS for their gift to our family. With their help my child experienced a ‘like no other’ education and I credit the school, along with the caring and nurturing environment that he was part of, for the awesome and confident young man he is becoming. Designating a portion of my group life insurance along with a bequest in my will is my way (and I believe the most significant way), to express my gratitude to those who ensured that, when I was unable to support him, my child could continue to flourish and learn in a supportive environment. If I can do the same for even one child in the future, my legacy will be fulfilled.” LCS Staff / Alumni Parent

PAYING IT FORWARD “Making a gift in my will was my way to ‘pay it forward,’ to contribute to Lakefield College School in some small way, in order to enhance accessibility to what is a truly unique and valuable alternative to the public education system. Simply said, this gift is made in gratitude for a wonderful experience 22  |  Grove News Summer 2014

for our son.” Alumni Parent

“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” ~ PERICLES (GREEK STATESMAN)

INSPIRING OTHERS As the third generation of four who benefited from a Lakefield College School experience, Ross Little ’81 not only wants to demonstrate his gratitude for what LCS provided for him and his children (Andrew ’13 and Kathryn ’17) but is keen to motivate others. While actively spearheading the Class of 1981 Bursary initiative, Ross is also eager to encourage others to make a planned gift through their estates. Ross has recently chosen a life insurance gift as an


Not only has his bequest honoured and celebrated a special friendship, but it will also impact students for years to come.

GROWING OUR BEAUTIFUL CAMPUS When Jerrald Potts ’37 dropped by LCS for a visit in 1998 and toured the school, he returned to his home and promptly ensured that, as Lakefield College School continued to grow, he would demonstrate his gratitude for the wonderful memories and friendships he had experienced.

easy and practical way to support the future of LCS. As he

Jerrald chose to contribute to Lakefield College School’s

says, “I want to inspire others to do the same.”

future by making a gift in his will—a gift specifically

A VERY GOOD FRIEND Courtney Foster was a very good friend. In fact, he was such

designated to support the ‘next construction project.’ When Jerrald’s bequest was received in 2007, his gift played a large part in the building of the new student recreation centre.

a good friend that when an LCS alumnus helped him during a difficult time, Courtney wanted to say “thank you” and


do something that would demonstrate how much he valued

Each of these individuals, and many others, have enjoyed

their friendship and the help that had been provided.

the ‘gift’ of Lakefield College School and have chosen to give

He chose to make a gift in his will to Lakefield College School and noted that it was in gratitude for the help he had received. Because he was aware that LCS was a place that his friend held in great affection, Courtney’s bequest

back by making a gift through their estates—whether it be a bequest in their will or a life insurance policy—as a way to significantly impact the lives of future generations of LCS students.

demonstrated how much his friend’s assistance truly meant

If you share a similar interest in demonstrating your

to him.

gratitude in this way—for those reasons which are important

Until LCS received Courtney Foster’s bequest gift earlier this year, the alumnus was not aware that Courtney had left a gift

to you—please contact Theresa Butler-Porter, Philanthropic Relations, 705.652.3324 ext.329

to the school in his estate or that it was inspired by gratitude.

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World Renowned Residence

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As an educator there is nothing more exciting than having an opportunity to sit down with students and dream of the future. This was especially true when we began dreaming about a new residence for Lakefield College School. When presented with the question, what would a new residence at LCS have to have in order for it to be considered world renowned, our young idealists were heard to say:­ NN

“It has to have a big common also has to have a media room so we can all play Just Dance together.”


“They don’t all have to be single rooms…four to a bathroom would work well…and maybe

(ABOVE) Site plan for new student residence. (OPPOSITE) L-R top to bottom: Architect’s rendering of new student residence representing views from the Northwest, the Northeast and a double dorm room.

save water.” NN



“Lots of natural light and

LEED standards, managing the

that will line the peak of the


budget, designing for aesthetics

building, allowing light to permeate

and functionality, meeting

into the hallways; natural sunlight

“Of course, it has to be Gold

the needs of a Head of House

is deliberately channeled through


family, an Assistant Head of

the study rooms from floor to floor,

House apartment, storage and

bringing warmth to the residence.

“Study rooms, especially for group work, would make a huge difference.”


26 students is not an easy task. Alumnus Bill Lett ’92 and his team

“A teaching kitchen, so we can

of experts at Lett Architects were

learn to cook before we head off

up to the challenge.

to university.” NN

comfortable accommodations for

The ground floor common room is fitted with a kitchen for teaching the culinary arts or simply to whip up an afternoon snack. A fireplace and perimeter bench seating allow

Our new world renowned

for comfortable, family-like house

“Views—it has to have lots of

residence will be nestled into the

meetings. Beneath the common

glorious views of our beautiful

hill between Cooper and Matthews

room on the downstairs floor is a

campus, especially the

Houses. This grand yet discreet

media room for those Just Dance


walk-out design hugs the hill while

moments dreamt of by the students.

maintaining beautiful vistas of the It is easy to dream of a world

lake to the west, the woods to the

renowned residence but it is

south and the rugby field to the

much more difficult to make that

east. It will have lots of exterior

dream a reality. Wrestling with

windows and clerestory windows

With a comfortable Assistant Head of House apartment on the lower floor in the western corner and a spacious Head of House residence

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“The dream began this summer thanks to the wonderful support of donors who know that a residence at LCS is not just another school dormitory; it’s a student’s home.” on the upper eastern corner, the residence is well supervised and provides maximum flexibility to function as a single gender or co-educational facility for the 17 students living upstairs (eight doubles with shared bathroom and one single room) and nine living downstairs (four doubles with shared bathroom and one single). The robust stone edifices and beautiful groundto-roof glasswork calls across the campus to the northern façade of Hadden Hall and gently ties the campus together from north to south in the same architectural language. The dream began this summer thanks to the wonderful support of donors who know that a residence at LCS is not just another school dormitory; it’s a student’s home. As Eleanor Roosevelt said, and we teach our students to trust, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” JOHN RUNZA

Working Together To BRING DREAMS TO LIFE There are many benefits both direct and indirect that a new residence offers. Measuring Progress Every Step of the Way (p.15) outlines some of the school’s planning process. The article recognizes how our unique boarding environment provides for superior learning, made even more relevant when linked with 21st century programs and opportunities to learn experientially. A new residence will improve the quality of life for our students and reduce congestion in existing residences. It will also provide financial benefits associated with an increase in boarding students and the opportunities for entrepreneurial revenue in the summer. 26  |  Grove News Summer 2014

In past issues, we have shared the value and strength of our innovative governance structure which marries the Lakefield College School and Lakefield College School Foundation in so many ways—none more important, perhaps, than the development and implementation of our strategic plan, Our Way | More Intentionally Lakefield. The new residence is a perfect example of this united teamwork. A new residence with an additional 26 boarding beds will provide an opportunity for more students to board, enhance our boarding program and help to position LCS as the boarding school of choice. The role of the LCS Foundation is to provide the resources necessary to support the school’s strategic plan—in this case the funding for a new residence was the top priority.

We are delighted to report that two of our Grove families, Suzanne Legge-Orr and Jeffrey Orr and Barb and Tom Ryder ’53, have joined together to help fund the majority of this important project. We are so grateful for their incredible ongoing support and their belief in LCS: our programs and, most important, our students!

Our generous donors would like the name of the new residence to reflect and honour an historical aspect of Lakefield College School. Work is underway to identify and finalize an appropriate naming and we look forward to announcing the name of the residence and to further recognizing the Orrs and the Ryders for their incredible support in a future Grove News issue. In order to fully fund the cost of this residence we seek the support of other members of the LCS community. If you are interested in learning more about this important project, please contact Sarah McMahon, CEO LCS Foundation, (ABOVE) Architect’s rendering of new residence view from the Southeast (BELOW) Upper and lower level floor plans of new residence Grove News Summer 2014 | 27

Our Military History Tracing the involvement of LCS in military history Lakefield College School has a long and proud military history—one that we would like to properly preserve. With the support of a volunteer committee of alumni, the school is endeavouring to capture a detailed account of those members of The Grove who served their country in the World Wars. Do you have information to share? Please contact Hugh MacDonald ’55 at

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The Grove Society A Year at a Glance It has been amazing to watch the Grove Society evolve over the past

2) Your selflessness in doing things for others

few years—from a major change in its structure to better represent

is the very foundation of the Grove Society

its constituents, to the addition of more opportunities for us to be a


community, to ensuring what we do supports the goals of the school. With your support, highlights of the 2013/14 year were: 1) Hosting the first ever Through the Red Door event designed to let participants (alumni, friends and parents—current, incoming and alumni) experience a day in the life at LCS (p.30).

3) Your continued desire to make things bigger and better will sustain the Grove Society community for those that follow. On behalf of the Grove Society Executive and the Parent and Alumni Chapters, we are looking forward to seeing you. Please remember to

2) Facilitating LCS teams for monthly Trivia Tuesdays in Toronto matching

participate—in any capacity.

wits with some of the best trivia experts at a house of libations.


3) Supporting the school in contracting the services of Dr. Michael Thompson (a noted consultant and clinical psychologist on the subjects of children, schools and parents) for professional development for LCS staff and two parent-focused workshops (at LCS and in Toronto) with Dr. Thompson, hosted by the Grove Society. 4) Supporting local community events, increasing the school’s presence in the local catchment area. 5) Providing a monetary gift for the creation of a Round Square display at the school. Round Square International lies at the core of LCS, with its six ideals incorporated into the very curriculum of the school. I am pleased to announce the following Grove Society Executive Members will all be returning for the 2014/15 school year to represent you and your interests with the passion they have continuously shown: President: Rick Green (father of Natalie Green ’13) President, Alumni Chapter: Ian Fung ’00 President, Parent Chapter: Cara Westcott (mother of Sam Dalton ’14 and Alex Westcott ’16) Secretary: Paul Pede (father of Melissa Pede ’16) Treasurer: Ailish Kilmartin ’00 Members-at-Large: Tim Bell ’00, Tracey Ramsey (mother of Samantha Ramsey ’14 and Ross Ramsey ’16), Kim Garland (mother of Scott Garland ’14 and Katie Garland ’15), Allan Avard ’85 (father of Alistair Avard ’13, Andrew Avard ’15 and Allie Avard ’18), Andrew Parke ’03 and Kelsey Ingram ’04 Past President: Brett Jackman ’03 School Representative: Tracey Blodgett Faculty Representative: Melissa Rathier Student Representative: Star Jang ’15, ’’15 Rachael Wootten ’' 15 '

Each year, Lakefield College School recognizes volunteers who have had a significant impact on the LCS Community. The Red Door Award acknowledges volunteers for their outstanding commitment to and enthusiasm for the mission and values of the school. This spring, the school recognized Grove Society member Kim Lamont for her commitment to the school and parent communities. As the Chair of Parent Events, Kim has provided extensive organization and administrative support. She

There are three things that you should remember, no matter what role you

has also brought a thoughtful, analytical and

may have as a Grove Society member:

visionary approach to supporting our parent

1) You are an integral part of the Grove Society community, whether you are an alumnus/a, current parent, alumni parent or staff member.

community. Grove News Summer 2014 | 29

Through the Red Door On Saturday, March 1, alumni and parents came Through the Red Door—a challenging day with lots of fun, and an opportunity to get to know each other and LCS staff better—to have “The Best Day of Their Lives”—while participating in activities as LCS students might. That promise was kept since the day was a blast from beginning to end. Following an inspiring Chapel service led by Father John Runza, attendees participated in the LCS Amazing Race and classroom experiences, followed by a reception hosted by Struan and Jennifer Robertson and dinner in the dining hall. Members from every LCS community group came together to enjoy being part of such a great event. So much fun was had, they scheduled Part II for Saturday, April 18, 2015—mark your calendars!

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The Andy Harris Cup: Grove Golf Tournament The good ol’ Grove Spirit was alive and well on Wednesday, June 19 at the Peterborough Golf & Country Club for the Andy Harris Cup: Grove Golf Tournament. This year’s winning team, who were presented their trophies and the LCS version of the “green jacket” by Andy Harris’ son—Tony Harris ’82—were Andy Crampton ’09, Donny MacPherson ’09, Dalton Andrews and DJ MacPherson (pictured below with New Location! Oakridge Golf Club, Port Perry

Tournament Chair Andrew Parke ’03). The Grove Society would like to thank everyone who participated, volunteered for, donated to and sponsored this year’s event. Thank you also, to our fantastic golf committee (Andrew Parke ’03, Chair, Sheila Alexander, Tim Bell ’00, Meaghan Blodgett, Tracey Blodgett, Kim Garland, Jennifer Horrigan ’99, D’Arcy McDonell ’06 and Emma Vouk ’08) and to all of our tournament sponsors.

Thank you to our sponsors: Putting Competition Aramark

Closest to Hole Measuremax Inc. Holdun Family Office

Longest Drive Holdun Family Office

Skill Hole Grove Society The McCain Family The Morris Family

Hole Brittany & Bros. Class of 1999 Class of 2000

Class of 2003 Graydor Flooring Ltd. The Hickey Family The MacKenzie Family Peterborough Landscape Supply Prima IP Ricarts The Scrocchi Family Stone Willow Inn The Village Inn

Auction and Raffle BMO Cambridge Suites Celtic Connection Costco Dreams of Beans Earth Innovations Inc.

The Exton Family Free Toppings Pizza Grail Springs Rick Green Tony Harris ’82 The Henderson Family Rick Hepburn ’03 Hi Ho Silver Holdun Family Office La Mesita Catering Lakefield College School Lakefield Flowers and Gifts Lakefield Foodland The Lakefield Market Lakefield Restaurant LCS Barbados Parents Terry Lamont Pammett’s Flower Shop

The Price Family Vicki Pullen The Rajan Family Rare Grill House Rubbermaid Salon Sorella & Day Spa Steam Whistle Brewery The Stewart Group Sticklings Bakery Stone Willow Inn The St-Pierre-Collins Family Stuff Tony’s Clubhouse Tragically Hipp Jane Waterous U of T: School of Continuing Studies Wildfire Golf Club

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Class News 1930s The opening of the Marine Museum’s New Age of Sail exhibit recognized George Cuthbertson ’38 as an Honorary Curator and inducted him into the Canadian Sailing Hall of Fame at a sold-out gala dinner in the Kingston Yacht Club.


Biking Across America Eric Siebert ’97 recently completed a 5,277 km cross-country USA bike ride from Santa Barbara, California to Charleston, South Carolina. Over the course of 39 days (35 days of riding and 4 rest days), the epic ride took him through 11 states, up 42,708m of climbing and through some of the USA’s most beautiful and barren landscapes. He crossed the Western Continental Divide and, several weeks later, its Eastern counterpart! Commencing with a ceremonial

Michael Derrick ’63 stopped by the school on his way back home to Nova Scotia. He shared, “I knew I was back at my old school—even if precious little of what I remembered was visible amidst all that is new. The great part of the new is that you have not abandoned or forgotten the old. Even while being surrounded by unfamiliar buildings, the memories of really happy days poured into my mind as I wandered through the grounds.”

1970s Grant Edwards ’70 visited LCS this spring with his wife Tanya, while visiting from their home in Australia. Congratulations to Bill Reddick ’77 on the grand opening of his new studio and gallery,

dipping of the tire in the Pacific ocean, the eastward route took him into the high California desert (and temperatures in excess of 50°C), through Joshua Tree National Park, across the starkly beautiful Mojave Desert and around the South Rim of the Grand Canyon to the Four Corners (where Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico meet). He then rode over the Colorado Rockies and up onto the Great Plains where he faced fierce 40+ km/h headwinds and roads stretching into the distance without a single turn or change in pitch. After a week of relatively monotonous, patience-taxing terrain, Eric crossed the Mississippi river into Kentucky, travelling on into the rolling hills of the

Michael Derrick ’63

Ozark Mountain range, the Smoky Mountains and, finally, gruelling sections of the Blue Ridge Mountains! 855,148 pedal strokes after he started, Eric completed his cross-continental adventure. On his final day, he rode the beach boardwalk in Charleston right to the ocean’s edge and dipped his tire in the Atlantic Ocean! Daily rides averaged 160km in distance with the longest day, from Pagosa Springs, Colorado to Taos, New Mexico, covering 230km and 2,700m of climbing at altitude. States visited included California, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina! Details of Eric’s daily rides can be found on his journey blog ( 32  |  Grove News Summer 2014

Tanya and Grant Edwards ’70

Reddick Studio Porcelain in Peterborough. Bill, under the guidance and mentorship of Richard Hayman, developed his pottery skills while at LCS. Richard Tucker ’77 is the new Executive Director at the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough.

1980s Ian Armstrong ’83 participated in The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer—a 200 km bike ride from Toronto to Niagara Falls. All money raised from this ride benefits The Campbell Family Institute at The Princess Margaret, one of the top Kelly (Dimitroff) Maiese ’93 with her family

five cancer research centres in the world. Emilio Azcarraga Jean ’87 will be honoured by Broadcasting & Cable magazine on October 20, 2014 when he will be inducted into the 24th Annual Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame in New York.

1990s ozTour Luxury, owned by Osbourn Patrick Kemp ’91, recently won awards for Best Tour Company, Germany Award Winner and Luxury Travel Guide, Global Awards 2014. Information and links to the guide are available online at: www. Shane Smyth ’96 and Aurora Ratcliffe with Elliot Nick and Kelly (Dimitroff ) Maiese ’93 welcomed Charlie Blake Maiese on June 16, 2014. He is a little brother to Jack and Ben who are already looking out for him and eager to teach Charlie everything they’ve learned about the world. Erin McKnight ’94, Dan Anton and new big brother Liam, welcomed Lily (Lilian) Florence Anton on July 12, 2014. Heath Sterling ’94 and Jackie McLachlan ’95 have created an online wine company,, which has received a lot of great press recently since they carry premium wines that aren’t available in liquor stores—order

Ardyth Correia ’98 with son Dom

award-winning wine to your home or office online. Kristina and Brett Leach ’95 welcomed a baby boy, Ellis, on April 2, 2014. Shane Smyth ’96 and Aurora Ratcliffe are delighted to announce the arrival of Elliot Ratcliffe Smyth, born March 17, 2014 in Toronto. Elliot has already enjoyed his first Regatta Day and is looking forward to Fall Fair! Ardyth Correia ’98 and Ryan Drury ’98 are thrilled to share the news of the birth of their son Dominic “Dom” Correia Drury. He was born June 13, 2014 in Oakville. The family are happily at home in Mississauga, Ontario.

Angela and Ian Fung ’00 with LCS classmates

2000s Many LCS alumni joined in celebrating the wedding of Angela and Ian Fung ’00 on October 5, 2013 in Toronto. Those in attendance included: Mark Ambler ’00, Tim Bell ’00, Sandy Davies ’00, Trevor Johnston ’00, Serge Kalloghlian ’00, Joel McElravy ’00, Mark Sunderland ’00, John Stelzer ’00, Mark Soder ’00, Justin Thompson ’00 and Michelle Fung ’02. Joe and Shannon (Barnett) Mehland ’01 welcomed Vivienne (Vivi) Kennedy Meland into their family on April 9, 2014. Simon Bahr ’02 married Kristen Wells at Axis Pioneer Square in Seattle,

Vivi, daughter of Shannon (Barnett) Mehland ’01

Washington on May 3, 2014. Grove News Summer 2014 | 33

Jenna Grossman ’02 and Corey

mother Gilly Macrae was unable to

Tom Reburn ’02, Jenna Shelley ’02,

Poole were married on Saturday,

travel from Toronto, but joined in

Kate Townsend ’02, Loïc Dalle ’03,

July 12, 2014 at her family cottage.

the celebration via Skype.

Zoe (Mills) Blakeley ’03 and Daria

Zara and Imran Habib ’02, along

Charlotte Evelyn Murdoch-Smith

with big brother Aryan, welcomed

was welcomed by new parents Mike

Kyle and Claire (Blanchette)

baby Zayan on June 15, 2014 in

and Alison Murdoch-Smith ’02 on

Townshend ’03, along with big

Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

May 6, 2014 in Bermuda.

brother Logan, welcomed Hunter

Alice Honig ’03 and Ram Gilad were

Mel Wright ’02 and Andrew

married on March 1, 2014 at Cobble

Sainsbury ’02 were married on

Beach, Ontario. Alumni at the

October 26, 2013 at Sucrerie de la

On July 26, 2014 in Windermere,

wedding were Kerri Bennett-

Montagne in Rigaud, Quebec. It was

Ontario, David Casson ’03 married

Ferdinand ’03, Erin Munro ’03 and

truly an LCS wedding with many

Melissa O’Connor. David’s brothers,

both of Alice’s sisters, Helen

alumni in attendance: David

Andrew Casson ’07, Matthew

Honig ’07 and Rachel Honig ’06.

Sainsbury ’76, Cait Sainsbury ’96,

Casson ’09 and Michael Casson ’11

AJ Sainsbury ’99, Greg

served as groomsmen, while Henry

Sainsbury ’93, Andrew Parker ’94,

Schultz ’76, Graham Bocking ’03

Kathleen Wright ’98, Jeff

and Mark Petrosoniak ’03 were in

Cooper ’98, Mark Ambler ’00,

attendance. David and Melissa

Justin Thompson ’00, Anil

continue to live and work in New

Patel ’93, Dave Tiedje ’00, Leslie

York after moving there in 2010.

Kristin Macrae ’01 married Scott French on February 22, 2014 at the Château Montebello, in Montebello, Quebec. Kristin is the daughter of Ian Macrae ’66, and granddaughter of Bubs Macrae ’33. Grove alumni in attendance included Kate Anthony ’00, Ted Ratcliffe ’00, and Ian’s roommate from The Grove John Goldsmith ’66. Kristin’s grand-

Najgebauer ’01, Hilary Bauer ’02, Laura Sunderland ’01, Carly Erickson ’02, Laura McIntyre ’02, Malcolm Johnston ’02, Kelly McCauley ’02, Liza McWilliams ’02,

McWilliams ’04.

Anthony Alexander Townshend on February 21, 2014.

Colleen Gainey ’03 and Greg McCutcheon welcomed Fisher on June 7, 2014 in Grande Prairie, Alberta.

Simon Bahr ’02 and wife Kristen

Zara and Imran Habib ’02 with Aryan and baby Zayan

Alice Honig ’02 with husband Ram Gilad

Macrae Wedding: John Goldsmith ’66, Kristin Macrae ’01, Scott French, Ted Ratcliffe ’00, Kate Anthony ‘00

Mike and Alison Murdoch-Smith ’02 with baby Charlotte

Mel Wright ’02 and Andrew Sainsbury ’02

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Janice Greenshields ’03 begins

Siobhan (Antoni) Bates ’04 and

Mary-Anne Reid ’04 and Karl

work at the Canadian Accredited

husband Thomas welcomed Oliver

Erikson were married on July 26,

Independent Schools (CAIS) as the

Michael-Thomas Bates on May 22,

2014 at her parents’ farm in

Boarding School Project

2014 in the Bahamas.

Gananoque, Ontario. They were

Coordinator this fall!

Kyle and Katie (Big-Canoe)

celebrated by many LCS alumni including; Peter H. Reid ’75,

Joe Mallette ’03, wife Katie and big

Grantham ’04 welcomed Zander

sister, Sophia, welcomed Sadie

John Grantham on April 14, 2014 in

Dawn Mallette on January 31, 2014.

London, Ontario.

Andrew and Zoe (Mills)

Beth (Mullen) Hollis ’04 and

Blakeley ’03 were married on May

husband Jason welcomed a baby

24th, 2014 at The Fifth Grill &

girl, Avalon, on January 6, 2014 in

Terrace in Toronto.


Claire (Blanchette) Townshend ’03 with Logan and baby Hunter

David Casson ’03 and wife Melissa

Colleen Gainey ’03 and son Fisher

Joe Mallette ’03 with wife Katie and daughters, Sophia and baby Sadie

Zoe (Mills) Blakeley ’03 and husband Andrew

Siobhan (Antoni) Bates ’04, husband Thomas and son Oliver

Katie (Big-Canoe) Grantham ’04 with son Zander

Beth (Mullen) Hollis ’04 and daughter Avalon

Mary-Anne Reid ’04 and husband Karl Erikson

Alexander Reid ’02, Ali Farlow ’04, Sophie Grossman ’04, Alyson Olsheski ’04, Dani Scanlon ’04 and Peter C. Reid ’06. Photo by Peter Reid, DreamReal Productions,

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Mack Crawford ’05 and Lynn Wychopen were married on June 28, 2014 at the Sherwood Inn on Lake Joseph in Muskoka. In addition to the setting, which was chosen for it’s strong resemblance to LCS, there were a lot of LCS connections at the wedding; Paula (Crawford) Mbonda ’99, Cam Crawford ’02 and Alex Gaysek ’08. Parents of Grove alumni included: Martha and Dan Crawford; John and Anne Clark (parents to Paul Clark ’84); Lorne and Phoebe Turk (parents to Josh Turk ’03 and Kyle Turk ’03) and Bill and Carol Corner (parents to Mike Corner ’03, Alison Corner ’07 and April Corner ’09). Since graduating, Melissa Gates ’06 has dedicated much of her career to working with older adults. First as an Activation Director at a retirement home in Goderich, where she moved into the role of Sales and Marketing Director. In 2012 she moved to Oshawa, Ontario and joined Revera as a Recreation Assistant, and in May

2014 she moved to Newcastle and moved into the role of Recreation Manager & Volunteer Coordinator. Peter Reid ’06 married Claude-Alicia Guérin-Roy on May 23, 2014. “We were married among close family and friends in Turks and Caicos, it was an incredible celebration of our love. It was so beautiful and feels like a dream now!” In attendance from The Grove were: Peter H. Reid ’75, Alex Reid ’02, Mary-Anne Reid ’04, Oliver Porte ’06 and Coco Porte ’09. Leslie Schumacher ’06 has joined the Admissions Office at LCS as the Admissions and Enrollment Officer. Erica Allingham ’07 and Derek Darnborough were married in Toronto on June 7, 2014. They were celebrated by LCS alumni, Jason Allingham ’03, Ryan Allingham ’08 and Alison Corner ’07.

Owen is working as a Paramedic. They recently celebrated the birth of their daughter, Mackenzie Clair Chisholm on May 30, 2014. Megn Walker ’11 is now a recent graduate of the National Theatre School, and starred in a new Canadian play at the Edmonton Fringe Festival this August. The Love Game was written, directed, and acted by emerging Canadian artists who have recently graduated or are still in school. Christopher Courtis ’12 represented Team Barbados at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland this summer. Chris competed in four swimming competitions.

STAFF NEWS Tim Rollwagen (faculty) and his wife Laura are thrilled to announce the

In 2012, Karine Gauthier ’08 married Owen Chisholm and relocated to Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan where

arrival of Sierra Marie Rollwagen on

Mack Crawford ’05 and wife Lynn

Peter Reid ’06 with wife Claude-Alicia

Erica Allingham ’07 with husband Derek Darnborough

Owen and Karine (Gauthier) Chisholm ’08 with daughter Mackenzie

Christopher Courtis ’12 (far right) and his Team Barbados teammates

Tim Rollwagen with wife Laura and new daughter Sierra

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July 15, 2014.

In Our Memories Nancy Warren on November 13, 2013 in Toronto, Ontario. Long-time volunteer and friend to LCS for many years and a former member of the LCS Concert Choir. Ron Ryan ’74 on February 12, 2014 in Midland, Ontario. Don Dawson ’34 on February 22, 2013 in Sherwood Park, Alberta. Doreen “Dori” Thompson on March 16, 2014 in Peterborough, Ontario. Mother of Sarah Thompson ’06, Erica Thompson ’08 and Rob Thompson ’12. Germaine “Gerrie” Urquhart on March 20, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario. Mother of Daryl Urquhart ’73 and Ted Urquhart ’70. Garfield Lorriman on April 30, 2014 in Barrie, Ontario. Father of Jim Lorriman ’66, Scott Lorriman ’71, Bob Lorriman ’72, Ted Lorriman ’76 and Peter Lorriman ’79. The Rev. William “Bill” Leach on May 2, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario. Former Chaplain at Lakefield College School. Alex Robertson on June 3, 2014 in Lakefield, Ontario. Former faculty member and father of Andrew Robertson ’89. Tom Thompson on June 3, 2014 in Penetanguishene, Ontario. Father of Justin Thompson ’00 and Jennifer Thompson ’03. Wendy Wallace on June 4, 2014 in Peterborough, Ontario. Mother of Margaret Wallace ’93. Mina Akulukjuk Pearce in June 2014 in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Wife of Frank Pearce ’53 and mother of Susie Pearce ’98. Patrick Stoker on July 5, 2014 in Westmount, Quebec. Father of Thornley Stoker ’73 and Dermot Stoker ’75. Edward Gordon on August 2, 2014 in Montreal, Quebec. Father of Lindsay Gordon ’70, Brian Gordon ’72 and David Gordon ’77.

Remembering Alex Robertson 1931 - 2014 Two weeks shy of his 83rd birthday,

performance and a requirement for

encouraged a warm friendship with

Alex Robertson left this world, and

the voice of God. Alex and Richard

him and his unilingual security

The Grove, a poorer place.

Hayman designed and created an

detail. Their daughter Anna later

ark to be built on stage, capable of

accepted an invitation to visit the

supporting 66 actors. No wonder

Royal Family. Throughout the

Alex’s photo in the Chronicle showed

Robertsons’ 13 years at The Grove,

him with hammer in hand! From

their home provided a welcoming

what threatened to be a nightmare

haven for international students.

Following the example of the Milligans and the Guests, the Robertsons left Bishops College School, arriving at The Grove in 1973 where Alex was to head up the French Department. Alex immediately immersed himself in the school community. As Susan Guest writes, “Alex was a linguist, a prize modern languages scholar at Oxford, a potter, a socialist, a musician, an enabler, a lover of the Canadian outdoors, a canoeist, a cross country skier and, above all, an artist in the broadest sense. In everything he did Alex was passionate and it was catching.” Tim Weatherill ’79, along with Colin Duff ’79 and Bill Reddick ’79, remembered Sunday chess games in the library which Alex usually won.

teetering on disaster, Alex created a triumph out of a mutual dream, aided by the musical savvy of Geoffrey Thomson. Alex wrote, “The most exciting feature of this 1979 production was (perhaps) the total participation of the student body. Mrs. Noye’s Gossips were staff wives, all the principal actors with the exception of Mrs. Noye were Grove boys, virtually all the student body and teachers’ children participated either as animals or as musicians in the orchestra, and let’s not forget Richard Hayman as the voice of God!”

Tim remarks, “He was more or less

His commitment to The Grove was

omnipresent. I saw him at almost

24/7. Weekends often evaporated

every game, race or event of any type.”

into coaching cross country skiing,

One of the “events” revealed a dazzling array of Alex’s talents. Noye’s Fludde (1979) was and remains one of the most ambitious and successful productions ever staged at The Grove. As producer/director, Alex was responsible for audience participation, 66 actors and most of the student body on stage (ranging in age from 5 to 50), an orchestra of 43 playing everything from organ to blocks of wood, a set that had to be constructed on stage during the 38  |  Grove News Summer 2014

soccer, cricket or squash. Socially aware, he coordinated “Ski Hawks,” a programme to provide guides for blind cross country skiers as well as a programme for students to read to the blind. He also encouraged his family to involve themselves in LCS productions with his son, Andrew ’89, embracing every facet of Grove life. When then HRH The Prince of Austurias ’85 (now His Majesty the King of Spain) spent a year at Lakefield College School, Alex and Rosemary’s fluency in Spanish

Retirement from The Grove in 1986 launched a career as a full-time potter, exciting both Alex and his delighted customers with inventive glazes adorning fine stoneware and porcelain pots. These were accompanied by explanatory cards scripted with a calligrapher’s artistry. A visit to Chez Robertson at Hall’s Glen usually included tea laced with sparkling humour on subjects literary, musical or social. His mentorship with the Kawartha Youth Orchestra and Performing Arts Lakefield will be sadly missed. Kim Krenz, a former LCS master and long-time neighbour, expresses what endeared Alex to all who knew him. “He was literate. I was delighted by his ability to finish any quotation I had begun; and he could recognize any tune I whistled, often adding a bar or two. A self-made man, he was impressive in many ways, scholarly and erudite, yet very friendly and sympathetic. He had little time for any sort of negativism, usually finding a redeeming feature in those being criticised. He was essentially a good man.” He is celebrated and missed by us all. TED INGRAM

Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2014 Sixth Row (Back): (L-R) Soren Christianson Sean Aben Max Lambert Charles Laframboise Ivraj Cheema Kassim Jama Caleb Weatherbee Seamus Smith Brendan Ginns Louis Charron-Duhamel Blair Watson Henry Zhang Mark Price Henri Heine Musinga Ntazinda Andrés Piña Álvarez Stephen Galloway Alex Hooke-Wood Robert Thomson Joshua Williams

Fifth Row: (L-R) Graham Andras

Elye Clarkson

Carolyn Marrelli-Dill

Alexandra Panther

Callie Jeon

Graeme Eatson

Alexandra Murphy

Maddie Greenwood

Meaghan Brown

Max Glass

Guillermo Martin-

Jessica Kotzeff

Emily Dunning

Jiayu Han

Victoria Pinsonnault

Ben Lichty

Almendro Cortes

James Tory

Elisha Sarkis

Evie Jenden-Selway

Laura Blair

Javier Piera Salamero

Taylor Anderson

Chloe Arshagouni

Rachel Grant-

Nikolaus Nemeczek

Mark Kinch

Jodie Sloan

Oliver Mackenzie

Thomas Chan

Camille Mongeau

Scott Garland

Keifer Stevenson

Charlotte Desmarais

Jake Forsythe

Annabelle Price

Sonia Kiew

Travis Cove

Jenna Vander Velden

Jaron Kaller

Shelby MacEwen

Second Row

Jamie Murray

Hayley Shortly

Daniel Zahradnik

JiuHui Sun

(L-R) (seated):

Charles-Erik Richer La

Alissa Pomer


Steinkrauss Devon Cole

Front Row: (L-R) Jack Fox John Abed Richie Lee

Kaileigh Bennett-Walcott Chris Babineau Jasmine KheawokAshfield

Jeff Howe Piers Eaton

Raymond Lee

Third Row:

David Pelino

Sophie Bramkamp

Sam Dalton

(L-R) Michelle Chiang

Merit Zimmermann

Reed Dennis

Fourth Row:

Taeyeon Kwon

Tatiana Baizer

David Koenig

Jessica Tsang

Joanne McCloskey

Jonah Rosen

Kailey Beckwith

Jessica Williams Vergara Javier Faus Morros

Jody Gerus

Marguerite Sirois

Natalie Wagner

Alexa Whetung

Samantha Ramsay

Amber Wilson

(L-R) Mary Glass Nicole Odhiambo Jacqueline Sereda Emily Pigeau

Adam Thiessen Absent: Jack Gu

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place at LCS!

Open House 2014

Spread the Word: Open House—October 18, 10 a.m. • Learn about individualized academic support, Advanced Placement courses, experiential learning, international opportunities and our enriched arts and athletics programs • Inquire about Financial Assistance, awarded to 1 in 4 students each year

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