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Grove News Summer/Fall 2015

Calendar of Events 2015/16

For details please refer to our school calendar at NOVEMBER



Halifax Alumni Reception


Toronto Alumni Reception


Waterloo Alumni Reception


Through the Red Door (LCS)

26 Parent Pub Night (Peterborough)


Calgary Alumni Reception

27 Ottawa Alumni Reception


Vancouver Alumni Reception



1970s Old Boys’ Reunion (LCS)


Grove Society Christmas Gathering


Admissions Open House (LCS)


Alumni Shinny and Reception (Lakefield)




Alumni Dinner (Toronto)

21 London UK Alumni Reception


Trustees’ Meeting

22 London UK Dinner


Regatta Day

29 Montreal Alumni Reception


Going Grove Grad Dinner




Kingston Alumni Reception


Parent Pub Night


Parent Pub Night (Peterborough)




Grove Golf Tournament

26 London, ON Alumni Reception

Lakefield College Trustees 2015/16 Board Chair Nick Lewis ’77 Past Chair Paul Hickey* Jennifer Allen Tim Bell ’00 Nicole Bendaly ’93 Mary Blair Marilynn Booth Carlo Bos ’94 Andrew Clarke ’85 Stephen Coates ’90 Paul Desmarais III ’00 Peter Dunn ’62 Whitney Dunn ’95 Stephanie Edwards Amanda Ethier ’98 Ann Farlow Jock Fleming ’74

Romina Fontana ’94 Ian Fung ’00 Ross Garland Bill Gastle ’68 Janice Green Rick Green Sue Guest Terry Guest* Neil Hamilton Alan Ingram Brett Jackman ’03 Andrew Johnston ’95 Warren Jones ’88 Zack Kembar ’87 Janet Lafortune Kim Little ’53 Ross Little ’81 Hugh Macdonnell ’85 Kevin Malone ’77 Cameron Maltman ’16

Patrick Marshall ’90 James Matthews ’58 Karen McKnight John McRae ’70 Val McRae John McWilliams ’65 Tom Milburn David Miller ’77 Tracy Morley ’93 Bill Morris ’70 Margaret Nelligan Bishop Linda Nicholls Andrew Parke ’03 Anil Patel ’93 Jonathan Popper ’87 Tony Pullen ’63 Vicki Pullen Sean Quinn ’82 Doug Rishor ’57 Struan Robertson

Gretchen Ross John Ryder ’77 John Schumacher Leslie Schumacher ’06 Sheilah Scrocchi Murray Sinclair ’79 Scott Smith ’87 John Stelzer ’00 Tom Stevenson ’78 Losel Tethong ’89 Stuart Thompson ’91 Richard Tucker ’77 Tim Ward ’62 Alex Westcott ‘16 Cara Westcott Chris White ’90 Terry Windrem HRH The Duke of York ’78


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

Amendment to LCS Foundation Trustees announcement (Grove News Winter 2015 p.38): His Majesty King Felipe regrets that owing to the responsibilities he now carries, he is unable to serve in the role of Honorary Trustee of the LCS Foundation which was offered prior to his appointment as King. His Majesty sends warm greetings to both the Lakefield College School and the LCS Foundation boards and trustees. (Front Cover) LCS students getting into the spirit during The Grove’s annual Gladiator Day Events

Editorial Cameron Ainsworth-Vincze ’96 For the past five years I’ve had the privilege of writing in this space. It’s been an honour, and an opportunity that has given me an intimate

years, did everything in his power to

Bob Goebel was, to put it mildly, a

make me feel welcome. And over my

school legend. When Bobby G walked

seven-year stay at the school there

down the hall at his frantic pace with

were numerous others who impacted

his pants covered in chalk and his

my life in positive ways.

unpredictable stare caught your eyes,

glimpse into the evolution of a place

This past year, The Grove lost three

I once called home and still think of

long-serving faculty—Rosalind


Barker, Bob Goebel and Alan Wilcox.

Every time I review an issue of the Grove News, I am reminded that above the state-of-the-art

I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting Mr. Wilcox, but have been told he was a kind soul and passionate coach.

you knew he would say something that would either put you in your place or bring you to your knees laughing. He also enjoyed whooping you on the squash court and his favourite stage was the classroom. He loved to teach, many people at LCS

facilities, pristine natural landscape,

Rosalind Barker was my OAC English

do, which to me is and always has

and the vast array of exceptional

teacher and one of the reasons I

been the true Lakefield Difference.

opportunities there is one thing

pursued a career in journalism. Her

about The Grove that makes it such a

classes weren’t a slog through dated

special place—the people.

texts that she felt compelled to teach.

I knew that from the moment my parents dropped me off at Wadsworth House on a sunny September afternoon to start Grade 7 and Mr. Chellew, my housemaster and teacher for the following two

Instead, her goal was to expose students to inspiring works that made you think about the people and places that exist beyond our horizon, and to look inward at the person you

Cameron Ainsworth-Vincze ’96 is a journalist and communications specialist who has worked for Maclean’s magazine and the Globe and Mail. He is currently the Senior Manager of Communications for the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC).

are and want to become.

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from the Head of School

Struan Robertson, Closing Address, June 13, 2015

Good morning Class of 2015. The day you have been waiting for, either enthusiastically or sadly, is finally here. Today, you will walk through the red door for the final time as a student of Lakefield College School. As I prepared my remarks for this morning, I came across some famous commencement addresses. One of them stood out for me. It was by late-night comedian Conan O’Brien, a Harvard grad, as he addressed the graduates of Dartmouth College in 2011: “Today,” he told Dartmouth grads, “you have achieved something special, something “only” 92 percent of Americans your age will ever know: a college diploma. That’s right; with your college diploma you now have a crushing advantage over 8 percent of the workforce. I’m talking about dropout losers like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg.” Then he mocked the students some more: “When I got the call two months ago to be your speaker, I decided to prepare with the same intensity many of you have devoted to an important term paper. So late last night,

Second, avoid Wikipedia as your first, second, third, fourth or fifth source for any term papers! While it can be useful for a quick fact, there are better sources that will enable you to make connections to your learning and really show your professors that you “get it.” All kidding aside, I do want to focus on the last part of what Conan shared:

I began. I drank two cans of Red Bull, downed some

“It is our failure to become our perceived ideal that

Adderall, played a few hours of Call of Duty, and then

ultimately defines us and makes us unique...Whether

opened Wikipedia…”

you fear it or not, disappointment will come.”

Getting serious, the comedian expounded, “It is our

I share this quote again because it resonated with me

failure to become our perceived ideal that ultimately

and made me think of what is so special about LCS.

defines us and makes us unique...Whether you fear it or not, disappointment will come. The beauty is that through disappointment you can gain clarity, and with clarity comes conviction and true originality.”

Grads, as you sit here, under the big white tent, planning for next year and beyond, all of you have an idea or ideal that you see yourself becoming or attaining. It could be your first choice university next

Class of 2015—if there are two things I hope you’ve

year; it could be a specialty college; it could be taking

learned during your time at LCS, they are the

a gap year to volunteer or do community service;


attending medical school; or becoming an engineer.

One, be organized. Start your assignments when they

And while it is great to have a goal, I strongly encourage

are assigned and be diligent in your studies. Don’t

you to be mindful that sometimes wishes don’t come

leave things until the last minute and then stay up all

true. Sometimes what you think you will be when you

night cramming and drinking Red Bull.

grow up doesn’t happen…for a variety of reasons. This

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may lead to disappointment but remember, it may also

free time (it is considered cool) and even the Head

lead to new opportunities and new thinking.

of School is cheered for performing in a tutu in the

Don’t be afraid.

Dance Showcase. We have a yoga club, a safe space club and a knitting club. Those are cool too. We had a

As Conan also said, “The beauty is that through

Hawaiian “luau” this year in the boathouse—cool! We

disappointment you can gain clarity, and with clarity

jump into the lake at the end of our exams, we spend

comes conviction and true originality.”

five hours on the Bob Armstrong Rink in the middle of the freezing cold winter, we go dog-sledding and

For me this is what Lakefield College School is all about

sleep in quinzees—cool. We nickname our school

—being yourself and being confident about what you

‘Camp Lakefield’ in the spring and love spending days

have to offer—your conviction, your enthusiasm.

at the waterfront with our friends. Cool. We are proud

When you first walked through the red door of LCS one, two, three or more years ago, you were nervous. You would have been asking yourself questions such as, ‘Will I fit in?’ ‘Will I have friends?’ And, ‘Where are my classes?’ From my observations, now having welcomed more than 300 new students to LCS, these questions quickly dissolve. Our students very quickly gain comfort in the surroundings and the homey and caring community we endeavour to create for all. We celebrate being unique, being different and being confident in our differences. It is one of the qualities that really appealed to me about LCS—students in Grade 12 are friends with students in Grade 9 and vice versa. Hockey players are celebrated for being in the spring play, reading a book or playing chess during

to have a terrapin named as our school mascot and look forward to cheering “Run Fast Terrapins” to next year’s cross country track team. We are quirky. We are original. We are different and we like that. We have gained clarity about what makes LCS special and with this clarity, comes conviction and originality. As you walk through the red door for the final time this afternoon, I hope you leave with these words in your minds. Be open minded to opportunities that present themselves. Be open-minded to failure. Be confident in your conviction and most important in your uniqueness. Go through the red door for the final time and knock it out of the park. I look forward to welcoming you back in the future and hearing all about it. My very best wishes to you all.

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Rising to the Challenge Nick Lewis ’77, Chair of the LCS Board The past year has been an extremely busy one for

school’s risk management policies. In recent years

Lakefield College School and its Board of Directors,

the committee has reviewed and updated policies

the busiest one I have experienced in my 22 years in a

for all off-campus excursions, both international

governance role. Your board has risen to the challenge

and domestic. This year, working with experts

and I would like to acknowledge the commitment

including the Ontario Provincial Police, the committee

and expertise of the sixteen talented and committed

conducted a Crime Prevention Through Environmental

volunteers I serve alongside, a group that includes

Design audit of our campus. The school has already

ten LCS graduates stretching from 1965 to 1993, one

begun to implement the recommendations to ensure

honourary alumnus, seven past parents and two

our students are safe while at LCS.

current parents.

Admissions & Marketing

The board has been busy supporting a number of


important initiatives, working closely with school

In an effort to better understand our parents’

management and staff, to help make LCS the very

satisfaction, with the support of a third party, the

best it can be. Listing all of these projects and

school conducted a parent survey, the first since 2010.

accomplishments would exceed my word limit, but I

The participation rate increased to 62% compared to

would like to share the most important ones and some

58% in the previous survey. Overall, parents expressed

very positive outcomes.

they were very satisfied with the school year, a 7% higher score than in 2010.


Student Safety & Wellbeing Health & Wellness

The safety and well-being of students is our top


priority and, as such, the Risk Management Committee

Our school has introduced the THRIVE Initiative, a

continues to review and update as necessary all of the

wellness program that seeks to ensure that our entire community, both students and staff, acquire the habits and practices needed to maintain peak well-being. The program operates on two pillars: a positive psychology program and a physical activity program. The program will take its first step forward during the 2015/16 school year.


Alumni Rise to the Challenge

The Hepburn Alumni Challenge was launched by the LCS Foundation and resulted in an incredible outpouring of support and commitment from our alumni community (see p.28).


Investigation into incidents from 1970s

A significant amount of the board’s attention this year was devoted to investigating the allegations of abuse from the 1970s and to conducting a comprehensive

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review of related school policies to ensure these

interviews and at the special trustees meeting have

policies represent best practices. Never has there been

been heard and are being addressed.

a more significant demand on the board’s time than with this issue; I appreciate the incredible amount of time members devoted to ensuring that this matter was managed with care and sensitivity.

As I write this article, the Toronto Blue Jays’ prolonged playoff drought is over and baseball fans across the country are showing their passion for “Canada’s team.” As the late Yogi Berra said: “It’s tough to make

In June 2015, the Leadership Team made some very

predictions, especially about the future,” and no one

difficult staffing decisions that were supported by the

knows how long the playoff run will last. At Lakefield

school board. The reaction to these changes by a broad

College School, the passion for our school has been

representation of members of our community was

running high since June. Yogi may be right, it may

unprecedented and lead to a special meeting of the

be tough to make predictions, but I’m confident that

trustees of both the school and the LCS Foundation on

by channeling this passion in a positive way we will

July 28, 2015.

ensure that our students, faculty and staff continue to

The meeting was spirited and productive, and gave our trustee groups an opportunity to bring forward questions and concerns related to the terminations and other perceived changes at the school. The trustees

have the nurturing environment they need to deliver the school’s mission “to challenge and enable students to reach their individual potential in mind, body and spirit.”

endorsed the forming of a special committee, the Grove Advisory Committee (GAC), with a mandate to investigate concerns raised regarding our current culture and report back to the board and trustees at the meetings in fall 2015 and spring 2016. The GAC consists of thirteen individuals representing a broad demographic of the LCS community ( In the interim, the school’s board of directors and the Leadership Team, in consultation with faculty and staff, are working together to create a bridge plan that will re-examine our strategic plan (Our Way | More Intentionally Lakefield), determine how we went off track and how we are going to fix it. The purpose of the bridge plan is to prioritize actions required over the next several months and ensure they are implemented in a manner that is consistent with our values and protect our culture. We are committed to being consultative with this process. Be assured that our primary focus is on providing our students with the best experience possible at LCS and supporting our staff and faculty. The concerns expressed by our community through

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Head Students’ Closing Address


Closing Awards—June 13, 2015


Smaller Steps Can Make Big Changes Happen: Keynote Address by Anna Gainey ’96, Closing 2015


School Highlights


Richard Life Retires After 29 Years at LCS


The Health Centre Says Goodbye to Jane Zupo


Farewell to Thespian and English Teacher Paul Mason


Better Together—Celebrating 25 Years of Coeducation 16 Coeducation and 21st Century Learning


The Andy Harris Cup: Grove Golf Tournament


The Hepburn Alumni Challenge Hits 40% Participation—Best in Canada!


Legacy Giving—The Gift That Keeps Giving


The Bishop Family Fund


The Military Legacy of Lakefield College School


The Grove Society—Volunteer, Participate, Support


Grove Roots—Connecting Alumni to the Talent, Skills and Experiences of our Grove Community


A Privilege to Serve—Ted Byfield ’44


Class News


In Memory of Bob Goebel (1939-2015)


Remembering Rosalind Barker (1935-2015)


In Our Memories


The Graduating Class of 2015


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, Sarah Milligan, Struan Robertson, John Runza and Stephanie Wilcox ’03. Contributing Photographer: Simon Spivey. Please address correspondence to the Communications and Constituent Relations Office: Lakefield College School, Lakefield, ON, K0L 2H0 705.652.3324

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Head Students’ Closing Address—June 2015 Nicholas Laframboise and Asha Trott, Class of 2015 This year will be one to remember. We have had our

here longer than the both of us. We do not doubt for

ups and downs. However, overcoming these adversities

a second that you will do an unbelievable job as the

has only made us stronger. We have both grown to call

voices of the student body. Cameron, your organization

The Grove our home, and will miss it greatly next year.

and resiliency will take you far, and Alex, your kind

The Grove is in a constant state of growth, whether

heart and ability to listen will prove prosperous in the

it be a new Head of School, mascot or residence. It is

upcoming year. Remember to have fun.

incredible to know that, no matter how The Grove may change, the connections you make and values you inherit will last a lifetime. The spirit of the school is carried by the staff, students, families and alumni who dedicate so much of their time to make The Grove the amazing place that it is. So thank you so much to everyone.

Grade 12s, not long ago, we both stood up here speaking of our future Algonquin trips and final jumps. We made it. All these years of schooling, from various places around the world, led up to this moment. It is a great privilege to know that our journey has ended here together at LCS. Our grade is exceptionally “chill,” and we’ve supported each other full-heartedly throughout

Grade 11s, although you have already exemplified the

the year. We are filled with free spirits, kind hearts,

attitudes of Grade 12s, your official role begins next

“Danke Schoen” and everything in between. We

year. Make the most of your remaining time at The

have made a lasting impact on The Grove, but more

Grove. It will go by faster than you imagine. Your grade

important on each other. As we enter the world as

has great spirit and enthusiasm, and we know you will

alumni, make sure to stay in touch. Our connections

make The Grove a welcoming place for all the students

with Lakefield College School will never truly fade, so

who enter at the start of next year. You will be the

look out for infamous pub nights and social gatherings.

guardians of the school and the faces people turn to

In the great words of John Gay, “We only part to meet

for guidance and support, so take pride in your crucial

again.” We look forward to seeing you in the future.


A final thank you to the staff and students that have

Cameron [Maltman] and Alex [Westcott], you have

made the LCS career of the Graduating Class of 2015

already shown us that you are more than ready to take

unforgettable. We will miss you dearly, Lakefield

on the role of Co-Head Students. You will have been

College School.

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Closing Awards—June 13, 2015 Academic Proficiency Standing Top of Form

Grade 9

Jack Campbell

Grade 11

Cameron Maltman

Grade 10

Trevor Smith and Tess Wilson

Grade 12

Asic Chen

Curriculum Area Prizes Arts Awards Junior Art: Adam Stainrod Intermediate Art: Philip Carr-Harris Junior Drama: Sydney Belford Intermediate Drama: Sarah Mayo The Hubert Eisdell Prize For Junior Music: Maggie-Lu MacLean

Senior English Prize: Nick Steele The I. Norman Smith Prize for Advanced Placement Studies in English Literature: Yi Cheng The English Writer’s Craft and AP Literature Prize: Juliet Gardner

Languages Awards Grade 9 Core French: Adam Stainrod

Intermediate Music: Megan McShane

Grade 9 Applied French: Sarah Shi

David Bierk Visual Arts Prize: Denise Jiang

Grade 9 Extended French: Sophie Milburn

Senior Music Prize: Daniel Wang

Grade 10 Core French: Olivia Gao

Senior Drama Prize: Jonah Lehman

Grade 10 Extended French: Tess Wilson

English Awards

Grade 11 Core French: Skye Nadon

Grade 9 English: Betsy Macdonnell Dela Fosse Prize For Grade 10 English: Jenna Hall Global English: Jimena De Luisa Grade 11 English: Aikansha Chawla Grade 11 AP Prep English: Cameron Maltman

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Grade 11 Extended French: Niklas Filkorn Grade 10 Spanish: Sydnee Korculanic Grade 11 Spanish: Adam Milburn Core French Prize: Mary Dunn AP Extended French Prize: Jake Fell His Majesty the King of Spain Spanish Prize: Niklas Filkorn

Curriculum Area Prizes Mathematics Awards Grade 9 Mathematics: Joseph Sun

Grade 11 Biology: Nathalie Heyden Grade 11 AP Preparatory Biology: Asheesh Momi

Grade 10 Foundations of Mathematics: Jacob Kee

Grade 11 Chemistry: Scott Murphy

Paterson Prize for Grade 10 Principles of Mathematics: Jack Campbell

Grade 11 AP Preparatory Chemistry: Cameron Maltman Grade 11 Physics: Cameron Maltman

Grade 10 Introduction to Computer Studies: Sophie Welch

Biology Prize: Khalid Younis

Grade 11 Functions: Claudia Dargis

Chemistry Prize: Khalid Younis

Grade 11 Functions and Applications: Tom Hargreaves

Mrs. A.W. Mackenzie Prize for AP Biology: Michael Welch

Grade 11 AP Prep Functions: Cameron Maltman

AP Chemistry Prize: Michael Welch

Grade 11 Computer and Information Science: Greta Liu

Physics Prize: Greta Liu, Asic Chen

Mathematics of Data Management Prize: Olivia Cui

ocial Science Prizes

Advanced Functions Prize: Niklas Filkorn Prof. M. Mackenzie Prize for Calculus: John McConkey Larry Griffiths Prize for AP Calculus: Daniel Wang AP Computer Science Prize: Winnie Chen

Outdoor Education Junior Outdoor Education: Jack Campbell The Fullerton Prize for Intermediate Outdoor Education: Jenna Hall The Susan Guest Prize for Outdoor Education: Skye Nadon

Science Awards Grade 9 Science: Jack Campbell The A.W. Mackenzie Environmental Award for Grade 10 Science: Matthew Lovick

Social Science Prizes Grade 9/10 Information Technology: Skye Vasey Grade 9/10 Civics: Matthew Lovick Grade 10 THB Symons Prize for Canadian History: Sophie Welch Grade 11 American History: Tom Hargreaves Grade 11 Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology: Adam Milburn Classical Civilizations Prize: Adam Milburn Economics Prize: Yi Cheng World History Prize: Jake Fell AP European History Prize: Alex Westcott Canadian and International Law Prize: Asic Chen Canada and World Issues Prize: Asic Chen AP Politics Prize: Juliet Gardner, Yi Cheng

Character and Achievement Awards The Junior Grove Society Prize: Betsy Macdonnell

The J.R. Anderson Award: Marissa Wickware

The Gaby Award: Allie Avard

John Pearman Martyn Sibbald Prize: Alexa Armstrong

The Fred Page Higgins Award: Alice Prindiville-Porto

The Monty Bull Award: Jake Fell

Junior Edson Pease Prize: Vandana Narine

The Jack Matthews Humanitarian Award: Michael MacKenzie

The Jean Ketchum Prize: Isabella Runza The Stephen Thompson Prize: Tom Hargreaves The Harman Award: Cameron Maltman The Senior Grove Society Prize: Rachel Guerreiro The Milligan Award: Monica Scrocchi and Andrew Avard The Grove Award: Jonathan Florian and Valerie Smith The Crombie Award: Marissa Evelyn Senior Edson Pease Prize: Julianne Wagner H.M. Silver Jubilee Award: Ariela St. Pierre-Collins The Nelles Prize: Asha Trott

The Whitney Prize: Juliet Gardner Jean and Winder Smith Award: Brooke Hamilton The Ondaatje Foundation Award: Vanessa Smith The Trustees’ Prize: Asic Chen British Alumni Travelling Scholarship: Noah Lehman and Taylor Watts OPPOSITE (L-R): Anna Gainey ’96 with Asic Chen ’15, winner of the Governer General Medal. Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award winners (L-R) Vanessa Smith ’15, Emilie Norris-Roozmon ’15, Valerie Smith ’15, Taylor Watts ’15, John McConkey ’15, Caroline Dupuis ’15, Kaitlin Keating ’15, Star Jang ’15 Grove News Summer/Fall 2015 | 5

Smaller Steps Can Make Big Changes Happen Keynote Address by Anna Gainey ’96, Closing 2015 School being what it is—small, safe and welcoming—it quickly became a second home and family to me. Immediately, I felt lucky to be a student at LCS. I was happy here; I enjoyed school and made life-long friends, many of whom I had the chance to catch up with recently at the Better Together event held in Toronto, celebrating 25 years of coeducation—an anniversary certainly worthy of celebration. When I started to think about what I would say today, I remembered when I was younger something that always bothered me about speeches like this was that someone would say: “Young people are capable of great things.” And I’d think, yes, I know that, but how do I do them? How do I make great things happen? Because, it often seems that, in order to make big things happen, you need to make some giant leap–which is scary. So, the idea I’d like to talk a bit about today is that, sometimes, it’s the smaller steps that actually make big changes happen. It is a pleasure to be at Closing again. As Struan

For example: One small step I took when I was around

mentioned, I graduated in 1996 but the last Closing I

your age, was to join a political party. I was a political

attended was in 2003—the year my youngest sister,

science student at McGill and joining the Young

Colleen Gainey, graduated. I never imagined I’d be

Liberals seemed like it could be a good way to meet

back, certainly not standing up here!

people. We planned social events and hosted guests

I arrived on campus for the first time in September 1993 to start Grade 10. My parents were in Dallas with my three younger siblings, so I travelled to Peterborough on my own with a giant hockey bag full of things I thought I might need and my grandparents, George and Anne Gainey, drove me here the “scenic way” along River Road from East City. Once I had found my room in Lower Colebrook and met the Heads

speakers like MPs and cabinet ministers. Nearly 20 years later, I am the president of the party. I am in a position to help shape the direction of our country, to advance issues that matter to me, like pay equity and access to affordable childcare. I never imagined when I made the simple decision to join the party as an undergrad that my journey would unfold as it has—and the journey is far from over.

of House, Susan and Ian Armstrong ’83, they left and

Sometimes, the small steps or decisions are made in

I was on my own. Unlike today—where you can text,

difficult times, times of adversity. For example, a few

email, Facetime, Google chat—the two pay phones in

years ago, we lost my sister, Laura, in a sailing accident.

the hallway and regular letter mail were the only ways

In the process of finding our way through this, my

to connect with friends and family—and both usually

family decided that we wanted the truth about what

required standing in line! Since communication with

happened to her, so I pushed the Transportation Safety

home and friends was limited, and Lakefield College

Board of Canada to conduct a full investigation into

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“Those small steps, made possible by bits and bursts of bravery and courage and the small decisions we make every day as a result, are really what lead to change.” the accident. This is something they were initially a bit

of whom are also now protecting time in the day to be

reluctant to do for complicated reasons of jurisdiction;

with their kids.

in short, the accident took place in international waters. Ultimately, they went ahead, and the report they wrote helped to shine a bright light on the safety deficiencies of the ship she had been on. As a whole, the pressure we put as a family on the tall ship sail training industry led to many overdue improvements to safety equipment and training. A few years later, a Canadian-owned tall ship sunk off the coast of Brazil and all 64 of the students and teachers on board survived, a direct result of these improvements we lobbied for.

As Liberal President, the small step I took to carve out family time from a hectic work day means that now, a huge organization has started to change its ways for the better. I like to think that people’s lives are literally better because of it. Looking back at some of these decisions, there was no way to know at the time how things were going to work out. But in each case, I looked at the obstacle or opportunity and took one step towards tackling it. And change happened. Those small steps, made possible by bits and bursts of bravery and courage and the small

In this instance, the small steps we took to get answers

decisions we make every day as a result, are really what

resulted in changes to safety regulations, helped saved

lead to change.

lives and led to the creation of the Gainey Foundation, a charitable organization that supports environmental and arts education programs for young people across Canada.

There is a lot expected of young graduates like you, perhaps more than ever, to change the world or to be a big deal—and in some ways, I think it’s harder than ever to see how to make that happen. It’s a daunting

I’m often asked how I ran for President of the Liberal

task, but it’s nothing to worry about. Be patient, be

Party of Canada while pregnant with our third child. A

brave, listen to your instincts and take it one step at a

lot of people thought I was crazy—and in some ways it

time. Good things, even great things, will happen.

was a little crazy. I launched my campaign in October, welcomed Audrey in December and by February found myself on stage at the Montreal Convention Centre speaking to thousands of Liberal delegates about why I should be the next Liberal Party President, why I was the best candidate to take us into a critical election. A great deal of thinking went into that decision and one of the things that really motivated me was the idea that I could have an impact on the culture of the Liberal Party and possibly, hopefully, on the culture of politics in our country as well. At the very beginning of my campaign, I requested that no calls or meetings be booked during the dinnerbath-bed routine (i.e. the 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. window of my day). This initially caused a bit of a ripple, but since then has become a part of the language of our organization. There is an abundance of young parents like Tom and I, engaged as volunteers and staff, many

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School Highlights LCS Terrapin is Given a Name! Last year, the Class of 2014 introduced their gift, the LCS Terrapin mascot, to our community. This year, we have enjoyed spending time with and getting to know

pledged $10 to CAMH for every LCS participant. The donor also pledged $10 to LCS Wellness and Happiness Initiatives for every sunrise selfie taken, giving the student-led Happiness Initiative a boost of support.

our newest member. But we felt that now that we know

Five houses tied for first place with 100% participation

our terrapin mascot better, it was time to choose a

in the event: Cooper, Memorial, Grove, Wadsworth and

name that truly suits its personality!

Upper Colebrook. Each winning house received $400

After more than 140 name suggestions and more

for house event celebrations!

than 575 votes, the LCS Terrapin has a name! Please

Ross Ramsay ’16, Emma Nie ’16 and Alaina Connelly,

welcome to the LCS family...Grover!

Service Learning Coordinator, also appeared on CHEX

A new LCS Terrapin logo, representing our school mascot, was designed by 2014/15 Teaching Fellow Kevin Limeback.

News to talk about our take on the Darkness to Light Fundraiser. See more #sunriseselfie photos on the LCS Pinterest

#LCSDarkness to Light More than 180 LCS students and staff greeted the dawn

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Into the World of Math

at 5:30 a.m. on the morning of May 31 in support of

In June, Cameron Maltman ’16 was one of the 60

the CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health)

students, both Canadian and international, invited to

Darkness to Light Fundraiser.

the Lloyd Auckland Invitation Mathematics Workshop


The original premise of the Darkness to Light campaign was to have participants stay up all night in support of mental health, but with exams approaching and the benefits of sleep for mental and physical health on our minds, LCS approached the CAMH organizers with a proposal to sleep eight hours for the fundraiser. Organizers loved the idea, so LCS went to bed at 9:30 p.m. on Friday night, and rose at 5:30 a.m. to take sunrise selfies at the waterfront. In total, students raised more than $4,600 for CAMH, thanks especially to the generous support of an anonymous donor, who

at the University of Waterloo. The week featured lectures, problem solving and computer instruction. There was also substantial time for social contact as all of the young people invited had an opportunity to meet others with similar intellectual interests. Congratulations, Cameron! OPPOSITE (Top to Bottom) L-R: LCS terrapin logo and mascot, Grover. Head of House Vera Wilcox and the girls from Lower Colebrook taking their group “selfie” at sunrise in support of the Darkness to Light Mental Health initiative. LCS students practising their white water river rescue techniques during Outdoor Education. Grade 10 students organize the “colour run” in support of Children’s Mental Health Ontario. ABOVE: Sailing on Lake Katchewanooka. Grove News Summer/Fall 2015 | 9

Noises Off This year’s spring play was the very funny Noises Off.

where true global leadership occurred and transformed our world; the three day visit to Cambridge was packed.

Faculty members Greg MacPherson, Tina St. John and

The trip was designed to have LCS students walk in the

Susy Farag took a group of incredibly talented students

footsteps of great global leaders and to personally start

and put together an entertaining piece of theatre. Cast

to develop their own narrative—describe their own

members Sarah Mayo ’16, Jonah Lehman ’16, Noah

attributes and personal stories. They met grad students

Lehman ’15, Becca Garrison ’15, Raul Midence ’17, Alex

from around the world, including an LCS Harvard

Westcott ’16, Meg Hicks ’17, Alexandre Parent ’15, Alex

undergrad, who all added to the story of lives bent on

Babineau ’16, Liam Kaller ’17 and Xander van

making a difference in our world. While it was a busy

Bastelaar ’17 worked for months to create their

few days, everyone left a little more confident and

characters and to work on the intricate blocking that

inspired to try harder and make a difference. We would

this physical farce demanded.

like to formally thank Dr. Betsy McGregor for all her

At the same time, Mr. Harold Davies and Mr. MacPherson worked with a very dedicated crew to build a two-storey spinning set that wowed audiences as much as the show itself did. Nothing is more rewarding than hearing a receptive audience laughing

hard work and leadership framing the inaugural trip to Cambridge and for being our spirited guide on the ground in Cambridge.

Grade 10s Give Back

hysterically at the show one has worked so hard to put

On June 2, Grade 10 students had the privilege of

together and to the cast and crew, this warm reception

presenting a cheque for $3,300 to Peterborough Youth

was richly deserved.

Services ( The donation represented a year’s work for the students through Lakefield College

An Adventure in Leadership Grade 11 LCS students experienced a leadership journey that immersed them in the very environments

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School’s Leadership, Character, Values Program (LCV).

The LCV pillar for the Grade 10 year is stewardship,

engaged citizens. Students also learned that leadership

helping students learn how to take care of others in

is about being part of something greater than any one

their community. Through the LCV program, the Grade


10s this year chose Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) for their grade-wide community service

New Co-Head Students

initiative. Throughout the second half of the year, the

Cameron Maltman ’16 and Alex Westcott ’16 were

students worked tirelessly in small groups to design,

elected by their peers and staff as our 2015/16 Co-Head

promote and run a variety of fundraising events, all

Students. Alex has been at LCS for five years, and is a

with the goal of raising money and awareness for

day student, while Cameron has been a day student

CMHO. Events included a winter BBQ, a “Chuck A

since Grade 9. Both Alex and Cameron are excited about

Puck” contest, two bake sales, a car wash, a coffee

being selected as Co-Head Students and they have had

house, a colour run and t-shirt sales. Through the

a strong start leading the student body.

process of organizing and implementing these events with their peers, students gained valuable teamwork, collaboration and organizational skills as well as an awareness of the need for, and value of, involved and

Around the World at Lunch Have you wanted to travel the world but just don’t have the time? At LCS, you can do just that in the course of a lunch hour. With 28 countries represented, the annual Walk Around the World was a resounding success. More than 50 students were involved in the massive task of preparing food and decorations from their home countries or the places that have truly shaped their lives. Spices, jams, candies and other goods were brought back from March Break travels and other fresh supplies were sought out locally to create the authentic dishes that brought a taste of the world to LCS. The weekend was spent chopping, mixing, frying, baking and decorating foods so that every member of the LCS community would have a chance to taste the foods that our students count as their favourites. OPPOSITE PAGE: The cast and crew of the production Noises Off ABOVE: Grade 10 students present $3,300 to Peterborough Youth Services. BELOW: Students celebrate Walk Around the World. Grove News Summer/Fall 2015 | 11

Richard Life Retires After 29 Years at LCS... Richard referred to it as his walk in the wilderness. His first steps were rocky. He had to lead a tour for prospective parents at 9 am that very morning, having never toured the campus himself. Can you imagine it? Richard exclaiming to the parents, as he opened Smith Hall doors, “Oh, and this must be the dining hall.” There is a marked difference between support and commitment. Perhaps this difference is best expressed by a metaphor about the two sources of a bacon and eggs breakfast. The hen is supportive; the pig is committed. Back in the day, no one was more committed than Richard Life. Let me assure you, he barely had time to oink. In 1988/89, the year before Lakefield College School became coed, Richard was the Director of Admissions, the Director of Academics, he taught three classes and he was the Head of Lampman House— and that’s when Heads of Houses had no support. None. Literally, they managed the house entirely on their own—24/7. One of Richard’s biggest treats was just getting off campus on long weekend Those of us who have had the pleasure to work with or for Richard Life—or be taught by him—possess our own distinct recollections of what he has meant to us.

go to, that’s commitment. Richard Life served on LCS’s leadership team for 24 years. His impact was extraordinary. He directed and overhauled the

I will never forget August 2, 1986, Richard’s first day on

academic program, created and implemented a faculty performance

the job at Lakefield College School.

development program of distinction, initiated the school’s leading

For me, a rather modest three year BA and BEd Queen’s grad—and arguably a less than fully committed one— to be able to attract and work with a pedagogical giant like Richard Life—who, by the way, not only came with glittering academic credentials, but also was awarded the top graduating student from Teachers College at University of Toronto, out of a field of more than 1200 graduating students...well, it was a dream come true. Although different in several ways, as former camp directors, we did share one common trait: a deep belief in and affection for camp and the value of Kumbayah. So there he stood, on the morning of August 2, 1986, day one. And his first assignment that day, as Lakefield College School’s brand new Director of Admissions, having had no previous experience in admissions, was

edge laptop and network program; several of the buildings on campus reflect his thoughtful functional design. He pushed for coeducation. He recruited the first cohort of girls. He pushed for and helped convince school trustees to put a gym on the campus, one of his most difficult challenges. Latterly, as Associate Head of School from 2001-2008, truth be told, Richard Life ran the school. I did as I was told...most of the time. If we were to ask the students Richard taught over the past 29 years, what they most remembered and valued about him, I believe they would say that he was fun (and funny), that he cared deeply about them, treating them more uniquely than equally, that he had their individual interests close to his heart, and that he challenged them playfully, from a place of love and trust. And if we were to ask his colleagues on staff, I believe they would say the same things.

to find and enrol the 40 students we needed (1/6th of

To Pat, Richard’s wife, thank you for your contributions to The Grove,

our total enrollment back then) within the 40 days

particularly during the decade when both you and Richard served as

and 40 nights remaining before school opening. Later,

24/7 Heads of Houses at various times.

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Richard, thank you for your remarkable commitment to

Thank you for leading us with extraordinary passion,

advancing this special place in the sun.

compassion, and sensitivity; and most importantly

In so many ways, for the past several decades, you have been the conscience of Lakefield College School, the guardian of its soul. Without you, LCS would not be the place it is today—not nearly.

thank you for pursuing your vision—always—to make LCS more a feeling than a place. Richard, we wish you a very happy retirement. DAVID HADDEN, FORMER HEAD OF SCHOOL

...and Jane Zupo, After 24 Years! Whether it was a call at 2 a.m. about a sick student or

tangled highways of adolescent health that Jane navigates

advice on something related to LCS or life, it was so

with ease. There are tough decisions to be made every

comforting that Jane Zupo was just a phone call or short

day; and a small error can have a pretty significant

walk away. Jane’s kind and caring approach to nursing

consequence. To see Jane move confidently through each

and friendship, and her enthusiastic laughter, were a

day (and night and weekend) is to see strength in action.”

cornerstone of my Lakefield experience.

What set Jane apart was her gift to help not just students,

Jane joined the Lakefield College School staff in February

but parents also when they worried about their child

of 1992, coming from Wellesley Hospital in Toronto. In

who was ill sometimes thousands of miles away. Jane

1996, she became the Head of Upper Colebrook, and was

approached every day in nursing as an adventure, a

Head of House there for five years. Many of Jane’s fondest

unique privilege to care for the LCS community. Her

memories of her time at LCS come from housemastering

warmth, compassion and wealth of knowledge and

and the unique privilege it is to live with 20+ teenaged

wisdom will be greatly missed as she enjoys retirement

girls. Jane’s compassion and passion for working with

and finally gets a weekend off.

adolescents combined with a great sense of humour and superb cooking skills made her a beloved Head of House.

Jane taught me so much about what it means to live and work in the LCS community and what it takes to be

In 2001, Jane changed roles and became the Head of

calm under pressure, an engaged listener, a great parent

Nursing Services, moving to Lampman House. In that

and colleague. Her mentorship, encouragement and

role Jane treated and prepared for a tremendous range of

friendship are true gifts. While we will miss seeing Jane

medical concerns. Jane was instrumental in developing

everyday in the Health Centre we wish her all the best in

plans for LCS to deal with H1N1, SARS, concussion

her retirement.

protocols and mental illness. No matter what Jane was working on, she focused on ensuring Health Services at


LCS had the best interest of the students in mind. Jane remained calm in an emergency and used her common sense and extensive medical training to make thoughtful decisions. In many ways Jane’s greatest talent was for listening, for making students feel comfortable to talk to her about very personal details knowing she could be trusted. Jane was a trusted advisor, confidante, nurse and caregiver to thousands of students and staff. While students often joked that the Health Centre treated all ailments with Pepto Bismal or Tylenol little did they know the complex and challenging issues Jane was navigating. As Dr. Heather Avery said in her remarks about Jane at Closing, very few know “the amazing Grove News Summer/Fall 2015 | 13

Farewell to Thespian and English Teacher Paul Mason Lindsay, Arbor Theatre in Peterborough, and City Stage in Peterborough. After graduating with an Honours BA in English, he also spent a year as the artistic director of Whispers Dinner Theatre. Lakefield College School entered Paul’s life in 1983 when Andy Harris offered him the chance to teach an English course. By 1985, Paul was teaching full time and he earned his BEd at Queen’s University while on sabbatical in 1994. Today, we know Paul as one of the most gifted directors at Lakefield College School. If we’re alumni, we either participated in his plays or were lucky enough to watch them. If we’re parents of children who loved the stage, we watched, spellbound, as Paul turned The Voice. The first time I heard The Voice was on the

our self-conscious teens into the Prince of Denmark

phone in the spring of 1998. I was doing research for a

or Jean Valjean or Countess Olivia. Paul directed 18

fiction book, and I wanted to talk to an English teacher

full-length productions during his 32 years at LCS, and

at a prestigious prep school. That was the background

he put every ounce of his bountiful enthusiasm into

of my main character, and I felt I had to know what a

helping his young actors perform. Participating in a Paul

real prep school English teacher was like. So I called

Mason play was an honour. For many young thespian-

Lakefield College School and asked to speak to one.

wannabes, it was as close to professional acting as they

Carol Florence—probably the greatest ambassador LCS

would come.

has ever had—was delighted with my request and said, “You must speak to Paul Mason! He’s not only an English

But as devoted as Paul was to theatre, he was equally

teacher—he’s a writer. He’d love to talk to you.”

passionate about social justice—and the power of words. As well as Drama and English, he taught Politics

She promptly connected me to his voicemail and I

and History. He coached the LCS debating team for nine

almost hung up. I was convinced Sir Alec Guinness

years and took the Canadian public-speaking team to

was asking me to leave a detailed message. I mumbled

the World Championships in 1990, where they finished

something incoherent and knew I would never hear

first. He’s written four plays—Servant of Light, The

from him.

Discipline Committee, Circles of Grace and Sister Camille’s

But I did. And thus began a friendship with one of the most intriguing people I’ve ever known.

Kaleidoscopic Cabaret (which won an international playwriting competition) and authored three published novels—Battered Soles, The Red Dress and The Night

Paul Nicholas Mason was born in London, England in

Drummer. Throughout all his work he sends one

1958, but his family soon moved to politically volatile

constant message: strive, always, to be our better selves.

Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). In 1966, when Rhodesia’s prime minister Ian Smith refused to allow multi-racial democracy, Paul’s father moved the family to Canada, eventually settling in Kingston, Ontario, where Paul grew up. Paul’s fascination with the theatre found expression when he was a student at Trent University. During the summers he acted for Kawartha Summer Theatre in

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Paul Mason is the beloved former teacher of hundreds of LCS alumni. He is a father and a grandfather, and he will definitely not be retiring in his retirement. For those lucky enough to know him, he will always be that rare soul who marches to his own drum—and is gracious enough to take us with him. STEPHANIE EDWARDS (LCS ALUMNA PARENT)

Bidding Adieu Lakefield College School bids farewell to the following staff members. We wish them well as they move on to a new chapter in their lives.


Lori Ardron, Health Centre Dr. Christopher Bailey, Health Centre Nichola Bendle, Teaching Fellow Dave Costello, Assistant Head of House Linda Dundas, Health Centre Suzy Farag, Assistant Head of House Brent Hurley, Faculty Jeremy King, Assistant Head of House John Kraus, Faculty Pat Lauer, Health Centre Heather Levie, Faculty


Kevin Limeback, Teaching Fellow Greg MacPherson, Faculty Casey McCallum, Health Centre Ashley Matheson, Admissions Matt Murray, Assistant Head of House Brenda Pollock, Health Centre JS Struan Robertson, Admissions Travis Turner, Faculty Michael Vander Doelen, Assistant Head of House Linda Warren, Faculty Bryan Yantha, Faculty

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of Co-education



Celebrating Co-education years BETTER TOGETHER “The Grove has never feared to leave behind established patterns. It has eagerly accepted the challenges of each new generation. The design to implement coeducation at Lakefield recognizes the challenge of the future, one in which women and men together will determine the direction of our world in the 21st century.” KIM LITTLE ’53, CHAIRMAN, BOARD OF GOVERNORS (GROVE NEWS SPECIAL EDITION COEDUCATION: THE DECISION, CIRCA NOVEMBER 1987)

Lakefield College School proudly celebrated twenty-five

obnoxious campus brat. I teased and taunted, thinking

years of coeducation at The Grove at a special event in

that as a teacher’s son I was immune to their retaliations

Celebrating Co-Education


Toronto in May. The sold-out evening brought together alumni, parents (current and alumni) and staff (current and former) spanning almost 70 years of LCS history. Katie Uhlmann ’05 hosted the evening and began with introducing David Hadden, the Head of School at the time of the arrival of the girls. David provided a brief history of the journey to coeducation and shared, in the same way David often has over the years, humorous reflections of alumni ‘contributions’ to LCS. Throughout the evening, guest speakers shared their perspective on the influence coeducation had on the school: “The Lakefield College School that I remember growing up—the LCS of the eighties—was one of male-charged

energy; testosterone and boisterous events; raucous Y BETTER TOGETHER chromosomes; rough housing; of wedgie-fest ’88 on the Colebrook House hill after dinner and before study. As a young boy growing up there, I had an ample supply of male role models and big brothers—most of whom I looked up to in awe as I enthusiastically played the role of 16  |  Grove News Summer/Fall 2015


—how wrong I was, but oh how I loved the attention that I received!” Matt Chellew ’97

“When I was growing up at Lakefield in the 70s and 80s, the staffroom was on the third floor of Grove House. In said staffroom, there was the smell of rancid coffee that was almost strong enough to supersede the scent of one hundred years of cigarettes. There was also a large poster board covered with photos of students at the school… When the photos were of boys, I gave them an occasional glance, usually seeking out the faces I recognized from

Yrs Coed

the house. I didn’t care to know much about the faces I’d never seen before.

But that changed in 1989, the year that I was in Grade 8 and the year that girls first entered Lakefield College School. The poster board in the staffroom became alive with meaning and possibility. I had never before seen girls like the ones glued to that board: girls without make-up and hairspray, girls

with large proud smiles and girls with such confident

waterfront—they go together very well. Winter: shinny

determination in their eyes. I was used to the local junior

rink and hockey—girls weren’t part of that visual. What

high where I never felt like I belonged; I always felt like

I grew to appreciate over my four years at the school was

my worth depended on what I was wearing, what my hair

their contributions in and out of the classroom, in the

was doing and most of all, how much I could shrink into a

dining hall and planning for spirit events. There is no

background tapestry of mumbling non-achievement…but

doubt, as boys we benefitted from the influence of girls

these girls—the ones in the photos—they looked larger

continuously providing a different perspective… even

than life. They beamed down at me with such ferocious

if they are not always right. Two other things that never

enthusiasm for school and LCS that I immediately longed

get old: The LCS waterfront (definitely better with girls

to know everything about them…I imagined that one day

around) and the Lakefield Smith Community arena—it is

we could have something in common; their presence on

an awesome place to play hockey when your girlfriend is

that wall made all the difference in my choice to become

in the stands to cheer you on.” Andrew Avard ‘15

someone I wanted to be.” Erica Chellew ‘95

“Going to an all-girls school in Toronto, I heard the motto

“Lakefield [College School] learned we girls are made of

“girls can do anything” more often than they served pasta

more than just Sugar and Spice. We were hand-picked

in the dining hall at The Grove (if you haven’t been there

to be the first. We were 50 of 250, 4 to 1. We had to be

in a while, that’s a lot). My old school drilled it into your

tough, resilient. We were sent to a home where not all

brain—so you think no different—and that certainly

felt we were welcome, but we were worthy. We are their

changed me for the better and empowered me with

daughters, sisters and mothers, their equal as woman, to

self-confidence; however, what LCS has offered is parity

grace and own the halls of Lakefield.”

with boys, we can do whatever we want and, while you

Jennifer (Davies) Tidman ‘91

are encouraged to live your LCS experience to the fullest,

“With coeducation, a music department flourished. A choir with over one third of the student population became the cool thing to do. Led by strong female role models like Kirsten Franklin, Rosalind Barker, Robin Todd, Donna MacIntyre, Janet Markus, Bev HicksLynne, Jan Mathews, Diane Rogers, Su Armstrong and Susan Hazell, a school of rambunctious hormonally charged boys became balanced and progressive. This

only you can make a difference. I am grateful for this, as it has taught me that if you want to achieve something you have to work hard and earn it. LCS doesn’t hand it to you just because you are a girl. They push you out of your comfort zone and make you swim, canoe, even sleep in the woods. All in all it’s up to you to make the best of The Grove and, in turn, the most of your own life.” Allie Avard ‘18

new environment, under the leadership of these women

“Of course, coeducation changed The Grove, but it did

and the strong female students who attended the school,

so in a way that enhanced the Lakefield difference that

taught me values of respect, confidence and cooperation.

is embedded in the traditions of the school. Values of

It meant reuniting with my close childhood friends,

trust, respect, equality, community, family—values that

Heather Hadden and Mary Sunderland, and going to

I continue to know and cherish in my life as a young

school with my sister—encouraging and developing our

professional, father and husband, the same values that we

relationship in a way that wouldn’t have been possible

celebrate here today.” Matt Chellew ‘97

otherwise.” Matt Chellew ‘97

“I never would have imagined it, that first day I showed

“For me the school has grown and changed, but at its

up at Lakefield College School all those years ago, all the

foundation, it is in so many was the same. From what I

opportunities The Grove has given myself and Allister,

see, the biggest difference after spending time with the

Andrew and especially Allie, to top it off, now we are

current LCS boys, is regarding their personal grooming

sharing them together.” Allan Avard ‘85

—it is now a 24/7 activity—I am sure their efforts are to leave a good impression on the girls and not because their parents’ voice is in the back of their minds: “Don’t forget to shower, brush your teeth, do laundry.” Back in my day, that was a once a month activity, when we had to bus in girls for the school dances.” Allan Avard ‘85

“Tonight’s theme, ‘Better Together,’ adeptly acknowledges the way that LCS has been a trailblazer and has had remarkable success over the school’s lifetime, and over the past 25 years. We are so proud to have the Head of School who had the vision and more importantly, the courage, to take The Grove co-ed, David and Susan

“When I first signed up for LCS, I was told by my parents

Hadden. Thank you for your vision.”

The Grove was like going to summer camp all year round.

Head of School Struan Robertson

I had the visual in my head, summer camp: girls and Grove News Summer 2015 |


LCS ‘Firsts’ Sinc Lakefield College School first studies coeducation LCS conducts a brief study of coeducation “not with the objective of changing, but to have greater knowledge of what was taking place elsewhere and to learn from their experience.” -Paige Wadsworth, Grove News Special Edition: Coeducation: The Decision


1986 November: The Long Range Planning Committee is asked to conduct a study to determine the advisability of coeducation at Lakefield College School. Drs. Verduyn and Campbell hold multiple meetings, and conduct surveys with parents, staff and students


January to March: Open meetings for Old Boys, parents and friends are held in Toronto and Peterborough. Drs. Verduyn and Campbell submit “Co-Education and Lakefield College School: A Study” to the board October: A special meeting of the Board of Governors is held. The Heads of Bishop Strachan, Trinity College School and Ridley College School participate in a panel discussion. Members from the “Save Lakefield Campaign” make a presentation November 9: Chairman of the Board announces the decision to the Grove Family


The Girls Arrive!

Under the leadership of Mike Chellew, Concert Choir made its highly successful debut in the fall


Being part of the first class gave me a sense of belonging. Senior Debating Team (Jason

First Girls’ Houses • Lampman (Pat and Richard Life) • Smith Hall (Kirsten Franklin) • Susanna Moodie (Jan and Tam Matthews ’73) First Coed House • Marling (day students) Susanna Moodie House officially opened on November 5, 1989

New Sports Introduced: Field Hockey, Riding and Squash Boys’ Sports Go Coed: Windsurfing, Slash, Sailing, House League Soccer and Nordic Skiing Tennis, Alpine Skiing and Soccer First Girls’ Teams: Girls’ Alpine Skiing team took gold at COSSA Junior Girls’ Cross-Country team won gold at the ISAA meet

Hickman ’90, Chris White ’90 and Alex Rose ’92) won the Winter Fulford Cup—first time in LCS history! In first place, Jason became the top speaker in the province!

Trips Go Coed: Algonquin Expedition, Brigantines, Dogsled Expedition, Irving Expedition to Mountain River in the Northwest Territories

Field hockey and riding were introduced and the girls quickly helped to add an air of excitement to school life...

On May 25, Rashleigh House was officially opened as a home away from home for 26 boys, named in honour of W.E. Rashleigh, a master teacher and assistant Headmaster from 1944 to 1971

Athletic Highlights:

The Grove’s First Rhode Scholar Graduates from LCS Upon graduation from LCS, Allie Binnie ’93 received a prestigious scholarship from the University of Toronto. After becoming a Rhodes Scholar in 1997, she completed a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology. Since then three more LCS students have become Rhodes Scholars: Hélène Deacon ’95, Erin Freeland-Ballantyne ’99 and Kim Rutherford ’01

LCS makes the cover of Maclean’s Magazine!

• • • • •

1st Boys’ Soccer team wins COSSA 1st Boys’ Hockey team wins ISAA Girls’ Rowing makes its debut Coed Track and Field makes its debut Jackie Clarke ’93—first LCS girl to win tennis gold at COSSA • On Sunday, October 28, world tennis greats, Ilie Nastase and Daniel Nestor, helped to celebrate the grand

opening of four new tennis courts The music of all LCS’ ensembles is captured for the first time on a digital audio tape. More than 250 individuals come together to share in this unique production




Duke of York ’78 starts the first Prince Andrew Cup Run at Fall Fair

Sarah Dudas ’93 becomes the first female student to reach the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Standard Award


Global Information Center Opens (later renamed the Duke of York Hall)

Athletic Highlights: • Davin MacIntosh ’95 wins gold at Canadian Junior Nationals in nordic skiing • Girls’ rugby makes its debut Concert Choir boasts more tha 100 members


I have formed a group of friends so close that although in a number of years I may find myself alone, I will never be lonely.


Fulford Debating Champions


The Residential Don program begins under the leadership of Susan Hazell. Pioneering dons were: Mike Adamson, Sue Albusamid, Mike Bain, Jody Bigelow, Sheri Eady, Beth Fleming, Chris Goodall, Helen Knowles, Dave McKay, Merala Pace, Mike Roland

• Erica Kagan ’94 and Andrea Osborne ’93 won the Junior Division at the Fall Fulford • Alex Rose ’92 and Liz Irwin ’92 won the Senior Division at the Winter Fulford

Athletic Highlights: • New Sports at LCS: Softball (boys) and Volleyball (girls) • 1st Boys’ Hockey team wins ISAA (for the second year in a row) • U-16 Boys’ Hockey team wins gold for the first time • Combined Male-Female Alpine team wins gold at OFSAA • Female Alpine team wins silver

Mike Chellew forms the Lorelei Vocal Ensemble

Moodie House Wins the Dubious Title of First Girls’ Boarding House to Catch Fire

First Coed Ondaatje Expedition Tracey Fenn ’93, Karie Gawenda ’93, Meredith Hendy ’94, Candace McCurdy ’94, Anil Patel ’93, Steve Patterson ’93, Crispin Russell ’94 along with Rudy Massimo and Susan Armstrong travelled to Kenya and Tanzania to take on Mount Kilimanjaro

Athletic Highlights: • LCS Nordic Skiers— Allison Collins ’98, Leah Bellamy ’94, and Davin Macintosh ’95—all take COSSA gold • 1st Girls’ Field Hockey Team Takes Home COSSA gold • 1st Boys’ Hockey Won the Division I CISAA Championship

Re-creati precisely Decembe the first p


The coeducational decision was transformative for the LCS community...I can confidently and proudly state that the essence of what makes Lakefield a special community to grow is safe, striving and eternal.

Construction is Completed on the Chapel and New Classroom Block (Social Science Wing). The Social Science Wing is officially named the Paul and Hélène Desmarais Family Academic Wing in 2003/04 Two years after its debut at LCS, the Girls’ Ice Hockey team crowns an undefeated season with an ISAA Championship

Athletic Highlights: • After a remarkable 24-0 seaso Field Hockey team along with Diane Rogers and Kirsten Joh wins OFSAA • Ultimate Frisbee debuts at Th as a spring competitive team

Irving Expedition photograph appears in the Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) catalogue

Online Learning Centre is Launched

The First Don to Become Head of School Arrives Struan Robertson was the Rashleigh House Don. Current faculty members, Libby Dalrymple and Todd Harris were also dons




On Thursday, February 22 at 4:00 p.m., the 1st Girls’ Hockey team takes to the ice for the first time

ation of a 1896 photo was taken at ly the same time 100 years later— ber 14, 1996 with descendents of t photo and others

Chris Hadfield visits the school, returning a school crest that he took into space. His children Kyle ’00, Evan ’03 and Kristin ’04 all attended LCS

Shane Smyth ’96 places 2nd in Persuasive Speaking at the World Debating Championships in Cyprus

With coach Bill Bentley, twelve individuals begin a successful LCS tradition of Girls’ Basketball at The Grove

LCS' Middle School begins a 10-ye as winners of the Junior School Pri the Peterborough Regional Science Fair. Bryan Goselin ’04 earns a position to represent Peterborough region at the Canada Wide




Athletic Highlights: • Under the leadership of coach Cameron Gunn, the 1st Boys’ Rugby team wins ISAA, beating Country Day School for the championship, something never accomplished before by an LCS squad • Coach Janice Runza and Assistant Coach Scott McNevan proudly see their 1st Girls’ Soccer team beat Havergal 2-0 in the finals of the CISAA championship • With coach Bill Bentley and captain Kalen Ingram ’99, the 1st Girls’ Hockey team became the first ever girls’ hockey OFSAA Champions with a remarkable 39-5-3 record.

Six years after the firs was formed at LCS, th Rugby team brings ho championship gold m

LCS opens its doors to its Junior school for local days students—the first ever coeducational grades 7 & 8 classes. Marling House is re-established as a junior house In the Upper School, day student houses become Armstrong House and Brown House honouring well-loved retired teachers Bob Armstrong and Katie Brown

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The Grade 10 Art Class along with Bea Quarrie, creates and installs Our Turn mural in the Academic Wing stairwell

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he Grove m sport Cassidy Richardson ’04 earns a spot on the Canadian Youth Sailing Team Lower Colebrook House addition and renovation is complete

Marilynn Booth Becomes Chair of the Board of Directors For the first time in its 120-year history, a woman is elected to lead LCS’ Board of Directors. Her son attended Lakefield and her daughter was a don. Ms. Booth comes with a wealth of experience in the field of education and was Dean of the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University at the time of her election. Later, she becomes the Chair of Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto and continues to support LCS in the role of trustee.

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Colours in the Storm Wins All Ontario Showcase of the Ontario Sears Drama Festival Directed by Greg McPherson, the LCS production wins two Outstanding Production awards and three awards for excellence in Musical Achievement.

80% of the Class of 2004 is offered scholarships to university—as of January 2015, this is the highest percentage in known LCS history

30% of the graduating class earns Gold Duke of Endinburgh Awards!

Athletic Highlights: • Mens’ Varsity Basketball team, coached by Bill Bentley, wins gold at CISAA • Andrew Leus ’03 is a member of the Canadian team that wins the 2002 World Junior Ultimate Championship in Latvia • Under the guidance of Libby Dalrymple, the dance program begins, culminating in the schools’ first Dance Showcase

Athletic Highlights: • Yoga and Rock Clim sports options • The Bob Armstron sized, artificial sur memory of Bob Ar

The Richard Hayman Gallery and renovated Bryan Jones Theatre are opened

The first spring play in the new theatre was The Farm Show



LCS holds its first Walk Around the World—a celebration of students’ cultural heritage


Jenna Habib ’06 wins the Calgary Community Achievement Award Youth of 2004!

LCS Stages its First Coed Musical Prior to coeducation at The Grove, Oliver, Noah’s Fludde and many Gilbert and Sullivan productions included females from the community. In these early productions, some boys played female roles

Lauren Allen ’03 and Andrew Parke ’03 become the first Co-Head Students

sroom, the “Girls of brought the addition perspective, the er of increasingly nion, and the added y for boys to show off ssive intellect.

Renovations and additions are complete on Ryder and Ondaatje Houses

Community Service • Robin Boyle ’03 wins the Ingram Award for Community Service by contributing an incredible 470 hours • David Hill ’03 and Alexander Lyttle ’03 pioneer the first Peer Tutoring program • Students contribute an amazing 12,471 hours of community service

Athletic Highlights: • Girls’ Basketball, with coach Bill Bentley, wins its first CISAA Championship • Mountain Biking is introduced into the LCS sports lineup

Science fair projects by Olivia Saccucci ’09 and Earl Sheppard ’10 are selected for the Canadian National Science Fair in Vancouver!

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mbing are added to coed

After 23 years, David and Susan Hadden retire from The Grove

ng Rink is opened—the fullrface rink is dedicated to the rmstrong on on February 11

Under the direction of artist Bonnie Thomson, the glass mural was installed in the Desmarais Academic Wing on December 13, 2007 Athletic Highlights: • Shortly after graduating, Greg Douglas ’08 represents Barbados at the 2008 Olympics and Canada at the 2012 Olympics in Laser Class Sailing • The coed Ultimate team, Supernova, wins first CISAA Championship

Athletic Highlights: • Jr. Boys’ Rugby team wins its first CISAA Championship • Sarah Douglas ’12 is chosen to represent Canada at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in the oneperson dinghy sailing class

The Northcote Campus is officially opened. The first Winter Carnival takes place there on February 28

Cooper House, LCS’ first Gold LEED Certified residence opens on November 7





Lorelei takes gold at MusicFest in Ottawa


2008/09 Nick Pullen ’07 represents Canada at the World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championship, placing 8th overall!

LCS Student Represents Canada at Horse Jumping Competition Victoria Seale ’10 represents Canada at the FE1 World Children’s Jumping Championship at Spruce Meadows in Alberta

Nicole Groves ‘93 becomes first female alumna to serve on LCS’ Board of Directors LCS students create the first edition of LCS Writes, a literary publication sponsored by the Grove Society

The first day of school gave us the feeling that this year was ours...We sat through Chapel Speeches of our friends, in awe of how much we have all grown up...We tore through the doors and raced down to the water. When we jumped, we left a world of experience behind us. When we hit the water, we faced the reality of the experiences before us.

The McEwen Gymnasium opens on March 5

HRH the Duke of York ’78 opens Hadden Hall, the Paul and Hélène Desmarais Family Outdoor Education Wing and the Phelan Family Learning Commons on October 18


ce Coeducation LCS Terrapin mascot makes its debut at Closing Ceremonies, courtesy of the Class of 2014


Athletic Highlights: • Jr. Girls’ Soccer team wins CISAA gold • Boys join the Rowing team—the first girls sport to become a coed team

LCS installs solar panels and signs a 20-year contract to provide power to the Ontario Power Grid


2011/12 2010/11 Sarah McMahon becomes the first woman appointed Interim Head of School


2012/13 The Class of 2013 is offered the highest total value of scholarships ever with $2,373,895 being offered to graduates heading to universities across the globe. 67% (68 students) receive scholarship awards.

Situated just past Andy Harris Field, the tipi was sponsored by the Grove Society, with support from the Marsden Circles to foster experiential learning about our region’s rich Aboriginal cultures.


The LCS Movember campaign wins the Wispy Lips High School Creative Challenge for the most creative Movember campaign in Canada

Top Year of Engineering Challenge for a Coed Team LCS received first and second place finishes in the team challenge events

LCS becomes the first Canadian independent school to install a commercial composter

LCS was represented by six torchbearers for the 2010 Olympic Games • Beth Idlout-Kheraj ’12 Wadsworth House becomes the first coed house • Susie Pearce ’98 • Tam Matthews ’73 • Michael de la Roche ’73 • Bilaal Rajan ’13 • Laurence Brennan ’09

The LCS Terrapin logo is revealed! The first Harkness classroom is opened to promote collaborative discussions

The Grove Roots Mentoring Program launches on October 17 The 1st Girls’ Volleyball team wins CISAA Gold for the first time

After a communitywide vote, our terrapin mascot is named!

LCS celebrates 25 years of coeducation at a special sold-out event in Toronto in May.

ABOVE, top to bottom (L-R): Katie Uhlmann ’05 entertains the audience as Master of Ceremonies; Former Heaad of School David Hadden shares the story of transitioning to coeducation; Kim Little ’53, Chair of the Board at the time of the coeducation decision in 1987, is recognized for his leadership; LCS students and staff members who were at the school in the first year, 1989/90.

Coeducation and 21st Century Learning The late 20th century was an era marked by major

the educational landscape, there has been a small

strides forward for equality in education: women

explosion of new single sex schools and classes,

attended university in unprecedented numbers, and

particularly in the U.S.

began to establish their presence in some programs that were seen as traditional male courses of study. A 2012 report by Status of Women Canada (http://bit. ly/womenincanada) notes that women now make up the majority of the people on university campuses in Canada, and have been the majority of the population graduating from full-time undergraduate education since the 1990s. The LCS move to coeducation, then, was fully in synch with its time, and indeed helped to make this move toward greater equality possible. By the second decade of the 21st century, however, concerns different from advancing the achievements of women are arising. Key educational researchers such as Leonard Sax (Why Gender Matters, Girls on the

The jury is out on whether there is solid scientific evidence to support clearly this increase in singlesex offerings. A 2014 meta-analysis published by the American Psychological Association concludes that “there is little evidence of an advantage” for either girls or boys in single-sex schooling, although there are smaller studies that support advantages for particular types of students in particular subjects ( journals/releases/bul-a0035740.pdf). Meanwhile, the notion of gender itself is becoming less fixed, as we come to a deeper understanding of the capacity of the brain to learn and grow: perhaps we are not as “hard-wired” into gender as we assume.

Edge, Boys Adrift) are asking questions about what is

Ultimately, coeducation and single-sex education are

now seen as a gender achievement gap. Why do girls

both great options for students, providing different

outperform boys in certain subjects? Why are there

challenges and experiences. As LCS moves through

more girls than boys attending university? Are there

the 21st century, the challenge will be to continue to

significant neurological differences between the

ensure that the gender gap in the wider world is not a

genders and if so, could single-sex education, either

gender gap for LCS students, and that our graduates

in schools or in key subjects, help to close the gap?

have the potential to enter, and succeed in, their

In response, there has been a resurgence of interest

chosen field of study.

in single sex schools that could offer the possibility of an education oriented to the learning needs of a


specific gender. Although coed schools still dominate

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The Andy Harris Cup: Grove Golf Tournament The good ol’ Grove Spirit was alive and well on Thursday, June 18 at the Peterborough Golf & Country Club for the Andy Harris Cup: Grove Golf Tournament. This year’s winning team, Tony Harris ’82, Ron Pearson ’82 and Duncan Alexander ’82, were presented their trophies and the LCS version of the “green jacket” by Tournament Chair Andrew Parke ’03. Faculty member, Richard Life was presented with an New Location! Oakridge Golf Club, Port Perry

honourary Green Jacket in recognition of his retirement from LCS (p.12). 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, Sheila Alexander, Tim Bell ’00, Jennifer Horrigan ’99, Mark Soder ’00, Tyler Bishop ’08, Keith Rasmus, Emma Vouk ’08, Meaghan Blodgett, Tracey Blodgett and Kim Garland) and to all of our tournament sponsors.

19th Hole Bloom Field Landscape & Design

Power Carts Ellwood Hamilton

Putting Competition Holdun Investment Partners

Skill Hole The MacKenzie Family Jason McKague '04 & The Parke Family Grove Society

Hole Aramark Chemong Home Hardware Building Centre Class of 2000 Class of 2014 David Forest Financial Services Ltd. Grove Society Hendren Funeral Home

The Hickey Family Holiday Ford Kawartha Lakes Construction Leons Peterborough The McCain Family The Morris & Ault Families The Scrocchi Family The Soder Family WB White Insurance

Sunscreen Sponsor Uvalux International Inc.

Auction and Raffle Cabot Links Canoe and Paddle Celtic Connection Costco Erin Crowley ‘03 Euphoria Wellness Spa Happenstance Books and Yarn Hi Ho Silver Tony Harris ‘02

Holdun Investment Partners The Jan Family Jack's Family Restaurant Judith Van Bastelaar Kawartha Lakes Construction Catherine Kirk Chiropractor Lakefield Lakefield College School Lakefield Flowers and Gifts Lakefield Home Hardware Lakefield Restaurant Lakefield Vision Care Terry Lamont The Lehman Family Lockside Trading Millbank Trading Mom's Closet Newell Rubbermaid NHL OT Group Peterborough Landscape Supply Pizza Hut Rare Grill House

Bill Reddick ‘77 Republic Live Seventh Generation Stewart Group Sticklings Stone Willow Inn Stoney Lake Wellness Stuff The Quarry Golf Club Tim Horton's Tony's Club House Toronto Blue Jays Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Raptors Twitter University of Toronto Continuing Education Van Gogh Flowers Village Inn Village Pet Food Village Pharmacy Sandra Welch Wildfire Golf Club

ABOVE (L-R) Duncan Alexander ‘82, Richard Life, Tony Harris ‘82 and Andrew Parke ‘03. Grove News Summer/Fall 2015 | 27

THE HEPBURN ALUMNI CHALLENGE We’ve Hit 40% Participation—Best in Canada! This past school year, our alumni community achieved something that no educational institution in Canada has ever done before: we reached 40% alumni donor participation. Driven by an inspiring gift incentive offer from Jane and

the globe, this dedicated team convened on numerous

John Hepburn ’68, the Hepburn Alumni Challenge set

occasions—with some joining face-to-face and others

out to transform alumni donor participation at LCS.

by teleconference—to offer their invaluable input into

Grove alumni rallied in unprecedented numbers to

program strategy and to share best practices.

answer the Hepburns’ call, with every alumni gift triggering a $400 gift from the Hepburns this year and qualifying for a total of $3,000 in incentives over the five year term of the program.

The result? We have quadrupled our typical alumni donor participation rate to an astounding 40%, establishing LCS as the decisive alumni participation leader in Canada. We have raised more than $3.7 million in gift

While individual alumni can direct their gift to any area

commitments and built a bursary that will fund count-

of need at LCS, the Hepburns’ gift is being allocated

less deserving young people at LCS for generations to

to establish the Hepburn Alumni Challenge Bursary.

come. See “Strength in Numbers” (opposite) to appre-

This endowed bursary is awarded annually to deserving

ciate the variety of dimensions on which this program

students from alumni families who, due to financial

has had an impact.

need, would otherwise be unable to attend LCS. Once fully funded at the end of five years, this bursary will support 3 to 8 deserving students from alumni families each and every year in perpetuity.

The Hepburn Alumni Challenge owes its success to so many people, from the Hepburns’ visionary and generous incentive offer, to our team of devoted volunteer captains, to the vast number of alumni who made

The Hepburn Alumni Challenge is truly a program “by

gifts to support the challenge. The result is a success

alumni, for alumni.” It could not have succeeded without

story in which the entire Lakefield College School

the passion and devoted effort of more than 75 volun-

community can share great pride.

teer Decade and Class Captains, who worked diligently throughout the year to rally support within their respective classes. Despite spanning the generations as well as

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BELOW Jane and John Hepburn ’68 joined volunteer Decade and Class Captains and staff on August 12 in Toronto to celebrate the success of the Hepburn Alumni Challenge.









1970s 2000s





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1951 2015 1981 100%




1969 90%










1,102 handwritten thank-you notes mailed 3.5—the number of times alumni participants could fill the A.W. Mackenzie Chapel 144

families with multiple family members participating

7 alumni couples joined 100% of alumni staff participated

84% of alumni classes (63 out of 75) met or exceeded the Hepburn Alumni Challenge goal of 30% participation!







Alumni directed 40% of their gifts to the endowed Hepburn Alumni Challenge Bursary, to be awarded annually to deserving students from alumni families who would otherwise be unable to attend LCS.





Provinces / Territories

21 U.S. States 24 Countries




The gift that keeps giving

“Imagine your bequest helping a student who went on to make a

Just imagine…

significant change in the world!

...You really can make a

That’s why you want to support

difference, forever.

bursaries through legacy giving.” JOCK FLEMING ’74, MEMBER OF THE 1879 SOCIETY

With a charitable bequest—a gift in your will—you can make gifts to the causes

won’t be impacted and you can change your will and bequest at any time. Your charitable bequest is an expression of what you value and demonstrates what is important to you—your sense of place, your values and your love of Lakefield College School.

and organizations you care about most,

At LCS, any gift of $100,000 or more can

that will continue having an impact

be permanently endowed and may be


named for you or for someone who has

Bequests are the easiest form of making a legacy commitment. It has absolutely no impact on your assets or cash flow during your lifetime. Your quality of life

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

been influential in your life. If this is something you are interested in learning more about, please contact our office at 705.652.3324 ext 329.

The Bishop Family Fund In Memory of Darren Bishop ’03 with contributions from Cameron ’01 and Fred Bishop Twenty-nine years is not a lot of

this training, he began to notice

time to make a mark and leave a

symptoms and was subsequently

legacy. Darren Bishop ’03 did both.

diagnosed with leukemia.

In the footsteps of brother

Never discouraged, following his

Cameron Bishop ’01, Darren

diagnosis and during his treatment

enrolled at Lakefield College

over the next two years, Darren

School in Grade 8. He blossomed

continued in numerous activities

in the caring and stimulating

to raise funds for the Princess

environment of The Grove. A

Margaret Hospital, the Leukemia

strong student and an athlete,

and Lymphoma Society of Canada,

Darren thrived both in class and in

Canadian Blood Services and

sports, making many friends and


enjoying learning. At a time when many teenagers are reluctant to attend school, he eagerly met the

Sadly, Darren passed away in September 2014.

Candy Cane bus at the end of the

Darren lived his life confident

street, looking forward to every

in the knowledge that when you

great day at The Grove.

believe in yourself and work hard

At LCS, Darren seized every opportunity to expand his horizons. He went on an Outward Bound trip to Costa Rica travelling extensively through the country, while stopping periodically to help farmers and others requiring assistance. In Grade 12, he earned the opportunity to spend a term on exchange in Sweden. While the language presented challenges, he

to be the best you can be, you will succeed. He demonstrated that when you welcome extraordinary opportunities, great things will follow. That is why, when LCS was informed of Darren’s intent to provide a special gift—The Bishop Family Fund—as his legacy to future students of The Grove, it came as no surprise. The citation reads as follows:

jumped at the chance to explore

“Established by the late Darren

Northern Europe including

Bishop ’03, per the direction of his

Ireland, Latvia, Amsterdam and

final wishes after a hard-fought


battle with cancer. Darren, who

After graduating, Darren pursued a BA in Commerce at Queen’s University while retaining a

had very strong ties to Lakefield College School, created the fund to help a local student attend LCS.”

The Bishop Family Fund. The current goal is to raise $100,000, endowing the fund to be disbursed in perpetuity. This March, friends and family organized a fundraising concert, Debut. A fitting celebration, the evening raised over $7,000 while featuring performers such as Graham Bocking ’03, improv comedy troupe The Citiots, and the band For Esmé (featuring Martha Ramsay ’06). To Darren and his family, an LCS education is an extraordinary opportunity, and through his gift, as well as the gifts of his friends and family, Darren’s legacy will continue at LCS. Future students will succeed as a result of Darren’s

wide circle of friends from LCS.

Inspired by Darren’s generous

dream, and their education will

Inspired to give back to the greater

gift, many of his LCS family—

be greatly enhanced through The

community, he participated by

classmates, parents and staff

Bishop Family Fund—a gift that

fundraising and cycling in the

—have joined in supporting

will serve generations to come.

Ride to Conquer Cancer. During Grove News Summer/Fall 2015 | 31

The Military Legacy of Lakefield College School The stories of Francis Mackenzie and Percy Nelles can be found in John Boyko’s, Values and Valued Service: The Military Legacy of Lakefield College School. His work represents the first stage in a project led by a group of LCS alumni dedicated to preserving and commemorating the military service of those associated with the Lakefield College School community. Francis Mackenzie Lakefield’s first female student, Francis Mackenzie was a pioneer. She was the youngest daughter of Helen and the Rev. Dr. Alexander Mackenzie, Lakefield College School’s beloved headmaster from 1895 until his death in 1938. Her brother Ken had hoped for a brother and so he called her Billy. The nickname stuck. Billy grew up in the 1930s with the campus as her playground. Her older sister Win had attended a few classes at the school years before but Billy became a fully engaged student from Grades 5 to 8. Some of the boys were chagrined but her intelligence and sharp wit won them over. She was accepted as The Grove’s first female student. An enthusiastic athlete who excelled at hockey, boys loved seeing her Dad leaning over the boards yelling, “Skate, girl, skate!” She was captain of the Toronto women’s hockey team that, in December 1939, played exhibition games against a Montreal squad before large crowds in six northeast American cities. Her parents disapproved of her dream of becoming a nurse. When they were on an English holiday, the spunky young woman enrolled in Toronto’s St. John Hospital nursing program. She graduated with honours and returned to nurse at Peterborough’s Nicholls Hospital. ABOVE Francis Mackenzie being honoured for her work by the Governor General of Canada, Viscount Alexander, during a vist to the school

At the outset of the Second World War, as in the First, thousands of Canadian women proved that patriotism, duty, and hard work are not gender specific. They traded dresses for overalls and entered factories. Billy enlisted. As part of the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps, Lieutenant Mackenzie supported Canadian forces

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encamped in England. Her growing up in the rough and tumble of Lakefield served her well one evening when on leave. Walking alone down an inky dark, blacked-out London street, she was accosted by a young man. With one punch she flattened him, and then, nonplussed, continued on her way. Billy arrived in Europe in September 1944, shortly after D-Day. On the front lines through France, Belgium and Holland, she and her compatriots did miraculous, life-saving work under dirty canvas and in burned-out buildings. They endured enormous stress, little sleep, and were often under fire. When Canadian forces reached the Rhine River, engineers created temporary floating bridges and then, with the medical corps moving before the troops, Mackenzie was among the first Canadians into Germany.

ABOVE Grove Cadets overseen by Chief Lee

With the European war’s end, Mackenzie was chosen as one of four Nursing Sisters to represent Canada

first female student, but for the inspiration she provides for us

as part of the Berlin Brigade to guard the shattered

all to make the political personal while living lives dedicated to

city’s British sector. It was a tremendous honour but


she turned it down. Instead, she volunteered for the ongoing Pacific war. Atomic blasts silenced the guns before Canadians were dispatched.

Percy Nelles Sometime in the early 1940s an unknown Grove boy carved his

Mackenzie earned the French Croix de Guerre and, for

hero’s name into the library’s wooden windowsill: Percy Nelles.

having improvised a procedure later used by all front

Over the years, hundreds of boys reverently moved their fingers

line nurses, the prestigious Royal Red Cross Second

over the rough inscription in silent homage to the man who

Class medal. The citation read: “Lieutenant Nursing

inspired genuine admiration.

Sister Mackenzie was conspicuous in setting a fine example of leadership and overwork. As a result, the

Nelles was a Lakefield Prepatory School (as LCS was known at

lives of many badly wounded patients were saved.”

that time) student when the school was young but the values upon which it would thrive were already firmly established.

She returned to duties in Peterborough and then at

He was among The Grove’s most skilled cricket players and an

the Ottawa Civic Hospital where she was a palliative

enthusiastic member of its army cadet corps. Upon graduation

care nurse and night supervisor. Her professionalism,

in 1908, he joined the Fisheries Protection Service. With

compassionate manner and impatience with

the creation of the Canadian Navy in 1910, Nelles became a

inefficiency led to a plan. If Cold War hostilities

midshipman on HMCS Niobe. Promotions came quickly. He

resulted in Ottawa being attacked—a real possibility

enjoyed service in many ships and during the First World War

at the time—she would lead the region’s nurses.

at the navy’s Nova Scotia Head Quarters as flag lieutenant and

Among those for whom she cared in their final days

director of the Naval Service.

was Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson. Peacetime saw the navy shrink but his career flourish. Nelles The Grove community should be exceptionally proud

was captain or commander in a number of ships and served at

of Francis Mackenzie, not just because she was our

the Imperial Defence College. In 1934, he became Canada’s chief Grove News Summer/Fall 2015 | 33

of naval staff—the first Canadian-born and trained

expert handling of school’s fleet of canoes, cutters, and

to do so. Four years later, with Hitler’s mad ambitions

more; all directed by signals from atop the boathouse.

about to plunge the world back into war, Nelles was promoted to rear-admiral.

Nelles was reassigned to Britain where, as the senior Canadian flag officer overseas and head of the

Nelles had not forgotten The Grove. He played an

Canadian Naval Mission, he oversaw the Canadian

instrumental role in an initiative that in 1939 saw the

Navy’s preparations for the June 1944 D-Day invasion

Canadian Navy officially recognize the newly formed

of France. He coordinated 110 ships, 10,000 sailors

Lakefield Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps (RCSCC) St.

and 15 air force squadrons for the landing of 14,000

George—Canada’s only school-based sea cadet corps.

Canadians on the heavily fortified Juno beach.

Boys were divided into four platoons and a band.

Nelles retired from his storied career in January 1945

In crisp blue uniforms, they trained for a half hour

but maintained his commitment to The Grove. He

or more each day, learning skills needed to become

served on the Advisory Board and as Chair of the Board

naval officers. Nelles made many suggestions that

of Governors. The school community was saddened by

were incorporated into lessons that took place indoors

Nelles’ death on June 13, 1951. A number of boys took

during the winter months, or, as the boys called

a moment in the library to gently pass a finger over his

it, “below decks.” They also enjoyed five years on


Georgian Bay’s Beausoleil Island, knowing that Nelles had helped establish the Sea Cadet Camp facilities and program there. On May 29, 1943, the rear-admiral’s flag fluttered in the warm breeze as he formally presented new colours to RCSCC St. George. For their annual inspection, the boys marched and then demonstrated semaphore, resuscitation and first aid, bends and hitches, and Morse code. It was then to the waterfront for their

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For information about the alumni-led project dedicated to preserving and commemorating the military service of those associated with the LCS community, please contact Hugh MacDonald ’55 at BELOW (L-R) Chief Lee with Admiral Percy Nelles, Chief of Naval Services 1934 to 1944


VOLUNTEER * PARTICIPATE * SUPPORT The Grove Society represents and supports the social and volunteer community at Lakefield College School— combining the goals and interests of alumni, parents (current and past), faculty, students and staff of LCS—all within one organization. Our primary aim is to create a unique, welcoming and inclusive community that supports all of our constituents across the many stages of their lives. To build and strengthen relationships and networks across all members of the LCS community, the Grove Society organizes and hosts a wide variety of events throughout the year with the aim of connecting alumni, parents and staff, reconnecting friends and helping to develop new ones through social and formal networking opportunities. We encourage everyone to volunteer, participate, and support others. Please feel free to reach out to any member of our Grove Society Executive to see how you can get involved.

GROVE SOCIETY EXECUTIVE President: Ian Fung ’00 Past President: Rick Green President Parent Chapter: Cara Westcott President Alumni Chapter: Andrew Parke ’03 Secretary: Paul Pede Treasurer: Allan Avard ’85

School Representative: Tracey Blodgett

MEMBERS-AT-LARGE: Tim Bell ’00 Kim Garland Lara MacGregor Laura Slipp ’08

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Connecting alumni to the talent, skills and experiences of our Grove community The Grove Roots Mentoring Program provides opportunities for career guidance, learning and growth by matching alumni of all ages with other graduates, parents or friends of Lakefield College School who are eager to give back and share their unique perspectives and expertise.

My Experience with the Grove Roots Mentoring Program—Alison Corner ’07 Since the launch of the Grove Roots program, I have been a big supporter of the idea of Grove Roots and yet, I was slightly reluctant to join myself. Reluctant, I think, because I was unsure if there would be someone in the “roster of mentors” who would really be able to help me. I think this stemmed from the fact that since the start of Grove Roots, I had been hopping around different countries and cities, enjoying life, learning and trying to figure out where I wanted to settle down and start a career. I didn’t know which country I wanted to live in let alone what kind of job I was looking for, so how would anyone else be able to shed light on the situation? However, last year I finally decided to join hoping that with the diversity of students that have attended LCS, there must be someone who had been in my shoes before. I was just a few months into my second master’s degree (yes, my second), eight years after I graduated from LCS, studying in beautiful Barcelona, but feeling lost at what my next step would be. I didn’t know if I should return to Canada, look for work in Europe or head out on another adventure somewhere else in the world. Grove Roots became the perfect platform for me to connect with a fellow LCS alumnus who was open and willing to provide an unbiased opinion (sometimes parents and friends are not the most helpful) on where I should look to be in the future. James Hicks ’84, has had similar experiences abroad, moved away from Canada to have an international career and thus understood my situation completely. Although we may not have had a traditional mentor-mentee relationship since we have yet to meet in person, with James in Hong Kong and myself in Barcelona, our phone call and emails have been exceptionally helpful over the past many months. James’ experience made it easy for him to understand my concerns, answer my questions and provide advice only someone who has shared similar experiences would be able to. James’ guidance has helped me through job applications, interviews and even contract negotiations on an offer I ultimately accepted. I left for New York City in September to start a job as a consultant with Simon-Kucher & Partners. I could not be more excited. I am starting a career in an amazing city, close enough to home but still providing me with the opportunity to travel and enjoy an international career. It is exactly what I was looking for and I am positive that my connection with James through the Grove Roots program helped me realize it. I hope that my experience demonstrates the true depth and global reach of the LCS alumni community and motivates you to join no matter where you are in the world. 36  |  Grove News Summer/Fall 2015

Catching up with our Alumni BELOW (L-R) top to bottom: We enjoyed catching up with our alumni at the pre-1960s Old Boys Reunion, receptions in Toronto, Kingston, London, ON, the U.K., and at the Going Grove Dinner for new graduates on campus. We look forward to welcoming more this fall—watch for upcoming receptions near you!

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A PRIVILEGE TO SERVE—Ted Byfield ’44 “What I gained from the school, apart from a number of lifetime friends, is a mystical but coherent view of the role of Christianity in the affairs of the human race.” As a young boy, spending summers on the Toronto Island, Ted Byfield was fascinated by the harbour. Watching the variety of vessels navigating the water, he soon began to dream of a life in the Navy. Upon hearing of the highly praised Navy Cadet Corps at The Grove, Ted convinced his grandmother to finance his education. “It was everything they said it would be,” Ted shared. He arrived at the school eager to learn more about the naval corps, but he was even more inspired by the Chapel. He was fascinated to see how boys (ranging from grades 3 to 13), who were normally rambunctious, were actively engaged in the traditions of the church. The ongoing World War, with constant reminders in the form of news of the loss in service of old boys and former masters, further inspired the dedication to the traditions of faith. G. Winder Smith was Headmaster at the time, and a strong mentor in Ted’s life. Ted describes him as a “genius with the boys,” with a balance of discipline and nurturing of their adventurous spirit. When Ted decided he wanted to be baptised in the church, Smith agreed to be his Godfather. Ted shared, “What I gained from the school, apart from a number of lifetime friends, is a mystical but coherent view of the role of Christianity in the affairs of the human race. Don’t ask me exactly how I acquired this. It came partly from the hymns, partly from Windy’s occasional sermons, decidedly from Lorne Mitchell’s history classes… It came indeed from the whole ethos of the school itself—a vision that has never left me and I now realize that, however inadequately, I have been trying to serve it all my life.” Ted’s family was only able to afford to send him to the school for two years. They moved to Washington, where Ted’s father worked for the Washington Post as a reporter. Ted attended university and was hired on at the paper as a copy boy. He found the experience in the newsroom to be so much more interesting than studying literature so he dropped out of school 38  |  Grove News Summer/Fall 2015

At 83 years old, Ted is the president and chairman of SEARCH (The Society to Explore and Record Christian History). the first year. His father taught him how to write stories

More recently, his editorial credits include Alberta in the

and Ted began a career in journalism.

Twentieth Century (a 12-volume history of the province)

He moved to the Ottawa Journal where he met his wife

and the 12-volume Christian History Project.

Virginia and together they raised six children. Their

Today, at 83, Ted is the president and chairman of SEARCH

careers took them to western Canada. It was there, as

(The Society to Explore and Record Christian History).

dedicated parishioners at St. John’s Cathedral that they

SEARCH runs a daily Christian news service online

co-founded a private Anglican school (St. John’s Cathedral

( and is working to produce their Christian

Boys’ School)—the first of four boys’ schools they would

History Project for television.

open in Ontario, Alberta and Manitoba. Ted left his career as a journalist in 1958 upon the opening of the first school. All the schools had a focus on outdoor education— inspired from his days at The Grove. Ted and Virginia returned to the world of journalism and created the Alberta Report news magazine in 1973

Retirement appears to be a four-letter word to Ted. He shows very little signs of slowing down. He is slowly passing the management of the business, but his quest to serve the vision inspired by The Grove does not cease. TRACEY BLODGETT

and the British Columbia Report in 1988. Ted was a noted columnist with the National Post and Globe and Mail.

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LCS Alumni—Class News! 1960s Tom Welch ’66 and his partner Anne Lambert recently hosted a get together, at their home in Chester, Nova Scotia, with classmates Carson Herrick ’66 and Clark Kristensen ’66 along with their partners, Liz and Christine.


her little sister to her household of brothers—Hudson (11), Bram (10), Grattan (8), Athan (6) and Tyndale (2). David Ingram ’96, wife Kate and older brother Oliver welcomed baby Jack David Shaughnessy Ingram on May 5, 2015 in Toronto.

Shane O’Neill ’91, his wife Charity, and their seven children including baby girl Selah Ann

Amy (Bangay) Glynn ’99 and husband

The Farmhouse Pottery (Al Pace ’77) is

Matt welcomed baby girl Ellie Ruth

named in honour of the Rawling (Hugh

Glynn on April 4, 2015 in London, UK.

Rawling ’77) family’s farmhouse where Al spent quite a bit of time. Al painted only one painting in his entire life and it was discovered recently when Hugh was cleaning out the farmhouse after it was sold.


2000s Jennifer Boyko ’00, Matt MacIntyre and big sister Kenzie welcomed Anna Marie McIntyre on January 27, 2015. Ashley Poblocki ’00 and her husband, Chris, welcomed their son Stellan Jan

Michael Hope ’83 was featured in a

Poblocki on October 15, 2014 in

Quaker Oats commercial with his

London, Ontario.

Oliver and Jack David Shaughnessy Ingram, sons of David Ingram ’96

family. The Globe and Mail describes: “Mugging for the camera crew recording him on this sunny July morning, Michael Hope pulls a tough-guy scowl to go with the hip-hop routine he is rehearsing. But it soon morphs into a frown of concentration. His 10-year-old daughter, Lauren, is showing him up. The pint-sized dancer executes every move with precision. He is perpetually half a beat behind, glancing nervously at the unforgiving wall of mirrors. He stumbles slightly, wipes sweat from his

Clark Kristensen ’66, Tom Welch ’66 and Carson Herrick ’66 recently got together in Chester, Nova Scotia

Amy (Bangay) Glynn ’99, husband Matt and baby girl Ellie Ruth

Hugh Rawling ‘77, Al Pace ‘77, Donald Grant ‘77 and David Miller ‘77 with their recently discovered painting

Jennifer Boyko ’00, Matt MacIntyre and big sister Kenzie welcomed Anna Marie

brow.” Watch the commercial at (search “Quaker The Recital”). Ron Whetung ’83 was a torchbearer for the Toronto Pan Am/Parapan Am Games in Peterborough this summer.

1990s Shane O’Neill ’91 and his wife, Charity, welcomed baby girl Selah Ann on January 28, 2015. Fanny (4) welcomed 40  |  Grove News Summer/Fall 2015

Cameron Crawford ’02 and Christine

Celeste Eljan into the world on March 4,

Grigg Crawford welcomed their

2015 in Melbourne, Australia.

daughter, Blythe Winnifred, on Saturday, May 16, 2015.

Rachael Mason ’02 and her husband, Fernando Cortes-Nila, welcomed Gillian

Patrick Gill ’01 and Leith Higdon are

Crisabel Cortes-Mason on March 16,

proud to introduce their son Arthur

2015 in Peterborough, Ontario.

Allan Gill to the Grove community.

Ashley Poblocki ’00, husband Chris and son Stellan Jan

Arthur arrived on February 2, 2015.

Kelly (McCauley) ’02 and Ryan Fleming

Uncles Drew Gilmour ’03 and Christian

welcomed baby girl Robin Louise May

Gill ’16 are thrilled.

on July 2, 2015 in Portland, Maine.

Lauren Lobley ’01 has released her

Rob Hazell ’03 and Olivia O’Young were

debut eBook, A 14 Day Nutrition Reset:

married on July 25, 2015 in Toronto.

Nutrition That Fits Your Life, which is

They were celebrated by LCS friends

available to purchase online at

Jon Hazell ’00, Susan Hazell, Brien

Stelzer ’02, Brett Jackman ’03, Joe

Tom McLaughlin ’01 and his wife,

Turk ’03, Stephanie Wilcox ’03, Vera

Katherine, welcomed Henry Duke

Wilcox and David and Susan Hadden.

Mallette ’03, Emma Trottier ’03, Kyle

Thomas McLaughlin on March 1, 2015. Brett Jackman ’03 with wife Amber, Chenoah Ellis ’02 and her partner

welcomed baby girl Hazel Jean on

Cameron Crawford ’02, wife Christine Grigg Crawford and baby girl Blythe Winnifred

Tristan welcomed their daughter Anja

March 24, 2015.

Patrick Gill ’01 and Leith Higdon’s son Arthur Allan

Rachael Mason ’02 with daughter Gillian Crisabel

Rob Hazell ’03 and wife Olivia O’Young

Tom McLaughlin ’01, his wife Katherine, and son Henry Duke Thomas

Kelly (McCauley) ’02 and Ryan Fleming’s daughter, Robin

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LCS Alumni—Class News! 2000s Courtney and Kyle Turk ’03 welcomed a baby girl, London May, on May 18, 2015, in Ottawa. While on a tour across Canada, Jordan Vlasschaert ’03 and his band Shred Kelly included a stop in Lakefield at the Canoe & Paddle and at LCS! Shred Kelly also took the time to play a great set on campus while answering questions from our students! Siobhan Antoni-Bates ’04 organized the first Dog Days Half Marathon Run—a 5km and one-mile fun run / walk in the Freeport Lucaya Area, Bahamas. Adam Bishop ’04 married Michelle Churchman on June 27 at Trinity College School in Port Hope, Ontario. Adam and Michelle were celebrated by LCS friends, Syd and Pam Birrell, Tyler Bishop ’08, Alan Cundall, Chad Edwards ’04, David

Geret Horlick ’05 and Amanda NorekHorlick welcomed Kieron Thomas Horlick on October 31, 2014. Lauren Snider ’05 married Chad Rowland in Calgary, Alberta on August 22, 2015. Laura Bocking ’06 and Nick Smart were

Adam ’04 and Michelle Bishop

married at Camp Ponacka on June 20, 2015. They were delighted to have a beautiful day shared with so many friends and family! Luckily many LCS friends were able to attend, including: Bianca Bell ’06, Charles Bierk ’05, brothers Chris ’01 and Graham Bocking ’03, Sara Cooper ’06, Brooke Jan ’06, long-time LCS clothing suppliers Sally and Dan Joyce, Jen McCreary, Sarah and Bruce McMahon, Fiona McNestry ’06, Gill McRae ’06, Martha Ramsay ’06, Leslie Schumacher ’06, Sarah Thompson ’06

Casey McLeod ’04 and husband James Elmslie

and Mike Vander Doelen.

Ingram ’96, Kelsey Ingram ’04, Brett Jan ’04, Ally and Peter O’Grady, Steve Patterson ’93, Janice and John Runza, Leslie Schumacher ’06, Lianne Schumacher ’05, Shane Smyth ’96, Eric Uhlmann ’04 and Mike Vander Doelen. Casey McLeod ’04 and James Elmslie were married on August 15, 2015 in Quebec. Hilary Coburn ’05 has moved north,

Kyle Turk ’03 with daughter London

Corey Allison Dean ’05 and Geoffrey Alexander MacGregor’s wedding

Jordan Vlasschaert ’03 and his band Shred Kelly with LCS students Maggie Thompson ’16, Emily Nie ’16, Skye Nadon ’16 and Fiona Murray ’16

Geret ’05, Amanda and baby Kieron Horlick

where she has begun teaching in Pelly Crossing, Yukon. It is home to the Northern Tutchone and Selkirk First Nation people and is three and a half hours north of Whitehorse. Hilary will be teaching grades 6, 7 and 8. Corey Allison Dean ’05 and Geoffrey Alexander MacGregor were married on August 22, 2015 at Thunder Beach, Ontario. Corey and Geoffrey were celebrated by LCS friends Vienna Thurlbeck ’05 (bridesmaid) and Ian Ross ’05.

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Derek and Erica (Allingham)

Christopher Courtis ’12 swam for Barbados

Darnbrough ’07 welcomed a baby girl,

in the Pan Games in Toronto, ON.

Addley Joy, on March 20, 2015. Sarah Douglas ’12 has been named to Team Jaeger Robertson ’07 was the poster

Canada’s Sailing team.

boy for BMO Harris’ postseason campaign for the Chicago Blackhawks

Natalie Green ’13 received her Gold Duke

and made the local news when his

of Edinburgh Award this summer from

girlfriend surprised him with center ice

Princess Anne in Montreal, Quebec.

tickets to Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. Lauren Snider ’05 and husband Chad Rowland

Junior Rowing team this summer at the Kyle Kralik ’08 married Laura Manson

World Rowing Junior Championships in Rio

on July 11, 2014 in St. Magnus Cathedral

de Janeiro, Brazil where his quad sculls

in Orkney, Scotland.

team won the B Final.

Iain MacKenzie ’11 competed in July at


the 2015 World Under 23 Ultimate

Amy Moore (faculty), husband Matt and big

Championships in London, UK. Jessica Burns ’12 spent most of last year

Laura Bocking ’06 and husband Nick Smart

Trevor Jones ’15 competed on the Canada

brother Ryan (2) welcomed baby boy Joshua on May 7, 2015.

travelling around the world with her

Kate Griffin (Health Centre), husband Paul

sisters Amanda Burns and Laura

and big sister Reid Isabel (3) welcomed

Burns ’10. Jessica reflected on her year

baby girl Ryan Evelyn on March 3, 2015 in

abroad and was published online at

Peterborough, Ontario.

Alaina Robertson (faculty) married Brad Connelly on May 30, 2015 in Toronto, ON.

Erica (Allingham) ’07, husband Derek and baby girl Addley Darnbrough

Natalie Green ’13 received her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award from Princess Anne

Ryan Evelyn Griffin, daughter of Kate Griffin

Kyle Kralik ’08 and wife Laura Manson

Amy Moore’s sons: Ryan and baby Joshua

Alaina Robertson and husband Brad Connelly

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In Memory of Bob Goebel (1939 - 2015) On April 22, 2015, the Lakefield College School community was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Bob Goebel, beloved math teacher, coach and tutor who was known to a generation of Grove students as “Bobby G.” Robert Kenneth Goebel was born in Spruce Grove, Alberta on November 25, 1939. His three children, Patrick, Allison and Beth, smile at stories of their dad as the family clown and trouble-maker, something that likely won’t come as a surprise to the thousands of students who were both educated and entertained in Bob’s math classes over the years. What those who only knew Bob much later in life may be surprised at is, that as a young man, he was a gifted athlete. The diminutive left-winger for the Western Hockey League’s Edmonton Oil Kings helped propel the team to the 1960 Memorial Cup final at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens. Unfortunately, an injury cut Bob’s hockey career short so he and his new wife, Anne Miller of Edmonton, whom he married in 1960, moved to Port Hope, Ontario where Bob assumed his first teaching position at Trinity College School. In the words of his kids, their dad was “both a brain and a jock, as he earned both his Bachelors and Masters degrees along the way.” A move to Timmins, Ontario followed in the late 1970s, but it was not until he accepted a position as a math teacher and hockey coach at Lakefield College School in November of 1983 that his family says Bob felt truly at home. In their words, “he adored the school, the staff and the students.” And there was no doubt that the feeling was mutual. With his razor sharp wit, Bob’s one-liners were always delivered with a twinkle in his eye, and he became a muchloved teacher, coach and colleague. As such, Bobby G. was a favourite subject of Christmas party skits and he seemed to enjoy the attention. On one occasion, Bob delighted the audience as a dancer in Richard Hayman’s expertly choreographed rendition of the Beach Boys’ California Girls, while in another memorable skit, an aging Bobby G. brought the house down when he was lowered to the stage from the theatre catwalk dressed as an angel. Bob remained a fixture on staff at The Grove until his retirement in 2005, and, in fact, continued to share his love for both teaching and LCS by serving as a private math tutor up until just a couple of years ago. In addition to his children, Patrick, Allison and Beth, Bob is survived by his grandchildren Jennifer, Adriane, Gabriel and Aidan, as well as great-granddaughter Anne. On April 26, his family, friends, colleagues and former students gathered for a celebration of Bob’s life at Lakefield College School. It was an afternoon of fellowship and the sharing of fond memories, of a man who touched the lives of so many during a teaching career that spanned more than forty years, and especially during his twenty-two years at The Grove. GERRY BIRD

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Remembering Rosalind Barker (1935-2015) On July 15, 2015, the Grove Family lost one of the finest people it has ever had. Rosalind Barker, born in Lumberton, North Carolina, did her undergraduate work at the University of Virginia in Richmond. She then went on to Yale University where she earned her PhD in English. Upon winning a Fulbright Scholarship to the University of Southampton, she moved to the U.K. where she met her husband, John. Fortunately for Lakefield College School, John was hired to teach History at Trent University, which brought Rosalind to the area in 1972. At first she taught at Victoria College, University of Toronto, then she began teaching English at LCS. Soon her students realized what a great intellect was in front of them. David Miller ’77 said, “When I was at The Grove in the 1970s, there were a number of charismatic teachers. All of them were men, and usually involved in sports, the outdoors, or drama; sometimes all three. There was one exception: Rosalind Barker, a woman and an academic. This was a challenge for us boys when she arrived in 1974, because we didn’t quite know what to make of her. But we soon learned—she was a fair but tough teacher who demanded and expected the best out of you. In addition to her superb English teaching, Dr. Barker was the person who suggested I apply to Harvard. It never would have occurred to me, and I have so benefited from that experience. She was an exacting, but empathetic teacher, and a wonderful mentor. She is very much missed.” Besides being a superb teacher, she was also a mother of three boys, Randal ’83, Piers ’87 and Crispin ’92, who have all done extremely well. In her first years working in the Guidance Department, Rosalind helped students with university selection, introducing them to programs all over the world. When it became a much larger department, I had the privilege of working with her and I learned a great deal from her. She always believed in the students and instilled confidence in them. Martin Aass ’83 shared, “Dr. Barker had a giant (and excellent) influence on my life...and on the lives of the many students she taught. I think of her often: how she encouraged me to think differently, how she made intellectual activity colourful and exciting rather than arcane, and mostly how she believed in me. There have been several times in my life when I have thought that I should really do better...because Dr. Barker would expect me to be great! It was this last quality that made Rosalind Barker such a heavyweight at The Grove. Learning how to think critically or communicate concisely are profoundly valuable, but when a person believes in himself—even expects greatness of himself—look out! Dr. Barker will be missed by many grateful alumni. Her positive and inspiring influences will be missed by students still to come.” She was also an athlete, training as a runner, and more than once did the around the lake half marathon. She also coached the cross country team. Our family had the privilege of meeting up with Rosalind and the boys on a couple of March breaks in South Carolina. When she crossed the Mason Dixon Line, her soft southern accent broadened and the word “grits” became a two syllable word. A great sense of humour and a love of life defined her. Rosalind will be remembered by her students and colleagues as a kind, intelligent, hard working, fair and caring person. DOC MCCUBBIN

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In Our Memories Robin Wood ’44 on January 5, 2015 in Ilkley, W

Ramona Stevenson on May 9, 2015 in Toronto, ON.

Yorks, U.K.

Mother of Tom Stevenson ’78, Grandmother of

Donald Cameron ’50 on February 12, 2015 in Peterborough, ON Lawrence Hess on April 10, 2015 in Toronto, ON. Father of Jonathan Hess ’91. Patricia (Patsy) Fleming on April 19, 2015 in

Nick Barbaro ’07 and Brandon Barbaro ’04. Shelly Seabrooke on June 22, 2015 in Peterborough. Mother of Scott Seabrooke ’06. Rosalind Barker on July 15, 2015. Mother to Randal ’83, Piers ’87 and Crispin ’92.

Kingston, ON. Wife of Bob Fleming ’43, sister of

Sharon Bell on June 26, 2015 in Peterborough. Wife

Michael Beeman ’47 and sister-in-law to Louis

of Stewart Bell ’70 and Mother of Tim Bell ’00.

Fleming ’43 (predeceased). Bob Goebel on April 22, 2015 in Lakefield, ON.

Terry Clark ’51 on July 15, 2015 in Toronto, ON.

Retired faculty member.

John Wilkes ’40 on October 7, 2015 in Aurora, ON.

Philip Frewer ’40 on May 1, 2015 in Tsawwassen

Wilkes, Class of 1908.

Delta, BC. Brother of Fred Frewer ’37 (predeceased), John Frewer ’34 (predeceased). Father of Patrick Frewer ’75; Uncle of Matthew Frewer ’76 and Michael Frewer ’68. Elizabeth Ketchum on May 5, 2015 in Toronto, ON. Daughter of Jean and Hugh Ketchum (former Assistant Headmaster to Headmaster G. Winder Smith) and sister of Bob Ketchum ’49.

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Brother of Gerald Wilkes ’42 and son of Gerald

Coach and mentor Alan Wilcox on October 4, 2015 in Peterborough, ON. Husband of Vera Wilcox (faculty) and father of Stephanie Wilcox ’03.

Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2015 Fifth Row (Back):

4th Row:

Jeffrey Bryson

Denise Jiang

Denizhan Kocak

Marissa Wickware

Dylan Purves

Haley Ball

Zhibo Ye

Nimisha Shannon

Jasper French

LX Silver-Mahr

Michael Mackenzie

Dane Armstrong

Elliott Cross

Thomas Estabrooks

Laurent Lefebvre

James Alexander

Simon Burwell

Ben McShane

Irfan Abazi

Jia Gui

Nick Steele

John McConkey

Craig Stark

James Cameron

Trevor Jones

Derek Leung

Lucas Neuhaeüsser

Edward Tian

Geoffrey Ryder

Calum Cook

Simon Miller

Jordan Gillis

Mark Park

Connor McIntyre

Antoine Labbé

Andrew Heffernan

Taylor Burton

Adrien Vilcini

Marcus Engel

Michael Welch

Michael Betteto

Andrew Avard

Khalid Younis

Kaitlin Keating

Callum O’Hanlon

Allie Kosloff

Erica Armstrong

Rachael Woottoon

Marissa Evelyn

Ocean Saunders

Brooke Hamilton

Caroline Dupuis

Valerie Smith

Kana Hashimoto

Alexa Armstrong

3rd Row: Lea Chowdhury

Yi Cheng Kalia Micallef-Douglas

Front Row: Samson Tso

Riya Soni

2nd Row:

Winnie Chen

Emilie Norris-Roozmon

Alexandre Parent

Vanessa Smith

Juliet Gardner

Zach Bennett

Ilke Ersoz

Kristen Evans

Ryan Lind

Ariela St-Pierre-Collins

Jennifer Ower

Liam Chen

Emma Senkus

Bonny Wang

Jake Fell

Sammy Moody

Star Jang

Jonathan Florian

Charlotte Ensweiler

Michelle Hsu

Nikita Kuznetsov

Rachel Guierrero

Shelly Zhang

Max Finkeissen

Olivia Cui

Monica Scrocchi

William Henlin

Maddie Pigeau

Karen Collins

Jonson Xia

Greta Liu

Laura McCloskey

Jean-Baptiste Gault

Asha Trott

Katie Garland

Nicholas Laframboise

Victoria Godsell

Anne Bell

Simon Dell’Aquila

Emma Smith

Becca Garrison

Julianne Wagner

Asic Chen

Lauren Beckett

Mary Dunn

Carmen Melero

Taylor Watts

Noah Lehman

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