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From left, Lana March, chair of the “Building Our College, Our Community, Our Future,” campaign at the Algonquin College Foundation, Dave and Ann Trick, and Algonquin College president Kent MacDonald, and the cheque for $100,000 to the campus building fund, the largest in the college’s history by an alumni.
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EMC News – Algonquin College’s Perth campus has received the largest-ever donation from an alumnus, to the tune of $100,000. The money, earmarked for the college foundation’s “Building Our College, Our Community, Our Future” campaign, came from the Dave and Ann Trick Family Foundation. “This is the largest donation to our campaign and this is the largest donation that an alumnus has made to the college,” said college president Kent MacDonald in accepting the money at an event on Thursday, Nov. 22. “Perth has always been good to us and we wanted to give back,” said Dave Trick, a business owner.
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Former town councillor John Wilson recalled the very moment when, he believes, Trick made up his mind to donate to his alma mater. Back in August of 2010, he and Trick visited the campus to look at the architect’s blueprints for renovations to the campus. Walking around the campus, with visions of the architect’s lines still fresh in their minds, Wilson said that it made him “realize the value of this college to the community,” a feeling he knew Trick shared. “I almost felt overwhelmed. I was almost walking on air. ‘Wow,’ he said. ‘This is really going to happen.’” He spoke with Trick in the parking lot after their tour. “He was more excited than I was,” Wilson recalled. “And look at what fruit that has
borne.” Not only did Dave attend Algonquin, Ann also taught at the college, so the college is very much a part of their lives. Wilson reiterated that the Perth campus in particular, which, at one time came very close to closing, was “vital” to the community, so that the town and vicinity’s young people would not have to go away to the big city, and pay extra for room and board and travel. With those costs factored in, some students simply could not afford a postsecondary education. “These people have never lost the small town touch,” said Wilson, of the Trick family in particular, but the campus community in general. “You don’t see this often at large institutions. These people really care.”
“Our students will bene¿t from this,” said Lana March, chair of the “Building Our College, Our Community, Our Future,” campaign at the Algonquin College Foundation. “This will encourage others to support this campaign. While school sports heroes or “jocks” are sometimes unfairly painted as not being strong academically, MacDonald brought to mind the example of Ken Dryden (Montreal Canadiens goalie, Stanley Cup winner but also trained in law and a former cabinet minister), and former New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley. A former National Basketball Association player, Bradley ran for president in 2000, and was a Rhodes Scholar. Bradley is also an author, and this past summer, MacDonald read his recent
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book We Can All Do Better, which MacDonald called “incredible.” Bradley’s book used the “analogy of a house, a very appropriate analogy for a campus like this,” with its emphasis on the built world. The analogy stated that, with hard work, education, determination, and skills, people in the past were able to be socially mobile, and move on up from humble beginnings, riding an elevator from the basement to whichever Àoor they wanted off. “Some time in the 1980s, the elevator got broken and it got harder to get on,” said MacDonald. “We know that there is one way to get back on that elevator, and that is to go to school and get a higher education, to allow people of all ages to move up.”
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From left, Jack Taylor of Lanark Mutual Insurance, presents a cheque for $10,000 to Deborah Pretty Straathof, Gordon Patterson, and Dave Campbell, of the Ontario Farmers Association (OFA), accompanied by farmers Wyatt McWilliams and Harold Bateman, at the rail yards in Smiths Falls on Monday, Nov. 26.
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Hay donations pour in from western Canada to help drought-stricken farms survive winter By DESMOND DEVOY email@example.com
EMC News – Pay it forward and it’ll come back to you. Harold Bateman knows that better than anyone this week. The Tweed, Ont. farmer found himself at the Smiths Falls rail yards on Monday, Nov. 26, the morning of winter’s ¿rst snowfall, about as far removed from this past summer’s drought-inducing heat as one could be. He was waiting to unload a whole load of hay which had been sent in by train from western Canada. Several years ago, the beef farmer had been one of those who had volunteered to send their own hay westward-ho to droughtstricken fellow farmers on the prairies. “We’re hurting,” Bateman said, looking up at the towering yellow bales, set against the cold, blue sky. “I’m lucky to have it. I was ecstatic” with the news. One of Shakespeare’s plays was entitled All’s Well That Ends Well, and while it has ended well for Bateman, it certainly did not start that way
for him. “Everything started wrong,” he said. For many farmers in the area, the ¿rst cut of the season was not good, and as the bales were being wound together, Bateman had that horrible sinking feeling that their best efforts were to be in vain. “The day we made the last bale, the numbers were not there,” said Bateman. “We’re in trouble.” The English poet John Milton once wrote that “they also serve who only stand and wait,” and indeed Bateman too stood at the ready to help the farmers, lo those many years ago. “We offered it but we didn’t send any because they had enough without ours,” said Bateman. Now, with the generosity returned, Bateman hopes that this shipment will last until March. Like a warm Chinook wind blowing from across the prairies here into eastern Ontario, the generosity of fellow Canadians warmed the hearts of other farmers in the area. “It’s tremendous to see hay like this come in and the west supporting us,” said Gordon
Patterson of the Lanark Cattlemen’s Association. “They (loads of hay) are coming in every day…It’s great to see the western farmers supporting the eastern Ontario farmers like this.” In fact, that very morning, Patterson had helped unload hay up in Maberly. “Myself, I’m all right,” said Patterson. “I reduced my herd last year because I’m supposed to retire.” Like Bateman’s predicament, Patterson’s hay yield was only 50 per cent of what it normally is. “There were lots of others that had no hay,” said Patterson. “They were in a desperate situation.” These western grasses, however, will go a long way towards helping farmers continue to feed cities. “The more hay we can get to those animals, the better,” said Patterson. Farmer Wyatt McWilliams of Navan remembered the original Hay West campaign. “Times have changed,” he said. “It’s pretty heart-warming to know that the Canadian spirit is alive and well. The
guys in the west want to help. It’s farmers helping farmers. It’s a rural economy too. Everybody’s yields are down.” But help was not only coming from western farmers, but from the ¿nancial services sector closer to home. On this morning, Jack Taylor of Lanark Mutual Insurance was on hand with a $10,000 cheque. R0011760202-1122
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