|From the desk of the LBPSB's Director General, Cindy Finn|
With the arrival of November, the days get colder, we turn back the clocks, and we prepare for the winter days ahead. In this report, I will share some of the brighter moments from the last month.
Light A Dream
Light A Dream (LAD) is a boutique in the heart of Valois Village that sells a range of candles made by LBPSB students in the Cooperative Education Program. The Cooperative Education Program provides young adults aged 18-21 with valuable work skills training and socialization experiences. The motto of LAD is “seeing the abilities in disabilities” and the store is a celebration of strengths and differences. In addition to making candles, students also work at the store helping to plan displays, selling merchandise and interacting with customers. At the beginning of November, LAD held its annual Auction and Casino Night fundraiser at the Beaconsfield Golf Club. The evening was a huge success, and it is heartwarming to see the impact this organization has on so many students and their families. I wish to thank the LBPSB community for supporting this event. I invite you to go by the Light A Dream store at 63B Donegani, to see the magic in action and do a little holiday shopping. Visit www.lightadream.com for more information.
Empty Bowls Event at Place Cartier Adult Centre
On a crisp fall day, a bowl of hot soup is much appreciated. I was honoured to be a part of Place Cartier’s annual Empty Bowls charity event. Each year, local potters in the area donate beautiful handmade bowls that Place Cartier students and staff fill with homemade soup.
On November 2nd, I visited Place Cartier and enjoyed a hearty bowl of moose soup, a recipe I was told is a staff member family favourite all the way from Newfoundland! Proceeds of the event went to On Rock Community Services, and I wish to salute Place Cartier for giving back to those in need. It is rewarding to see students and staff come together in support of a good cause.
Remembrance Day Ceremonies
In early November, we begin wearing the red poppy on our lapels to signal the sacrifice that veterans make in service to our country. Many of our schools and centres held ceremonies earlier this month to remember and honour Canada’s veterans. This year, Remembrance Day was commemorated in a very special and poignant way at Westwood Senior High School due to an important and historic local connection.
Since 1982, Veterans Affairs has commissioned the design of a special poster to commemorate Veterans’ Week and serve as a reminder of the sacrifices and accomplishments made by Canadian Veterans. This year, Veterans Affairs marked the 75th anniversary of the Italian Campaign of World War II, and the poster pays tribute to those 93,000 Canadians who fought their way from Sicily northward under very harsh conditions. The poster features a picture of Lieutenant Maxine Bredt, a young nurse from the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps who helped treat the sick and wounded in Italy from 1943-1945. Mrs. Bredt is a longstanding Hudson resident, and so Veterans Affairs came to Westwood Sr. High School on November 6th to pay tribute to her and present the school with a copy of the poster. The respectful moments of silence and the touching songs played by the students in the Westwood Sr. band were fitting tributes to those who fought for freedom and continue to proudly serve our country.
Education Professionals’ Week
Education Professionals’ Week took place across Quebec from Nov. 18 to 22. This year’s theme, “Changing the world, one student at a time”, is a fitting one as professionals who work in education are committed to making a difference in the lives of students. Having worked as a non-teaching professional myself, I understand the valuable role that Education Professionals play in our schools and centres. Our professionals from a wide array of disciplines work closely with teachers and administrators on a daily basis and provide valuable services in support of students’ academic, social and personal growth. I wish to acknowledge and thank all of our Education Professionals here at Lester B. Pearson for their dedication and commitment to public education.
Visiting Delegation from Nunavik
On November 12-13, a group of educators from Kujjuaq came down south to visit, share, and learn with us. The administration and staff from Pitakallak Elementary School, part of the Kativik School Board, were interested to learn more about our Universal Design for Learning and Deep Learning initiatives. I wish to thank the Educational Services and Student Services Departments for organizing and providing this rich professional development. I also wish to express my gratitude to Principal Shirley Kapitsky and the staff at Edgewater Elementary for welcoming our guests into their classrooms so they could see UDL and Deep Learning practices in action. Our appreciation is also extended to the Kativik School Board for our bourgeoning partnership and collaboration. We have much to learn from each other.
It is hard to believe that Term 1 has come and gone; it seems like yesterday that the school began. Now the countdown is on to winter break! Only a few more weeks until we bid adieu to 2019 and usher in a new decade.