Syd­ney Academy hon­ours two achiev­ers, Olympic motto, and chit-chat

Cape Breton Post - - COMMENT - Fred Jack­son

When CBC re­porter Lau­rie Gra­ham ad­dressed Syd­ney Academy Alumni din­ner last Satur­day, she showed ev­ery­thing a jour­nal­ist must pos­sess. Her ex­cel­lent in­ter­per­sonal skills, her ex­pe­ri­ence in de­vel­op­ing and de­liv­er­ing the news, helped her en­gage the au­di­ence.

Gra­ham spoke about at­tend­ing Syd­ney Academy, her days at CJCB ra­dio and some of her ma­jor na­tional and in­ter­na­tional as­sign­ments.

When she spoke about be­ing on the front line, get­ting close, and re­port­ing on a sen­si­tive story, it got my at­ten­tion be­cause it was a cou­ple of week’s ear­lier that we re­ceived some com­plaints and let­ters to the ed­i­tor about the story and photo of a dead dog that had ap­peared on our front page.

A let­ter by Wendy Wishart of Syd­ney dealt with the sen­si­tive sub­ject of why dis­turb­ing con­tent must some­times be pub­lished:

“I have seen pic­tures and ar­ti­cles on the front page of the Cape Bre­ton Post that have tugged at my heart-stings about peo­ple suf­fer­ing and dy­ing in Haiti. The Feb.

Gra­ham, Christ­mas hon­oured

Did you know Chit-chat

Farside of me

Fa­mous quo­ta­tion

5 pic­ture of the dead dog, ap­par­ently left to freeze to death, broke my heart in a thou­sand pieces.

“I am not in­sen­si­tive to hu­man suf­fer­ing. But hu­mans can ask for help. Even in the most ex­treme cir­cum­stances, hu­mans un­der­stand what is hap­pen­ing to them even if they may not un­der­stand why. That poor dog died in con­fu­sion, not know­ing what was hap­pen­ing or why, and hav­ing no ex­pec­ta­tion of res­cue.”

The job is to tell the story with the im­pact it de­serves without sen­sa­tion­al­iz­ing it. We think we have done that with the story of the dead dog, which isn’t over yet. Gra­ham and Dan Christ­mas were in­ducted into the Syd­ney Academy Alumni Hon­our Roll. Gra­ham, the key­note speaker, was born and raised in Syd­ney. An ex­cel­lent ath­lete, she is mar­ried to Aca­dia Uni­ver­sity pres­i­dent Ray Ivany.

Christ­mas is the win­ner of the Na­tional Ex­cel­lence in Abo­rig­i­nal Lead­er­ship Award of the Na­tional Abo­rig­i­nal Fi­nan­cial Of­fi­cers As­so­ci­a­tion.

This week Christ­mas was guest speaker at the weekly meet­ing of the Syd­ney Ro­tary Club. He is a piv­otal part of Mem­ber­tou’s man­age­ment team, of­fer­ing sage ad­vice to the band coun­cil, and he’s also well-re­garded in the com­mu­nity at large. Con­grat­u­la­tions, Lau­rie and Dan.

Vice-prin­ci­pal John Bar­ron, who has been at Syd­ney Academy for an amaz­ing 42 years, did an ex­cep­tional job thank­ing Lau­rie. The Olympic motto is “Ci­tius, altius, for­tius.” Th­ese three Latin words mean “ Swifter, higher, stronger.” The motto was pro­posed by Pierre de Cou­bertin on the cre­ation of the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee in 1894.

Baron de Cou­bertin bor­rowed the motto from Fa­ther Henri Martin Dideon, the head­mas­ter of Ar­cueil Col­lege in Paris. Dideon used the motto to de­scribe the great achieve­ments of the ath­letes at his school, and Cou­bertin felt it could be used to de­scribe the goals of great ath­letes all over the world.

The motto was also the name of an Olympic his­tory jour­nal from 1992 to 1997, when it was re­named the Jour­nal of Olympic His­tory.

Cape Bre­ton­ers are caught up in the Olympic hype and some are los­ing sleep be­cause of watch­ing the Olympics on the tube. Plenty of for­mer Cape Bre­ton­ers are vol­un­teer­ing at the 2010 Van­cou­ver Olympics. Many are in­volved with se­cu­rity and are for­mer po­lice of­fi­cers.

RCMP Sergeant Marg Kings­bury, for­merly from West­mount, is work­ing in the Van­cou­ver Area Com­mand Cen­tre at the In­te­grated Se­cu­rity Unit. Her par­ents are Bob and Lil­lian Kings­bury of West­mount. Bob was a long-time em­ployee of the Cape Bre­ton Post.

Ger­ard MacA­dam, RCMP, a for­mer Syd­ney res­i­dent now re­sid­ing in On­tario, is the son of Stella MacDon­ald and the late John MacA­dam. Ger­ard is also in­volved in se­cu­rity.

Bruce MacDon­ald, for­mer RCMP of­fi­cer, now liv­ing in Ottawa, is a vol­un­teer at Whistler Olympic Park. Bruce is the son of Elsi and Alex MacDon­ald in Glace Bay.

RCMP of­fi­cer Ken Fraser, son of Glen and Brenda Fraser of Glace Bay, is part of the team that’s pro­vid­ing marine se­cu­rity in Van­cou­ver. Ken is sta­tioned in Yar­mount.

Have a good week­end, Peter and Mar­lene Burke If you pro­claim it and be­lieve it, you will ab­so­lutely achieve it. I can­not di­vine how it hap­pens that the man who knows the least is the most ar­gu­men­ta­tive. – Gio­vani della Casa (1503-56), pa­pal sec­re­tary of state

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