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