Sun­ny­side stu­dents think about fu­ture

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

Last week, schools around the re­gion or­ga­nized some spe­cial ac­tiv­i­ties as part of the sec­ond edi­tion of Hooked on School Days, the Que­becwide ini­tia­tive that fo­cuses on the im­por­tance of staying in school.

At Sun­ny­side El­e­men­tary, in Stanstead, the teach­ers lead dis­cus­sions with their stu­dents about the types of jobs they would like to do when they are older and what kind of school­ing they would need to get those jobs. The school will also be invit­ing peo­ple from the com­mu­nity, through­out the year, to come and talk to groups of stu­dents about their pro­fes­sions or trades and the school­ing they had to do to get their jobs.

The stu­dents of Mr. Au­coin’s com­bined lev­els 5 and 6 class each wrote an es­say about what kind of job they would like to have when they grow up and what they need to do to get there. While a few of the stu­dents were a lit­tle hes­i­tant to share their ideas, oth­ers have been think­ing about their fu­ture for a few years and were ea­ger to talk about it. Be­fore the stu­dents spoke about their ideas for the fu­ture, Mr. Au­coin asked them, “What does it mean to per­se­vere?” “Never give up!” they an­swered with en­thu­si­asm.

“I’d like to be a soc­cer player,” said Shawn Dolloff. Shawn is also in­ter­ested in be­ing a me­chanic and some­times helps his fa­ther work on trucks. Da­mon Flan­ders also wants to be a me­chanic. “I’ve wanted to be a me­chanic since I was lit­tle. I’ve worked on cars with my Dad,” men­tioned Da­mon. Phillip Langevin, who re­ally likes to draw, has wanted to be a tat­too artist for a long time. “I would have to prac­tise a lot and take lessons,” said Phillip. Marie Bennett, who also does a lot of draw­ing said, “I want to be an artist.”

Jor­dan Goyette wasn’t sure what she wanted to be un­til she wrote her es­say. “I want to be a sec­re­tary,” she said. “I’d like to be a horse trainer,” com­mented Cassie Smith who does a lot of horse­back rid­ing. Cassie knows that she will have to fin­ish high school and then go on to

The stu­dents of Sun­ny­side’s level 5/6 class, seen here with their teacher, Mr. and teacher’s aide, Mrs.

spoke about their hopes for the fu­ture, last Thurs­day, dur­ing Hooked on School Days. one of Que­bec’s spe­cial Cegeps to study horse train­ing. Ryan Strat­ton, who plays hockey now and is look­ing for­ward to the new arena, has set his sights on the NHL. “I would have to prac­tise a lot to get there,” said Ryan.

When I asked Corey Bennett, who has two cats and two birds, why he would like to be a ve­teri­nar­ian, he an­swered: “Be­cause you take care of an­i­mals.” Shelby St-Hi­laire, who ex­pressed an in­ter­est in such di­verse oc­cu­pa­tions as be­ing mayor of Toronto, play­ing hockey or be­ing a cook, ad­mit­ted that “if I was a cook, I could work at my favourite restau­rant: East Side Mario’s!”

Ale­sha Grimes would like to be a para­medic when she is older. “I’ve wanted to be a para­medic since I was a lit­tle girl. I saw my Grampa taken away so many times,” she ex­plained. Larisa Do­herty has also known “since she was four years old” what she wants to be when she’s older: a writer. “I want to write books,” said Larisa. Creed Warner has wanted to be a pro­fes­sional mo­tor- Stu­dents (l. to r.) Austin

and are seen here with the draw­ings done by teacher Tammy Mosher’s home­room class. cross rider for about two or three years. “I’d have to train, train, train,” he com­mented.

Teacher Tammy Mosher’s home­room class of level 5 and 6 stu­dents also wrote es­says about what they wanted to be when they grow up and why staying in school was im­por­tant. “Then based on their es­says, each stu­dent was given the out­line of a per­son to draw their oc­cu­pa­tion and we hung them up. It was a nice fol­low-up ac­tiv­ity for the es­say,” said Ms. Mosher.

Last Satur­day, the Stanstead Le­gion hosted, for the first time, the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion’s pro­vin­cial dart cham­pi­onship. “Our teams go to the cham­pi­onship ev­ery year but it was the first time that we hosted the cham­pi­onship and it went very well,” men­tioned the Stanstead Le­gion’s pres­i­dent, David Woodard. There are three di­vi­sions in the cham­pi­onship and one of the host teams from the Stanstead Le­gion won the Open divi­sion. The Ladies event was won by Granby Branch 56 while the main event was won by LaSalle Branch 212. Win­ners of the main event go on to com­pete at the na­tional cham­pi­onship which will be held in Aurora, On­tario.

Fourty-eight teams com­peted in this tour­na­ment which had a 501 start; play­ers didn’t have to dou­ble in but they did have to dou­ble out. Le­gion mem­bers spent sev­eral months or­ga­niz­ing the fundraiser which raised roughly $3,500. “I’d like to thank all the mem­bers and vol­un­teers who helped out, es­pe­cially An­dré and Cathy Roy of the IGA, Be­liv­eau and Comeau for lend­ing us a van, and Dal­las and Mike Des­saint for their idea for the tour­na­ment and their con­fi­dence that we could pull it off!” said Mr. Woodard.

In 1992, the Bishop’s Univer­sity/Cham­plain Col­lege Stu­dent Refugee Spon­sor­ship Com­mit­tee was formed. Heather was not only a found­ing mem­ber of this com­mit­tee, she was a driv­ing force. With­out her per­se­ver­ance and com­mit­ment, this group would have never got­ten off the ground. In the fall of 1992, our first spon­sored stu­dent ar­rived in Canada and to our com­mu­nity. Since that day, 28 stu­dents have had the op­por­tu­nity to come to Canada and be­gin a new life in a safe and se­cure en­vi­ron­ment.

Over the years, Heather has spent count­less hours deal­ing with gov­ern­ment red tape, to make sure that noth­ing was left un­done. She has never wa­vered in her will­ing­ness to do patently la­bo­ri­ous and un­re­ward­ing but so nec­es­sary work. As much as she is dili­gent, her real strength is her com­pas­sion and kind­ness. Her wel­com­ing and friendly man­ner im­me­di­ately puts these young peo­ple at ease and makes them feel at home. Heather’s work in in­te­grat­ing our spon­sored stu­dents into the com­mu­nity is end- less. A pa­tient and en­gaged lis­tener, she is there with a friendly and wel­com­ing smile and attitude.

Heather also spends Tues­day evenings vis­it­ing prisoners at our lo­cal prison. Her non-judg­men­tal attitude and kind­ness are very wel­come to peo­ple that may very well not have a lot of sup­port. She has also men­tored Bishop’s and Cham­plain stu­dents by en­cour­ag­ing them to join her.

She is also very pas­sion­ate about open­ing a Ten Thou­sand Vil­lages store in the Sher­brooke area, which is a non-profit Fair Trade Or­ga­ni­za­tion de­signed to ben­e­fit ar­ti­sans. Heather is also in­volved in Op­er­a­tion Shoe­box, the goal be­ing to give a shoe­box of gifts to sailors far from home, poorly paid and liv­ing in rough con­di­tions.

Heather has trans­formed lives in our com­mu­nity, not be­cause she is a chap­lain but be­cause of her deep be­lief in truly hu­man­i­tar­ian val­ues and so­cial jus­tice that en­ables her to work across all sorts of bound­aries (sex, race, re­li­gious sec­tar­i­an­ism, eco­nomic and so­cial class) with clar­ity and vi­sion that few pos­sess.

Win­ner of the Cit­i­zen­ship Award was Heather Thom­son (mid­dle), seen here with her mother, Joan Thom­son, and her daugh­ter, Jo­hanne Thom­son-Sweeny.

photo Vic­to­ria Vanier



One of the Stanstead Le­gion’s own teams won the Open Divi­sion.

The main event was won by this team from LaSalle Le­gion Branch 212.

photo Vic­to­ria Vanier

Noah Bishop Wal­lace Waller, Han­nah

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