Sunnyside students think about future
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.
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.
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