T-Day fare to take teen to In­dia

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier, Len­noxville

The food at Town­ship­per’s Day is al­ways in­ter­est­ing. This year, peo­ple lined up es­pe­cially for Bob Derby’s fa­mous sausages which he now serves up on Mid­dle Eastern flat­breads (they’re still le­gal aren’t they?), and for the au­then­tic African

cui­sine be­ing served up at the Global Ex­cel tent. Com­pet­ing with th­ese was young Clara MacKin­non, from Barn­ston West, sell­ing that North Amer­i­can favourite, the hot-dog.

“I’m go­ing to In­dia in De­cem­ber with my school, the Col­lege Notre Dame des

Servites, in Ayer’s Cliff,” ex­plained Clara about the rea­son she was sell­ing hot­dogs, with help from fa­ther An­gus MacKin­non, who manned the BBQ, and her mother Jennifer, at Town­ship­per’s Day.

“We’ll be leav­ing on De­cem­ber 26th and we’ll be gone for ten days. There are Servite schools all over the world, so we’re go­ing to visit one in In­dia. We’ll also be go­ing to con­fer­ences and vis­it­ing or­phan­ages there,” she added. The found­ing of the Or­dre

des Servites goes back to the 1200’s, in Europe, ar­riv­ing in Canada in 1912. In 1947, mem­bers of the or­der came out to Ayer’s Cliff and bought the White Gables Farm, where the Col­lege Notre Dame des Servites now stands. Ac­cord­ing to the school’s web­site, the ideals of the seven orig­i­nal founders, which have come through eight hun­dred years of his­tory, are the same ideals that the school aims to in­still in their stu­dents: com­mu­nity; open­ness and re­spect; ser­vice; com­pas­sion; and uni­ver­sal­ity.

“There will be five stu­dents go­ing, and the school’s di­rec­tor and his wife. The main ob­ject of our trip will be to meet Servite stu­dents from all over the world, be­cause it’s a spe­cial con­fer­ence. They’ll be com­ing from Aus­tralia, Ne­braska, Cal­i­for­nia, France…” said Clara who seemed pretty en­thu­si­as­tic about her trip. “I need to raise $3000 to go, to pay for my plane ticket, meals and ho­tels.” Clara and her fel­low trav­el­ers will also be meet­ing other peo­ple who have gone to In­dia in prepa­ra­tion for their visit. “For the next two months peo­ple will come to the school to talk to us about their ex­pe­ri­ences in In­dia. All I know right now is that I can’t drink the wa­ter!”

“I’m re­ally ex­cited to be go­ing be­cause it’s go­ing to be so dif­fer­ent there. It will be re­ally fun to see how the peo­ple in In­dia live. I think I’m go­ing to come back look­ing at life dif­fer­ently,” com­mented the young teen.

What bet­ter place for an eighth gen­er­a­tion Town­ship­per, as Clara MacKin­non is, to share their as­pi­ra­tions and look for com­mu­nity sup­port than at a well-at­tended Town­ship­pers’ Day. Let’s hope that, next year, even more young peo­ple like Clara and those young Ir­ish dancers from Rich­mond, will claim that spe­cial day as their own!

Pho­tos Vic­to­ria Vanier

From a fam­ily of 8th gen­er­a­tion Town­ship­pers, Clara MacKin­non sells a hot dog while par­ents Jennifer and An­gus Mackin­non cook them up in the back­ground at Town­ship­pers’ Day.

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