T-Day fare to take teen to India
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!
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.