Gerry Sam­son T.R. Leger re-opens at old Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion build­ing SEA­SON CLEAR­ANCE

Seaway News - - Election 2018 News - SHAWNA O’NEILL [email protected]

It is time for change. I am a Corn­wall na­tive, former City Coun­cil­lor and former Vice Chair­man of the Catholic District School Board of East­ern On­tario (CDSBEO) for 21 years, where I over­saw a $ 73 mil­lion bud­get.

As Coun­cil­lor, I would like to see the claim­ing of the North shore of the wa­ter­front and on­go­ing com­mer­cial ac­tiv­i­ties, as well as the de­vel­op­ment of Sec­ond St. at Pitt St., and Mon­treal Rd. at Bel­mont St.

There should be free park­ing in Le Vil­lage and free bussing for se­niors. I would like to lower taxes by bring­ing new com­mer­cial and in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ment, com­pa­ra­ble to Brockville. I would also ad­vo­cate elim­i­nat­ing fi­nan­cial sup­port for air­ports.

A vote for me is a vote for your friend at City Hall.

CORN­WALL, On­tario – Stu­dents were of­fi­cially wel­comed back to T.R. Leger School for Adult, Al­ter­na­tive and Con­tin­u­ing Ed­u­ca­tion on Mon­day, Sept. 24.

The school, now lo­cated at the pre­vi­ous Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion School build­ing, has 14 cam­puses across the re­gion.

In March, the Up­per Canada District School Board (UCDSB) and Catholic District School Board of East­ern On­tario (CDSBEO) swapped school prop­er­ties. The CDSBEO pur­chased the old Gen­eral Vanier build­ing where T.R. Leger was housed, and the UCDSB ac­quired Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion.

The of­fi­cial re­open­ing saw a packed gym­na­sium of at­ten­dees, in­clud­ing teach­ers and stu­dents, with a lineup of eight guest speak­ers.

“I am very proud of our stu­dents and staff for cre­at­ing such a car­ing cul­ture in our new lo­ca­tion,” said Sandy Mcinnes, T.R. Leger Prin­ci­pal in a press re­lease. Ac­cord­ing to UCDSB trustee David Mcdon­ald, the new lo­ca­tion is bet­ter sit­u­ated ge­o­graph­i­cally for many of the stu­dents and staff are en­joy­ing the bright, up­dated space.

“When you at­tend these grad­u­a­tions in June, you hear the heart­felt sto­ries of per­se­ver­ance and ad­ver­sity of in­di­vid­u­als to make sure that they can get across that stage and grad­u­ate,” said Mcdon­ald. “We have in­di­vid­u­als who are new­com­ers com­ing to Canada, learn­ing our lan­guage and set­tling in to our com­mu­nity…we put pro­grams in place to help you achieve what you want to achieve.”

Mayor Leslie O’shaugh­nessy, who pre­sented the school with a cer­tifi­cate on be­half of the City, ex­plained that dur­ing high school he could have never en­vi­sioned him­self as Mayor. At that time, he didn’t have an in­ter­est in pol­i­tics.

“My par­ents told me from a very young age, work hard and good things will hap­pen, so good luck to each and ev­ery one of you,” said O’shaugh­nessy. Founded in 1978, T.R. Leger was named af­ter Ro­saire Leger, the past SDG County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion Di­rec­tor, who was in at­ten­dance on Mon­day. Leger orig­i­nally ad­vo­cated for the school at a lo­cal and pro­vin­cial level. The school of­fers self-paced study with flex­i­ble timetabling and course op­tions.

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