A heavy day at Massey-vanier
Full hearts and a lesson in perseverance
The degrees of separation are few between Humbolt and the rest of Canada. Any parent who ever saw their son or daughter off for a bus trip; any hockey player or fan; anyone who has had to face the death of a loved one, struck down in their prime, can understand the grief of the Saskatchewan town following Friday’s tragic bus crash.
For the Massey-vanier High School community, the grief was very near.
Former Principal at MVHS (and Galt) Randy Maclean, moved to Humboldt years ago, and served the town as vicepresident of the Humboldt Hockey Club.
To show their support for their friend and former principal and the rest of the Humboldt community, and in memory of the many lives lost, staff and students participated in a ‘Broncos Jersey Day’ at school yesterday.
“To Randy Maclean and the Humboldt community, Massey-vanier hearts are with you,” was the message sent to Maclean, along with a photo of hundreds of MVHS students and staff wearing hockey jerseys.
While MVHS Principal Julie Edwards pointed out that April 12 had been named a ‘National Jersey Day’ in solidarity and support for Humboldt, she felt it was important to do a little something more, given the personal connection.
Maclean had sent a message to Edwards, which she read to at the assembly.
“Our collective hearts are broken by Friday’s tragedy,” the note read. “We will remember. We will honour. We will rise.”
The assembly was followed, fittingly, by a visit from the brother of Terry Fox, Fred Fox, who shared a message of perseverance.
Fox brought the students beyond the basic Terry Fox story that most people have heard, sharing more personal details about the kind of person Terry was growing up. Throughout his life, Terry was determined to accomplish any goal he would set his mind to, whether it were to make the basketball team at Simon Fraser University or run across Canada.
Terry’s original goal was to raise $24 million, one dollar for every Canadian (population at the time) to fight cancer. Today, the foundation in his name has raised over $750 million, and 34 countries around the world, inspired by his strength and determination, host Terry Fox runs annually.
While Humbolt and much of the rest of the country is currently paralyzed in grief, there is no better person to look to than the quintessential example of pushing on in the face of adversity.