A heavy day at Massey-vanier

Full hearts and a les­son in per­se­ver­ance

Sherbrooke Record - - LOCAL NEWS - By Matthew Mc­cully

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.

COUR­TESY OF VALÉRIE HÉBERT

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