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Police Officer Daniel Tétrault, a 2001 WIC Alumnus, Talks to Secondary 5 Law Class Students – October 18, 2019

Police Officer Daniel Tétrault, a 2001 WIC Alumnus, talked to Mr. Fequet’s Secondary 5 law class students on Friday, October 18, about his role as crime scene officer with the Ottawa Police Service. Students learned first-hand about real life in law enforcement and the types of things officers deal with daily. Looking for fingerprints, feeling what’s it’s like to be handcuffed and learning about breathalyzer tests. It was an engaging talk by police officer Tétrault and the personal knowledge he shared was very much appreciated by all. Thank you to Mrs. Richter for keeping in contact with our alumni so we can offer these great first-hand experiences!

   

 

 

 

  

Students Learn First Hand About the Challenges Facing Indigenous People – October 11, 2019

On Friday, October 11th, Secondary 4 English students had the privilege of participating in a question and answer session with three speakers from Kahnawake who shared their vast expertise on topics pertaining to past and present issues facing Indigenous people in Canada. Their credentials are as follows:

Iehente Foote is an Indigenous Full Spectrum Doula. She is also a part of the Native Youth Sexual Health Network (Culture, Art & Land Based Research, Learning & Teaching), the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (Chair, National Indigenous Youth Council on Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS) and she also is involved with the performing arts as a Stage Manager, Costumier & Actor (Theatre, Film & TV; Kahnawake, Montreal, Toronto, New York).

Taylor Goodleaf (Mohawk, Kahnawake) is a Queen of Angels Academy 09 Alumni. Taylor has D.E.C. in Youth & Adult Correctional Intervention from John Abbott College, a B.A. in Human Relations, Applied Human Sciences from Concordia University and has recently completed her Master of Social Work degree in Indigenous Trauma & Resiliency from the University of Toronto. She has worked as a frontline intervention worker in shelters in Montreal specifically for First Nations, Inuit and Metis men, women and children. She has also worked as a Case Aide within the foster care system and as an Intake worker at Kahnawake Shakotiia’takehnhas Community Services where she will soon be transitioning into the role of a Youth Protection Social Worker. 

Tom Dearhouse (Mohawk & Ojibway) Tom was born in Detroit, Michigan to a Mohawk father, and an Ojibway mother. Tom left the city for the reservation life at the age of 21. Tom has a background in Aboriginal Social Work from Carleton University and has diverse work experience working as a journalist, firefighter, ambulance technician, and band council chief. Since 2001, Tom has been an employee at Kahnawake Shakotiia’takehnhas Community Services as a Youth Protection Case Worker and a Support Counselor. Since 2017, Tom has taken on the role as a Traditional Support Counselor with a focus on supporting former Federal Indian Residential School survivors and their families get through the claims process based on the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s recommendations. The community members he works with in Kahnawake includes those with mental health issues and developmental delays, besides those wanting to access Traditional Support Services. 

 

Annual Grandparents Day – October 10, 2019

WIC hosted its 4th annual Grandparents / Special Adult Day with Secondary 1 students on Thursday, October 10, 2019. This event continues to be our school tradition and one of the most anticipated events for staff, students and grandparents alike. The special moments shared between young and old sets this day apart from all others in the calendar year. Refreshments were served, family pictures were taken and tours were offered by the students. It was a memorable morning and all beamed with pride as they enjoyed their time together.

Choosing a High School

The journey begins long before your child crosses the school’s threshold on the first day of grade 7. Get the tips you need to successfully navigate the admissions process and find the perfect fit. Attend one of the 2 Free Information Sessions that are taking place at the Holiday Inn, Pointe Claire, 6700 Trans Canada.  English session is on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, and the French session takes place on Wednesday, September 11, 2019.  Click here to register.

Alumni at Rugby FISU Games

WIC alumnus (2014 graduate) and current McGill University student, Andrew Knopp, recently played Rugby 7s (July 5th to 7th) for Canada at the 2019 FISU games (International University Sports Federation) and the World University Championships in Napoli.

Knopp’s team played against Japan, France and Italy in the round robin tournament. Five athletes and one coach were selected from McGill based on previous tournament results and more specifically, the National University 7s tournament.

Andrew who plays wing was the only Quebec native selected.

Presently studying physical and health education at McGill, Andrew got his real start playing the game in high school through WIC’s rugby program, driven by devoted coaches Mme. Simard and Headmaster Martin Bailly.

As a token of his gratitude and appreciation to WIC, and more importantly the coaches for the launch of his sports career, Andrew will be giving one of the jerseys to the school to encourage future rugby players to pursue the sport after high school.

 

WIC Convocations – June 18, 2019

On Tuesday, June 18th, faculty, staff, board members, parents, friends and family witnessed 80 WIC students receive their high school diplomas.  

Heather Camlot, Class of 1989,  was the keynote speaker, delivering the message to consider what you love when determining what you want to pursue in life.

In the valedictorian address by Mackenzie  Lawson and Devon Levi, students were reminded of a very memorable chapter of their adolescence at WIC. 

The ceremony was followed by the traditional hat toss. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres were served in the beautiful setting at Le Crystal in Ville St-Laurent.   

Congratulations to the students who were recognized during the ceremony as recipients of the school’s plaques and scholarships prizes during the Honours and Distinctions segment of the ceremony!

Congratulations to all of our 2019 graduates!

WIC at G.M.A.A. HALO Race on Mount Royal – May 16, 2019

On Thursday, May 16, 2019, twenty-nine runners were part of WIC’s team this year at the G.M.A.A. HALO Race on Mount Royal spreading through all categories. Bantams ran 2km, Midgets 4km & Juveniles 5km. Congrats to our top finishers: Edwin J. (3rd), Mackenzie L. (4th), James G. (5th), Samantha G. (5th), Jenna C. (8th), Billy K. (10th) & Alison M. (11th). Also congratulations to our midget boys, the fierce WIC army (15 runners strong), who impressed the crowd with their almost perfect consecutive finishes between 22nd to 31st place. It was one WIC runner after another!  Many thanks to Mme Vien for her athletic support.

WIC Outreach Program – May 7 and 15, 2019

On May 7, 2019, Juliana S., a grade 10 WIC outreach student, organized, paid for and attended a field trip to McDonald’s with the students of École John F. Kennedy (Pierrefonds branch)―a school that participates in WIC’s Outreach Program. Most of the students have autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other forms of intellectual disabilities. Joining her on this outing as well was Sierra D. On May 15, WIC Outreach welcomed these same students and their supervisors. As a sign of their gratitude, they presented Juliana with a beautiful thank you card. Our guests and WIC students Juliana S., Nicole T., Jaimie L., and Sierra D., ate lunch and played on the field during senior lunch. A wonderful time was had by all. Many thanks to Mrs. Segal for her outreach efforts and ongoing coordination of these meaningful and invaluable community events.

The WIAIH / WIC Variety Show Wows the Audience – Saturday, May 4, 2019

The WIAIH / WIC Variety Show, wowed the audience on Saturday, May 4, 2019! As with every annual performance, it surpassed all expectations. Heartwarming and unforgettable, the show was produced by our dedicated West Island College students, Jaida S., Alexandra S., Skylar S., Melina F., and Léa L. Of course, the stars of the show were the WIAIH participants! For the WIC community and their families, this annual event brings awareness to the mission of WIAIH, a volunteer-driven, non-profit organization that works to increase opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities or autism, to strengthen their families and sensitize the community. All proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit WIAIH.

WIC’S 2nd International Trip – Greece, April 2019

Twenty-two students along with three teachers traveled to Greece on a cultural and historical excursion from April 16 to 26, 2019. The trip began in Athens with a visit to the Acropolis museum followed by a venture to the top for a spectacular view of Athens, then to an old Roman Forum and of course, the Parthenon and surrounding temples. After Athens, the group embarked on their journey to three Greek Islands: Naxos, Santorini and Crete. They enjoyed quaint accommodations; breakfasts that included homemade bread and jam, local Greek cheeses and olives; a visit to a local cheese farm along with a “Greek night” at the owner’s private villa; tours of ancient castles and a visit to Knossos, the site of the myth of the Minotaur, and Crete’s biggest city Heraklion, a huge archaeological site that dates back thousands of years. The last portion of their trip included an overnight ferry back to Athens and the cities of Delphi where they explored the Temple of Apollo and Kalambaka with visits to the monasteries of Meteora. Thank you to the accompanying teachers, Mr. Fequet, Mrs. Grivas and Mme Baraby.  Memories to last a lifetime for all!

WIC’S 1st of Two International Trips – Costa Rica during Spring Break 2019

Twenty-six secondary 3 to 5 students traveled to the Central American country of Costa Rica from February 28 to March 7, 2019. Travelling to Costa Rica with the school was an experience that the students and accompanying teachers will remember forever. Not only did they leave an impact on the community by supporting their self-sustainable environment and by helping less fortunate children at a daycare, but they also got the opportunity to get out of their comfort zone and push their limits. Ziplining, surfing, white-water rafting, hiking and even salsa lessons were some of the amazing activities they enjoyed while visiting this beautiful country. They also learned the importance of supporting local ranches and businesses as well as their efficient lifestyle of composting, recycling and not wasting anything. Everyone came back home with many memories and laughs, not to mention new friendships with people they would have never expected. Thank you to Mrs. Johnson, Mr. Abravanel and M. Paradis for accompanying the students on this trip.

Annual Trip for Grads to New York City – April 2019

Our grads had an amazing trip to New York City from April 11 to 13, 2019.
They explored Times Square and Madame Tussauds’ Wax Museum where they also danced with their favourite artists. Our WIC students had an opportunity to participate in a “Live in Theatre” production where they had to solve a police case by interacting with characters on the streets of New York!  Also on the agenda was a walk through Central Park, walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and so much more! Many thanks to Mrs. Belair, Mr. Fequet, Mrs. Kiefer, Mrs. Krespil, Ms. Santamaria and Mr. Thompson for accompanying our students on this memorable trip.

WIC participates in the QAIS Public Speaking Competition – April 2019

It has been a busy month of April at WIC as Secondary 1, 2, 3 and 5 students participated in the QAIS Public Speaking Competition. Students composed and delivered persuasive speeches inspired by the words of famous Canadians. Top speakers at each grade level were selected to represent their respective classes at WIC’s junior and senior in-house competitions. Congratulations to all participants for their hard work and impressive speaking skills. Winners from secondary 2 (Annabelle R.) and 5 (Brandon R.) went on to represent WIC at the QAIS Public Speaking Competition held at Bishop’s College School on April 9th. 

WIC students attend the Montreal Regional Science and Technology Fair – March 2019

The 2019 Hydro-Quebec sponsored Montreal Regional Science and Technology Fair was held in March at Concordia University.  Attending this event were WIC’s Expo Sciences gold, silver and bronze medal winners.  Two of our students, Axel C. and Coby B. won an engineering award and a silver medal. They were also part of the top 15 projects out of 127 to attend four days of competition at the Super Expo-sciences Hydro-Québec at Collège Charles-Lemoyne (campus Longueuil – Saint-Lambert), in April.

Arsenic and Old Lace School Production – March 20 and 21, 2019

This year’s high school production, Arsenic and Old Lace, was a smashing success and very entertaining. A Joseph Kesselring dark comedy, the play featured some of the sweetest serial killers you’ve ever met!  Show dates were Wednesday, March 20 and Thursday, March 21. It was a directorial debut by Ms. Alessia Fasanella and all were impressed by the high caliber of the show and the talented cast on stage. Everyone concurred unanimously that every detail from sets, costumes, accents and comedic timing was carried off beautifully. Many thanks as well to Ms. Elizabeth Roy, crew director and Mr. Fequet for set design. From the leadership team and everyone at WIC, your devotion, passion and hard work have made us all proud.

All profits from this production are going to “Dans La Rue”, a Montreal based organization that helps homeless and at-risk youth. Guests were also asked to bring a non-perishable food item or personal care products.

La Soirée des Girls and Frères Fest ’19

Two fabulous events of empowerment and inspiration, La Soirée des Girls and Frères Fest recently took place at WIC and have set the stage for many years to come.  

La Soirée des Girls was held on February 22, and focused on the need for positive female friendships, setting goals and self-love. Just a few days prior to this event and to set the tone, female students were also invited to attend the screening of “Finding Kind” with their mothers at WIC.  Some of the highlights of the Soiree des Girls included guest speakers who shared their success stories (radio host, Natasha Gargiulo from Virgin Radio & Maddy K entrepreneur and event planner). The evening also included a pizza party, photo booths, self-defence, Dove video viewing and a stay real girls’ activity plus so much more!

Also a first at WIC, the boys had their own night at the Frères Fest ’19 on Friday, March 15. 7’ 2” former Harlem Globetrotter and guest speaker, Pascal Fleury, shared his personal story on the journey in life, his sports career and making choices. “Choosing wisely leads to wisdom”, he reminded our young male audience.  The boys also enjoyed a school-wide amazing race, bubble soccer, cooking class with chef Mike, escape room, casino, video games, 3D printing, board games, trivia, and lots of fun.

A well-deserved thank you goes to Ms. Alexandra Santamaria (girls night) and Mr. Anthony Suppa (boys night) for organizing the events.  Also, a shout out to all the volunteers who lent a helping hand leading up to and during the event.

Arsenic and Old Lace

The cast and crew from this year’s play production, Arsenic and Old Lace, would like to cordially invite you to come and see Joseph Kesselring’s dark comedy that features some of the sweetest serial killers you’ve ever met!

Show dates are:
Wednesday, March 20th or Thursday, March 21st.
The show starts at 7:00 pm, and doors open at 6:30 pm.

Tickets are on sale the week of March 11th at all junior and senior lunches in the main hall. The cost is $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

Hurry and get your tickets soon because they’re selling out fast!

Our profits are going to “Dans La Rue” this year, a Montreal based organization that helps homeless and at-risk youth. We also ask that our guests bring a non-perishable food item or personal care product if they can (shampoo, conditioner, gloves, tampons/pads, toothpaste, tooth brushes, and deodorant are amongst the items that are currently most needed.

We hope we can count on your support! You may not live to regret it. 💀