The shouts, shrill shrieks and laughter were coming from WIC as the Halloween spirit was well underway! Even teachers and staff joined in on the one day a year where dress up is the order of the day. Some funny, scary and very bizarre figures, including ghosts and goblins, witches and spooks, were dodging up and down the hallways!
In honour of this year’s theme of RESILIENCE and of our past students who fought and beat leukemia and lymphoma, members of the WIC Interact Club, the WIC Student Council and interested participants from the student body recently walked to support the community of all those affected by cancer at The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada’s fundraiser of The Light the Night Walkwhich took place on October 19th, 2019, at Parc Jean-Drapeau.
It was an extraordinary event to be a part of and witness. Click hereto get a sense of the event’s beauty and meaning.
The WIC team raised over $1100 for this amazing cause. Congratulations to all participants and Mrs. Segal for her inspiration with the students.
The Sports Leadership secondary 5 option course students and the WIC Student Leadership team were proud to launch their first all school Spirit Day on Tuesday, October 22, 2019. This new activity, spearheaded by Mr. Fequet was all about boosting school spirit before the arrival of cold weather.
“We are planning to run 8 stations where the grades are split into their Houses and can earn house championship points. It will also be a day to allow everyone to wear their House T-shirts. We thought that some fresh air before the end of term would help relieve some stress for all of us”, said Mr. Fequet.
The variety of outdoor activities included handball, frisbee, relay race and flag tag. The Grade 7 and 8 classes participated in the activities from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. and the seniors started at 12:45 p.m. and wrapped it up at 2:00 p.m. That meant no classes for all juniors (period 3) and all seniors (period 6). A fun break for all in the name of school spirit!
Thank you to Mr. Fequet for initiating this event and all the teachers that volunteered to help as well.
Other upcoming activities will include a free dress day for Halloween with a costume contest in which the top three students from the juniors and the seniors will earn house points, and a sports jersey day on Tuesday, November 5th.
WIC recently received (August 27, 2019) a Carbone Boréal certificate from UQAC in recognition of its efforts to become carbon neutral. Originally spearheaded by Mr. Marsolais to embark on a legitimate initiative that provides carbon compensation credits to offset his personal emissions and become carbon neutral, WIC and the administration team has committed to do the same for its international trips since 2018. Mr. Fequet is now internalizing part or all of the carbon footprint of WIC’s student flight into the price of the trips. Furthermore, Mrs. Lauzière and Mr. Lisogurski decided that the Coffee House benefits of last year’s performance would also go into carbon compensation for the school. Carbone Boréal qualifies as a very legitimate initiative to create and provide carbon credits on the voluntary market. They respect strict norms, such as planting trees in areas deemed as “non-forest” (which means that without human intervention, no trees would grow there naturally), planting in double in distant areas to secure redundancy in case of a natural disaster and they monitor planted trees in the long term to assure that the carbon absorbed will not be released (sustainable long term forest management). They also work on permanent carbon sequestration research. According to Mr. Marsolais, “Carbon compensation and buying carbon credits are a good thing, but one has to understand that it cannot serve as a tool to buy our way out of climate actions. While planting trees and buying carbon credit is “better than nothing”, carbon compensation credits work hand in hand with efforts to reduce our carbon footprint!”
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!
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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, 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.