A select few students, accompanied by Miss Daryl Bambic, experienced the fun in learning and joined a community of leaders and scholars at St. George’s High School on January 20 and 21, 2017! This international program is one of the most exciting competitions of the year that requires students to apply their knowledge and skills in debate, writing, academics and collaborative problem-solving. Regional Rounds will be held across 50 countries this year for students ages 10-18. The World Scholar’s Cup may look like a competition, but isn’t one at all. It’s a celebration of learning.
During a special presentation this week, guest speaker Mrs. Rae Gropper (also grandmother of several WIC students and mother of two alumni) shared her family’s personal story and ties to the Holocaust in Poland.
Students and staff attended the Mindstrong Workshop on November 15, 2016 at West Island College. This was an interactive presentation led by doctors and residents of the Jewish General Hospital Psychiatry Department. The focus was on youth mental health education, sensitization and awareness to help break the stigma associated with mental illness. It was an inspiring, and informative presentation by Dr. Kronick and Dr. Allard. A final personal testimony was also shared by Emmy Zemel.
Our 16th annual walk to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) took place Thursday, October 20th. A little bit of rain did not put a damper on the the 5 Kilometer walk with WIC students and staff for JDRF TELUS. Stay tuned for final dollars raised!
On Tuesday, September 27th, West Island College hosted its annual Open House and welcomed over 1000 people through its doors. The energy in the building was positive and filled with excitement as potential students and their parents learned about the many facets of WIC. Headmaster Michel Lafrance addressed a packed audience about the WIC experience.!
Special thanks go to staff, teachers, students and volunteers (members of the Board of Directors, parent ambassadors and alumni) who took the time to help us put our best foot forward!
On Thursday, September 15th, the WIC Foundation hosted a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate the 5 Junior Hall classroom renovations. This was the first phase of many for the WIC Foundation’s Inspire Campaign. Michel Lafrance, Headmaster of West Island College, opened the evening with remarks and thanked all of the wonderful supporters of the Inspire Campaign.
“The impact that these renovations have made on the entire school community have been tremendous. With better sound insulation and natural light these newly renovated classrooms are now warm and inviting spaces. Students and teachers are excited and happy to teach and learn in these ideal learning environments”, said Mr. Lafrance.
With Open House set for Thursday September 27th, 2016 our CTV Advertising Campaign has been launched and features 60 second interstitials promoting Academic Excellence and more. Catch it at the tail end of CTV News Montreal (early and late night news on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays until September 27th.
On Friday, June 3rd, parents, alumni, staff and friends of WIC came out in support of the WIC Foundation’s first ever gala fundraiser Friday Night LIVE at the College. What an incredible night! The WIC Foundation is extremely pleased with the success of the event and is thrilled to report that $8,000 in net proceeds was raised for the Inspire Campaign.
It could not have happened without the incredible support of sponsors, staff and volunteers.
The Foundation wishes to extend a very special thank you to:
Headmaster, Michel Lafrance gets ready to take aim. All was in good fun as students and staff mustered up some courage and volunteered their presence at the pie in the face contest at the closing BBQ on Thursday June 9, 2016. A portion of the dollars raised from this and other activities will go towards the Montreal Children’s Hospital and the West Island Mission food bank.
Mrs. Myers’s and Mrs. Rolland’s theatre classes took the stage on May 31 and June 2. After working hard this semester to create short plays and vignettes (short plays on the same theme), they featured their talent to an appreciative audience of their peers. The students had fun learning about script writing, set design, acting, costume design, the sound components involved in theatre production and more!
The Secondary III plays were titled, “Happily Never After and Murder Mansion”, while the Secondary IV students wrote on the theme “Every cloud has a silver lining.” Parents, friends and family were invited to see the plays on the respective Tuesday and Thursday evening.
The WIC Foundation surprised the Class of 2016 with a luncheon on Thursday June 2nd in the Musacchio Learning Studio. The students enjoyed their special celebration which welcomed them into the next chapter of their WIC family journey as the newest and youngest WIC alumni.
On Friday, cure May 27, sickness the WIC Foundation hosted Homecoming 2016, order which began with a student vs alumni hockey game in the afternoon and ended with a cocktail in the evening at WIC. It was a wonderfully fun evening commemorating the significant anniversary years (5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, 30th and 35th anniversaries). Over 100 graduates, current and former staff came out to the cocktail reception to reminisce and tour the school.
WIC’s Juvenile Girls Flag Football team did it again. On May 31, they wrapped up a very strong year and defeated Beaconsfield High School in the G.M.A.A. finals. The score was 20-0. The defense and special teams came up big – scoring 2 of the 3 touchdowns. Helen Vitsentzatos was named the Finals MVP. Coach Christopher Merritt and Coach Brais deserve very special mention as they were integral in leading the team to this well deserved gold medal victory.
WIC’S Athletics Coordinator and Director of Student services (not seen in this picture) along with MVP recipients attended the G.M.A.A. MVP banquet on Monday May 11, at the Crown plaza. WIC also received the outstanding school sportsmanship award. Congratulations are in order as WIC has received this award two years in a row.
The Juvenile Girls Flag Football team defeated Macdonald High School on Thursday, doctor May 26 in the GMAA semi-finals. The score was 26 – 6! They will play Beaconsfield High School on Tuesday May 31 at 4:30 p.m. on the WIC Field in the Final Championship game.
The Halo Road Race is the highlight activity of the year for the Greater Montreal Athletics Association (GMAA). They have over 4500 runners taking over Mount Royal each year.
WIC’s secondary I students trained in gym class to participate in the race and Mme Vien’s running club ran after school twice a week as soon as the snow and ice had disappeared. Check out WIC’s results on http://gmaa.ca/halo.htm
Always heartwarming and unforgettable, illnessthe show is produced by dedicated West Island College students. Of course the stars of the show are WIAIH participants!
As always, there will be two shows on Saturday May 7, 2016 – at 12pm and 4pm.
This show has become a West Island favourite and we look forward to this one with anticipation.
For West Islanders and their families, this event brings awareness of the challenges faced by citizens living with an intellectual disability or autism, and instills sense of pride and spirit of cooperation in alléinvolved. The heart of WIAIH’s mission involves sensitizing local residents to the exceptional personalities and talents of its members.
Tickets will be available at the door or at WIAIH. Tickets cost 15$ for adults, and 8$ for kids 3-12 years of age. All proceeds will benefit WIAIH.
Have a bicycle stashed away in your garage, cialis basement or on the balcony?
Club Interact and Cyclo Nord-Sud combine efforts with a Bicycle Collection Drive at West Island College on Saturday May 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
In the South, cure a bike can serve from five to ten people for over 20 years. in addition to its buyer, including the immediate family, cousins, neighbours …
In the South, a bicycle is transportation for work, school, or the market (to sell farm products). Micro-businesses become viable, offering taxi or delivery services, or shuttles to health care services.
Mobility is crucial to people in the South. It enables them to improve their personal productivity. This can make the difference between poverty and a decent standard of living.
Get your bike moving south! Find out more about this worthy cause at www.cyclenordsud.org.
Any questions? Contact Cindy Segal at (514) 683-4660.