Community Service-Mackay Center: Learning From Each Other

2014_15_Gr10_Comm_Serv_Mackay_Centre_015On Monday, November 17, I along with six other students and Ms. Leiter, had the privilege of going to Camp Massawippi with several students and teachers from the Mackay Centre for three days. Most, if not all the students who go on the trip from year to year, have cerebral palsy and are in wheel chairs. However, this year along with these students, we were accompanied by deaf teens as well.

After two visits to the Mackay Centre prior to the trip (to get to know the students a little bit better), the seven of us from LCC were anxious to get up to the camp. Since I had already gone on the trip last year, it didn’t take long for me to become comfortable at the camp with the kids. Despite the very snowy weather, we took the kids on long walks and adventures during the day. We also did arts and crafts, played board games, and even got into a pretty intense competition of air hockey. Although you could see on everyone’s faces that we were having a blast doing all of these activities, all of the Mackay students and LCC students would probably say that their favorite times were when we all just sat around, talked, and laughed a lot.

Because there was a group of deaf students who came on the trip this year, several Royal Vale High school students and teachers came up to the camp with us as well. Royal Vale has an integration program for teens that are deaf, which allows them to be in certain regular streamed classes. Because of this, the students that came knew how to communicate with the students who are deaf through sign language.

I can’t even put a number on the amount of highs experienced on this trip, however I can say that one specific moment was definitely learning sign language. We learned simple things like how to sign the alphabet and how to say yes, no, please and thank you. On top of that we learned how to sign words like ”swag”, and even a new sign that had just been created for “Ebola.” – Zoe Young ‘15


Community Service-Mackay Center: Creating Unforgettable Memories

2014_15_Gr10_Comm_Serv_Mackay_Centre_012Being given the opportunity to participate in a once in a lifetime eye-opening experience has really changed the way I perceive the world.  Before this experience, I had never worked with children who suffer from cerebral palsy let alone any major disability. The fact that I was able to witness and learn what these children could do on their own really made me rethink my ability to do things I didn’t think I able to do. In reality I am capable of achieving anything on my own unlike the majority of these children.

Despite the challenges that they face, they were always smiling and happy. It was incredible to see that even though these kids struggle daily with so many different things, they still manage to be constantly happy. It really made me reflect and realize how fortunate I really am for the life I have been given. I now realize that the small things in life shouldn’t be taken for granted like being able to walk, dress and feed myself. It is truly unbelievable how much these kids are able to do on their own even though to an average person it may not seem that impressive.

These students have the ability to communicate and express how they are feeling in ways that help them function and survive. As well, the staff at the Mackay Centre were incredible and treated the children as if they were their own, which is certainly an amazing quality. The students are so fortunate to have a team of people who are always looking out for their best interest, making sure that they are on the right path to success.

Overall, this experience was amazing and I am so glad that I got to hang out with these amazing children for three days at camp where we all created unforgettable memories. – Alexandra Meltzer ‘16


Je Vois Montreal

“Une journée. Deux cents projets. Mille personnes. Et vous, que voulez-vous changer à Montréal?”

That was a tweet from someone last Monday morning at Je Vois Montreal – a private citizens’ forum focused on incubating ideas to get our city back on track to truly flourish. I am actually old enough to remember the excitement around the introduction of the Montreal subway system, Expo 67, and welcoming the world to the 1976 summer Olympics. During those years, creativity, possibility, and excitement flourished here in Montreal – and it’s possible again.

However, after the election of our first separatist government in the fall of 1976, followed by the sovereignty referendums of 1980 and1995, Montreal experienced a host of significant political and economic challenges. This included diminished private investment and the flight of people and company head offices to cities such as Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver. In practice, this has proven to be difficult to overcome. Also, aging infrastructure has presented a host of challenges to our city – and to all of us in our daily lives.

The Je Vois Montreal – I See Montreal initiative was started when Jacques Ménard, president of the BMO Financial Group in Quebec and Chancellor of Concordia University, was inspired by learning how other cities facing similar issues have managed to change in recent years.

Ménard & others commissioned a private consultant report on how cities like Manchester (UK), Melbourne (Australia), Philadelphia (USA), and Pittsburgh (USA) all shared a high level of community involvement that helped those urban centres to shift direction and get back on track after challenging times. Each took different steps to achieve meaningful renewal.

Je Vois MTL was trending on Twitter last Monday. Hundreds of Montreal citizens, politicians, educators, self-pronounced change-makers and newsmakers gathered at Place des Arts for the full day to discuss the future of this city and share ideas for its revitalization.

They wanted to rise above the negative energy of the Charbonneau Commission, economic decline, and the Parti Québecois’ proposed “Charter of Secular Values” which together have combined to keep investment away in recent years. The positive response to this citizen forum initiative has actually been well beyond anyone’s expectations.

Hundreds of ideas from Montrealers flooded in when the challenge was sent out earlier this year. Last week conference delegates discussed 150 of those ideas, each one a plan for concrete action. The ideas cover many areas of city life, including: the environment, transit, job-creation, neighbourhood renewal, and the arts.

For example, some contributors noted that Montreal is a major university city.  With about 170-thousand post-secondary students, this represents the largest number of students in any city in Canada. With CEGEP students in the mix, Montreal has the largest proportion of post-secondary students as a percentage of the total population of any city in North America.

Concordia has taken a lead amongst universities with six specific proposals from students & administration: They include:

1)    Univers-Cité – A stronger alliance of universities focused on collaboration, research and the nurturing of people, talent and skill.

2)    International Student Hospitality Project – Special welcome and cultural integration of international students, and a

3)    Unique First Nations education project in Kanawake.

Other initiatives have a special artistic focus such as the proposed “Festival of Murals” on Blvd. St Laurent (like Philly – where over 3000 colourful painted murals adorn walls of buildings in what used to be a tired and worn out inner city).

So as Montrealers, I think our LCC students should have some input into this call for creativity and citizen input. From what I can tell, there has not been any high school level contribution.

This week I challenged our students to come up with concrete ideas and funnel them through our student council. In the next two weeks I would like to see the LCC ideas in writing and submit them to the “Je Vois Montreal” group.

I look forward to seeing how creative and original our students can be. I urge them to be positive and take ownership because the future of Montreal should be important to us all. – Chris Shannon, Headmaster

Jour de souvenir et l’opération vétérans

2014_15_Remembrance_Day_Ottawa_010Ottawa, 11 novembre 2014

Quatres élèves ont participé à l’opération vétérans organisé par un ancien élèves de LCC, le Dr. Paul Kavanagh ’70. Nous avons eu une conférence au Château Laurier qui nous a expliqué le programme, puis, nous avons assisté à la cérémonie et pour finir, nous avons visité le musée de la guerre.


One thing that really stood out to me during our day trip to Ottawa was when a speaker from The Royal Canadian Legion said the words “Freedom is not free.” The words spoke to me on a different level than the rest of the speeches and truly highlighted the meaning of Remembrance Day.

Le point culminant de ma journée était lorsque deux avions de chasse ont survolé la foule pendent la cérémonie. Ce fut un plaisir d’aller à Ottawa avec M. Maurice, Ryan, Dylan et Andrew. – Christina Papageorgakopoulos ’16

My Remembrance Day experience in Ottawa was something to hold on to. Celebrated in tandem with the 100th anniversary of the First World War and the deaths of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, I got to see multiple displays of the Canadian military, including the Cadets, two roaring fighter jets as well as a 21 gun salute.

Avant la céremonie, j’ai appris comment Operation Véteran a aidé plus que 6500 anciens soldats. De plus, j’ai eu la chance d’écouter plusieurs témoins, des vrais soldats sur cet accomplissement. En conclusion, ce fut une bonne expérience où j’ai appris beaucoup sur l’histoire militaire de Canada! – Andrew Zhang ’17

L’événement a été très bien planifié avec l’intention de faire prendre conscience des horreurs des batailles et de l’importance de se souvenir de nos soldats . Je suis vraiment reconnaissant d’avoir eu l’occasion de venir à Ottawa,  et remercie les gens qui ont fait le sacrifice ultime.

Being here during such a somber ceremony was quite the experience.  Standing silently side by side with 800,000 other Canadians was extremely powerful and emotional and I am very grateful to have taken part in it.  I truly enjoyed this experience as I found it very inspirational and interesting. – Ryan Hawa ’16

The Remembrance Day ceremony was spectacular. As a nation, we stood strong at the heart of our capital on the very location that only three short weeks ago Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was killed standing guard. He died defending the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The memorial that is a constant reminder of our freedom and the ultimate sacrifice that was paid to establish it as well as to protect it. 

Au long de la cérémonie, nous avons parlé des sacrifices faits par les soldats des Première et Deuxième Guerres mondiales qui ont réaffirmé l’existence d’un monde libre. Un monde de progrès, sans limite imposée par des dictateurs fanatiques. Il est essentiel que nous nous souvenions que le progrès, les technologies modernes et la facilité de la vie sont le résultat du sacrifice ultime de milliers de soldats canadiens, parmi d’autres.

I left the ceremony feeling proud to be Canadian. I left remembering that we should never forget the sacrifice made by fellow Canadians for our country and that in new times of political uncertainty, religious fanaticism and barbarianism, we must not fall to factionalism; we must instead come closer together and remember why we are here and who paid the price for it. – Dylan Theriault-Harris ’16




First Edition of The LCC Tree: Treetober!

TreesHello Lions! Welcome to the first post of The LCC Tree, a blog that discusses one environmental topic once a month. This blog will also include really easy tips on what you can do as a person to help, and will also contain initiatives that the SS Green Team will be organizing so you know what you can do to help out at LCC. Finally, to keep things interesting, at the end of each blog, there will be a variety of media links, including informational sites, fact sheets and other web blogs, you can look into if you want to know more.

As our trees are just finishing their spectacular firework of the different tones of red, yellow and orange, what better topic is there to discuss this month other than those very things: trees.

Trees are a catalyst for life in many aspects. Obviously, their most important role is to consume carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and return the precious oxygen that all life forms on earth require, however, did you know there are over a dozen other ways that trees can contribute to our overall life quality?

Let’s start with a few other oftentimes-unseen uses. First of all, trees provide a basis for life for many animal species and foster ecosystems necessary for the survival of many individuals. In fact, coming from the World Wild Life organization, 80% of all land biodiversity exists in and depends on forests and wooded areas. This means that without trees, most of the animals and plants we have come to know and love will never be able to exist.

Not to mention, we ourselves also depend on forests in our lives. Wood is used in many of our buildings (just look at our LCC dining room!) as well as the making of many commodities. What is a pencil made of? What type of material is your desk, in school and in your home, made from? Where did we get the paper in our notebooks, and in our annual LCC Reads, The Alchemist? Furthermore, I should mention that trees contribute about $24 billion dollars to our economy in Canada, generates more than 190 000 jobs in the forest industry and is the reason why Canada is the primary newsprint producer. So you can see here how we as humans depend on this resource.

Trees also take part in improving our mood as they add color and vigour to our regular, and sometimes repetitive, lives, especially during the fall season. Every morning, when you arrive to school by bus, car, bike or other means, if you have stopped for a moment and looked at our LCC campus or the trees planted along Monkland, you will know what I mean. The vibrant and picturesque colours of those trees have a certain calming effect on the street and our campus.

Sadly, because 80% of all land biodiversity depends on wooded areas, this makes deforestation a pretty effective method of exterminating life on our planet. However, what can we as the population do?

Ways you can help

The easiest and most efficient of all methods is probably to reuse paper and recycle it properly. Reusing paper will not only save you money but lets you make the most of each tree which was put into the composition of the paper. Got a used piece of paper that’s still blank on one side? Keep it in a separate box as scrap paper, so whenever you want to write calculations for a math assignment or plan out an outline for an english essay, you can reuse the paper. Teachers also keep a special box for scrap paper as well, so if you have any paper that’s still blank on one side during class, don’t be afraid to give it to your teacher as spare paper!

If it’s not possible to do the above, you can also opt to recycle the paper. Recycling is a great alternative, albeit not as good as reusing before recycling. When recycling, however, be conscious about other things you are putting into the recycling bin. Paper can be recycled with other paper products so long as it doesnt have any sort of paint or glue on the paper. This is because the process of recycling paper uses a lot of water, so paint or glue will affect the final outcome after recycling. Moreover, if a paper recycling bin contains something else that’s not a paper product, that entire bin cannot be recycled unless that object is removed, so if you are recycling, you must be careful with what you put into your recycling bin.


As a reminder, LCC’s green, plastic recycling boxes only recycle clean products. This means if you plan to recycle carton, plastic, paper, juice boxes or others, be sure they don’t have anything inside or on the product. For paper, watch for paint and glue as they disrupt their recycling process. For juice boxes and other fluid containers, be sure that they don’t have any juice, milk, etc. in them before putting them in the recycling bins. This goes for the metallic recycling bins as well.

Finally, if you would like to extend your support again at LCC, you can always participate in the SS Green Team’s Treetober Campaign. Starting from October 22 until Halloween, during the advisory periods, we will be accepting donations for the organization we are supporting: One Tree Planted. If you make a donation of $15 or more, you will also be given a free Tree Hugger t-shirt!

For all of Senior School, there will also be a bake sale during the lunch period on October 22. Last but not least, there will also be t-shirt raffles happening in the house office and in and around locker rooms for a chance to win another free Tree Hugger t-shirt! One ticket costs $2 but three tickets will cost $5, and along with the purchase of each ticket, you will also obtain some candy along with it. – Andrew Zhang ’17

Media Archives

Learn more about the organization supported by Treetober!

If you would like to support One Tree Planted and its cause via online donations, you may also donate here.

Another way you can help the environment:

Know how to properly recycle not only paper, metal and plastic, but also books, old computers, bottle caps, old furniture, and more. In short, visiting this site basically makes you a recycling master:

If you’re interested in reading some more, here’s another blog about the environment written by Hannah Alper, a young person passionate about the environment: