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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School
Dear KES Family:
Two thoughts for this week.
In an all-too-short period of time I have attended funerals in which three young alumni have either read a passage, led us in prayer, or delivered a eulogy. In each case I have been very proud of these young men and women. At a moment when what one says really counts, a moment when mourners are at their most vulnerable and need strength and support (and yes, even a little humour), our graduates had the grace and skill and heart to provide what we needed exceptionally well. As you know, each day in Chapel different students read passages from Scripture and lead us in prayer. It is a natural and normal part of our day. This morning as I listened to Liam Bonner (Class of 2018) and Evan Murphy (also Class of 2018) read and lead, I could not help but contemplate the unique set of skills and experiences they will take with them into the wide world when they graduate this June, and when they may be called upon to use them.
I attended KES for Grades 11 and 12 and was fortunate to play on the Senior Boys Hockey team, which was why I decided to attend KES. The school also offered International Baccalaureate courses which strengthened my application to my university of choice and KES offered a great Arts program which helped develop my musical talents. After graduating from KES, I completed my Engineering Degree at Western University and a Masters of Business Administration at Saint Mary's University. I then started my career in Renewable Energy at Suncor Energy in Calgary, Alberta. Today, I still live in Calgary with my wife and two little boys, and I still work at Suncor Energy in their New Renewable Technologies group. However, on a part- time basis, I am focused on building my photography business (www. seanleblanc photography.com).
About 4 years ago, I discovered a passion for photography and started a wedding photography business. Today, my photography business has grown beyond my wildest dreams. I have been fortunate to photograph weddings all over the world including Japan, Europe, Central America, the Caribbean, the United States and Canada. It was humbling to be named "One of the Top Wedding Photographers in the World for 2016" by Fearless Photographers. I absolutely love meeting new people and documenting their story. I found my way to owning a small business by trying new things and taking some risks. I have failed several times over the last few years, but I have also learned from those failures. My plan for the future is to expand my photography business. Over the next year, I will be hiring staff to help achieve our growth objectives. My advice is to find your passion and never work another day in your life. Always put your best work forward and go beyond the call of duty.Download your copy of The Arts Take Centre Stage at King’s-Edgehill School.
While academic and extra curricular programmes are often top of mind for parents looking to enrol their child in a private day or boarding school, access to professional medical and health services should also be considered. King’s-Edgehill School has a doctor in attendance each week on a scheduled basis and four qualified professional nurses on staff. We also have two, four-bed infirmaries that provide short-term medical care. Upon enrolment, students provide the School with a comprehensive medical record, which is confidential and on hand for necessary reference.
Topics: About King's-Edgehill School
I attended KES from 1983 until graduating in 1986. It was actually my parents who wanted me to go there, and it was probably one of the best gifts they've ever given me. I loved the structure, the opportunities the school provided, and unlike many others, I really liked having to wear a uniform!! After graduation, I took a year off school, worked for very little money, and decided that continuing my education was definitely the way ahead for me. I then attended university, and took advantage of a year abroad (in France), got a taste for the expat life, and eventually started working overseas, in Asia, the US, and the Middle East for various universities and colleges. I'm now living in South Africa, in a small coastal town with my husband and four-year-old daughter. Since moving here more than five years ago, I've started a small business making handbags that incorporate textiles from across the African continent. The bags are sold online, both retail and wholesale, to clients in the US, Canada, Australia, the UK, and Europe. I've been moving a lot of "stuff" around with me for the past decade or two, with textiles purchased while traveling being the bulk of it. When I finally settled here in South Africa, I became even more fascinated with the textile traditions of this continent and the stories they tell. I wanted to do something with my ever-growing collection that involved being both creative and working for myself, and so in 2014 Chameleon Goods (chameleongoods.com) was born.
I haven't visited Canada since I've lived in South Africa, so my most immediate personal plans are to travel to Nova Scotia within the next couple of years. My business plans include partnering with a local sewing shop that trains and employs women in an impoverished area. They will be sewing canvas and textile items for me, while I will continue to work with leather. This will enable my business to expand to an even wider market. If I could go back to my high school self, I would tell me the following six things: 1) Say less, listen more (my former teachers would probably agree with this one! ); 2) Avoid personal drama; 3) Be thankful -- very few people in this world have the same opportunities you do; 4) Challenge yourself by doing difficult things; 5) Be loyal to your friends -- true ones are hard to come by; and 6) Be the person you'll be proud to look back on.
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Topics: KES Alumni
Dear KES Family:
Leadership is difficult. Good leadership requires a host of skills, many of which are sharpened through the experience of being a leader. One can train and prepare for a position of leadership, but the reality is that it doesn’t matter whether one is a captain or coach, a teacher or parent, a cadet or a CEO, we really only get good at the job once we have some experience. Wisdom, communication, empathy, vision, humility…all these qualities and more come with time.
Topics: Arts At KES
I attended Kings for my senior year and graduated in 2012. My time there was short, but I met many friends through the experience and enjoyed the ride. I have been living between Halifax and Jacksonville, Florida since 2007. I've always had an entrepreneurial mindset and during ski season, I waxed skis/snowboards in my dorm room for my KES classmates. When I graduated, I decided to take some time to figure my direction in life. It wasn't until I discovered glass in 2014 that I had really found my passion and a craft I could spend a lifetime exploring. A gallery show at Habitat Glass Gallery in West Palm Beach really opened my eyes to the potential of the craft.
I spent time going to live demonstrations around Florida and went to a glass convention in Eugene, Oregon. In 2015, I left Florida to road trip around North America. I toured major cities up the east coast for a month and made it back to Halifax. From there I trekked across Canada during the winter, meeting over 30 Canadian artists and selling my craft to 16 stores across the country. By the end of April, I had made it to Northern California where I spent a few seasons. I've driven across Canada/USA 6 times now and collaborated with high profile artists in my industry. Currently, I work at my family's brewery, Garrison Brewing Co, and blow glass in my spare time. On Mondays, I enjoy promoting my glass and encouraging people to get involved by hiding a marble every Monday somewhere in Halifax. You can find my work and Monday marble drops @ustayglassy on Instagram or on my Facebook. Next, I plan to return to the States in the winter to obtain my citizenship and attend school. There are very few schools that offer glass classes and only Salem Community College in New Jersey, offers an actual degree. There I'd like to take scientific glass blowing and continue my journey with glass. My advice to future
KES alumni would be to find your direction before jumping into more school. I now have a trade I'm passionate about, otherwise, I may have wasted this opportunity. Live your best life everyday.
Does this make you nostalgic for your days at KES? Stay in touch with us and each other, and keep up with all the goings-on at School. More reasons to be part of our alumni database - here.
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A big thank you to those who came out to watch our tournament and a special thank you to those who volunteered. Brian Casey, our Senior Boys Hockey coach, ran the score clock for a couple hours, Josh and Cesar helped the entire tournament, parents helped out, and the Girls Rugby team ran a canteen service.