Here on our KES campus, we have our own cancer stories. Judy DesRoches, our Head of Female Boarding and Administrative Assistant, has been an inspiration for our School community. The mother of three was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2019. Her positive spirit and personal determination are recognized by all. Please click here for her inspiring story. It is this kind of motivation that makes taking part in the Terry Fox Run on Sunday easy.
All students, staff and alumni can register for this year’s 40th Anniversary event by clicking on this direct Windsor/King’s-Edgehill link. It will be a “One Day. Your Way.” event, and I look forward to seeing the photos of students and their families walking, running, cycling or hiking their self-designed 5K routes. Photos should be submitted to Monica Schafer, Director of Student Life on Sunday.
Thank you for your participation.
As we know, this year is challenging us to do things differently. While members of our King’s-Edgehill boarding bubble community will take part in an on-campus event on September 20th, our large day population will take part in a virtual event. It will be a “One Day. Your Way.” approach with day students and their families choosing their own route and location to safely walk, run, bike, hike, skate or wheel. Without the usual social buzz of a busy registration desk, fundraising will go virtual as well. Boarding students are finding creative ways to raise money for cancer research on campus, while day students are registering independently with their families with the option of fundraising on their own. William Ahern, a full IB Diploma student and Grade 11 Steward from Wolfville, Nova Scotia, is eager to make a personal impact. This is his tenth year taking part in the Terry Fox Run, and he recognizes the determination and perseverance that Terry Fox personified. William is motivated to do more than just complete the 5K event; he has created his own fundraising page online and has already raised over $700 that will translate into innovative cancer research that will make a difference in the lives of cancer patients and their families. Way to go, William! The theme of this year’s 40th anniversary event is “Try like Terry”. During our ongoing pandemic challenge, there is no better way to generate a spirit of hope than to offer support to those in need. I challenge all students to follow William’s lead and act now to make a difference for others. All donations and personal fundraising efforts are appreciated greatly. As Terry once said, “Anything is possible if you try.”
This isn't the only example of King's-Edgehill School students contributing positively to our wider community. There are many opportunities to have an impact at KES. Read more about our Student Volunteers here.
I hope you enjoy the video that I put together, with the help of some of your favourite people, so you know just how much you are missed. You might recognize a few of our friendly campus faces!
Please click here to watch the video.
Have a great summer with your family.
There is no question that years from now we will be looking back on the COVID-19 pandemic and remember where we were, what we did, and how we coped. We are history in the making. But will we be able to look back and say, “I made a positive difference for someone else during this time of isolation and restriction”? We would not just be making history but making history with heart. At the start of our distance learning, Mikaela Hinds wrote to me in an email, “The global pandemic is taking a toll on all of us and it doesn’t feel right to sit back and do nothing.”
The next challenge is for you to send us the last KES photo you took on your phone. Tag us #stayconnected #kes or email me your photos. Good luck for Wednesday’s draw. You can’t win if you don’t play!