News Archive

2021

  • September

    Our Place Community of Hope: October Grocery Sign Up

    If you are interested, RSGC families can sign up to support their weekly grocery needs in the month of October. Along the bottom, you will see a new tab for October.

    If your son helps with the groceries and drop off, he is welcome to enter two hours of community service. The supervisor for this activity is Kristel Paltado (kpaltado@stmichaelshomes.org). You will need this information to enter hours in the x2vol.com system.  

    Food Donations can be dropped off each Monday between 3:00 and 5:00pm. There will be a bin labelled "Food Donations" outside the doors to Our Place Community of Hope. Please do not leave items outside the door if there is no bin. Please knock on the door and someone will come to pick up the food.  

    Please observe Covid-19 procedures during drop off. Wear a mask, maintain a distance of at least six feet from others and wash your hands.  

    Address:
    1183 Davenport Road, located in the lower level of Galilee Korean Presbyterian Church with entrance on Delaware Avenue.
    416-598-2919
    info@ourplacecommunityofhope.com
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  • Social Justice in Action

    By Nitin Deckha

    I recently had the opportunity to watch a TIFF digital screening of Scarborough. It was written by the author of the acclaimed book of the same name, Catherine Hernandez, and is part of TIFF’s Share Her Journey program.
     
    Before the film begins, Hernandez speaks to viewers telling us the film is about the forgotten parts of the city, stratified by race and class, and that there are “Scarboroughs” in every city. Her words, “I see you. I acknowledge you, I celebrate you,” haunted me, as I was immersed into a documentary-style narrative of families going through a series of what seemed to be one crisis after another. From intimate partner violence, addictions, chronic illness, housing instability to precarious employment, hunger and racism, the characters were falling through our fragmented social safety nets. 
     
    Yet at the heart of the film is the interwoven story of three children, Bing, Sylvie and Laura. At a parenting and literacy centre helmed by Hina, they find reprieve from the chaos that surrounds them and they are able to just be children — children who laugh, invent games and play, dress up for Halloween, and participate in a talent show. Some of them have caring and loving, if beleaguered parents, some of them have parents who are abusive and addicted, but Hina, as if personifying Hernandez’s words, sees them, acknowledges them, and celebrates them.
     
    While I found the storyline disheartening and unsettling, and the divide between villains and heroes a little too blatant, the film is redeemed by captivating performances of the children and the narrative of the possibility of people in one’s community — other adults — rising above institutional and collective apathy and summoning the empathy to make a difference.
     
     
     
     
    To learn more about the Social Justice Committee, come to our first meeting on September 29 at 5:30 pm. Zoom link here.
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  • July

    Eddie on a Zoom call

    Eddie Beqaj ’08: Staying Connected: How RSGC’s Alumni Network Bonded During Lockdown

    When Eddie Beqaj ’08 was in Grade 12 at RSGC, he landed the role of Social Prefect—surprising absolutely no one. According to his closest friend Geoff Martin ’08, he was an extremely friendly, well-known and well-liked student.
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    Emma Totten: At Home with Real World Connections

    Back when COVID- 19 wasn’t in our vocabulary, Emma Totten would leave her house in Port Credit by 6:30 in the morning and not get home until 8:00 in the evening.
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  • Mentorship Rocket homepage

    Georgian Connect: New Program Takes Mentoring to the Next Level

    Walking through the doors at 120 Howland can be life-transforming—and not just for current students. 
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  • June

    Encore Music Event

    Join us for the premiere of ENCORE! An Alumni Music Event on June 15 @ 7:00 pm 

    https://youtu.be/4oAYZoaidzg
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  • May

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    The Surprise Fluidity of Network Loops

    John Lacey, Father of Jack Lacey '19, writes his story about how the pandemic changed his career path, and how his son connected him with fellow members of the Georgian community to start up StoryGame Studios.
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  • Corcoran family selfie

    A Virtual Admissions Process

    Tom Corcoran is a new Georgian, having just been accepted to the College for entry to Grade 7 this fall. But when he and his parents, Anne Glover and Jeff Corcoran, went through the admissions process this past year, their experience was unlike any of the current parents and students. 
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  • April

    Drawing of coffee cup

    The Remaking of the Art Program

    Much like the music and physical education programs, RSGC’s visual and creative arts program has been completely reworked amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. 
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  • A student working from home

    ACES Program Moves Online

    With the Design Engineering Studio (DES) now being used as a Grade 8 classroom, Chris D’Arcy’s ACES program has been fully online for an entire year. 
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  • March

    An example of the online Mental Health Expo

    Mental Health Week Focused on Stigma

    Rsgc: R-reflection, S-stigma, G-growth C-community. That was the theme of this year’s Mental Health Week, which was held virtually from February 22-26.
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  • Othering Part 2

    When we start describing ourselves as part of a group of people united in a “we”, while other people are constructed as fundamentally different, united in a “they”, we are using a powerful weapon that might serve to delegitimize others. And too often, these distinctions are drawn along the classic axes of discrimination and power differences, like sexuality, gender, ethnicity, “race”, class and so on.
     
    According to Michel Foucault, othering is strongly connected with power and knowledge. When we “other” another group, we point out their perceived weaknesses to make ourselves look stronger or better. It implies a hierarchy, and it serves to keep power where it already lies. Colonialism is one such example of the powers of othering.
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  • January

    Othering

    Othering can be defined "as a set of dynamics, processes and structures that engender marginality and persistent inequality across any of the full range of human differences based on group identities. Dimensions of othering include, but are not limited to, religion, sex, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status (class), disability, sexual orientation and skin tone". 
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