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Parkdale students put a face to the names at École Polytechnique

25 years ago, 14 young women died in what’s known as the Montreal Massacre. They are not forgotten.

The halls of Parkdale C. I., Dec. 4, 2014.VIEW 6 PHOTOSzoom

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The halls of Parkdale C. I., Dec. 4, 2014.

Sombre music plays through Parkdale Collegiate Institute. A funeral procession weaves through the halls in black and white, led by 14 pairs of students. Each pair bears candles, 14 red roses and the portrait of one of the 14 young women shot down in a Montreal school 25 years ago today.

Parkdale student Jie Shi, 18, with a photo of the murdered Sonya Pelletier, 28. "I want to say to her, I am so sorry. On behalf of boys, I am sorry. Boys and girls are equal."

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Parkdale student Jie Shi, 18, with a photo of the murdered Sonya Pelletier, 28. "I want to say to her, I am so sorry. On behalf of boys, I am sorry. Boys and girls are equal."

Student Abigail Isaac-Joseph, 17, describes the tragedy of Dec. 6, 1989, over the school loudspeaker: “Before he opened fire, he shouted, ‘You are a bunch of feminists. I hate feminists.’ ”

She doesn't name the killer. Instead she names all 14 victims.

The vigil has been a Parkdale C.I. tradition since 1998. It is organized by the school's feminist club, POWER.

Parkdale's Avery Allan-McKay, 16, with a photo of Hélène Colgan, 23. "You didn't die in vain. Your death means something. It's not like we've forgotten. In fact, it's the opposite. You died, and everyone remembers."

DAVID COOPER

Parkdale's Avery Allan-McKay, 16, with a photo of Hélène Colgan, 23. "You didn't die in vain. Your death means something. It's not like we've forgotten. In fact, it's the opposite. You died, and everyone remembers."

Parkdale's Tenzin Losel, 17, with a photo of Michele Richard, 21. "I wish she was here. Feminism is a doctrine that advocates for the equal rights for men and women. I support feminism."

DAVID COOPER

Parkdale's Tenzin Losel, 17, with a photo of Michele Richard, 21. "I wish she was here. Feminism is a doctrine that advocates for the equal rights for men and women. I support feminism."

Jerome Goddard, 15, with photo of Maud Haviernick, 29. "It is really important to get men involved too, so other students see this as a problem we all have to address — gender-based violence."

DAVID COOPER

Jerome Goddard, 15, with photo of Maud Haviernick, 29. "It is really important to get men involved too, so other students see this as a problem we all have to address — gender-based violence."


Parkdale C.I. Sr. Boys win City Championships and are off to OFSSAA in Dryden, Ontario.
Good Luck Panthers!


 School Advisory Council (SAC) 

 The place for parents and guardians to be a part of Parkdale C.I.!


Next meeting: Thursday, January 15th 7:00 p.m. in the library

MEETINGS for 2015: Join in any time!!!

Thursday, February 12th

Thursday, April 16th

Thursday, May 21st

Learn about the issues facing our school. Share ideas and opinions. Help with fundraising.
Meet other parents and guardians.

Want more information? Contact: Monique Schwarz, 416-536-1829


Pitch in for the planet and
for our schools!

Our school is participating in Team Up For Green,
a brand new fundraising initiative that encourages
TDSB families to sign up for Toronto Hydro’s
conservation programs and paperless services.
If sign up goals are met, the TDSB will receive
$250,000 towards the purchase and installation
of 500 new bike racks at our schools!
Unlike other fundraisers, there’s no cost to
participate. You can easily help us reach our
goal by visiting TeamUpForGreen.com and:
• Switching to paperless billing
• Setting up Pre-Authorized Payment
• Signing up for peaksaver PLUS®
Not a Toronto Hydro customer? You can still
help by encouraging friends and relatives to get
involved! The more families that sign up, the more
likely we are to meet our fundraising goal. While
you are on the website, download saveONenergy
coupons to save on energy-efficient products.
Team Up For Green is an environmental
initiative of Toronto Hydro in partnership with the
Toronto District School Board. Working together
we can benefit our students, the environment
and schools. To sign up, please visit TeamUpForGreen.





Parkdale C.I. grade 12 International Baccalaureate student Jaimie Adams has won "Write Across Ontario"!

 “Write Across Ontario” is an IFOA creative writing competition open to middle grade and high school students across the province. Students write a story using the story-starter provided for their age group by one of four well-known authors. The story is used as a place for students to begin their story, but where the story goes from there is in the hands of each individual.
One winner is chosen from each age group. Winners receive $500 and the opportunity to have their work published online in the Open Book Magazine.
Jaimie was interviewed by the CBC’s Matt Galloway on 16 December, 2013. You can listen to the interview here:CBC Interview





 

 

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