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02/03/20
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Coronavirus: Too Much Worry or Not Enough?

“This is the time for facts, not fear. This is the time for science, not rumours. This is the time for solidarity, not stigma.” These words from Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization are helpful at a time when global concern over the coronavirus is mounting. The Public Health Agency of Canada […]

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01/20/20
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Mind the Gap

Is it quintessentially Canadian to curl up on the sofa with a blanket, a cup of tea, a stack of newspapers, books and an iPad when winter winds begin to howl and snow begins to fall? Canadian or not, it’s how I spent much of my Saturday. And as there was no point in shovelling […]

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01/15/20
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The Trap of Human Trafficking

It was a miracle that saved two teenage girls from the trap of human trafficking, and I do literally mean a miracle. American Airlines ticketing agent Denice Miracle called in backup when two girls presented themselves at the Sacramento International Airport ticket counter with no proper luggage, no parents to see them off and no […]

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12/20/19
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The True Meaning of the Season

Dr. Leanne Foster’s Address at this year’s Holiday Dinners: At this time of year, social media ramps up stories of holiday cheer and kindness. I admit to being a bit of a softie when it comes to those “tug at the heartstrings” commercials and videos of cute puppies climbing clumsily out of a box wrapped […]

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12/17/19
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Greta Plans to Chill

Let’s first acknowledge the incredible recognition given to climate crisis activist, 16-year-old Greta Thunberg who was named Time’s Person of the Year for 2019. In just over one year, she has gone from standing alone outside the Swedish Parliament to protest the government’s lack of action on global warming to championing a worldwide movement supported […]

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11/29/19
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The Season of Giving

Next Tuesday is #GivingTuesday. As we approach the day dedicated to giving something of ourselves rather than receiving or purchasing something for ourselves, it’s important to reflect on what giving means to us. Giving, community support, shared goals, working toward or contributing to something bigger than ourselves, are values that we are instilling in each […]

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11/21/19
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Nurture her Heart

Recently, our Grade 9s participated in the first of six workshops designed to help them explore the important questions of adolescence: Who am I?  What is my value?  How can I make an impact?  Facilitated by leadership coach, Shauna Barnes, M.Ed., these workshops are the first part of a four-year journey of self-discovery that will […]

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10/29/19
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Are You Busy?

“Dr. Foster, are you busy?” This must be one of my favourite questions to hear when it’s posed by a student. It means that our girls feel comfortable enough to seek me out because they want to share an idea, a dilemma or some important news. And so it was last week when two students […]

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10/16/19
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The Things That Unite Us

Over the Thanksgiving weekend we welcomed a new generation into our family as my nephew and his wife gave birth to a beautiful little girl – Evelyn Weerin Foster-Duffy. It was a time of celebration, so we cancelled the planned turkey dinner in Whitby and congregated at the hospital instead. We brought food for the […]

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10/07/19
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Keeping Hope Alive

On Sunday, October 6, 2019 all across Canada, more than 80,000 people ran or walked in the CIBC Run for the Cure to raise money for breast cancer research. It was a particularly special day for me as I proudly watched our Trafalgar Castle students receive the Volunteer Award for their more than 10 years […]

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