Landmark East Applies the Three R’s

Landmark East students learned about the big picture of waste management, the impact on the environment and how they can do their part to make it work. On January 30th, Bonnie Clemens, Industrial, Commercial, Institutional Coordinator of Valley Resource Management visited the school and lead an interactive presentation on the 3 R’s: Reduce Reuse and Recycle. Landmark East is introducing a new recycling system with a grant from the Resource Recovery Fund Board Inc. and encouraging all students and staff to participate.

Left to Right are: Glen Currie, Director of Students, Kaitlyn Coole, Bonnie Clemens and Phil Arsenault.

Recycling Program

Medal of Bravery

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Yale Henry with Governor General David Johnson. He is joined by his parents, Christine Collison and Dr. Brian Henry.

Former Landmark East Student, Yale Henry was recently awarded a Medal of Bravery at Rideau Hall. Yale attended Landmark East in 2008 and completed his grade 10 before moving on to high school in Vancouver.

Created in 1972, Decorations for Bravery recognize people who risked their lives to try to save or protect the lives of others. The Medal of Bravery (M.B.) recognizes acts of bravery in hazardous circumstances.

“On October 29, 2010, Yale Henry intervened when a fellow student attacked his friend at a high school, in West Vancouver, British Columbia. The attacker ran up behind Mr. Henry and his friend and began to stab the friend while others looked on in shock. Disregarding the possible danger to himself, Mr. Henry grabbed the attacker and pulled him away.”

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada presented 3 Stars of Courage and 39 Medals of Bravery at a ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Thursday, December 5, 2013.

Upcoming Water Walk: November 20

Throughout the 2013-14 academic year the students of Landmark East School will be involved with an international humanitarian organization known as Free the Children. The primary goals of the organization are to free children from poverty and exploitation and to free young people from the notion that they are powerless to effect change in the world. Free the Children inspires young people to develop as socially conscious global citizens and become agents of change.

On November 20 Landmark East students and staff will be participating in a Water Walk through Wolfville. This event will mark the start of our school’s involvement with Free the Children. The Water Walk will demonstrate our solidarity with thousands of Sub-Saharan African women and girls who must carry water over great distances each day to supply their communities with water for drinking, cooking and basic hygiene. Water reservoirs are often contaminated and end up being sources of disease that may weaken and kill vast numbers of people. The burden of carrying water every day prevents many girls from receiving an education at school and the lack of safe drinking water keeps many African villages trapped in a state of suffering and despair.

During the school year a group of energetic and committed student volunteers from Landmark East, known as the Me to We Action Team, will work to support a Free the Children Clean Water and Sanitation Project. They will engage in numerous acts of volunteer service and other initiatives in the Wolfville community.

Teams of three will each be carrying a four litre container of water on November 20. Mr. Carl Oldham, the owner/general manager of Wolfville SaveEasy has generously donated 25 containers of President’s Choice water for our Water Walk event. Pictured below are three keen Action Team participants: Rebecca Holleman, Emma DePutter, Joe LePabic.

Water Walk

Encounters with Canada

A record number of Landmark East students are leaping at the opportunity to experience Encounters with Canada, this year. They each spent a week in Ottawa at the largest national youth form, exploring career options, learning about Canadian institutions and meeting peers and accomplished Canadians from across the country. Hands on workshops and forums covered a diverse range of topics including: International Affairs, Science &Technology, Medicine & Health and Arts & Culture.

Encounters with Canada

Headmaster Peter Coll Heading to Asia for Student Recruitment

Headmaster Peter Coll

Headmaster Peter Coll will be travelling to Asia in November to attend student recruitment school fairs.

F.O.C.U.S. (Focus on Children’s Understanding in School)
Boarding School Discussion Panel and Fair 2013
Hong Kong – November 1

Canada Education Fair 2013
Seoul, Korea
November 3 & 4

Study in Canada Fairs
Tokyo – November 8 & 9
Osaka – November 10
Fukuoka – November 11

New Fitness Equipment

Landmark East students enjoy daily circuit training with newly purchased equipment funded by the EKM Foundation and the Wellness Initiative Fund.

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Matching Opportunities Boost Students Fundraising

Landmark East students have major backing and great incentive as they head out to canvass for sponsor dollars this year. The young people are preparing for the 11th Annual Walkathon, the school’s signature fall fundraiser in support of the Landmark East Student Bursary Fund. 

The Johnson Scholarship Foundation will match 50 cents on every dollar raised at the event. The Florida- based Foundation has been a major benefactor of the School since 2000, investing over $1.65 million in bursary funding to assist Landmark East families with demonstrated financial need. The Johnson partnership also incorporated matching grants to boost local fundraising and has contributed $130,000 of the more than $387,000 raised over the past decade through the Walkathon Event.

“The need for bursary funding is ever present and growing every year,” says Landmark East Headmaster, Peter Coll. “Families, particularly from the local area, are struggling to meet the financial commitment of tuition payments. Very often the availability of a bursary is the deciding factor on whether or not a child can attend Landmark East. The Valley community has been extremely generous over the years, donating to our Walkathon and many promising students have benefitted from that support.”

This year’s supervised neighbourhood sponsor drive takes place in the evenings from 6:30 to 8 pm through September. It provides an opportunity for both day and boarding students to participate in the fundraising process as a community service project. Many of these volunteers are international students. They are brand new to the school and often the canvassing activity is their first encounter with the Wolfville community. The young people report plenty of positive feedback.

The volunteer efforts aren’t restricted to Wolfville alone. Canvassing also takes place in surrounding communities like Kentville, Canning, Port Williams, Newport, New Minas, and Windsor as day students, alumni, staff, board members and their families get involved as ambassadors for the cause. Online giving is also now an option through the School website: www.landmarkeast.org.

The Walkathon traditionally enjoys additional support from across the province and around the world. Parents of boarders take home sponsor packs and canvass on behalf of their son or daughter in their own communities. Over the years, the school has received numerous donations from as far away as Vancouver, Halifax, Toronto, Montreal, Texas, Florida, Washington, Connecticut, Turks and Caicos, France, Switzerland, Bermuda, the Philippines and Abu Dhabi.

This year the Walkathon will take place on Sunday September 29. (1-5 pm) Participants of all ages gather on campus to make the 5 km afternoon hike through town and the neighbouring dyke lands. The walk is followed by an informal celebration at the school recognizing volunteer efforts. Refreshments, awards and incentive prizes are donated by local merchants.

Landmark East is Canada’s independent day and boarding school for students with learning differences. The school, located on Main Street in Wolfville, was established in 1979 and offers individualized programs developed to meet unique learning abilities for students aged 8 to 19.

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for more information, please contact:
Paula Aceto,
Director of Development
(902) 542-2237 ext. 223


Here they come! Landmark East students are heading out to neighbourhoods in Wolfville and surrounding communities collecting sponsor dollars for their 11th Annual Walkathon. The young people, along with parents, alumni, staff and board members will be canvassing throughout September to help build the Landmark East Student Bursary Fund. This year the Johnson Scholarship Foundation will be pitching in 50 cents for every dollar they raise.

Left to Right: Ben Kroker, Rebecca Holleman, Jaylene Hubley, Richard Adams, Delila Hubley, Wesley Smith and Marika Hubley.
Front row elementary students are: Emma Schofield and Mackenzie Routledge.

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