With a growing presence of the co-op model in Ontario, there is a plethora of unique co-ops, guided by different methods and specific goals and values, that are ultimately working together to make our food system more democratic. Hannah Renglich, network animator for the Local Organic Food Co-op, describes the variety of initiatives: operating farmers’ markets and student cafes, facilitating online platforms to connect consumers and producers, shipping food directly to remote first nations communities, collectively working farms, and teaching high school students about sustainable agro-ecological practices. The co-operative model is seen as forward-thinking by evaluating progress with a focus on sustainability and the community’s well-being, not dollars and profit. Fort Erie Secondary School's co-operative relationship with Sexsmith Farms, culminating in enhancements to the Special Needs Program taking on horticultural responsibilities, as well as enriching the culinary servings of Mr. Keyvani's Pomegranate Restaurant.
FESS "DRAMA GEEKS" BRINGS HOME MAJOR AWARDS FROM FAMED SEARS DRAMA COMPETITION
Fort Erie Secondary School's production of Drama Geeks impressed both the public, school body and peer competitors. Now official recognition has come through adjudication at the famous Sears Drama Festival. Brooke Barnes won the Director's Award for her exceptional work as Student Director while Shanna Ingram won for her role as understudy for seven different roles! The tradition of excellence continues.
FESS EXCELS AT RECENT SEARS DRAMA COMPETITION
Mr. Marinaccio's Drama Class once again made a huge impact at the recent Sears Drama Festival. Drama Geeks exploded upon the FESS stage to the student body first and then families and friends the same evening.
The repertory group eventually went on to very successful performances at the Sears Drama Festival on Sunday, April 7th at Welland Centennial Secondary School.
A review in The St Catharines Standard reported that
"The second performance was Drama Geeks by Bradley Howard performed by Fort Erie Secondary School students and directed by student Brooke Barnes. Barnes’ detailed work was evident as she deftly handled movement, dialogue and humour."
"The show was narrated by Maya Nestoruk with a natural and comfortable presence. The wonderful opening sequence was a very humorous interaction between lights, sound and Nestoruk. Excellent tableau work referencing a variety of acting styles featured an open stage, effective use of risers and excellent use of cyc with saturated colour combinations."
"Excellent energy, crisp dialogue between Nestoruk and the cast, and the detailed movement work of the members of the ensemble was very effective. The ensemble featured Brent Gorrie, an athlete, Tesla Spoar as over-the-top princess, and the aggressive Jordan Staroba confronting his Dad."
"The play is an exploration of the wide variety of reasons for being a drama student centred around Hamlet’s iconic “to be or not to be” speech. Each member of the ensemble explored their own reasons for being a Drama Geek."
"As Louis Harris’ character Bjorn asserts at the end of the show “in so many ways you're all here to be or not to be”.
Adjudicator Felices-Luna commented on the “shared knowledge we have as drama geeks”. The cast created “iconic characters connecting” through “strong staging choices by the student director” Barnes.
We recognize our outstanding Drama students once again for their excellence, effort and heart.
FESS WELDING AWARD RECOGNITION
We would like to congratulate Justin Larocque for being recognized by the Canadian Welding Association. Justin received an honorary dinner and a monetary award for his interest in the welding industry. Way to go Justin!!!
Keep up the great work!!
FORT ERIE SECONDARY SCHOOL WINS PROVINCIAL PRIZE FOR LARGEST LIFESAVING PROGRAM IN ALL ONTARIO
The Lifesaving Society of Ontario has officially recognized Fort Erie Secondary School for earning the William Henry Memorial Cup for 2012. This award is presented annually to the affiliated Ontario secondary school with the largest lifesaving program - the most hours logged. FESS logged nearly twice as many training hours as the next competing school - a total of 3,180 hours in all!
The recognition award was presented at the Awards Presentation Ceremony following the organization's Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Friday March 22nd, 2013 in the Council Chambers, Kitchener City Hall.
Congratulations to Kerry Passero and FESS aquatic staff for this unique achievement!