Monday, 27 June 2016

2016 Annual General Meeting Minutes Are Here!

Here are the minutes from our last MHSAA AGM which was held May 28th, 2016

 Your 2016-2017 executive is:

President: Jeff Taylor
Vice President / Secretary: Chris Thomson
Treasurer: Robert Howell
Ex-Officio: Vivian Bruce
Web Master/Moderator: Jeff Taylor, Jane Davidson, ChrisThomson
Facebook [FB] Moderator: Pieter Leenhouts
Liaison #1: Toni Scholefield
Liaison #2: Sharyn Schwartz  
Liaison #3: Bruce Pollock
Liason #4: Augusta Aalders

Click below for the full document:



Exciting things to come for the Mac High 110 Anniversary!
 

Thursday, 5 May 2016

MHSAA Spring Newsletter Is Here! Special 2016 AGM Edition!

Macdonald High School Alumni Association 
 It's AGM time AND time to start planning our 110 year anniversary!
Hello again from your Mac High Alumni Association. We need new people on our team! Let's plan our future together at the upcoming Annual General Meeting May 28. We do our pondering as we look out over the lake.
New positions on alumni association are open and we need folks for the 2017 celebrations planning committee. Read on for more info.
Plan to attend.
2016 MHSAA (Macdonald High School Alumni Association) Annual General Meeting
       May 28th, 2016 from 1230pm to 230pm
       Royal Canadian Legion
       28 Rue Sainte-Anne, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC H9X 1L3
 
110 year Anniversary 
 
Mac will celebrate its 110 year anniversary in 2017, and we are on the cusp of mapping out a celebratory game plan. Many of you attended the centennial in 2007 and are aware of the time and energy dedicated to the project. While we aren't going as big this time, we still want to do something wonderful. And for that, we need people who will pitch in and help. All of this starts with your attendance at our annual AGM, and we hope you come. Kindly RSVP to Jeff Taylor, jeff@heelatch.com. Or show up if the day suddenly opens up for you.
 
We need to fill key roles on the executive - vice president and treasurer, and, on the fun side, we will be moving up to the high school to unveil the improved Duces Athletici plaque with our guest of honour, Norm St. Aubin, 95, who was featured in our last newsletter. Afterward, we're going out for a late lunch at Cunningham's. 
 
The agenda for the meeting is as follows:


1. Approval of May 30, 2015 AGM Minutes
2. Approval of May 28, 2016 AGM Agenda
3. President's Report
4. Secretary's Report
5. Treasurer's Report
6. Webmaster's Report
8. Open Positions (Vice President, Treasurer, Home and School Liaison)
9. Other Business / Items
10. 2017 Committee Creation for Celebrations
11. Mr. St. Aubin's Plaque Unveiling - Macdonald High School.
12. Schedule Tentative Date For Next Meeting
13. Adjournment  


Year in Review

This past year was a busy one; we awarded our annual MHSAA Leadership Award to a deserving graduate, partially funded the purchase of a new visual art display unit, attended the annual Remembrance Day ceremony, and more recently, at the request of a Mac Alumnus, rectified an omission on the Duces Athletici plaque.  Our Facebook page has also been kept up-to-date and the MHSAA can now be found on Twitter and Instagram.
 
2016-17 promises to be just as busy and exciting 
LET'S WORK TOGETHER!
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Thursday, 18 February 2016

Your February MachHigh.org Newsletter is Here!

Hello again from your Mac High Alumni Association!
Welcome alumni! This is the second of our newsletters to keep you up to date on
Macdonald High School Alumni Association (MHSSA) activities, to outline our future plans and ask you for your input and ideas. 


In this issue you'll get to read about Norm St. Aubin, a Mac High alumnus, former Ste. Anne's Marina owner and a legend along the St. Lawrence River. Click on the Newsletter section on the right to get the whole story.

Thanks to alumna Toni Scholefield, we'll also treat you to a photo display of our 2015 Remembrance Day Activities.

Alumni have been asking for a chance to donate to much needed sports equipment and supplies at Macdonald. You can donate by clicking on http://pef.lbpsb.qc.ca/donations.htm#Secondary
PLEASE BE CERTAIN YOU NOTE THAT YOU WANT YOUR DONATION EARMARKED FOR MACDONALD HIGH SCHOOL.


Our first newsletter generated what at first blush looked like a simple call to
action - Macdonald alum Norm St. Aubin, '37, wrote to us asking our help to rectify a 79 year old omission: a name left off the Duces Athletici plaque hanging on the wall just outside the principal's office at Macdonald High School.

There was a blank for the years 1939-40 and his late friend's name, David G. Bonnell, should be on it, Norm told us.

Norm St. Aubin towing a huge oil tank in the Arctic

Our association president, Jeff Taylor, got to work. Jeff enlisted the help of his teacher contact and together they hatched a plan after consulting with Norm. They've now got the wooden plaque in hand and an artist is working on it.

In the course of the email flow, and several telephone interviews, I realized that Norm, a thriving 94-year-old Hudson resident who still logs 15 to 20,000 kilometres a year driving to veterans' events and dinners, is a legend in his own right. Stories - both "war stories" and "after the war stories"- virtually poured out of him, and he remembered events and names in vivid detail.

For more of Norm's compelling story, please click on the Newsletter section on the right!


Macdonald Remembrance Day Ceremonies Photog: Toni Scholefield

Veteran brushes up on his In Flanders Field reading. 

Macdonald High School principal Jad Deegan (right) walks with student chosen to give a Remembrance Day speech at the November 2015 ceremonies on the campus. Macdonald High School Alumni Association president Jeff Taylor walks behind. 

Our alumna photographer Toni Scholefield gave us terrific pics! 

Seated veterans and their families. 

Macdonald High School band plays at 2015 ceremonies. 

Macdonald High School contingent marching in, led by cadets and piper. 

Thursday, 29 October 2015

MHSAA Leadership Award 2015

Our president Jeff Taylor was fortunate enough to participate in the 2014-15 Mac Grad’s convocation back in early October.
He presented the MHSAA Leadership Award winner their award package, plaque and cheque in the amount of $500.
This year our deserving winner, who was nominated by teachers and staff at the school was Laura Nichols-Rossignol. Laura was a quintuple award winner on the night. Her humility and gratitude was very refreshing. She was heavily involved throughout her tenure at Mac in the Yearbook and many Student Leadership Conferences including being selected as 1 of 4 Mac delegates to attend the annual Canadian Student Leadership Conference in Kelowna, BC.

A Top Ten student academically, Laura also participated in community events put on by Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Health awareness initiatives, as well as worked on projects to aid the less fortunate both locally and abroad.

Laura will be continuing her studies at John Abbott College in Social Sciences and the MHSAA would like to take this opportunity to congratulate her again, as well as wish her much success and happiness in the future. Perhaps she’ll represent some of the “young blood” we’re hoping to inject into the MHSAA!!

Congratulations once again Laura!
We wish you the best of luck in the future!

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Macdonald Campus Remembrance Day Ceremony 2015

(Click here for directions) Raymond Building

The Monument is in front of Raymond Building. You are facing Macdonald High School when you read it:

Taken from the 2006 Remembrance Ceremony:

"In 1931 the students of Macdonald College dedicated the oak trees around this playing field to honour those from
the college who gave their lives in the service of Canada in World War I. These living memorials remind us of their sacrifice that we might continue here the work of Peace. We who pass this way shall never forget. At the going down of the sun and in the morning we shall remember them.”


In addition to being formally welcome to attend the ceremonies at the monument, we have been invited to join the students at the
rear of our High School and lead the students in a march behind a bag piper over to the monument. We’ve been asked to arrive at around 9:50am if we wish to join the procession from the school to the monument.