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Visit to Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys School

Rosemary Brosseau and Denise Bérubé, Kingston

This is the name of one school in two locations, Merrickville and Kemptville, ON. No CND has ever lived or taught in either of these towns. The name surprised us enough to ask to be invited to visit. Denise Bérubé and I went to the Merrickville location on Friday, Dec. 1. We brought along some treasures we hoped would help staff and students get to know Marguerite better.

What an unexpected treat for us! We were welcomed so warmly. The ‘directrice’ looked over the material which included a statue of Marguerite that Denise was offering. She enthusiastically and gratefully accepted the whole package… both French and English material.

Then she invited us into each classroom to meet teachers and students. When asked who Marguerite Bourgeoys was, the most common response was: the woman who made taffy to attract children to school. One very young boy was so eager to give his response that, when asked: “Qui est Marguerite Bourgeoys?” His response was: “C’est nous!” Wouldn’t Marguerite be delighted?

The quality of education and the values promoted were evident everywhere. This school is one of only four schools in Eastern Ontario awarded the Platinum (highest) medal for being an ECOECOLE. The objectives of their commitment were not so much to win an award “mais de former des écocitoyens et d’agir en écocitoyens.”

We left hopeful for our world and invited back anytime. 


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