Vincent Lavoie celebrated his 97th year on July 19, 2016. He's doing well at the Veteran's Hospital in St. Anne de Bellevue.
Can you imagine what M. Lavoie has seen and experienced from 1919 until now? From the founding of the League of Nations, the Depression, WW2, widespread adoption of the automobile, antibiotics, the Cold War, air travel, spaceflight and people on the moon, JFK, global communication networks, nuclear power, computers, nuclear medicine, the internet, climate change, self-driving cars, the internet of things, Brexit and so much more. The list could go on and on and on...
It could not have been more fun. Almost fifty Old Sedberghians and past staff gathered at Nick and Mylene's loft last Saturday night for a terrific gathering. As usual, they do an incredible job of hosting - you should have seen their tree this year - majestic! The party went on and on and we all had a wonderful visit with each other.
Thanks, Nick and Mylene. You do us proud!
Thanks to Karel Dubravcik for the photos below. The hosts have said they want to do it again next year so make your plans!!!
A good time was had by a small group of us at Steamworks in Gastown on Thursday, Dec 11, 2015. In attendance were Derek Denton, '58-60, Andrew Irving, '82-86, Peter Jones, '78-79, Hugh S. Gregory III, '66-67 and his wife Anne. We'll do it in a few months and see if we can get together a little more often.
Our visit to Vipassana on Sunday morning will be a challenge for some.
After all, our vision of Sedbergh where we experienced such strong emotional reactions is stamped in our memories and is a part of our being. That vision is not easy to dislodge. And it may not want to be dislodged.
But Sedbergh as a physical entity is no more; the valley and the buildings are now owned by Vipassana, a well known meditation group with centres all over the world.
As it was in 1938 when our Founders first came over the crest of the hill, the Valley has returned to its natural state. That is Vipassana's choice; and we must respect it. As well, there are many changes within the building itself. That too is Vipassana's choice.
Before our visit, I encourage you to go to the Vipassana internet site www.vipassana.ca and click on "The Centre near Montebello" You may wish also to read the section "The Art of Living" to fully understand Vipassana's approach to life. Interestingly enough, you will find that many of the values espoused by Sedbergh are similar to those Vipassana teaches. It is the approach which differs. You may also wish to read the section "Questions and Answers".
On Sunday, you must expect to find a different physical place. But It should be a huge relief to know that our school and the Valley have a new lease on life through a group which loves it as much as we do.