Rosemary Ganley The Peterborough Examiner April 17, 2019
Nothing can be as pleasurable for a teacher as running into a former student (from 25 years back), and being laughingly reminded of goings-on in class back then.
Even more pleasurable is learning that this student is practicing service-to-community, which teacher had always hoped to encourage.
Such was the case recently with Shantal Ingram, who first took two courses with me in writers' craft at St Peter's in the early 1990s. She reminded me of the excitement in class when apartheid in South Africa ended in 1994. She said "You put the words of the South African national anthem on the board, Nkosi Sikelele Afrika and we learned to sing it."
Did I? Don't remember. But it's a good idea.
The daughter of a farm family in Selwyn township, with parents Bill and Veronica Ingram, Shantal went on to earn a BA and a Master's degree, and for the past three years has been working with the United Way in Lindsay. It is her current project that is so interesting. It is a well-supported community initiative among three sectors, ones that often don't work together: the non-profit sector, the business community and the public sector (Trillium grant), all leaning in and developing a practical all-hands-on-deck project for food security and agricultural education. It will lead to the production of healthy local food. Continue Reading >Here<
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