The Toronto chapter of the Kingston College Old Boys Association (KCOBA) recently shipped C$20,000 worth of brand new tools to the school for the Industrial Arts programme, thanks to the generosity of the Carpenters Union of Ontario Canada.
At the recently held 36th Annual Reunion and Awards Banquet of KCOBA in Toronto, President Lance Seymour publicly expressed gratitude to the Union’s Financial Secretary, Mr. Ucal Powell, for the “tremendous gift.”
In his message to the gathering, he thanked the six members of the Association who continue to financially support bursaries which go to six “deserving but needy students at the school.”
Highlighting the work of the Toronto chapter, Mr. Seymour said the group is committed to moving forward the vision of the school’s five-year strategic plan.
“We continue our financial support of the Lunch and Breakfast Programme at the school. We gladly supported the luncheon held in honour of the hard working and dedicated teachers at Kingston College. Due to their tremendous work, Kingston College emerged among the top performing high schools, based on the academic performances of the students in the regional examinations,” he said.
The President also pointed out that the Association recently remitted “our initial installment to the recently launched scholarship programme, with the support of all the chapters to assist the teachers to further their education and professional development.”
President of the Kingston College Old Boys Association (Toronto chapter), Mr. Lance Seymour (right), presents the Meritorious Service Award to attorney-at-law, Mr. Glen Miller (left), at the association’s recent 36th Annual Reunion and Awards Banquet, held in Toronto, Canada, recently.
Two former students were the recipients of this year’s awards – Founder and Chief Executive Officer of ICWI Group, Hon. Dennis Lalor, received the President’s Award, while attorney-at-law, Mr. Glen Miller received the Meritorious Service Award.
A message from the Principal of Kingston College, Mr. Herbert Nelson, noted the tremendous contributions to national development made by the awardees.
“The journey they have embarked on is symbolic of the great institution they both attended. Their struggles, challenges and eventual success are testimony of the motto ‘Fortis Cadere Cedere Non Potest – the brave may fall but never yield. The Kingston College Family all around the world joins in celebrating the great achievements of these two stalwarts,” he said.
Mr. Lalor, who was the keynote speaker, said one of the problems affecting the school at this time is a lack of classroom space. Noting that when he attended Kingston College, the student population was a mere 400 boys, Mr. Lalor said enrollment today is “a shade under 2,000.”
He pointed out that approximately $300 million is urgently needed to address the situation and he appealed to the old boys association to support the effort.
“While being fully aware of the tremendous assistance provided in the past, and continuing, by members of this chapter, I would like to make a plug and seek your individual and collective assistance in making achievement of the goal possible,” Mr. Lalor said.