The ceremony began with Mr. Kevin McHenry, Head of School, providing an important Treaty Acknowledgement to help those in attendance further understand our responsibilities with regard to truth and reconciliation. Mr. McHenry thanked and acknowledged the traditional territories of Wendat, Haudenosaunee, and Anishinaabe peoples, and acknowledged the land St. Andrew’s rests upon is at the meeting place of two treaties, the lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit and those of the First Nations of the Williams Treaty.
Staff and students, who this year hail from 30 countries including Canada, paid tribute and respect to our diversity during the multi-faith, non-denominational celebration. Students provided readings from the Jewish, Christian, Muslim, African, and Anishinaabe traditions, read in their native languages of Arabic, Hebrew, German, Finnish, Spanish, Russian, Persian, Mandarin, Korean, French, and English.
At the close of the ceremony, Mr. David Stewart, Coordinator of Student Engagement and Wellness, challenged the boys to take time to reflect on all they are thankful for and reminded them, “be humble in your approach, be kind to all those around you, live your life to the fullest, and surround yourself with people that you care deeply about.”
The Thanksgiving Prayer Circle was introduced 19 years ago by former SAC Chaplain, Rev. Bruce Roffey, and has become a time of thoughtfulness as we head into a long weekend dedicated to thanks.
Story by Nicolette Fleming