|LAURIER MACDONALD HIGH TO LAUNCH FOURTH BOOK TUESDAY OCTOBER 21|
MONTREAL, OCTOBER 17, 2003- The students and staff at Laurier Macdonald High School will officially launch their new book, Whispering Dreams, on Tuesday, October 21 (7:30 p.m.) at the Centre Leonardo da Vinci (8370 Lacordaire) in St Léonard. This dynamic program will feature guest speakers, readings of excerpts from the book, and some theatrical interpretations of stories. The book is the latest publication in a series including Rainbow of Dreams, Memories in Black and White, and Once upon a Journey.
Each publication is dedicated to the memories of past generations; each an inspirational collection of stories about love, hope, death, change and above all, dreams. Whispering Dreams is a collection of old family photographs and students’ writings. Each of the photographs and stories chosen for this book captures images of people with dreams - dreams whispering the promise of a better life or a happy ending. Through the publication of this book, students have taken the time and effort to listen to their grandparents’ old stories. Whispering Dreams, which was a multimedia, cross-curricular project developed at Laurier Macdonald was designed to engage students in writing, photography, computer technologies and other activities as they researched the history behind selected family photographs and artefacts.
Laurier Macdonald media education teachers Frank Tiseo and Leon Llewellyn headed this project, serving as editors of the book along with Professor Winston Emery of McGill University’s Faculty of Education and Michele Luchs, presently on loan to the Ministry of Education. Audrey Berner, also a media education teacher at the school, served as a contributing editor. "For students researching their family histories, rifling through shoeboxes filled with pictures and documents was much like excavating an ancient Egyptian pyramid rich with mummies and hieroglyphics," emphasize the editors. "The stories were written with the soul, the mind and the heart. Some brought tears, others smiles, and some even fear; but most of all, the stories were expressed through the human emotion of fulfillment."
Luciano Pipia, a newscaster from radio station 940 News and himself a resident of St. Léonard, will be a special guest master of ceremonies.
In a bold and innovative move, a foundation has been established that will support the St. Léonard school’s Communications Department in perpetuity. Established by Frank Tiseo, the Communication Department at Laurier-Mac has had a stellar track record, combining master teaching with professional productions that have won local, national and international awards. Composed of parents from the community, representatives of the EMSB and teachers Leon Llewellyn and Tiseo, the foundation will be in a position to use any revenues that accrue from its productions such as Whispering Dreams to benefit the Communications Department, beginning. This innovation is a first for the EMSB and comprises a model that draws on community-school/school board partnerships in order to help finance, on an ongoing basis, the work of master teachers and dedicated students. As such, it serves as a model for any school that is looking to bolster both its role in the life of its community, as well as its financial resources. In addition, the foundation honours the career of Mr. Tiseo, who retired from teaching last June.
Michael J. Cohen