|VINCENT MASSEY COLLEGIATE CONTINUES PARTNERSHIP WITH VETERANS RESIDENCE|
MONTREAL, OCTOBER 24, 2016 – Students from Vincent Massey Collegiate in Rosemount recently held a community lunch, kicking off the 12th year of their partnership with the Ste. Anne’s Veterans Residence.
The partnership, formed by Spiritual and Community Animator Rocco Speranza in 2005, has allowed countless students to visit veterans, share meals, stories and most importantly, provide company to countless seniors over the 12 years.
Following the lunch, in addition to several visits and meetings, students keep in touch with the seniors via a letter writing campaign.
“Experiences such as this one allow our youth to connect with seniors, create friendships, while making links to the past,” said Speranza. “Importantly, it also allows students to develop their inner life values, becoming compassionate and contributing members of society.”
The community lunch was made possible thanks to the support from VMC administration and staff, Ste. Anne’s dedicated staff and volunteers, Mrs. Didi, students who prepared the wonderful desserts, Mrs. Thompson and her art students who prepared decorations as well as co-organizers Mr. Cavallaro and Mr. Trimboli.
Michael J. Cohen