With the increase in the number of confirmed COVID cases locally and provincially, last week’s announcement regarding a provincial move to remote learning while unfortunate was not unexpected. As we did in January, we once again will make the pivot. Thank you to our staff and families, for all you are doing and continue to do to support each other during these very challenging times.
It has been two weeks since the provincial lockdown order came into effect and for the first time in as many weeks, the Middlesex London Health Unit yesterday reported the number of new cases of COVID to be below 100. It is our fervent hope and prayer that the downward trend continues.
On Saturday former Governor General David Johnston, during a commemorative service at Christ Church Cathedral in Ottawa to honour the late Prince Philip, spoke of the touching ways in the Prince served. The example he shared is an inspiration for all of us. It is an example of ‘servant leadership’ of noticing and responding to a need, no matter how small. The following is an excerpt from a Canadian Press article:
In 2010, before his installation as governor general, Johnston said he and his wife Sharon were invited to Balmoral Castle in Scotland. The Queen invited Sharon to spend a few hours at the stables tending to the horses, but she had only packed dress shoes, he said. "Prince Philip twigged to the predicament," Johnston said. "Turning his chair back, he peered under the table, glanced at Sharon's feet, turned to the queen and said, 'I think she's your size.' "Her Majesty disappeared from the breakfast table, returning moments later with a pair of well-worn brogues, problem solved," he said. "In this moment, the Queen's consort had overcome one possible obstacle to the Queen's plans."
As part of the same ceremony (at minute 23.00) students from Appleby College performed a moving and inspiring rendition of Amazing Grace in tribute to the Prince. Well worth a listen!
“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” Scott Adams