St. Brendan Catholic Elementary School in the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville celebrated its third annual, Strength in Unity Day on January 15, 2015. The Strength in Unity Day acknowledged and commemorated the January virtues of “unity and inclusivity.”
To celebrate the virtues, the school hosted Author, Susan Bosak, who spoke to students and staff about her book, Dream, as well as the Whitchurch-Stouffville Dream initiative. The Dream initiative emphasizes the importance of allowing the voices of all Whitchurch-Stouffville residents, young and old, to be heard, thus fostering a more united and inclusive community. All members of St. Brendan’s school community were asked to create a seven-point star with their name, age, and a dream they have for Whitchurch-Stouffville recorded on it.
In a true collaborative spirit, Bosak was accompanied by Brian Puppa, Project Coordinator of the Legacy Project, and Carolyn Nordheimer-James, CEO of the Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library. Together they applauded the St. Brendan students for their work on a
community project, WS YOU 177, which stands for “Whitchurch-Stouffville Young and Old United – 1 World, 7 Generations with 7 Billion people co-existing on this planet.”
The ultimate goal of the WS YOU 177 project is to continue to create a more caring, stronger, and thriving Whitchurch-Stouffville community for all now and in the future with a common vision between the generations. All the schools in the town are participating in this initiative through the creation of a Dream Chain. The Dream Chain concept coincides with Bosak’s book.