How do you celebrate your birthdays? Do you prefer a quiet gathering, a big party or nothing at all? I am guilty of rather understated birthday celebrations, even for milestone birthdays. However, when it comes to Greenwood’s milestone celebrations, we knew that 20 years was worth a special celebration. Two decades ago, Richard Wernham, Julia West, John Latimer and David Latimer had a vision of the school they felt was missing from the Toronto community; twenty years later, Greenwood – and its mission to challenge, inspire and support each and every student – is thriving.
Greenwood’s growth and success can be attributed to many factors. We attract outstanding families to join our community who are looking for a high-challenge, high-support environment where their child is known and valued. We recruit talented and passionate employees who are dedicated to helping every student thrive and to their own continued growth. And, we have worked tirelessly to keep Greenwood on the leading edge of education and to meet the changing needs of our students, because we know that’s how they learn best.
After the past few years of limiting celebrations, it seems important that we take time this weekend to both reflect on the successes of the past 20 years and look ahead to what is possible in the future. Our strategic plan and exciting development of the land just south of the school represent Greenwood’s dedication to continuing to learn and adapt as a community. We’ve come so far together, and I know that, if we continue to work together, the coming decade will be the best one yet.
We acknowledge with gratitude the Ancestral lands upon which our main campus is situated. These lands are the Ancestral territories of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, Anishinabek and the Wendake. The shared responsibility of this land is honoured in the Dish with One Spoon Treaty and as settlers, we strive to care for the land, the waters, and all creatures in the spirit of peace. We are responsible for respecting and supporting the enduring presence of all First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. When away from this campus we vow to be respectful to the land by protecting and honouring it. We will create relationships with the people and the land we may visit by understanding the territories we enter and the nations who inhabit them.