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Trafalgar participates in Canada 150 Project
by Sarah Harries-Taylor - Tuesday, 13 June 2017, 01:36 PM


July 2017 marks Canada’s 150th birthday. Throughout the country, Canadians are coming together to promote Canada 150 in their community. In Durham Region, Trafalgar Castle School is thrilled to participate in a community project aimed at recognizing 150 individuals in the region who have made a positive impact on the community. Our girls will be a part of the project by meeting with these individuals to ask questions and share their stories.

To help our girls prepare, Ken Shaw of CTV News and Joe Millage from Participation House Durham Region visited the School to share their expertise. Ken asked the girls who their heroes were; responses included family members, friends, teachers and a host of singers, athletes and other people in the media. Then, Joe asked them why. Why is this person your hero? How did they get to where they are today? What did they have to do to achieve their goal? The girls were urged to look at the story from the beginning and examine the process of how their hero got to where they were today.

“It’s all about making the journey fun, and finding the hook and the why,” Ken explained. He urged the girls to find the emotional side of the story and to share the stories they write from a human perspective. “People don’t respond to numbers and statistics, they respond to people’s stories, their struggles, their successes, their tragedies and their happiness.”

The girls who have stepped forward to take part in the Canada 150 story-telling project in Durham Region are going to be part of something special in our community. Each of the 150 individuals chosen as heroes among us in Durham Region come from diverse backgrounds, various circumstances and many age groups, but they each have a story of heroism all of us should hear. We are excited to not only hear these stories, but hear them from the perspective of a Trafalgar girl.

*The 150 stories will be put into a commemorative book. Stay tuned to learn more about the stories and this amazing community project.