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Marianopolis and the Legend of a Thousand Cranes

To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the birth of Marguerite Bourgeoys, last September Marianopolis College launched the Crane Project. This initiative is based on the story of Sadako Sasaki in Eleanor Coerr’s novel Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. It is about a Japanese girl who is diagnosed with leukemia caused by radiation from the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. She is inspired by the Japanese legend that says that if a person folds a thousand paper cranes, her wish will be granted. Today, Sadako’s story and the symbol of the crane are associated with world peace.

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Marguerite’s Feast day at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys school in Kingston

Last Monday, January 13, I joined the students at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys school in Kingston for their celebration of Marguerite’s Feast day. The 450 plus student body from kindergarten to grade eight assembled in the gym for their annual celebration to honour their school’s patron. They sang with all their hearts the song “Saint Marguerite We Love You” which has become their school song. I presented a series of slides illustrating the “Life of Marguerite” made from sketches drawn years ago by a Japanese Sister. Before showing the slides, I reminded the students that there would be a quiz at the end of the presentation and so they watched and listened with great attention. I was utterly amazed and impressed by the knowledge they have of Marguerite’s life! The school does not have any sisters but the spirit of Marguerite and her mission is certainly alive and well. These pictures speak for themselves. When I was leaving the school after a wonderful time with the students, I congratulated the teachers on the fantastic work they are doing in spreading the spirit of Saint Marguerite.

Marijke Gerretsen, CND

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Canadian Government Survey re Pre-Budget Consultations

There are four sections and you can do any one of them or all. All sections are important and the survey does not take long. It is a good exercise for expanding your knowledge of the complexity of the options being considered. It's a chance for Canadians to provide feedback on their priorities such as Climate Change. Some note you can choose as many options as you want while others have only one option choice. You can add another option if you select Other. There is an opportunity at the end to comment further. You'll find the survey at

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