Special Presentation from Lucie Edwards about Canada’s Unique Position in the World

Join us at Blyth Academy Waterloo (260 King St. W., Kitchener) on May 3 at 7 pm for a special presentation from Lucie Edwards titled Sleeping with the Elephant: Surviving and Thriving Through the Trump Administration; Canada’s Unique Position in the World. Lucie Edwards’ last assignment in a 34 year career with Global Affairs Canada was as Chief Strategist, working to integrate foreign policy and program delivery. To mark her retirement, she was awarded the Department’s Lifetime Achievement Award of Excellence in 2009.

Lucie had previously served in Ottawa as Assistant Deputy Minister for Corporate Services (1996-1999), and Director General of the Global Issues Bureau (1995-1996). Overseas, she served as Canadian High Commissioner to India (2003-2006), South Africa (1999-2003) and Kenya (1993- 94). She was awarded the Public Service Award of Excellence, its highest award, for her humanitarian work as Ambassador to Rwanda in 1995.

Throughout her career she has specialized in international development, with a particular interest in food security and rural poverty in Africa and Asia. Mrs. Edwards has played an active leadership role in the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), notably serving as Chair of the World Agroforestry Centre from 1999 to 2003.

She currently serves as a Trustee of the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan, which is headquartered in Beijing. She is particularly active in promoting global public health as National Chair for Partners in Health Canada. Lucie teaches Global Politics, Canadian Foreign Policy and Environmental Policy in the Political Science Departments at the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University. A proud Trent alumna, she serves as a member of Trent’s Board of Governors.

Lucie Edwards

Though our physical doors remain temporarily closed, the minds of our students stay open. Summer classes are continuing to meet on their regular daily schedules, in virtual classrooms with face-to-face instruction and peer interaction.  The Blyth Academy model of small class sizes, flexible scheduling and individualized approach have enabled us to remain faithful to our standards. Our commitment to ongoing and meaningful communication between school, teachers, students and families has been critical to this effort.

Although our students have transitioned into summer mode and COVID-19 restrictions have begun to loosen, we are looking ahead to what September will hold for our campuses and families.
We want to be clear - our preference and our priority is to get students back to our campuses, but we must ensure this is done in a safe and effective way. While we await official guidance from Public Health and the Ministry of Education, a "return to school" task force has been hard at work putting concrete operational plans in place for all likely scenarios. This includes a full return to campus with safeguards, a blended model of virtual and in-campus learning and the continuation of fully virtual classrooms. All scenarios will provide robust learning and live, daily instruction and interaction with teachers and peers. 
With ten campuses across Ontario, we realize that each one of our schools is a unique space and community. We will be implementing across-the-board policies on hand washing, facility cleaning and social distancing measures. Each school is also prepared to pivot individually based on the guidance of local health authorities and to best serve students and families. 
Our recent survey showed that over 80 per cent of Blyth Academy families are eager to return to campuses, and we are hard at work to prepare for this day. As September's scenario becomes clearer and more information becomes available, we will continue to communicate. 

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