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Vision School, Clint Ward

Vision School Groundbreaking in Vaudreuil

The new Vision School started by Michelle Vaudrin held a groundbreaking ceremony in Vaudreuil last Friday. Vaudreuil Mayor Rejean Boyer was on hand to help dig up a symbolic piece of sod and lots of future Vision School students helped with small shovels.

The Vision Schools offer a private school curriculum which emphasizes languages and the children graduate from elementary school fluent in three languages. For Quebec, these are expected to include English and French and possibly Spanish. Being a private school without government funding, the school is not subject to the language restrictions applied to public schools and anyone can attend, regardless of mother tongue.

Construction is proceding with almost 100 children registered for September and more expected during the summer. The problems with the local schools, including overcrowding, busing and arbitrary decisions imposed on local schools by the on-island school board have fueled increasing interest in alternatives to the public school system and the Vision School is already planning a high school on adjoining land to handle the elementary school graduates.

Clint Ward Nominated for the Canadian Waterski Hall of Fame

Ward, now a Hudson, Que., resident, was also nominated in the builder category. He was among Canada's top water skiers in the 1960s. He won the national slalom title in his first tournament. In the 1970s, he was involved in all facets of the sport. He was Canadian team manager at the 1971 world championships, when George Athans' gold medal. He was also team leader at the 1972 Olympics when water skiing was a demonstration sport. He also served two terms as Water Ski Canada president.