Tomorrow Yearns for Risk and Imagination

In order of importance, the Foundation’s purpose is this:

  • to level the playing field for kids;
  • to eliminate barriers that keep them from engaging in school life and with their peers and then, with these basic human needs met;
  • provide hands-on learning experiences over-and-above standard curriculum and, in so doing:
  • bring all students to the meeting point between their natural aptitude and personal passion – a place where they discover and do a thing they love and in doing it they feel like they’re most authentic selves.

Like author Sir Ken Robinson, we believe that it’s crucial that a child finds this, not simply because it will make them more fulfilled but because, “as the world evolves, the very future of our communities and institutions depend on it”.

And behind all our grants, assistance, workshops and programming, our underlying message to kids will always be to hold fast to what they inherently bring with them at the start of their school careers – “sparkling imaginations, fertile minds, and a willingness to take risks with what they think.”

If they do that, they will make the difference we need in the world.

Executive Director, LW Wes MacVicar

Ego or Calling…What’s Guiding You?

Black and White Photo of women scratching her head in disbeliefDear Students (and the rest of us), we highly recommend this article:

5 Ways to Distinguish Your Calling From Your Ego BY SHELLEY PREVOST

Your ego and your “calling” in life can look surprisingly similar. Both pull you toward the realization of your desires. Both can completely consume your waking (and sometimes sleeping) hours with frenetic thoughts and sparks of brilliance. They can also manifest very similar outcomes–money, fame, and power. And they can both leave you feeling exhausted.

Ego is necessary and important because it does the work to assemble your personality. It manages your fragile identity while you figure out who you are. It protects you from the onslaught of societal expectations and motivates you to work hard and achieve great things.

But ego alone can also skew you toward thinking that hard work and achievement are the goals in life.
If your ego is what assembles your personality and manages your identity, then your calling is invested in making sure it’s authentic–who you really are–not just a persona you show the world.

Here are some ways to decipher which one is really driving your work.

Ego fears not having or doing something. Calling fears not expressing or being something.
The lifeblood of the ego is fear. Its primary function is to preserve your identity, but it fears your unworthiness. As a result, ego pushes you harder in order to achieve more. Ego communicates to you through “oughts,” “musts,” and “shoulds,” persuading you to believe that by achieving more and more, you must be worthy, right?

A calling expresses itself quietly, through the expression of subtle clues throughout your life. It is unconcerned with you attaining or accomplishing anything. Its primary function is to be a conduit for expressing your true self to the world. What you DO with that expression is less important.

Ego needs anxiety to survive. Calling needs silence to survive.
Ego not only breeds on anxiety, it requires anxiety in order to decide which aspects of your personality will be dominant, and which ones will be dormant.

Wherever you feel the most insecurity is where your ego will work overtime to “fix.” The ego needs anxiety to pinpoint the problem, then course corrects by disavowing this pesky aspect of your personality. Unfortunately, what the ego finds annoying or disruptive can also be your greatest gift to the world.

A calling, on the other hand, is discovered through observation and reflection, which is rarely found in a noisy environment. Listening to your life and discovering what it’s Continue reading

Yes! I’ll Give This

The Holiday season is upon us and the busyness of the season is growing with each day.

As you search for the perfect gift for that person who has everything, we are here to help.

Honour that special someone with a gift in their name from the Foundation for Education’s new Gift Catalogue.
There are so many options to suit each person on your list. You can shop from the comfort of your home and avoid the crowds. All while giving a gift that will change a child’s life.

For that person who is into sports, give them the gift of 1, 2, 3, Go! – the gift of making sure that being part of a sports team is a reality for a young person. For some of our students, the fees to be part of a team and represent their school are more than their families can afford. Help them experience the thrill of the game and learn the lessons that come from being a team player.

Or, for that special someone who is dedicated to the Arts, give them Grow an Artist– the gift of providing a classroom workshop for one student. Introduce a child to an art-based experience they would never be able to have otherwise. You may be opening the door to self-expression, a future in the arts or even a coping strategy when they are faced with complex feelings, anxiety or depression.

There are many options and we are sure there will be something there for that extra special person.

The process is simple:

Please visit our Gift Catalogue and explore each of them. Once you have decided on a gift:

  1. Click on the gift of your choice.
  2. You will be taken to a form to complete for your gift.
  3. To send an eCard and message announcing your gift, choose “In Honour”. You will be taken to the eCard option in the next step. Simply choose an image and include a personal message.
  4. Complete your purchase and relax.

Each gift option you choose completely goes to helping students in Perth and Huron. You will also receive a tax receipt from the Foundation for the full amount you gifted.

Simply go to our Gift Catalogue, fill in the form, send an eCard and you have finished your shopping. All from the comfort of your home.

Above all, you can be merry knowing you’ve made a difference in the life of a child this holiday season.