Our Lady Of Mount Carmel Celebrates 25th Anniversary
Last Saturday I attended the 25th anniversary celebrations of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Secondary School in Mississauga from which I graduated class of 1993. For me this was a great opportunity to catch up with friends and teachers from what I feel like to be so long ago. The celebrations included a talent show held last Thursday, a pub night the Friday and finally the celebration on Saturday consisting of a Mass, a tribute to the school, past and present students and faculty, the official unveiling of the gym mural and barbeque. I had time to walk around the school grounds and reminisce. There were class room’s setup for all the graduating classes and it was fun to see all the old SWAG, school year books, team pictures and things that I would never remember unless I was there.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel has strived for excellence. I was in the first grade 9 class to step foot in the present day building (OLMC was housed by 2 different schools during its construction) and know firsthand the quality of the teachers and administration at that time. What I learned was how far the school has come since the early days of its existence. Physically there is a new addition that was built. No longer are there portables on the 400 meter track for which they also added a score board. In my time the graphic arts room had only 2 computers. Now there is a Mac on every desk. In 2011 the Fraser Institute has ranked OLMC 97th of 718 schools in Ontario and 9th out of 31 in Mississauga.
Some notable graduates of OLMC include the members of the Juno winning punk band Billy Talent’s Benjamin Kowalewicz, Ian D’Sa, Jonathan Gallant and Aaron Solowoniuk; Matt Moulson of the NHL’s New York Islanders; Kathleen Thistle – Fashion Model and Rares Crisan – Team Canada’s Men’s Rowing.
My lasting memories of my former school was I entered as a child but left as an adult ready to take on the challenges of life. I am happy to see many other teenagers have followed suit and give many thanks to the teachers who challenged and inspired me during those formative years.
By Todd Lee