On Saturday evening (the eve of St. Valentine's Day), I attended the Fourth Annual Fundraising Gala for Ottawa's independent Catholic elementary school, Maryvale Academy, whose theme was LOVE.
It was held at the St. Elias Banquet Centre.
From the website of Maryvale Academy (www.maryvaleacademy.ca), we learn that the objectives of the school are to:
۰ Provide an affordable and accessible Catholic education in which students encounter God and discover their unconditional worth as children of God.
۰ Provide a quality education through rigorous academic standards so that students will have the means for life-long learning and personal spiritual growth.
۰ Foster a deep love and knowledge of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Faith.
۰ Model the Christian concept of unity through community interaction - involving the family, the parish and the larger community in the educational process.
۰ Birth a new generation of Catholic leaders and visionaries to renew, evangelize, and open our society to the truth of the Catholic Faith.
A range of items was available in the Silent Auction; later there was a traditional auction on prime items with bidding...
Parents of students, clergy and friends are enthusiastic about the Academy
The students served as greeters
The school choir glows as they perform
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More pix of Winterlude ...
Go for a skate...
...take in some art