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December 2022 – Holiday Newsletter

Hello CCites, members, and friends,

Happy Holidays!

Seasons Greetings

Editor’s Note

Woohoo! We’ve made it to the end of 2022 and what a year it has been! If you’re reading this it means you’re blessed. It means that you’ve made it to the end of another hard year where people all over the world are fighting to overcome the lingering effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic. We truly have a lot to be thankful for especially as a Chapter.

We kicked off the year with a lot of energy and a will to come up with fun activities to raise funds for various initiatives for our alma mater. From the walkathon to the virtual parties to the in-person gatherings, the entire year was busy and rough at times but I am proud to say 2022 was a successful year for our Toronto Chapter. It was a success because we followed through on all the plans we made and were able to make donations to CC more than once this year! That’s a big deal! Our aim is to be present and to always have a gift in hand to bless the students. And we have done just that.

Now it’s on to our boldest mission yet – our goal to raise $50,000 to renovate the main boys’ washroom at CC. It’s a big goal but we are used to doing big things. Plus, our Chapter renovated the main girls’ washroom some years ago so we do know a little about landing big projects.

The GoFundMe campaign has been slowly picking up steam but we remain confident that we will raise the funds we need to make a difference in the lives of our male students.

As we head towards the end of the year, I want to encourage you to remember what the last two years in the pandemic has taught us – life is precious and friends and family aren’t to be taken for granted. Spend time with your loved ones, eat plenty, laugh, exercise, take care of your mental health and REST! 2023 will be another busy year for the Toronto Chapter so we’re going to need all the energy and excitement for that.

Thanks again for the support and happy holidays to you all!

Cheers,
Kimesha Walters
President, CCAA, Toronto Chapter
Editor, CCAA Newsletter

It’s the Season of Giving – Help us to help Them
Join in Our Biggest Fundraiser Yet!
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We are continuing our mission to raise $50,000 to renovate the main boys’ washroom at Clarendon College! We had great launch event on Sunday, October 23, but donations are trickling in much slower than we expected.
   Still, we’re grateful for all the gifts we’ve received so far and we’d like to thank everyone who has been spreading the word and encouraging their contacts to support the great cause. Every dollar counts so let’s continue to appeal for those donations. No matter how small they are, they will make a difference.
     Our CC boys continue to be our pride and joy and a beacon of hope in Chapelton – and a few weeks ago they heightened the school’s spirit by bringing home CC’s 10th DaCosta Cup trophy plus they also won the Olivier Shield!
   This has no doubt ignited the CC pride in the hearts of present and past students and it is another reason why we are working tirelessly to renovate the washroom and add some comfort to the lives of our male students.
Click here to donate today!
You can also send your donation directly to us via e-Transfer to givingtocc@gmail.com.

Even a $25 will go a far way.
Share this with your friends, family, and colleagues who will help to support this worthy cause.

Let’s Go CC!

 

We are the Champions!
Celebrating our DaCosta Cup and Olivier Shield Wins
by Richard “Jack” Coley

Celebrating our 10th DaCosta Cup Title!

DaCosta Cup and Olivier Shield Champions! 

CC are champions of the 2022 DaCosta Cup competition – contested by rural area high schools – after blanking first time finalists Central High School 3 nil, in an all-Clarendon schools finals, held on Saturday, December 3, 2022. This win took CC’s tally of DaCosta Cup title wins to ten (10) after being champions in 1977, 1978, 1991, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2014, 2018 and 2019.
   In the Olivier Shield final, contested between the winners of the urban area Manning cup and the DaCosta Cup winner, to determine all island schoolboy football supremacy, CC defeated Jamaica College (JC), also by a 3 nil margin, for a sixth hold on the coveted title. This was on Wednesday, December 14. CC’s previous Olivier Shield winning years were 1977, 1978, 1998, 2018 and 2019.
    As a result of the students that were retained for the 2020 season, CC was favoured to win both titles for a third consecutive season; however, the season was cancelled due to COVID19 restrictions. The 2022 DaCosta Cup and Olivier Shield title wins were dedicated to assistant manager and past student, Neville “Manny” Peart, who passed away tragically in a motor vehicle crash only 48 hours before the DaCosta Cup finals.
    During the 2022 DaCosta Cup season, while displaying their now recognizable tiki-taka brand of football (a style of play popular in Spain’s football), CC played a total of 18 games, finishing the season with an almost perfect record, having won 17 of those 18 games with a single game ending in a draw.
    CC boasts an enviable defensive record in the DaCosta Cup, having conceded a miserly six goals, whilst scoring an astounding total of 67 goals.
    The team is prepared by technical director Lenworth “Teacha” Hyde who was a player on the 1977 and 1978 winning teams; Hyde has been at the helm since 2016. Under Hyde’s tutelage, CC has won three (3) DaCosta Cup titles (2018, 2019 & 2022), one (1) Ben Francis Cup (2017), the Olivier Shield thrice (2018, 2019 & 2022) and one (1) Champion’s Cup (2021/22); making him one of the most decorated coaches in Jamaican schoolboy football history.

Vox Pop

Why Donate to the Bathroom Renovation Fund?
(Our biggest fundraiser yet!)

As we approach the holiday season, no doubt you’ll recall fond memories of Christmas past and look forward to making new memories with family and friends. Christmas is also a time of giving and sharing, and in that light, we asked some of our alumni why donating to our fundraising campaign to fix CC’s main boys’ bathroom is a worthwhile cause.

Question:
Why should our friends, family, and well-wishers donate to the CC Boys’ Bathroom Renovation fund as a gift to our alma mater and DaCosta Cup Champions this Christmas?

Here is what some of our “CC Old Boys” had to say:

“Donating to the boys’ bathroom renovation fund is like a gift that keeps on giving. It will help to provide a first-class bathroom facility for the boys currently in school and for the generations to come.” – Rean Goulbourne

“A clean, modern bathroom is not only hygienic but it’s also a teaching point. As someone who used the bathrooms many, many years ago, I remember it just as well as any of my other memories of being a CC student. Having a renovated bathroom will be a memory that the young men will never forget, they’ll see the gesture and think of it in the future when they are alumni.” – Nikolai-Andre Alexander

“We are the ones that can renovate the boys’ bathroom, through our compassionate actions as past students and a caring community. This Christmas, let us collectively give back to CC and be the change to create a more conducive learning environment, rather than waiting on others to do so.” – Dr. Sylvanus Thompson

“Join us as we applaud the CC Boys for their DaCosta Cup Championship (football/soccer) win. Unfortunately, their current bathroom facility is not fit for use by champions. We need your help to provide them with a proper bathroom facility – a noble cause that will bring a SMILE to their faces and JOY within your hearts.” – Jotham James, Vice President, CCAA-Toronto Chapter

CC continues to be a source of pride and fond memories among its alumni and we continue to expect great things from our CC graduates. Renovating the bathroom not only meets an urgent need, it’s also a way to show our CC boys that they are supported and valued by a larger CC family. Your donation to this fund will make a tangible difference in their lives.

Jotham
Rean
Nikolai-Andre
Dr. Sylvanus

Congratulations!

Valin Smith-Senatus, our Florida-based member was promoted to Tax Auditor 3 last November, and on November 1, 2022 she was promoted again, this time to Tax Auditor 4. Congratulations, Valin!

Have you heard the news? Madam President, Kimesha is now a budding Dj – Dj Solista!
She launched her YouTube channel in October and she’s diligently working on her craft. Subscribe to her channel here, and listen, like, share, and comment on her mixes!

Congratulations!

Jalin Whyte-Lewin
Hugh Anthony Simmonds, PhD
Congratulations to Jalin Whyte-Lewin and Hugh Anthony Simmonds, PhD who won awards at the Canadian Jamaican Diaspora Christian Alliance (CJDCA)! Jalin won the Norman Manley award for volunteer work in the Christian diaspora, and Hugh received in nomination certificate for the George William-Gordon Award for Human Rights. Here they share a moment with Lincoln Downer, Consul General of Jamaica in Toronto.

Pay it Forward!

Our love for Clarendon College runs deep. It’s why the we exist. It’s why we invest our time in fundraising and voluntary activities that help us to uplift our alma mater. (Like our current campaign to renovate the 5th form Boys’ Bathroom. Donate today!)
Our members range from students who attended CC for a short time, for a season, or for the entire duration of high school. And, their commitment is the powerful thread that connects us all.
Here’s Sharon Rose Barnett, our Director of Membership Services, who attended CC for a little over a year yet her love for CC knows no bounds. Take a glimpse into her journey with us and why she is drawn to helping us further our mission to extend on the vision of Reverend Lester Davy, “I shall light a candle in Chapelton whose flame shall never be put out.”

Watch the video: Take a look at Sharon’s journey with us

Have you paid your membership dues? Did you know that our membership dues cost only $25 for the entire year? WOW! And Yes, you read that right! Funds go towards keeping the CCAA up and running and help us to roll out initiatives and fundraising activities to support and give back to CC. Send us a message today to play your part in keeping our organization’s mission alive!.

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