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St. Joe’s students meet with hockey legend

St. Joseph’s Catholic School Grade 7 and 8 students got an experience of a lifetime as Canadian hockey legend Pat Stapleton offered up his thoughts on the power of teamwork last Wednesday.

It was the culminating event in a year-long pilot project called the Power of Teamwork. The program is a partnership between the 1972 Summit Series Canadian hockey team and the Niagara District Catholic School Board.

The students worked together for a charity and they chosed the YWCA . The school community came together and raised money and non-perishable food items for the organzation and which they presented to Kathy Summers of the YWCA board of directors.

Student Senators Ava Venzon and Jennelle McMahon and next year’s senators Erica Brunning and Dakotah Johnstone talked about how lucky they are as a school to hold this pilot project.

“Most wouldn’t get this opportunity,” Janelle said.

The project consisted of the students learning about the 1972 hockey Summit Series in which Canadian hockey stars took on the best of the best of Soviet Union. They also workd on team-building tasks.

“The project is to give back and we achieved that with collecting approximately 200 everday items,” said Ava.

“We also raised money from a pie-a-teacher-in-the-face,” said Erica. They raised $110 from the event for the YWCA.

When Stapleton took the floor, students were engaged from start to finish as he talked about what it meant to be a good teammate and how that starts with yourself.

“You won’t be a good teammate until you become a good individual” Stapleton said.

He explained how physically, mentally and spiritually you need to be in sync and how to take ownership of your thoughts.

“When you wake up don’t think of it as an alarm clock, think of it as an opportunity clock,” he said.