Living Non Nobis Solum – Not For Ourselves Alone
Service has been a central tenet of the LCC experience since the school’s founding, heeding its motto Non Nobis Solum – Not for Ourselves Alone. Developed at a young age and practiced throughout a lifetime, community service helps students mature, strengthens their sense of social responsibility, and educates them about the role they play in a global society. Through community service, students come to realize that everyone can and should reach out to help others. With a commitment to serving others, demonstrating empathy and raising awareness within our local, national and international communities, students at all levels participate in age-appropriate community service activities.
The Community Service Program is designed to involve students in helping others and to encourage awareness and compassion. Depending on the grade level, students take part in the Helping Hands Program, visit a seniors’ residence, Ste. Justine’s Hospital and a daycare. They participate in an off-site visit to help out at a local preschool, collect goods for Sun Youth and the NDG Food Depot, or take part in activities with people with Alzheimer’s disease.
Middle School students are required to participate in community service opportunities throughout the year. They visit local organizations, including Generations Foundation, MADA, LaSalle Boys and Girls Club, JEM, Éco-quartier, Greene Centre, and Chez Doris in order to lend a hand to those less fortunate. Students who establish themselves as leaders in community service are recognized at the end of their time in Middle School.
In Senior School, students volunteer in an area of personal interest and are asked to reflect on the significance of their service and the personal growth these opportunities provide. Students complete a required number of service hours throughout their years in Senior School. In addition, grade 10 students take part in the Toskan Casale Foundation’s Youth and Philanthropy Initiative, in which students work in groups with a grassroots organization throughout the year. The culminating event is a panel presentation about the charity. Each year, the team with the best presentation earns $5,000 for its organization. The second and third place teams earn $3,000 and $2,000 respectively for their charities.