Last night we had the pleasure of welcoming Mr. Spencer West to speak as a part of the MGI Gordon Distinguished Speakers’ Series. The speakers’ series is made possible through the generosity of former Chairman of the Board Crawford Gordon ’56 and wife Eve. Spencer lost his legs at the age of five. He spoke about overcoming stereotyping and bullying, and about finding meaning and happiness in a material world. A life-changing trip to Africa altered the course of his life and now he is a motivational speaker with ‘Me to We’. Recently, as part of the Redefine Possible campaign he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with his best friends and raised $500, 000 for Free The Children’s clean-water projects in Kenya.
Spencer West overcame after losing his legs at the age of five. He speaks about overcoming stereotyping and bullying, about finding meaning and happiness in a material world and how he never lost the hope or courage needed to surmount personal obstacles. Infused with humour and humility, his thought-provoking message inspires people to find opportunity in every challenge. With every speech, Spencer leaves an indelible mark on his audiences, instilling hope and strong leadership so that they can inspire others to create positive change.
Before joining Me to We Speakers, Spencer was on the Go Global speaking tour for Free The Children. Through a keynote address and leadership workshop, Spencer encouraged youth to overcome their daily challenges, believe in themselves as active change-makers, and find personal strength to fight for the issues they are passionate about. He has also served as an international leadership facilitator in Kenya, India, the Arizona–Mexico border and Saudi Arabia, and is a recipient of the Fervent Global Love of Lives Medal of Bravery from Taiwan’s Chou Ta Kuan Foundation. And on November 5, 2011, along with his hero Rick Hansen, Spencer took part in the Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay as a Man in Motion Medal Bearer.
Whether from conference stages, stadiums, or volunteer camps in the Mara, Spencer’s words have encouraged millions of young people to become more socially involved in their communities and the world.
See Spencer tell his story in person on January 29th in the Mandeville Theatre.
To celebrate the New Year and to take some time to reconnect after the Christmas holidays, the grade 9s met for a residential life evening on Thursday. The boys met with their housemasters and assistants to play some soccer and basketball and then shared a meal together in Williams Hall. They were pleased to welcome special guests Mr. Kidd and Ashton to their meal!
The girls met in the Lower School library for a meal and took some time to get to know each other a little better and to welcome two new girls to grade 9 who have joined us in January. Everyone had a good time sharing friendship, food, and fun. January is often a time when homesickness and worry can start and occasions like this highlight the importance of connections that the student make with each other and with the faculty.
As told by Ms. Rachael Scott- Head of Residential Life
Ridley College has four female boarding houses, one junior boarding house and five male houses, including Merritt South. A boarding school experience creates lifelong bonds, as one student puts it “we’re basically one big family”. Watch the video below to see what the MSO special for pizza is and what it is like to be a “strong man”:
There are ten boarding houses on the Ridley College campus and each is unique in their own way. The identity, culture and traditions all bond the members of the house. For the Leonard House girls part of their identity lies in their ladybug wings – a staple at house competitions – maybe that’s what gives them their competitive edge?