St. Dominic Catholic Elementary School and Town of Oakville officially unveil Bronte Veterans Garden

St. Dominic Catholic Elementary School students and teachers, and the Town of Oakville unveiled the Bronte Veterans Garden at an emotional official ceremony this morning at Donovan Bailey Park. Two tree plaques honouring Corporal Robert James Mitchell and Private Paul Parkin were also unveiled as part of the ceremony.

The idea of a Bronte Veterans Garden was first conceived by students from St. Dominic Catholic Elementary School who were inspired by a school visit from Carol Mitchell, a mother of a fallen Canadian soldier. Following this enlightening visit last June, the students of St. Dominic Catholic Elementary School expressed the need for a more visible, lasting tribute to Canadian veterans and their families.

To make their idea a reality, the students sought the support of their local Town of Oakville Councillor Ralph Robinson. “The Town of Oakville is incredibly proud to have been involved in this project,” said Robinson. “It’s truly amazing to see what a group of empowered students can accomplish and I applaud them for creating this lasting legacy in Bronte.”

For the past several years, Grade 7 students from St. Dominic Catholic Elementary School have been creating posters and sending them across the nation to pay tribute to Canadian soldiers killed in the line of duty. Mrs. Mitchell of Owen Sound travelled to Oakville to personally thank the students for their poster created in honour of her son, Corporal Robert James Mitchell who lost his life in Afghanistan.

“It is through these new relationships that our students deepened their appreciation for veterans and their families and were inspired to make a greater difference in their local community,” said Alice Anne LeMay, Chair of the Halton Catholic District School Board. “With all of our hearts, we thank and salute Canadian veterans and their families and honour them with this garden.”

The students at St. Dominic Catholic Elementary School also became acquainted with Private Paul Parkin, a World War II veteran, while he was in hospital awaiting transfer to an Oakville nursing home. The students supported Mr. Parkin and his family with letters to the Toronto Sun and with inspiring posters and letters that were fondly displayed in his hospital room.

According to John MacPhail, a Grade 7 teacher at St. Dominic Catholic Elementary School, “the students’ letters and prayers were answered when a nursing home spot became available for Mr. Parkin. Sadly, he passed away a few weeks later. We’ve been fortunate that Mr. Parkin’s son Doug has continued to support the school community by sharing artifacts and pictures of his father’s wartime service, bringing history to life for the students.”

Through the support of the Town of Oakville, which provided the site, preparation and landscape design, and the generous donations of Medi-Chair; Prefer Electric Inc.; Branch #486 Bronte – Royal Canadian Legion; Halton Elementary Unit – Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association; and St. Dominic Catholic Elementary School, this vision of the students’ work has become a reality.

The Bronte Veterans Garden is located at Donovan Bailey Park on Bronte Road (designated as Halton Region’s Veterans’ Highway) in Oakville.

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For more information contact:

Janine Ivings
Senior Communications Advisor
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3005
jivings@oakville.ca


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St. Dominic Catholic Elementary School and Town of Oakville officially unveil Bronte Veterans Garden