Knox College students visit T.O. to say thanks


Knox College alumni in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) have consistently and steadfastly supported their old school over the past two decades.

Their goodwill has been extended through gifts of books for the library, computers for the lab, scholarships and financial resources to boost the school’s “Soul Singers” choir.

Last Saturday, six of the choir members – including a trumpeter – came to Toronto to express the school’s gratitude through song at the Knox Past Students Association (Toronto chapter) 18th reunion banquet in Scarborough.

“The Toronto chapter is the flagship of the alumni associations and they have helped us develop quite an enviable arts program,” said principal Rev Dr. Gordon Cowans who, with Math teacher Alexander Bourne, accompanied the students to Toronto. “In addition to providing financial resources, members visit our school regularly whenever they come to Jamaica and by doing that let us know they are always thinking about us. We appreciate that.”

The visiting students, whose ages ranged from 15-19, were sisters Renee and Rena Watson, Amelia Wellington, Chad Cole, Ashley Brown and Jovane Blagrove.

“The kids we brought here to represent some of the choir’s best voices and they are also very disciplined and serious about their academics,” Cowan said.

The principal for the past 17 years, Cowans also thanked the alumni group here for supporting Knox student participants Ashley Campbell and Kachieve Dale who came here in 2009 and 2010 respectively for the annual Emerging Global Leaders Program (EGLP) for high schoolers at York University.

The school has already selected two students to attend next month’s program.

The co-ed, institution, whose alumni include former world sprint champion Donovan Bailey, has an enrollment of 1350 of which about 300 live on campus.

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