Guest Speakers

Tammy & Jordan Peterson

On November 6th, our school community took part in a very special event at Kintore College near the University of Toronto, St. George Campus. Tammy Peterson, with the support of her husband Dr. Jordan Peterson, renowned psychologist, author, and professor, recounted the compelling story of her fatal diagnosis, her transformational experience with the rosary, and her journey to newfound faith. Hawthorn students, parents and staff were at Kintore College when Tammy and Jordan Peterson were being filmed, and had the opportunity to hear both of them speak. Dr. Peterson also stayed to sign books and chat. Through such a deeply personal talk, the Petersons shared with us a remarkable example of the presence of truth, the power of healing, and the boundless reserves of quiet strength that lives within us.

Lt(N) Natalie Holmes

In honour of Remembrance Day, Lt(N) Natalie Holmes of the Royal Canadian Navy was invited to speak at Hawthorn about her life in military service. Using personal examples of living and working onboard Canada’s military ships, Lt(N) Holmes shared valuable lessons about the importance of teamwork in this highly interactive talk. She underlined that, through the inevitable storms at sea and in life, everyone with whom we find ourselves working, with all of their particular strengths and weaknesses, is incredibly valuable to the success of our mutual projects. Talking with Lt(N) Holmes was an inspiring reminder of the dignity, value, and sacrifice of Canada’s armed forces.  

Alexandre Havard

On November 25, Hawthorn was honoured to welcome back author and international speakerAlexandre Havard to share his insights with our faculty, parents and friends. Mr. Havard invitedand encouraged all of us to answer the question of how to transform the dream of oneself as a full human being into a great mission. Underlining the thirst in today’s world for formation of character over mere information, he opened the path to the virtues of magnanimity and humility, inspiring us to be aware of, trust in, and strengthen our unique, natural talents and audaciously use them to do great things for the common good.

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