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July-12-13
Sister Strong was my grade 6 teacher, she was both a kind and truly wonderful human being. It was a year of challenges, Holy cross school closed that year and we all moved to St John Bosco. I had some difficulty at home with my mother not being well and in and out of hospitals, and I had trouble living with my father. Sister Strong used to catch me walk home from school and offer me a lift. During those rides home she got me to open up and talk about 'stuff'. Her Kidness towards me turned what would have been a dreadful school year to a very succesful one. I was motivated to work hard and do my best, rather than just be complacent and try to pass, I thrived to try to do well. She was wonderfully funny and made us all laugh every single day. Her humour and her heart were enourmous. I remember during the final days of the school year, she and I were alone in the gym after a fitness session. the rest of the class moved on, and I took advantage and said 'thank you for not giving up on me...thank you for believing in me'. the look in eyes said a lot. She started to tell me that I didn't have to thank her, but I quickly intereupted and said YES! yes I did. It was a scary time for a mere 11 year old, who had so much on his plate. She made that time a little less scary and a lot less lonlier. Thank you again Sister. I'm a grown man now that is far removed from that eleven year old, with different beliefs and a different outlook...but your kidness always stayed with me.
May-10-13
Sister "Strong" as she was known at Holy Cross was one of those figures in my life who left a lasting impression in my heart until the day I die. I was one of the many who was truly blessed to have such a caring and compassionate, wise and loving person as a teacher. In this ever changing world of indifference, Sister Strachan taught us so much more than just schoolroom subjects. She taught us respect and compassion, love and kindness...She was so much more than just a teacher. She was a guide, a friend and advisor. I simply wouldn't have enough time to list all of the qualities that made her such a gifted human being. She read Anne of Green Gables to us, played touch football with us in the school yard, skated with us a Campbell Park. She drilled grammar into our heads. She was a shoulder to cry on when we had problems. I just can't say enough. For those of you who didn't have the honour of knowing Sister, let these entries be a testimony of this incredible human being. I love you, Sister. Thank you for being in my life.
May-09-13
I had the pleasure and privilege to have Mother St Imelda (as she was called then in 1960+) as my 5th grade teacher at St Anthony's. Every Friday after lunch, she read to us Anne of Green Gables as she seems to have done for so many other of her students. It was the first time I had been read to and it had a strong impact on me. She also had a yardstick that she would hit our wooden desks with to get our attention. It must not have been so traumatic for we pooled our coins together and bought a replacement with her name engraved on it at the end of the year. She was gentle and kind. I would help her prepare for the Christmas concerts when we would give new white clean blouses to little ones who needed one. She did this with great respect and love. It was quite touching to witness. I had the occasion to meet her many years later when she gave a sermon at my cousin's funeral. I thanked her for reading to me and how it influenced me for I was involved with the English schools in the Eastern Townships and was an invited guest reader and of course I read to my own children. It was heart warming to realize that she had this same effect on many of her students. What a legacy deserving for a kind compassionate person who made the world a better place with her simplicity and respect. I will hold her dearly in my heart and she will be remembered fondly by many ?
May-04-13
Sister Imelda was my teacher and the most sincere and loyal
Friend I ever had. Her and I shared the most beautiful memories.
Part of me went with her and I will miss her a lot !
I will never forget her;she will always be in my heart.
SISTER IMELDA: We will meet again!!!
I send you all my love.

Your old student and pal:
ANNA FACCIOLO.
Until then-REST in PEACE.
May-03-13
So glad you crossed my path, Sister Imelda! ?

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