Shawnigan’s long-standing partnership with Tour de Rock

Every September for the last 24 years, our students at Shawnigan Lake School have focused on cancer awareness month by participating in the Terry Fox Run, a Canada-wide movement inspired by Terry to raise funds for cancer research. We have also welcomed the Tour de Rock - Cops for Cancer team to campus. This Vancouver Island-based charity cycles 1400 km, stopping at schools and communities to raise money for childhood cancer research and supporting children living with cancer to attend Camp Goodtimes. 
This year, the tour has looked different with a smaller team of alumni riders; however, this has not stopped our students from standing behind a cause closely aligned with Shawnigan's core values of curiosity, compassion, community and courage. In anticipation of their arrival on Tuesday, students lined the roadway dressed in their new word shirts (with this year’s word, “love,” on the front of each) and proudly holding cardboard signs displaying words of appreciation and encouragement for the riders. 
During the event, four students had their heads shaved on the steps of Marion Hall after fundraising with their boarding houses in support of the cause. Shawnigan's donation this year was $30,000. Over the past 24 years, the School has donated over $600,000 to the Vancouver Island-based charity. 
With the 25th Anniversary coming in 2022, Shawnigan looks forward to continuing its partnership with Tour de Rock – Cops for Cancer as part of our commitment to supporting our local community. 

In conjunction with the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, our community also welcomed representatives from the Malahat Nation to campus, broadcast a schoolwide address from Dr. Brad Baker of the Squamish Nation, and attended the Cowichan Tribes' Every Child Matters March in Duncan. Details are available in the article above.

Sara Blair
Director of Stewardship and Community Partnerships
We acknowledge with respect the Coast Salish Peoples on whose traditional lands and waterways we live, learn and play. We are grateful for the opportunity to share in this beautiful region, and we aspire to healthy and respectful relationships with those who have lived on and cared for these lands for millennia.