Inspiring lessons from Canada’s western schools

By Lori Bamber
Managing Editor, Senior Writer

For a number of years now, I have had the great pleasure of managing the Globe and Mail’s Western Schools special information feature and writing one or more of the articles within it. Each year, learning about the passion, energy, competence and innovation simmering within Western Canada’s post-secondary education institutions has inspired me and reminded me that our future is in capable hands. 

This year, for example, I had the privilege of interviewing Derek Rucki, a Mount Royal University student who has successfully transferred the discipline and perseverance he developed as a successful young athlete to launching a start-up, TLink Golf

Derek is quick to give much of the credit for his success to his teacher and mentor, Ray DePaul, director of Mount Royal’s Institute for Innovation, and the many Calgary entrepreneurs and professionals who have volunteered their time to provide guidance to Derek and TLink co-founder Stefan Radeta. 

I encourage you to read the article, and the rest of the report.

We sometimes hear about the disengagement of today’s youth, and some commentators question the effectiveness of post-secondary institutions. But if you were able to sit at my desk and talk to these amazing teachers and students, you’d find yourself among accomplished professionals committed to equipping these bright and enthusiastic young people with the skills and knowledge they need to lead us into the future. 

For me, it’s about perspective. For the most part, the news informs us about what is wrong with the world, and that is important information. But when you go beyond the ‘he said, she said,’ you usually find talented and capable people doing their best to make the world a better place. 

These special information reports provide a place for thoughtful people to tell their stories, and we’re here to help. For our readers, that means an opportunity to go behind the scenes, beyond the news, to meet the people and get valuable information that may not be news – but is probably even more important. 

As I often say to friends, our job is talking to some of the smartest people in Canada, every day, and helping them tell their stories. And what great stories they are.