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Marymount Academy Teacher Shows True Meaning of Christmas!

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Mr. Wiecha and his senior social science students prepare the Chrismas feast for the clients of the Sudbury Action Centre for Youth.

December 14, 2009 - During the holidays, people often get caught up in the buying of presents and the more materialistic side of Christmas. Not so for Matthew Wiecha, teacher at Marymount Academy. For the past twenty years, Mr. Wiecha along with his students from Marymount Academy have helped their community by providing a bountiful Christmas lunch for the clients of the Sudbury Action Centre for Youth (S.A.C.Y.). For many homeless clients, dealing with addiction and mental health issues, the luncheon is often the only Christmas meal they have to look forward to. Jill Ospina, a St. Albert teacher who teaches out of S.A.C.Y. says that the clients had been talking about this luncheon for weeks and weeks. "A lot of the return clientele tell the new clients about the feast and the anticipation really builds." says Ospina. Mr. Wiecha and his classes prepared weeks in advance for the day. They raised money, put in their own funds and organized the whole meal including the cooking of four turkeys! "Not only is it a great day for the people who come to eat, but for the Marymount girls as well." states Wiecha. "It really builds a social conscious into the curriculum. The girls really look forward to it." Mardi Taylor, Executive Director presented Mr. Wiecha with a plaque in honour of his twenty years of service to the centre. Mary Wiecha, Matthew's wife was also on hand to surprise and support her husband for the presentation of the award. "I had never been here before to see this." stated Mary. "It is amazing to see the amount of food and the number of people that are here to take part. I am really proud of my husband." More than 200 people enjoyed the luncheon put on by Mr. Wiecha and his senior social science students. Cassandra MacGregor, Vice Principal of Marymount was also presented with a plaque to thank the students of Marymount for their participation. The Sudbury Catholic District School Board is proud of Mr. Wiecha and his students and would like to thank them for really exemplifying the true spirit of Christmas!

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