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Bill Walker MPP Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound

Bill Walker MPP

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For Immediate Release
October 4, 2019

MPP Walker celebrates opening of new Grade 7 – 12 school in Hanover

HANOVER - Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker, on behalf of the Ontario Ministry of Education, has officially marked the opening of the new, state-of-the-art John Diefenbaker Senior School at 201 18th Avenue in Hanover.

The new and improved John Diefenbaker Senior School is home to Grade 7 to 12 students and was built with a $20.8-million fund from the Ministry of Education’s School Consolidation Capital program.

The new facility includes upgrades to accessibility, and power energy savings, such as LED lighting.  In addition to full size transportation, manufacturing, and construction shops, the school also boasts a double gymnasium, cafetorium with stage, two-storey atrium, and a full-size track and sports field.  

Part of the grand-opening ceremony was devoted to preserving history through a rededication of the monument that had been donated by members of the local Dutch community to the former school site. The monument had originally been dedicated by former Prime Minister John Diefenbaker in recognition of the anniversary of the liberation of Holland by Canadian soldiers in World War II. This year marks the 75th anniversary of that historic liberation.  

“Our government is investing in building new schools and renewing existing schools across Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound so that students have safe and positive education environments to learn and thrive,” said Walker.  “I’m honoured to join the great community of Hanover today and mark the official opening of the new John Diefenbaker Senior School, which will play an important role for our young people and families for decades to come for Hanover and surrounding communities.”

“We are beyond excited to officially open John Diefenbaker Senior School in its remarkable new location,” says Tracy Lynn Atkinson, Trustee for the Municipality of West Grey/Town of Hanover.  “Many individuals are deserving of our thanks for their support and immeasurable contributions in realizing this project, including our board and school staff, the build team, JDSS families, and the community.”   

“Congratulations to our students, staff, families, and the entire Hanover community on this amazing milestone, which will be remembered as a watershed moment in John Diefenbaker Senior School’s rich and storied history,” says Superintendent of Education Paul Hambleton.  

“Our students and staff are simply loving their modernized learning spaces as they work to bridge the traditions of the past with the possibilities and learning culture that they are creating for a very bright future at the new home of John Diefenbaker Senior School,” says Principal Andrew Riddick.

CONTACT: Chris Fell | | 519-371-2421

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