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Off to convocation
I’ll be off for the next week.
We’re going to Upper Canada to attend child the elder’s first convocation and do some family stuff.
It doesn’t seem like four years since his safe grad at Grant Park, but it must be, because here he is graduating, and I remember getting home to bed about 7 a.m. from that safe grad — including dropping him at the Sals to have breakfast with a bunch of his friends and coming back to fetch him — and then getting up two hours later to watch the World Cup.
And since it’s now less than two weeks until England’s first match, then it must be four years...... but I digress.
The forecast for Peterborough is sun and mid-20s, and the convocation is outside, on Trent’s magnificent campus, split by the Otonabee River, so incredibly green, the glacial drumlin above the one side of the campus.......
We’ll do all the touristy things, taking advantage of the remarkable setting in cottage country northeast of Toronto: a rare time we’re at Trent in warm weather.
Tip if you’ve got kids going to school out of town: I booked our hotel room in early January, and I booked our table for Hot Belly Mama’s the night of graduation a good three months ago.
Maybe I’ll even get to meet Trent’s chancellor, Winnipeg’s own Tom Jackson.....certainly, we’ll have dinner with his mentor, and we’ll meet other profs, and see a bunch of our son’s friends again.
I’m looking forward to a fabulous time.
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About Nick Martin
Nick Martin is the old bearded guy at the back of the newsroom, the most experienced reporter at the Winnipeg Free Press, having started his career in Ontario in 1971.
He’s been covering education for the Free Press since the spring of 1997, after decades primarily covering municipal politics, including a four-year stint at the Ontario legislature for the London Free Press.
Nick moved to Manitoba in 1988 with his Winnipeg-born wife, who is a professor at the University of Manitoba. They have two kids, both of whom graduated from Grant Park High School: son Chris and daughter Gillian.
Nick has won a national journalism award from the Canadian Association of University Teachers, two Manitoba Human Rights Journalism awards, and the Ontario Reporters Association investigative award.
Nick is a long-distance runner, having finished and survived 18 marathons and 15 half-marathons and 30-kilometre races, and having (barely) survived 10 years as an outdoor and indoor soccer coach.
Nick became a soccer referee in 2007, delighting in his 60s in outrunning 16-year-olds and keeping his distance from obstreperous coaches and parents.
Nick and his wife have discovered a mutual love for kayaking at their Whiteshell cottage, and are both regulars at the Reh-Fit Centre. They hold season tickets to both the Manitoba Theatre Centre and the Warehouse, and as empty nesters, have rediscovered the joys of an active winter vacation.
A native of Jarrow-on-Tyne, England, Nick is a member of the Toon Army as a Newcastle United supporter, and a proud citizen of Leafs Nation.
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