A birthday party 150 years in the making was launched on May 1 with a flyby from the Royal Canadian Air Force.
After enjoying cupcakes topped with the colours of St. Mary’s Academy, students, staff, Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, Grey Nuns and clergy of the school gathered on the grounds to see a CT-142 Dash 8 fly over the school. The aircraft was piloted by Major Brian "Skid" Morrissette, chief training pilot with the 402 Squadron of the Canadian Armed Forces.
St. Mary’s Academy is marking its 150th anniversary this year and has a slate of activities planned for students and alumni over the coming months. The school was first established on May 1, 1869, two years before Manitoba became a province and four years before Winnipeg was established as a city.