Just reminding grads with period 1 spare to be at school for 8:30 b/c we leave at 9 sharp! 🎓🐊
By Michelle Allenberg, Tribune Staff: May 18, 2016
A Port Colborne teen has turned the negative experience of being bullied into something positive.
When 17-year-old Brandee Videcak started writing about her struggles with bullying and mental illness last January she never thought of publishing a book. But through conversations with Lakeshore Catholic High School’s vice principal, Andrew Boon, Videcak was inspired to become a published author with Journey: One step at a time.
“I have it set up into a three-parter. Part one follows the struggle, part two is my road to recovery, and three I call an extra bit of magic,” Videcak said.
The “struggle” portion of the book is still a sensitive subject for Videcak. During Grade 10, Videcak’s depression and anxiety became so severe she became suicidal. Videcak recalls a moment when she was driving toward a tree thinking about ending her life.
In a split moment she swerved out of the way. Videcak said she doesn’t know what made her change her mind last minute, but she is happy she did.
By Michelle Allenberg - Wednesday, May 11, 2016
During a tour of Lakeshore High School, Great Lake Swimmers lead singer Tony Dekker stops to laugh at a photo hanging on one of the walls.
The photo Dekker inspects is of himself. With a laugh Dekker commented on how different he looked in high school, exclaiming he was much thinner. The singer-songwriter graduated from the Port Colborne school in 1995.
Dekker returned to Lakeshore this week to film a short documentary before the band’s performance at the school on Friday. The documentary, produced by Niagara filmaker Jason Lupish, will be screened during the concert.
Lakeshore staff organized a charity concert as part its concert series. Proceeds from the concert will support the school’s mission to assist Dominica, an island nation in the Caribbean.