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Sgt. Mark Gallagher Memorial Vocational School in the News

New June 2012: Thousands of dollars raised for Sgt. Mark Gallagher Memorial Vocational School, Bathurst, N.B.

Three charity gala events co-hosted by the RCMP in Woodstock, Moncton, and Bathurst have raised tens of thousands of dollars for the construction of the Sgt. Mark Gallagher Memorial Vocational School in Haiti.


Sgt. Mark Gallagher Memorial Vocational School Project Summary

The following is a summary of events to date on the journey to creating a vocational school in the mountains of Haiti in memory of Sgt. Mark Gallagher who perished in the service of humanity during the devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010.


Maison Hamdicappe

It is 5:00 AM Haiti time and the roosters and the dogs are in full competitive volume. I am sitting in the cabin built by the Friends of Mark Gallagher’s Quebec partners, AQANU, to house them and other international visitors working with Les Petites Soeurs de Ste. Therese (PSST) in the mountains overlooking Port au Prince. The bell for morning prayers rang about 5 minutes ago and I can hear the sisters lifting their voices to God as they begin their day. The sky is star-filled, the breeze fresh and one gets a sense of the paradise Haiti must have been before the arrival of Christopher Columbus over 500 years ago. It was here where Chris first dropped anchor in the “new world” and quickly began the decimation of the indigenous peoples in the name of God and Queen Isabella of Spain.


No Man Is An Island

As you read this I will be on my fourth mission trip to Haiti; mission in the sense of a specifically and strategically planned trip to accomplish pre-set goals. Each time I go to Haiti, I like to write my column on some aspect of Haitian history or culture. This week, allow me to introduce you to a few people I have met since I began travelling to the poorest country in the western hemisphere in April 2010.


Co-Chair John Slipp receiving a cheque from Student Council at Bristol Elementary.

School in Haiti Nearing Construction

April 21st 2011

A group of people came together this week to discuss the vocational school being built in Haiti in memory of Sgt. Mark Gallagher. From left are volunteer consultant engineer Dr. Eugene Lewis, Richard Blaquiere of the Friends of Mark Gallagher Committee, Honourary Chairperson for the project Lt.-Gov. Graydon Nicholas, NBCC Woodstock principal Tim Marshall and Reg Sorel of Quebec, who is a member of an NGO in Haiti.


Vigil to Remember Tragedy in Haiti

A Vigil Service to observe the first anniversary of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti almost a year ago, is being organized by the Friends of Sgt. Mark Gallagher.

The ecumenical service will take place at St. Gertrude’s Church in Woodstock on Wednesday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m., allowing all from the local area to join together in remembering that horrible and deadly day in 2010.


The Sgt. Mark Gallagher Memorial Vocational School Project

Full Steam Ahead for Sgt. Gallagher School Committee

Less than two months into the official fundraising campaign to build the Sgt. Mark Gallagher Memorial Vocational School in Haiti, the steering committee is deeply impressed with the public interest thus far.


NB Lieutenant-Governor to Serve as Honorary Chair

The project to build the Sgt. Mark Gallagher Memorial Vocational School in Haiti has received a tremendous boost as The Honourable Graydon Nicholas, Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick, has agreed to serve as honorary chair of the local coordinating committee.


Fundraising Drive for Sgt. Gallagher School Officially Launched

As students prepare to return to secondary and post-secondary schools this fall, the Friends of the late Mark Gallagher have officially launched the fundraising drive to build a vocational school in his honour in Riviere Froide, Haiti.


Gallagher, a man of peace

The dreams of late Sgt. Mark Gallagher for the country of Haiti will be continued by his family.


Haiti humbles the heart; In his third and final installment of his experiences during his visit to Haiti, Richard Blaquiere provides a current view of what is hoped to be the future site of the Sgt. Mark Gallagher Memorial Vocational School

Last week took us from the airport through Port au Prince and Carrefour to the road that would end at the site of our school.


Not God's action, but man's inaction; In the second of three installments, high school teacher Richard Blaquiere - a founding member of Woodstock Coalition of Care which plans to build the Sgt. Mark Gallagher Memorial Vocation School in Haiti - says nothing prepares you for Haiti

In last week's installment I shared my story of my travel partner, Brent Shaw, and I meeting a real life angel of mercy.

Vanessa Carpenter of Salem Virginia, was returning to Haiti to reunite two children with their families after the little ones were treated for life- threatening injuries in the U.S.


Tears of sorrow; tears of joy; WHS high school teacher Richard Blaquiere shares the raw emotions of his quick trip to Haiti

From the moments I learned of the cataclysm in Haiti and subsequently of the loss of over 230,000 lives, among whom were several Canadians including Woodstock based Sgt. Mark Gallagher, I could think of little else.

Sgt. Gallagher's sacrifice and that of his family made this disaster personal for me and indeed for many people in Carleton County.


Group plans school honour for fallen RCMP Gallagher

A group in Woodstock is getting together to build a vocational school in Haiti, in memory of Sgt. Mark Gallagher.

The RCMP officer was working with the United Nations, training Haitian police officers when he was killed in January's earthquake.

Richard Blaquiere, a Woodstock High School teacher and member of the group, said...


In memory of Mark; Woodstock-based committee unveils plan to build the Sgt. Mark Gallagher Vocational School in Haiti

As help flowed from around the globe to the people of Haiti following January's devastating earthquake, few people reacted with more caring, compassion and commitment than the residents of Carleton and York counties.

The existing close ties between New Brunswickers and Haitians prior to the earthquake only grew stronger in the aftermath of the tragedy. Few bonds were tighter than those connecting the small community of Northampton to the small nation of Haiti.


Haiti earthquake Wed AM Riviere Froide Jan 2010