Dear De La Salle Alum:
De La Salle College "Oaklands" is a Catholic, independent university preparatory secondary school for young men and women of varied backgrounds. The mission of the College is inspired by the life and work of St. John Baptist de La Salle, the Patron Saint of Teachers. De La Salle College guides each student in the development of his or her unique talents and fosters a commitment to academic excellence, community service, and leadership.
Since its foundation in 1851, the College has welcomed students from all economic backgrounds. In order to uphold the mission of St. John Baptist de La Salle, alums hold a special place. De La Salle alums have always, and continue to occupy positions of importance and responsibility in Canadian society. We are justly proud of the generations of "Del" students who have lived out the Lasallian vision and the mission of the school. Since the College re-privatised in 1994 alums have become more involved in the life of the school community. The many scholarships and bursaries now offered today to deserving young persons are the result of the generosity of many interested alums. This generosity helps to ensure that the tradition of a Lasallian education can remain strong and vibrant, and that all qualified students will be able to pursue a Christian education here at De La Salle College and become the guarantors of the mission in the future.
I take this opportunity to thank the many alums who have given so generously to the annual fund campaigns and other planned giving programmes. The support of alums is appreciated and vital. I urge all alums, regardless of age or economic situation, to consider becoming involved in the some way with the school community. There are many ways to become involved with the school. If you have not visited "Del" recently, I encourage you to come and see for yourself the school in action. Pass on the word to other alums to stay in touch. Consider attending the annual fundraising gala held each spring, and if you are able make a financial gift to the scholarship and bursary programmes. At present twelve per cent of the student body receives substantial financial assistance thanks to alums.
Play alum hockey; join the drum corps alums; organize your own events; volunteer with our sports teams or cadet corps; contribute to the newsletter. Together and by association, all stakeholders of the De La Salle community must strive to keep the mission of the school alive and meaningful for the current student body and for future generations.
I thank you again for your kindness, generosity and loyalty to the College.
Best wishes and many blessings.
Brother Domenic, FSC
De La Salle College “Oaklands”