Peter Bolle and Peter Nauth have more than a first name in common. Both graduated from Lindsay Place High School in Pointe Claire more than 30 years ago and both still care about the school and its students as if they graduated last June.
Bolle and Nauth are members of an eight-member steering committee that has spent the last 18 months organizing the Lindsay Place 50th Anniversary Reunion, which takes place Oct. 5-6.
“It’s a different kind of reunion,” Nauth said. “There is a concrete purpose to it.”
That concrete purpose reaches beyond reconnecting with old buddies and checking out the high school sweetheart.
The committee recently incorporated the Lindsay Place Alumni Foundation.
Profits from the reunion go to the foundation which will, in turn, fund special projects at the school as well as tutoring programs and student bursaries.
The math is simple. The more people who attend the reunion the more funds will be raised for the foundation. Registrations are still being accepted online and tickets will be sold at the door.
Nauth said former students from as far away as Australia and Dubai are booked to attend.
They hope to collect $20,000 this year and then top it up with an additional $10,000 every year through fundraising activities.
During his time at Lindsay Place, Nauth did sound and lighting for theatre productions and was a hall monitor. He graduated in 1976 and is now an engineer with his own business. (Nauth is also one of the organizers for the annual Canada Day Parade.)
“I travelled around a lot as a kid,” Nauth said. “I came to Lindsay Place in Grade 9. It was the first time I could put down roots and develop a sense of belonging.”
Bolle played rugby, hockey, football and soccer and was an exemplary student. He now works as a manager for Air Canada.
“I lived in a very regimented home,” Bolle said. “I was a quiet and studious, but I made very good friends.”
Both chuckled when remembering the school environment in their day, especially the infamous blue doors located right behind the machine shop. It was outside those doors where kids congregated to smoke, make out and, well, other stuff better left unmentioned.
“There were three categories of students,” Bolle said. “Brainiacs, athletes and, um, can I call them misfits? I hung out with kids from all three groups.”
The reunion begins with a wine and cheese party, Friday. Saturday is jam-packed with activities from 9 a.m. until the last slow waltz plays at the high school dance at 1 a.m.
School bands are booked to perform during the official opening ceremony, which begins Sat. at 11:30 a.m. Lindsay Place High School is known for its strong music program.
There will be sports of all sorts, a mural painting session, a vintage-car rally and a talent contest called Lindsay’s Got Talent — a nod to the school’s Place Capades variety shows that were so popular in the 1960s and 1970s.
The Lindsay Place High School 50th Anniversary Reunion takes place at 111 Broadview Ave. in Pointe Claire, Oct. 5-6. Tickets cost $85. People who purchase tickets at the door are asked to have the exact cash amount or pay with a cheque made out to Lindsay Place Alumni Foundation. For details, email email@example.com or visit www.lphsgrads.org.