Sir Winston Churchill High School gains piece of history


Sir Winston ChurchillTHUNDER BAY – The Lakehead Board of Education shares, The environment of Sir Winston Churchill Collegiate and Vocational Institute will be enriched through the donation of a picture of the man himself. A framed picture of Sir Winston Churchill will be donated to the school on Friday, May 4 by former student Mirco Walther. The picture has a very unique feature to it – a piece of original handwriting that was done before Churchill became the British Prime Minister.

“We are very proud of our school and the connection to our namesake, Sir Winston Churchill,” says Steve Daniar, Principal of Sir Winston Churchill Collegiate and Vocational Institute. “His never say die attitude while facing almost impossible odds during the Second World War provides a very valuable lesson to all of us. We are also especially honoured to be remembered by a former student with this very generous gift.”

Mirco Walther was born in Switzerland, raised in Germany and moved to Thunder Bay in 1990, where he attended Sir Winston Churchill Collegiate and Vocational Institute from 1990 to 1994. He worked full time and went to school full time, earning a B.A. in Political Science and and M.B.A. and D.B.A. in Business Administration in 2002. His company, GRK Fasteners, flourished and was sold to one of Warren Buffett’s businesses in April of 2011. Shortly thereafter, he joined Investors Group, where he won the award for Leading first year Consultant in Canada for his efforts in 2011. Currently, he is leading all consultants in the region and am in the top 2% of financial consultants in the country.

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, PC, DL, FRS, Hon. RA (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965) was a British Conservative politician and statesman known for his leadership of the United Kingdom during World War II. Widely regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the century, he served as Prime Minister twice (1940–45 and 1951–55). A noted statesman and orator, Churchill was also an officer in the British Army, a historian, a writer, and an artist. He is the only British prime minister to have received the Nobel Prize in Literature, and was the first person to be made an Honorary Citizen of the United States.

“For my part, I consider that it will be found much better by all parties to leave the past to history, especially as I propose to write that history myself.” – Sir Winston Churchill

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