Formal education on Lennox Island dates back to 1868, when a schoolroom was opened in the home of teacher Martin Francis, a member of the Lennox Island Band. Today, Lennox Island has its very own Mi’kmaq elementary school, called John J. Sark Memorial School. Our school was opened in 1981 and named after a much-respected teacher in our community, John Jacob Sark. We owe the construction of our school to the hard work and perseverance of community members including, Chief Jack Sark and Chief Charlie Sark, who was the Director of Education for Lennox Island at the time.
John J. Sark Memorial has six classrooms: a k-4, kindergarten and combined classrooms for grades 1-2, 3-4 and 5-6 and Mi’kmaq Language and Culture classroom. Between forty and fifty students attend John J. Sark Memorial School every year and 22 people are employed within the school. The curriculum within the school includes Mi’kmaq language and culture, physical education and music.
The Director of Lennox Island Education is responsible for overseeing the operations of our school. Because John J. Sark Memorial is a federal school, there is no formal affiliation between the school and Prince Edward Island’s Public Schools Branch. Once students graduate from John J. Sark Memorial, they are bussed from Lennox Island to provincially run schools – Hernewood Intermediate School for grades 7 through 9 and Westisle Composite High School offers grades 10 through 12. The Lennox Island Band Council pays a set tuition rate to the province for every student attending the provincially run schools. The Band Council also offers assistance to members of the Lennox Island Band who are attending Post-secondary schools.
The Mi’kmaq Confederacy Employment Services operates under a contribution agreement between the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI and the federal department of Indigenous Skills and Employment Training Program. The Mi’kmaq Confederacy Employment Services administers employment-based programs and services to all Indigenous people living on PEI including status and non-status First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples living on and off reserve across the entire province.
As a client-focused program, emphasis is on providing the supports clients need to return to work, and or training. The Employment Counsellor providing services in both urban and rural locations.
The Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI Employment Services (MCPEI ES) program continues to partner with several key players including, valuable employers, training institutions and government departments to develop and roll out meaningful initiatives that are interesting, age related and that offers hands on career exploration experiences.
Lennox Island and Summerside
8:30am – 4:00pm
Employment Counselor, Sabrina Milligan
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Health Care Services
Residents of Lennox Island enjoy a great, personal relationship with the staff at The Lennox Island Health Centre. The Lennox Island Health Centre is located at 327 Sweetgrass Trail, Lennox Island. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:00pm. In addition to providing the people of Lennox Island with health care, our facility delivers home support and substance abuse counselling, provides access to fitness and maternal-health coordinators and so much more. We also create partnerships with local schools and community groups to service our community’s ongoing health needs and maintain close ties with families of Lennox Island. Our Health Care Centre also includes the Eagle Nest Gym making a healthy lifestyle through fitness accessible to the community.
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