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New Pathway to Honour Philip Webster

By Kyra Borsoi
A new pathway at Stanstead College will honour Philip Webster, who has spent a lifetime dedicating himself to Stanstead College.  
The project was announced May 13, 2023, at the 150th Gala celebration in Montreal where Head of School Michael Wolfe and the Advancement team presented Philip’s Way. Philip was surrounded by his wife Judith, son Stuart and daughter-in-law Claire, daughter Emily and grandchildren Julia and Sienna Webster ('21,'23) and Matthew Trnkus (’15). 
Located behind LeBaron Hall, the pathway will stretch from the gate by Cowen House to Colby Hall’s library doors. An in-ground plaque sporting the school crest and the words “Philip’s Way” will be found in the centre of the path. 
The walkway will be paired with a circular green space in front of the Student Centre and Model School. The garden will feature the bell from the original school building, which burned down in 1938. The bell currently resides in the Heart. 
In addition, the courtyard adjacent to the Student Centre will be completely redone to accommodate new paths to Wolfe House and the Wellness Centre. It will include a section for picnic tables, fire pits and a band new half-court for basketball. 
The Webster family has long-standing ties with Stanstead College that date back to 1876. Philip Webster was a member of the Stanstead College board of directors from 1973 to 1995, serving as chair from 1989 to 1995. He has been on the council of trustees ever since. From 1985 to 2021 he was a member and then president of the Red & White Educational Foundation. He was also co-chair of the capital campaign that saw the construction of the Pat Burns Arena and was actively involved in the recent College expansion. A graduate of Princeton (arts) and Harvard (architecture), Philip Webster is deeply involved in all aspects of the community.  
“Philip leads by being himself. No one is more loyal, committed, and hard working,” said Michael Wolfe at the 150th Gala. “He works with a respectfully light touch and thus his colleagues always feel valued, listened to and important.” 
The project began May 15 and has a completion date of fall 2023. It’s the latest in ongoing efforts to create more green space on campus, which has already included removing parking from behind Colby, planting trees and installing paths and lighting.