Please see an email I received below from a representative of the Public School Board:
I hope, by now you’ve seen the name selected for the metamorphosis of Century Secondary School….Westview Freedom Academy. It was a name that brought together a number of different suggestions in the name search….and it was developed very much by members of the community.
While we were cautious about using “West” in the name, since we already have a Western Secondary School in LaSalle….the community, especially the students were adamant that some reference to the area be prominent in the name…there was a great sense of pride in being associated with the west-end or the west-side, if you will….hence, Westview.
Freedom came from a suggestion to align the school philosophically with a concept or perspective that resonated clearly with the community, of course the connection not only to the Underground Railroad but the nature of the area as a landing spot for new Canadians who emigrated because of war, tyranny, and oppression….
Academy was chosen because students wanted their school to have a “classy” moniker, which they agreed that the word provides.
I hope you like it….we are about to launch a campaign to brand the school with appropriate colours, mascot, nick name and slogan…we are looking for suggestions."