It’s graduation season! As any parent or grandparent with children moving out of one stage of school and into another knows, these are meaningful times.
I happen to have a little graduate of my own who experienced her kindergarten ceremony recently. The first graduation of many, I hope. After the ceremony, we agreed that a trip to Sargent Sundae would be the perfect way to celebrate. I was as excited about the ceremony as she was about the ice cream.
I know that we aren’t the only family celebrating a milestone like this. I recently had the great pleasure of recognizing soon-to-be high school graduate Abigail Calcutt in the legislature for all of her volunteer work in her school and in her community.
Abi volunteers on her school’s year book committee, tutors Grade 10 students, volunteers for the Best Buddies Program, Variety the Children’s Charity and the Special Olympics. She spends all this time volunteering and still remains on the honour roll. I was so impressed by Abi, I nominated her for a Youth Role Model Award that I’m delighted to state she won.
Abi will be celebrating her graduation from Collège Sturgeon Heights Collegiate and is heading to photography school this fall. I’m sure she is going to continue to find success and enrich the lives of those she encounters through her creative work and her commitment to community. There is someone else in our community that I’d like to congratulate on a graduation of sorts.
Principal Stella Hussey is retiring this year after a 42-year career dedicated to educating children. She spent the last 15 years at École Assiniboine School and while there, created a warm, supportive and fun environment for children, parents and teachers alike. We are going to miss her leadership but will still enjoy her presence, as I understand she will be volunteering at the school in the fall. For her many years devoted to helping develop and educate young minds, I wish to say thank you and hope that she enjoys her well deserved retirement.
One thing that I have observed about both of these women is that outside of their own day-to-day commitments, they both make time for others, to enhance and create the best possible experience for people around them. What fine examples for the rest of us. They truly demonstrate how much of an impact each and every individual can have.
To all of our St. James graduates, whatever age you may be, congratulations!