This past weekend my wife and I were proud parents of one of the students who graduated from Ponoka Comp and I felt I should write this letter.
First, congratulations to all the graduates; yes you have made it and standing on the outside it gives me great hope for our future watching all these young men and women interacting with one another as a group with no thought given to race, gender or sexual orientation. These young men and women are the future and I must say the future looks full of promise and hope.
The recognition part of this letter is to recognize a group of people who have demonstrated a passion and dedication to their chosen profession above and beyond what is generally expected. The teachers at the comp have educated and also been a part of the students’ lives, they have laughed and cried and been there for our children throughout the school years. I believe this was made obvious by the commencement ceremony, seeing the teachers in attendance and hearing the different speeches it was quite obvious these people are passionate about what they do and one can only hope the next generation of teachers have the dedication as these teachers do. Thank you for dedication, commitment and passion. You are all shining examples of what the next generation should strive to achieve.
Thank you to all the volunteers who worked so hard to make this weekend the event that it was. The whole program, from my point of view ran flawlessly and that does not happen without a huge behind the scenes effort. Your selflessness needs to be recognized and this parent thanks you.
The last thank you I would like to give is to all the volunteers who organized, staffed, and hosted the safe grad event my son attended. Words cannot express my gratitude, as he came home safe and sound. I personally experienced loss during my own graduation celebrations as a result of drinking and driving, so thank you for keeping my son safe and getting him home,
Andy and Wendy Clarke