Glenmary class celebrates 2021 commencement

Peace River Glenmary graduates sit in rows during ceremonies on June 25, respecting COD restrictions.

Richard Froese
South Peace News

Glenmary School in Peace River honoured the graduating class of 2021 during official ceremonies June 25 at the school.

“’21 and Done” was the theme for the celebration.

School principal David Amiot encouraged and congratulated the 76 graduates for their efforts during challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Considering what all of us in Peace River and the rest of the world have experienced since March 2020, I thought it would be a good idea to provide you with some advice in one particular area that has helped me throughout my lifetime – facing adversity,” Amiot says.

“As you continue to go through life, you will likely stumble and fall on occasion.”

He encouraged the students to stay focused.

“There may very well be dark times in your lives where you are unable to see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Amiot says.

“The key is to keep moving forward and to never give up hope.”

He inspired the graduates to be firm in their faith.

“We all learn and grow after experiencing adversity in our lives,” Amiot says.

“Adversity is part of the human condition.

“Always remember that God will never give up on you or give you more than you can handle.”

Graduates were also congratulated by Holy Family Catholic Regional Division board chair Kelly Whalen and Supt. Betty Turpin.

Only graduates and school staff were permitted to attend the official ceremonies in the school gymnasium under COVID-19 restrictions.

Class representative Ashley Menssa encouraged her classmates in her speech.

“Let’s move toward our futures, whatever yours may be, and remember to let yourself be free,” Menssa says.

“Let your environment grow around you, allow yourself to enjoy the little things because it will make the big things more worthwhile.

“Experience new things, never let yourself settle for something less than you deserve.”

Each graduate received a diploma.

Glenmary teacher Brooks MacDonald was the guest speaker.

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