Thursday, February 3, 2011

Transitioning with Pride and Purpose

Delta South MLA, Vicki Huntington interviews Rebecca Wilkens
Last Thursday, members of the 2011 graduating class participated in formal interviews to complete their Grad Transitions requirements.  A host of prominent community members volunteered their time to make this event possible. The interviews challenged the students to reflect on their accomplishments, and articulate their plans for the future. The feedback from both the students and the volunteer interviewers has been extremely positive! Our special guests were blown away by the quality of our students and the breadth and depth of their experiences and contributions to community. I've now heard of two students who will be offered jobs as a direct result of their interviews! This was a true community effort that could not have occurred without the vision and passion of Grad Transitions Coordinator, Mrs. Shoemaker, Career Advisor, Mrs. Livingston, and Counsellor, Mrs. Dueck, and the support of many parents and teachers.

Many thanks to our interview panel:

George Harvie, CAO Corporation of Delta
Vicki Huntington, MLA
Steve Fera, Vancouver Giants
Maryann Cardwell, Alternate Programs Coordinator, Delta School District
Guillermo Bustos, Ladner Rotary
Constable Sean Doolan, Delta Police
Joan Nielsen, Ladner Legion
Gail Erickson, Ladner Legion
Ron Erickson, Ladner Legion
Gerry Grexton, Ladner Legion
Graham Parker, Kiwanis
Bob Bourgeois, Retired DSS Counselor
Ray Holme, Retired DSS Principal
Lois Jackson,  Mayor Corporation of Delta
Don Tuck, Retired DSS Teacher
Norm Buchko, Retired DSS Teacher
Debbie Lindsay, DYSL
Randy Callaghan, PCL Construction
Philip Raphael, Publisher South Delta Leader
Laurie Collicutt, Delta Parks and Recreation
Teresa Phillips, District Administrator, Delta School District
Denis Denischuk, Delta Community Foundation

DSS will be graduating some impressive students this spring, who in the words of  Delta Mayor, Lois Jackson, “may just save the world.”
Mayor Lois Jackson reviews Cameron Phillips' Grad Transition's plan

As we consider a vision for what we aspire to as a learning community, I am deeply inspired by the stories of students who will be leaving us with a strong sense of accomplishment in what they have done and an equally strong sense of purpose for what they will do in the future. 

1 comment:

  1. I really like this idea. I'm going to see if we can implement it at our school too. What a great way to get some real world experience in a vital skill, selling yourself.