*FREE for churches events, service clubs events, and recognized charitable org. only. - Send all activities or changes by Monday, 3 p.m., at least one week before the event, only by email at email@example.com (not responsible for typing errors) DONOR CLINIC – Tuesday June 26th, 1:30 to 7:30 p.m., 441 Dufferin, Sunny Side School in the gymnasium. BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC – blood pressure clinic Tuesday July 12th at the Masonic Hall, 3002 College Street, Lennoxville, 1:30 to 3 p.m. BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC – blood pressure clinic Friday July 6th at the Library, 165 Main Street North Hatley, 10 to 11:30 a.m. WALK IN MY SHOES CAMPAIGN – Is asking for new (never worn) clothing items for homeless people. Cash donations are used to buy thermal underwear or footwear. Drop donations at Mental Health Estrie, 257 Queen, Lennoxville or at distribution points in the area. For info 819-565-3777 or firstname.lastname@example.org WELCOME WEDNESDAYS – Organized by Women’s Centre. “Get together” for coffee or tea or have a chat, meet friends, browse the library and learn to crochet. Activity room avail. 1:15-3:45 p.m. Bring knitting or craft. ACEF ESTRIE – Defense of consumers’ rights organization. Free services from third year students from Faculty of Law, ready to answer questions. Info ACEF Estrie 819563-8144. ÉCOCENTRES –Info Écocentre Michel-Ledoux, 1000 Léon-Trépanier via Lavigerie, 819-822-6010; Écocentre Rose-Cohen, 365 Pépin, via Portland Blvd, 819-822-6033. FUN FEARLESS FITNESS – Women 16 and + highly qualified instructor. Every Monday, 6:45 – 7:45 p.m. Lennoxville French Elementary School, École St-Antoine’s Gym. Parking on Church and Speid St., Info Sunita 819-563-9987. LENNOXVILLE-ASCOT HISTORICAL & MUSEUM SOCIETY – Open from Wednesdays to Sunday from 1 to 4:30 p.m. 9 rue Speid, Lennoxville. Info 819-5640409. just have to get with the program. Get in here, obtain the average required to enter the desired university program and then pursue my career objectives. For those who hadn’t a clue of what they wanted to go into later on, then just get in here and choose what you like best. And, for those in a technical program, simply get in here and come out with a working degree. I must admit, I am guilty for having underestimated the importance of cégeps and how it has prepared us not only for university but also for our adult lives.
First, cégep is marked by the farewell of our adolescent years as we embark into the responsibilities of adulthood. Many of us leave the comfort and luxury of our homes to live independently. Most of us marched into an institution where almost everyone was considered a stranger to our eyes. Yet, we have braved the unknown and have embraced various challenges instead of letting ourselves be intimidated. We have met new people with greater diversity than we could have ever imagined and yet we have bonded together and put our differences aside. We have met great teachers, ones we like more, others a bit less. But in the end, each one of them has brought unique experiences and approaches that will benefit us in the future.
Academically, let’s be honest, the cégep curriculum is much more difficult and intensive than we’ve had in the past. Yet, we are here tonight, very proud of ourselves because we have successfully fulfilled it. And as we move on to universities or into our professions, although the curriculum will only become more and more intensive, we won’t feel as though it will be much harder for us because we have grown to overcome the strenuous workload.
Champlain Regional College also offered us a multitude of extra-curricular opportunities from sports and leadership-type organizations, to humanitarian clubs where each of them offered unique experiences and allowed us to develop essential life skills. Although not every athlete will go on to play at the university or professional level, this is what I have to tell you. Be proud of your accomplishments, you have reached a very high level of competition which others can only dream of and use these experiences to reach your other ambitions. As athletes, you have developed many skills such as commitment, perseverance, discipline and many more. If your sports career won’t follow you, the skills and the qualities you have developed over the years certainly will and will make you better at everything you do.
Many of you have been involved in different clubs and activities on and off campus. Most of you have also learnt to cope with both academics and work at the same time. I am also personally honoured as this year, you have put your trust in me to serve as the president of the Champlain Student’s Association.
All these experiences we have had over the last two three years have allowed us to develop qualities and skills that will certainly prepare us for our future success. As Alexander Graham Bell once said, “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success”. And this is what cégep is to me. It is today’s preparation for tomorrow’s prosperity.
Je voudrais aussi prendre le temps de lever mon chapeau à tout ceux et celles qui proviennent du milieu francophone car vous avez, de façon assidue et remarquable, briser la barrière entre l’anglais et le français pour ainsi devenir
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