Thank you for years of sup­port

The Sun Times (Owen Sound) - - FORUM -

As the end of my term fast ap­proaches, I would like to ex­press my thanks for all the sup­port and en­cour­age­ment I have re­ceived dur­ing my 18 years as your school board trustee. It has been a plea­sure to rep­re­sent Owen Sound on the Blue­wa­ter Dis­trict School Board. Much has changed in ed­u­ca­tion since I first started, and I have learned much on the way.

What I have en­joyed most as a trustee is the prox­im­ity to the younger gen­er­a­tion and the op­por­tu­nity to watch them as they progress from kinder­garten to Grade Twelve. Our young peo­ple are amaz­ing, con­tin­u­ally sur­pris­ing me with their tal­ents and abil­i­ties when they come to a school board meet­ing with their teach­ers to show off what they can do. Their teach­ers, too, are amaz­ing as they bring out the best in their charges. I have en­joyed par­tic­u­larly hav­ing Grade 11 and 12 stu­dent se­na­tors and stu­dent trustees join­ing us reg­u­larly at meet­ings and learn­ing as they lis­ten and con­tribute to board and ed­u­ca­tion is­sues. Many have gone on to do good things for their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties or even far­ther afield.

Again I say thank you to all who have sup­ported me in any way – I have very much ap­pre­ci­ated that sup­port. As I say good-bye to the Blue­wa­ter Dis­trict School Board, I thank all in­volved, from di­rec­tor of ed­u­ca­tion to board staff to su­per­in­ten­dents to prin­ci­pals to teach­ers to stu­dents – you have all been part of my re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence as a trustee. And so I pass the torch to your new trustee for Owen Sound and wish you all the best.

Mar­garet Gav­iller Owen Sound

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