I have to admit I was keeping an eye on the coat rack, because I knew that when certain people who were attending this event put on their coats, it was my cue to leave for the next event. We were all going to the same place......Keyano College for the 2011 Student Awards Night Celebration. Before long I putting on my coat and heading off to the College. I have to admit I was practically bouncing off the walls knowing that someone had received my bursary. I couldn't wait to meet her. A future teacher who was going to make a difference in the life of Alberta students for years to come. Who was our future community leader. There was no way that I was going to miss attending the Awards Night and I am looking forward to attending for years to come. I was abit nervous though. I had received an e-mail the afternoon before asking if I would give a 2 minute speech during the event. Don't get me wrong, I am good giving speechs to large groups, but somehow this one was different....more personal. For a person who blogs, facebooks and twitters, I am actually a pretty private person. To talk about why I do what I do somehow seems self-serving. So with much trepidation I agreed to address the students that evening.
There was over 300 awards, bursaries and scholarships handed out to smiling students at the annual Student Awards. With over $300,000 in awards, bursaries and scholarships, the whole evening went off without a hitch. Russell Thomas made his way through a long list of names, some more challenging than others, in an efficient and humorous manner. I was happy to see that there was students of all ages walking across the stage. I believe that anyone can go back to school regardless of age to further their education and it is not always just a young person's game. I myself have gone back to Keyano College to take a course or two over the years when I have questions on a subject or just looking for something to fill up some down time and am curious on a subject. What can I say... I love school.
At the end of the night it was time for me to give my short speech and meet the student who had won the Tracy McKinnon Education bursary. I walked the red carpet to the podium and with Russell lowering the mike for me I delivered my speech;
|Meeting Lainey for the first time on stage.|