A total of 83 self-identified Indigenous students completed certificate or diploma programs at NorQuest College in 2015-16. Of that number, approximately two dozen attended the achievement ceremony at Amiskwaciy Academy, and enjoyed the evening with family, friends, college staff, faculty and Elders, and honoured guests.
An inspirational addition to the evening festivities was the Bull family from Maskwacis. All three (mom Lorna, dad Leroy, and daughter Ayla) are taking Academic Upgrading together at the college’s Wetaskiwin campus and are scheduled to finish next year. Ayla and Leroy performed a hoop dancing show while Lorna, who already holds a Health Care Aide certificate from NorQuest, delivered her message of hope.
“I’m almost 50 and went back to school to show my children and my grandchildren that it can be done,” she said.
She later presented NorQuest College President and CEO Dr. Jodi L. Abbott with an eagle feather to show her family’s appreciation of the college.
“I am so proud of each of you,” Abbott said during her address to all of the students. “You truly embody that confident NorQuest College spirit that will lift you up and take you on to the next step in your journey. I can’t wait to see you soar into new opportunities.”
Treaty No. 6 Grand Chief Tony Alexis delivered a speech where he spoke of the importance of their education and how it empowers lives and enhances traditional values.
“As you succeed, you build our nation,” he said.
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