By Lisa Dalla Vecchia, Communications Manager
The Superintendent's Celebration of Student Excellence is an annual event that recognizes well-rounded grade 12 students deemed exceptional in two or more categories: leadership, citizenship, service, academics, and athletics and/or arts.
In attendance at this year's virtual event, held on June 23, 2021, were North Vancouver Board of Education school trustees, the school district's executive and leadership team, district and school staff, and municipal leadership from both the City and District of North Vancouver.
Also in attendance was guest speaker Tewanee Joseph, a proud member of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Nation and half Maori. A business and sport leader who has served as Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Nation Council member, Executive Director and CEO of the Four Host First Nations for the 2010 Olympic Games, and Chief of Governance and Partnership Officer with Indigenous Tourism BC, Mr. Joseph spends his time sharing his experiences and expertise advising brands on First Nations engagement, business development, and inclusivity.
In delivering the keynote titled, “Would you Believe: The Power of Collaboration and Connection, " Mr. Joseph spoke to students about the importance of remaining passionate and curious; hard work and commitment; dreaming big, even when one's path isn't a straight path forward; and not being afraid to try something and “just do it."
Superintendent Mark Pearmain brought the event to a close with a similar uplifting message to graduating students. He reminded students that despite the disruption experienced during their final year due to a global pandemic, students contributed to their school communities, remained engaged in their learning, maintained academic excellence, and contributed to a positive culture and environment.
With an exciting future ahead, Superintendent Pearmain encouraged graduating students to return to the North Vancouver School District and teach every one of us new and better ways of doing things. With collaboration, compromise, compassion and kindness, the graduating class of 2021 will “make what we call home a better place to live."