Column: Valuable lessons for grads that COVID-19 pandemic has taught us

Council Report by Salmon Arm Mayor Alan Harrison

Congratulations to the 2020 graduates of Kings Christian, Shuswap Alternate and Salmon Arm Secondary.

You are the first graduates of this decade!

This is a big milestone event in your life. The completion of 13 years of grade schooling.

I share the disappointment that you, your family and your friends feel in not being able to have regular grad ceremonies take place.

Thank you to each of your schools for being creative in allowing ceremonies of a unique kind to happen this year.

You are graduating in extraordinary times. COVID-19 has resulted in challenging times for everyone, especially for our more vulnerable and senior’s populations.

At times like this, you, our youth, are more important than ever. Our world needs your bright minds, your creativity, your empathy and your kindness. I have no doubt you will lead us confidently and with compassion into the future.

Everything happens for a reason. There is opportunity to learn from every circumstance. This pandemic is teaching us some important lessons.

Read more: In photos: Salmon Arm Secondary grads come to McGuire Lake park for photo op

Read more: Council Report: Salmon Arm wrestles with parking spaces

I’d like to share three that I have learned:

Firstly, kindness matters. Kindness is our most valuable behavior. There is always time and room for kindness.

Second, flexibility. Being able to adjust to change is a most important life skill. Recent events show we just do not know what is around the corner. Being able to welcome change, to adjust our thinking, and to be open to new ways of doing things, allows calmness during stormy times.

And third, and perhaps the most important, is to try not to judge others. Until we walk in another’s shoes, we cannot understand their circumstance. Everyone has a story. Taking the time to listen, with understanding to that story, is helpful for everyone.

To all graduates, your family, teachers, school staff and friends, your graduation is an accomplishment to be proud of. Now is the time to move forward and create your own story!

The residents of Salmon Arm and city council congratulate you, each member of the 2020 graduating class, and we wish you the very best in your future.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

#Salmon Arm

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Shuswap potter’s empty bowls help fill food bank

Mud, Sweat and Tears’ Bruce Nyeste expects project to raise $12,000 for Salmon Arm’s Second Harvest

Morning Start: Naps could save your life

Your morning start for Wednesday, July 9, 2020

Columbia Shuswap Regional District warns ‘dock hogs’ to follow time limits

Boats have been moored for days in some cases at public boat launch docks

Volunteers pull off late-night eagle rescue in Salmon Arm

Bird bound for a rehabilitation centre in Delta

Salmon Arm firefighters respond to nighttime garage blaze

Residential structure fire at Canoe property quickly extinguished

Canadian policing organization calls for decriminalization of simple illicit drug possession

Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police want policing focus of opioid crisis to be replaced with a health one

LETTER: Land for Summerland’s solar project site was designated for growth

Site represents close to 20 per cent of land marked for future growth

Kelowna woman fights off nighttime intruder

Kelowna RCMP are investigating a break-and-enter on Richter Street

Classical music festival going ahead in the Okanagan

The fifth annual Vernon Proms Classical Music Festival has modified programming to keep people safe

COVID-19: Fundraiser launched to keep Okanagan restaurant afloat

A GoFundMe account has been set up for Little Tex Restaurant with a goal of $25,000

South Okanagan RCMP member speaks out against criticism

Police have been the subject of intense scrutiny in recent weeks

Indigenous leader Ed John pleads not guilty to historical sex charges

Ed John’s lawyer entered the plea by telephone on behalf of his client

Woman who talked to unconscious husband for 30 years gets solace from B.C. study

Ian Jordan suffered a head injury when he and another officer were on their way to a call in Victoria in September 1987

RCMP investigate threat against Indigenous totem poles on B.C.’s Sunshine Coast

Police describe the nature of the threat as ‘sensitive’

Most Read