Guest speaker views education as investment

Eric McCarthy
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ELMSDALE -- Education is empowerment of self, Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea commented during graduation ceremonies recently for students of the Holland College West Prince campus.

Shea, the Member of Parliament for Egmont and guest speaker, also reminded the 86 students who received diplomas or program completion certificates that “investing in education is investing in yourself.”

Greg O’Brien, who graduated from the Electrical Technology Construction program old his fellow students they can walk out of the graduation ceremony, held at Westisle Composite High School theatre, with heads held high, knowing they’ve earned their certificates and diplomas.

“We’re one step closer to creating a fulfilling life in the careers we’ve chosen,” O’Brien said.

Megan Henderson, who spoke on behalf of students obtaining high school credits and vouched for the value of having the program available locally. “I thought this would be a great way to open other opportunities for my future career and better myself,” she said, adding that she will be moving on to summer school at Holland College in Charlottetown before enrolling in further post-secondary courses.

“I hope you have great success in whatever you choose to do and, whatever path you choose to take, or whatever you choose to do, do it well and you will be successful in life,” Henderson expressed.

The federal cabinet minister reminded the students that provincial and federal governments invest in education because it pays back in spades.

“A skilled workforce leads to a stronger economy with more and better jobs,” she said. “For governments, more people working means more people pay taxes. Taxes are necessary to provide things, like health care and education. So, it is an investment in the future, it is an investment in you, and it is an investment in the province and country, as well.”

Graduation milestone, Shea reminded the students, will open doors for themselves and help inspire other family and community members to further their education.

 “Everybody graduating here tonight has recognized that having a better education and greater skills will help you achieve success,” she reflected.

She urged students to safeguard their reputations, because it can make or break their success, and reminded them there is also satisfaction to be had in volunteering in their community.


Organizations: Holland College, Westisle Composite High School

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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