Alex sings O Canada in four languages at NSCC Pictou Convocation

Better late than never…

The 2013 Convocation Ceremony at my campus of the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) fell on June 21st, which is National Aboriginal Day. In my opinion, Convocation is the most special day of the year – the day staff & students work so hard toward for two years (or more). This year’s ceremony was extra special for me for a couple of reasons: (1) It was my first Convocation ceremony at Pictou Campus; and (2) our son Alex sang “O Canada” at the beginning of the ceremony in English, Mi’kmaq, French, and American Sign Language.  He was accompanied on piano by fellow faculty member, Kirby Coolen. (Who also happens to be Alex’s godmother’s first cousin – it’s always a small world in Nova Scotia!)

Today I came across the webcast and I thought I would share it.  Alex’s O Canada begins about eight-minutes in.

2013 NSCC Pictou Campus Convocation

Higher Education

Staff & faculty at NSCC Pictou Campus are buzzing with excitement today as we prepare for Convocation tomorrow (June 21st). We’ll have close to 275 graduates crossing the stage beginning at 11:00 AST. Our son Alex has the honour of singing O Canada at the beginning of the ceremony, in English, French, and Mi’Kmaq, and he will sign it with American Sign Language at the same time. The ceremony will be live-streamed via webcast. If you are interested in watching,  you can click on the following link:

NSCC Pictou Campus Graduation

In other exciting news, I just received word that I’ll be attending my third course at Cornell University (Strategic Financial Management for Hotels) during the first week of July, moving me one step closer to completing my certification in Strategic Hospitality Management. I am so thankful to the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia and the Atlantic Canada Opportunites Agency for this opportunity!

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regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”

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