By Shauna Strand, CAFN Education Summer Student
The CAFN 2015 graduation ceremony on May 29 in Shadhӓla was a beautiful event that was inclusive to the entire community. We had a great turn out with approximately 120 people in attendance to honor our high-school, post-secondary and trades graduates. The MC for the night was Deputy Chief Rose Kushniruk and Chief Steve Smith kicked off the event with a welcome to all guests.
The evening included a surprise performance by high-school graduate Paddy Jim Jr. Paddy is a rapper that composes his own songs and music. His upbeat message pumped up the room for the Dakwakada Dancers group performance. During the Dakwakada performance, all the graduates stood in the centre of the room and were recognized by the community while the dancers sang the honor song on their behalf. The performance ended with the community joining the dancers in the exit song.
Shadelle Chambers, herself a Master’s student, spoke to the graduates about following your dreams while seeking the “sweet spot” in your career, which to her means finding an occupation that you’re passionate about.
Jocelyn Joe-Strack ended the night with a thoughtful “Farewell to the Class of 2015 speech” in which she spoke about her long and difficult, yet rewarding journey completing her Masters of Science. Kwӓnachis to everyone who worked towards making this event possible, organizers, guest speakers and of course all the graduates.
We would also like to thank all the family, friends and community members that travelled to Shadhӓla to join in the celebration of honoring the CAFN Class of 2015!
Please enjoy these photos of some of the graduates and their families.