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Donna

As students prepare for graduation, growing to a new phase in their lives, what advice would you give them that may help with this process?

Be fearless, keep your options open, and always choose in favour of your passions.  I believe you can do anything.

June has us celebrating Fathers, what sage advice or words of wisdom, has your Dad given you, that you want to share?

A man of few words, my Dad taught me that you never have to raise your voice to be heard.  Always be humble and kind.

What is/was your relationship with your Father like?  If you could change one thing, what would it be? 

My relationship with my Dad was one of ease, love and humour.  The only thing I would change is, he’d still be with us.

The month of June always brings such promise of renewal, what is your spring/summer renewal ritual?  Do you have one?

As soon as the sun warm the earth, you will find me wandering the Garden Centres.  Inhaling deeply to fill my soul, and buying way too many plants for the small gardening space I have.

Share with us something new that you have tried, are doing or embarking on this spring/summer.

Tried Edamame, and now I am hooked!  So delicious.

Valerie

As students prepare for graduation, growing to a new phase in their lives, what advice would you give them that may help with this process?

The best advice I can give to students getting ready to graduate is, explore. Explore your community, country, yourself or the world. Know that this is your life and you do not have to conform to societal expectations. One of the best parts of graduating is knowing you can take some time to discover yourself. Set goals, make a plan and do things for you. It is through self care and exploration that you will discover your place in the world. Never underestimate the value of exploring your own community, understanding where you are can help lead you to where you want to go.

Do you believe students graduating today in any field of study have been prepared for the future, for a career in their field?

I believe that students graduating today have been prepared for a career in their field. I do not believe that students graduating have been prepared for the future. The world is constantly changing in vastly different ways. Each student graduating has their own life path and a future they are trying to discover. There are so many variables when it comes to securing employment in your field it simply may not be an option geographically for some people. Graduates can better prepare for the future by having real life experiences and by pursuing their passions.

Dana

As students prepare for graduation, growing to a new phase in their lives, what advice would you give them that may help with this process?


Spend a lot of time working on your cover letter, resume, portfolio, Linkedin profile, and interview skills. Better yet, work on this BEFORE you graduate and take advantage of the school staff who are there to help you. It’s going to be tough, making the transition from student to full time employee, but you have to be prepared. Unless you have amazing connections, or are in a booming industry, you need all the help you can get. Working at a post-secondary institution, I see the majority of students put “career prep” on the backburner. Spending time researching, writing, and perfecting these career documents in key. It took me about a year after I graduated to realize I had been doing my resume and cover letter all wrong. Take initiative, utilize the resources around you and in the community, and make yourself as marketable as possible.

Do you believe students graduating today in any field of study have been prepared for the future, for a career in their field?


I graduated high school in 2007, university in 2011, and post-grad in 2012. That’s 3 graduations, and I didn’t feel prepared for life after any of them. Was it my fault? Maybe. Like I mentioned before, I didn’t take advantage of what my schools had been offering me in regards to ‘life after graduation’. I didn’t think it would be that hard to get a job, move out, pay my bills, and have a fulfilling career. It’s not easy, and a lot of what you need to know in the real world isn’t taught in a classroom. I can remember on the last day of university, my business prof said to the class: “You guys are in for a real shock. Most of you won’t get a well-paying job in this field for 5-10 years. You are going to be stuck working retail and struggling to pay rent. You have to go through the struggle as a learning experience.” He was right, for the most part. But why must new grads struggle when they can be better prepared WHILE in school?

Here are my friends and I at our high school graduation in 2007. Let me point out our school auditorium did not have air conditioning.


June has us celebrating Fathers, what sage advice or words of wisdom, has your Dad given you, that you want to share?


I never really asked my dad for advice my entire life (sorry, Dad). I’m not sure why. But the thing he would tell me (lecture me on, nag me about, etc.) was to save money, spend responsibly and be really smart about your money. It took me a few years to figure out how true that advice was.

The month of June always brings such promise of renewal, what is your spring/summer renewal ritual?  Do you have one?


This will be my first spring/summer with my rescue dog, Cooper! So our new ritual will be going on as many adventures outside as possible. We recently discovered he is scared of swimming, so we are going to teach him how to swim and to love the water. Usually every spring or summer I say I am going to work out so I can look good in a bikini, but this year I plan on wearing a one-piece.

Share with us something new that you have tried, are doing or embarking on this spring/summer.


I am attempting gardening. I got a lovely little rose bush from a student and planted it in my garden. It started blooming again and had been successfully transplanted. Then my boyfriend destroyed it with the weed whacker yesterday. I will leave it at that.

Marilyn

 June has us celebrating Fathers, what sage advice or words of wisdom, has your Dad given you, that you want to share?

My father taught me at a very early age to always be aware of my surroundings in order to protect myself.

He said that people need to earn your trust so that you know it’s safe to be around them.  He always said to listen to your gut instincts.  So, whenever I get an uneasy feeling around someone I’ve just met I always listen to my “spidey senses”, because I learned the hard way that people are not always what they appear to be.  I’ve met many people who pretend to be wonderful but when their true colours eventually come out it can be quite scary.

What is/was your relationship with your Father like?

 

  If you could change one thing, what would it be?

My relationship with my father was very complicated.  If there’s one thing I wish I could change it would be our inability to communicate with one another without hurting each other.  I wish I had been there for him in his time of need but we were estranged because of the “doomsday cult” he committed his life to.

 

The month of June always brings such promise of renewal, what is your spring/summer renewal ritual?  Do you have one?

My spring/summer ritual is to get into my gardens and see what’s new this year from the previous fall preparation. I love to watch the arrival of flowers as they each come out in different stages.  I love the bright colours and fragrant smells.  I love to work in the dirt and see the results of my hard work.  I love adding different flowers every year and moving things around when necessary.  My gardens are my sanctuary where I go for peace and inspiration.

Share with us something new that you have tried, are doing or embarking on this spring/summer.

This year I added perennial pansies to my gardens.  I used to buy annuals but now that I’ve found perennial pansies it makes good sense to introduce them to my gardens.  The are quite hardy and multiple quickly, making it possible to move them to different locations when they need to be thinned out.  I love the colour purple so I have a variety of types of flowers in different shades of purple.  Every year my garden sanctuary looks prettier and attracts more butterflies and bees.  Gardening is a great way to get some exercise for both your body and your mind.  I highly recommend gardening to everyone and if you’re not sure how to get started go talk to someone at your local greenhouse.  They are very knowledgeable and quite helpful.  Find out what works for you and your living space.

 

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