On Wednesday July 28,21 we gathered on the Rufus Prince Lawn at Keeshkeemaquah with 100 family members, friends, sponsors and volunteers to celebrate the hard work, perseverance and accomplishments of our 2021 graduates! A group of Dakota, Anishinaabe, and non-Indigenous people came together in unity as we honoured and recognized the six youth who made a decision early this spring to apply for our program. Flight Instructor Ken Baker encouraged them with these words:
Choose to be a pilot in your life rather than a passenger! Make a plan, do the work, and fly the plane! (both figuratively and literally!)’
Thank you to our team of volunteers who donated hundreds of hours to instruct, drive, and supervise students, to maintain our plane, and to administrate our program. One more shout out to Dakota and Ojibway Child and Family Services and our sponsors who share our heart for youth and our vision to see young people’s lives transformed by a renewed hope for a bright and successful future.
It was a beautiful day for a ceremony.
Way to go GRADUATES!
Photo credit: the amazing Peter Musters