Be patient, and "present," MCS grads urged

by Terry Myers

Patient, positive and prepared.

Those three P’s were the message director of education Pino Buffone left with the 44 members of the Class of 2018 as they celebrated their secondary school graduation from Mackenzie Community School last Thursday.

Buffone, who has been with the Renfrew County District School Board for a year since taking over from former director Roger Clarke, said it was “a pleasure and a privilege to bring greetings and congratulations to each and every one of you on this fine achievement of your graduation this school year.”

“Graduates, this day represents an ending, the culmination of a steady journey as a student over the past 14 years or so in the public education system, as well as a beginning, the launch of the next chapter in your lives.

“This day belongs to you,” he said.

“Your time, effort and perseverance have all been rewarded.”

No matter what direction their lives are heading after high school, “whether you are heading to university, to college, to apprenticeship or the world of work,” Buffone urged the graduating students to “be patient, be positive, and be prepared.”

“Be patient. There will be instances in your life when you will be facing challenges and you will not be seeing your goals through the way you had initially planned,” he said.

“Still be patient. There is a place and a time for everything and make the most of it when you have that opportunity.”

“Be positive,” Buffone added.

“Stay focused on your goals and come to each and every challenge or task with a positive attitude, an open mind and enthusiasm.

“The enthusiasm that you bring will be noticed and will undoubtedly help you achieve your goals.”

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