FC: "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson | to the Graduate
5: What greater thing is there for human souls than to feel that they are joined for life - to be with each other in silent unspeakable memories. ~George Eliot | Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family. ~Anthony Brandt
7: The family is one of nature's masterpieces. ~George Santayana
8: We are
10: Good times!
11: Friends are the chocolate chips in the cookies of life. | A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.
16: Welcome graduates of 2010. Welcome family, friends, peers, teachers, and acquaintances of everyone involved. First, let us congratulate all of you graduates. We have achieved our goal together. We have had our struggles, but together we've made it. The class of 2010 is a group of young adults who have put in thousands of hours of work, who have attended hundreds of classes and have fallen asleep during a good few lectures to be here today, to reach the goal that we have strived for during these last thirteen years, graduation. The class of 2010 is an amazing group of people who have infinite areas of knowledge to share with the world. To give you some perspective on how much we can do, here are some examples: we have students that can program computers like NASA, we have students that can kill a seal at a hundred feet with one shot in a rocking boat, we have students that can scare the winning goal with only seconds left on the clock, students that can make chandelier earrings out of whalebone and silver, we have students that could paint the inside of the Sistine Chapel with watercolours and a stick of charcoal, students that can carve a narwhal so realistically that you'll go hungry just by looking at it, we have students that can shred the guitar like Jimmy Hendrix, and hey, we have a guy that could take down a polar bear in a Judo match. The class of 2010 is pretty awesome, although we haven't always been this way.. There were many lessons throughout our hight school experience that we had to learn. High school is about finding yourself and it has not been easy, but together, we've achieved a big part of that. By the way, this is not taught in a class. The most important lessons that we learn, we learn outside of the classroom; we learn it in the hallways, in the Tisii and off school property. We learn these things socially and from being part of a community. High school isn't all about the textbooks or the marks that you get. It's about screwing up, dealing with the consequences and learning from our mistakes. It's about gaining maturity and responsibility.. It's about preparing for adulthood and life in the real world as a part of a bigger picture.
17: We have all agreed on how awesome we are, but we would never have been able to get this far without some help.. There have been literally hundreds of people who have made this graduation day possible, they just couldn't all fit in the gym. Those of you here today bring smiles to our faces, knowing that we have this much support behind us. The community of people who have helped us along the way has graciously allowed us their time and support during the most difficult and harrowing of trials, duh, duh, duh,... high school. To the families, friends, educators and community members who have helped to make this day possible, on behalf of the class of 2010 we thank you. The class of 2010 is an investment in the future, not just in Nunavut but in the world because we are at that stage in our life when we are about to enter the world as adults, as decision makers and as ambassadors for the North. Wherever we go, there will be a little bit of Nunavut; whether we're walking the streets of London saying "Didn't you hear? Sealskin is the new black." or sitting on the subway in downtown Toronto listening to throat-signing on our iPods. Culture is important to Nunavummiut and what better way to celebrate it than by sharing it with the world. This is something we guarantee that we will do. The class of 2010 is a group of movers and shakers, we will climb mountains, move walls and push boundaries just like you did as a kid. We are youth and we are the future and its going to be the better for us. There is nothing we cannot do, no barrier that we cannot overcome. This is the class of 2010 Valedictorians Eric Blair and Alianai Niviatsiak
19: Always remember, you have within you the strength the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. - Harriet Tubman
20: Try to discover the road to success and you'll seek but never find, but blaze your own path and the road to success will trail right behind. ~Robert Brault | Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars. ~Les Brown
21: Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
22: "Wherever you go, go with all your heart." ~Confucius | Receiving awards for Music, Drama and volunteering for the City of Iqaluit
32: Dance like there's nobody watching, Love like you'll never be hurt, Sing like there's nobody listening, Live like it's heaven on Earth.
34: The party's here!
35: A simple celebration, a gathering of friends; here is wishing you great happiness, a joy that never ends.
38: Today is your day!
39: Make a Wish!
40: Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present, and future. - Gail Lumet Buckley
41: Where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
43: July 2010 Eric, I have had the pleasure of watching you grow from a sweet, funny, happy little boy, to a independent, caring, intelligent, fun loving young man, with his father's laugh and his mother's smile. You have made us all proud with your accomplishments and of the man that you have become. Now you are ready to head out to your future, leaving one home for another, striking out to see what the world has in store for you. Enjoy this part of your life, take it all in, and learn and adventure with all your might! Carry with you in your heart the memories and thoughts of the people that have loved and supported you on the way, and I hope this little book will be a good reminder of that. And always remember that I am here for you, with whatever you may need. Love you, Auntie Tan xoxo