Going back to school isn’t easy but the Notre Dame House/Regina’s Place students rose to the challenge! On June 18, 2019 their achievements were rewarded with an inspiring ceremony at St. Lawrence Church, earning diplomas and certificates of accomplishment. They have all taken steps in their educational journey and changed their lives for the better!
Notre Dame House helps at-risk youth and Regina’s Place (housed at the Jeanne Scott Centre) assists young mothers and their children. St. Charles offers credit courses at both these locations.
In her speech, Notre Dame House valedictorian Olivia Veldhuis told her story. She went to different high schools, dealt with the death of her sister and suffered from depression and anxiety. It was through Notre Dame House that Olivia finally completed her high school diploma.
“My plans for the future are to take one step at a time and not rush myself,” she explained, “Maybe get a job in a few years, maybe go back to school, but honestly I just want to appreciate everything I have first and then move on.”
Regina’s Place valedictorian, Kendra Baverstock had a similar experience.
“High school for me wasn't the best experience,” she stated in her speech, “It was not until I started coming to Jeanne Scott this school year that my motivation and self-worth were restored. For me Jeanne Scott was more than just a school. I made friendships with wonderful ladies that constantly empowered me to reach my full potential.”
Congratulations to everyone honoured at this event.