Last week, we had graduation ceremony of CIS Class of 2019. Here we share the original speech of our distinguish guest, Rachael Bedlington, Canadian Consul General of Guangzhou.
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Bonjour, Ms. Winnie Chen, Mr. Howard Stribbell, Principal Tanya Thiessen, honoured guests, parents, faculty, and students. Good afternoon!
Let me first and foremost congratulate all the students graduating this year from the Canadian International School of Guangzhou. It is hard work to get to graduation, and you have succeeded! Well done!
Congratulations also to the assembled teachers and family members, all of whom have played such an important role too in getting to today!
So graduates, here you are, standing ready to face the excitement and challenges of a new stage in your life. For many of you, this means pursuing higher education, to acquire further knowledge and skills for your chosen profession.
Your time at this school has helped you to acquire the capacity to understand, at minimum, two different cultures, and to act as a bridge between them. This skill is even more important in today’s world, given the serious problems we face as a global community.
I hope all of you will be a part of building bridges and building mutual understanding. Please always think about how you can be positive agents of change in the world, whatever your future profession.
I was pleased to learn that many of you have chosen to continue your studies in Canada.
For parents here today of young graduates heading to Canada, your child is going to a country that is an open and welcoming place for all newcomers, whether students, visitors, or immigrants.
Canada is a very diverse country, made up of people from around the world. We attract more immigrants per capita than any other nation. We are known for our diversity, but we also seek to promote “inclusion”, the idea that no one is left on the margins. We all stand equally together. No person is lesser because they are different.
We believe that having a society with people of different races, genders, religions, cultures, sexual orientations and languages, makes us stronger.
For our graduating class, your experience here at this school has also given you an appreciation of diversity. As you go forward in your lives and studies, and you meet people with sometimes very different backgrounds or experiences from yourself, continue to value difference, and always ask yourself, what can l learn from this person who is not like me?
For those of you going abroad, you may find that moving away and settling in to a new country and culture is not easy. There will be times when you will miss your friends and family back home and you will face many new challenges. This is normal. When you are having difficulties, remember to reach out to your family, friends and school for help. They are all there for you.
Finally, my last word of advice is to find time away from studies to have fun and get to know well the place you are living. Explore your new cities, take part in your new community, maybe volunteer, and make friends with locals, especially people from other cultures.
Once again, my very sincere congratulations to each and every one of you, and best wishes for your future success!
Toutes mes félicitations. 谢谢，Thank you!