This June, I will walk my son Jacob down the aisle for his graduation ceremony at Glad Tidings Church, marking the transition of a 12-year relationship our family has had with Pacific Christian School. All four of my children – Lauren, Shannon, Mackenzie and Jacob – will have graduated from PCS. The school has been a blessing for all of us, and each of my children have taken their own unique experience from it. This is what which makes PCS so special for me – that they allow their students to grow individually.
Lauren is now starting the second year of her Masters’ degree in Medical Illustration at the University of Toronto, having a unique fusion of Sciences and Art. Shannon just graduated with both a Biology degree and a Physical Sciences degree from Old Dominion University in Virginia where she attended on a full-ride athletic scholarship in rowing – a sport she started at PCS, went on to win the City Championships in Doubles for PCS, and later a Gold Medal for Canada! She is now applying to do her Masters in Physiotherapy in Canada. Mackenzie just finished his second year in Finance at Camosun and Jacob has been accepted in the Sports Management program at Camosun for next year.
I share this because I am a proud parent (of course) but, more importantly, to share with parents of current students that your children are part of a wonderful education community that, along with your support, nurtures them to be the best they can be as individuals. We have a myriad of memories – Grandparents’ Days, Pastors’ Days, Graduation celebrations, SALTS trips, Science Fairs, Mexico Mission trips, concerts, many, many uplifting chapels, and more. Our family also found support from the school community in times our own personal crises. Always – I felt that all of my children were in a safe and loving environment.
I also had the honour to be part of the Board when the school was forging a new long-term strategy for its future and was grateful for the chance to give back with my own gifts from God.
We will be done participating daily at PCS but, as I have seen with other alumni, you never really go away. Thank you, PCS, for the amazing job you have done partnering with me to raise our kids.