Happy Canada Day, Cobourg! It was an honour to share a new poem today at Cobourg’s Canada Day Festivities.
Today I want to celebrate kindness, compassion, and generosity; to celebrate Canadian communities from coast to coast like this one that are filled with inspiring people like you; to celebrate you for coming together today; and, to celebrate the beauty and significance of the stunning natural landscape we all share.
We want children to thrive when they go to school. We want safe schools, places where students have a high sense of belonging, and a community that values its members. To me a positive school climate looks like peaceful hallways, engaging classroom learning, and robust spirit. Joy is at the heart of a great school. Community can be assessed by the smiles and laughter heard by students, parents, and staff. I try to find a moment of joy at least once a day.