Dr. Paulette C. Tremblay, CEO of NAHO offers special words of thanks at National Aboriginal Role Model Reunion Banquet on Tuesday November 24, 2009 in Ottawa, Ontario at the Crowne Plaza hotel in the International Ballroom. The banquet was a celebration of the accomplishments of the National Aboriginal Role Models.
Dear Role Models,
We thank you for being courageous as you have engaged in a learning journey that makes a difference in the lives of those you meet through your community visits and speaking engagements.
We thank you for sharing your gifts and your time with such passion and joy for you have touched the hearts and minds of many youth who are struggling to find their way.
We thank you for providing others with a glimpse of what is possible if you set goals and work hard to achieve them.
We thank you for providing others with inspiration and motivation by sharing your stories and informing them about future paths that were previously unknown to them.
We thank you for planting the seeds that allow others to begin thinking and dreaming about their future and their career journeys.
We thank you for speaking from your heart and giving of yourself - showing that you care and that you are willing to pave the path for others.
And we are thankful because you give us hope: Because your success and accomplishments demonstrate that providing support has nurtured your growth and development.
We are thankful because you give us the energy to continue to do what we must to make the places we live vibrant, healthy, and rooted in our cultures and traditions.
We are thankful because we know that you have the knowledge, skills, and experiences to lead the way for future generations.
Paulette C. Tremblay, Ph.D
Photos by Ben Powless