As I look out the window I am starting to come to grips with the fact that Autumn may have already come and gone. Each year I feel as though time moves more rapidly and that days on the calendar tend to evaporate. When life begins to move too quickly, it causes me to be reflective about how I spend my time, what I commit to and what impact I may be having.
Lloydminster Public School Division’s Mission Statement is; “Ensuring Personal Excellence for all Students.” In order to ensure excellence, it is implied that the adults who work with our students must be deeply engaged and committed to high standards. A week ago, LPSD lost one of those deeply-committed individuals. William Gow was taken from us all too suddenly in a fatal car accident travelling home from a volleyball tournament in Meadow Lake. As I sat in William’s memorial service I was struck by the impact and legacy that he has had on our school community and city as a whole.
William believed in hard work, perseverance and commitment to the things that you hold dear. He dedicated a lot of his time towards outreach, he was committed to bettering the community he called home and his impact is immeasurable. Countless tributes were shared during William’s memorial service that all emphasized just that: one individual can have a major impact on the lives of others.
As sad as it was to say goodbye to such an influential person, I couldn’t help but feel motivated to stay engaged, to pour into others and to not lose sight of what is important: family, values and community. I hope that each of you reflect on the impact you are having or could have and recommit yourself to making the world, your community, your school and your family a little bit better because of your influence.