Vaughn Granter is not normally a man who is at a loss for words.
But as the principal of Corner Brook Regional High set out to write his address to this year’s graduates that is exactly how he found himself.
It was Granter’s last address to the students. As they leave to make their own way in the world, he is retiring.
As Granter stood before the students at the Corner Brook Civic Centre on Thursday morning he said he found the words he wanted to share with them while at the school one Saturday.
“I walked around the school and felt that it was a part of who I am,” he said of the place and the students that have become a huge part of his adult life.
Sitting in the cafeteria he pictured all the students that have come through the doors. Displays of talent caught his eye as he passed the art rooms. Going down the main stairwell the Second World War memorial reminded him of the sacrifices of others.
He heard music from the music room and screams and roars from the gymnasium.
The LGBTQ flag colours on the door of guidance office caused him to think of how the school has been and is a leader in providing a safe, and caring and rich environment.
Ending up back in his office, Granter thought that this graduating class held something special.
The year the students entered Level 1 was the same year he returned to the school after taking a leave to pursue a career in politics and serving as a Conservative MHA.
He paused for a while.
“And realized how lucky I am to have had the opportunity to spend with you and share in your story.”
It’s a story he said they should cherish, because so many in this world do not have the chance to attend formal school.
“Now leave this school that you love and share its goodness with the world.”