Students across ASD-W were the proud recipients of Turnaround Achievement Awards presented during three ceremonies held recently in Fredericton, Bristol and Woodstock.
The main purpose of the annual awards is to reward students at all levels for turning their lives around through demonstrated effort, commitment and perseverance. The recognition reflects a marked improvement in their behaviour, attitude and academics.
Acting Superintendent Catherine Blaney told the students "change is not always easy and it takes personal courage to accomplish significant change that pushes us beyond our comfort zones."
"You just have to get out there and do it and not look back," Blaney said. "Life gets better by opening ourselves up to new learning, new opportunities and new growth.....Sometimes change is painful. Sometimes it's beautiful, but most of the time it's both....Let today be the day you give up on who you've been for who you can become."
Blaney said the award winners worked to overcome obstacles and inner struggles to gain confidence and academic success. They embraced change and came out smiling, stronger and better prepared for their futures.
"Be bold, be courageous and always be your best," she said. "Each day, remind yourself that you are yet again, given another chance to improve on yesterday. If you are committed to doing what it takes, anything is possible. It's up to you. The world is your oyster."
The awards are sponsored by community and/or private sector partners in each region of the district.
Shown in the photos below are (1) Award winners from the Fredericton ceremony; (2) Award winners from the Bristol ceremony; (3) Award winners from the Woodstock ceremony.