Jun 15, 2018
Posted in: SUNTEP
By James Oloo
On May 18, 2018, families, friends, loved ones, together with invited guests and dignitaries, gathered at the E. A. Rawlinson Centre for the Arts to celebrate the graduation of the Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program (SUNTEP) Prince Alberta Class of 2018.
The graduates included Amanda Adams, Kelsey Aydt, Kayla Blanchard, Mika Carriere, Adam Daigneault, Tara DeBray, Kim Deschambeault, Michelle Ferland-Murphy, Ysabel Gallegos, Jason McKay, Brittany Morin, Kylie Morin, Liz Northey, Taylor Palidwar, Kelly Regnier, Tammy Stonestand, Jason Vandall, Daisy Villeneuve, and Lori Wintringham. The main auditorium at the E. A. Rawlinson Centre for the Arts was filled to capacity.
Common themes across the speeches by the graduates included struggles, dedication, and being thankful. Mika Carriere, for example, stated that “I lived a good life as a SUNTEP student. However, the struggle was real; but my parents told me that I could do it … I thank the Creator for the opportunity to be a teacher.” Adam Daigneault received a thunderous applause for his speech that was in Cree.
Gabriel Dumont Institute Board of Governors Chair Dr. Earl Cook and Dr. Michelle Prytula, Dean of the College of Education at the University of Saskatchewan congratulated the graduates. Michael Relland, Head of the Gabriel Dumont College, thanked the Saskatchewan Rivers Public School Division (SRPSD) Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Alan Nunn, for supporting SUNTEP over the years. Relland noted that an average of eight SUNTEP graduates is hired by the SRPSD each year.