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News Release: Local School Districts Come Together for Traditional Celebration of Achievement

(FORT MCMURRAY, AB - May 29, 2018) Fort McMurray Public School District, Fort McMurray Catholic Schools, and Northland School Division came together for the 21st annual Traditional Celebration of Achievement (TCOA) on May 24, 2018 at Keyano Theatre.

TCOA recognizes and honours the First Nations, Metis, and Inuit (FNMI) graduates of the Wood Buffalo region. An estimated 128 students from Fort McMurray, Fort Chipewyan, Fort McKay, Anzac, Janvier, and Conklin were honoured.

Mayor Don Scott brought greetings on behalf of Council.

“I have delivered hundreds of graduation speeches, but this by far, is one of the most meaningful ones ever. I’m so honoured to be here. Graduates, do not worry about making mistakes. Try things beyond your reach, and you are bound to learn. You may fail, but try again, and you will succeed. Failure is not the final step in anything in life. Take risks. Best of luck,” Mayor Scott noted.

Doug Nicholls, Superintendent, Fort McMurray Public School District, dubbed the ceremony “special for everyone.”

“Congratulations graduates. We are proud of what you have accomplished, and excited for the programs we have for you at FMPSD. We recently launched the District-wide First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Student Advisory Council. It’s a tremendously energized group. We are looking forward to hearing from them on how we can improve programs in schools. All the best to our graduates leaving the region. You have our hearts and prayers. We look forward to you carrying the tradition of excellence started here.”

The inaugural TCOA was held in 1998 when 33 graduates from the Fort McMurray area crossed the stage.

Congratulations everyone.

For more information, please contact:

Kiran Malik-Khan

Communications Manager

Fort McMurray Public School District #2833

Cell: 780-880-7666

Work: 780-788-8009

kiran.malikkhan@fmpsd.ab.ca