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Good afternoon.

Wow! I can’t begin to describe how incredible it is to be here today.

This is an amazing college – we hear it so often from our students, faculty, staff, alumni and community partners.

All of these groups, so collectively strong in their belief and advocacy for Durham College. That’s why it’s so appropriate all are represented here today as we begin another chapter in Durham College’s history – together.

Ladies and gentlemen, Chair Aileen Fletcher, members of the Board of Governors, all levels of government, representatives from Colleges Ontario and the Association of Community Colleges of Canada, colleagues from colleges across the province, friends, Ontario Tech and distinguished guests and faculty and staff of Durham College.

Thank you for joining this celebration.

And to the students here…you are at the heart of everything that we celebrate today.

Thank you!

To my friends and family members who are watching through web casting, in particular my mother and stepfather, who I know are watching with great pride.

I don’t know if my mother has the entire Bridge Club connected, but she now has bragging rights for the next game.

And to my brother David, who tells me that I always forget to mention him - welcome.

To my personal friends and family in attendance – thank you for being here and for the support that you have provided to me along the way – in particular:

  • My wife Cheryl – you have stuck with me through thick and thin, business failure and over a decade of part-time academic studies while raising our children. You have supported me as I changed jobs and communities to advance my career; and
  • My son Steven, daughter Jessica, son-in-law Ross and my new granddaughter Chloe Marie – thank you for your excitement and for always keeping me grounded about what is most important in life.

Full President's installation speech. [PDF – 71 KB]

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