A Final Farewell by Dr. Joanna Sheppard

22 05 2016

Dear Champions, Family, Alumni Champions and Friends of the Champions Program,

As I prepare to leave  Antigua once again, I can only thank you all for your dedication and support towards the 2016 Champions Program.
It has been many months of planning, preparing and organizing, and I want to thank each and every one of you for being with me every step of the way.

Thank you to all of you who donated your time, resources and financial contributions to the Champions Program. Without your support, this program would not be so successful.

I would also like to thank the Faculty of Health Sciences Dean Dr. Joanne Mac Lean for her continued support for our program, as well as KPE Lab Professor Brian Justin for his third annual Coaches and Athletes Certificate Program and collegial support. I would also like to thank our UFV Teacher Education Department, but more specifically Awneet Sivia for dedicating her time to sustaining this impactful collaboration  And last but not least, a big  thank you to my 2016 Teaching Assistant Marissa Lucas for your steadfast, dedicated passion for this program throughout the entire year.

So family and friends, thank you for allowing me to be a part of each of your children’s/friend’s lives. I have watched them grow from students to successful young professionals that I am very proud of.  I look forward to watching many of my students walk the convocation stage this coming June as well as guiding those still at UFV towards their goals and aspirations.

Just because the 2016 program is over, does not mean not to check out our Champions Website! I will be posting over the next few weeks with many more pictures, videos and reflections from this year’s program!


Joanna/Momma Jo




3 responses

22 05 2016
MIMOZA Rexhepi

It was such a great experience for us as well to be a part of your journey through the pictures and messages. We are so proud of all your work, guidance and life lessons that this month brought to you all as individuals.
Safe travels

24 05 2016
April Iguidez

What a fantastic crew with a fantastic leader! The collaboration with the Ministry of Education in Antigua is such a beautiful weaving of cross-cultural trust and respect. I am so grateful to have been able to teach with everyone on the Champions team and I KNOW that they are and will be leaders in different marketplaces of society.

25 05 2016
Gina Ruggles

Dear Momma Jo

Thank you for your passion, leadership, commitment and dedication to this wonderful program. Our sons and daughters have had an experience of a lifetime, one which they will carry through into their teaching careers. Thank you for keeping our kids happy and safe during their time in antiqua. You are an inspiration to all of us. Thank you Jo.

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