A Final Farewell by Dr. Joanna Sheppard

29 05 2017




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

As I wake up early due to jet leg in Langley, BC,  I can only thank you all for your dedication and support towards the 2017 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.

To my colleagues and friends in Antigua, thank you once again for welcoming my students into your schools with open arms. I know the experiences they had will last a lifetime!

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 fourth 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 2017 Teaching Assistant Dan Northgraves 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 2017 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





2 responses

29 05 2017
Jenepher Sheppard

Congratulations Champions on a successful teaching experience in Antigua. I so enjoyed watching the video of your time there, all of you teaching with enthusiasm and a smile on your faces even though I know there must have been times when you were totally exhausted. I know you had “the time of your life” and that your students will never forget the time they spent with you. And, Jo….congratulations on another successful program; a mother’s prejudice I know but I think you do “good work”. More than that, I know Andy would be so proud of you and how you have brought life to his vision. You have kept your promise well. xxx

30 05 2017
Kevin Ruggles

Well said Jo!
I had a great time reading all of the blogs and seeing what an excellent group you lead again this year.
You and your champs make a big difference every year.
Great work everyone!

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