Final Farewell by Dr. Joanna Sheppard


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

As I wake up to prepare to leave for the airport,  I can only thank you all for your dedication and support towards the 2019 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 KIN Professor Brian Justin for his Sixth annual Coaches and Athletes Certificate Program and collegial support as well as Dr. Jaslyen Singh for her dedication to our program and flying all the way from Australia to be a part of it!

I would also like to thank our UFV Teacher Education Department, but more specifically Dr. Vandy Britton for dedicating her time to sustaining this impactful collaboration

And last but not least, a big thank you to my 2019 Teaching Assistant Julia Nord-Leth for your passion, and positive energy 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.

Champions on two……two….CHAMPIONS!!!


Joanna/Momma Jo

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