On June 22nd, 2010, Portage Beaconsfield held a high school graduation and awards ceremony for the nine residents who completed their secondary studies at Portage Academy this year. Surrounded by family, friends, and members of the community, these young people were presented with their Lester B. Pearson School Board High School Leaving Certificates.
All Portage centres for youth offer mandatory on-site school programming, recognised by local school boards and adapted to the needs of the residents. Whereas in the past many Portage residents have struggled with school and some have even abandoned their studies altogether, Portage Academy helps them rediscover their academic abilities and often reawakens the drive to complete secondary school and even to go on to post-secondary studies.
Portage Beaconsfield’s graduation and awards ceremony has been an annual event for the past nine years and is well supported by the community. David Pollock, the Mayor of Beaconsfield was in attendance along with several municipal government officials, school board representatives, and other members of the local community.
On behalf of the Roasters Foundation, whose mission it is to empower the community through education, Rachel Renaud presented a cheque of $500 each graduate in support of their future studies. A Lester B. Pearson Teachers Foundation bursary for academic achievement was also presented.
The Friday before the graduation ceremony, the Portage Beaconsfield staff organised a prom night for the high school graduates. A limo took them all down to a restaurant in the Old Port of Montréal, where they celebrated their accomplishments.
All the best to the Class of 2010!