Yesterday I had a wonderful time speaking to a group of art students at Bishop Carroll High School in Calgary. What a wonderful school! Such a great history of notable alumni including musicians, politicians and athletes like Feist and James Keelaghan, Alison Redford and Danielle Smith, Mark Tewksbury and Hailey Wickenheiser. And I love their vision statement:
We, the Bishop Carroll High School Catholic Community, commit to providing a student-centered educational journey which fosters authentic personal growth. We challenge each individual to be a lifelong learner, to embrace a passion for life and to share his or her gifts for the benefit of our global community.
After I spoke about my journey and experience as an artist, the students had the opportunity to critique my work which was very interesting. They spoke about the elements and principles of design, of what they liked and didn't like in the work and their interpretation of it. Using words like happy, journey, memory and dream absolutely touched me. What a privilege this was. I don't know how I get such lovely opportunities and am grateful not only to share my journey but to be able to encourage others on theirs.