Congrats to the class of 2013

It’s hard to believe it’s the middle of June and that graduation season is already here.

It’s hard to believe it’s the middle of June and that graduation season is already here.

For this year’s graduates of Williams Lake secondary, Columneetza secondary, and the other schools throughout the Cariboo, it has been a long journey. The K-12 years are the period of life when we grow the most, not just physically but also emotionally. It is only towards the end of this period that we begin to discover who we really are, as we gain the skills that will serve us for the rest of our lives.

To the class of 2013, congratulations. Graduation is the end of one journey, but a new one is waiting just around the corner. Having met many of you and the teachers who have prepared you for this moment, I’m confident you’ll do well. Wherever your next journey takes you, I wish you the best.

I’d also like to thank the Williams Lake Dry Grad Committee, who work hard every year to make sure that our grads enjoy a fantastic celebration while ensuring that they stay safe. It takes a lot of time and effort to set up dry grad events, and the months of hard work you put in are greatly appreciated.

Summer is not just graduation season, but also road work season, and road crews are hard at work maintaining and upgrading our roads. While these workers are out there to ensure that we all benefit from safer, better roads, let’s keep their safety in mind as well. Remember to slow down and drive safely around work sites, and to obey signs and directions from traffic controllers.

Speaking of road work, next Wednesday the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and the City of Williams Lake are inviting everyone to attend a Project Development Open House for the Cariboo Connector Program at City Hall from 4 to 8 p.m. The meeting will focus on plans for the four-laning of Highway 97 between Carson Drive and Fox Mountain Road. It is a great chance to learn more, have your questions answered, and provide input on this project.

Donna Barnett is the Liberal MLA for Cariboo-Chilcotin.