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CIM Winnipeg 2014 Graduating Class

June 18, 2014

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On Saturday, May 24, 2014, the Canadian Institute of Management, Winnipeg Branch 48th Annual Graduation was held at the University of Manitoba.

The Convocation ceremonies were followed by a dinner and party to celebrate the accomplishments of the 68 graduates of the Class of 2014.

Thomas Ritter C.I.M. P.Mgr., President of the CIM Winnipeg Branch presented CIM certificates and honors recognition at the Graduation ceremonies. It was an honour to also present the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Academic Awards to the three individuals who excelled in the program, achieving the first, second and third highest grade point averages in this year’s graduating class.

Congratulations to this year’s recipients for their outstanding achievements:

Gold Award: Jana Derby C.I.M.

Silver Award: Jared Munro C.I.M.

Bronze Award: Jaret Sawchuk C.I.M.

In addition three of our graduates were also presented with their Professional Manager designations

  • Tracy Lamoureux C.I.M. P.Mgr.
  • Paul Senecal C.I.M. P.Mgr.
  • Randy Doherty C.I.M. P.Mgr.

Valedictorian Speech

Tracy Lamoureux and Christian Gagne were the Valedictorians for the 2014 graduating class. They have graciously given their permission for their speech to be posted for this article.

“Acting Dean Matheos, Platform Dignitaries, Family, Friends and fellow graduates, today is a day to be thankful and to be inspired.

Introduce ourselves – I am Tracy Lamoureux and I recruit people like you to give blood at Canadian Blood Services and I am Christian Gagne and I am a Funeral Director and Embalmer and I work at Desjardins Funeral Chapel.

I would like to start by saying that I will try not to make this sound like a eulogy. It is what I am used to hearing.

We are gathered here today, to mourn the passing of 4 years of our lives due to education. HAHAHA! Just kidding.

During one of our courses, Marilyn, Randy, Charlene and I did a project on Steve Jobs from Apple Computers and this is one of his quotes that we used in our project and I will share it with you today.

“Don’t be trapped by dogma—which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” ~ Steve Jobs

Today, marks a milestone or a great achievement for all of us. Receiving this certificate is a goal that we set for ourselves, for some, it was to better ourselves, or to prove that our brain cells had not deteriorated and we still had it in us. For others it is also a way to achieve success with the companies we work for or to get more initials behind your name than your sibling.

All of us graduating today reached this point in different ways or took a different rocky road. Some of these rocks, on this road, were homework, projects that had to be completed by yourself or as a group. As one instructor put it, you should find a partner to whom you are compatible with or it will end up as a divorce. I know Tracy has been known to kick someone off the island for not doing their share. Other rocks may have been medical issues, illnesses in the family, family activities such as sports, dance, gymnastics or recitals. We may have escaped the stress of being back at school by taking trips and then playing catch up to make sure we did not miss anything. Regardless of these rocks, each and every one of us took those rocks and used them as stepping stones to reach the next level in achieving our goal of graduating. You are all to be commended for your success.

Fellow graduates, we have much to be thankful for. We have received outstanding education thanks to our fine administration and teachers. We are prepared to move on and to take on whatever challenges come next in our lives, whether you intend to continue your education or not.

Remember back to the first time you thought about going back to school to continue your education.   3-7 years is an outrageous amount of time to commit to.

You took that first step.

Researched what was required of you.

Then you made the commitment and you signed up for your first class.

Most of us started with Canadian Business:  An Introduction.  I remember thinking how am I going to fit in an evening course with homework on top of an already fast paced life.  The instructor was great.  Each class he would THANK US for making the effort to be there and for having our homework done.  Now that made it easier to sign up for another course.

When we sign up for a course Char, is like Charlie from Charlie’s Angels.  She keeps her identity hidden from us. She communicates with her recruits through email, briefing us on our new assignments and sharing of information. Char are you here today?

While we have been juggling one or two jobs, our children, lonely left-out spouses (significant others and friends), business trips, vacation deals we just couldn’t pass up, studying at our kids practices we can be thankful that we endured.

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”  Benjamin Franklin 

Let us embrace the education and knowledge that we have received in the past years. Many a times I come across situations where someone’s opportunities for education were not taken because a life has been taken too quickly. Let us not wait until it is too late. Let us instill in our children how important it is to better and enrich ourselves with education. Show are siblings that there is always a little more that we can learn. Encourage other family members or even co-workers to enhance their existing knowledge and make it even greater. We are so lucky to be alive and living in a community, city, province and country that will not demoralize, disapprove, discourage or condemn your choice as a human being to be educated.

Tracy and I would like to take this opportunity to say Thank you.

Instructors – We have talked about the sacrifices we have made as students in continuing our education. We must recognize the sacrifices that are made by the extraordinary instructors. They as well have families and day jobs just like us. They also have to take the time during the week to prepare their lesson plans, correct and grade our homework and assignments. We would like to thank their families for supporting them. We noticed that you gave us respect and we also showed it by being in class on time.  Thank you for keeping us awake and having the time fly by. We know it must be hard to look at your student’s faces at 9:15pm and see that, glazed over look, no participation and slouched bodies. Thank you to all of the instructors, without you, none of this would be possible.

“Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.” ~ John C. Maxwell

Instructors, you have influenced our lives and now it is our turn. Thank you

Thank you to CIM and the board of directors for keeping Winnipeg the biggest CIM Branch in Canada. Thank you to the University of Manitoba and the extended education faculty for all their support and planning.

Workplaces- Thank you for encouraging continuous learning.  Your support, whether it be by paying for our courses, books, education leave or the use of meeting room space, it is truly appreciated.

To Our Moms and Dads- You can thank us now that we chose this path for continuous learning and you didn’t have to pay for this education. Thank you for all you help with picking up and dropping of the grandkids for their various activities.  Seriously it is a great bonding experience for both of you.  Honestly, you have inspired us to continue to strive to be the best version of ourselves every day.   You have truly been the best support system we could have asked for.

Kids- Thank you for not laughing too hard when we ask you to help us with our homework. Someone once said to me “We can now tell our kids that if we are able to complete our course while balancing housework AND schoolwork AND jobs AND cooking AND cleaning AND whatever else life threw at us, then you can certainly do it while balancing your schoolwork with Facebook, Twitter, text-messaging, bad hair and make-up days.”

Spouses and/or significant others and friends – Thank you for taking us away on those much needed trips and trying to plan it so we don’t miss class.  For all the times you heard “Sorry I can’t do that as I need to get this done” or “Just a few more minutes” then it being a few HOURS later.  Thank you to those we care so much for and who care for us, we were able to accomplish all of the small duties of everyday life that needed tending to because of you.

We would not be here today without all of your support.


Finally, we can be thankful for each other. The friendships that we have made here will last a lifetime and in the same way we have helped each other to, in some ways survive these years here, I hope we will continue to be there for each other and to support each other in future endeavors.

When you leave here today, celebrate what you have accomplished but look forward with an eye toward how you too can be the inspiration for others.

“The challenge of leadership is to be strong but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not a bully; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly” ~ Jime Rohn

Congratulations Class of 2014!”