Who would've thought that Chilliwack secondary meant so much to so many people?
I was witness to thousands of people coming through our doors all day long saying their one last goodbye to a school that at one time was their community of learning, working, playing, establishing friendships and developing bonds for life.
I watched the community of Chilliwack secondary come together as one. This is something I have not seen or experienced before or ever will again. For me it was exhilarating, exciting and at times overwhelming. To observe, listen and be reminded of events that took place in the lives of CSS alumni was comical, touching and interesting. One of the highlights of the day (there were many) was seeing Mr. Doug Steinson, who had taught here for 39 years and retired in 1993, coming back to visit. He came through the front doors, walked straight up to his old classroom, took his place behind his desk and entertained his ex-students all day long.
It was also amazing to see so many of our past athletes come back to tell their stories, proving how rich a history in athletics we have here at CSS. Our alumni were happy to see the new facilities that will be part of our new building, a building which is sure to keep our traditions of excellence going for many more years.
Saturday was one of the best moments of my career at CSS. Saturday reinforced why I teach at this great school.
To put on an event like this required people to put their lives on hold. For this I must thank Trevor McDonald, who was the driving force behind this monumental task. He made it happen with a great team of people who were instrumental behind the scenes. I would also like to thank those people:
Fred Granzow, Jeff Shields, Wayne Oberst, Cory Car-ruthers, Tracy McDonald, Ron McAndrew, Michelle Hamel, Kathy Clarke, Evan Parker, Donna Logan, Karen deNev-ers, Kristen Mundstock, Tara Wilson, Maggie Hare, Phyll Sperling, Steve Anderson, Terry McDougall, Bill Scheldpatt, Sharon Touchet, George Rees, Gary Hall, Graham Isbister, Judith Booker, the Human Services Students, Gary Rad-dysh, Heidi Huang and the alumni music students, most notable being Bria Skonberg. I want to apologize to those of you I may have missed.
Joe Mauro Chilliwack