CBE students volunteered for the event in several key roles. Student ambassadors led conversations with guests on the topics of leadership, jazz musicians played spectacularly and improv performers turned up their creativity to maximum entertaining the audience. Student emcee, Elaine, co-hosted the event with CTV personality Heath Brown, helping to make the evening extra special for the over 300 in attendance.
Community leaders in the room inspired students with tales of success and I was surprised to learn how many were equally moved by the students’ own stories. As the evening drew to a close, many guests approached me to compliment the students’ maturity, inquisitive nature and passion for learning. The youthful energy at the dinner tables sparked enthusiasm and helped remind us all of the importance of public education.
Volunteering allowed these students the opportunity to meet and speak with community leaders, develop communication skills, while teaching us all that we are in good hands with our future leaders.
Ken Rabb (@kenrabb) is the Communications & Development Officer at EducationMatters (@Ed_Matters), Calgary’s Public Education Trust