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Prez's fond farewell

Joe Scalia | FSU President | Opinion | April 11th, 2011

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This is it, Fanshawe! It's been an amazing experience that has lasted for four years, and contained many memories I'll happily look back on for the rest of my life. I have a lot of people to thank and it's going to be hard to remember everybody, so apologies in advance if I forget anyone.

First and foremost I owe most of this to Rodney Sutton, the man who gave me my first opportunity to work for the FSU as a custodian. Thank you for being the first person here to believe in me. Also a big thanks to my good friend Rob Fraser who introduced me to Rod, and who also gave me a roof over my head in a time of need.

John Young was my second "boss" at the FSU and John Said was my third. They both believed in my abilities as a videographer and gave me the opportunity to hone my craft over two summers at Fanshawe. It was in that position that I worked so closely with the student leaders who inspired me to become one myself. Thanks for making this all possible.

The opportunity to serve as a student leader, as VP Finance and as President, would not have been possible without the people who voted for me, and the friends who supported my campaigns. Thank you for believing in me and trusting me with this responsibility.

A very special thanks to Jabari Cooper, the man whose shoes I filled one year ago. He was my friend, my mentor and my President. I looked up to him, learned a lot from him, and still do. I could not have been successful in this position without his help. I owe a lot to him and all of last year's executive team: McKay, Payne, Vero, Malcolm, Kyle and Coleshill. The tequila's on me next time.

I was incredibly fortunate to have a great executive team this year. Derek, Joe A., Payne, Vero and Kendra all showed me what's possible when you have a group who truly cares about making a difference. I know they'll all look back and be proud of what we've done here. Our supports deserve just as many thanks. The office staff — James, Brandy, Janelle, Justin, Laya, Carol and Paul made it possible for us to organize ourselves and carry out the direction we wanted for our students. Pretty soon we will have to part ways, but you can be sure I'll be back to visit over the years.

Without the staff of the FSU, we'd never be at the level we are today as one of the biggest and best student associations in the country. Each and every one of you has contributed to an unforgettable student life experience for Fanshawe students. Thank you to everyone in each of our departments: hospitality, publications, entertainment, facilities and front office.

And of course this would not at all be possible if it were not for Fanshawe College.

There is something special about this college, and I haven't been able to put my finger on it until quite recently. At college-wide events, there seems to be involvement from every level of every part of the college. Dr. Rundle and his team play an important part in leading this college, but what speaks to me the most are the staff that volunteer and take time out of their days to help. The biggest message this college tells its students and graduates is to give back to your community, and that message is so strong because it's being led by example through the good people at Fanshawe College. Those volunteers are the true leaders of this college.

I hope that people will look back and remember this year as one of positive change and direction for Fanshawe College and the FSU. We're growing into new parts of the city, acquiring new residences and expanding our facilities. We're looking at our practices and constantly evaluating how we can do better. I now understand why so many people stay and work at Fanshawe College; this place never gets boring.

It's been an honour and a privilege to serve as your president this year. Thank you for allowing me this opportunity and for showing me the potential of a community who cares about each other.

To each and every one of you: congratulations and continued success.

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