Dear Graduates and Parents/Guardians of the Class of 2017,
Congratulations! High school graduation is an exciting milestone and true cause for celebration. Be proud of your achievements, share that pride with family, teachers and friends and carry it with you toward a future full of possibility. The next few weeks and months will bring many opportunities to create special moments and memories that last a lifetime.
The future is yours so, please celebrate this milestone safely and responsibly. Good decisions are easier to make when you plan ahead and poor choices are often made in haste. Don't get caught up in the heat of the moment and do something you'll regret. Also, we know you love your friends so, care for them and help them to make good decisions too.
Graduation is a well-deserved opportunity to celebrate and have fun, but please know that illegal activities will be addressed by police. You should be well aware of the dangers of alcohol and drugs, but seemingly harmless pranks as well as shared photos and videos can also be harmful and have significant consequences. This is also true of activities that damage property or put the safety of community members at risk. Safety – yours and that of our communities – is our top priority.
When participating in graduation celebrations, remember how much you've accomplished and the possibilities that lie ahead. There's never been a better time to be responsible and safe.
Parents and guardians, please talk with your children about the celebrations they attend and ask questions about their activities. Your awareness and guidance are important to ensuring graduates make good decisions.
Halifax Regional School Board, Halifax Regional Police and Halifax District RCMP congratulate you on this important and exciting achievement.
Wishing you every success for the future – congratulations Class of 2017!
Jean-Michel Blais, Chief of Police, Halifax Regional Police
Lee Bergerman, Chief Superintendent, Halifax District RCMP
Elwin LeRoux, Superintendent, Halifax Regional School Board