Graduation 2015

Grad2015Last week contained a big day for Pine Street Inn. The annual graduation ceremony was held on June 3rd. This celebrates all the men and women who completed one of PSI’s job training programs. It also recognizes everyone who was able to overcome homelessness by moving into permanent housing. The Food Services Training Program represented well with 77 graduates. One of them, Rachel Davis, even took home the Robert Heard Scholarship.

The festivities were kicked off by Lyndia Downie, the President and Executive Director of Pine Street Inn. Among her remarks were two acknowledgments of iCater. First, the success and return of Joe LeBlanc. He is part of our culinary team, and is himself a graduate of the FSTP. Secondly, our milestone of serving 3 million meals.

The Keynote Address was delivered by Joanne Chang. She is a long-time supporter of the FSTP through the Visiting Chef Series, so we were thrilled when she was chosen. She eloquently described three lessons that she has found are equally important in life and in the kitchen:

  1. “If not you, then who?” Never dismiss anything as “not my job”. Treat everything like it’s your responsibility.
  2. “Act like the person you want to be.” Actions speak louder than words, so don’t just tell the world what you can do. Demonstrate it at every single opportunity.
  3. “Be grateful.” The more gratitude you have and express, the more you can find in return

That third lesson was echoed by Ron Taylor, a graduate of the Housekeeping Training Program. His spirited remarks were the highlight of the ceremony, garnering cheers and applause. His own journey was like a roller coaster, and through it all, he remained grateful. “Life isn’t scripted,” he said, emphasizing the importance of making the most of whatever situation you find yourself in. He concluded by declaring all of his fellow graduates superheroes for doing just that.

We wish them all well. They have proved they have bright futures ahead.