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Words of Encouragement

We know that it has been a challenging time for many of you. We asked Indspire’s donors to share some messages of encouragement to keep your spirits high during these challenging times. See below for some of the amazing words of encouragement they would like you to see.

We are proud of all that you have accomplished. I admire your spirit. You are part of building a brighter future.

– Linda P.

Forward! One step at a time.

– M Milne

I love reading the stories of your struggle to success. I am as proud of you all as I am of my daughter and grand children.

– Linda Golini

At age 19, I made the decision to become a professional dancer. Ten years later I was the resident choreographer for CTV Network. Never give up your dream.

– Ken

What you do helps to make Canada – the world – a better place.

Seize the opportunity to fulfill your potential. You are inspiring people around you!

Being a student is not always easy, but in these times, particularly difficult. Keep going!

Knowledge is a comfortable and necessary retreat and shelter for us in an advanced age; and if we don’t plant it while young, it will give us no shade when we are old. Knowledge is power.

– Clinton A.M. – P.T.O

Good Luck with your studies.

Believe in yourself and you will be surprised how many others will believe in you, too. Each person has their own gifts and story. We need you all! You are on your journey – keep going.

I am so happy all of you are getting an education or being trained for a trade. A lot of people will hire you. I pray for all of you.

– Elizabeth (Betty) V

“I am delighted to contribute to the Indspire fund. I hope my small gift will make a lot of difference. All the best!”

– Fran McKeague

“I’m sure you know how crucial education is to your future and the future of your family and community. So hang in there. You can do this and many are supporting you.”

– Glen Davis

“My dear friends, I came from the Czech Republic in 1969 without anything, with 2 children and a husband. It was very difficult and I didn’t know any English. But what you people went through is terrible. I wish you the best since only education is the answer. Courage.”

– Emilie Hejna

“‘Be the change you want to see in the world. Be the light we all need. We’re all one. Revel in your education.”

– Donor from Vancouver

“Three Simple Rules of Life:

  1. If you do not go after what you want, you’ll never have it.
  2. If you do not ask, the answer will always be no.
  3. If you do not step forward, you’ll always be in the same place.

Never give up!”

– Bud from Calgary

“I will be 80 years old Dec 27 2020, my big one. Many people don’t make it to 80 years, so I am lucky. Because of COVID-19 I will postpone my big birthday party until next year. Don’t give up on your education, even if you have to wait a year. I was born in Lloydminster Saskatchewan 80 years ago. “Life has its up and downs.” Don’t rush life, you have 80 years to get there. God bless.”

“Dear Student, it is so good that you have been given support to follow your dreams through education. Your gifts and your insights are needed in the world! Never give up!”

– Jane Keeler

“I am so grateful to see young people who strive to strengthen their educational standing… it gives me a good feeling to offer my support to this end.”

– Paul Benson

“I am a nurse (retired now), education will always help you throughout your life. Good luck with you studying.”

– Lynne

“Sometimes the going will get rough, but keep a stuff upper lip and go forward. Niá:wen.”

“I love all of you! Native people are wonderful! I know you will do well! Do not forget your language and beliefs!”

– Freda Von Gernet

“Dear people! Yes, you inspire me to write this message! Keep on going!”

“Remember the seeds of personal growth and greatness are the failures, and pain and suffering, of today.”

– Brian

“I’m a retired teacher of English and know the value of education. I also know that students face tremendous challenges to meet their goals. I want you to know that I am so proud of you, that I hope you have caring, wise, and inspiring teachers, and I wish you every success in meeting your goals.”

– Jennifer Walcott

“Dear Students,

Believe in the power, the pride, the great beauty and strength of your culture and Identity of birth.

Your ancestors are cheering you on with all your endeavours to better yourself with learning and dignity. You are the regeneration of your culture, gifting us with your talents, your wisdom and intelligence from your healing journey and learnings.”

– Ruth Shushan

“May God bless you as you continue to follow your dreams.”

– Patricia Ruth

“Hi Friends,

This year must be especially tough for many of you. Far from family or trying to learn via Zoom-teach, you may be feeling pretty depressed about it all. Please, please stick with it. Your community needs young educated people to return home and be the leaders of tomorrow. They’re counting on you!!! If you’re sad, call family or friends. Don’t let the spiral of depression begin. Put on some music, dance, drum. Watch a YouTube video called “Feel the Inoukness”, which always works for me.

Good luck to all of you, and stay strong!!!”

“Wishing you success with your studies – and also your impact on Non-Indigenous colleagues, who can/will/must! learn from you.”

– Michael Meagher

“Focus not on how far you have to go but on how far you’ve already come. Be open to possibilities and to change. Walk with hope in your heart.”

– Donor from Vancouver

“We believe in you!” 

– The Mirza Family

“I enjoy reading of your endeavours and successes particularly in these difficult times. You are the future leaders, not only in your community, but for all of Canada.”

– A donor from Nova Scotia

“Please keep faith in your abilities and work towards your dreams of the future. It’s harder for you, especially because of the pandemic, but don’t give up. A lot of people like me are rooting for you. Best wishes.”

– Valerie Gale

“You are valued.”

– Donor from Vancouver

“Apart from having a good childhood, education is the most important goal. I had to travel from up north to Victoria to pursue post high school training, it was worth it.”

– Camille

“Keep up the good work! There are people who wish you well – and keep you in their thoughts and prayers – and who wish they could do more to help you!”

– Donor from Vancouver

“Remember – everyone is special – there is no one like you – Don’t ever give up. God loves you and gives you his peace.”

– Ray

“Warmest wishes for the holiday season and keep up being a remarkable young person we can all be proud of.”

– Maryann

“With this small gift are my prayers for health and safety for you and yours, praise in your successes, in your determination and strength to continue on your path, encouragement of your many continued successes. Also to suggest to focus, as you work through the injustices, hardships, pain and more, on the strengths, the strong foundations you are building, and confidence you share with yours.”

– Dianne H.

“Dear Students, you are the future hope of our world. You have the ability to bring the peace and harmony that we all long for. We are all one. Blessings to you all.”

– Mary

“Very best wishes.”

– Donor from Vancouver

“Just to let you know that there are people that care for you. Keep up your studies. God Bless.”

– Jimmi (James Way)

“Hang in there! Your education is worth it. Someday we will look back on these COVID days and, with luck, laugh about the craziness of the time.”

– Kay (Kay Yee)

“You are incredible for trying to get an education despite the barriers facing you. Keep on improving yourself every day. The Creator and your family are proud of you. Stay strong!”

– Donor from Vancouver

“Get an education and doors of opportunity will open for you – lifelong! Enjoy!”

– Donor from Vancouver

“There will be obstacles, there will be doubters, there will be mistakes, but with hard work there are no limits! Never let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do! I am 90 years old and grateful for my hard working, mostly happy long life and I wish the same for each of you!”

– Jocelyn (Joy) Hogg

“Keep your eyes focused on your goals and future – You can do this! Stay positive.”

– Linda Orme

“You’re not alone many are cheering for your success. May Canadians listen to the wisdom of Indigenous peoples, like you.”

– Lynn

“Even though it can be very hard even lonely at times, getting an education is one of the very best things you can do for your long-term well-being and for your future and the future of your family.”

– Donor from Vancouver

“Learn! Grow strong in your culture! Try to be one who helps remove the scales of ignorance from many eyes- of all colours. I bless your efforts!”

– Jerry Mercer (Lucky old white guy who just got woke!)

“Wishing you much success and a happy life!”

– Elsa

“In 1969 another man and I lived in a 2 room cabin- as our students did. We loved being with those young adults and have loved being with Blackfoot, Tsuut’ina and Nakota adults (at Morley, AB). Your people have greatly enriched my life.”

– David Sweeney

“I am just darn proud of you and hope you will do all you can to govern Canada”

– Emily Best

“I’m a bilingual Secondary School teacher.

I can’t begin to humbly feel, know and much less understand the past. However, the only thing that I know which brings success to anyone, is firstly, not to give up, and secondly, only repeated and continued hard work can bring you success. ‘YES WE CAN’ (Obama). ‘Remettez cent fois votre métier à l’ouvrage’. The translation that comes closest would be:

‘Don’t give up, and keep that resilience going, no matter what,’ Or ‘Put your craft back to work a hundred times’.

Do not frown on your past, and regret the struggles, hardships, nor the obstacles, for it is because of that suffering which has shaped you into the person you are today, with all the knowledge and experience, not forgetting what you had to endure that defines you, and become that special person that you are.

There is hope, and when we think there isn’t, at that very moment, suddenly, hope always springs up to manifest what was already there.”

– Joyce Gagnon

“Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come.”

– Jeremy Hodgson

“Incorporate what you experience in your life with what you are learning in school and you will contribute to building effective, compassionate, and successful solutions for the future. Your knowledge and efforts are important and appreciated.”

– Rebecca Johnston

“Knowing that you are engaged and dedicated to your studies inspires me. You will the leaders of the future, and that gives me great hope for family, our country and world. When things get tough, remember that you are not alone. Reach out to those around you, help and support is all around you, all you have to do is ask! Also, remember to take care of yourselves and take time out for fun it will give you new energy and passion for your studies.”

– Crystal Sissons

“Remember this note of encouragement when you’re half awake at 4:00am trying to finish an essay for an irritating professor: every single thing you do can be a gift to this world. You just have to have the courage to make that choice. And you, my friends, are already so courageous! You are strong and resilient and influential and determined. Even though it might be late and you can’t stretch out the words in that essay any longer, remember the hugely important impact you as students have on others. On your family. On your friends. On people who wholeheartedly support your mission to Indspire this world. I know that I am not alone when I say that your courage is noticed. We as Canadians are here for you. Be proud of yourself and be proud of your identity–and don’t give up on that essay!!”

– Naomi

“WOW! You are doing amazing work!! Staying focused on school work is hard, let alone during a global pandemic. Take one day at a time, and if you need a break then take it. Breaks are VERY important (maybe have a little treat too :)) I’m so proud of you no matter what! You’ve ALREADY changed the world just by being you. Keep going, you got this.”

– Erin Conway

“Years ago government bursaries helped me obtain a post secondary education. With summer jobs even harder to find today it is essential that persons wanting any form of post secondary education not be held back for financial reasons. It is a pleasure to assist you in achieving your goal. Thank you for your commitment and determination.”

– Bill

“Life is super tough, I’m sure we can all agree on that. In moments of discomfort, difficulty, and challenges, just know that nothing is permanent. This too shall pass.

It can be easy to get caught up in our stories and our thoughts — and in this moment, what can you do to take care of your mind, body and spirit? Sometimes it’s easy to sacrifice ourselves for a greater purpose. Taking care of ourselves with compassion and warmth can help us be that much more impactful in the work we do, whether it’s studying for a final or standing up against oppression and social injustice.

May you find peace, grace and warmth in your journey. You’re doing great. I love you and I believe in you!”

– Juno Kim

“I am rooting for you and wish you every happiness. Congrats on all you’ve accomplished!”

– Isabel Magnoli

“If it weren’t for scholarships, post-secondary education would have been unavailable for me. The insights I gained, and the ability to think through issues with a clear mind, are just as valuable to me as what I learned about music, my major.

I hope college and/or university is as helpful to you!”

– Leila Lustig

“Success comes from hard work, so keep working hard. Your drive and determination will help you reach your goals. Just keep at it even though it is not always easy. You can do it. I wish you the very best in your studies.”

– Pat Murphy

“It’s fantastic what you are doing and we wish you all the best as you continue in your growing and learning. Bravo!”

– Louise McColl

“Congratulations for your achievement so far. I offer my ongoing support and encouragement for you to be resilient and diligent in your continuing efforts of self development.”

– Linden Holmen

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