QHS graduates 57 seniors

 

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Last Friday's Quebec High School graduation marked the end of the high school careers of 57 students. The ceremonies began with the students being piped in by Pipe Major Alan Stairs of the 78th Fraser Highlanders.

The evening's featured speaker was Peter Webster, originally from Quebec City but now living in Vancouver. Webster's family was responsible for the construction of the QHS auditorium, where the ceremony was held. His grandfather, the Honorable Lorne Webster laid the cornerstone of our school building in 1940.

Webster said he was touched to see how his address to the students, Principal Warren Thomson's address and the Valedictorian Isabel Ng-Lai's speech all conveyed the same message: get involved and contribute to your community. Success can be defined in many ways. Success is found in commitment to others and the satisfaction one gets from relationships with friends and family. Success is not only in material things.

Thomson said each Section 5 student is in a good position to obtain his or her diploma.

The QHS Parent Participation Organization decorated the auditorium and provided finger foods for the reception after the ceremonies for guests and graduates.
Peter Webster is a business executive and active philanthropist with over 30 years experience serving in a senior governance role in both the business and community sectors.

In the business world, he serves on various corporate boards. His current community service includes chairing the board of the R. Howard Webster Foundation, the University of British Columbia Investment Management Trust (IMANT) and the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority Police Service. He also serves on the Board of the Vancouver International Airport Authority.

In addition, he served on the Mounted Police Foundation Board and he is the past Executive Director of the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. He is an inductee in the Hall of Fame as an honoured member who contributed to the growth and development of sport in British Columbia. He was also inducted into the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame. He is a former director of the Vancouver Canucks and the Vancouver Whitecaps soccer club.

Mr. Webster has received numerous official recognitions, including the Queen's Jubilee Medal, the federal government's International Year of the Volunteer Medal, the Variety Club's Show of Hearts award and an honorary doctorate from the Justice Institute of British Columbia.
Peter Webster was born in Quebec City and grew up in Montreal. He and his wife Nevenka reside in Vancouver with their teenage daughter Julia. Mr. Webster has two adult children, Sheryl and Brian, who also reside in Vancouver.