What an incredible blessing to again be celebrating the impact of another year of extraordinary gifts to our school. I am so proud to be part of a community like ours that prioritizes the education of women, makes the exceptional possible, and values a faith-based high school experience.
As I stood on stage this year at our graduation ceremony, I was struck by the role Little Flower plays in opening doors for these fine young women. No door seemed closed to our girls. Accepted at universities and colleges all over, they had plans to study engineering, biology, nursing, medicine, kinesiology, music, arts, make-up artistry, social sciences, communications and so much more. While some had summer plans to volunteer, we had others who were taking the year off to do work with profound social justice implications.
If no door was closed for these young women, then it was you—our donors—who played a central role in making that possible. When we launched our Annual Fund in September, we set a goal of $400,000. These resources slide directly into the operating budget, enriching the individual experience of every girl in our community. In vastly exceeding this goal, we have been empowered to simply invest more in our girls. We made our usual investment in classrooms, athletics, fine and performing arts, counselling, bursary, campus modernization and maintenance and extra-curricular activities. We also seamlessly introduced widespread curriculum changes from the BC Ministry of Education; brought our community together to celebrate 90 years of Little Flower with the largest community gathering we’ve ever had; brought plans for future spending forward; and, we gave away more financial aid. Having done all this, the philanthropic commitment of our community also enabled our model of accessibility by keeping tuition mostly the same with yet another year where fees saw a lower-than-inflation increase.