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From: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 2:56 PM -0500
Subject:Alumni Profile – Raymond MacKay
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We are pleased to celebrate some of the many examples of staff excellence in Bluewater District School Board with our new alumni profile feature! This week, we highlight some of our former graduates whose career pathways have led them back to Bluewater to serve another generation of local students and families.

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Name:  Raymond MacKay

Current position:  Educational Assistant, Osprey Central School

What Bluewater school(s) did you attend as a student?  Saugeen Valley Elementary School, Durham District Community School, Grey Highlands Secondary School

What year did you graduate from Bluewater?  1993

Please provide a brief summary of the career pathways (e.g. post-secondary studies and subsequent employment) you pursued after graduating from Bluewater.

Due to a lack of funds to attend post-secondary, I worked at Interforest (Durham).  After 14 years of multiple factory jobs, I took the Educational Assistant Apprenticeship Program offered through Georgian College.

What has been your greatest career achievement thus far?

Knowing that I am a valued member of a team at every school I have been employed at is something that I consider to be a great achievement!

How has your education in Bluewater prepared you for your career pathway?

As a child suffering from depression, I was lost in a world that did not require education.  There were a few teachers along the way that made a lasting impact on my life.   I wanted to encourage kids to strive to do anything they want the way some of my teachers did for me!

Other comments:

I work with an amazing group of educational assistants.  We have all come from different walks of life and love what we do for different reasons.  However, we all share one main goal of making a difference!