Earlier this month, May 9, 2020, grades 7 and 8 and Senior School visual arts students had an incredibly inspiring virtual discussion with alumna Hon. Patricia (Glover) Bovey '66 via Zoom.
Senator Bovey passionately wove together a reflection on her impressive 50 years of arts experience and community engagement while answering student questions.
We learned how Senator Bovey’s early musical passions eventually led to her discovery of a passion for art history. She shared stories of the people who inspired her most over the years as she described her varied arts initiatives, which were a result of her diverse interests in health care, crime prevention, and reconciliation. Senator Bovey also worked to bring art laureates to Parliament. We heard her talk about her love of western Canadian, rural, and northern communities. Our discussion continued with topics such as gallery curation, the process of passing a bill in the Senate, book authorship, and the importance of tapping into networking opportunities with people who share our passions and taking advantage of opportunities that arise. Lastly, Senator Bovey emphasized the habit of always expressing gratitude to those who open doors for us (literally and figuratively).
Grade 7 student Brooke B. took that advice to heart and wrote the following:
Dear Senator Bovey,
You are an incredible woman; you inspire me to reach for my dreams and never stop. You’re incredibly wise and have taught me a valuable lesson. Ever since I can remember, I’ve wanted to be a vet. You taught me that what truly matters in life is being happy. Life is short, so make sure that you live happily. I’ve also learned to never let anyone “put you down” or make you second-guess your career. I will carry these lessons with me in the future. You are truly an inspiration to everyone and I will always be thankful I had the chance to talk to you. Thank you very much.