Class of 2020

To our Graduating Class of 2020

We are all united here today by a shared sense of pride in your achievement. Graduation is a special time to recognize all your hard work through the last 13 years in school. As you and your family gather to celebrate this achievement, I hope you take a moment to reflect on your growth through the years. By making new friends, attending different classes and participating in a variety of teams, clubs, and activities, Sa-Hali Secondary has given each of you some unique opportunities to learn about yourself and those around you.

Through your experiences at school, I hope you have had a chance to learn about your strengths, skills, and talents. Using these gifts, you can make confident choices about attending post secondary or finding employment locally or abroad. In our fast changing world, you will need to be lifelong learners who can adapt and find solutions on both personal and global levels.  This unprecedented time of a global pandemic has been challenging.  You have demonstrated the resilience required to meet the unique obstacles put in front of you.     

I hope that the valuable insights you have gained during your time at Sa-Hali will help you move forward on the next path in your life. On behalf of the staff of Sa-Hali Secondary, I wish each of you continued success and best wishes for the future.

Rachael Sdoutz, 


Sa-Hali Secondary Class of 2020 Grad Video

Sa-Hali Secondary Class of 2020 Valedictorian Thamindu Widyarante and Olamide Olabiyi

Thamindu Widyarante and Olamide Olabiyi speak about their school motto, ‘Together’ – and how it shapes school culture. They share stories about what it was like to attend and then graduate from Sa-Hali – telling funny stories about their experiences. They offer advice, gratitude and inspiration to their fellow grads.

Olamide Olabiyi

My school education experience has been far from normal and I feel like the graduates of 2020 could say the same. We have had to encounter such unique challenges that have highlighted the importance of patience and togetherness. I will forever be grateful for the years I spent learning at SD73 as I was able to find what I was passionate about and to continue pursuing them. I made some wonderful friendships and made memories that I will never forget.

One of the most memorable moments that I experienced during my high school years was at Sa-Hali during Seniors Night. My friends and I as well as most of our graduating class went down to support the senior boy's basketball team play against Salmon Arm. Throughout the entire game, the gym was filled with laughter and cheers; it was truly an amazing experience. Not only did we win, I left the gym knowing what it truly meant to be a sabre.

Although times are uncertain, I plan to pursue post-secondary. In the fall, I will be attending UBC Vancouver to study sciences. I endeavour to complete medical school and a residency program to hopefully become a pediatrician. To be able to fulfill a career aiding the lives of little ones is my biggest dream.

We are heading into the world just as it needs us most. We are the future and ready or not we all have a special role to play. Discovering that role may be a part of your journey but never forget to find ways to stand out, to celebrate your accomplishments and to appreciate those around you.

 “It is absolutely still possible to make a difference.”

                                           - Michelle Obama

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