P.J. NYGÅRD'S SPEECH TO GRADUATING CLASS
GLENLAWN COLLEGIATE MAY 1969
20TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
FOR P.J. NYGÅRD DECEMBER 1986
"A 20 - YEAR PROVEN PHILOSOPHY"
Mr. Chairman, Graduates, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen: Not too long ago, I was a Glenlawn Collegiate Graduate. I was sitting just where one of you is sitting now, keenly listening for what the speaker was going to say that would give me at least some little guidance as to what I was going to do in the future.
I still have a very strong, clear and pleasant memory of playing basketball for the renowned Lions in this very auditorium - walking in the long corridors of this collegiate with fellow companions and studying in Room 23 - third room - last seat. As a matter of fact, my chemistry instructor then is your Principal, Mr.Dasrinchuk. My sister's geography teacher then is the Vice Principal, Mr. Carstead. It is hard to believe that what seemed like yesterday was nine years ago - you see, from this point on in your life, time will start running, and then galloping at an ever increasing pace. Years will fly by, every year will go faster than last year and first thing you know one of you will be up here trying to convey some of your experience to a graduating class.
Up to now, the first 18-20 years of your life were pretty well pre-determined for you. You live at home, you ate with the family, you went to school, spent the family money. There were not too many major decisions to make that would have long lasting effects on your future life. However, you are now quickly approaching the GREAT CROSSROADS, when you must decide which way you will go to shape your OWN destiny, your OWN life. It makes sense, therefore, that you should take time out for serious consideration now, while you have some element of control, to clearly explore every possibility to define your goal.
You see, you must have a goal! You must decide what it is in life that you want and how you intend to get it. This is the most important step and I hope that I can contribute something towards your future in the next fifteen minutes.
Ladies and Gentlemen, we are living in the best times in the history of the world. Every generation has a high standard of living than the previous one, and has a greater opportunity to make for themselves a full and happy life. Not only are we living in the best times, but we are living in the best country.
With my present job, I did considerable amounts of traveling through the U.S. and the European countries, and even some countries in the far east, and after coming back from these trips, I realize just how great a country this really is, especially Western Canada! I am telling you all of this for a purpose; you see, PEOPLE ARE IN A CONSTANT STRUGGLE WITH TIME AND PLACE, people always seem to have a feeling that they are either too young or too old to do certain things, and they always feel that there are better places to live.
There is nothing more pitiful than a person who wastes his time running from one thing to another, forever looking for THAT POT OF GOLD AT THE END OF THE RAINBOW and never staying with one thing long enough to find it.