Ontario’s Lieutenant- Governor Hilary Weston was a special guest at the June 13 ceremony honoring members of Rosalie Hall’s 1997 graduating class.

The Scarborough-based Rosalie Hall is a facility for single women in emergency pregnancies to continue their education while preparing for the birth of their child. The agency also provides care and counselling for clients place their child for adoption or who choose to raise the child themselves.

The lieutenant-governor, who is also a patron of the Rosalie Hall Foundation, was invited to honor the largest graduating class to date of the agency’s on-site secondary school program. A total of 12 young women have completed studies in 1997, and nine of these plan to enrol in post-secondary programs in September.

In her remarks, Mrs. Weston praised graduates for overcoming the difficulties associated with crisis pregnancies.

“Each of you has worked extremely hard to come to this moment in time,” she said. “Your personal journey and learning experience will enable you to bring more to your life than the average person. During your time at Rosalie Hall, you have gained wisdom and knowledge that money can’t buy.”

Mrs. Weston later paid tribute to the Misericordia Sisters, who operate Rosalie Hall, and the many volunteers who help young women in crisis pregnancies make the decision in favor of life.

The ceremony also included the awarding of scholarships to eight Rosalie Hall graduates.