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  • "I am extremely grateful for the experiences I gained in just two years of learning, and also for having a very helpful, bright and kind group of classmates. I couldn’t have done anything without their support and non-judgemental opinions. I appreciated their warm welcomes and cheers every time I entered...
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  • Thank you so much!  I just returned from Hawaii and can’t wait to get started. I asked Kim Elia to lecture for the organization that I am president of, (The International and American Associations of Clinical Nutritionists).  He knocked it out of the park!  Totally Awesome!  Several of my Canadian pharmacist...
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  • Even thoough the homework seems the equivalent of writing a term paper each week,  I'm still enjoying the program immensely.  I'm very impressed at how well it's planned out, adding (what seems like, ha ha) a "simple step"  gradually,  covering particular remedies which turns out to be a properly timed review,...
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  • I  am a distance student from Texas. I  really enjoyed  Lisa’s presentation on “Womens Issues.” She always does a stellar job of presentation of material.  I also enjoy her approach on teaching on the tapes within my lessons. She makes it very easy to understand and see the remedies true...
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  • This Acute role play course was such a great learning experience and also a lot of fun! The actors were playing their patient roles so well.  And the learning experience is not over for me because I took a lot of notes for every case and after submitting my own...
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  • You are so fortunate to have  Dr. Kellerstein as faculty; CCHM is a place for quality study of homeopathic medicine and I refer my chiropractic students to your college for advanced study in homeopathy. I am always so excited when I can touch a student in the chiropractic program to look...
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  • Having returned in April from a trip to Taiwan and the Phillipines, I would like to tell you how homeopathy ‘saved the day’ as per usual!  Since I never travel anywhere without my kit, I was especially glad to have brought it on this trip.  Personally, I used remedies for...
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  • After the abrupt closure of the prospective program in homeopathic studies that was to be offered at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario, I wanted to spread some light for this school, that has done the same for me each and everyday. Though that program was pulled, and without real reason...
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  • I wanted to email you to let you know that i am FINALLY a registered homeopath! It took awhile, but I finally made it. I just wanted to thank you so much for all your support, encouragement and kindness. The constant support you gave me through the years I was...
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  • I loved Sunday with Dr Saunders. He has so much insight and his lectures are so interesting.  I love how he presents his own case, then talks about physiology, pathology, pharmacology, medical terms, peppered with the materia medica and nutrition, and a bit of posology and philosophy. He is such...
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Graduation Day: Sending Out Another Crop of Homeopaths Into the World!

When I woke up on Saturday June 25thand saw the dark, cloudy skies and felt the cooler temperatures I was hoping that it wouldn’t rain during our graduation ceremony or the pictures.  Graduation is not only an important day for staff and faculty at the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine (CCHM), it is an equally significant day for our graduates.

Graduates and their friends and family; faculty and staff began to gather at 5 pm for pictures in front of Victoria College at the University of Toronto.  The weather was cool and luckily it did not rain during pictures or even later in the evening.  It is always wonderful to see the students dressed up in their finest; their faces full of pride and accomplishment.

The ceremony itself was held in the chapel at Victoria College.  We had a unique situation in which there were three Valedictorians this year.  Annabelle Menezes, Carol Anne Rayson and Lesley Mead co-presented a wonderful Valedictorian speech that included a jazz riff on aphorism 3 of The Organon! Faculty and staff were also able to share their thoughts with the graduates- imparting their words of wisdom to graduating students as they enter our beloved profession of Homeopathy.  I even addressed the graduates.  Here is an excerpt of my speech:

Today is a day of celebration and reflection. This is the moment when you look back at the last three years.  You learnt from your teachers and from each other, you challenged yourself.  And you all worked very, very hard.  You were tested intellectually, emotionally and physically.  Now, you are about to receive your diploma.  This is an accomplishment for which you should feel very proud.

Right now, I want you to think about why you wanted to become a Homeopath in the first place.  I am betting that for most of you, that you wanted to help people heal.  With the skills you have acquired, you have a duty and even a responsibility to go out into the world to help people.

“This is just the beginning of the watershed of your new career.  Now is the time to focus all of your energy in becoming the best Homeopath you can be.  Take all of that passion you have for Homeopathy and do whatever you need to do to become the best Homeopath you can be.

I believe that one of the most important lessons we can learn from the life of Samuel Hahnemann is that he had to struggle.  He was so committed to Homeopathy that he lived most of his life in poverty and spent long hours working toward creating a system of medicine rooted in the laws of nature.  As human beings, we all find struggle uncomfortable.  Yet, struggle is good for all of us.  It builds character and strength.  It tests our passion and persistence.  In those moments when you struggle with a hard case or find practice challenging, remember Hahnemann’s struggles.  Reach out to each other, find a mentor.  But most of all, be persistent and keep working at it.  Never forget your passion for Homeopathy because it will serve you well.” (©Rebecca Gower 2011)

Of course, the pinnacle of any graduation is when a student receives their diploma.  The diploma is not only the paperwork that gives our graduating students entry into our profession; it is representative of three years of hard work.

The graduation ceremony was followed by a lovely (and delicious dinner) at Victoria College as well.  It gave graduates and their families/supporters the chance to celebrate and mingle with their teachers and staff at the school.

It was a lovely event.  I personally felt very proud of our students as they become Homeopaths.  I know that they will go out into the world and spread the word about Homeopathy and make a difference.

 

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