Congratulations to David Weatherbie, CEEF’s 2016 Alumni Award recipient
Sue Weatherbie, David’s mom, accepted the award on his behalf during the 2016 commencement ceremony at Fort Williams. Sue read this short letter from David to the graduates.
I would like to start by thanking Patty Grennon for nominating me for this award. Patty is a good friend who shares a similar value set with me. I would also like to thank the CEEF Alumni Awards Committee for the selection. It truly is both humbling and an honor I am very proud to receive.
Congratulations Class of 2016! It’s hard to believe I was sitting in the same spot as you 30 years ago. Time flies! I was very fortunate to grow up in Cape Elizabeth and attend Cape Elizabeth schools. My parents were both very involved with the town and schools as my father was a physics teacher, coach, and athletic director over a forty year span and my mother was the director of community services for 30 years and coached both field hockey and tennis. As you can well image, it did not take long for me to fully grasp the importance and impact of making a difference in the lives of students and in your community.
This trait has stayed with me my entire life whether it’s been as a business owner at Seafax, a track & cross country coach as CEHS, a CEEF Board member, or as President of Beach To Beacon for 16 years. The advice I pass along today to you graduates is regardless of where you are in the world and your chosen profession, keep the following values in mind:
1) Work Hard & Play Hard. Life is a gift – embrace it. Don’t wait until you retire to have fun!
2) Make a difference in the life of a child and in the community in which you live.
3) When you achieve what you set out to accomplish, thank those who helped you to get there, and then turn around and help the next one in line.
You do these three things and you will have a full and rewarding life. Again, thank you all; and congratulations Class of 2016!
Past Alumni Award Recipients
Our first Alumni Award recipient was Joan Benoit Samuelson, followed by Luke Holden and most recently, Henry Kramer.