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Duane Hicks

Duane Hicks has been a staff writer/photographer for the Fort Frances Times since 1998. Raised in Fort Frances, he left town in 1993 to attend the Journalism program at Carleton University in Ottawa. He returned in the spring of 1998, being hired at the Times shortly thereafter. He covers a variety of news beats, including municipal politics which he has covered since 2001. He also makes a mean salsa which he shares with the rest of the Times staff on his birthday.

Contact him at: dhicks@fortfrances.com

SGEI trio

Caelynn Watson, centre, was all smiles after receiving her Esthetics diploma from SGEI post-secondary co-ordinator Don Eldridge, left, and Carolyn Hepburn, director of Native Education for Sault College.

Valedictorian #2

This year's Apprenticeship, Essential Skills, and Post-Secondary valedictorian, Deanna Swain of Grassy Narrows FN, said her personal journey to earn a degree presented challenges but also provided her with many uplifting moments that helped carry her through it all.

SGEI graduate

Secondary school graduate Janice Penagin received the Scott Clendenning Bursary from secondary school president Sean Taggart during Thursday afternoon's ceremony at the Memorial Sports Centre. The bursary is given to a student who embodies the ideals that the late Clendenning thought were important in a student and community member.

PSW program

Carrie Jolicoeur, left, chatted with Sandra Turner, campus manager of Confederation College here, on Thursday afternoon at Rainycrest about applying to the new Personal Support Worker (PSW) “Living Classroom” program to be offered here this fall by the college and Riverside Health Care.

SGEI keynote

Laurie Robinson, chair and executive director of the Indigenous Advanced Education and Skills Council, gave the keynote address at Thursday's graduation ceremony, noting that one day soon, SGEI will offer its own certificates, degrees, and diplomas.