Suffield Academy held a remote learning chapel program broadcasted world-wide on May 4. Students, alumni, and parents tuned in for a talk hosted by longtime faculty members Dave Godin and Molly Vianney.
Speaking on the topics of education and individual journeys, Dave Godin provided three essential life tools: (1) Develop a philosophy; (2) Set goals and understand the path to achieving those goals; (3) Get help when needed and accept help when it is offered. “You don’t have to do it all on your own,” he noted. “And life is much easier when you let people help you. I am where I am today because of the tremendous support from my parents and a very significant figure and coach outside my family who took the time to help me refocus and change paths. Always remember to assess and reassess where you are in life. My end result is being here at Suffield, and I couldn’t have asked for a better life doing what I love.”
From Parker’s Pond on Suffield’s western campus, Molly Vianney shared her thoughts on a place that has had and continues to have a profound impact on her life: Camp WOHELO located in Sebago, Maine. There standing in her traditional camp uniform she spoke on the value of skills, traditions, and friendships. Over the many years at WOHELO she has served as camper, counselor, and assistant director. “I had no idea the impact camp would have on my life,” she acknowledged. “I became independent, resilient, and gained an appreciation of nature in a beautiful environment. I’ve made countless friendships and feel lucky to have an incredible network of smart, funny people in my life. These friendships span generations and are some of the relationships I cherish the most. At camp the distraction of technology and social media are absent. At camp you unplug. So, when it came time for me to choose a career, I knew my decision to become and educator and coach was simply and profoundly influenced by my experience at camp. WOHELO stands for work, health, and love.”