Leah Rasmussen

Leah Rasmussen

Ontario College of Art & Design

I want to thank my dad because throughout my life he has always been there encouraging, supporting and cheering me on, but never more so than in these past six months. As my entire family has had to adjust to life without my mum after her unexpected passing in November, my dad has made himself available to us, helping us with everything and never allowing us to feel alone. He has helped us to get through the stressful days by trying to take things off of our plates, loading them onto his own, and by encouraging us to take a step back and breathe when we need to instead of always being full steam ahead. He has made it possible for me to continue on with school and to keep my goals in mind by being there and supporting me even as he works two jobs and deals with his own grief. I want to thank my dad because there is no one else in my world who deserves it more, especially now, because he has gone above and beyond the call of duty, stretching himself thin just so that we can fly. My mum and dad made everything in my life possible through their hard work and endless dedication and I owe them everything. I want the chance to show my dad how much I appreciate everything he has done for me and my sisters, everything he has put up with and gone through, to get us to where we are, by trying to give back to him even a sliver of what he has given us.
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