You're never too old!


October 1, 2014

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Mary Ellis, who at 85 is the oldest OSSD (grade 12) graduate in Ontario was co-valedictorian with Harry Shildroth

Shildroth (3rd Left) with the 'Reminiscing Players'

Harry Shildroth of Saugeen Shores is an example of the old saying ... "You're never too old" and who is continually challenging new frontiers, even in is 80s.

At 84, he became the oldest Ontario resident to ever receive the Certificate of General Education Development (GED) or Grade 12 Equivalency at a special ceremony on September 27th in Toronto.

Harry Shildroth arrives in Toronto for his  'high school graduation'

At the the recent graduation ceremony in Toronto, he was also the co-Valedictorian with Mary Ellis, who at 85 is also the oldest grade 12 graduate in Ontario.

Shildroth completed Grade 8 as a young man before going to work on the family farm and, as part of his 'Bucket List', wanted to achieve getting his Grade 12 certification. 

Harry Shildroth with Minister of Education, Liz Sandals

For 10 months, he worked with Maria Bertrand and Steve Ballard at the Adult Learning Centre in Port Elgin, that helps students with academic upgrading to achieve his goal. The Adult Learning Centres (Grey-Bruce-Georgian) assists students with academic upgrading, in order to help them with their employment, post-secondary or independence goals.

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While achieving his education goal was of the utmost importance, Shildroth also turned to other interests that included the new 'Reminiscing Project' through the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre, where he became a thespian and followed his dream to be 'on stage'.

Harry Shildroth with his son, Saugeen Shores Town Councilor Fred Shildroth

Harry Shildroth is an example of ... 'you're never too old'.

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