I met Mr. Perry during my graduating year at Holy Heart. He was a guidance counselor at the high school during my time there. I never imagined I would need to see a guidance counselor for anything, but I couldn’t have predicted the changes I was about to go through in my last year of high school either. Mr. Perry was there to help me every step of the way.
Grade 12 brought with it a slew of issues that I had never encountered before in my life. Within a few short months, I had been bullied for the first time in my school life, my family went through a divorce and I lost a grandparent. So one day, I decided to go see Mr. Perry. He was so helpful, knew exactly how to get on my level without making me feel like a child. He could speak to me as a young adult and helped me understand the changes happening around me.
I had also miscarried in grade 12. I never knew anybody going through this at the time. Of course, the first person I went to was Mr. Perry. His office was a safe haven for me. Somewhere that I felt I wasn’t being judged and where I wasn’t alone. I needed a friend, someone who could help me overcome all the obstacles I was going through. Mr. Perry most definitely played that role for me. He ensured me that I wasn’t the first, nor would I be the last person to go through all these things at my age.
The one thing that has always stuck out in my mind was a particular gesture made by Mr. Perry before I graduated. I had decided that I would not be attending my graduation due to anxiety, and not having a lot of money at the time. Mr. Perry reminded me that this was such an important event and that I should attend. So, a few days later I was called to his office. He had given me tickets to my own graduation so I would be able to attend. I think that was probably the kindest thing that someone had done for me during my high school years.
Mr. Perry may not have been teaching classes everyday, but as a guidance counselor, he went above and beyond his job for me to feel safe and confident about myself.
I cannot thank you enough for how much you helped me. You changed my life in the best way possible, and I will never forget that.
Thank you from the bottom of heart, Mr. Perry.