On the day that she's set to make history as the first female, Black and Asian-American vice president, Kamala Harris' high school has posted a touching message for its barrier-breaking alumna.
In a five-minute video posted to YouTube, Westmount, Quebec high school students and teachers share what it means to them to have Harris ascend to the second-highest office in the United States.
To see you, a woman, in your position of power — and a woman of colour at that — is truly inspiring.
Westmount High School Student
"Someone from my high school actually made it into the White House," one student says in the video. "It's a great feeling."
"I'm so proud to have this role model be our alumni — that our students can look back at this moment and know that they will read about her in their history books," added Westmount High guidance counsellor Karen Allen added.
The video concludes with messages of "congratulations" from students and faculty.
Harris went on to attend Howard University.
In her memoir, the soon-to-be vice president makes clear she had mixed feelings about living in Quebec.
"Moving away from sunny California [...] to a French-speaking foreign city covered in twelve feet of snow was distressing, to say the least," she wrote, also admitting that she always yearned to return to the United States.
But Montrealers and the Westmount High community, in particular, can at the very least know that the city and school played some part in shaping the new vice president.