Scholarship and Bursary Recipients
Joanne MacDougall - $1500 Scholarship Recipient
Joanne is a student in the Human Services
program at the Nova Scotia Community College, Truro Campus.
Joanne left school in 1986 before finishing grade 12. With encouragement
from her friend to go back to school and take a course that would
lead to a career and not just a job, Joanne had to face one of her
worst fears…getting her high school diploma.
Joanne was enrolled in the Adult Learning Program and she
graduated in June 2008. Joanne writes, "It took no time
for me to fit in and become comfortable in my new surroundings.
Everywhere I turned there was someone wanting to help with homework
and any assistance I needed. I had almost no confidence going into
the program last November and now I feel that I can do anything
that I put my mind to."
Joanne's friend wrote, "Since Joanne began her
journey by returning to school, I have found that she is enthusiastic,
dedicated and determined to do well in her studies. I am a firm
believer Joanne will excel and become the best she can be no matter
what the concentration of her choice is."
Terry-Lynn McPherson - $1500 Scholarship Recipient
Terry-Lynn is a student in the Natural
Resources program at the Nova Scotia Community College, Strait Campus.
Terry Lynn left school several years ago after completing grade
Terry-Lynn became a single parent of two boys after her
husband passed away suddenly. She didn't know how she was
going to financially manage and to raise two boys on her own. Terry-Lynn
said, "I had to think of a way to better our lives so I chose to
attend the NSCC to fulfill a dream that was always in the back of
Terry-Lynn was faced with many personal obstacles
and had thoughts of quitting school again but she persevered and
graduated from the Adult Learning Program in June 2008.
Terry-Lynn wrote, "Life can sometimes deal you
bad cards but the large part of my life has taught me so much and
encouraged me to deal with any situation that I confronted. I am
truly proud of my decision to return to school with the Adult Learning
Daniel Rector - $500 Bursary Recipient
Daniel left the regular school system in grade
10. He was home-schooled by his mother and then entered
the Colchester Adult Learning Association and is now in his second
year of the Adult Learning Program at the Nova Scotia Community
College, Truro Campus. After he graduates, Daniel wants to take
Human Services and Interdisciplinary Studies.
Daniel is respected by his instructors and counsellors
at the NSCC. One wrote, "Daniel works very hard to balance
school, Student Association President and Resident Assistant Responsibilities,
and his personal life while at the same time modeling great things
for others. His confidence and belief in himself is strengthening
as he proves to himself that he can be successful when he channels
his attention and energy in the right direction.
Another instructor wrote, "He is a great example
of an adult learner who returned to education and is now progressing
through the program while facing many challenges and finding ways
to overcome them. Daniel is a pleasure to have in our program and
will be greatly missed when he graduates."
Nicole Webb - $500 Bursary Recipient
Elementary and junior high school years were difficult
times for Nicole and she left the public school system after completing
grade 9. She is now enrolled in classes at the Flexible
Learning Education Centre in Dartmouth.
Despite health issues and financial difficulties she has
maintained excellent marks in her courses. Nicole said,
"I know all about short term pain, long term gain; however we all
know life gets in the way."
Nicole's instructors see her as a hard worker and a cooperative
student who cares for her fellow classmates and is an asset
in the classroom. Her instructor wrote, "Nicole exhibited skills
beyond academic excellence and leadership: organization, perseverance,
and superior reading and writing skills. She is always willing to
help out in any way to get a task completed.
Sheila Bernard - $500 Bursary Recipient
Sheila had been out of school for about 30 years.
Sheila is a student at Antigonish County Adult Learning Association.
Her goal is to acquire the GED certificate and to pursue training
as a Continuing Care Assistant.
Sheila faced many challenges such as the high cost of transportation
to get to her classes. Her tutor wrote, "Sheila came to
Antigonish after work twice a week for 90 minute sessions. She was
diligent and hard working, and concentrated on her studies in spite
of transportation issues, family concerns and health problems."
After her work situation changed this year, Sheila is attending
classes at ACALA full time. Her instructors have noted
her dedication and commitment to furthering her education. Some
of their comments are, "She arrives on site early and ready for
class; she completes all her assignments, asks questions, and participates
in group discussions. She is always eager to learn and open to new
Sheila wants to be a role model for her family.
She wrote, "I would like to demonstrate to my children how important
education is to have a better life."
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