Terri-Lyn Foley – $1500 Scholarship Recipient
Terri-Lyn Foley is a first year student in the Human Services Program at the Nova Scotia Community College, Truro Campus.
In 2007 Terri-Lyn decided to make a change in her life and return to school. She started at the Adult Learning Program at the Nova Scotia Community College, Truro and did very well. She found it rewarding and achieved honors in all courses.
She says, “The absolute best part of returning to school was sitting down at my desk with my heart in my throat and writing that first test, turning over the page and knowing the answers to a majority of the questions. I have rediscovered the joy of learning and the heady feeling you get when you succeed at something you have worked for”.
Her instructors say, “Terri-Lyn has consistently demonstrated a high level of competency in all the tasks which she was assigned.” “Her motivation and attention to detail has led to her graduating with honors. She has been a benefit to the classroom, the college and the community.”
Terri-Lyn’s future plans are to work in adult literacy, preferably in a correctional environment.
Nicole Webb - $1500 Scholarship Recipient
Nicole is enrolled in her first year of a Bachelor of Science Program at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax Nova Scotia. Her majors are chemistry and math.
Having only completed grade 9, Nicole decided to return to school and attain a high school diploma. In June 2010 she graduated from Flexible Learning and Education Centre in Dartmouth Nova Scotia with impressive marks.
Currently Nicole tutors at the Dartmouth Learning Network. She is helping other adults and students to succeed and reach their educational goals.
Her instructor says, “She is one of the hardest working students that I have had the joy of encountering in my teaching career. Nicole is also a leader among her peers. She is both patient and creative while working with others. Nicole Webb is a born leader.”
Nicole says, “I will spend the rest of my life as an advocate for adult literacy and education and I will do all in my power to ensure these services continue and improve.”
Wilma Huphman - $500 Bursary Recipient
Wilma Huphman is presently attending the Queens Learning Network in Liverpool, Nova Scotia.
Wilma returned to school, fearful and scared but determined to set a good example for her children. Wilma has been in the program for five years and made great progress. Currently Wilma has two subjects left to complete before writing the GED test in December.
Early on, Wilma was nervous when asked a question in class but now she always looks forward to it. Her enjoyment of learning and helping others spills over as she tutors classmates when they require help. Knowing there are many people without an education, Wilma hopes to help steer them in the right direction.
Wilma says, “I can do a lot of things now that I couldn’t do before. I surprise myself every day. Now I can speak out, even read out loud… and now it is a lot easier to help my kids with homework, book reports, and projects.”
Her instructor says, “No matter how difficult the situation Wilma maintains her keen sense of humor and good nature,
she is viewed as a role model by her fellow students.”
Beyond achieving her grade 12 diploma, Wilma hopes to encourage her children to complete their education. Her future plans include a career in human services.
Melissa Robicheau – $500 Bursary Recipient
Melissa is enrolled in the Adult Learning Program with the Digby Area Learning Association and hopes to graduate in June 2011.
Melissa says, “I returned to school because I have always told my children that you are never too old to return to school and learn.”
She believes that by setting goals and achieving them she will ensure an independent and successful life.
Her instructor says, “Melissa gives of herself by mentoring other students in the school and is well respected by students and staff.”
Melissa hopes to attain her diploma and attend the Nova Scotia Community College Continuing Care Assistant Program.
Gary Roode - $500 Bursary Recipient
Gary attends the Adult Learning Program at the Nova Scotia Community College, Truro Campus.
Gary says, “I have returned to school to get a better education and a stable income.The hardest thing about going back is learning with your mind and not your hands. The best thing I like about going back to school is studying and learning new challenges. I find in life that the more you learn the smarter and more successful you become.”
His instructors say, “Gary Roode has a strong work ethic and is very determined. Gary has a great attitude and works diligently.”
Future plans include continuing to upgrade his education, graduating, and through hard work and military training, to become a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
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