Success Stories

With an open heart and an open door

Jes excelled at harnessing external resources, such as community services and family support. However, something was missing. She recognized that having the ability to support clients’ internal resources, such as resiliency and emotions, could create permanent change.

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Rewriting her Story

So passionate and driven, it is surprising to learn that for most of her life, Ji’s career aspirations were “to just clock in and out of a mundane job.” How does someone with such indifference toward a career end up becoming a Practical Nurse and winning Stenberg College’s prestigious Student of the Year award? Let’s start from the beginning.

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The art of teaching: Philippa perfects her craft in support of children

Trained as an artist, Philippa Glossop never imagined a career as an educator. However, a request from a neighbour to teach her daughter to draw changed all that. From that moment, Philippa found joy and purpose in teaching. Filled with inspiration, Philippa transitioned her art studio into an after-school program. “I wanted to make a difference in the world,” she says with certainty.

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Overcoming anxiety

As Michelle read the letter of recommendation from her instructor, Allen Hoolaeff, she filled with emotion, “He wrote, ‘Michelle creates opportunities for her clients to become who they want to be. She is a strong leader but does not accomplish this by telling others what to do. She does this by being an active member who is willing to do.

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It’s never too late

For Harpreet Dhaliwal, becoming a Nursing Unit Clerk was much more than a career choice. It was her dream. She had to keep this dream on hold for more than a decade to fulfill her duties as a wife, daughter, sister, and mother. Eleven years later, she achieved the success that was hers. A life-changing decision Harpreet was only

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Inspiring Selfhood as a Childhood Educator

For the Early Childhood Education Basic (ECE) and Post-Basic (ECE-PB) Student of the Year, Samantha (Sammi) Stittle, the end of her education signifies the key to finding her place in the world. Although Sammi dreamt of becoming an inspirational ECE, she was unsure of how to reach her true potential.

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Creativity in communication

When asked to share an experience supporting a student with exceptionalities, Madeleine Lees smiled brightly. She answered quickly – she knew exactly which memory to share, “On my practicum, I supported a student with extreme behaviours. We were playing football during gym class and he did not want to participate. I brought him to the side of the field and…

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Reimagining Tradition, Fulfilling a Mother’s Ambition

“My first month in Canada was very tough. I’ve never lived alone before and I was trying to cope with this feeling of not having family around while keeping up with my studies,” recalled Student of the Year Finalist for the Health Care Assistant (HCA) Program, Ivane Christian. THE ULTIMATE DREAM Ivane immigrated from India to make her ultimate dream…

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Star student – from Darkness to Light

Raji Sandhu always wanted to care for those in need. In high school, Raji battled with anxiety and depression and felt a deep calling to become a teacher or youth worker. “I always wanted to work with kids,” she recalled. “There’s so much anxiety in kids today — when I put myself in their shoes, I can understand how they’re…

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The grandparents that guided her in life and to a career she loves

Holding back tears, Montana Shermann took a deep breath and paused for a moment. “Sorry, I haven’t talked about them for a while.” She pulled herself to the present and continued, “I was close with my grandparents who passed away this year. They’re the reason I went into this field. They were a huge part of my life and I’m…

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