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Imperfectly Perfect: A 31-year-old mother grows up beyond her wildest dreams

“Believe it and it will come to you.” That’s Sabrina Halladay’s mantra in life. The Om symbol etched on her hand bears witness to her past struggles, her current successes and the promise of a future without limits where anything is possible. Sabrina’s perfectly styled purple Mohawk and the many tattoos adorning her body, may not fit the conventional standards of what a health...

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When Passion Meets Purpose

Marilyn Patterson finds her calling supporting children with exceptionalities Marilyn Patterson never expected to return to school at the age of 40 or graduate at the top of her class. “To be honest, it’s hard for me to grasp.” Marilyn is bright, intelligent and strong – so why was it challenging to face her own success? Growing up, Marilyn wanted...

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Tia Serdachny: Giving Her All to Practical Nursing

How a high school dropout became a distinguished Practical Nursing student and a remarkable & selfless human being. Tia Serdachny was not born into the best of circumstances. When she was only 14 years old, both her parents left – her mom to seek help for addictions and her father for work.

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Building a Bright Future as a Health Care Assistant

Brave. Strong. Resolute. These are just some of the adjectives that have been used by Paulett HoSang’s family, friends, and co-workers to describe her. A native of Jamaica, Paulett immigrated to Canada with her husband in June 2015 in search of a better life. As Paulett’s son Dwaine told us “I left Jamaica at the age of 14 and it was extremely difficult. I can only imagine...

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Regaining confidence: How Mumta became a Nursing Unit Clerk

Mumta Karra’s infectious laugh is easy to love, and something the 27-year-old shares with a compassionate generosity. She’s the kind of person whose presence lights up a room and her friends, co-workers, instructors and fellow Nursing Unit Clerk program students are quick to speak positively of the role she’s played in their lives. “Mumta is a real gem…anyone that gets to spend time with her will know or...

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Overcoming Adversity: Charlene Pritchard

Single mom Charlene Pritchard shares how she bounced back from serious health issues to become a Pharmacy Technician For several years after the birth of her son, Charlene Pritchard was a stay at home mom. While she recalls it being somewhat of a “conversation killer” with other adults, it was a job she adored. “It was very rewarding every day,” Charlene recalls. “I organized everybody’s lives and I...

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From Spreadsheets to Smiles and Bubbles

Stenberg College's Therapeutic Recreation grad, Linda Weatherly loves her new career. “It’s been pretty darn exciting! Anybody can do it.” Read her story...

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Seeing Success

 Once blind, Gabriel now sees a bright future before him As Gabriel adjusted his graduation cap and smiled for the flashing camera, he mused aloud, “Man, how did I get here?” Gabriel (Gabe) Stockless, a graduate of the Community Mental Health & Addictions Worker program, is Stenberg College’s 2017 Student of the Year. He is employed at Lookout Housing and Health...

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Ebb and Flow

Navigating the tides of change towards a new life “I worked really hard. It’s been a crazy year and unexpected challenges arose. I pushed through because I wanted to be in the classroom, and I wanted to better someone’s life.” These are the impassioned words of Amanda Petrie, a licensed Early Childhood Educator (ECE). Amanda loves her job, and finds meaning...

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From Selling Stocks to Serving Seniors

Sarah Evans is the kind of person anyone would be lucky to count as a friend. Equal parts funny and genuine, she’s the kind of warm-hearted straight shooter one can trust immediately. Sarah’s ability to connect with people of all ages is what led this former banker to the field of Therapeutic Recreation. Born in England, Sarah attended a prestigious all-girls secondary school and followed both of her...

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