HFS Access to Education Scholarship Recipient 2020: Yaya

HFS Access to Education Scholarship Recipient 2020: Yaya

Yaya came from a background where education wasn’t guaranteed. Despite this she made it to university to pursue midwifery, however she later felt it wasn’t a right fit. Completing her undergrad with a double major in theatre arts and women’s studies, Yaya began working at a bank in anti-money laundering. While working, she felt something…

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HFS Access to Education Scholarship Recipient 2020: Tamara

HFS Access to Education Scholarship Recipient 2020: Tamara

Growing up in subsidized housing in Toronto, and raised by a single mother of 3 who worked two minimum wage jobs to support the family, Tamara knew that education would be a key in doing things differently. After working various jobs throughout the years, Tamara set her sights on the social service sector, knowing she…

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HFS Access to Education Scholarship Recipient 2020: Niko

HFS Access to Education Scholarship Recipient 2020: Niko

Niko is only one course away from completing the Social Service Worker program at Centennial College. When he does finish, it will be a milestone for his family. “I’m the first in my family to ever to go to college and I will be the first to ever graduate,” he says, noting that he hopes…

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HFS Access to Education Scholarship Recipient 2020: L.O

HFS Access to Education Scholarship Recipient 2020: L.O

L.O immigrated from Nigeria with a degree in English, but found it difficult to find the kind of jobs that she had in mind for her education. She began working in the health sector and realizing this was a career she wanted to pursue, applied for a master’s program so she could learn to offer…

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HFS Access to Education Scholarship Recipient 2020: Ike

HFS Access to Education Scholarship Recipient 2020: Ike

When Ike came to Canada he saw the chance for a fresh start and to finally go to school for a sector he’s been working in for many years; International Development. Working in Nigeria for many NGOs, both national and international, gave Ike a lot of experience in working to support people. With that experience,…

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HFS Access to Education Scholarship Recipient 2020: Danekia

HFS Access to Education Scholarship Recipient 2020: Danekia

Danekia had always known she wanted to help people. When she began high school, she knew that eventually, her path and courses would lead to a career in social services. After graduating, she attended Sheridan college for a Social Service Worker Diploma and currently, is a student at the University of Windsor for a Bachelor…

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HFS Access to Education Scholarship Recipient 2020: Benyam

HFS Access to Education Scholarship Recipient 2020: Benyam

Benyam came to Canada from Ethiopia in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in biology, and a Master’s in food engineering. But despite his great educational achievements, he struggled to find a professional job in his field, as many wanted some Canadian experience. Working in a factory for some time, Benyam knew when it closed that…

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HFS Access to Education Scholarship Recipient 2020: Anogini

HFS Access to Education Scholarship Recipient 2020: Anogini

For scholarship recipient Anogini, this opportunity not only eases her burden in paying for full-time school, but also gives her the push to keep learning and growing in her skills. After starting school for a nursing career, Anogini completed a year before realizing she wanted to shift her focus to supporting seniors and those experiencing…

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HFS Access to Education Scholarship Recipient 2020: Ana

HFS Access to Education Scholarship Recipient 2020: Ana

For Ana, education has been the key to getting the skills she needed to help people in her community. At only 18, Ana came to Toronto at as a refugee in 1984, fleeing El Salvador after her mother disappeared in 1982, the work of the paramilitary during the civil war. Ana attended the University of…

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