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 homelessness in the social service sector. After completing a two-year diploma program focused on addictions and mental health, Anogini began working with Homes First in 2018 as a Community Shelter Worker. Since then she’s held multiple roles, all focused on supporting residents in their journey through the shelter system and to stable housing.
Despite working full-time for over two years now, Anogini knows she has more to learn so she can provide better services. As homelessness becomes a more complicated issues with multiple factors and people of diverse backgrounds, she knows she’ll have to continue learning on how to best support people.
“There’s so much to learn especially in how to be client-centered so we know how to interact,” she says.
Currently, she is enrolled in a full-time, online community and social services program from Guelph University. When she completes her program in December this year, she’ll have earned a degree in two years, and then plans to start a Master’s degree in Spring 2022.
Congratulations to Anogini on receiving the HFS Access to Education Scholarship in its inaugural year!