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 of Social Work, with a minor in psychology.
For her, the pandemic has been a blessing in disguise, allowing her to continue schooling online while she works in Toronto. Despite having her diploma and a role at Homes First, Danekia felt the need to go back to school to learn more about social work.
“I feel like it’s important to continue your knowledge,” she says, noting you can never go wrong with more education.
Danekia has noticed there are lots of things she has learned in class that she can relate to experiences at work, but also things that she has learned that she can apply to herself and her work. Most notable is self-care, which she is focusing more on now that she understands how important it is, especially when working through a pandemic.
When Danekia saw the scholarship opportunity from Homes First, she applied to get support in paying for her summer course. But outside of financial support, she recognizes the importance of the Access to Education scholarship in supporting those who face barriers in education.
“I was extremely happy that HFS offered this opportunity, especially for people of colour.”
Congratulations to Danekia on receiving the HFS Access to Education Scholarship in its inaugural year!