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 more supports. She was rejected from the master’s program and realizing she’d have to start from square one, L.O enrolled in Bachelor’s program for Health Services Management.
Starting her program in 2019, L.O does it part-time, juggling school, work and caring for a family. Despite the busy schedule, L.O finds working as a Personal Support Worker with Homes First very rewarding, and finds ways to apply her education to supporting residents in navigating the health system and accessing the supports they need.
As a part-time student, L.O pays and completes courses when the chance is available to her. By receiving support through Homes First’s scholarship opportunity, she is able to take a course in the spring semester, putting her one step closer to her goal of achieving her second degree.
“I’m grateful and I’m happy, it means a lot to me and my family.”
Congratulations to L.O on receiving the HFS Access to Education Scholarship in its inaugural year!