“I got pregnant at 16 and broke up with my daughter’s father a couple of months before she was born. It’s just been me and my daughter since day one. I was living with my mom with no income at the time. I had been attending Louise Dean Centre, but after she was born, it was a struggle to go back to school. With the help of my family and the motivation of everyone here at Louise Dean, I did come back when she was seven months old, but I hardly ever came to class. But now that I’m 19, I need to stop putting this on hold. I’m doing all my 20 and 30 level classes this year. Not only did I get the perfect attendance award in term one, but I now have early acceptance into Bow Valley College’s Justice Studies diploma program. I had a lot of encouragement. A lot of people pushed me and believed in me that I could get it done. After I graduate from Bow Valley College, I want join a police force or the military and be on a SWAT team.”

March 13, 2017