“I found out about Never Too Late by chance. My mom got the number off a poster and gave it to me. I didn’t have my GED. I wanted to get on to the next chapter of my life, so I made the call.”

Family championing each other

“I remember getting a little emotional when the coordinator told me, ‘Your family will get to see you walk the stage.’ It’s something that my family has always wanted for me.”

One step at a time and you will get there

“It was hard sometimes; most days I was working long shifts, I was so tired I could barely keep my eyes open. Sometimes I would think, “I don’t know if I have the time for this right now,” but I was determined. I knew that even if I only got through one page, it’s still one step closer. After spending some time with the teachers, it just started to click, and for the first time in my life I was actually understanding and retaining information. I think I surprised myself – I discovered that I was smarter than I thought.”

Confidence, happiness and a lighter me

“Everyone there was fantastic – it was like friends teaching friends, and learning with your friends. I’ve always had test anxiety, and I was nervous going into the exams, but for the first time I actually felt prepared. As I came out of each test, I got progressively happier – that weight was just getting lifted off my shoulders.”

Family grad wall was my motivator

“My family was a big support for me, always there to back me up. When I was growing up, my grandmother always had pictures of all the grandchildren on their grad day and up until this year it was just a picture of me from grade nine. So, we sent her a photo for Christmas – my head shot from grad – and she put it up on the wall.”

GED is my life changer

“Without Never Too Late, I probably wouldn’t have my GED right now, because getting that phone number from my mom put that seed in my head. When I got my GED, my family said that that’s the happiest they’ve ever seen me. I felt like I could take on the world after that, and I still do.”

April 25, 2019