“Being a single mother at 18 was very isolating and there is stigma attached to it. I didn’t fit into my old group of friends who were my age, nor did I fit into the group of moms I met at moms-and-tots groups because I was always the youngest mom by at least six or seven years. I used to carry that shame silently – it fueled my desire to work even harder to overcome negative thoughts I believed others had about me.

As a volunteer with Catholic Family Service’s Motherhood Matters program, I was so happy to see young moms who care so much about their children connecting with other young moms. It was inspiring to witness, and I started to think about how I could do more and challenge myself.

I believe that the internal motivation I had to apply to graduate school last spring stemmed from my participation as a mentor for Motherhood Matters. I am now a first-year graduate student in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary. The peer mentorship concept has proven to be so effective to me that I have decided to focus my studies on the development of a peer mentorship program as an adjunct intervention for Indigenous populations managing Type 2 diabetes.”

April 5, 2019