VICKI: NEVER TOO LATE GRADUATE
April 25, 2019
    

“I never graduated, and I never went back to school once I’d
left, because life happens. And later, how do you maneuver, trying to live and
trying to pay, while trying to take care of kids and everything else? I just
never did it. At a career centre, they gave me a card for Never Too Late and
said, “Try these guys.”

When life gets on top
of you

“I was doubtful. By the time you get to the program, you are
so beat up by life that your self-confidence and self-esteem is gone. There’s a
perspective that comes from that – if you don’t know anybody, you can’t get
hurt. Trust is an issue. I thought, “People don’t do this. People don’t help,
they just don’t.” It’s just easier to fall back on the familiar patterns – to
run when things get tough or hard.”

Honest help. No
strings attached.

“But then I discovered that you guys are genuinely here to
help. You don’t want anything, you’re not expecting anything, you’re just
trying to help people get a better life. I got over the distrust, because you
guys were there every week, and you care. And because you care, I wanted to
venture out a little more, and try to make people proud of me.”

The world is my
oyster

“Now I have a whole world of opportunities. I’m at St.
Mary’s University, and I believe that social work is where I’m going. I have my
own personal struggles with addiction, and have seen my son go through the
same. Looking at my past, I didn’t see any value in what I had come through.
But now, I understand things, because I’ve been there. I think that will be
valuable in working with somebody else who is struggling.”

A family affair

“This year, my son is in Never Too Late. I’d like to think
that I inspired him. He used to help me with homework, and I think that gave
him a push to believe in himself. It’s generational change. (But I rub it in
that his mom graduated before he did!)”

The future has never
been brighter

“Without Never Too Late, I wouldn’t be looking at life the
way I am now. Before, I was stuck, I didn’t know what to do. I wasn’t doing
anything or going anywhere. Now, I’m looking at life with a positive
perspective. I’m thinking about the next few years. This program changes lives;
I’m living proof that it works.”