Bev: A story of dedication
I first came to Fanshawe College in 1998 as a student in the Culinary Management program. I worked for a little while in the industry, but learned it was not for me.
I applied for a job as Support Services Officer at the First Nations Centre at Fanshawe; a place that helped me a lot during my studies. Because of the skills I learned in my program, I was successful in obtaining the position as the smiling face at the front desk. It was while working at that job, I realized what my passion was… to help guide students in their educational journey.
My supervisor at the time, Donna, encouraged me to think about university to open doors for myself. This was not something I ever thought I could do, but I looked into it. I enrolled in the General Arts & Science program part time, which lead me to Western University. I continued to take courses at Western part time, until finally in 2010, I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology.
An Aboriginal Student Success Advisor was created around the same time and I was the successful applicant! I am currently the Student Success Advisor in the First Nations Centre. I have spent half of my life at Fanshawe, both as a student and an employee.