Sandy: A story of determination!

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I enjoyed many amazing memories from my years at Fanshawe - including class trips extreme camping and skiing at Blue Mountain. My most recent favourite memory was being awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award for Community Services for 2016. Being nominated by my daughter Shay who is a recent Fanshawe grad from Social Services, and being honoured for the work that I love was humbling and thrilling!

Attending the Premier's awards gala was also an incredible experience that I will never forget. Being in the company of so many successful Fanshawe grads is amazing!
My career success, confidence, skills and abilities are attributed to the education I received at Fanshawe College. The broad base of knowledge I gained through the three programs I participated in helped me move through the ranks in the City of Brantford. I began as Fitness Supervisor in 1989, was promoted to Manager of Aquatics and Fitness and oversaw the reconstruction of the $64m Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre. In 2011, I was promoted to Director of Recreation where I oversaw aquatics, arenas, community centres and special events. In 2016, I was promoted to General Manager, Community Programs, Parks & Recreation. This portfolio includes parks, recreation, golf operations and the Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts.

I accomplished this because of an amazing staff team, determination, hard work and my college education! #fanshaweforever

What brought you to Fanshawe?

As a high school student I knew I wanted to work in the community services field, however I wasn't sure in what capacity. I had participated in a high school co-op program and loved helping people. I was also a sports fanatic and was looking for a way to combine these interests. After touring Fanshawe I knew right away that this was the next step for my future!

Tell us about your favourite Fanshawe experience.

Being honoured as a Fanshawe Distinguished Alumni in 2016 for the Community Services Category and attending the Premier's Awards as a nominee.

What impact has Fanshawe had on your life?

Fanshawe is the foundation of my career success. Without my education and the experiential learning opportunities I would not be where I am today.

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