Variety Manitoba’s inaugural Education Awards were presented to two deserving students, Ameen and Jaime, in August. Variety’s Education Awards Program was implemented to help remove the additional barriers youth living with a disability face in accessing post-secondary education. Keep an eye on our website and social media pages for information on our 2021 Education Awards!
“I am sincerely honored to be one of the first recipients of a Variety Post-Secondary Award. I was happy and appreciative to learn about this exciting news. Thanks for your generous support, and your valuable trust in my abilities towards success and achievements.”
“As a student with a disability – I am a bilateral amputee, I lost both my legs after surviving a devastating house fire at 5 months age – then growing up adapting on the basic prosthesis that enabled me to live my life to the fullest, and to walk to my best place ever; school because I have believed since my childhood that education is the priority in my life. My life hardships continued living in a war zone in my home country then fleeing to live in a refugee camp, and ending up living by myself in Canada. All these hardships have taught me how to be a stronger person, a better human who feels others’ pain, and more appreciative of every single thing. Over my life, completing my education was a clear goal that turned into a dream – the dream came to be true by starting my classes, but with some financial hardships due to my inability to work most part-time jobs due to recoveries after couples of surgeries. So, this award is going to greatly help me and support my education plan. I am currently enrolled in the general science program with an interest in being a biology major. I plan to pursue a career in pharmacy upon graduating and after graduation, I plan to attend Pharmacy school.”
“As a student living with Attention Deficit Disorder, I struggle with maintaining a full-time student course load and a job simultaneously. In order to pay for my schooling, I work full-time during the summer and work weekly shifts during fall and winter. However, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic I was let go from my summer position and for the first time in four years, I was unsure of how I was going to pay for my schooling. Receiving this award has immediately lifted the financial stress off of my shoulders and I am very thankful. I am excited to start my 3rd year of studies working towards my degree in psychology.”