My parents went through a difficult divorce when I was thirteen. My younger brother and I were caught in the middle of it. My brother especially was too young to have a say in the process, which sadly often is the case for children in these situations. Fortunately for us, we had the services of a children’s lawyer, who was there to advocate for our best interests. That experience opened my eyes to the importance of giving children a voice. And it sparked my interest in the rights of the child.
"I am passionate about ensuring that children have the support they need to develop strong mental health."
I had always wanted to be a teacher so after obtaining a degree in Child Studies, I enrolled in Seneca’s Bachelor of Child Development program. At Seneca, my interests in children’s rights continued to blossom. With the support of the school, I had the opportunity to travel to Dubai to attend an Education Without Borders conference, where I spoke on the topic of rights-respecting schools. That opportunity opened so many doors for me, and it led to an invitation to apply to the Master of Teaching program at the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.
Today I hold my teaching certification and work in multiple positions relating to teaching and educational programming. I have the opportunity every day to empower children to have their voices heard by acting upon what they say. I can honestly say I couldn’t have done any of this had it not been for my experience and the support of the people at Seneca. I am thankful for the opportunities that Seneca has given me, the connections that I have made, and the doors that continue to be opened for me to this day.
"Seneca has given me the ability to go so much further because of the confidence I now have within myself. It’s amazing to be able to build these connections and to continue to have them as I move on with my career. That’s something I truly value."