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Ravina Dhaliwal’s final years of high school weren’t easy. As a new mother and a student working towards graduation, she juggled a lot of responsibilities.
But with the help of her school’s aboriginal support workers, she stayed on track. In fact, the experience inspired her to pursue her own career as an aboriginal support worker.
“I want to work with aboriginal youth because I want to give back,” she says. “I had a hard time in high school, and my support workers helped me stay on a good path.”
Achieving that career goal is what drew Ravina to the Child and Youth Care program
. As an aboriginal student, she was particularly interested in the unique learning opportunity provided through the program’s Aboriginal Stream.
The Aboriginal Stream enabled her to start her program by taking courses developed in partnership with local First Nations groups and taught by First Nations and Métis faculty. She also completed a practicum as an aboriginal support worker at a local elementary school.
“My practicum experience was personally fulfilling,” she says. “But I also saw how I was making a positive difference for the students.”