Jeanette LaurinJeanette Laurin (centre) at her graduation from the
Canadian Career College in North Bay.
Submitted by Linda Krause, MNO Employment Counsellor

On May 23, 2015, three women, each who self-identify as Métis and who received financial support through Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Employment and Training programs graduated from theCTS – Canadian Career College in North Bay.

Among these three was Tracy Burns, a mature student who graduated with honours in Addictions Intervention Counselling. Tracy wants to make a difference in her community and what better way was there to do this than to take her life experience and return to school. Tracy worked hard throughout her program and with the support of her family, she was able to achieve her dream.

Another one of the recent graduates was Tanya Hillyar, who completed 44 weeks in-class and an eight-week work placement to become a Pharmacy Technician. Even though Tanya is the mother of five small children and she experiencedTracy BurnsTracy Burns some health problems while taking this intense program, she was not afraid of a heavy workload and successfully completed her classes. She felt rising to these challenges was setting an example to her children; to show them that if you are willing to work hard the rewards are limitless. Tanya worked at a local pharmacy during her work placement and was hired on there before she even finished her schooling, which is amazing!

The final graduate was Jeanette Laurin who graduated with honours in Hairstyling. Jeanette is the mother of one grown child and decided she wanted to get back into the work force. She believes there is nothing that she can’t do if she sets her mind to it and with that positive attitude quickly rose to the top of her field in her chosen profession of Hairstyling. She was the recipient of the Lynn Dolbeck Dragon Fly Award for the student who exemplifies a passion for their chosen trade. She was an excellent choice for that reward as she was always respectful and encouraging toward her peers. She was a true team player. Jeanette also received the President’s Award for Academic Excellence for having the highest grades out of all the students in the Hairstyling program. Jeanette’s family is naturally and justifiably proud of her achievements.

The MNO would like to wish all three graduates success in their futures.

Published on: November 10, 2015