Back to school hasn’t always been an easy time for Lilly. The Kingston student had her share of stops and starts along her academic journey. She was on her own at 15 and found herself briefly homeless and in need of help. Lilly then entered into a Voluntary Youth Service Arrangement with FASCFLA which allowed the agency to connect her with support and assistance in the community. She eventually settled with her grandparents.
Lilly was a strong student but after the move, her high school was geographically much farther away and there were many more challenges. Pregnant at the start of grade 12, Lilly was determined to finish school and provide stability for her child. The flexibility and support she received from an alternative high school helped tremendously. With hard work and perseverance, she completed all of her courses and attended graduation at her old school with her infant son. It was an important moment for Lilly; “I remember standing in the procession, waiting to go on stage to receive my diploma and a student behind me said she was proud of me.”
After her second child was born, she made a wonderful connection with her midwives. This profound bond inspired Lilly to think about her next steps and choices for a career path. With several of her own family members in health care, she felt a pull towards the profession.
With the help an academic bursary from FACSFLA’s Future Funds and Life Opportunities, this committed student was accepted into a college medical office assistant program. Lilly will graduate next spring and hopes to find work supporting midwives. What kept her going during the tough times? Lilly’s belief in herself: “I’m my own person and I can do anything I set my mind to.”