Campbell, who is from Louisbourg, discovered she was pregnant when she was 17. Her baby was born early and had to fight for his life, and she was by his side at the IWK Children’s Hospital while finishing her Grade 11.
After they returned home and she graduated she had to plan for their future.
“I chose Truro because it has a small town welcoming feeling that I was used to and that I loved, and it wasn’t too far from my family,” she said.
She enrolled in the accounting program and enjoyed it, graduating this spring. After a five-week work placement at Truro Mazda she was offered a full-time position.
“I couldn’t pass up that opportunity, as I loved what I was doing and loved everyone I was working with,” she said.
She is taking university courses while working, and is happy with her decisions.
“If I hadn’t made the move and attended Truro campus I don’t know where I would have ended up,” she added.
Campbell was one of the speakers at the Truro public launch of the NSCC Make Way campaign. Launches for the fundraising effort were held on campuses across the province on Thursday.
The goal of the campaign is to raise $25 million and enable all Nova Scotians who hope to attend NSCC to do so. $21 million has been raised so far.
Sheldon Morris, who graduated from the child and youth care program, also spoke at the launch. He told those in attendance about how he was working in construction at one time, and thinking he could probably do that the rest of his life.
“Then wintertime rolled around and I thought I have to go back to the drawing board,” he said.
He is now working for the Colchester Residential Services Society.
Mike Johnston, president and CEO of REDspace, said close to a third of their 175 people are NSCC alumni, and the majority of them are from the Truro campus.
“We continue to invest in NSCC graduates because they’re worth the investment.”
He added it’s important to educate not just those who have the ability to pay, but those who demonstrate a passion to succeed.
More information on the Make Way campaign can be found at https://www.nscc.ca/makeway/