TRURO – It’s been a long couple of years for some, but 333 students will put another chapter of their lives behind them as they graduate community college on Monday.
For 23-year-old Brittany Findlay, the last two years was about independence.
“I’m a very independent person and my biggest obstacle was making that transition to support myself,” said Findlay, this year’s valedictorian for the Nova Scotia Community College Truro campus. “Having spent my life in my community, coming to college I didn’t know anyone. It was a big learning curve for me, but there was a welcoming feeling coming here. With the faculty support, you can tell they want the best for you and your goals.”
Originally from Halifax, Findlay enrolled in human services at the college and after her first year, decided to specialize in child and youth care.
“When I was participating in my co-op program in high school, child and youth care kind of found me,” she said in an interview from Kentucky. “For me, it always came back to children and their families.”
Between her first and second year of college, Findlay worked as a counsellor with the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation. She’s currently in Kentucky with the foundation again, this summer working as a program staffer. She’ll spend some time instructing biking and archery, but is also an escort with the foundation.
“When children arrive in the U.S. or Canada, I’ll be there escorting those children to camps,” she said.
When it comes to her valedictory address, Findlay will focus on the relationships formed during the college years.
“And the journey we’ve all been a part of,” she added. “I want to celebrate our accomplishments and our struggles that we’ve all had, as a group and as individuals.”
Also speaking at the convocation ceremony will be Don Bureau, the president of the NSCC, and current campus principal Kevin Quinlan.
This year’s ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Monday at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre.