Real change starts with one small step. For Rose-Mary Siemens (SSWD ’22), that step was starting the Social Service Worker diploma at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV).
At the age of 51, Rose-Mary felt unfulfilled. After a 30-year career in the hospitality sector, she wanted to pursue her true passion — providing others with emotional support.
After surviving domestic abuse and having witnessed the mental health struggles of loved ones, Rose-Mary was all too aware of the dire need for mental health support in our community.
“Education lifts us up and brings us to a better place, and it transformed me,” says Rose-Mary. “UFV made it easy for me to change the course of my life. Now, I am impacting a bigger community and that impact multiplies with every interaction.”
Rose-Mary graduated from UFV in June 2022 and was the recipient of the Governor General’s bronze medal.
At UFV, we believe that students’ diverse backgrounds and experiences give them a unique perspective. By building on these experiences, we equip them to become drivers for change in the community.
But these stories of transformation could not happen without you.
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