Ben Capili walked across the stage on April 26, 2015, to receive his Bachelor of Social Work degree (with distinction) from Booth University College. It was a moment that captured the very heart of Booth UC.
The fact that he was there at all is a bit of an unlikely story, considering where he was just five years ago, homeless and battling addiction. Like many before him, Ben knew he was here to serve a larger purpose. After he found the strength to overcome his addiction, he decided to go back to school. That decision led him directly to Booth UC.
“I was terrified of being back in a classroom, but Booth UC offered the exact kind of environment that I needed. It’s small, so I wasn’t overwhelmed, and I immediately felt included.
“A huge lecture hall would never have worked for him. At Booth UC, the faculty and staff were instantly caring and generous with their time. My four years there were challenging, but gratefully, the supports were there along the way.”
Although his journey was not yet complete, Ben went to Wilfrid Laurier University to pursue his Master of Social Work (MSW) degree. He left Booth UC inspired and equipped to use his education to help build a better world.
His memories are plentiful of the institution saying, “When you attend Booth UC, you get more than an excellent education, you get schooled in compassion and social consciousness. My education there helped me understand that regardless of what career path we choose, we all have a role to play in making the world a better place. It made me realize that I’m not just ready to do my part, but that I wanted to do my part!”
Ben completed his MSW with a concentration in community policy planning and organizations. He returned to Winnipeg in 2016 and started work in the field of adult mental health for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.
Currently, Ben works in home care for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and as a therapist for the Therapeutic Alliance. Ben values the benefits of volunteering and is a volunteer board member at the Osborne Village Resource Centre. Finally, things have come full circle for him, and he is now a sessional instructor for the Faculty of Social Work at Booth University College.
“It is such an honour to come back to Booth UC. It is the place that has poured into me and shaped me into the person I am today.”