Moving to Canada as a mature student with school-age children to support takes courage, vision and a whole lot of determination. Jael Jeremano has proven to have an abundance of these qualities. Embarking on a 4-year B.A. degree in Psychology in September 2019, Jael has demonstrated a remarkable commitment to both her studies and her new Winnipeg community. In class, she takes initiative to support other international students whose first language is not English, offering mentoring support as she is able.
“Despite her quiet, humble demeanor, or maybe because of it!, Jael has become a leader on campus,” explains Rhonda Friesen, Dean of Students. “She’s worked with other mature students to form a group of collegial supports amid an academic term made difficult by COVID-19.”
Two weeks after arriving in Winnipeg, Jael began volunteering at Winnipeg Harvest, contributing 65 hours as a sortation assistant prior to the COVID lockdown. Her strong commitment to the community and the many contributions she has made in a very short time has made her an exemplar of how international students enrich and strengthen our city and province.
For these, and many other reasons, we are thrilled to announce that Jael received the 2021 Manitoba Council for International Education‘s Post-Secondary International Student Award. Congratulations Jael!
Watch for a longer article featuring Jael in the 2021 Spring/Summer issue of Connect Magazine.