Success Stories

Success Story: Caroline

Posted by on Mar 2, 2014 in Success Stories | 0 comments

Success Story: Caroline

The STAND Foundation is proud to offer support to many exemplary students that show determination, courage and strength in the face of adversity; Caroline McDonald is one of those students.  At nine years old Caroline was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma, also known as bone cancer.  Just one year after her diagnosis, Caroline had to undergo surgery to amputate her left leg above the knee; this caused her to miss a year of school and fall behind the other students.  But this didn’t deter Caroline from her education, “it was difficult at first to try to readjust back into a regular...

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Success Story: Thea

Posted by on Jan 21, 2014 in Success Stories | 0 comments

Success Story: Thea

High school can be tough for many students, but for STAND grant recipient Thea it was an incredible challenge. During her first years at high school Thea said she had a few friends to hang out with before and after school. But then something changed. She can’t put her finger on it, but she noticed her old friends were increasingly hard to find. Before she knew it she felt completely isolated and alone in the tall hallways of her high school. She says her support system that she’d relied on for her mental health began to evaporate. School became overwhelming and her severe social anxiety...

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Success Story: Sally

Posted by on Jan 3, 2014 in Success Stories | 0 comments

Success Story: Sally

Sally’s grant from the STAND Foundation which she used towards her first year tuition at Langara College.  Coming from a single-parent home, the funding helped to relieve financial pressures in her family.  She hopes to pursue a Diploma in Business Management and ultimately a Bachelor in Commerce.  In the future, Sally hopes to pay it forward and help other youth!

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Success Story: Tala

Posted by on Dec 18, 2013 in Success Stories | 0 comments

Success Story: Tala

Tala is a great example of a student who has found their passion and is pursuing it wholeheartedly.  At only 20 years old, Tala is confident that she wants to be in culinary arts and is currently working on finishing the Culinary Arts program at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops. Growing up, Tala’s mother worked hard as a single parent to provide for her family.  “Sometimes she worked three jobs at a time to provide a stable home environment for me,” says Tala.  “She is my greatest inspiration, proving to me that every obstacle can be achieved if you work hard enough.”...

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Success Story: Janoah

Posted by on Dec 12, 2013 in Success Stories | 0 comments

Success Story: Janoah

High school can be a challenge to many students; with the pressures of schoolwork, friends, family and the looming future of “adulthood” it’s more than enough stress to an average teenager.  Like many teenagers, Janoah fell in with a rough crowd and her education suffered for it.  “I made friends with a group that was constantly skipping school.  Eventually I ended up dropping out before even graduating the ninth grade.” Fortunately for Janoah, she realized that her education would play an important role in her future and re-enrolled to complete her education with the Pinnacle...

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Success Story: Tim

Posted by on Dec 2, 2013 in Success Stories | 0 comments

Success Story: Tim

“I was always interested in real estate,” says Tim, 20-year-old Vancouver student. “But I never really knew where to start or if it was something I was capable of pursuing.” During high school Tim was struck by a car and suffered injuries that affected his cognitive functions, making it difficult to learn in a traditional learning environment. “I transferred through multiple schools and even had to repeat grades several times.  I just wasn’t learning the way I used to,” Tim remembers. “But then I was transferred into the Pinnacle Alternative School, which really helped me...

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