Success story: Raven

Posted by on Mar 16, 2015 in From The Blog, Success Stories | 0 comments

Raven Hall is truly one of STAND’s most inspirational stories. Raven comes from the Timshian and Kitasso First Nations, a small community of around 500 located on Swindle Island in Northern B.C. Her family ended up moving to Nanaimo and then to Vancouver. Raven has overcome a number of personal and family challenges in her life. Due to her perseverance and resiliency, she was able to get through some difficult times and completed her high school education at Pinnacle Alternative School program in Vancouver.

She began to reconnect with her roots and her feelings and realized she had an interest in helping others like her that have gone through similar issues. Raven decided that her long-term goal would be to become a social worker or youth probation officer, helping youths struggling with addictions or family issues. Knowing this would take time; Raven decided she needed an interim career that would help her on the path to her goal. Hairdressing was an avenue she felt could not only help with financial savings, but also help others feel better about themselves.

Recently, Raven was awarded the Vancouver Community College HSBC Aboriginal Award in December 2014 at the Broadway Campus of VCC. She has been recognized for her abilities and leadership in her program. Having overcome many obstacles to get to this point, STAND is proud to support Raven in her progress to becoming a certified hairdresser.