Stenberg college

The neurodivergent alchemist

As psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross says, “The most beautiful people… are those who have known defeat, suffering, struggle, loss, and have found their way out of the depths.” These words ring especially true for Tessa T., who at 23 years old,…
Tessa Tennant, Counselling Therapist Program
Pharmacy Technician
Courtney Rigel

To serve and protect

Born in Kelowna, but raised in the small community of Innisfail, Alberta, helping others has always been important to Courtney Rigel. Growing up in this town of just 7,700 people, she wanted to become a doctor, but after a year…
COURTNEY RIGEL, Pharmacy Technician
Psychiatric Nursing
Farah Surani

Farah’s determination and compassion

When Farah Surani first arrived in Vancouver, the crisis facing the unhoused community stirred strong emotions in her. Like many others, she initially held misconceptions about homelessness, assuming it was a matter of choice related to substance use and addiction.…
Farah Surani, Psychiatric Nursing

Feel the fear. Do it anyway.

Watch Serena Michajluk confidently walk into a room, and you’d never imagine that her “past self” was a mere shadow of the person she is today. At 44 years old, Serena has finally found fulfillment in her career and her…
SERENA MICHAJLUK, Therapeutic Recreation Assistant
Licensed Optician
Taylor Mccarthy

How Taylor’s stars aligned

At just 21 years old, Taylor McCarthy is proud of her career as a Licensed Optician in Red Deer, Alberta. She works closely with her mentor and boss, Philip Ripley, an experienced Licensed Optician with over four decades of experience.…
TAYLOR MCCARTHY, Licensed Optician
Health Care Assistant
Ruth Carla Aqui

Passion beyond borders

Fueled by profound purpose, Carla’s journey took her from the Philippines to Saudi Arabia, and finally to Canada, each step grounded in dedication and resilience. From a young age, Carla witnessed health care in action: her grandfather’s struggles with kidney…
RUTH CARLA AQUI, Health Care Assistant
Education Assistant
Carol Mohanraj

A nurturer’s journey

From a young age, Carol Mohanraj knew she was meant to be a nurturer. She was inspired by the nurses and teachers in her family, witnessing the importance of caregiving. Motivated by the compassion she saw around her, Carol followed…
Early Childhood Education
Mavy Alisian Alvarez

Born to nurture

On life’s many paths, fortunate are those born with a strong, unshaken sense of direction. Mavy Alvarez is one of the lucky ones, whose unwavering purpose came early in her life. As a little girl, she dreamed of becoming a…
MAVY ALISIAN ALVAREZ, Early Childhood Education
Medical Laboratory Assistant
Mahboobeh Eslamisamani

Starting over with heart and humility

Mahboobeh Eslamisamani is one of those rare human beings who dedicates their life to helping others. “I’m passionate about being there for my friends, family, neighbours, everyone,” she says. Dedicated to improving the lives of those around her, it was…
MAHBOOBEH ESLAMISAMANI, Medical Lab Assistant

A passion that echoes across Canada

The passion Taryn Rowland has for being a Cardiology Technologist is evident in every aspect of her being. Settling in for her interview, an anatomically correct model heart sits just over her shoulder. Cardiology departments across the country have a…
TARYN ROWLAND, Cardiology Technologist

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