If you're at the University of Calgary, chances are you had this article of my mum emailed to you this morning! This article made me cry, everything I am and aspire to be is personified in this woman. I'm so so proud & excited to go back to Calgary watch her graduate from her Masters this weekend!
Speak with Solange Lalonde for a few minutes and it quickly becomes clear that family and community are very important to her. When asked to share some insight into the journey she took to earn her Master of Arts degree in Educational Research, Lalonde talks of the inspiration she draws from her three daughters.
"My youngest daughter is a kinesiology student here and she plays on the Dinos basketball team. My middle daughter is a talented artist and passionate about social justice and contributing to the community, and my eldest daughter is an accomplished scholar and ambassador for human rights issues.”
"Their story is equally an important part of my story as a student, educator, parent and now grandparent.”
"As a single mother of three young children, we were ‘food-bank poor’ and I worked three jobs to make ends meet. When my youngest daughter was about to start school full time in Grade 1, I went back to school.”
In achieving her undergraduate degree Lalonde faced several challenges. She enrolled at the University of Calgary in 1989 but it was not until 12 years later that she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Canadian History. Along the way, she married, moved several times, divorced and raised three children.
(Link to full article in bio)
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