MMBSW Grad Cathy Pictou Reflects on Journey to becoming a Social Worker in her Community
In October 2015, at 52 years young, Cathy Pictou, a first-year Mi’kmaq student from Eel River Bar First Nation, stood in the middle of St. Thomas University campus, arms raised, asking her Creator why she was there. Six years later, Cathy is a graduate of the MMBSW program and has been working to serve her community as a full-time social worker with Child and Family Services.
Ancestral Indigenous Roots: STUdent Brittany Gray Launches Project AIR
Fifth-year psychology, human rights, and criminology STUdent Brittany Gray has created a resource program for Indigenous STUdents to learn more about their culture and ancestral roots.
Deanna Price hopes to dedicate her career to serving children and families. The mother of four boys discovered her passion for Aboriginal Child Welfare during the Mi’kmaq/Maliseet Bachelor of Social Work (MMBSW) program at St. Thomas University.
Fine Arts STUdent April Paul was commissioned by St. Mary’s First Nation Community Planning to create a large-scale mural on Fredericton’s Northside.
For Mandy Richard, crossing the stage at Spring Convocation and receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree is the result of four years of resilience and determination. Richard, originally from Wiikwemikoong Unceded Territory in Ontario, said coming to STU changed her life.
For Shelley Augustine, St. Thomas University became a community away from her community. A Criminology major from Elsipogtog First Nation, Shelley had never moved away from her community until she decided to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree at STU. She discovered a welcoming environment within the tight-knit campus.
Indigenous graduates at St. Thomas University were recognized for their resilience, discipline, and dedication in an Eagle Feather Ceremony prior to Spring Convocation.
Nicole Augustine, a third-year student in the Mi’kmaq Maliseet Bachelor of Social Work (MMBSW) program, was one of three recipients of the Jordan’s Principle Scholarship. The national award is given annually to individuals who have made contributions to ensure best outcomes for First Nations, Metis, and Inuit children and young people.