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Student Spotlight: From Syria to St. Clair

Basman Yalda is a first-year student at St. Clair College in Windsor. Originally from Iraq, Yalda has risen above violence and injustice he faced in his war-torn country. After fleeing to Syria from Iraq, then Canada from Syria, Yalda has finally found security. He’s also found a sense of belonging at St. Clair College due to his volunteerism and desire to succeed.

“As a student in the Child and Youth Worker program at St. Clair College, my volunteer opportunities have given me the experience to better understand and empathise with people from all different walks of life,” said Yalda. “My leadership in many non-profit organizations has motivated me to do better and inspire others despite the fact no monetary compensation was received.”

From before age 11, Yalda remembers wanting to become a psychologist; he has been passionate about education his entire life. He is currently working toward his goal. Through participating in multiple non-profits in his community and keeping a positive attitude, Yalda is well on his way.

“Winning this award motivates me to keep working hard and making a difference in the community that I live in. The rest will follow,” said Yalda.

Yalda volunteers at his local public library, the English as a Second Language program and the Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County. He also participates at the New Canadians’ Centre of Excellence’s Youth Resource Centre to build a wide range of skills.

“It allows me to see the world from a different perspective because I cooperate with many professionals and people from different cultures around the world,” he said.

Following graduation from St. Clair College, Yalda plans to attend university to continue his dream of becoming a psychologist. CSA is proud to name Basman Yalda as a 2016 CSA Leadership Scholarship recipient.

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