A genuine smile comes easily again to Dayne Harry’s face.
It was evident last October when he received a Black Business & Professional Association national scholarship and once more a few weeks ago when the 18-year-old was presented with a Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) scholarship.
There was a time a few years ago when the first-year Brock University accounting co-op program student was uneasy and unhappy after being forced to seek refuge in a shelter when the relationship with his stepmother became strained.
“That was a difficult period for me because I was in my last year of high school and was at the point where I was looking for help in trying to decide which university to attend,” said Harry whose father brought him to Toronto from Guyana in 2006. “I learned a lot about myself in the month I spent away from family members. I did a lot of growing up in that time.”
Harry, whose biological mother lives in Trinidad & Tobago with his three siblings, has been living alone since April 2010.
The J. Clarke Richardson Collegiate Institute graduate aspires to become a chartered accountant.
“I fell in love with the subject in Grade 11,” he said.
PwC, which hires hundreds of graduates every year from business and other university programs, collaborated with the Ontario Black History Society three years ago to create a scholarship for a Black high school student.
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By RON FANFAIR