While training in repairing cars was rewarding to high school graduate, Jovan Wilson, a career in the truck and heavy duty vehicle industry seemed more appealing and challenging.
With the support of a Centennial College teacher, he enrolled in the city’s first public college’s truck and coach program.
The recipient of a John Brooks scholarship last October, Wilson was presented with the Anglican Diocese Social Development Division bursary administered by the Church of the Nativity in Malvern. The presentation took place last Sunday.
Working with heavy vehicles is something that fascinates me and I hope to make a career out of it,” said the West Hill Collegiate Institute graduate and lifelong church member. “This award will help me in achieving my goal of graduating and moving closer towards my goal.”
The first-year college student shared the stage with 18-year-old Shelayne Douse, who was the recipient of the Keith Forde scholarship. The former Toronto Police deputy chief established the award to honour the memory of his wife, Jocelyn, who succumbed to cancer nine years ago.
A graduate of Blessed Mother Teresa Catholic Secondary School, Douse is enrolled in the University of Guelph-Humber Family & Community Social Service’s program.
The aspiring social worker participated in the 2010 Youth in Policing Initiative (YIPI) program that helps high school students gain valuable work experience.
“That was my first summer job and I really enjoyed it,” said Douse who was assigned to the Compensation & Benefits Unit at headquarters.
A total of 75 young people have benefitted from almost $70,000 in bursaries and scholarships administered by the Church of the Nativity in the last 17 years.
Book awards each worth $200 were also presented to Ryerson University students and church members, Jabari Butler and Roger Braithwaite.