Three Grade 12 students were presented with bursaries at the Congress of Black Women (CBW) North York chapter’s annual brunch and youth awards last Sunday.
Gift Oviasuyi and Abidemi Ademoye are pursuing nursing careers while Iesha Smith intends to work for a police service as a forensic analyst.
“I love helping people,” said Oviasuyi who graduates from Madonna Catholic High School this summer and will begin post-secondary science studies in September at the University of Toronto Scarborough campus. “What better way to do that than being a nurse.”
A camp counsellor at the Dovercourt Boys & Girls Club, Oviasuyi has been honoured for leadership and excellence in Math.
Ademoye, who graduated from Westview Centennial Secondary School, is enrolled in Centennial College’s practical nursing program. She wants to be a pediatrician.
Migrating to Canada just three years ago, Ademoye made a seamless transition in a new environment. She helped plan Black History Month events at her school where she was also the president of the Christian Fellowship Group. She’s a member of the Harmony Movement and Praise Christian Ministries choir and Silent Praise Dance Group.
A 2011 Ontario Government Volunteer Service Award winner, Smith has been volunteering with the CBW North York chapter and the Canadian National Institute for the Blind for the past five years. The Sandalwood Heights Secondary School graduate has been accepted in York University’s Sociology program.
“The plan is to pursue Law in graduate school and then get into forensics and work with a police department,” she said. “That’s something I have always wanted to do.”
Smith was an active participant in her high school’s Social Justice Club for the past four years and a member of the Brampton Cadets.
The CBW chapter was established in 1986 with Sheila Mascoll as its first president. In addition to awarding bursaries to young women, the chapter has supported several community organizations, including the Jane & Finch Concerned Citizens Association, the Black Coalition for Aids Prevention and Nelson Boylen Collegiate Institute’s literacy and breakfast programs.