Marsha Hamilton
Marsha Hamilton

Jamaican student in B.C. seeking help to finish school

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A Jamaican post-graduate student in Canada is in desperate need of financial support to complete her tuition payment at Thompson Rivers University (TRU) in Kamloops, British Columbia.

 

Marsha Hamilton came to Canada in January 2012 to pursue post baccalaureate human resources management studies. She was expected to graduate last April.

 

On Mother’s Day this year, the mother of twin teens – a boy and girl – underwent hip surgery that forced her to miss classes. Unable to work part-time and with her bills piling up, Hamilton was rescued by Trinidad & Tobago-born couple Joseph and Gail Morong who work at TRU.

 

Joseph is an open learning faculty member while his wife is an instructional designer for open learning and chair of the equity committee.

 

“At our international student week celebration in February 2012, I ran into these two Jamaican girls, one of whom was Marsha” recounted Gail Morong. “I didn’t know that we had Jamaicans at the university. I stayed in touch with them and after Marsha became ill and her bills were mounting, we took her into our home about a year ago to ease her financial burden.”

 

With the help of friends, the Morongs – who co-founded the Prince George Black History Society in 1999 – have organized community fundraisers to help Hamilton pay off  some of her bills.

 

The international student needs about $1,200 to complete her university payments and receive her certification.

 

Working part-time at McDonald’s, Hamilton is grateful for the support she has received from the Morongs and their friends.

 

A 1994 graduate of Wolmer’s whose Toronto chapter awarded $1375.00 in scholarships at its annual fundraiser 10 days ago, Hamilton graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations & Political Science from the University of the West Indies, Mona campus in 2005 and a Master’s in International Relations from the UWI St. Augustine campus in Trinidad a year later.

 

She was a legal officer at Jamaica’s Ministry of Labour & Social Security prior to coming to Canada.

 

“I was looking for a new challenge and enhanced opportunities to support myself and children,” said Hamilton. “While scouring the Internet for a human resources program that was short and affordable, TRU stood out as my best option. The fees for the universities in Toronto were three times higher than TRU so it made financial sense for me to come to Kamloops.”

 

Hamilton’s parents are caring for her twins, one of whom is a fourth form student at Wolmer’s.

 

Individuals interested in making donations can contact gailmorong@hotmail.com or call 250-374-1457.

 

RON FANFAIR

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