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Giving Back in Times of Need

Steven Jobin struggled with addictions for most of his life, but he is now dedicating his future to the service of others.

Now that I have been sober for 16 months, I see a path in life – and that is to help others who might be struggling with drug and alcohol use,” he says.

To eventually become an Indigenous addictions counsellor, Steven enrolled in Indigenous Upgrading at Bow Valley College.

He says that he was shy and a “scared person” when he began his studies at the College, but with the support of staff and teachers, he has become a positive role model for other students and Indigenous learners.

When the COVID-19 crisis hit, Steven immediately saw the adverse effects on Calgary’s most vulnerable residents. In addition to volunteering with outreach efforts for several organizations, including his church and the Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary, Steven spearheaded his own initiative.

I make lunches every Friday for Indigenous homeless people,” he says. “I used to sit there with people and have a conversation and see how they’re doing. Now, I drop off a bagged lunch from about 10 feet away and wave, ask how they’re doing and be on my way.

“I’ve been working on myself, but when I do things like this, it’s helping me – and other people.”

The injection of funds from the COVID Response Emergency Financial Needs Bursary allows Steven to alleviate his financial pressures during this time so he can continue to help others.

Everything seems to be a bit more difficult,” he says. “But as long as I can still get out and help others, I’m fine.”

Through donations to the COVID-19 Response Emergency Financial Need bursary fund, students like Steven can focus on their studies and complete their semesters. If you’re interested in donating to another student, contact invest@bowvalleycollege.ca


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