Congratulations to our 2019 Phyllis Pitre Bursary Winners
About the bursary
The Phyllis Pitre Bursary recognizes adults who are working toward skills development for a current or future job, and plan to enter a post-secondary program or accredited training program to earn a certificate, diploma or degree.
The bursary is in honour of Phyllis Pitre, former Chair of the Career Development Association of PEI Inc.
Phyllis valued lifelong learning and made a tremendous impact on people in her personal life and those she worked with to encourage and support them as they made life decisions, including career planning.
She passed away in November 2011 at the age of 48 after a courageous battle with cancer.
After completing her BA in Psychology, Masters in Education and Bachelor of Education, Janet Payne has found herself back at UPEI working towards her PhD in Education, with a focus on counselling,
Her message to women comes from her friend Dave, a bricklayer.
"You can do almost anything if you tackle one brick at a time. Make the decision that school will happen for you, take that first step, and keep showing up for class, even if you’ve been up all night with a baby. One day your last brick will be in place and you’ll have created something beautiful."
Wei Chen worked as a Hydraulic Engineer for five years, and as a HR manager for 12 years in Beijing, China, before moving to Canada two years ago.
After volunteering as an art teacher at Stratford Elementary, she started classes at the Fundamental Arts program at Holland College.
She is working towards starting a business to sell her artwork and is grateful for winning the 2019 Phyllis Pitre Bursary, which she says well help her in her pursuit of her goal to be an artist.
"I hope to improve my creative abilities. Learning and curiosity are the basis of my confidence. I believe in following your dreams. If it doesn't exist, start it. If it has started, build it. If it's built, enhance it."
Hannah Coles graduated from the Culinary Institute of Canada in 2005 and worked in the restaurant industry in Toronto for about 10 years before moving to Charlottetown, where she began a career as a Resident Care Worker at the Garden Home.
Feeling inspired to advocate for people in the healthcare system, she began thinking of a nursing career. She upgraded her high school marks at the Adult Education program at Holland College and was accepted into the Bachelor of Nursing program at UPEI.
She would like to work in mental health and addictions, and cares especially for those who do not have a voice.
"The Phyllis Pitre bursary is a great help, and I am grateful. I want something better for myself, and I am ready for the opportunity to start a new career."
Read more about our Bursary winners in the November 2019 Issue of The Employment Journey.
CDA of PEI would like to thank everyone who took the time to apply for the 2019 Phyllis Pitre Bursary. For more information about the Phyllis Pitre Bursary, email firstname.lastname@example.org.