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2014 Champion Laura Johnson

Returning to school, woman finds courage to succeed

Page 20 - Laura JohnsonFour years ago, Laura Johnson was a stay-at-home mom and the primary caregiver to some of her grandchildren while family members worked through their personal issues.

The experience helped the 48-year-old recognize that she wanted to help others do the same. That realization set her on a path to becoming a child and youth worker.

Laura considered going to Mohawk College, but discovered she needed higher English marks in order to meet the program's requirements. She was referred to the college's academic upgrading services, but her confidence was shaken.

"I was devastated because I couldn't get into the program. I had been out of school for years, so it was difficult for me to hear that."

Initially "very scared" to return to school, Laura has drawn on the support of the faculty at Mohawk. She is now in her third year of the Child and Youth Worker program, on her way to graduating with honours this spring.

Story by Jaymie Nelson

Photo by Keepsake Photography