Andy Ewing overcame obstacles that would have caused many to abandon their educational goals.
“In 2008, I hit a roadblock,” said Mr. Ewing. “I was diagnosed with health issues and wasn’t able to return to school. At the time, I only had a grade nine education.
Staff with the Skills Link program at Saint Mary’s University were instrumental in helping Mr. Ewing get back on his feet.
Today, he holds a Nova Scotia High School Graduation Diploma for Adults.
Mr. Ewing joined other adult learners at a literacy celebration event today, Sept. 11, in Halifax, where he was presented with this year’s Council of the Federation Literacy Award.
The annual award recognizes an adult learner who demonstrates outstanding achievements in literacy, and makes a significant contribution to their school, workplace or community.
“As I reflect on my journey, I realize that one of the key attributes of any learner is the will to learn,” said Mr. Ewing.
“Mr. Ewing’s positive attitude and openness to learning have helped him realize just how much he is capable of achieving,” said Joanne Bernard, Minister of Community Services, who presented the award on behalf of Premier Stephen McNeil. “He is well on his way to a successful career here in the province.”
While attending the Adult Learning Program, Mr. Ewing not only discovered a passion for learning, but also for helping others.
He now volunteers once a week assisting instructors at the Dartmouth Learning Network. This allows him to help other students gain an education while overcoming their own personal barriers. It also gives him a sense of pride.
“It’s nice to be able to give a little back to those that have helped me so much over the years,” said Mr. Ewing.