July 17, 2018
In celebration of UN’s Nelson Mandela International Day
Booth UC former refugee and graduate is a voice for those who have no voice
WINNIPEG –“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela
Faven Mergia lives and breathes these words of Nelson Mandela. She was once a stranger to Canada and Booth UC. Now as a Canadian citizen and Booth UC graduate, she is paying it forward.
She is a two-time award winner having been presented with both The Strive for Excellence and the Emerging Leader of the Year awards.
“Ever since I was little, I’ve wanted to get into a career where I could help and support people,” she explains. “Our family received a lot of help in the refugee camps from social workers and community workers, so I knew that that was something I really wanted to do, my way of paying it forward.”
Booth UC’s social work program has a long-standing reputation and has had very successful graduates like Faven who have adopted and implemented Booth UC’s motto of “Education for a Better World” into their working and everyday lives.
Faven is highly regarded by Winnipeg’s Ethiopian community and a true example of an individual who is able to overcome hardship and reach her dreams,” says Professor Bonnie Bryant of Booth UC’s social work program. “She lives out the school’s vision — ‘Education for a Better World’— in her work with newcomer youth on a daily basis and as a strong advocate for social justice. She is the voice for those who have no voice.”
About Booth University College:
William and Catherine Booth University College, a Christian university college rooted in The Salvation Army’s Wesleyan theological tradition, brings together Christian faith, rigorous scholarship and a passion for service. The University College educates students to understand the complexities of our world, to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to be active contributors to society and to know how Christian faith compels them to bring hope, social justice and mercy into our world.
For more information, please contact: Chris Albi | Communications Specialist| Booth University College | 204- 918-8530 (cell) | Chris_Albi@BoothUC.ca