Meet Kee Mae Paw - 2014 Newcomer Bursary Recipient
My name is Kee Mae Paw! I am a graduate from Luther High School. I plan to attend Luther College at the Unversity of Regina, starting in the fall of 2014. I will be taking International Studies and hope to work with different groups of people, either in Canada or Internationally. My family is originally from Burma and we moved to Thailand Refugee Camp to escape civil war and later came to Canada in 2006. I have 6 sisters and 1 brother, although not all of them live with us in the same house.
I have received the Luther High School Newcomer Bursary to attend Luther College and hope to receive further financial support to continue my studies. My parents have worked very hard but have a limited education because they never have the chance to go to school. So because of this they can't get a job that pays them more, and all the money they make goes to support my family.
I have a special needs niece who has always needed medical help. My family spends lots of time with her, especially my mother who babysits her while my oldest sister goes to school. My families tries to help each other out with time and support even if we can't help each other with financial needs.
Since my first year in Luther High School, my life has been a balancing act between school, sports, clubs, church and friends. I have had the opportunities to play in many teams such as track, cross country, badminton and soccer. Along with academics and sports, I participated with many of the school clubs. Getting involved in all these clubs and activities, I have developed my knowledge and leadership skills.
I am also strongly involved in my church community, I am now a youth leader in my Karen community, a Sunday school teacher at the first Karen Bapitist Church in Regina and on the Karen Regina Music team. In addition to my elected responsibilities in my community, I volunteer whenever I am needed. Sometimes this is with individual families, such as to translate. Sometimes it is with cooking, organizaing or being involved in different events. I have been the youth representative for the Karen Baptist Church of Regina at conferences in different cities in Canada. Joining different clubs has provided me with better direction to make better decisions in the future, and have taught me about what kid of the person I want to be.
I want to thank Regina Open Door Society for the bursary they have provided. This will help me achieve my goals and further my education.
Kee Mae Paw