Meet Tha Lay Too Paw: 2013 Newcomer Bursary Recipient
I'm from a Thailand refugee camp. When I lived in the camp I didn't get much education so that was hard for me. In 2007, I got a chance to come to Canada. I arrived in Regina on October 8th, 2007. We were so happy to come here and have a better life. I have been in Canada five years. I have five sisters and one brother. My younger sisters and I go to school at Balfour Collegiate. In my family my parents work and they have to pay for everything each month. I had a part-time job. I just worked three and half hours. I help my parents to give them some money to pay for the food each month. I also help my parents by taking them to work and after school I go pick them up. I do not have enough money because every month I have to pay for gas so I do not save much money.
In my community, I enjoy volunteering for the Queen City Marathon every year. I help out at the First Baptist Church here in Regina. After the service, I help with food prep and clean up. I also help at the school for certain events. I feel very good when I get to help other people.
I am so excited to graduate this year. After that, I plan to go to SIAST to become a Continuing Care Assistant, which is a one year program. I would like to take this program because I love to take care of elderly people. It reminds me of when I lived in the Thailand refugee camp; I helped my grandparents a lot. I am currently not working so that when I go to SIAST, I will have more time to study hard. This bursary will be a huge help to me.
I look forward to finishing my studies and working in Regina.
Tha Lay Too Paw