Congress of Black Women helping students achieve dreams
By Melissa Tait, The Record
Her parents had just split up, and she was faced with the daunting task of financing her own education.
Mapp remembers her mother telling her “it doesn’t matter what we have to do, you’re going to go.”
Now she is one month into her first year of political science at the University of Western Ontario, with two scholarships to help finance her future.
Mapp was one of nine students awarded scholarships on Sunday at the ninth annual Awards of Excellence organized by the Waterloo Region Chapter of the Congress of Black Women of Canada.
On campus Mapp is part of the Caribbean Students Association, the Black Students Association and the Political Science Students Association.
She plans to go to law school with a long-term goal of becoming a judge.
Tony Young, known to many as Master T from Much Music fame, was the guest speaker at the ceremony and expressed to the recipients the importance of family foundations and community, and finding your passion.
“It’s beautiful that a lot of these young kids have that passion and that’s something that is vital and is truly, truly important,” he said.
Young also said it’s important that young people like the nine recipients are selected for attention for their outstanding accomplishments.
“Sometimes you don’t think what you are doing is noticed, so it’s nice when people do notice,” recipient Chelsea Salfarlie said.
In total there were nine recipients of scholarships from the Congress of Black Women of Canada, the Cambridge West Indian Association and the Caribbean-Canadian Association of Waterloo Region.
Two of the award recipients, both away at school, were unable to make the ceremony, but were represented by family members to accept their awards.
Tracy Allan, a graduate of Monsignor Doyle R.C. Secondary School in Cambridge, is studying 3D design at the Ontario College of Arts and Design.
Ariel Berkeley, a graduate of Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute in Kitchener, is studying at the Royal Military College of Canada.
Christopher Lamm, a graduate of Resurrection Secondary School in Kitchener, is studying psychology at Queen’s University.
Kemahee Lee, who also received an award in 2009, is in her second year of an honours bachelor of arts degree at University of Waterloo.
Khadija Lee, is in her fourth year studying communications at Brock University.
Tonya Malcolm, a graduate of Bluevale Collegiate Institute in Kitchener, is studying genetics and biochemistry at the University of Western Ontario.
Airianna Mapp, a graduate of Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute in Kitchener, is studying political science at the University of Western Ontario.
Chelsea Salfarlie, a graduate of École secondaire Père-René-de-Galinée in Cambridge, is studying business administration at Wilfrid Laurier University.
Thalia Stafford, a graduate of Monsignor Doyle R.C. Secondary School in Cambridge, is studying anthropology at the University of Toronto.