This year, TIES is pleased to sponsor two $1,000 scholarships to financially assist two university students pursuing education or training in a field which will empower them to support newcomers to Canada. The 2021 TIES Founder’s Scholarships are proudly awarded to Hanson Feng and Thomas Tri. Each applicant was asked to write an essay describing a specific barrier that immigrants face.
Hanson Feng is a first generation Canadian who has been working as a Development and Event Coordinator with the Centre for Newcomers within Vulnerable Populations and LGBTQ2+ Services. This fall, Hanson will be attending the University of Western Ontario and Ivey School of Business to start a B.A. in Political Science and Globalization Studies and an Honours in Business Administration. Hanson wrote his essay on the lack of support services available to the LGBTQ2+ immigrant youth community in Calgary. He proposed more social services which include transitional housing for racialized youth who are not welcome at home due to their sexual or gender identity; mental health supports to show youth that they are valued, important and perfect just the way they are; and lastly, training within the settlement sector to implement inclusive language.
While speaking at TIES 33rd AGM, Hanson had this to say:
“Thank you and extension of gratitude to The Immigrant Education Society (TIES) for the generosity in supporting my education through the Founder’s Scholarship of 2021. This support reflects upon a daily reminder of the sector that drove my career forward at such a young age as well as my passion towards public policy, change, innovation and challenging the status quo as we lay the foundation for the tomorrow of Canada!”
Thomas Tri is currently enrolled at Mount Royal University studying social work. As a first-generation immigrant he has grown up witnessing the adversities and challenges that his parents had to endure. His essay focused on the barrier for immigrants in finding employment due to the lack of recognition of foreign credentials, language barriers, difficulty networking and the prevalence of racism and discrimination. Thomas proposed a mentorship program that pairs new immigrants with other immigrants who have similar work backgrounds.
Thomas has been volunteering at a wide array of organizations such as the Peter Lougheed Centre, TIES, Centre for Newcomers (CFN), and the People Learn Foundation, which is a youth-led non-profit that offers free tutoring for low-income and immigrant children.
“Thank you for the committee’s generosity and support. Your investment in students like myself would not only be critical in supporting my academic and career journey, but my true dream of seeing a better Canada for everyone!” – Thomas Tri at TIES 33rd AGM.
We want to thank both Hanson and Thomas for their time and effort in applying for the 2021 TIES Founder’s Scholarship. We know that both recipients will utilize this scholarship to further advocate and support newcomers and the immigrant community. All the best in your future endeavours, from your friends at TIES!