On to a new chapter

Author: Eric Sanchez

The QE scholarship and the journey it took me on was more than a journey.  It was a life-altering experience.I graduated on June 4th with a Masters in Community Planning from the Vancouver Island University.

I was born to a future of little possibility and no money, yet here I am a professional Planner. The passage of this scholarship took me to several Canadian cities and most excitingly, the opportunity to have met the Governor General and Prime Minister of Canada.

Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, British Columbia has been my home for the last two years. Nanaimo, like VIU, is quite a charming and adventurous place to live, learn and play. The VIU Masters of Community Planning (MCP) program has an award-deserving teaching method which continues to inspire my adventure forward in life.

Now that it has all come to its natural end and it is time for me to say goodbye to Nanaimo, VIU, Canada and most importantly MCP, it will not be without tears. Canada has been good to me and I will forever be an active advocate for Canada and its people. Thank you VIU and QES for a life-changing journey and warm memories. Now I must turn the page to a new chapter – but you will forever be one of my favorite chapters.

- Eric Sanchez, VIU Masters of Community Planning Graduate & QE Scholar

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