Each year the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation engages First Nation students in post-secondary education to participate in a work placement co-op. Our second co-op student in our Thunder Bay Service Centre is Valerie Bergman, she is currently enrolled at Confederation College in Civil Engineering. Bergman is expected to graduate in April of 2017.
Here is what Bergman had to say on giving back to her community “Along with my children, we do our best by giving back to nature through respect and care of our environment.”
On the most important issue facing First Nations people now, “I believe that housing is something that needs to be addressed on many First Nation communities. Many homes in these communities are in need of serious repair and/or not enough housing for people to live. ”
Why Bergman chose to co-op at the OFNTSC, “I was sent to the OFNTSC through the Civil Engineering – Work Placement program offered at Confederation College. I believe this opportunity will assist in broadening my views on what affects First Nations within our region.”
And what does Bergman hope to accomplish after her graduation? “With the experience and education gained, I would like to find a way to provide more sustainable homes, most importantly to individuals in need of housing or with lower incomes. ”
The OFNTSC would like to congratulate Valerie on her continued commitment to obtaining her post-secondary education.