08 Nov 2019

Former refugees awarded scholarships for post-secondary education

To help mark the Association for New Canadians’ 40th anniversary, two outstanding former students received the organization’s annual Fred Coxworthy Award.

“The two recipients this year are both well-known to staff and students at the ANC, having completed their English-language training at our ESL Training Centre,” said Jim Murphy, Director of Language Services. “These young men both worked extraordinarily hard to improve their English, and will undoubtedly go on to great success in their chosen fields.”

After having completed his Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) Level Five with the Association, Hamza Shbat (shown at left reading a thank-you speech with Director of Language Services Jim Murphy in the background) undertook to write the IELTs (International English Language Testing System) language exam, scoring well enough to be accepted into Memorial University. He plans to enroll in a Bachelor of Science program in January.

Adel Alamin Mohamed (in photo at right, with Murphy and ANC Executive Director Megan Morris) completed the Comprehensive Arts and Science (CAS) Transition Program at the College of the North Atlantic. He is now enrolled in First Year Engineering Technology, with a goal of completing CNA’s Biomedical Engineering Technology program.

The award was established in 2013, and is named in memory of Fred Coxworthy, a long-time friend and volunteer of the Association who generously contributed his time, talents, and skills for the betterment of the agency. The Fred Coxworthy Award is given to individuals who came to Canada as refugees and who have applied themselves exceptionally well in the acquisition of English language skills and in their ability to integrate into Canadian culture and society.