The first 10 years of Breanna’s life were difficult. The kind that made her think she wasn’t good enough or smart enough for university. Today, she is graduating from North Nova Education Centre with an offer from the program of her choice at Acadia. At her graduation, Breanna received the Pat Lord Award, a scholarship from the Aberdeen Health Foundation’s CAS Endowment.
Breanna is heading to university with a clear vision of what she wants to study and how she’s going to use her degree. Thanks to a job shadowing opportunity with MP Sean Fraser last year, she has become fascinated with the inner workings of government. This passion has been fuelled by other opportunities that followed, including an offer to sit on the Youth Council for Central Nova, where she gets to discuss ideas for helping her community. Breanna will be studying political science with a goal of public service.
And while these experiences have been transformative, Breanna’s path to university began with her adoption.
“Receiving this scholarship means a lot. Growing up I was told I would never go to university; that I wouldn’t do good in life. If it wasn’t for my mom, I would not be the person I am today and I certainly would not have gotten my life on track. I never pictured myself going to university until my family helped me see that I can do anything I put my mind to.”
The Aberdeen Health Foundation is pleased to present this year’s Pat Lord Award to Breanna Mahoney. Breanna, we wish you every success in following your dreams!
The Pat Lord Award is an annual scholarship awarded to Pictou County adoptees that are pursuing post-secondary education.