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Meet a Heritage Hero: Brandon Ramdial

Meet Brandon, one of our Heritage Heroes. Last year, Brandon graduated from the Community and Justice Services Program at Centennial College in Toronto, Ontario. At the same time, he also completed a Criminal Psychology and Behaviour Certificate Certificate at Centennial College. He is now enrolled in the Forensic Psychology program at the University Of Ontario Institute Of Technology. In addition to his studies, he is also the Probation and Parole Secretary for a specialized adult Probation and Parole unit for the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

Brandon answered a few of our Heritage Heroes questions…

ON HIS GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS:BrandonRamdial-800x800

The accomplishment that I am most proud of in my career so far was the opportunity to create and present my own scholarship at Centennial College. In March 2015, I received the Ed Blazo Memorial Scholarship – Community and Justice Services which is given to a student who excelled profoundly in their academic work and was actively involved in the College. With many accolades received, I wanted to give back to Centennial for the rewarding experiences I got the opportunity to have. In July 2016, one month after my graduation, I established and funded the Brandon Ramdial Building Leaders Scholarship. The Brandon Ramdial Building Leaders Scholarship is focused on providing financial aid to a student who has demonstrated exceptional student leadership development within the College Community. Presenting this scholarship at the Centennial College Student Awards Night 2017 was very rewarding and reminded me of the impact that students can have on other students.

ON HAVING A HERITAGE RESP:

“Having an RESP helped me better afford my education by funding 100% of my college education. The funding received from the RESP was able to pay for my entire Diploma program at Centennial College along with the entire Certificate program. This alleviated any possible debt that I could have acquired from taking out student loans and allowed for me to have a barrier-free education, financially.”

ON HIS VOLUNTEER WORK:

“For the past three years, I have volunteered for the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Lawyer Feed the Hungry program. This program is funded by lawyers of the Law Society of Upper Canada and provides meals three times a week to disadvantaged individuals. I have also volunteered for my former Centennial program as a Curriculum Consultant and Senior Class Peer Leader Consultant, along with my volunteer roles for Orientation, Grad Week and Convocation at Centennial. During my first year at the University Of Ontario Institute Of Technology, I was a volunteer research assistant for the post-doctoral research project and currently serve on the Search Committee to Recommend UOIT’s new President and Vice-Chancellor.”

Thanks to Brandon for his participation and for being one of our Heritage Heroes. We can’t wait to see where his future endeavours take him!

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