Each year ICA receives scholarship applications from students who exemplify inclusivity and diversity within their communities, and we would like to acknowledge all applicants for the incredible work that you do! This year we would like to congratulate Becki Steel and Shantelle Moreno as ICA’s 2017 Diversity Scholarship recipients! Learn more about Becki and Shantelle below.
Becki Steel – Undergraduate Recipient
Becki Steel immigrated to Canada as a child and grew up on sunny Saltspring Island. She is a full time Child and Youth Care student at the University of Victoria, who is beginning her fourth year and final year of studies. Becki is passionate about working with community to create a sense of inclusion and belonging in her personal and professional life, through volunteering with ICA, working with children and youth with cancer and working in recreation to ensure inclusive, fun, experiences for all.
Becki was first introduced to the Inter-Cultural Association through a practicum in the fall of 2016. Becki worked with Settlement Youth Workers to plan and facilitate many of ICA’s youth programs, primarily the Homework Club and the Meet Up. After completing her practicum, Becki continued to volunteer in these youth programs and will begin volunteering as a TA for LINC Classes this fall. Becki is excited to complete her degree and begin devoting more time to working in her community to strengthen its bonds and facilitate inclusion.
Shantelle Moreno – Graduate Recipient
Shantelle offers her deepest thanks to the ICA board for selecting her as the recipient of the 2017 Diversity Scholarship. As a settler on traditional Lkwungen, W̱SÁNEĆ, and Esquimalt territories, she is humbled and honoured by this amazing opportunity. She looks forward to applying this scholarship in service to the Indigenous and racialized communities that she is privileged to be connected with.
Shantelle Moreno is an MA candidate in the School of Child & Youth Care at UVic. She has over 10 years of experience working with diverse children, youth, and families across Greater Victoria. Her volunteer and employment experience includes: youth facilitator and board member for Antidote: Multiracial and Indigenous Girls and Women’s Network, coordinator of UVSS Students of Colour Collective, Supported Child Development Worker for children with extra support needs, Women’s Counsellor at a local transition house and for the past 5 years, working as a Youth and Family Counsellor at Macaulay Elementary School. These experiences have shaped Shantelle’s understanding of the ways that systemic injustice and marginalization work to disenfranchise racialized and Indigenous communities, while fueling her passion for and belief in the power of community connectedness, collectivity, and grassroots movements as the heart of social change.