Justin Fernandez (Cert.) Inclusive Post-Secondary Education'21 immigrated with his family from the Philippines to Canada in 2010. Despite the bullying he was the target of in high school, Fernandez focused on his studies and his goal of becoming a contributing member of the community.
In June 2021, after four years of study, Fernandez earned a Certificate in Inclusive Post-Secondary Education. The certificate is part of the U of R’s Campus for All program.
Fernandez was hired by the University’s Financial Services as an administrative assistant. His duties include sorting mail, scanning documents for online filing, and other administrative tasks.
He says that earning money will enable him to help his parents make ends meet and allows him to send money to family members back in the Philippines.
According to his parents, they have seen Fernandez’ confidence grow since he began his job and that it has brought meaning to his life and allowed him to build new skills and relationships.