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Alumni Profiles

Andrew HoangAndrew Hoang

Before entering the MSW program, Andrew Hoang worked in the areas of anti-racism, violence prevention, support for survivors of sexual assault and LGBTQ university students. After spending four years working in Customs and Immigration, he began to question what life was like for recent immigrants and refugees.

"I’m discovering a more profound sense of the social problems of our times that affect newcomers to Canada," he said. "These are problems that demand recognition, understanding and thoughtful, collective action. My experience at Laurier has nurtured and inspired me. Simultaneously, it has challenged and dislocated me from the comforts of what I thought I knew and who I thought I was. I am so grateful for the transformative learning opportunity I have been afforded here.”

Shawn JohnstonShawn Johnston

“Boozhoo, my name is Shawn Johnston and I am an Anishinaabe from Couchiching First Nation. My journey through the Aboriginal Field of Study has allowed me to gather the necessary knowledge and tools that I now carry in my ‘bundle.’ The program also provided a space that allowed for the development of both my leadership and community organizing skills. Most importantly, I learned that the journey to becoming a wholistic practitioner begins from within.”

Ryan MaharajRyan Maharaj

Ryan Maharaj has spent several years mentoring and teaching youth while researching the roles of culture and tradition on cognition, and he found that Laurier's MSW program encourages growth and challenges preconceptions. Maharaj thoroughly enjoyed his placement at the Crime Prevention Council, which allowed him to explore the levels of fear of crime and social capital in Waterloo Region. He completed his next placement as a community analyst and engagement officer at the City of Kitchener, and after graduation he accepted a role as researcher at the Region of Waterloo.

Jodi RouahJodi Rouah

During her second year in the MSW program, Jodi Rouah completed her international practicum with the Shenzhen (Nanshan) Concord College of Sino-Canada in China. She was able to further develop her clinical skills with the adolescent population while considering the social, economic and political context of the students with which she was working. The international practicum reinforced her understanding of how important it is to challenge one’s own beliefs about how to practice social work.


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