Wednesday, September 8, 2010

40 after 40: Fay Wong

Personal growth in the face of adversity has been a common thread throughout Fay Wong’s life. Wong lost both parents when she was young and was widowed with two small children when she was in her 30’s. At the age of 45, Wong opted for a career change and returned to school to earn Community Social Service Worker (CSSW) diploma at Douglas College.

“The impact of CSSW was profound,” says Fay. “My world view broadened with a greater understanding of the issues surrounding various human conditions. Even my perspective of self changed as my self-awareness increased; old belief systems were challenged and dispelled, and I realized my true potential.”

In 2007, Fay graduated with honours, earning a Gold Cord for being in the top 10 percent of her class. Since graduating, she has worked as a Career Information Specialist and a Career Consultant in an employment resource centre. Today, Fay is transitioning towards self-employment as a wellness consultant and seeking work with different populations to further her skills. As well, she will be mentoring new CSSW students this fall.

“Giving back to the college is extremely important to me as without this education, I would not be where I am today.”

40 after 40 is a series showcasing our amazing grads and employees in celebration of our 40th anniversary. Check back every Wednesday and Friday for another inspiring story. See more about our 40th on our Anniversary page.