CS2AC Episode 7: An Accountant and Future CPA Talks About His Journey from Trinidad to the University of New Brunswick on a Swimming Scholarship

CS2AC Episode 7: An Accountant and Future CPA Talks About His Journey from Trinidad to the University of New Brunswick on a Swimming Scholarship

On this session of  the Caribbean Students to Atlantic Canada Podcast we talk with Stefan Mader, a graduate from the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton.

Stefan is from Trinidad and Tobago. He left Trinidad to attend UNB on a swim scholarship. He obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting and is now a Tax Specialist on track to becoming a CPA (Chartered Public Accountant).

 Stefan talks about how he secured his athletic scholarship, he goes into great detail about his responsibilities as a Tax Specialist and he breaks down the CPA exam .

In this Episode, Stefan talks about:

  • How he landed at the University of New Brunswick
  • The early days of his swim career (3:18)
  • How he ended up swimming for UNB (4:00)
  • How he personally secured his swim scholarship (5:00)
  • How swimming opened so many doors for him (8:00)
  • What it was like being on the UNB swim team (10:30)
  • His practice schedule as a student athlete (11:43)
  • Why he highly recommends accounting students take advantage of co-op opportunities especially if you are an international student (15:15)
  • His career and general duties as a Tax Specialist (17:00)
  • What it was like learning about the Canadian Tax System as a Trinidadian (20:09)
  • His journey to becoming a CPA (Chartered Professional Accountant) (22:29)
  • How graduating with honors puts one at an advantage when starting the CPA program (24:15)
  • What the CPA program is comprised of [Core 1, Core 2 and 2 electives] (25:30)
  • The advantages of working in a Public Accounting Firm when pursuing your CPA (29:00)
  • The advantages of obtaining your CPA designation as an Accountant (30:19)

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CS2AC Episode 6: An Interview with President of Dalhousie University’s Caribbean Connection About How She Manages Being A Chemistry Major on Scholarship with A Part-time Job

CS2AC Episode 6: An Interview with President of Dalhousie University’s Caribbean Connection About How She Manages Being A Chemistry Major on Scholarship with A Part-time Job

On this session of  the Caribbean Students to Atlantic Canada Podcast we talk with Beautisca King, a third year Chemistry major at Dalhousie University. 

She was born and raised in the Bahamas, where she attended C.R. Walker High School and then the College of the Bahamas (now University of the Bahamas). She is a recipient of the All Bahamas Merit Award from the Bahamas’ Ministry of Education.

 On top of a demanding degree, this future doctor is currently President of  Dal’s Caribbean Connection, a dancer, a dance instructor and works part-time at the university clinic. 

In this session you will learn:

  • How she chose Chemistry as her major and what courses she is taking now (2:19)
  • Why she took the SAT even though she didn’t need it for admission to Dalhousie (4:35)
  • How she feels the SAT helped her secure the All Bahamas Merit Scholarship (4:35)
  • How she learned that she needed to be 19 to set up a cellphone in Canada (6:30)
  • How she was still able to get a phone despite the age barrier 
  • How easy it was for her to set up a bank account (8:00)
  • How having a Canadian debit account and online banking helps her manage her day-to-day (paying rent, bills, receiving payment from work, etc) (8:58)
  • Why she chose to move off campus after her first year (9:57)
  • Why she said , “Kijiji for everything” (11:55)
  • How to get in touch with Dalhousie’s Caribbean Connection (13:08) 
  • Why she loves University of King’s College Dance Collective and how you can join(14:25)
  • How she found her part-time job at the university clinic (15:57)
  • What her current strategies are for balancing everything and tips for future students (18:08)
  •  Tips for surviving your first snow experience (20:20)

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Dalhousie University : Reverend Trevor Phillips Memorial Scholarship for Caribbean Students

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Amount:  Undisclosed 

Samara Burton received this scholarship. Listen to what she had to say.

Dalhousie University 

Halifax, Nova Scotia,  Canada

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Who's Eligible

Student accepted to Dalhousie University

Awarded to students beginning their studies in any program directly from high school who are either Nova Scotia residents of Caribbean descent, or applying from the Caribbean.

General Entrance Award Application 

Deadline: March 15

About this Award:

Revd. Trevor A. Phillips was born in Jamaica on March 5, 1941. He received his early education at Kingston College and Union Theological Seminary in Kingston. He was an Ordained Minister at Mount Zion United Church in Jamaica before migrating to Canada. From 1969-72 he continued his pastoral work in Prince Edward Island. Revd. Phillips moved to Nova Scotia and worked at St. Paul’s United Church in Halifax from 1973-1981, and then Sambro-Parkhill-Jollymore Pastoral Charge from 1981 until his passing in 2008. He obtained degrees at the University of Prince Edward Island (BSc), St. Mary’s University (MEd) and Dalhousie University (BEd 1975 & MA Education 1980) Science, Education, Educational Psychology, Counselling, Educational Administration and Supervision. During his career he was a teacher and guidance counsellor at several schools within the Halifax Regional School Board and a member of their Crisis Intervention Team. He was also a presenter at several national and provincial conferences delivering workshops on multi-culturalism, human rights, curriculum reform and discipline strategies. Revd. Phillips was a man of excellence with great passion for life. He was an avid sportsman who enjoyed badminton (at Dalplex with the “Silver Tigers” Table Tennis), cricket and jogging. His compassion and dedication to Christian Ministry, counselling within the community and caring for people in need was extensive and extraordinary. His amazing laughter and sense of humour brought joy to many lives. He was a legend in his time. On Eagles’ Wings is an autobiographical account of his life and faith. The Revd. Trevor Phillips Memorial Scholarship was established as a “living” memorial so that his name and his excellence will be remembered in a significant way.

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CS2AC Episode 5: A Dominican Student’s Journey from Canadian Boarding School to Studying Applied Computer Science at Dalhousie University

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CS2AC Episode 5: A Dominican Student’s Journey from Canadian Boarding School to Studying Applied Computer Science at Dalhousie University

On this session of the Caribbean Students to Atlantic Canada Podcast we talk with Samara Burton, a second year Applied Computer Science major at  Dalhousie University  in Nova Scotia. Born in Dominica, Samara attended Rothesay Netherwood School in New Brunswick before attending Dalhousie.  She tells us about her first coding experience, her current scholarship and so much more. Listen to the entire interview above.

In this session you will learn :

    • About the current state of Dominica after being hit by Hurricane Maria
    • Why Samara chose Dalhousie  after Rothesay Boarding School in New Brunswick
    • The difference between Computer Science and Applied Computer Science
    • About the courses that help make up a degree in Applied Computer Science
    • How Samara got her start in coding while in Dominica
    • What filling out her immigration paperwork was like
    • Why she recommends Caribbean students attend  international student orientation
    • Why students should utilize Dalhousie  webinars before you arrive
    • Why she moved off campus after first year and resources she used
    • About The Dalhousie scholarship she is on that is specifically for Caribbean students
    • Samara’s advice when it comes to applying for scholarships as a Caribbean student
    • Her upcoming co-op work term and Dalhousie’s co-op application process
    • What Samara’s first snow experience was like
    • Her tips for Caribbean students experiencing the snow

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The Butterfield Group:Post-Graduate Scholarship Programme – $25,000 USD

The Butterfield Group is offering a Postgraduate Environmental Studies Scholarship to a deserving student from Bermuda, the Cayman Islands or The Bahamas .

The Butterfield group is a community bank and provider of financial services. Find out more about the Butterfield Group  here

DEADLINE : MARCH 30, 2018

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Andy, who is from Nassau, studied at the University of New Brunswick, received a scholarship and got work experience as he studied. Find out more about how he did it.

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CS2AC Episode 3: Second-Year Software Engineering Student Describes Her Journey from the Corridors of Immaculate Conception High School in Jamaica to the Halls of the University of New Brunswick

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CS2AC Episode 3: Second-Year Software Engineering Student Describes Her Journey from the Corridors of Immaculate Conception High School in Jamaica to the Halls of the University of New Brunswick

On this session of  the Caribbean Students to Atlantic Canada Podcast we talk with Raven-Lee Mills, a second-year Software Engineering student at the University of New BrunswickThis is a great interview because Raven does a great job of breaking down the details of her paperwork, engineering program and co-op. 

In this session you will learn:

  • How Raven learned about UNB and why she chose engineering as a career
  • What she needed to get accepted into UNB from high school in Jamaica
  • The documents she needed to submit in order to receive her study permit
  • The things she needed to do in order to work while she studied
  • What is a Social Insurance Number (SIN) and why an international student needs one
  • How she set up her bank account
  • How to obtain Proof of Address if you are an international student interested in renting
  • What on-campus jobs Raven had
  • How UNB helps students get set up to work outside of the classroom
  • Her first co-op work position and the value it provides her as an international students(A co-op work experience combines what was learned in the classroom with job experience prior to completing one’s degree. )
  • Her tips for combating the snow

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About the City

About Fredericton:  As a Caribbean student in Fredericton, you will not be disappointed while taking a break from the books!  Located along the Saint John river, there are lots of walking/ bike trails and museums. The small town atmosphere makes all feel welcomed. It is not uncommon for students to switch up the scene and hold meetings or study sessions in one of the many coffee shops around town. 

Resources

UNB Software Engineering Program

UNB Engineering Co-op Education Program

Applying for a Social Insurance Number

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Stores around Fredericton that may be useful: Walmart, Best Buy, Sobeys, Superstore

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St. Thomas University : President’s International Scholarship

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Value: Varies up to a Maximum of Full Tuition and Differential Fees and Renewable for 3 additional years.

St. Thomas University (STU)

Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

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Student accepted to St. Thomas University  

Awarded annually to top-ranking international students entering first year.

Academic excellence is the sole selection criterion.

To be eligible for the renewable portion of the award, students must achieve a minimum annual average of 3.5 on a minimum of 30 credit hours.

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UPEI Scholarship: International Entrance Award

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Up $2,000 CAD

University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) 

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada

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Who's Eligible

Student accepted to University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) 

A student who graduated in the top 10% of their graduating class

A student entering first year of study in Canada

About this Award:

International Entrance Award

Maximum Amount: Up to $2000

A non-renewable entrance award up to the value of $2000. for a student who graduated in the top 10% of their graduating class and entering first year of study in Canada.

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5 Places to Source Caribbean Foods in Atlantic Canada

Leaving home to advance your education is an exciting experience. You’re in a new place, making new friends and learning new things. 

But, whether you’re on a meal plan or not, there will come a point where you want a taste of your dad’s macaroni pie or grammy’s chicken souse. If your supply of home grown snacks has  depleted, you may have to venture out into the snow to restock. 

Where do you go? Where do you start? Don’t worry, we have made a list of all the places in Atlantic Canada  that we frequent when it’s time to cook or buy some good Caribbean food. 

1. Mom and Pop Grocery Stores

These single-location stores are not very big, but can carry niche items that can be purchased in a small quantities. This is perfect for the college budget. Places like Victory Meat Mart in Fredericton, New Brunswick come to mind . The store  has been known to carry scotch bonnet peppers, Halal foods, salt fish and oxtail (on occasion).  

2. Supermarket Chains

When schooling in Atlantic Canada, you will most likely become familiar with two chains: Atlantic Superstore and Sobeys. Sprinkled throughout  New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, their international food isles are known to stock  Matouk’s and Grace Products. If you are known to ‘chef-it-up’, this can be a great place to source plantains, yams and canned ackee.

Doubles , flickr

3. Bulkbarn

Need a king’s ransom in yellow cornmeal because you’re in charge of making the pastelles for the Caribbean association this year ? Well bulk barn may be your place.  Bulk Barn is great because it allows you to purchase as much or as little of an item as you need.

Note: We have yet to find a source for fig leaves ! 

4. Farmers Market or Cultural Market

If you have ever been to a farmers market , you know that there are always tasty international treats to sample.  If you cross your fingers, you may find a fellow islander selling some authentic Jamaican or Trinidadian food. 

Jerk Chicken, flickr

5. Restaurants

Well if you’re not set up for cooking or perusing the farmers market, Atlantic Canada has its share of Caribbean restaurants that will hopefully quench your craving. From ‘A Taste of Jamaica’ located in Newfoundland to ‘Caribbean Bliss’ in Nova Scotia, a restaurant outing with friends is a great treat after you  finish an exam.

Jamaican Breakfast, flickr

We hope this helps. Happy eating !

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International Student Scholarship in Education: University of PEI – Joyce M. Hooper (Andrew) Scholarship

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Up $3,000 CAD

Deadline: April 15

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University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) 

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada 

Awarded to two students entering the Bachelor of Education program at UPEI.

Preference will be given to applicants who:

  • Demonstrate academic achievement
  • Are international students
  • Are members of minority groups or who plan to teach in an area facing a teaching shortage
  • Community involvement will be a consideration.

About this Award:

These annual scholarships are established at the University of Prince Edward Island in honour and memory of Joyce M. (Hooper) Andrew, by her son Bill Andrew and his wife, Denise. Joyce Andrew and her husband Erwin resided in Milton, PEI. They had three sons: Bill, Brian, and Rollin. Her hobbies included knitting, quilting, cooking, reading, playing bridge, skating, and snowshoeing. Mrs. Andrew was a teacher. She was the chairwoman of the Provincial Exhibition Committee for the Prince Edward Island Women’s Institute. In 1948, as the wife of an R.C.A.F. serviceman, the family moved from the Island to Europe. Several family moves occurred throughout Mr. Andrew’s career. Following her husband’s retirement in 1967, the Andrew family returned to Prince Edward Island where they took up residence in South Milton. Apart from her Women’s Institute involvement, Joyce was active in church work. She was the Vice President and Secretary of Education of the Milton ACW and member of the PEI Board of Anglican Church women. For many years she was a Sunday School Teacher. To quote Mrs. Andrew “Being involved in volunteer work one becomes more aware of the needs and concern of not only one’s community, but the universal community. Action should follow awareness.”

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