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CCO Awards 2018: Outstanding Graduate in Health Services


Cristina Barcellano
Medix College
 
Cristina demonstrated a love of learning and level of commitment necessary to succeed in college and beyond. She sees life as a blessing. It’s an outlook she’s maintained with great determination and optimism, despite having a debilitating disease. When Cristina began her program, she was receiving daily dialysis, which she never allowed to interfere with her attendance. Her courage, faith and positive attitude in dealing with this chronic disease was an inspiring influence on her classmates and staff. Despite having this illness, Cristina was determined to accomplish the goals she had set out for herself. She had worked hard to receive funding through Second Career and was not going to let her failing kidney stop her. 
 
In the midst of her academic year, Cristina received the life-saving call that a donor was found, and in true Cristina fashion, she was more concerned about how the surgery was going to affect her completing her program. She was convinced she would still be able to complete her program on time, despite the 6-12 month recovery time. 
 
To the amazement of her physicians, Medix College and her classmates, Cristina returned to class after less than two months. She made arrangements with her Second Career counsellor and the college to attend classes both in the morning and evening. She successfully completed all course requirements and finished the program as previously scheduled with no delays and with Honours.
 
Cristina is employed full-time with Drs. Manal and Ashraf William Ebeid medical office. 
 
She is an active member of her church and community. She is always ready to lend a helping hand when called upon and does so with a beautiful smile. If a student or member of the community needed help, she would not hesitate. Despite her own personal health issues, she would never say no to a friend, classmate, colleague or member of her community. As new students entered the class, she was the first to welcome them and extend her phone number for any assistance they may need when studying.

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