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In celebration of 100 years, we're sharing stories about the people who have shaped SAIT throughout our first century.
 What’s your #SAITstory? If you have a special memory or connection to SAIT, we want to hear about it. Tell us your story.
18 Oct
Always dream big

Always dream big

"I moved to Canada by myself eight years ago as a foreign worker. It was kind of a scary thing ― I had just turned 20 and didn’t really know what I was doing. It was mostly to help my family out financially. They are doing better now, so that’s good. 

I am from the Philippines. When I moved here I saw there was so many opportunities. A lot of people take it for granted, but Canada is an awesome place to live. And for me, I mean, my family is still back home, but I didn’t want to go back there ― it’s so different. It’s so much harder to find a job. Even if I had a university degree, there was no security. It’s a lot more difficult to get a job than here. Back home, there’s no EI, there’s no healthcare. If you don’t have a job, you don’t have anything. So if you get sick, you don’t have a doctor. 

It took me forever to get my permanent residency. And then in 2013, I got it. And I knew the first thing I wanted to do was go back to school. So I was looking into all of the post-secondary schools and then I found SAIT, and I thought, ‘This is interesting and it’s not your typical post-secondary.’ 

After I got into the Business Administration Diploma program, it kind of all connected for me. While I was working at the SAITSA Student Support Centre, I met people from Enactus SAIT … Now I am the President of Enactus SAIT and we’ve raised about $28,000 to run our projects.

From being a scared, foreign worker, I didn’t think I’d have the courage to do all the things I would do. I didn’t think I could help open SAITSA’s Student Support Centre or stand in front of 100 people and be a leader of a club. I didn’t know I could stand in front of a graduating class as the valedictorian and try to inspire them. It’s just surprising how little I thought of myself and how my journey helped me find how great I could be if I just stepped out of my comfort zone and tried new things.” 

Dianne Templeton, Current student, BBA | BA ’16 | Spring 2016 SAIT Valedictorian| President, Enactus SAIT | Supervisor, SAITSA Student Support Centre

Editor’s note: As SAIT enters its centennial year, SAIT’s School of Business is also celebrating 50 years of success. 


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