Tanis Flett – Leading by Example at Northern Lakes College

(October, 2018) – Graduating is a major accomplishment and there is great joy in donning your cap and gown and receiving your parchment. It is a day when you look back on the challenges you’ve overcome – the late nights studying, driving through storms to get to class, remembering the people you met along the way, and the fun memories you’ve made.

For Tanis Flett, a graduate of the Social Work Diploma program in June of 2017, it is also proof that her hard work and determination have set her up for a successful future.

Tanis Flett, mother of four, lives in Sucker Creek First Nation with her husband. During her childhood, her family moved around and lived in many communities across northern Alberta. When asked how this affected her as a child, she says, “I don’t think I realized it back then, but it made me very adaptable as a person. I got used to meeting new people, and it broadened my view on life. That influenced who I am today.”

Flett was a stay-at-home mom for eight years and, when her youngest child started kindergarten, she decided it was time to return to school. Flett credits her husband and his support in her success. She chose to study with Northern Lakes College because of its accessibility. The High Prairie Campus, only 20 minutes away, made it easy to travel back and forth.

During her studies at Northern Lakes College, Flett was involved with several committees including the Student Union, the Student Association, Academic Council, and was the Community Education Committee student representative for High Prairie.

Flett comments, “I had incredible instructors. The people in the Student Association and staff at the College were great. I really appreciate their support. It was a really good four years.”

Flett was excited and relieved when she made it to graduation day. Flett recalled when she was attending a convocation ceremony a few years earlier and watched a Social Work student being called up to receive multiple awards. This was an inspiring moment for her and she set a goal for herself to be that person one day. Her hard work paid off; on her graduation day Flett received three awards, including the Governor General’s Collegiate Bronze Medallion for highest academic achievement.

“I hope that my children will see my hard work and effort as an example for themselves to succeed in life. I believe in leading by example. If you work hard, you can achieve anything you want,” she says.

Today, Flett works for the Social Development Department at Sucker Creek First Nation. In her work, Flett continues to aim high and says that her education has given her the skills and tools to handle challenging situations.

Tanis is pictured above with Daniel Vandermeulen, Chair NLC Board of Governors.

Northern Lakes College is a multi-campus college located in northern Alberta and is focused on providing relevant, quality programs through a distributed learning model, serving over 6,000 students annually. To meet regional needs NLC offers a wide range of certificate and diploma programs in Business, Health Sciences and Allied Health, Human Services, Technology, Trades, University Studies and Academic Upgrading.

The College collaborates with Campus Alberta partners to offer degree completion opportunities throughout its service region, including a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Social Work. Northern Lakes College also provides a wide variety of professional accreditation and certificate programs through its Continuing Education and Corporate Training Department.

For information visit northernlakescollege.ca or call 866-652-3456.

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