Joan Craig Bursary Story: Mary Jane (MJ) Gonzalvo

September 7, 2023
Mary Jane stands next to Joan Craig in the Dining Hall at Parkland at the Gardens.

A Transformational Journey

In 2023, Mary Jane embarked on a new chapter of her life, arriving in Halifax from the Middle East. Despite having unique talents and a vibrant personality, she found herself feeling timid and hesitant to showcase them to the world. 

Her journey towards self-discovery and professional growth started in her role as concierge at Parkland at the Gardens (PATG).

Mary Jane feels her job at PATG has made her more socially aware and a socially responsible individual. 

“Working in Parkland gave me a wider perspective in life, new inspirations, and goals,” said Mary Jane. “It’s been a very rewarding experience. The people skills that I am acquiring are turning out to be vital in adjusting to my new life.” 

Mary Jane is thrilled to have been selected for the Joan Craig Bursary.  

“Joan Craig Bursary is like an answered prayer. It’s a big help for an international student like me. I will forever be thankful that I am one of the chosen beneficiaries. I realized that there will always be people who will touch our lives in ways that we could never imagine, like Joan Craig.” 

Mary Jane is pursuing a Master of Engineering (MEng) in Internetworking at Dalhousie University. The bursary supports the cost of this degree.   

“I think the PATG community for helping me become who I am today. And to the people who have been a part of my journey, especially Jodi Bartlett and Joan Craig. My sincerest gratitude to you both!”

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