A Bridgewater Adult High School graduate has been recognized for her achievements in learning and literacy.
Jocelyne Boutilier is the recipient of the Nova Scotia Council of the Federation Literacy Award, which was presented to her at Province House in Halifax on September 8.
According to a press release from the province, Boutilier had to overcome many obstacles and didn't believe she would ever receive a diploma or attend university.
"I struggled to balance my role as ad hoc parent to my five siblings as well as coping with two pregnancies of my own," said Boutilier in a press release. "I eventually had to leave high school and always intended to go back, but there came a point when I wasn't sure I had the confidence to return."
Boutilier is now a high school graduate and has received an entrance scholarship for Dalhousie University's nursing program.
"Ms. Boutilier is an excellent example of what you can accomplish when you believe in yourself," said Labi Kousoulis, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education in a release. "Her story clearly shows that the more literate and skilled we become, the better able we are to reach our potential."
Every year the award is presented to an adult learner who demonstrates outstanding achievements in literacy and makes a significant contribution to their school, workplace or community. Thirteen are presented annually, one for each province and territory. Boutilier referred to the award as an "honour."
LighthouseNOW has reached out to Boutilier for comment.