Yanique Stirlin was honoured to receive a Bill 7 Award scholarship in the Fall of 2015, when she was an undergraduate in the Custom Border Services program at Fleming College, Peterborough, Ontario. We asked Yanique what the Bill 7 Award meant to her and how it impacted her life as an LGBTQ post-secondary student.
What did it feel like winning that $2,000 Bill 7 Award scholarship?
It felt really inspiring – and cool at the same time – because it was the first time that I could get something like this for just being myself and striving to reach my future goals of giving back to my community.
How did winning the Bill 7 Award help you?
It helped me realize that there are people out there who want to and are willing to help me, especially being a young, black bisexual woman who grew up in a really rough neighbourhood
Has your busy schedule left time for you to get involved in the LGBTQ community?
I volunteered at the Pride weekend in July. I wish I was more involved in the community right now, but unfortunately school has taken up most of my time.
If you were asked to give one piece of advice to a younger version of yourself, what would you say to that younger Yanique?
Don't be afraid of asking for help. That would be my biggest piece of advice for my younger self.