The YMCA began assisting Sawsan Shamo in April of 2017 as she was seeking admission to Saint Mary’s University. She did not have all her academic transcripts, as she was unable to acquire them from Syria due to the civil war. The transcripts that she was able to bring in addition to the YMCA staff speaking to the admissions office and advocating on her behalf, she was granted conditional acceptance.

Sawsan began her studies at the Language Centre at SMU and graduated in June 2018. She is now double-majoring in English Literature and International Development Studies.  Sawsan is excelling in her studies.

Sawsan attended the Centre for Immigrant Programs “Employment Series” workshop and gained insight into how to start her own business in Canada. She has aspirations of having her own clothing line and importing clothing from overseas. The YMCA is immensely proud of Sawsan and the accomplishments she has achieved in her short time in Canada.