The money will go towards her tuition as she finishes her social service worker diploma and criminology diploma at Northern Lights College.
"I am a survivor of abuse and I would like to take my experience and change it to an inspirational story to help women overcome similar barriers in their lives," she says. "With my life experiences and the skills learnt through my studies, I will be able to help others overcome barriers of physical and substance abuse."
The Minerva Foundation Award helps Aboriginal women and single mothers get an education, as well as helping women with children who are getting out of abusive relationships and mature women returning to work. The award also helps women studying in non-traditional fields, and women with disabilities. Anyone in B.C. who is living in subsidized housing, or receiving rent subsidy through B.C. Housing's Rental Assistance Program, is eligible.
Another Fort St. John resident received an award, but asked not to be named.
In total, 83 awards are being given out.