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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A Fort St. John woman has earned a Governor General Award for her academic achievements in the behavioural sciences field.
Emily Gallen recently completed the applied behavioural analysis program, attending Capilano University part-time.
She was unable to attend the graduation ceremony, where she would have found out she won the award. Instead, she was told over the phone.
“Oh, it felt really good. To be honest, I think my husband was more excited about it and bragging about it to his friends, which was pretty cute,” Gallen said.
“I went into the schooling with the goal of actually upgrading my career as well… By going to school, I was bettering my knowledge for my clients and my career.”
Currently, Gallen is a behaviour consultant with the goal of becoming a behavioural analyst.
Gallen says when she applies for her master’s, the award may give her a better chance of getting into the program and also improve the odds of her being approved for scholarships.
“Ideally, when I do my master’s, I want to get some funding for research on applied behaviour analysis in the criminal justice setting,” Gallen said.
“It would be cool to even do it in this community where working with either youth or adult probation or other forms of the criminal justice system and implement specific ABA strategies and take that data to see if they are indeed effective.”
The Governor General’s Academic Medal has been awarded since 1873 to encourage academics across Canada and has since become one of the most prestigious awards that students can receive.
Emily Gallen cohosts Secrets of the North, a Energeticcity.ca podcast.
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