After raising two children, and step-child, and now a grandfather of five, Shane Rody enrolled in the College Access course as a stepping stone to further his education. He was considering taking Human Resources or Culinary Management to become a chef when he learned about the Aboriginal Community Advocacy program, part of Negahneewin at Confederation College.
“I think that’s actually my calling,” Shane said. Through his own experiences with abuse as a child, Shane said he is able to understand how people feel when trying to speak out. Originally from Animbiigoo Zaagi’igan Anishinaabek First Nation, he is also concerned about other issues affecting First Nations communities including youth issues, teen suicide, women’s rights, child protection, and Aboriginal treaty rights.
Shane already had the passion – the Aboriginal Community Advocacy program gave him the skills and knowledge to do something about it. “I loved the program. I’m trying to convince more people to take that course because there are so many out there who would be good advocates, but they need to learn how to do it properly,” he said.
Shane co-founded Forward Eagle Enterprises advocacy firm even before graduation, fulfilling yet another dream. He thanks Confederation College and his instructors for his success.
“I am so proud of myself. I didn’t think I had it in me to do this program. I have had many walls erected in front of me while I was going to college. Because of my commitment, I managed to stay on the Dean’s list, making the grades and finally accomplishing my goals.”