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Alumni Scholarship Recipients on a Winning Path

January 13, 2012

This year’s Children of Alumni Scholarship winners may be at different stages of their educational journey but they have at least two things in common: a parent who graduated from Sheridan and an appreciation for the collaborative and real-world education the college offers.

Nowhere is this ideal learning environment more evident than on the production set, says third-year Media Arts student Tobe Darton. “It's a real rush working in such a team-centric atmosphere, a true synergy of art, business, and the human spirit,” says Tobe, one of three recipients of the 2011-12 alumni scholarship. 

Tobe, whose brother is also a Sheridan student, credits his father Chris with fostering a great love of film and a desire to learn the craft through a top-tier program. “I choose to make my father proud by studying film any chance I got with the intent of one day making it into Sheridan Media Arts - just as he had 20-plus years before me.” A veteran of the film and music production industry, Chris Darton (Media Arts 1987) has written screenplays for seven feature films, among many other projects.

“I’m extremely proud of my sons,” says Chris. “Tobe is about to graduate from the film program and Sasha is in his first year of digital photography. I love that they’re following a passion and a dream, the same way I did … I’m even prouder that it’s at Sheridan where I have so many fond memories.”

Sheridan’s practical learning experience is also a big draw for first-year Early Childhood Education student Elizabeth Edwards. “We not only have amazing teachers who are dedicated to expanding our knowledge, but we also have so many opportunities to put everything we learn into practice,” says Elizabeth, who wants to work in the Kindergarten Full Day Early Learning programs.

As a 2011 Educational Assistant graduate, Elizabeth’s mother, Lorna Edwards, knows just how hands-on those programs are. “With its small professor-to-student ratio, Sheridan has one of the best and most current ECE programs,” says Lorna, who works as an Educational Assistant for the Halton Board of Education.

The desire to make a difference in children’s lives is also behind Misrah Mahmood’s decision to come to Sheridan. A second-year student in the Social Service Worker- Immigrants and Refugee Settlement program, Misrah’s choice of program was fuelled by her own immigration experience. “I want to help young newcomers to integrate into the Canadian society more easily,” says Misrah who came to this country from Pakistan as a high school student in 2007, settling with her family in Mississauga. Her father, Mahmood Ahmed, is a 2010 General Arts and Science graduate.

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Misrah Mahmood with her father Mahmood Ahmed

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Tobe Darton, third year, Media Arts student

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Elisabeth Edwards with her mother Lorna Edwards

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