For over 10 years Carranza has been proud to support the Law in Action Within Schools (LAWS) Program. LAWS is a collaborative education initiative of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Osgoode Hall Law School at York University and the Toronto District School Board. It’s a curricular and experiential program aimed at high school students who, because of socioeconomic, cultural, racial, family or personal circumstances, face challenges in engaging successfully with school. Students are provided with interactive learning experiences through law and justice-themed classroom workshops, clubs, fieldtrips, tutoring, lawyer mentoring, and job shadowing during grades 10, 11 and 12.
As part of the LAWS Summer Job Program (SJP), LAWS students are provided with engaging and inspiring early work experiences by exposing them to professional workplaces and introducing them to positive role models. It provides students with a hands-on opportunity to observe the law in action, and this year, we have had the pleasure of welcoming Aubrey to Carranza, a cheery and positive former C.W. Jefferys College Institute student, who was a LAWS student from grades 10 to 12.
At C.W. Jefferys, Aubrey was quite a hard-working and active student, involved in the Athletics Counsel, the Huddle Up Committee, which is a bullying prevention program, and was voted by her teachers as an outstanding graduate. She was even part of an award-winning marketing contest in which she and 3 classmates developed a sleeping mask loaded with special features, and successfully presented it to investors at Mackenzie Investments.
Aubrey emigrated to Canada from the Philippines 8 years ago with her family, and has since become an honour roll student with averages in the high 80s, a talented artist, often wowing staff with her portraits, and a sports enthusiast, specializing in Ultimate Frisbee, badminton and cross country. Aubrey also enjoys reading and writing, and can often be seen breaking it down on the dance floor with her break dance moves.
Although she has developed a keen interest in journalism, criminology, the enforcement of laws in developing nations, and software engineering, Aubrey has her sights set on starting her post-secondary studies in September at York University as a Digital Media student. Aubrey’s dedication in high school didn’t go unnoticed, as she was granted the Honderich Bursary award, a $32,000.00 scholarship, and she is now ready and eager to learn new programming and art electronics skills to apply in her professional career.
We at Carranza are honoured to have had the opportunity to get to know Aubrey and to have been a part of her professional journey by providing her with her first job. We wish her nothing but success in her future endeavours and studies!