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Sandra Guerra Torres, is ready to change the world, one child at a time.

Fifteen years ago, with a degree in Psychology and her mother’ urging, Sandra Guerra Torres traveled to Canada from her native home of Colombia. It wasn’t her first choice. “I’m always cold and so I thought I could never come to Canada,” says Sandra.

She chose Victoria because a friend told her the weather was similar to Bogota. She didn’t know any English when she came so she began to take ESL classes with the intention of taking her Masters in Counselling. While working on her English she volunteered at G.R. Pearkes Child Care Services at Queen Alexandra Center for Children's Health. It was there she discovered her passion for working with children.

“I always liked children and something everyone says about me is you are good with people and you’re good with children,” says Sandra. “I never thought that this was something that I could do for the rest of my life.” So she started working at the Victoria School District, improving her English and trying to figure out what to do next. Then she discovered the Early Learning and Care (ELC) program at Camosun. “I took some courses, had two children and now I’m doing something that I really love” says Sandra.

Now that she’s at Camosun she’s happy to be back at school and learning again. The transition hasn’t been easy but Sandra’s very excited to explore the different areas of the ELC program. “There are areas that are trying to change people’s perceptions, ideas on how to teach and how to see the child, and how to do it differently,” says Sandra. “There is so much to work for and to build. That’s what I’m taking from this whole process.”

What’s next for Sandra?

Getting back to work, continuing to learn, building on her skills, and becoming an educator who can see each child for who they are and give them the tools to learn and grow. Oh, and helping bring peace on Earth.

“I grew up in Columbia with all the violence and the problems. I have always thought about what is peace, how can we live in peace, what are all the elements needed to solve all of that violence,” says Sandra.  “I think in Early Learning holds all the elements for peace. If we can treat children with care and with respect there are more chances that we can do something different in the future. And, if we don’t succeed in bringing peace, at least the children have received it and it’s in their hearts.”

Sandra Guerra Torres and a young friend read together on campus.

“I always liked children. I never thought that caring for children was something that I could do for the rest of my life.”

Sandra Guerra Torres, Early Learning and Care

Last updated: November 1, 2017 11:28 am

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