Having a lifelong ambition and desire to be educated is something that Valarie Sampson credits her mother for instilling in her. Now, as a mother of three herself, she takes pride in passing on the same values and ideas about education onto her own children. And she leads by example.
Wanting to take herself to another level, Sampson made the decision to go back to school and entered CBU’s BBA and Public Administration diploma programs as a mature student. She graduated in 1996. Now, as a full-time Broker and Owner of RE/MAX Park Place Inc., a Realty™ company with locations in Sydney, St. Peters, Port Hawkesbury and Cheticamp, N.S., Sampson is no stranger to hard work. She entered the real estate business at a time in her life when she needed a challenge, and quickly grew to love the business and those challenges that it presented. “I am most proud that my children learned the importance of perseverance, hard work, dedication, and of being self-sufficient,” says Sampson. “Education is the stepping stone to building a strong future, and in helping to contribute to your community.”
Sampson’s two daughters, Pamela and Ellen, watched their mother dive head first into her education, and both followed suit and became CBU students. Pamela graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree. She later went on to get her Certificate in Educational Studies (Arts Education) in 2010, and is currently pursuing her Education Diploma (Guidance). Ellen graduated in 2005 with a BBA, major in finance and marketing.
“Our mother is unquestionably our inspiration for attending CBU. Even as a teenager, I could recognize the excitement and fulfillment my mom was experiencing as a mature student attending university for the first time,” noted Pamela. “It was because of my mother’s positive experience at CBU that I looked forward to attending a university that took such pride in empowering its students, and instilling a level of confidence that would continue to grow with them in their post-university life.”
Ellen added, “When I think back to the stories of mom’s university days, the things I remember her talking about – her great teachers, the friends she made and also the great education she received – are the same memories that I cherish from my time at CBU.”
Now with four grandchildren in the equation, Samspon hopes to teach them the importance of education too. “Opportunities abound in Cape Breton if you work hard and