College Graduate Hopes to Follow in Mother’s Footsteps

Char-Lee Simons was working within the Ministry of Health when the Coronavirus hit Bermuda’s shores two years ago. It was then that she decided to pursue the Nursing program at the Bermuda College.

“ It has been quite challenging being a single mother, working full-time and pursuing this challenging course,” she said.

Ms. Simon’s mother, Jean Wilson, has been a nurse for over 50 years and is set to (re)retire in August of this year.
“ I’ve kept being enrolled in this program a secret from my mom, so she won’t actually know where she is headed to until she turns into the gate.

I’m looking forward to my mom handing over the reins to myself,” Ms. Simons said. “ The hard work that I’ve seen her do over the years, supporting my brother and I throughout her lifetime, I’m looking forward to being half the mother
[to my child] that she was to me.”

Ms. Simons encourages other single moms to keep their heads up and always focus on their goals. Where there is a will, there is a way.

She tries to be the best role model that she can for her 15-year-old daughter and hopes that she will follow in her mother’s and grandmother’s footsteps one day.

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