Eighteen-year old Daniel Joson recalls vividly the feeling of an “electric shock wave” running through his body when he found out that he’d won the McEwen Family Entrance Award.
An excellent math and science student, Daniel was nominated for the award by an influential high school math teacher. He couldn’t believe the good news and the opportunity presented to him. His family was incredibly proud.
Daniel’s parents moved to Burnaby from the Philippines one year before Daniel’s birth in hopes of providing a better life for him and his older brother. Over the years, they remained close in the face of many hurdles. These challenges, coupled with his innate passion for education, led to greater focus and resiliency that served him well throughout his high school years.
Channeling his love of sport and his desire to help others, Daniel hopes to complete his SFU degree in Kinesiology over the next few years with a concentration in active health and rehabilitation.
He is truly grateful for the entrance award and says, “I aspire to be in the position of my donor one day, so I can contribute to someone’s education and hopefully change their life, too.”