Danisha Bhaloo (’07, Criminology) grew up in poverty. Her dad passed away when she was very young and she and her sister were raised by a single mom. Bhaloo says without the support of Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the scholarship they provided, she would not have been able to attend the University of Alberta, achieving success and recognition for her community-minded outreach.
Bhaloo’s criminology degree gave her a strong and varied skill set, but especially in the areas of communications, networking and relationship building. In 2013, she was one of Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40, and in 2014, she was presented with the University of Alberta Alumni Horizon Award for her work as an advocate and a role model for youth at risk. Bhaloo now works as a Manager of Fund Development with the Big Brothers Big Sisters (which has since amalgamated with Boys & Girls Clubs in the Edmonton area).
Bhaloo is the focus of our third alumni video, showing some of the great careers our alumni are pursuing. Check out our first video of Jason Suriano, CEO and Creative Director of Rocketfuel Productions Inc and our second video of Caroline Gault, Alberta Editor of FASHION Magazine and Community Manager of Poppy Barley Inc.
Watch for more videos in future months!