denaOur voices can be heard

By Dena Brill

I moved here during the summer of 2015, alone and not knowing anyone. I am happy to say that I have found a community that is warm and welcoming.

As a person who has returned to the student life at a later time in my life I am excited to learn and become involved during these times and events. After attending Clark College in Vancouver, WA I came to the realization that although having my AA in Business Administration was wonderful, that is not where my heart lay. An instructor suggested I share my dreams, it was then that I realized that I had none. Upon further reflection I realized that I had dreams, but had actually stopped trying to achieve them. You see without knowing it I had stopped wanting and dreaming. Today I am happy to say that I have remembered a dream and am almost to the point of achieving the dream, that of becoming a Social Worker.

Throughout the years I have learned many things and would like to share those with people. Simply put there are too many people who do not dream and some might not even have goals. With help and support people are capable of so much. As my instructor helped me, I would like to be able to help people realize their dreams are possible.

Upon coming to the Peace and Justice Action League I have learned that it is not my place to speak for people, but rather be a support to people. When we all gather together our voices can be and are heard.

I am a student, a mother, a mom, a daughter, and a grandmother. I am enjoying each of hats right now.