Resolution J627-2011

Commending Mahirwe Dina Ndeze upon the occasion of being named Student of the Year

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  • Mar 1, 2011: ADOPTED
  • Mar 1, 2011: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Feb 23, 2011: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commending Mahirwe Dina Ndeze upon the occasion
of being named Student of the Year  by  the  New  York  Association  for
Continuing/Community Education, Inc.

WHEREAS,  It  is  the  sense of this Legislative Body to take notice and
publicly  acknowledge  individuals  who  have  distinguished  themselves
through their exemplary pursuit of education as adults; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly  proud  to  commend
Mahirwe  Dina Ndeze upon the occasion of being named Student of the Year
by the New York Association for Continuing/Community Education, Inc., at
its 28th Annual Student Awards and Legislative Event on March 8-9,  2011
in Albany, New York; and
  WHEREAS,  Mahirwe  Dina Ndeze understands better than anyone the value
of education and the challenges and obstacles that  are  faced  by  some
trying to obtain that education, particularly as an adult; and
  WHEREAS,  Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mahirwe Dina Ndeze
came to the United States in August of 2008, with  her  three  brothers,
her sister-in-law, and their young children; and
  WHEREAS, Mahirwe Dina Ndeze has 11 years of formal education, eight of
which she obtained while living in a refugee camp in Uganda; and
  WHEREAS,  Prior  to  living  in the refugee camp, Mahirwe Dina Ndeze's
life was difficult due to the civil unrest throughout  the  Congo  which
made  achieving  an  education  impossible,  as she and her family spent
their days fearing for their lives and  hiding  and  looking  for  food,
clothing and shelter; and
  WHEREAS,  Upon  arriving  in  the  United  States,  Mahirwe Dina Ndeze
enrolled in a construction trades program that  included  English  as  a
Second Language instruction; and
  WHEREAS,  Soon after, Mahirwe Dina Ndeze enrolled in a certified nurs-
ing assistant program supported by English as a Second Language instruc-
tion in the Syracuse City School District  through  the  Sidney  Johnson
Vocational Center; and
  WHEREAS, After passing the certification on the first attempt, Mahirwe
Dina  Ndeze  found  employment at James Square Health and Rehabilitation
Center as a certified nursing assistant; and
  WHEREAS, As a leader in the Congolese community in  Syracuse,  Mahirwe
Dina  Ndeze has tried to unite the different tribes that are in conflict
back in the Congo; and
  WHEREAS, Mahirwe Dina Ndeze encourages  other  Congolese  refugees  to
improve  their  reading  and  writing skills in their native language so
they can have an easier time learning to communicate in English,  obtain
employment, and support their families; and
  WHEREAS,  Mahirwe  Dina Ndeze continues to be enrolled in adult educa-
tion courses through the North Literacy Zone in the Syracuse City School
District and is now enrolled in Pre-GED instruction  with  the  goal  of
receiving  her  GED,  and then enrolling in a Licensed Practical Nursing
Program; and
  WHEREAS, A vibrant, intelligent and caring young woman,  Mahirwe  Dina
Ndeze  has  demonstrated integrity and honor while using adult education
programming to change the course of her entire future;  now,  therefore,
be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Mahirwe Dina Ndeze on the occasion of being named Student  of  the
Year  by  the  New  York  Association of Continuing/Community Education,
Inc.; and be it further

  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Mahirwe Dina Ndeze.

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