It's been over a decade since Natalie Karam regularly strolled the halls of the University of the Fraser Valley, working towards her Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care, which she earned in 2001. Since then she's been busy building a career and starting a family, but she has always remembered her alma mater with fondness.
She's even more enthusiastic about UFV now, after being the winner of the top prize in the inaugural Lost Alumni campaign. By going online and updating her information on the UFV Alumni Association's database, she was entered into a draw for an iPad 3, and came out the winner.
Her experiences in the BA CYC program, and before that as a student working toward her Early Childhood Education certificate, prepared her well for a career working with children with special needs. Her schooling helped her qualify for a summer job with the Chilliwack Society for Community Living, providing care and activities for children with special needs. She has stuck with the same employer since, and is now Manager of Youth and Transition Services Services for the society.