Shannon's Story

Thursday 24 March 2016

Shannon Morgan from Lisburn successfully completed a BTEC National Award in Childcare, Learning and Development in November 2015 with the support from staff at SERC and the Cedar Foundation ‘Inclusion Works’ South Eastern.  Gaining this qualification was no easy task for Shannon and it involved an incredible journey of determination and strength.



Shannon began a BTEC course in Childcare, Learning & Development in September 2013 and excelled in all her chosen subjects.  However in the summer of 2014 at the age of 17 Shannon suffered a stroke and her life was turned upside down.  All of her energy would now be around rehabilitation and attending hospital appointments.  For this reason Shannon was unable to return to her studies in September of that year. 


However, returning to SERC and completing her qualification remained very much a goal that Shannon would think about and for a year she worked extremely hard on her rehabilitation goals and was in a position in September 2015 to return to college and began studying her final modules in the BTEC in Children’s care, Learning and Development. 


In recognition of Shannon’s determination and hard work she was invited to attend SERCs annual student excellence award ceremony, which celebrated the achievements of the best performing students.  During this evening Shannon was delighted to win two very well deserved awards, including ‘Student of the Year’ in her subject and ‘Excellence in commitment to learning in the face of a challenge’.   


Although Shannon is very humble, it is clear to all those who have supported Shannon in her goal to achieve this qualification that the commitment, dedication and difficulties she overcame and continues to overcome be recognised and commended. 


The SERC  ceremony highlighted that Shannon’s  attitude and sheer determination is what made her  the  winner on the night and as she moves forward with new goals with The  Cedar Foundations  ‘Inclusion Works’  programme these qualities will continue to serve her well with whatever career she chooses to pursue.

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