My name is Erick Niyogushima. I am the firstborn in my family. I was born in Tanzania (west side of Africa) and moved to Canada in 2015 when I was 13 years old. Since arriving here, I’ve been glad to have found good friends, along with my family, who have helped to push me towards success.
Balfour has been a marvelous school from ninth grade to my senior year. Balfour offers extracurricular activities so all students can participate and get to know each other. I joined multiple sports in Grade 10, and one of my highlights was being a city champion in cross country. During that year, I also joined football, a sport that I continued playing into my senior year. My Grade 10 year was just full of surprises. I was announced as a Balfour Beacon and was nominated as athlete of the year. Extracurricular is very meaningful in my life. I am thankful to all of the admirable teachers who have helped me with my work in school so I can take part in activities at the end of the day.
After graduation, I look forward to going into post-secondary education for police studies at the University of Regina. I hope to someday see myself in a police officer uniform. Being a police officer is not my only career goal; I also think about how it would feel to become a pilot.
Life is like riding a bicycle…to keep your balance, you must keep moving. I’m grateful and thankful to be a Twelfth Year recipient!