Anne Mercer is a woman of courage and pioneering spirit.
Anne was living in sheltered accommodation with her children in Toronto, Canada and was one of the 16 homeless mothers to achieve ICDL certification through the Woodgreen Community Services’ Homeward Bound Project. Anne showed great determination and started to turn her life around.
Upon receiving her ICDL certification, Anne moved out of the homeless shelter to start a new life through this innovative programme. Anne then moved on to higher education achieving work placement.
Anne said, “My life has come full circle since I left the shelter and joined Homeward Bound. I was desperate for this opportunity so I said I knew lots about computers when I barely knew how to turn one on. I was not raised to believe in myself so I studied hard to pass every module with 86% or higher. Now my ICDL certificate proves that I am not useless; that I will be something. The ICDL course saved me in college too. It put me on a level playing field with other students who grew up with computers in their homes.”
Anne’s personal achievement in attaining ICDL certification under extremely difficult personal circumstances was recognised in 2005. Anne was named as the worldwide winner of the ‘ICDL Impacts Lives’ Award which was established to honour exceptional ICDL Candidates. An award thoroughly deserved.