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I dream of Disney: Aspiring animator pens award-winning essay about her career goals

Cambrian animation student Véronique Chouinard wins Ontario Colleges Application Service Changing Tomorrow award 
Kristine Morrissey, Cambrian College Vice-President of Finance,  presents a cheque to Animation program student Véronique Chouinard for her winning essay in the Ontario Colleges Application Service Changing Tomorrow contest. Chouinard described her dreams of being a professional animator for Disney. (Supplied)

Véronique Chouinard of Sudbury has no problems describing her dream of working as a Disney animator.

Chouinard is a student in the animation program at Cambrian College. She is among this year’s winners of a Changing Tomorrow award from the Ontario Colleges Application Service (OCAS). 

She had to write an essay about her future dreams and how a college education will turn them into reality.

Chouinard described her future life as a full-time animator with Disney. 

“I walk into the Roy E. Disney animation building where the blue Mickey Mouse Fantasia welcomes me,” her essay reads. 

“I walk through my building and enter my designated animation studio. I sit down in front of my lab, happy and ready to start another long yet pleasant day of creating. 

“As I wait for my computer to open and my applications to turn on, I can’t help but think about where my journey started. 

“My mind drifts to my first day in college, I worked a part-time job and saved to immerse myself in animation and design and dreamed of this day for years.

As a Changing Tomorrow winner, Chouinard receives $1,500 from OCAS toward the cost of her education.

“This money allows me to come to school and learn a bunch of fun stuff,” she said. “It helps me pay my way, and eases the pressure on my mom to pay for my schooling.”

Chouinard received her prize from Kristine Morrissey, Cambrian’s Vice President of Research, Finance, and International, and a member of the OCAS Audit Committee.