Nobody could accuse Bridgette Walker of lacking energy! In addition to
pursuing a highly successful athletic career as an alpine skier, between
2005 and 2010 Bridgette completed three programs at George Brown
Pre-Community Service, American Sign Language and Deaf Studies Program, and American Sign Language and Literacy Instructor Program.
Bridgette, who has a
hearing disability herself, had a longstanding ambition to teach Deaf
Studies and American Sign Language (ASL). When investigating her
options, she found George Brown was the only place
that offered the high standards, accessibility and diverse range of
programs she was looking for.
“George Brown is THE
best place to improve your knowledge and competence in ASL,” explains
Bridgette. “People are in for a humbling experience if they enter into
this program lightly, it’s deep! By the time
I finished my studies I felt like the ‘real deal’ and I owe that to the
dedication of my instructors”.
After winning gold and
bronze medals across several slalom events at last year’s provincial and
national finals, Bridgette was invited to join Team Canada and compete
Special Olympics World Winter Games in South Korea this winter,
where she did her country proud with an outstanding performance, winning
two bronze medals in Alpine Skiing in the Advanced Giant Slalom and the
Advanced Super G.
attributes her athletic success to George Brown. “Being at College
opened my mind and increased my understanding of people, which is
vital,” she explains. “Developing as an athlete isn’t just
about what you can do for yourself - it’s about sportsmanship, shared
experiences and being an effective teammate.”
increasingly regular appearances on awards podiums, Bridgette loves
being an ASL instructor, and has been teaching since the final year of
her program. She tailors her classes according to different
needs, a practice carried forward from the adaptable classroom
environments of her George Brown programs. “My advice to current
students is don’t burn the bridge when you graduate,” says Bridgette.
“If you need inspiration, connections or help with your
career, look back to the source that got you as far as you’ve come
already – the college!”