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This article was published 29/05/2012 (3735 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Hers is an inspirational story.

As you read in yesterday’s Brandon Sun, after four years of hard work at Maple Leaf Foods, Loretta Castagnet has now made a career change.

She’s going to trade in the tools she used as a worker at the hog processing plant for the scrubs of a health-care aide at the Brandon Regional Health Centre.

Castagnet was one of 20 graduates in attedance at Robertson College’s graduation ceremony at the Keystone Centre on Saturday.

“Maple Leaf gave me the opportunity to bring my family here,” Castagnet told a Sun reporter. “Now I work hard and I want some change, so I study to become health-care aide.”

Castagnet, who moved to Brandon from Mauritius, was grateful to Maple Leaf Foods for the opportunity the company gave her. She was also grateful to the country that will afford her the ability to provide a better future for her children and their education.

“When you have kids you think of their future,” Castagnet said, with her husband and three children close by her side. “I worked hard and saved to bring my family here. I am very happy, very proud today.”

And we are very proud of you, Loretta and all of the other people who see Brandon as a place of opportunity.

You’re willing to turn your lives upside down to come to a strange place where people don’t speak your language and the climate is often much more severe than you’re used to.

But you’re willing to come here and do the jobs many unemployed Canadians turn their noses up at because it means you will enjoy the sweet smell of success.

And as we read in the Winnipeg Free Press on the weekend, Brandon’s hills are also alive with the sound of music for many immigrants.

Officials say a surprising number of immigrants request to live in Brandon because of the reputation of Brandon University’s School of Music.

Immigrant families with some incredibly talented children have been apparently landing in the Wheat City in recent years. We welcome them and thank them for enriching our lives.

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