June 02, 2017
When Maria Catroppa’s life was taken at the hands of her second husband in 2009, her family was devastated by the tragedy. Throughout most of her life, “Nana” has fought many obstacles and challenges as an immigrant and single mother of four children living in Vancouver. Against all odds, she has always displayed love, strength, and resilience to all those that have known her.
As an inspirational mother and grandmother, her family established a scholarship in honour of her life and the importance she placed on education. Since 2011, the Maria Catroppa Memorial Award at Kwantlen Polytechnic University has continuously supported single mothers furthering their education. “Nana’s” legacy transcends through this award to empower single mothers to persevere through the toughest challenges of their lives.