Student of the Month: Alejandrina Valiente

I have been gifted with the honour of meeting Alejandrina in Delmar. Ale is an extremely talented, sweet, hard working young woman. She stops at nothing with tasks at hand to do her best. She encourages her class mates, including me, to do their best and lends a helping hand, always leaving a smile on your face.

-Brianne Walker (fellow student)

I was born on December 15, 1995 in Guatemala.

I used to have such bad grades in my classes. Then, when I got pregnant at 16, I went to a self directed school where I learned to be responsible. Then I came to Calgary and I was in a self directed school again. I had to finish my 12 grade in almost 5 months. It was really hard, but I did it because I was very motivated to finish high school and go to university. So I went to Mount Royal University and enrolled in the Psychology program. But since I never really saw myself working in an office I felt it was not for me. Then I started Open Studies in order to go into Bachelor of Business Administration, but again I didn’t think that was for me. After so much failure I went back to my home country and went to university there in Human Resources Administration, but again I didn’t feel like it was the right place for me.


Since nothing was working for me I started a small association with one of my friends called “Huellitas de Amor”. We rescued animals from the streets. That made me sooo happy. So I realized that my purpose in this life is to help the ones that need it most.

Giving my son a pedicure

I always loved to do nails and my mom told me that she could pay for my nail program at Delmar, so I came again to Calgary and enrolled in the Nail Technician program. That was in July, and the program was gonna start in November (2 days a week) so I knew I was going to get bored at home and I told my mom I wanted to get busier. So, we went to Delmar again to find a program that was not going to interfere with my nail program. We found one (October Hair Design class) and I was told that there was no more spots available, but I was going to be the first one on the waiting list. My mom told me, “If God wants you to take the class he will open those doors”. So I kept waiting and I finally got a call from the school saying that I got my spot. We went as soon as possible to the school and I got enrolled. I remember asking Shauna for the text books just to make sure there was nothing I couldn’t handle. There it was, a chapter for anatomy, physiology, chemistry, etc. My mom looked at me and I immediately told her and Shauna I CAN DO IT, I AM SURE (I think my mom was super worried).

Then since I still didn’t feel busy enough, I asked my dad If he was able to help me pay for another program, which was the Eyelash Technician program. He was able to help me and I successfully completed that program at Delmar.

Practicing my lashing skills

What I love the most is being able to help my classmates, I love making people happy and being useful and helpful.  I am really grateful to God for putting such amazing people in both of my programs. I even told my friend, something that will make me happier than me getting an award for student of the month was for them to get it (I was helping them study because they were having difficulties studying). It has been hard for me due to my English barrier but and yes, sometimes I ask myself how am I doing this, and I don’t know, what I do know is that I am not failing and I LOVE IT. I want to get in the make up program too but for now my friends and family want me to finish at least one program to get enrolled in another one.

Ale Valiente has been a very dedicated student since the beginning of our course together she has been very helpful with my studies and has put a lot of time and effort trying to help me understand our class material. She’s smart, cheerful, and very outgoing and that’s what makes her who she is.

-Wasem Alhaj (fellow student)

When I graduate I want to go to poor areas in Guatemala and offer to hard working people free services. There are so many amazing people that couldn’t afford a haircut or a nail polish, etc. so I want to provide those people that deserve it a nice service.

My class had a party for me on my birthday

So I will go around schools, working areas, and streets to find out who deserves it and needs it. Some people are very smart but they will never get a job just because of how they look.

“Ale thinks of others before herself, she is the most caring person I’ve ever known. She’s got great leadership skills and she’s always giving her best at what she does.”

–Abell Lim

Then as an encouragement to schools and working areas I want to give them something like a monthly, or every semester price. I want to build that association, make my fur babies association bigger, and start another association to help teen moms in my country that didn’t get support from their families to provide them with education, food and a home until they are ready to have their own house and job. And for sure I am opening my own salon. I want to work really hard so I can have it in many countries and make my own schools back home.


That’s me. Someone that loves to help people, someone that loves teamwork because without a team no one will get far. For me, teamwork is a key for success. Together everyone achieves more and that’s why I want to encourage people to come with me and help me to help others. I really think I can achieve anything when I put my heart on it, I will always give my extra mile.



Ale is our January school-wide Student of the Month. We are amazed by her strength, drive, and determination. She is truly a Delmar ambassador.

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