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Maria Bamford


2008 Graduate
Bachelor of Music – University of British Columbia

I came to MEI in grade 11 looking for real evidence of God in people’s lives and dreaming of being in a high school musical. My family had just moved from Vancouver to Abbotsford, and I was excited and nervous to be starting a new school with new friends. I was so blessed by the acceptance and love that my peers showed me, as well as the care that the teachers showed for my education, as well as my overall development as a person. Their desire to live out their faith and surrender their lives to God’s will was one of the major factors in my decision to follow Jesus.

I have always loved to sing and perform, but had never had the chance to be in a big musical production. At MEI, I had the opportunity to sing the part of “Belle” in Beauty and the Beast, and was encouraged to keep pursuing these talents further. In grade 12, I auditioned for the UBC Opera program, and am now in my third year of a Bachelor of Music degree in opera performance. Looking back, I am so thankful for those two formative years at MEI, during which I learned to accept myself and embrace the gifts I’ve been given, and experienced Jesus’ love through others.