Alumni Achievement

Balancing Numbers and Kindness: Alumnus Provides Experiential Learning for York's Accounting Students

There was a time when Bartosz Amerski (BAS ‘06) thought that university was not for him. As a Polish immigrant who came to Canada in 1990 at 12 years old, he believed that his rudimentary English-language skills and lack of funds would preclude him from pursuing higher education.

In 1999, bolstered by that encouragement from loved ones and colleagues, Amerski, who was working as a hospital pharmacy technician, enrolled as a mature part-time student at York University's School of Administrative Studies at Atkinson College, now housed within the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LAPS). He says that York immediately felt like home.

“York attracts hard-working, resilient students,” says Amerski, who is now acting audit director at the Office of the Auditor General. “That type of student motivates me. They have both the academic skills and life experiences to excel on the job.”

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