Our Valley Santa Clarita July/August 2016 - Page 6

DIFFERENCE MAKER “I am proof positive in the power of positive thinking.” Ivonne Peralta-Shimizu In the 1980’s Peru was a country in turmoil. Terrorist’s bombs, union strikes and a strong machismo culture made it almost impossible for a young girl, fresh out of college, to realize her dreams. Growing up in Lima, Peru, Ivonne Peralta wanted to be a doctor. She was the second of five kids belonging to her Chemical Engineer father and homemaker mother. They were a very compassionate and supportive couple that inspired Ivonne to pursue her dreams, but the environment in Peru just wasn’t right for her. She did well in high school and graduated college with a degree in food science. 6 When she applied for medical school she was told that, due to the chaotic environment in Peru, it would take twelve years to complete medical school instead of the customary six. Instead of med school, Ivonne went to work in the food industry as a food engineer. She did that for five years. Then, Ivonne’s passion for education kicked in again and she decided to pursue a master’s degree this time in international business. While studying, she met a young American who captured her heart. Unfortunately, after a short romance, he moved to Chile. She thought that was the end of the relationship until one day he called on the phone DIFFERENCE MAKER “I am proof positive in the power of positive thinking.” Ivonne Peralta-Shimizu I n the 1980’s Peru was a country in turmoil. Terrorist’s bombs, union strikes and a strong machismo culture made it almost impossible for a young girl, fresh out of college, to realize her dreams. Growing up in Lima, Peru, Ivonne Peralta wanted to be a doctor. She was the second of five kids belonging to her Chemical Engineer father and homemaker mother. They were a very compassionate and supportive couple that inspired Ivonne to pursue her dreams, but the environment in Peru just wasn’t right for her. She did well in high school and graduated college with a degree in food science. 6 When she applied for medical school she was told that, due to the chaotic environment in Peru, it would take twelve years to complete medical school instead of the customary six. Instead of med school, Ivonne went to work in the food industry as a food engineer. She did that for five years. T %ٽéͥȁՍѥ)͡Ѽ)Քѕˊéɕѡ́ѥ)ѕɹѥ̸ͥ)]Ց她͡Ёչ)ɥݡɕȁи)Uչѕ䰁ѕȁ͡Ёɽ)ٕѼ Mѡ՝)ѡЁ݅́ѡѡɕѥ͡)չѥ䁡ѡ((0