Scholarships and bursaries make a positive and lasting impact in students’ lives now and in the future. ERICA ISOMURA School of Environmental Studies Erica Isomura is the latest recipient of the Vicky Husband Scholarship in the School of Environmental Studies. She says, “ I feel very honoured to have been selected and am incredibly grateful for your donation which supports me in my final year at UVic. I have learned how addressing the healing of people is deeply connected to the healing of land. I hope my engagements in environmental – focussed groups can support others in making connections with environmental issues, politics with more deeply rooted social issues. Thank you again for this gift.” Carmen Agar-Newman is the CARMEN AGAR-NEWMAN School of Nursing recipient of the Elsa Stephens Scholarship in Nursing. Carmen is in her 4th year of nursing, specializing in cardiology. She says, “I am employed as a student nurse in the coronary care unit and am in awe of the speedy medical team during acute situations. With this scholarship I was able to afford the ‘Introduction to Critical care Nursing’ course, which will help build my knowledge base and guide me in the beginning of my nursing career. I can’t begin to explain my appreciation and gratitude for this scholarship.” AHARON ARNSTEIN School of Nursing Emergency ward nurse student Aharon Arnstein is the recipient of the James and Phillippa Kerr Scholarship in the School of Nursing. Aharon says, “I have always known that I wanted to go further in my studies and to work in the field of education and policy. I hope to be able to split my work life so I can teach and maintain my bedside nursing. Your gift will help me to continue my masters courses over the next term and I thank you sincerely.” Trisha Bings was awarded the Roy TRISHA BINGS School of Social Work Watson Bursary in the School of Social Work. As a single mother of twin boys she says, “I am working towards my social work degree to be a good role model for my boys. Another reason was to prove to myself that I could do it and I will be the first in my family to complete a university education. Both my mother and grandmother wanted to attend university, however parenting duties kept them from fulfilling their dreams. Thank you so much for your support. It amazes me that people can be so generous, and I look forward to the day that I am in a position to pay this kindness forward.” Shauna Breitkreutz, a single mother, is the recipient of the Paige Cameron SHAUNA BREITKREUTZ School of Child and Youth Care Memorial Bursary in the School of Child and Youth Care. Shauna says, “I wanted to gain the knowledge and skills needed to help empower children, youth and families to reach their goals while at the same time impacting change on a societal level. I have been honoured to work with some amazing young people, with diverse abilities who have all helped shape me into the practitioner that I have become. I am happy to share that I have a job prospect and will be interviewing for an exciting position in the school system. I feel optimistic about this new part of my journey and am truly thankful for your generosity.” JUDY BUSHE School of Nursing Judy Bushe is the recipient of the Zillah (Hobart) Wood Scholarship in Nursing. She is training to be a nurse practitioner and has extensive emergency room experience. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo she has been working as a nurse educator to support the prevention and treatment of children with malaria. In her spare time she is hoping to make a difference by raising funds for orphaned, war-affected children. She says, “I am honored to receive such a generous donation that will help me continue my education in nursing so that I may be in a better situation to help others.” HEATHER CHASE School of Child and Youth Care Heather Chase is the recipient of the Darlene Scott Memorial Scholarship. Growing up with a disabled brother, it fueled her passion for working with those who have mental health and disability issues. She says, “the school of child and youth care offers an immediate sense of community and commitment to supporting students, and your gracious donation of this scholarship upholds that. My academic career has been one of hard work and for this to be recognized in the final year of my undergrad is extremely motivating, exciting and affirms that my passion is fueling positive results. Your kindness in offering this gift is truly appreciated and I wish to sincerely thank you for this donation.” Khama Chibwana is a recipient of the KHAMA CHIBWANA School of Child and Youth Care Agnes and William Shahariw Memorial Scholarship in the School of Child and Youth care. Shown here with two of his three children in Malawi, Sub-Saharan Africa, Khama is pursuing a PhD in early childhood development in order to improve the plight of young children. He says, “issues of child neglect, abuse, under-nutrition, poor education, child labor, and extreme poverty constitute a developmental challenge to millions of children from this part of the world. My research will further advance the care and education for young children in Africa. Once again, thank you very much for this timely award.” MARY CHU School of Public Administration Mary Chu is the recipient of the David and Joanne Bate Scholarship in the School of Public Administration. She says, “I am in the second year of UVic's fulltime MPA Co-op program, currently completing my final course. Previously I have studied Biology (BSc, uvic), nursing (RN, U of Alberta) and Social Work (BSW, UVic). I returned to school for my MPA in September 2010 to develop the skills, knowledge, experience and support network to realize my goal of working within the public sector in the areas of leadership, strategic planning, policy analysis and/or evaluation. Your scholarship provides welcomed support as I enter the master's project phase of the program. I am most grateful for your demonstrated commitment to supporting students achieving their goals.” SANDRINA CONTANT School of Nursing Sandrina Contant is a mother of three sons and returned to UVic later in life. She is completing her degree in nursing and is the recipient of the Glenn and Pauline Greene Scholarship in the School of Nursing. She says, “I am very honoured to receive this award which means so much to me and my family. I hope to continue on with my nursing education and my goal is to become a nurse practitioner. Thank you for helping me realize my dreams.” Danielle Daigle is a recipient of the DANIELLE DAIGLE School of Nursing Sisters of St. Ann Scholarship in Nursing. She lives in a small community on Vancouver Island and is studying to become a Nurse Practitioner. She says, “I am particularly interested in women’s health and pediatric care across the lifespan. I firmly believe that in the role of Nurse Practitioner I will improve the accessibility of primary health care to the populations in under serviced communities, while working collaboratively with other health care providers. Receiving this scholarship will make my goal much easier to attain. Your generosity is appreciated and accepted with extreme honor.” Sarah Davies is the recipient of the SARAH DAVIES School of Nursing Sisters of St. Ann Scholarship in Nursing. She is enrolled at UVic in Advanced Practice Leadership with the hope of becoming a Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist. Sarah has been working in the neonatal unit since 2009 and is interested in the experiences of families with medically complex infants as they transition home. She says, “I am working while pursuing full-time graduate studies and receiving this award will help to reduce some of the financial strain associated with schooling. I am very grateful to have been given this opportunity and will never forget the support behind the Sisters of St. Ann Scholarship. Thank you.” BENJAMIN DOWELL School of Nursing Benjamin Dowell was a recipient of the Purves Sisters Scholarship in the School of Nursing. He completed his last preceptorship at the Calgary Foothills Medical Centre where he was offered a full-time job in Hematology. Pictured here with his newborn daughter, Benjamin says, “I am very thankful for this scholarship, which is very much appreciated and needed. Since I began my program I feel I have found my ‘calling’ and have pride, satisfaction and fulfillment daily in what I am doing.” The support of this important School of Nursing scholarship enabled Benjamin to finish his degree and support his family when they needed him most. CHRISTY EARLE School of Nursing Christy Earle is a graduate student in the School of Nursing and a recipient of the James and Phillippa Kerr Scholarship. As a mother who works part-time in the Emergency Department of the Vernon Jubilee Hospital, she knows what it means to balance family life with career goals. She is interested in pursuing clinical practice within the Nurse Practitioner program. She says, “Mental health and community health are areas I am interested in having worked in small towns throughout BC including Burns Lake, Bella Coola and Prince Rupert. As a mother of three children, your gift has been highly appreciated. Thank you very much for your generosity. I can continue with my studies with a reduced stress level in regards to finances.” KIRSTEN ESAU School of Nursing Kirsten Esau is the recipient of the Sisters of St. Ann Graduate Scholarship in Nursing. Before studying to become a nurse practitioner, she worked as a public health nurse. She says, “I have developed a passion for serving disadvantaged populations and those with chronic health conditions. I have been greatly blessed in my life and I hope to use what has been given to me to help others in need.” Clayton fair is the recent recipient of the CLAYTON FAIR School of Health Information Science Dr. Ken and Barbara Thornton Memorial Award in the School of Health Information Science. Clayton says, “I am in my second year of studies at uvic and more specifically, have found an academic home within the school of health information science. As an accomplished classical violinist of 14 years I look forward to playing in the uvic orchestra as well as playing squash at a fitness centre where I work parttime as a fitness supervisor. With your generosity you have helped to provide me with a strong academic foundation as I continue my education and seek to be, and serve, to my fullest potential. I am honored to be a recipient of this award.” JASUN FOX School of Public Administration Jasun Fox, a graduate from the School of Public Administration, “I was humbled to be a recipient of the Ronald C. Corbeil Award for Merit in Program Evaluation, because of the high quality of candidates, and because I believe that program evaluation and performance measurement are essential tools for maximizing an organization’s effectiveness. Receiving this award made me more confident in my abilities and validated all of the hard work that I put into the related courses and co-op work assignments. In the future, I am hoping to work in a policy related position for a provincial or municipal government.” ARIELLE GUETTA School of Public Administration Arielle Guetta is the most recent recipient of the Jack Ebbels Scholarship. She says, “I have just completed my first academic semester of the MPA program and am about to embark on my first co-op. This scholarship has allowed me to expand my job scope, and I will be heading to Ottawa in January to do a placement with environment Canada. Through this co-op I hope to gain a better understanding of environmental policy in Canada. My goal is to use this knowledge in environmental resource management at either the provincial or municipal level. I love living in BC and I am excited about working where I can contribute to protecting the natural resources of this province. Thanks again for your contribution to this wonderful scholarship.” KARMON HELMLE School of Health Information Science Karmon Helmle is the recipient of the Denis and Pat Protti Scholarship in the School of Health Information Science. She says, “I am currently pursuing my masters in health informatics via the distributed stream, while completing my Fellowship training in Endocrinology in Calgary. I also have the great fortune of being a new mom to a beautiful nine month old baby girl. This year has been a tricky one-with a delicate balancing act between two courses of study and a very important new responsibility. The support of this award for me and my family could not have been more opportune. Many thanks.” Chynna Howard is most thankful for CHYNNA HOWARD School of Social Work receiving the Dianne Bourne Memorial Bursary. She says, “Studying at the University of Victoria has undoubtedly been the most rewarding experience of my life. Along with my role as a student representative for the School of Social Work I feel empowered as an individual and have also been able to develop wonderful connections with professors and peers. This bursary has allowed me to focus on my academic achievements and has helped to alleviate some of the worry of financial strain. Thank you again so much for your generous contribution to my education.” Derrilyn Husband is the recent recipient DERRILYN HUSBAND School of Nursing of the Purves Sisters Scholarship in the School of Nursing. She says, “During my time in school I have become a single mother and the stress and financial strain often led me to question my education’s importance. This award has made it possible for me to continue with my studies while providing for my daughter. I look forward to graduating in April and beginning my career in Nursing. As I move forward in my skills and knowledge I am hopeful that I will one day work in the Emergency Department of my hometown hospital. The words in this letter cannot express the gratitude I feel for your contribution to my education and the opportunity it has helped provide for me.” EVA JEWELL Indigenous Governance Program Eva Jewell is a Masters in Indigenous Governance candidate and the recipient of the David and Mary Norton Fellowship. Jewell who is a 23 year old Anishinaabekwe from Chippewas of the Thames First Nation in Ontario and a mother of a young toddler, is thrilled to have the support provided by this award. Eva says, “I will be the first in my family to attain a Graduate degree, and my mother and grandmother are looking forward to being present for the defense. I thank you for providing me with the opportunity of alleviating costs so I can focus on the importance of my education! Chi Miigwech [Thank you greatly.]” CHELSEA KELLY School of Social Work Chelsea Kelly is the recent recipient of the Jean and Archie Bain Scholarship in the School of Social Work. Chelsea is from the Sto:lo Nation and switched from Psychology to Social Work after the birth of her son. She says, “I plan to work with individuals and families within my community who live complex lives where mental health challenges and/or addictions present barriers. From my experience in the School of Social Work, I feel equipped to work with people in a way that preserves their dignity, works with their strengths, and provides them the opportunity to work with me in a way that is meaningful and useful to them. As a young, busy mother, time and money are limited, so this gift has really helped me to work to my full potential. Thank you.” ALEXANDRA KENT School of Public Health & Social Policy Alexandra Kent is the recipient of the Jennie Butchart Scholarship in the School of Public Health and Social Policy. She works full-time from her home in Harrison Hot Springs for the Sts'ailes Community School in the Upper Fraser Valley while going to UVic online to complete her degree. She had the opportunity to contribute to national research on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and has published in the Arbutus Review on Indigenous rights. She plans to pursue a Masters degree once she graduates this year. Alexandra says, “I take pride in my academic achievements and I hope that you too, can take pride in my present success and future ambitions as the chosen recipient of the Jennie Butchart Scholarship.” Jabin Kim is the recipient of the JABIN KIM School of Child and Youth Care William and Gladys Partridge Award in Child Care. Living away from home and working with families in distress during her practica, she says, “Your act of kindness has supported me in times when financial support was needed and absolutely appreciated. I am very excited to start this career and be a change agent who is able to support children, youth and families.” Jabin is now employed as a Child Protection Officer in Port Coquitlam. Kelsa Laughlin, an emergency KELSA LAUGHLIN School of Public Health & Social Policy department nurse, is the recipient of the James and Phillippa Kerr Scholarship in the School of Public Health and Social Policy. She is pursuing her Masters degree online as her family temporarily lives overseas. Raising a young family is challenging enough, but Kelsa is also working and going to school as well. She says, “I am so thankful that I am able to continue my studies thanks to distance education. I feel very fortunate to be in my program, to be able to travel with my family and work abroad and I feel so grateful for being chosen for the James and Phillippa Kerr scholarship. Many thanks.” AMY LAW School of Public Administration “I am very thankful to receive the Jack Ebbels Scholarship as it will help me to pursue my goal of a career in natural resource management. This is a fitting match because Jack Ebbels, as the province's chief negotiator in the nisga'a land settlement claim, was dedicated to responsible stewardship of the land we live in. I am finding that the Masters in Public Administration program is providing me with an invaluable skill set directly relevant to today's need for careful and responsible management of our natural resources. I hope to make a difference in local, national and global management of our planet's wealthy but limited resources, so that we can pass on a richer more sustainable world to future generations. Once again I thank the Jack Ebbels family for their assistance in providing this scholarship.” “I am very thankful for a chance to be NATASHA LESNIKOVA School of Public Administration an MPA student at UVic. Nearing the end of the first semester I can say with confidence that the program has met and exceeded all of my expectations. I am very honoured to study alongside such a great group of aspiring individuals. I particularly thank our knowledgeable and experienced professors who not only teach, but also take their time to offer career guidance and any other advice. I am exceptionally proud to be acknowledged by way of receiving the Jack Ebbels Scholarship. I will do my best to ensure that my Master’s Project serves as a meaningful contribution in the realm of natural resource management.” LILLY LUK School of Nursing The Purves Sisters Scholarship is named after three sisters who all became nurses and who practiced in British Columbia their entire careers. Now retired, the sisters wanted to help other nursing students, remembering how difficult it had been for them to pay for tuition. Lilly Luk is a recent award recipient receiving the Purves Sisters Scholarship in her final year of studies. She says, “this scholarship made it easier for me to focus on my studies and not have to work as much to pay for tuition. Thank you!” JOANNE MACLAREN School of Nursing Recipient of the James and Phillippa Kerr Graduate Scholarship in the School of Nursing, Joanne says, “I wanted to take this opportunity to say a sincere thank you. I am truly grateful for this award and deeply moved to receive such an honour…while studying full-time, I am also working fulltime for VIHA and juggling a busy family life. I hope by role modeling my love for life-long learning, this will help my children to see the value in it too.” Mehdi Marefat emigrated from Iran MEHDI MAREFAT School of Health Information Science after finishing his degree in medical sciences. He is the latest recipient of the Denis and Pat Protti Scholarship in Health Information Science. He says, “health informatics has always been my passion. As a new immigrant, I felt the need to update my education in this area. I am extremely happy with this decision. I strongly believe that using information technology at the preventive health care level will lead to a substantial reduction in future health costs. I would also like to extend my family’s gratitude for your generosity and I hope to show myself worthy of this award.” LEANE MATHIAS School of Nursing Leane Mathias is the recipient of the James and Phillippa Kerr Graduate Scholarship in the School of Nursing. She says, “I have been a registered nurse since 1999, with the majority of my career focusing on the care of children with cancer and life limiting illnesses. I have aspired to be a nurse practitioner for many years, stemming from my enjoyment in working closely with families as well as my passion for healthy living. On graduating, I hope to work with marginalized families, either in my home community of north Vancouver or in Vancouver’s downtown eastside. I am tremendously grateful, not only for the financial benefit this scholarship will serve my family this year, but also for providing me with a boost of encouragement as I continue through the final stretch of this program. Thank you very much.” Glenn and Pauline Greene, donors DEVLIN MCDERMITT School of Nursing in the School of Nursing, with the latest recipient of their award, Devlin McDermitt now a nurse at the Royal Jubilee hospital. Devlin had not anticipated the heavy demands that would be placed on her by following her calling. “Although the nursing program has been challenging, and has expected more of me than I ever thought possible, it is well worth the time and effort.” The Greene Scholarship not only provided Devlin with much needed financial assistance, it has motivated her studies even more as she feels that her dedication and hard work have been recognized. TRICIA MCGUIRE-ADAMS Indigenous Governance Program Tricia is a recent graduate of the Indigenous Governance Program at UVic. She explains, “The David F. Norton and Mary J. Norton fellowship provided the opportunity to finish my community based research in my home territory; it provided the funds necessary to move home in order to complete my master’s thesis. I am very grateful for the assistance the Norton Fellowship offered in a time when support was needed. I am now a Research Officer at the National Association of Friendship Centres in Ottawa, Ontario. Without my master’s degree I could not have achieved my career goals; goals supported by the Norton Fellowship.” Meegwetch Bonnie McKechnie is the recipient of the Royal Jubilee Hospital Auxiliary BONNIE MCKECHNIE School of Nursing Elsa Groundwater Scholarship. She says, “I have been working extremely hard towards my dream of becoming a nurse, not only for myself but for my son’s future. I have continued my nursing degree even through the extreme stress of my son being sick with cancer. Your support has reduced the extreme financial burden which allowed me to pursue my dream of becoming a nurse. I hope one day that I will be able to give something back to others by supporting a scholarship for future students like myself. Thank you so much for your generous and kind spirit.” ALLISON MCLEAN School of Nursing Allison Mclean is the recent recipient of the Royal Jubilee Hospital auxiliary Elsa Groundwater Scholarship in the school of nursing. Currently in her 4th year, Allison chose nursing because she wants to make a difference in the lives of others. She says, “I have always wanted to be an operating room (OR) nurse. This summer I was accepted in to the Peri-Operative Program and begin my training in January, 2013. Receiving this award will allow me to focus primarily on my studies. Thank you so much for this opportunity.” LISA MCPHEE School of Nursing Lisa Mcphee is the latest recipient of the Eileen Lillian Cowling Memorial Bursary in the School of Nursing. Lisa says, “Being in a degree program is difficult enough and as a single parent it is even more complicated and has been at times overwhelming emotionally, physically, mentally and financially. Your donation has made it possible for me to finish my degree. I am the first person in my immediate family to graduate with a degree and whenever I ask my daughter what she would like to be when she grows up, she tells me ‘a nurse,’ so who knows what we have started here? Thank you!” SIMON MINSHALL School of Health Information Science Simon Minshall is the most recent recipient of the Denis and Pat Protti Scholarship in the School of Health Information Science. He says, “This award has meant a great deal to me and my family. The time commitment needed to complete all the tasks, research and papers and to complete them well is significant. The net result of the award is a number of hours per week that do not need to be engaged in employment. To the donors who help us students find the time to make good work possible through this important endowment fund, I must express my sincere gratitude and thanks.” FAYE MISSAR School of Public Health and Social Policy Faye Missar is in the Graduate Program of the School of Public Health and Social Policy and is a recent recipient of the James and Phillippa Kerr Scholarship. She is a distance student working from Ucluelet, BC and upon graduation hopes to work in collaboration with the Nuu-chah-nulth first nation to promote food security and nutritional awareness. She says, “this award will alleviate the financial stress associated with post-secondary education and allow me to 'dive in' and focus on my studies. Also, being rewarded for my hard work empowers me and motivates me to continue to study hard and do my best. Thank you so much for your support.” JULIE MOORE School of Public Health and Social Policy Julie Moore is a registered psychiatric nurse working with medically ill children at the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton. She is the first recipient of the James and Phillippa Kerr Scholarship in the School of Public Health and Social Policy, and is pursuing a Master’s degree through distance education. She says, “I am so grateful to have received this scholarship. It will allow me to focus more time and effort on my studies, giving me a break from working extra nursing shifts to support my tuition. This is a true gift and I thank you so much for your generosity and support. TARA MULCASTER School of Nursing Tara Mulcaster is close to finishing her nursing degree where she is specializing in post-operative care. As the recipient of the Royal Jubilee Hospital Auxiliary Elsa Groundwater Scholarship she says, “I am truly grateful for all the support that I have received as a nursing student. This financial assistance will help me during my journey of becoming a registered nurse. It makes a valuable difference in the lives of all seven of us in my family. The financial assistance that this award has provided my family is greatly appreciated and will never be forgotten.” John Nsabimana is the recipient of the JOHN NSABIMANA School of Public Administration Nelson Family Bursary for International Students in the Faculty of HSD. John was a Rwandan refugee as a child and plans to pursue a career in Humanitarian Affairs, particularly in the areas of child protection, emergencies and education. John is the Regional Youth Representative for the United Nations Children’s Agency and represents Canada at the Annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New York. He completed a Bachelor degree in child and youth care at UVic in 2011 and he is presently pursuing a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from the UVic School of Public Administration. Recipient of the Agnes Shahariw JOLLY NYEKO School of Child and Youth Care Memorial Scholarship in the School of Child and Youth Care. Having grown up as a child in need and going through the devastation of AIDS on her family, community and country, Jolly founded the organization “Action for Children” which cares for over 10,000 children in more than 3,000 families in Uganda. “When I received the news of the award from the University of Victoria, I felt like a heavy burden had just been lifted off my head! I had reason to smile, but instead, I cried for joy!” HALIMA O’BRIEN School of Nursing Halima O’Brien is the recipient of the Purves Sisters Memorial Scholarship and is in her last year in the school of nursing. She says, “for my practicum I was able to work at the Easter Seals’ Camp Shawnigan for children with disabilities. The learning was incredible but most of all the children and youth at the camp were inspiring. Thank you for being a blessing to me this year. I hope that you will experience the unexpected joy of having a stranger help you reach your dreams.” HEATHER PAYRASTRE School of Nursing Heather Payrastre is the recipient of the Zillah (Hobart) Wood Graduate Scholarship in the School of Nursing and hopes to pursue a career as a nurse educator. She says, “My research is focused on optimizing undergraduate education surrounding the car of children with disabilities. I am thrilled to have been selected for this scholarship as it helps me to balance the financial burden of a graduate education and to feel supported by members of the community who are dedicated to nursing practice. Like the late Mrs. Wood, I was a nurse at a summer camp. I feel connected to this commemorative donation through learning about its roots in a passion for our discipline. Thank you so much for your support.” DENISE SCOZZAFAVA School of Nursing Denise Scozzafava is a fourth year Nursing student specializing in Peri-operative nursing. As the recipient of the Elsa Groundwater Scholarship donated by the Royal Jubilee Hospital Auxiliary she works as a student nurse in the operating room of the Victoria General Hospital and provides home care for a gentleman with advanced Parkinson's disease while going to school. She says, “My ultimate career goal is to obtain my specialty as a Certified Peri-operative Nurse and then volunteer overseas with a charity to repair facial deformities of children in developing countries. I believe that fulfilling this particular goal would help me honour generous donors like you. I received tremendous support throughout my nursing education and I would like to repay that debt. Thank you again for this generous gift.” SARA SHORTEN School of Nursing Sara Shorten is the recipient of the Elsa Stephens Scholarship in Nursing. She says, “This scholarship will allow me to focus on achieving academic success in the year to come, as I am now able to treat school as my job. Having the financial stability to concentrate on my studies and volunteer work is a true gift. Thank you again for believing in the value of nursing leaders, and for taking the active steps to support us in our service to the community.” DALEENA SIGGELKOW School of Social Work Daleena Siggelkow is a third year Social Work student who hopes to specialize in family and foster care. She is most grateful to be the student award recipient of the Anita Lancaster Scholarship in the School of Social work. This award allows her time to volunteer at the Young Parent Support Network and the Best Buddies program working with adults who have disabilities. Daleena says, “without this support I would be seeking part-time work and would not have the time to give back to the community. This scholarship has been such a blessing for me!” ROBYN SPILKER School of Social Work Robyn Spilker is the recipient of the Anita Lancaster Scholarship in the School of Social Work. She says, “I chose to go into social work because I love working with people to create caring, supportive communities. When I graduate I plan to work with women, families and children at community non-profits. Eventually I hope to pursue graduate studies and become a professor at a faculty of Social Work in Canada. Thank you for helping me further my education and my aspirations!” COLLEEN SPOONER School of Child and Youth Care Colleen Spooner is the recipient of the Winnifred M. Clark Bursary for undergraduates in the School of Child and Youth Care. Colleen says, “education, moving, and money all cause stress, but because of my bursary I did not have to worry as much about the money and could concentrate more on my education and studying to be who I aspire to be.” Rebecca is a mother and Masters REBECCA TAYLOR School of Social Work student in Social Work, Indigenous Specialization, at UVic. On her mother’s side she is Inupiaq from Alaska and on her father’s side she is English. She was raised on Wet’suwet’en territories in Smithers, BC. Rebecca is the recipient of the Workplace Family Wellness Scholarship in Social Work. She says, “it’s an honour to receive this scholarship. It’s also a gift that I really need, after using student loans for so many years. When I am finished, I wish to continue working in the area of my thesis topic, which is relationship to place and identity. Thank you for supporting me in this work!” MARLA TURNER School of Public Health & Social Policy Marla Turner lives in Salmon Arm and is completing her degree in Health and Community Services online while raising a growing family. She is focusing her work on Indigenous peoples’ health and begins her first practicum at a First Nations health centre. She says, “my goal is to continue learning about different perspectives, as well as environments that promote wellness. I have a particular interest in trauma, addictions and healing. I hope to contribute in this area within the field of health and community services during my working career. In deep appreciation for the Pacific Blue Cross Scholarship in the School of Public Health and Social Policy.” JESSICA VANDECAR School of Nursing Third year Nursing student Jessica Vandecar is the recipient of the Dorothy Kergin Bursary. Raising two small children while attending university has had its challenges. Jessica says, “this financial gift is coming to me at a time of critical need and I am forever grateful. It is gifts such as these that have enabled me to focus on school without having to worry about how to feed my kids or keep them warm. I am a strong student with high hopes of working in the West Kootenays in maternal and child health. Thank you again for your help.” LEAH WILSON School of Nursing Leah Wilson is the recipient of the Joan E. Newton Scholarship in Nursing through the Canadian Federation of University Women. She has been a long time volunteer with Big Brothers and Big Sisters. Leah says, “I am currently starting the final semester in the first year of my Master’s Degree in Nursing at the University of Victoria. I am in the Nurse Practitioner option of this degree and after graduation plan to work in the community in primary care. My clinical interest lies in health promotion and disease prevention in women’s health, specifically around nutrition, body image and the prevention of eating disorders.” Jennifer Yeoman received the JENNIFER YEOMAN School of Nursing James and Phillippa Kerr Graduate Scholarship in Nursing. She says, “I am currently in my first year of the Masters in Nursing Program at UVic with the Nurse Educator focus. Nursing has been my passion for many years and I currently work with the intensive care unit at Surrey Memorial Hospital. I aspire to educate the next generation of dynamic nurses and with your support I am one step closer to achieving my goals. Thank you for making the James and Phillippa Kerr Graduate Scholarship in Nursing possible. I will never forget the generosity extended to me.” DIONE ROSS School of Social Work Dione Ross is the recipient of the Phil Petersen Memorial Scholarship in the School of Social work. She is very appreciative of this award and says, "my hometown is Nanaimo, BC and for the past five years I have been on a mission to achieve my goal of earning my very first bachelor of social work degree. I have been developing my passion for the human service field and never grow tired of helping others out! My future goal is to earn my Masters of Social work. With gratitude and thanks." CHARI DOWN School of Nursing Chari Down is a Licenced Practical Nurse (LPN) who is finishing her BSC degree in Nursing. She says, “I wanted to write to express my appreciation for being the recipient of the Elsa Stephens Scholarship in Nursing. I had always wanted to be a nurse and so I became a Licensed Practical Nurse in 2010. This was the right decision for me as I have been able to work casual as an LPN throughout my BSN Degree. My LPN wages and this scholarship has meant that I have not needed to receive student loans. I am very excited to begin my career as an RN BSN. Thank you for your generous gift. "