Western Recognizes a Record 93 Deserving High School Students

2014 bursary awards announced by the Western Communities Foundation.

Western Financial Group (Western) is proud to announce a record 93 winners for the annual Western Communities Foundation Exceptional Achievement Citation & Bursary Awards.

The $500 individual bursaries, totaling $46,500 in 2014, are made to Grade 12 graduates through Western’s charitable arm, the Western Communities Foundation. The bursaries are awarded to students who have overcome adversity, achieved success despite physical or mental limitations, displayed outstanding community or school spirit, performed an act of heroism or demonstrated leadership in a crisis.

“It is amazing to see that we are giving out 93 bursaries, a record number, to such a deserving group,” said Scott Tannas, founder and vice-chairman of Western Financial Group. “These awards are special to me and were created not with an emphasis on grades but to recognize students who are leaders in their community, have had exceptional achievements, or those who may have overcome adversity. My hope is that the bursaries will help these students who have lived Western’s values and contributed to each of their communities in many ways.”

This is the ninth year that the awards have been given to remarkable student leaders across Western Canada. Since its inception, the Western Communities Foundation has awarded more than 500 bursaries.

“The Western Communities Foundation is committed to giving back to the communities where we live and work, which includes through education and our student bursaries,” said John Jenner, executive director of the Western Communities Foundation. “These students may have overcome a hardship and have demonstrated leadership in their communities and we feel that it is important to recognize hard work and dedication. Through these bursaries we want to emphasize the importance of education, the individuals making a positive impact in our communities, and the strong youth leaders across Western Canada.”

The 2014 Western Communities Foundation Exceptional Achievement Citation & Bursary Award Recipients are:


British Columbia

Student School Hometown
Elanis McArdle Peter Skene Ogden Secondary 100 Mile House, BC
Jessica Moriarty Lakes District Secondary School Burns Lake, BC
Emily Hazlehurst Carihi Secondary Campbell River, BC
Brittany Bodlock Chase Secondary Chase, BC
Christopher Zeglen Cochrane High School Cochrane, AB
Monica Wannop Dawson Creek Secondary Dawson Creek, BC
Nicole Fisher Elkford Secondary Elkford, BC
Chelsey Hill Fraser Lake High School Fraser Lake, BC
Jenny Jang Fort Nelson Secondary Fort Nelson, BC
Shaccara Orr Fernie Secondary Fernie, BC
Sarah Leach Fort St. James Secondary Fort St James, BC
Charles Allison North Peace Secondary Fort St. John, BC
Holly Wiens North Peace Secondary Fort St. John, BC
Heather Shutliff North Peace Secondary Fort St. John, BC
Katelynn Paynter North Peace Secondary Fort St. John, BC
Nathan Rendell Houston Secondary Houston, BC
Connor Oswald JV Humphries School Kaslo, BC
Dayna Schwarz Rutland Senior High Svhool Kelowna, BC
Nikita Taylor Kelowna Secondary Kelowna, BC
Tyler Logan Selkirk Secondary Kimberly, BC
Eve Riddler Brockswood Secondary Langley, BC
Julia Kadera John Barsby High School Nanaimo, BC
Madison Ginn Cedar Secondary Nanaimo, BC
Andrea Lee Gulf Islands Secondary School Pender Island, BC
Daniel Lam Richmond High School Richmond, BC
Nicole West McMath Secondary Richmond, BC
Trennin Lifely Salmo Secondary Salmo, BC
Kaitlin Greaves Parkland Secondary Sidney, BC
Conrad Anderson EMCS Sooke, BC
Taylor Syrja Sparwood Secondary School Spawrood, BC
Carly Clements Clayton Heights Secondary School Surrey, BC
Andrew Magdrululan Princess Margaret Secondary School Surrey, BC
John Kennedy Semiahmoo High School Surrey, BC
Nathan Lenz Mount Douglas Secondary Victoria, BC
Stephanie Clark Belmont High School Victoria, BC
Max Lumseden Steily’s Secondary Victoria, BC
Bethany Langkamer Spectrum Community Victoria, BC
Dean Myhal Reynolds High School Victoria, BC



Student School Hometown
Zachary Brooks-Poloway Alix Mac High School Alix, AB
Julee Roukena Bashaw School Bashaw, AB
Derian Measures Barrhead Composite High School Barrhead, AB
Melissa Yewell Beaverlodge Regional High School Beaverlodge, AB
Ella Cunningham St. Joseph’s Collegiate Brooks, AB
Gideon Mentie Brooks Composite High School Brooks, AB
Madison Ginn St. Michaels High School Bow Island, AB
Katrina Marcotte-Kuflay Our Lady of Mount Pleasant Camrose, AB
Lane Verna Willow Creek Composite High School Claresholm, AB
Carlina Letourneau Coronation High School Coronation, AB
Kali Lynch Drumheller Valley High School Drumheller, AB
Travis Dietrich St. Anthony’s High School Drumheller, AB
MacKenzie Burnnett Parkland Composite High School Edson, AB
Shelby Boehlke J.C. Charyk Hanna School Hanna, AB
Trainlina Hill Highwood High School High River, AB
Carley McKinlay Notre Dame Collegiate High River, AB
Kennedy Zaystoff Holy Cross High School Langdon, AB
Cassidy James Medicine Hat High School Medicine Hat, AB
Bradley Nelson Morrin School Morrin, AB
Alyssa Oulette J.J. Foster High School Nanton, AB
Grace Williams Holy Trinity Academy Okotoks, AB
Philip Taylor Smith Highwood High School Okotoks,  AB
Joel Cooper Strathmore High School Strathmore, AB
Anna Ho WR Meyers High School Taber, AB
Kaiden Feil Oil Fields High School Turner Valley, AB
Amelia Gosselin St. Jerome’s High School Vermillion, AB



Student School Hometown
Matthew Thomson Assiniboia Composite High School Assiniboia, SK
Mackenzie Shaver LeRoy School LeRoy, SK
Amanda Hetu Holy Rusary High School Lloydminster, SK
Joan Bedard Melfort Collegiate Melfort, SK
Tanya Quast L.P. Miller Comprehensive Nipawin, SK
Kyla Le Cuyer L.P. Miller Comprehensive Nipawin, SK
Mark Kramer St. Mary High School Prince Albert, SK
Jessica Schluff Carlton High School Prince Albert, SK
Dayna LaFortune Rosetown Central High School Rosetown, SK
Lacey Pritchard Shaunavon High School Shaunavon, SK
Sawyer Busse Winston High School Watrous, SK
Calyton Rondeau Assiniboia Composite High School Willow Bunch, SK
Tori Sautner Wolesley High School Wolseley, SK



Student School Hometown
Osvaldo Rodriguez Medrano Crocus Plains High School Brandon, MB
Ellen Lamont Neelin High School Brandon, MB
Brett Skibo Vincent Massey High School Brandon, MB
Harold Groves Gilbert Plains Collegiate Gilbert Plains, MB
Daniel Eyo Goose Lake High School Roblin, MB
Tyson McRae Souris High School Souris, MB
Chhya Kapoor R.D. Parker Collegiate Thompson, MB
Jadine Merasty Churchill High School Winnipeg, MB
Ryan Henrikson Oak Park High School Winnipeg, MB
Morgan Hrynkow College Pierre Elliot Trudeau Winnipeg, MB
Kate Hiscott Sisler High School Winnipeg, MB
Deanna DeMare College Jeanne-Sauve Winnipeg, MB
Cyrus Troche River East Colleigate Winnipeg, MB
Roi Mendoza Maples Collegiate Winnipeg, MB
Troy Bird Dakota Collegiate Winnipeg, MB
Tracy Francisco Murdoch Mackay Collegiate Winnipeg, MB


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