The Western Inspirational Award is a bursary given to local high school graduates in communities that are served by Western Financial Group, Western Coast Insurance Services, Wyatt Dowling, EGM Insurance, DMW Insurance or Axion Insurance Services who:
- Have displayed outstanding community and/or school spirit as an organizer, participant, or volunteer and/or
- Have demonstrated inspirational conduct – whether an act of heroism or leadership in a crisis and/or
- Have overcome adversity (mental/physical disability), financial hardship, family issues, etc.
The students may be nominated by any member of the school teaching staff, support or administrative staff, or by a member of the parent school council. A deserving special needs student may also be nominated for this award to recognize their efforts and determination to meet life’s challenges. Such a student may be unable to take post-secondary but would benefit from receiving a cash award to help pay for life improving equipment, training or supplies.
To date, the Western Communities Foundation has awarded more than 1,048 Western Inspirational Awards.