Island students awarded legacy scholarships
Four Prince Edward Island students have been awarded the first scholarships from TRH the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Legacy Fund.
UPEI students Heather Crane, Kestra Greer, and Micalya Darrach along with Holland College student Master Cpl. Nathaniel Mason received the $2,200 awards at a Government House ceremony last night. Administered by the Community Foundation of Prince Edward Island, the scholarship commemorates the royal couple’s 2011 visit and was established by the provincial government and Mary Mills-Dunea, a frequent Island visitor and avid follower of the Royal Family.
“Our government is honoured to present these awards in the name of TRH the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge that reflect our shared values of youth engagement and education,” Premier Wade MacLauchlan said. “I am proud of these four Island students for their remarkable achievements and for committing to make a difference in lives of others.”
The scholarships will be awarded each year to Island students attending postsecondary institutions on Prince Edward Island. To be eligible, students in financial need must demonstrate leadership ability and volunteer for causes promoted by the royal couple including disadvantaged youth, military families, and conservation.
“The Community Foundation of PEI is honoured to be entrusted with TRH the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Legacy Fund,” Community Foundation President John Robinson said. “The fund represents the generosity of Mary Mills-Dunea and the province of Prince Edward Island and has enjoyed significant investment growth to the point where we are able to present these four scholarships.”
For more information, or to make a contribution to TRH the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Legacy Fund, visit www.cfpei.ca.
Recipients of the inaugural TRH Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Scholarship
Springvale, Prince Edward Island
Heather is in her fourth year of the bachelor of science program at UPEI and is working toward a double major in chemistry and psychology and a minor in math. She has been accepted into the education program and hopes to work as a guidance counsellor in the secondary school system.
Heather is an active volunteer supporting Canadian veterans. She devotes her time to the Royal Canadian Legion – Kingston Legion Branch #30. The Legion has 110 members, most between 60 and 80 years old. To promote legion activities and services to a wider community, Heather set up and manages a Facebook page for the veterans. She also helps distribute poppies and wreaths and helps out with cooking and serving at veterans’ dinners.
Heather and a family member also produce an annual Remembrance Day video honouring legion members who have passed away. Through her volunteer work at the legion, Heather had the opportunity to visit Vimy Ridge and learn firsthand the sacrifices that were made for Canada’s citizens.
Micalya G. Darrach
Cornwall, Prince Edward Island
Micayla is in her fourth year in the bachelor of science in nursing program at UPEI and plans to obtain her masters in nursing. Micayla and has had many opportunities to develop her leadership potential on campus and in her community. Since first-year nursing, she has been the UPEI Nursing Society representative for her class which has led to her involvement as a member of the UPEI School of Nursing Student-Faculty Liaison Committee. She also volunteers with the UPEI chapter of the Best Buddies Program, which offers one-to-one friendships and leadership development for young people with intellectual and development disabilities.
In 2015, Micayla volunteered with the medical service trip, Lifeline Christian Mission, to the impoverished regions of Haiti offering health promotion initiatives and nursing care to children and families of Grand Groave. She participated in a self- funded 2012 Jamaica service trip to underprivileged regions of Jamaica visiting schools, orphanages, and homes for mentally challenged children. Following this experience, she organized a fundraising dinner and donated over $2,500 to the children at the Jamaica School for the Deaf.
In recognition for her community work, Micayla received: the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award for Young People; the Gold Standard Award from Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex in 2015; and the Canadian Red Cross 2016 PEI Humanitarian of the Year Award.
Vernon Bridge, Prince Edward Island
Kestra is in her first year of study at UPEI and is working towards a history degree. She is a member of a military family with her parents each having served in the military for 25 years. Her father served a tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2005. Kestra has a deep appreciation and understanding about service to Canada and takes great pride in her parents’ work and dedication.
Kestra is active with her local 4-H Club. She has served as the club’s secretary and president and also chaired the annual communications public speaking event. She demonstrated leadership experience working with a group of peers on a community project called “Promoting Prominence: Showcasing Island Success Stories” that brought together prominent and influential Islanders to share their advice in the community. In addition to helping organize the event, Kestra acted as co-chair for the event.
Kestra has a strong interest in conservation and local history. She has worked and volunteered at the MacPhail Homestead Historical Site and the MacPhail Woods Project where she spent time helping preserve heritage breeds of flora and fauna. Kestra has also researched Sir Andrew MacPhail and his family, and their contribution to life on Prince Edward Island.
Master Cpl. Nathaniel Mason
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Nathaniel Mason is in his second year in the primary care paramedic program at Holland College. Prior to attending Holland College, Nathaniel attended UPEI and completed three years towards his bachelor of science in psychology. He aspires to become a Search and Rescue Technician and he plans to complete his bachelor of science in paramedicine at UPEI and return to Holland College for advanced care paramedic education.
Nathaniel is a high achiever academically and values the importance of education. He is actively involved in school, volunteer and community work. He volunteers with Fitzroy Mental Health Centre, Canadian Blood Services, Thousand Islands Ground Search and Rescue Team, and the Civil Air Search and Rescue Team.
Nathaniel joined the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves in 2010 while attending high school and is presently serving with the 36 Signal Regiment Detachment Charlottetown as a communications specialist. He is highly respected by his peers and superiors and displays outstanding leadership.
Nathaniel was awarded squadron soldier of the year and in the same year, received the honour of regimental soldier of the year. He has received the Bucky Buchanan Memorial Award, an award voted on by all members of the squadron.
Department of Workforce and Advanced Learning