Six deserving students capped off the summer by receiving CFB Borden Base Fund Scholarships to put towards their post-secondary education.
The $1,000 scholarships are awarded annually to children of military members and the Base Borden Defence Team. The winners are selected based on academics, achievements, participation in both school and extracurricular activities, as well as community involvement. The Tenacity Award of $1,000 goes to the student who demonstrated outstanding ability to overcome obstacles to their achievement.
The ceremony took place at the Base Borden Military Museum on 19 August, with recipients and their families in attendance. Presenting the scholarships were Base Commander Col Jonathan Michaud and Base Borden CWO Buckingham, 16 Wing Commander Col Darryl Taylor and 16 Wing CWO Geoff Rusconi, and Commanding Officer of Administration Services Unit LCol Natalie Cathcart and CWO of the Administration Services Unit CWO D.W.L. Thomas.
Congratulations to the 2022 recipients:
Amber Boies from Borden, Ont. is attending Carleton University to pursue a Bachelor of Engineering, specifically biomedical and mechanical engineering. Amber served on student council and started a youth book club through the Essa Public Library.
John Dowdall from Barrie, Ont. is attending the University of Guelph to pursue a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences. As the financial director on student council, he has spent more than 600 hours volunteering within his school and community, and also served as the school’s mascot for events.
Nicholas Lancione from Midland, Ont. is studying Carpentry and Renovation Techniques at Georgian College. Nicholas graduated with a special designation of Specialist High Skills Major in Sports for time spent organizing and leading events within the school and community.
Zi Wei Li from Toronto, Ont. is attending the University of Western Ontario to pursue a Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies and Honours Business Administration. Zi Wei is the co-founder of HeatStreak Apparel, team lead for a mentorship program for incoming high school students through Project 5K, a youth-run non-profit.
Madeleine Mills from Innisfil, Ont. is attending McMaster University to study Life Sciences, with plans to apply to McMaster’s Department of Medicine after completing her program to become a medical doctor.
Emily Anderson from Barrie, Ont. is this year’s recipient of the Tenacity Award. Emily is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Education at Lakehead University to teach Kindergarten to Grade 6. Captain of the rugby team and team lead for the year-end assembly presentation at school, she has also been a camp counsellor for many years at the Base Borden Summer Fun Camp.
By: Emily Nakeff, Editor