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2021 Learning Awards Recipients

Bulkley Valley Community Foundation 2021 Learning Awards

The Bulkley Valley Community Foundation is proud to help local students reach their post-secondary educational goals.

Our Learning Awards program began in 2012 with total funding of $3,000 given to six graduating students. This year, the BVCF is providing $48,500 to 35 learners for five different types of awards. That’s an exciting growth trend!

“As students prepare for the school year, we thank generous individual and business donors for their funding. We invest these donations in perpetuity and steward their growth. The annual interest generated goes to qualifying students from Topley to Kitwanga.” says BVCF Board Chair Kate Daniels-Howard. “The BVCF is pleased to assist these future community leaders.”

New for 2021 are the Alec Duncan Cooper Awards. Cooper, an educator who spent part of his career in the North, developed an affinity for our communities. He left a generous bequest to the BVCF as a permanent legacy for Bulkley Valley students. Congratulations to the first-ever recipients on their tremendous achievements. Greyson Gould was awarded the Alec Duncan Cooper Award in Mathematics and Brooke Schley received the Alec Duncan Cooper Award in Physics. Both are Smithers Secondary School grads who are the top students in their subjects.

2021 is the third year for the Fritz Pfeiffer Adult Learning Awards. This years’ awards will help students from ages 19 to 51 who are beginning or continuing their post-secondary studies as adult learners in many fields. These awards were established by a remarkable gift from Telkwa’s late Fritz Pfeiffer, who wanted to help students with tuition fees and other educational expenses. Rebecca Sketchley, Chantel Wickson, Ella Maskiewich, Rachel Cuell, Kevin Berry, Tirion Grice, Oliver Holt, Aurora Mernickle, Kathryn Shiach, Julia Sundell and Katelyn Hirtz are the students benefitting from this wonderful legacy for 2021.

Recipients of the BVCF Grade 12 Learning Awards for 2021 are:

Mary Hodge, Jaxson Lohn, JulieAna Maciel and Ton Tran from Houston Secondary School;

Jessie Tran, Jenelle Stanton, Sarah Fillier, Janessa Garcia, Bodhi Wilson, Jackson McDiarmid, Jonah Ma, Morgan Fort, and Sage Murphy from Smithers Secondary School;

Caitlyn Wierenga, Cameron Dykstra, Ava Bruintjes, Deanna Wendt, and Sam Bredenhof from Ebenezer Christian Reformed School in Smithers;

Gavin Nanninga from Bulkley Valley Christian School in Smithers; and

Anela Croft and Patience Muldoe from Hazelton Secondary School.

Many thanks to Wetzin’kwa Community Forest Corporation for sponsoring Grade 12 Learning Awards, this year going to

Jackson McDiarmid and Janessa Garcia from Smithers Secondary School; and Gavin Nanninga from Bulkley Valley Christian School.

The Nick Van Arem Award for Courage, Spirit and Determination is chosen by Smithers Secondary staff for a student who exhibits courage and determination while overcoming their own challenges. This year we congratulate Aleea Zubeck with this well-earned honour.

In addition to these awards, the BVCF manages the Creative Roots Bursary Fund, providing tuition help for pupils of the Creative Roots Performing Arts School.


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Smithers, BC V0J 2N0
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