Five South Bruce students receive post-secondary bursaries

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Published Aug 14, 2023  •  Last updated 5 minutes ago  •  2 minute read

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Five South Bruce students have each been awarded a $1,000 bursary to support their continued education.

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Alena Cassidy, Emma Culbert, Harley Martin, Michelle Van Stuyvenberg, and Viviane Weiland were recently named recipients of this year’s South Bruce Post-Secondary Student Bursary, which is funded through the Early Investment in Education and Skills Fund provided by the Nuclear Waste Management Organization.

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According to a media release, applicants were asked to submit an essay explaining what changes they believe may occur in South Bruce should the NWMO’s deep geological repository be sited in the community.

Representatives from the Community Liaison Committee (CLC), municipal staff and the NWMO reviewed and scored the applications. Names and other identifiable information were redacted from the applications to ensure a fair and anonymous selection process, according to the release.

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“Applicants showed a keen interest in community involvement and career goals that made it clear to the bursary review committee that the future is bright in South Bruce,” CLC member Lexie Colvin is quoted in the release.

Since 2019, the bursary has been offered annually for municipal residents enrolled in a post-secondary education program for the upcoming fall term.

Cassidy is currently enrolled in Conestoga College’s Business Administration – Supply Chain and Operations Management (Co-op) program. She is interested in a career in the nuclear field that encourages facing challenges head on and is most interested in the purchasing side of the supply chain.

Culbert is working toward a degree in civil engineering at the University of Waterloo. She strives to work in a fulfilling profession and make a difference in her community by helping to build and improve infrastructure in South Bruce.

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Martin is currently at the University of Windsor studying Human Kinetics — Movement Science. Her aspirations include going to physiotherapy school to become a physiotherapist. She looks to help others by improving their mobility, general functioning and overall quality of life.

Van Stuyvenberg is studying Instrumentation and Control Engineering Technology for Industrial Automation at Lambton College. Her main objective following post-secondary is to apply at Bruce Power to work as an instrumentation and control technician.

Weiland is currently attending the bioresource engineering program at McGill University. After her studies are complete, she plans to pursue a career in urban ecology to design sustainable ecosystems that integrate human society with the natural environment.

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Author: Jordan Ross