2021 Scholarship Recipients

We are pleased to announce the 2021 Scholarship Recipients. These four individuals were selected from a group of many worthy applicants and succeeded against tough competition.

Thank you to all who applied and please feel free to apply again.

More about this year’s winners can be found below:

Carrell Hearn Memorial Scholarship ($1,000) is offered by the North Shore Branch in memory of this long-time member and resident of West Vancouver who passed away in 2014 at the age of 105.
Recipient: Christopher Devos
School: University of British Columbia
Program of Study: Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Personal statement
: One of my biggest objectives is to follow a career path in the field of education in either an academic or museum-based institution. As an academic and museum educator and researcher, I will make it my personal mission to emphasize and amplify the voices and stories of historically marginalized groups and individuals, such as indigenous peoples, women, post-colonial cultures, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ communities that have existed over time.


The Frank Algar Memorial Scholarship ($1,000) was created in 2004 by the Algar family in memory of their father who was one of the founding members of CHHA.
Recipient: Gemma Greco
School: Ryerson University
Program of Study: Bachelor of Commerce (BComm) – Business  Management  (Major in Marketing)

Personal statement:
I was always dreaming about what I wanted to be when I grew up. At the time I didn’t exactly know what that occupation or what that person was going to look like. But the one thing I did know that I still believe in is that whatever I do, whatever I want to be, simply just want to be able to work hard and be happy while doing it and if I can find that feeling in a career then that’s the one for me.


The Dr. Charles A. Laszlo Scholarship ($1,000) was created in 2007 by Dr. Doreen Laszlo to honour the commitment and work of her husband on behalf of hard-of-hearing people.
Campbell Laidlaw
School: University of Calgary
Program of Study: Business and Kinesiology combined degree

Personal statement: My goal for the future is to become a commercial pilot. It is a very long and expensive journey that I will have to go through in order to achieve this goal. I will first have to finish my degree in Kinesiology and Business because most airlines require applicants to have completed a degree.


The Susan Brown Memorial Scholarship ($2,000) is sponsored annually by the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association – Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter.
Recipient: Olivia Pero
School: University of British Columbia
Program of Study: Bachelor of Science

Personal Statement: My goal is to earn a Bachelor of Science degree and then enter the school of Audiology and Speech Sciences. I would like to give back to the community that has given me so much. Furthermore, I aspire to advance technology in my chosen field.