CHHA/CHHA Foundation Scholarship Winner
CHHA/CHHAF Foundation Scholarship 2010 is awarded to Mark Sherwood of Osoyoos, BC. Mark was diagnosed with a hearing loss at the age of three. A teacher from high school describes Mark as a « quiet yet confident young man, who has a positive presence amongst his peers ». Mark is an avid soccer and hockey player, who will be attending the University of Victoria for a Bachelor of Commerce in the fall.
Frank Algar Memorial Scholarship Winner
The Frank Algar Memorial Scholarship 2010 was awarded to Kristin Ramsey of Richmond, BC, a fourth year Communications student at Simon Fraser University. Diagnosed with a hearing loss at three, Kristin never let this stop her from achieving Grade Eight in the Royal Conservatory of Music for Piano. She volunteers with the SFU student Newspaper, The Peak, and the BC Cancer Foundation. In the past year Kristin endured an injury that caused her hearing loss to drop dramatically, but she overcame this scare because of her strength of character.
Dr. Charles A. Laszlo Scholarship Winner
The Dr. Charles A. Laszlo Scholarship 2010 was awarded to Sarah Hajjar of Calgary, AB, who has completed her first undergrad degree at the University of Alberta in Kinesiology. Diagnosed with a hearing loss at seven, she is currently enrolled at the University of Calgary in a Professional Doctorate of Medicine, and has become the first severely hard of hearing student to be accepted for this program. Her goal is to « become an understanding and caring physician who makes a difference in other people’s lives, » yet looking at her 250+ volunteer hours at the Stollery Children’s Hospital, it seems she already has.