Vancouver, BC – In partnership with Trevor Linden, the Canucks for Kids Fund is proud to award the third annual Trevor Linden Community Spirit Scholarship to four secondary school students throughout the province of BC. The scholarship recognizes graduating high school students who have maintained good academic standing and demonstrated exceptional leadership through a commitment to affecting positive change in their communities. Four outstanding students will each be awarded $2500 towards their first year of post-secondary studies.
“I am very proud to be awarding these scholarships because it not only recognizes academic achievement, it also honours students as leaders in their communities,” said Trevor Linden, Vancouver Canucks Alumni. “These are truly exceptional individuals who have directed their energy and passion towards enriching the lives of others.”
2011 Trevor Linden Community Spirit Scholarship Recipients:
Jordie Laidlaw is a graduating student from Queen Charlotte Secondary School and plans to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Northern BC. Over the years Jordie has steadily worked towards affecting positive change in his home community in Haida Gwaii through his role in a number of initiatives, including the “Youth in Charge” community economic development program, “All Island Relay,” and Teen Centre Society. In addition to dedicating his time as volunteer at his local hospital, Jordie also became a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary in February 2010.
Matthew Hoogveld is a graduating student from Robert McMath Secondary in Richmond, BC, and will be pursuing a kinesiology degree in the fall at Trinity Western University. Matthew has taken on tremendous responsibility within his family, caring for his brother who suffers from a serious health condition, and has also dedicated his time as a volunteer with the Steveston United Peers program, where he works with youth living with disabilities. A member of several school committees and the Link Leaders program, Matthew has also played a leadership role in his school’s Cops for Cancer event and served as the delegate for the 2009 Canadian Student Leadership Conference.
Leanne Huang is a graduating student from Windermere Community Secondary in Vancouver, BC. While attending the University of British Columbia in the fall, Leanne plans to work towards a Bachelor of Science in Food, Nutrition, and Health with a concentration in dietetics. Leanne has volunteered with ActNowBC and co-founded Recreation Club, an open and inclusive club that breaks down the barriers to participating in sports and physical activities while encouraging a healthy, active lifestyle. Her goal is to become a Registered Dietitian and to focus her efforts on more vulnerable communities such as the Downtown Eastside and rural areas, and she would also like to work with Médecins Sans Frontières.
Miles Marchand is a graduating student from Sa-Hali Secondary School in Kamloops, BC. With the goal of becoming a pediatrician and focusing his efforts on developing countries, he will start to work towards a Bachelor of Science at McGill University in the fall. A class trip to Guatemala last March inspired Miles to pursue a career where he could work with communities in developing countries, and he has since taken on a leadership role in his high school’s “Me to We” campaign as well as other fundraising and social responsibility initiatives.
About Canucks for Kids Fund
The Canucks for Kids Fund dedicates resources to assist charities and initiatives that support children’s health and wellness, foster the development of grassroots hockey, and facilitate and encourage education in BC. With the belief that children deserve the opportunity to embrace life, the Canucks for Kids Fund supports signature beneficiaries including Canucks Autism Network, Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, BC Children’s Hospital, and the Canucks Family Education Centre. Since its inception 25 years ago, the Canucks for Kids Fund has granted more than $37 million to BC charities. For more information, please visit www.canucks.com/cfkf.