Vancouver, BC - In partnership with Trevor Linden, the Canucks for Kids Fund (CFKF) is proud to award the fifth annual Trevor Linden Community Spirit Scholarship to four graduating secondary school students throughout British Columbia. The $2,500 scholarship (to be used towards each winner’s post-secondary education) recognizes students who have maintained good academic standing and demonstrated exceptional leadership through a commitment to affecting positive change in their communities. Since its introduction in 2008, the Trevor Linden Community Spirit Scholarship has awarded $50,000 to 20 graduating students from across British Columbia.
After receiving in excess of 350 applications, the four recipients were selected by a six-person CFKF committee led by the scholarship’s namesake. Spanning from the Lower Mainland to Elkford, this year’s winners set an exceedingly high standard, displaying outstanding initiative and passion to both identify and address needs within their local and global communities.
“It is truly inspirational to see the philanthropic work that students across the province are undertaking both at home and internationally,” Linden said. “We are extremely proud to offer financial support for these remarkable individuals.”
2013 Trevor Linden Community Spirit Scholarship recipients:
Parys Liu is a graduating student from David Thompson Secondary School in Vancouver, BC. Inspired to make a difference in the lives of others after witnessing a tragic family accident, Parys co-founded K.A.R.E. (Kids Actions Really Energize) Power when she was 11 years old. Under the K.A.R.E. umbrella, she has spearheaded countless grassroots projects, including anti-bullying, animal rights and homelessness initiatives, as well as created opportunities for kids to involve themselves in physical activity and community gardening. Her most immediate project, “A Night in Harmony”, is a multi-school event aimed at tackling bullying through arts and entertainment. In addition to her humanitarian efforts, Parys has maintained honour roll status at her school while captaining her provincial and school volleyball teams. Her post-secondary goals are directed towards the Physiotherapy program at UBC.
Angad Manku is a graduating student from Tamanawis Secondary School in Surrey, BC. Since immigrating to Canada with his family only six years ago, Angad has immersed himself in a variety of community-enhancing projects. In addition to founding the Mentorship Program and organizing a Christmas dinner for underprivileged families at his school, he has volunteered at both the Surrey Food Bank and his local temple, as well as being very active with the BC Air Cadets. On an international level, he has been instrumental in his school’s efforts to raise money for clean water in both Kenya and India. With community work in an array of contexts, Angad has displayed a clear passion for affecting positive change in any way possible. Following his high school graduation, he aims to secure a Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Physics at UBC.
Nathalie Mila is a graduating student from Britannia Secondary School in Vancouver, BC. She is an active resident of the Downtown Eastside community, dedicating much of her extracurricular time to two not-for-profit organizations. As an accomplished piano player, Nathalie has volunteered her talents as a youth mentor at the Saint James Music Academy – a community program offering free classical music instruction to children and youth at risk – playing a crucial role in the lives of the academy’s young students. Nathalie also finds time to contribute to her community through the Union Gospel Mission, helping children of low-income families through the organization’s Summer Day Camp and Girls Night programs. Upon graduation, Nathalie hopes to complete either the Bachelor’s of Science or Midwifery Program at UBC.
Shelby Wurmlinger is a graduating student from Elkford Secondary School in Elkford, BC, a small town northeast of Cranbrook. A tireless community contributor at her school, she serves as a volleyball coach for younger grades while also representing her peers on Student Council and the Safe Schools committee as a student representative for anti-bullying. Shelby’s leadership extends well beyond her school activities as she is actively involved in the Elkford Youth Council and the District Council as a youth representative. She has utilized these positions to organize numerous social events for Elkford’s youth, making an invaluable impact in the small community of 2,500 residents. Academically, Shelby aspires to complete a Bachelor of Arts in English at the University of Lethbridge.
The Trevor Linden Community Spirit Scholarship is one of numerous in-school and educational initiatives that the Canucks for Kids Fund dedicates resources to. Other education programs supported by the Canucks for Kids Fund include the Canucks Family Education Centre, Fin’s Friends, Power PLAY, Business of Hockey, Seventh Generation Club, and Raise a Reader Day. The Canucks for Kids Fund also generously supports its signature beneficiaries including the Canucks Autism Network, Canuck Place Children’s Hospice and BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. Since its inception 27 years ago, the Canucks for Kids Fund has granted more than $41 million to these charities and numerous others. For more information, please visit www.canucks.com/cfkf