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Trevor Linden Community Spirit Scholarship

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver, BC - In partnership with Trevor Linden, the Canucks for Kids Fund (CFKF) is proud to award the seventh 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 $60,000 to 24 graduating students from across British Columbia.

After receiving hundreds of applications, the four recipients were selected by a six-person CFKF committee led by the scholarship’s namesake. Hailing from Victoria to Golden, this year’s winners set an extremely high standard, displaying outstanding initiative and passion to both identify and address needs within their local and global communities.

“Each year, the hundreds of applications from extraordinary youth continue to inspire and amaze me,” said Linden. “Their community spirit and accomplishments are remarkable, and I am honoured to support these young heroes as they pursue a post-secondary education.”

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, Future Goals and Seventh Generation Club. 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 30 years ago, the Canucks for Kids Fund has granted more than $50 million to these charities and numerous others. For more information, please visit www.canucks.com/cfkf.

2015 Trevor Linden Community Spirit Scholarship recipients:

Anna Legault is a graduating student from Esquimalt High School in Victoria. With a passion for social justice, Anna has dedicated countless hours to helping her community and her peers through various local initiatives. From captaining the school’s peer tutoring program to running an environmental group called ESCAPE (Esquimalt Students Care About Peace and the Environment), Anna has been able to help with different areas of her community. In addition to these efforts, Anna contributes as a lifeguard and coach at the YMCA-YWCA swimming schools and participates in various youth internatiaonal relations projects. Drawing upon a 2012 trip to Thailand, she also has plans to start a non-profit website to raise funds for rural people through the sales of traveler photographs. Anna’s goal is to one day work for the UN in order to truly make a difference in the world. She plans to participate in a once in a lifetime yearlong rotary exchange before attending the University of British Columbia in the fall of 2016 to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations.

Alexander Hook is a graduating student from Alpha Secondary School in Burnaby. His high interest in the environment and the desire to make a difference has driven Alexander to work tirelessly with several community groups to improve the world we live in. As a member of his school’s social justice club, “Offence”, Alexander regularly participates in the organization and distribution of food to the homeless on the downtown east side, among other projects. Over the years he has also dedicated himself to humanitarian and environmental efforts, from collecting recyclables off of the streets and shorelines to raising money for the underprivileged. The hours of dedication within the community are in addition to his academic pursuits, where Alexander has continually maintained a high academic standard. He plans to continue on his path to better the Earth through a degree in Environmental sciences, which he plans to earn from Simon Fraser University.

Duva Karunakaran is a graduating student from Eric Hamber Secondary School in Vancouver. In addition to his role as a member of the Vancouver District Students’ Council, Duva’s interest in the involvement of sports in the wellbeing of youth has spurred him to focus volunteer efforts on a variety of programs for children. This includes the formation of the “Kids for Kids Charity Initiative of Vancouver,” an organization that works to provide scholarships to young athletes in the community. When not working on schoolwork or within these organizations, Duva has participated in a BC Ministry advisory group regarding bullying and education, titled ERASE (Expect Respect and A Safe Education), and has served as a volunteer soccer coach for Special Olympics BC. The next step in his plan to help people lies in obtaining a degree in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of British Columbia, which he will pursue this fall.

Alberta Putney is a graduating student from Golden Secondary School in Golden. Her passion for bettering the lives of those in rural communities stems from her own experiences in a small town. With the intention of broadening the opportunities made available to youth, Alberta participated in a committee that planned for and organized the formation of a Youth Centre, finally bringing it to fruition. She has also spent several years as a member of an alcohol and drug education council titled P.A.R.T.Y (Prevention of Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth), and advocates for her peers to consider the consequences of actions. In addition to these services, Alberta spends her time in an Aboriginal group that encourages and celebrates her heritage, and facilitates a positive attitude among the youth. Having already created much change in her community, Alberta plans to pursue a degree in Nursing from Queen’s University with the aim of one day providing health care to rural communities within Canada.

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