It is with great excitement that Northern Community Development Services (NCDS) has started yet another project to help benefit the community.
2010 marked the first year that graduating students from Fort Frances, Rainy River, and Atikokan high schools were able to apply for a $1,000 bursary to help fund their post-secondary education.
The “NCDS Making A Difference Bursary” was awarded to the student who made the biggest contribution to their school and community through volunteerism.
NCDS is very pleased to announce that this year’s winner of the bursary was Jillian Kellar of Fort Frances High School.
“Here at NCDS, we pride ourselves in being involved in the community as much as possible, and we wanted the winner of this bursary to reflect our values as an organization,” noted NCDS executive director Jennifer Greenhalgh.
Kellar has volunteered her time for many different events and activities, including participating in a number of musical reviews, being a student mentor, and also serving as a student trustee on the Rainy River District School Board.
Outside of school, she has been a part of the health unit, “Best Buddies” program, and much more.
“Jillian’s dedication and community involvement made her the perfect recipient for the first-ever ‘NCDS Making A Difference Bursary,’” noted Jen Carmody of NCDS.
“I read through all of the applications and Jillian’s definitely stood out,” she added.
In order to apply for the bursary, students were asked to submit a 500-word summary of their community and school involvement while showing how they have made a difference.
The bursary was initiated as part of the Summer Jobs Service, which is funded through Employment Ontario.
NCDS would like to thank all of the students who applied for the bursary, but more importantly thank Kellar and the rest of the applicants for their efforts in making a difference in Rainy River District.