The Rick Barrigar $10,000.00 scholarship recipient will be announced at the Key Club luncheon at the Fairmont Château Laurier on Friday, May 11, 2012.
Selected from all of Kiwanis Club of Ottawa’s sponsored Key Clubs as an outstanding individual, the recipient is a Grade 12 active Key Club member in good standing who demonstrates exemplary citizenship.
Citizenship is defined as the quality of an individual’s adjustment, responsibility or contribution to his or her community and/or school. Attributes include, but are not limited to, participation in Key Club and school activities, involvement in family and community work, maturity and academic standing. The award is intended to assist the recipient in pursuing a post-secondary education.
Key Club Luncheon - Guest Speaker Brenda Clement, "What Fundraising Has Taught Me"
Brenda Clement is a young student, studying nursing at the University of Ottawa. This immersion in learning about the definitions of health and wellness has led her to imagine a healthy Canada. However, it is her past work experience as a fundraiser that has deepened her understanding of global health. It has also led her to develop a passion for issues that can be easily fixed, and issues that require a little more work. She challenges friends and family to make healthy lifestyle choices for the long-run, but also asks that all people in privilege be sensitive to the needs of others and do what they can to help.
Congratulations to the Key Club students from our 5 sponsored Key Clubs, for hosting a great Key Club luncheon. They were very organized and clear when they made their presentations, and we were proud to have them host the luncheon. Jennifer Tran did a great job chairing the meeting! A total of $366.05 was collected at the Key Club Luncheon on Friday, May 11, which means each of the 5 Key Clubs will receive $73.21. Thank you to everyone for donating your change to the fine pot!
Brenda Clement, our guest speaker, was enthusiastic when she spoke of her personal history as a fundraiser, and shared some of the projects she has worked on with the Canadian Red Cross, Amnesty International, and Doctors Without Borders.
The first annual Rick Barrigar scholarship was presented to Anika Mehta, a grade 12 student and co-president of Sir Robert Borden Key Club. Anika will be attending the University of Waterloo in the fall, majoring in Science and Business administration.
The funds for this $10,000 scholarship come from the TV Bingo proceeds. The candidates to this award must be members in good standing of one of our five sponsored key clubs and have shown exemplary character and empathy towards others. Candidates are asked to write a 4-5 page essay answering questions on their involvement in their community, school and family, their goals and their accomplishments. The teacher-advisors of each key club make a first selection and choose up to 2 students per Key Club. A selection committee made up of 5 members – 4 from the Key Club KCO committee and one KCO member at large who grade the essay and then meet with each candidate for a one hour interview before making a selection. All candidates this year were very deserving students, the selection of the winner was not an easy task, but in the end everyone agreed that we had made the right choice.
The club will be contacting the registrar’s office at the University of Waterloo to transfer the funds to Anika’s account. We will be covering $5,000 of her tuition fees for each of her first two years at university. If Anika does not pursue her studies next year, the second half of her award will not be disbursed.
This year, the members of the selection committee were Robert Sirotek, Howard Lithwick, Patricia Creppin, Dawn Morewood and Hélène Crabb. Dawn was the member at large. Should anyone have further questions, please contact any member of the selection committee or Buck Madden and they will be happy to provide you with the information.