The Lloydminster Region Health Foundation sets aside a day each year where they give back to their community in a very tangible way, by providing scholarships and professional development grants to deserving recipients. This year the day was Aug. 14 at the new health facility in the Co-op Plaza.
The fact of the matter is, the health foundation considers the $23,000 they handed out as investments in Lloydminster’s future. This money was divided amongst several recipients for educating local health care professionals and students.
“It is a very happy day for us,” said board chairman Darrel Howell. “We are able to give scholarships and professional development funds to a number of very deserving people to help them enhance health care in Lloydminster.”
Giving these scholarships and grants is a tradition that has been going on for about the last decade or more.
“It helps a lot of people further their education, both students and also people that are practicing already. A lot of them can continue to upgrade, making them that much more effective,” said Howell.
In total, 11 individuals received funding. The George Phillips Memorial Scholarship presenter was Joanne Berry. Terrance Sokalofsky, recipient, is completing his final year for his master of science in audiology.
The Kitty Goodfellow Nursing Scholarship was presented to the recipients by Dr. Don Duncan, director, Lloydminster Region Health Foundation board. Brittany Williams, recipient, is entering her third year studying RN degree program at U of S. Julie Salus, recipient, is entering her fourth and final year studying in the RN degree program at U of S. Joshua Pynten, recipient, is entering his second year of the RN degree program at UBC.
The Ken Stanley Memorial Scholarship was presented to Ian Stefanuk, who is entering doctor of medicine at U of A by Dr. Don Duncan.
The Pat Redden Memorial Scholarship was presented by Gord Redden. The scholarship was awarded to Eryn Lavallee, who is entering her fourth and final year studying the RN degree program at U of S.
The Goodfellow Professional Development Grant (nursing only) was awarded to several individuals. Jacobi Haycock, STABLE course for ill infants, one of 15 nurses in obstetrics, and Michelle Turgeon received for a palliative care course. Angie Payne received for STABLE course, one of 15 obstetrics nurses. Crystal Larson – recipient of grant for Physical Assessment course. Nurse educator Ronda Zinger was the recipient for Physical Assessment Course.
This grant program is directed towards full-time or permanent part-time nursing staff employed at the Lloydminster Hospital or an affiliated program: Dr. Cooke Extended Care Centre, Jubilee Home, home care or public health.
“It is our pleasure to help them achieve what they want to achieve,” said LRHF CEO Wendy Plandowski.