Investing in First Nations in British Columbia

2014 Recipient Stories

Below are some inspiring messages of gratitude sent by past recipients of New Relationship Trust Foundation scholarships and bursaries.

Download the 2013-14 Recipient Brochure

Joseph Sampare

Joseph Sampare

First Nations Health Authority Bursary Recipient
Social Work

I grew up in Gitsegukla, a small village along the Skeena River. I decided to do a life reboot about 20 months ago. Deciding to move onto a healthier path, I quit drinking and decided to go to school. I found my inspiration for a new career while working as a youth support worker for the Prince Rupert Friendship House. Deciding I wanted the skills necessary to do more for Aboriginal youth, I chose North Island College’s Courtenay campus on Vancouver Island as my jumping off point for my ultimate goal of getting a master’s degree in social work.

Every little bit helps when you’re a student in school, especially going back to school in an urban environment where the cost of living is much higher than smaller locales. This bursary will go a long way in helping me achieve my long term educational goals and I’m very grateful for it.

Roberta Parton

Roberta Parton

NRTF Scholarship
Medicine

I was born and raised in Campbell River. Growing up on my reserve afforded me many experiences such as what it means to be a conscious community member as well as giving me first hand experience with Aboriginal health issues. I studied biochemistry and french in Victoria, BC, before beginning my medical studies. I have a six-year-old daughter who is my constant motivation to be a better person. I am most interested by family medicine and I hope to contribute towards improvements in the current disparities in Aboriginal health.

I am fortunate that I have received the NRT scholarship throughout all four years of my undergraduate studies at UVic. I am extremely honoured that I have been selected to receive continued support through the doctorate scholarship to contribute towards my medical training. There are many barriers to an education and the financial aspect is a significant hurdle for many people. I would like to thank NRT and everyone involved for the continued support. The support I receive from NRT has been an invaluable asset to my success thus far and I am deeply grateful I have been chosen as a scholarship recipient.

Tauren Collinson

Tauren Collinson

NRTF Bursary
Resource Management Officer Technology

I am a 23 year-old student currently enrolled in the Resource Management Officer Technology Program at Vancouver Island University, successfully completing my first year. I am of Haida ancestry and have a strong connection to the land as I was born and raised on Haida Gwaii. I have completed three full years in university, two of which were in the Science Program studying biology. I have also successfully completed the Haida Gwaii Semester, a program based on the study of natural resources such as ecology.