2014 Recipient Stories

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

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.”

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Roberta Parton

NRTF Scholarship

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.”

NRTF | First Nations Students Scholarships |

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.

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