2017 Recipient Stories

2017 Recipient Stories

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

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Darryl Harsch

Bachelor of Science – Nursing | University of Victoria
First Nations Health Authority Award Recipient

I chose to return to school to pursue a career in health care after working in the forest industry for 20 years. I am enjoying my program at UVIC where I have been focusing on Aboriginal Nursing. I am fortunate to be able to attend an institution that has great Aboriginal supports. I look forward to a career in Aboriginal Nursing on Haida Gwaii as this is where my family is from.

“I would like to thank the New Relationship Trust Foundation and the First Nation Health Authority for their support.”

Michelle Myers

Bachelor of Science – Environmental Conservation | Concordia University
First Nations Health Authority Award Recipient

I come from the Tsilhqot’in community of Xeni Gwet’in and I was raised by my parents within a cultural lifestyle. I am the mother of my six year old son Treven, and I have been in post-secondary education for four years. I hold strong beliefs in sustainable and environmentally friendly practices that are rooted in my traditional knowledge background. I have been involved in several climate action, Indigenous land sovereignty, and clean energy summits, workshops, and meetings. My dream is to help my community develop and economically viable management legacy that is based on our cultural teachings.

“I thank NRTF and FNHA for supporting me financially and believing in my abilities to continue my post-secondary journey. I thank my parents, family, and community of Xeni who have always whole-heartedly supported me and provided me with the back bone to chase my wildest dreams. University is tiresome, difficult, frustrating and everything in between but it is those who both encourage and discouraged me that have helped me build the steady path I am on. I encourage those who are beginning to build their own paths to remember that you may not always, or never, know where you are going or what you are doing but it is remembering who and where you come from that will keep you moving. Sachenalyagh gulin, Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

Lynn Morrison

Bachelor of Science | University of Victoria
BC Hydro Award Recipient

I am a member of Simpcw First Nations, born in Kamloops, BC. This year, I graduated from South Kamloops Secondary and have been accepted to the University of Victoria for Bachelor of Sciences. Furthering my education is extremely important to me as it opens more doors to being able to give back to my community. While continuing my education, I hope to help other youth find their confidence in themselves and the encouragement to achieve what they set their minds to as others did for me.

“Would like to thank Simpcw and my community back home for supporting me in my academic career and having their belief in me. To me family for always encouraging me, while letting me find my own path and experiences myself. And to New Relationship Trust for this amazing scholarship. There is so much gratitude for everyone who has come into my life and who have encouraged me to continue my studies.”

Chris Lechkobit-Carpenter

Community Economic Development | Concordia University
Chief Joe Mathias Award Recipient

Hello, my name is Chris and I am a Heiltsuk person from Vancouver, BC. I study Community Economic Development at Concordia University. This program is relevant to my career in social development and community organizations. I do this study and work to help communities grow themselves, to help build new paths forward, and to help strengthen enterprises and initiatives. In our lives and work we are embedded in our places, contexts, and relations. It is important to make a difference, to lead by example, and to support when needed. Anyone can do so, even if the task seems too big.

“Thank you so much for the support. To me, such recognition motivates me to do the best I can. The help one receives in achieving one’s goals is truly valuable. I am honoured to have the New Relationship Trust amongst my network of support and I hope to be able to pay it forward in being better equipped to help people, communities, and organizations through my work.”

Trevor Casey

Bachelor of Commerce | University of British Columbia
Scotiabank Award Recipient

My name is Trevor Casey, and I am from the Haida Nation. Since entering UBC in the fall of 2013 I have been a member of the UBC Thunderbirds varsity football team as well as a member of the Sauder School of Business. Athletics may have brought me to UBC but, since arriving, I have found a deep passion for the field of finance and economics. I hope to one day use what I learn to further the economic development of Haida Gwaii, and to give back to the community.

“Being a full time student as well as a varsity athlete, I am always struggling to manage my time as well as provide for myself. The support of the New Relationship Trust Foundation has allowed me to focus on the aspects of my life that I am passionate about: family, academics, and football. Without it, I wouldn’t have the opportunity I need to succeed in a competitive marketplace such as Vancouver.”

Orenda David-Noisecat

Accounting Diploma | British Columbia Institute of Technology
Peace Hills Trust Award Recipient

Orenda David-Noisecat is a full-time student as well as dedicated single mother. She is currently attending BCIT and working towards her FinancialManagement Diploma with a focus in Accounting. Further down the road she would like to continue onto a Bachelors Degree in Public Administration.  As an intergenerational residential school survivor she hopes to break that cycle, a proven way of doing so is by nurturing a positive environment for her son to be raised in. One that empowers the idea of First Nation’s people furthering their understanding of the world around them. This all starts with her own post-secondary education.

“I am so grateful for the opportunity to earn bursaries or grants such as this. I’m not only a single mother but also a single mother living away from the familiarity and support of home. Living on a shoe string budget for a family of two can be very difficult and adds a lot of unnecessary stress to an already stressful experience. With the help of organizations such as yours, I’m able to focus more on my son and my studies. And less on bills and questions like “where is our next meal coming from?”. Thank you very much for that, it means more than I can put into words.”

Kashtin Apsassin

Bachelor of Commerce | MacEwan University
Canfor Award Recipient

I am Kashtin Apsassin, a Dane-zaa student in my third year of pursuing my Bachelor of Commerce – management major. Throughout my life I have developed leadership and organizational skills. I was in Air Cadets for 6 years in Grande Prairie, and have active participation in my community – I have obtained the bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. These experiences put me on the path I am on today as I wish to make a positive impact in the world of management. I strive to lead, empower, and inspire my colleagues through ethical management practices.

“Words cannot express the gratitude I have for the opportunities you make available to individuals like me. I have just returned from an exchange semester in Austria as I enter my third year of studies, and I assure you, this scholarship will be put to good use in my studies.”

Laura Beaton

Renewable Resource Management | Lethbridge College
Aboriginal Energy Solutions Inc. Award Recipient

My name is Laura, I am from Skidegate village on the North Coast. I am attending Lethbridge College in Alberta enrolled in Renewable Resource Management. I work for Gwaii Haanas – Parks Canada and my program will help me climb the ladder more.

“This is the first time I have applied for a bursary for Post-Secondary. This application was hard work in getting all of the information right but worth it in the end.”

Tracey Aljam

Office Administration Certificate | Nicola Valley Institute of Technology
Drillwell Enterprises Ltd. Award Recipient

My name is Tracey Aljam. I am from the Coldwater Indian Band just south of Merritt, British Columbia. I am a full-time student at the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, and I currently enrolled in the Office Administration program. I have a talent for computer based work, a skill that I hope to practice in the future. One of my goals is to successfully complete the Office Administration Executive Assistant program, which is a new program for 2016–2017. I have always been a dedicated and hardworking person when it comes to achieving my goals.

Bryan Joe

Accounting Diploma | Langara College
The Connor Clark & Lunn Foundation Award Recipient

Artist turned potential C.P.A., Bryan Joe Jr. balances a cultural and business life of Indigenous dexterity. Born on the Comeakin reservation and raised in Sts’ailes gifted dual traditional values. While attending Blanche Macdonald, Bryan was exposed to social injustice during his studies. This inspired him to volunteer for the indigenous and environmental rights through various agencies which eventually led him to working in Accounts Receivable. Nurtured into an acting supervisory role, Bryan prospered and took accounting clerk training. He utilized these tools at the Circle of Eagles Lodge until his Accounting program started in September 2016 at Langara College.

“I’m excited, honoured, and thankful for the NRTF for covering me with this blanket in my studies. Thank you for supporting my dream in working to build a better indigenous community.”

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