It’s back to school and Wounded Warriors Canada has announced their 2016 Veterans’ Child Scholars (VCS).
Through the generous support of the founding sponsors at The Bay Street Children’s Foundation, CIBC Capital Markets, RBC, and ITG, today 8 students are headed to their respective college or universities having received this important hand up. The $40,000 VCS fund provides one year of full-time post secondary education to 8 children whose parent(s) is a Canadian Armed Forces Veteran, serving or retired, affected by Operational Stress Injuries (OSI) – including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Wounded Warriors Canada is profoundly aware of the life changing impact that mental health injuries have on our military families and, specifically, the children. The Veterans’ Child Scholarship represents Wounded Warriors Canada’s first initiative directly focused on the children of our ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces members and Veterans.
The 2016 Wounded Warriors Canada Veterans’ Child Scholar:
Calissa Daley: Acadia University
Kayla Wiems: Camoson College
Ashley Pelletier-Simard: Dalhousie University
Julia Beekhouse: Saint Mary’s University
Katrina Hunter: University of Ottawa
Alisha Perreault: University of Ottawa
Mikayla Lively: Algonquin College
Alexander Jones: Queen’s University
Phil Ralph, National Program Director for Wounded Warriors Canada, commented, “Each of the applications we received were deserving of this fund. Their heart wrenching stories of what life can be like growing up in a home with a parent, or parents, who suffer with an Operational Stress Injury was a reminder to us all about the need to ensure the entire military family is supported when program options are considered. We look forward to watching the students grow and prosper in this next chapter of their lives.” – CINEWs