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Western Financial Group Recognizes a Record 93 Deserving High School Students

2014 bursary awards announced by the Western Communities Foundation.

Western Financial Group (Western) is proud to announce a record 93 winners for the annual Western Communities Foundation Exceptional Achievement Citation & Bursary Awards.

The $500 individual bursaries, totaling $46,500 in 2014, are made to Grade 12 graduates through Western’s charitable arm, the Western Communities Foundation. The bursaries are awarded to students who have overcome adversity, achieved success despite physical or mental limitations, displayed outstanding community or school spirit, performed an act of heroism or demonstrated leadership in a crisis.

“It is amazing to see that we are giving out 93 bursaries, a record number, to such a deserving group,” said Scott Tannas, founder and vice-chairman of Western Financial Group. “These awards are special to me and were created not with an emphasis on grades but to recognize students who are leaders in their community, have had exceptional achievements, or those who may have overcome adversity. My hope is that the bursaries will help these students who have lived Western’s values and contributed to each of their communities in many ways.”

This is the ninth year that the awards have been given to remarkable student leaders across Western Canada. Since its inception, the Western Communities Foundation has awarded more than 500 bursaries.

“The Western Communities Foundation is committed to giving back to the communities where we live and work, which includes through education and our student bursaries,” said John Jenner, executive director of the Western Communities Foundation. “These students may have overcome a hardship and have demonstrated leadership in their communities and we feel that it is important to recognize hard work and dedication. Through these bursaries we want to emphasize the importance of education, the individuals making a positive impact in our communities, and the strong youth leaders across Western Canada.”

The 2014 Western Communities Foundation Exceptional Achievement Citation & Bursary Award Recipients are:

British Columbia

School Hometown

Elanis McArdle

Peter Skene Ogden Secondary

100 Mile House, BC

Jessica Moriarty

Lakes District Secondary School

Burns Lake, BC

Emily Hazlehurst

Carihi Secondary

Campbell River, BC

Brittany Bodlock

Chase Secondary

Chase, BC

Christopher Zeglen

Cochrane High School

Cochrane, AB

Monica Wannop

Dawson Creek Secondary

Dawson Creek, BC

Nicole Fisher

Elkford Secondary

Elkford, BC

Chelsey Hill

Fraser Lake High School

Fraser Lake, BC

Jenny Jang

Fort Nelson Secondary

Fort Nelson, BC

Shaccara Orr

Fernie Secondary

Fernie, BC

Sarah Leach

Fort St. James Secondary

Fort St James, BC

Charles Allison

North Peace Secondary

Fort St. John, BC

Holly Wiens

North Peace Secondary

Fort St. John, BC

Heather Shutliff

North Peace Secondary

Fort St. John, BC

Katelynn Paynter

North Peace Secondary

Fort St. John, BC

Nathan Rendell

Houston Secondary

Houston, BC

Connor Oswald

JV Humphries School

Kaslo, BC

Dayna Schwarz

Rutland Senior High Svhool

Kelowna, BC

Nikita Taylor

Kelowna Secondary

Kelowna, BC

Tyler Logan

Selkirk Secondary

Kimberly, BC

Eve Riddler

Brockswood Secondary

Langley, BC

Julia Kadera

John Barsby High School

Nanaimo, BC

Madison Ginn

Cedar Secondary

Nanaimo, BC

Andrea Lee

Gulf Islands Secondary School

Pender Island, BC

Daniel Lam

Richmond High School

Richmond, BC

Nicole West

McMath Secondary

Richmond, BC

Trennin Lifely

Salmo Secondary

Salmo, BC

Kaitlin Greaves

Parkland Secondary

Sidney, BC

Conrad Anderson


Sooke, BC

Taylor Syrja

Sparwood Secondary School

Spawrood, BC

Carly Clements

Clayton Heights Secondary School

Surrey, BC

Andrew Magdrululan

Princess Margaret Secondary School

Surrey, BC

John Kennedy

Semiahmoo High School

Surrey, BC

Nathan Lenz

Mount Douglas Secondary

Victoria, BC

Stephanie Clark

Belmont High School

Victoria, BC

Max Lumseden

Steily's Secondary

Victoria, BC

Bethany Langkamer

Spectrum Community

Victoria, BC

Dean Myhal

Reynolds High School

Victoria, BC





Zachary Brooks-Poloway

Alix Mac High School

Alix, AB

Julee Roukena

Bashaw School

Bashaw, AB

Derian Measures

Barrhead Composite High School

Barrhead, AB

Melissa Yewell

Beaverlodge Regional High School

Beaverlodge, AB

Ella Cunningham

St. Joseph's Collegiate

Brooks, AB

Gideon Mentie

Brooks Composite High School

Brooks, AB

Madison Ginn

St. Michaels High School

Bow Island, AB

Katrina Marcotte-Kuflay

Our Lady of Mount Pleasant

Camrose, AB

Lane Verna

Willow Creek Composite High School

Claresholm, AB

Carlina Letourneau

Coronation High School

Coronation, AB

Kali Lynch

Drumheller Valley High School

Drumheller, AB

Travis Dietrich

St. Anthony's High School

Drumheller, AB

MacKenzie Burnnett

Parkland Composite High School

Edson, AB

Shelby Boehlke

J.C. Charyk Hanna School

Hanna, AB

Trainlina Hill

Highwood High School

High River, AB

Carley McKinlay

Notre Dame Collegiate

High River, AB

Kennedy Zaystoff

Holy Cross High School

Langdon, AB

Cassidy James

Medicine Hat High School

Medicine Hat, AB

Bradley Nelson

Morrin School

Morrin, AB

Alyssa Oulette

J.J. Foster High School

Nanton, AB

Grace Williams

Holy Trinity Academy

Okotoks, AB

Philip Taylor Smith

Highwood High School

Okotoks, AB

Joel Cooper

Strathmore High School

Strathmore, AB

Anna Ho

WR Meyers High School

Taber, AB

Kaiden Feil

Oil Fields High School

Turner Valley, AB

Amelia Gosselin

St. Jerome's High School

Vermillion, AB





Matthew Thomson

Assiniboia Composite High School

Assiniboia, SK

Mackenzie Shaver

LeRoy School

LeRoy, SK

Amanda Hetu

Holy Rusary High School

Lloydminster, SK

Joan Bedard

Melfort Collegiate

Melfort, SK

Tanya Quast

L.P. Miller Comprehensive

Nipawin, SK

Kyla Le Cuyer

L.P. Miller Comprehensive

Nipawin, SK

Mark Kramer

St. Mary High School

Prince Albert, SK

Jessica Schluff

Carlton High School

Prince Albert, SK

Dayna LaFortune

Rosetown Central High School

Rosetown, SK

Lacey Pritchard

Shaunavon High School

Shaunavon, SK

Sawyer Busse

Winston High School

Watrous, SK

Calyton Rondeau

Assiniboia Composite High School

Willow Bunch, SK

Tori Sautner

Wolesley High School

Wolseley, SK





Osvaldo Rodriguez Medrano

Crocus Plains High School

Brandon, MB

Ellen Lamont

Neelin High School

Brandon, MB

Brett Skibo

Vincent Massey High School

Brandon, MB

Harold Groves

Gilbert Plains Collegiate

Gilbert Plains, MB

Daniel Eyo

Goose Lake High School

Roblin, MB

Tyson McRae

Souris High School

Souris, MB

Chhya Kapoor

R.D. Parker Collegiate

Thompson, MB

Jadine Merasty

Churchill High School

Winnipeg, MB

Ryan Henrikson

Oak Park High School

Winnipeg, MB

Morgan Hrynkow

College Pierre Elliot Trudeau

Winnipeg, MB

Kate Hiscott

Sisler High School

Winnipeg, MB

Deanna DeMare

College Jeanne-Sauve

Winnipeg, MB

Cyrus Troche

River East Colleigate

Winnipeg, MB

Roi Mendoza

Maples Collegiate

Winnipeg, MB

Troy Bird

Dakota Collegiate

Winnipeg, MB

Tracy Francisco

Murdoch Mackay Collegiate

Winnipeg, MB

About the Western Communities Foundation

To express our appreciation and demonstrate our support for the western communities where we live and work, Western Financial Group founded the non-profit Western Communities Foundation in 2002. The mission of the Western Communities Foundation is to give back to the communities that we live and work in as well as promote pride in our employees through our involvement in a variety of charitable programs focused on public health, public housing, education and recreation. Donations are made to the communities through three core programs: community infrastructure grants, matching grants and Exceptional Achievement Citation & Bursary Awards.

About Western Financial Group

Western Financial Group is a diversified insurance company that serves more than 790,000 customers across western Canada. Founded in 1996 and headquartered in High River, Alberta, Western provides personal and business insurance services through more than 160 office locations and affiliates and online. With a skilled team of approximately 1,800 employees, Western is committed to building the strongest insurance brokerage network in Western Canada.

Western Financial Group is a subsidiary of Desjardins Group, the leading cooperative financial group in Canada.

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