More than $30,000 has been awarded to this year’s graduating class at Lake Cowichan School, all from local organizations, governments and individuals.
“We’re very proud and very impressed at LCS,” said principal Nicole Boucher during her opening remarks at awards nights on June 2. In addressing the students seated on the school’s auditorium stage, she expressed her pride in the hard work they had all shown in reaching these final weeks of school.
“You have a lot to offer both the school, the community and the rest of the world as you go on in life. It’s with great confidence that we, the staff at LCS, are going to be sending you off to the next chapter. In the case of students receiving scholarships and bursaries, the next chapter will probably involve post-secondary learning,” she said.
The awards came from a variety of groups and businesses including the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 5101, Beta Sigma Phi, the BPO Elks, the Cowichan Lake District Chamber of Commerce, the Lake Cowichan Royal Canadian Legion, the Lake Cowichan School Parent Association, the Honeymoon Bay Society, the Lake Dental Centre, the Kaatza Lakeside Players, Lake Cowichan Fire Department, Lake Cowichan Kinsmen, the Cowichan Lake Community Forest Cooperative, the Cowichan Wheels Association, Cowichan Lake and River Stewardship, Cowichan Valley Naturalists’ SOciety, Palsson Elementary, Lake Dance, Lake Cowichan Lions and School District No. 79.
The town of Lake Cowichan and CVRD Areas F and I also provided scholarships.
There were also a dozen awards from local citizens, often created in memory of a loved one.
This year’s award winners were: Carter Allan ($1,000), Crystal Bell ($2,850), Allison Bigrigg ($250), Robin Brooks ($1,200), Chase Convery ($300), Evan Croteau ($3,100), James Cummings ($900), Sydney Fothergill ($1,500), Mikayala Green ($500), Tristan Hill ($1,250), Carly Killen ($500), Isabella Kuta ($1,750), Kevin Li ($250), Kristen Livingstone-Hamilton ($500), Grace Matson ($200), Rai Mullin ($4,700), Rebecca Oliver ($500), Alivia Pike ($250), Alyssa Porter ($1,000), Jaclyn Roach ($1,200), Kristin Svenden ($1,500), Avi Usulum ($750), Stephen Vatcher ($2,000), Logan Wiersma ($2,200) and Madison Youmans ($200).
Students did not know until the night of the event which scholarships they had received.
Croteau said it felt good to be recognized but also the financial support will go a long for him and others who are planning to continue their studies. Croteau plans to attend VIU in Nanaimo to study forestry.
“I’m hugely appreciative of all my donors because now I’m able to go to university and be able to do that without as much stress as I would have had. It’s a huge, huge help for me to be able to reach my goals,” he said.
Croteau received awards from the Cowichan Lake Community Forest Cooperative, the Kinsmen, the chamber of commerce, the town and received the Lake Dance bursary.
“Our community is very supportive of our young people getting education which I really appreciate because there are so many scholarships given out from our small community. So it shows that people care about our future students,” he said.