PPAO Memorial Scholarship Award 2016-2017
The Memorial Scholarship Award program was created and readily adopted by the membership at the Annual General Meeting on 13 October 2016 in Durham. Along with the acceptance, the membership approved 2 - $1000.00 scholarships to be offered to a child, grand child or great grandchild of PPAO members.
These would be annual awards that are funded through a dedicated account, which is sustainable for a 10 year period. The funding and the number of awards can be changed depending upon the success of the program and membership approval.
There is a judging panel called the Scholarship Selection Panel. They are mandated by the criteria set out in the PPAO Memorial Scholarship Policy. They will choose the allowable number of winners from applications received. The Panel is composed of 3 volunteer members. Serving for the inaugural 2016-17 Panel were Paul Cormier and Mike Eacrett of the Police Retirees Association of Halton and Katharine Hewko of the Police Pensioners Association of Niagara.
The annual application period is between 01 November and 31 January of the following year. Applications are collected by the Scholarship Chair and then redistributed to the Scholarship Selection Panel. The 2016-17 Scholarship program received 17 applications from eligible applicants.
The Panel conducted their deliberations in mid-February 2017 and selected: (1) Heather Lamourie Sponsored by her father Stephen Lamourie of the Peel Regional Police Retirees Association (PRPRA). Heather is enrolled at the University of Western Ontario, Honours Bachelor of Arts: Honours Specialization in Criminology, entering Osgoode Hall Law School. Unable to attend a presentation due to study commitments Heather has received her award along with a sincere congratulations and best wishes in her future endeavours.
(2) Taylor McKay Sponsored by her father Brad McKay of the York Regional Police Retirees Association (YRPRA). Taylor is enrolled at the University of Toronto, Doctor of Medicine, undergraduate studies in Medical Education. Taylor will receive her award at the YRPRA General meeting on 29 March 2017 with PPAO President Paul Bailey making the presentation. Our congratulations to Taylor and best wishes in her chosen career.
All applicants received a letter from the President congratulating them for their quality entry. Their participation made the Scholarship Program a successful competition and indeed a moment to remember.
The Board of Directors express their sincere thanks to the volunteer members of the Scholarship Selection Panel. Giving up retirement time, indulging in copious amounts of reading and getting together on occasion to debate and make final decisions are truly appreciated.
I further congratulate the winners of the 2016-17 PPAO Memorial Scholarship Awards. It is our sincere hope that the scholarship will support their hard work and make a difference in their future endeavours. There is something to be said about helping two of our own.
The PPAO is a non-profit organization that is obligated to financially support their members through programs. Be assured that this investment is money well spent.
Fraternally: Colin Vrooman Scholarship Chair