First Two Recipients Selected for The Sarah Gaulin Memorial Scholarship
August 30, 2013
LAVAL - The Gaulin Foundation announces with great pleasure the first two recipients of the Sarah Gaulin Memorial Scholarship. In its inaugural year, the scholarship program received a large number of applications and selected two outstanding candidates.
A student at York University, Amanda has recently received her Bachelor of Science with a Major in Psychology, and is now continuing her studies to obtain her Bachelor of Social Work.
"Because of my own struggle with mental health issues, I have become quite passionate about improving the well-being of those facing similar struggles in my community" says Suleiman. Consequently, she volunteers her time with Active Minds at York University as well as The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
"Amanda balances her superior performance and mental health challenges with grace and responsibility" says her thesis supervisor. Amanda has been on the Faculty of Health Dean’s Honor Roll at York since 2009.
Annie is currently completing her studies at Université Laval to obtain her Bachelor of Pharmacy. After completing her Pharmacy Technician Diploma in 2006 at Centre de formation professionnelle Fierbourg, she worked in the field for a number of years.
"I wish to become a community pharmacist with all my heart, so that I can help people regain their health" says Tremblay about her decision to return to school to pursue her degree.
Annie’s academic journey has included many struggles, starts and stops, and ultimately - successes. Her enthusiasm, caring, and empathy for people make her stand out from her peers.
The Board of Directors along with the Scholarship Selection Committee wish to congratulate Amanda and Annie on their selection and applaud the determination of all applicants in their studies.
"The Foundation and our family are thrilled to be supporting such perseverant students," said Angie Gaulin. "Their stories in many ways echo Sarah’s health struggles along with her ambition. Amanda and Annie both demonstrate the resilience of individuals living with mental illness."
The scholarship, established in honour of Sarah Gaulin, recognizes exemplary students who struggle with mental illness and continue to persevere in their academic career.
Details about the scholarship can be found at www.gaulinfoundation.org
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About The Gaulin Foundation
The Gaulin Foundation is a registered Canadian charity. As a national charitable organization, the foundation seeks to support and promote the advancement in education of people living with mental illness.
Mario Gaulin, Secretary