Scholarships highlight presentation night in Cupids
Two young men from Conception Bay North with aspirations of working in the health care sector were awarded scholarships during the annual presentation night hosted by the Orange Lodge in Cupids on Tuesday, Oct. 15.
Jordan Bishop of Upper Island Cove and Douglas Akerman from Bay Roberts were each presented with cheques valued at $1,500 from the Grand Orange Lodge of Canada.
The scholarships were two of nine handed out to post-secondary students across Canada, and are awarded annually in memory of Dominic DiStasi, a former grand master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Canada who passed away while in office in 1998. DiStasi was a teacher in Toronto. Bishop is the 21-year-old son of Mark and Renee Crane, and just recently began his first year of studies at the Centre for Nursing Studies.
The scholarship was the latest in a series of positive developments in Bishop’s life. He just recently completed chemotherapy treatment for leukemia, and is now cancer-free.
Akerman, meanwhile, is the 18year-old son of Scott Akerman and Dawn Butler. He is a first-year student at Memorial University, with aspirations of becoming a medical doctor.
The scholarships were part of a memorable evening as some $10,000-plus was handed out by Prince of Wales LOL No. 26.
Two of the most notable presentations included a $3,400 donation to the VOCM Cares Foundation, and another $1,400 to the Ronald McDonald House.
Most of the funds were raised during the annual Bay Wheels car show, which takes place at the Bay Arena in Bay Roberts.
• From left, Jim Bell, treasurer of the Grand Orange Lodge of Canada (Ontario West); Roy Dawe, grand master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Canada (Cupids); scholarship recipients Douglas Akerman of Bay Roberts and Jordan Bishop of Upper Island Cove; Gerry Budden, deputy grand master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Canada (Conception Bay South); and John Chalmers, secretary of the Grand Orange Lodge of Canada (Toronto).