Schol­ar­ships high­light pre­sen­ta­tion night in Cupids

The Compass - - EDUCATION -

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.

Photo by Terry Roberts/The Com­pass

• 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).

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