First $1,500 bur­saries pre­sented by P.E.I. French Health Net­work

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CLASSIFIEDS/COMMUNITY -

The P.E.I. French Health Net­work (PEIFHN) an­nounced sev­eral months ago that it was of­fer­ing bur­saries val­ued at $1,500 each to Fran­co­phone or Fran­cophile stu­dents in Prince Ed­ward Is­land who are en­rolled in a post-sec­ondary health care pro­gram for the 2015-2016 aca­demic year.

The net­work has an­nounced that the two re­cip­i­ents of the bur­saries are Gre­gory Ma­cAdam of Mor­rell and Alexan­dre Cuf­fley-He­bert of Char­lot­te­town.

This is the first time the PEIFHN has of­fered these bur­saries. To be el­i­gi­ble to win $1,500 to help off­set their tu­ition fees, all stu­dents had to do was add their names to the PEIFHN health stu­dent data­base.

This en­abled the net­work to pro­vide them with in­for­ma­tion about train­ing and em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in Prince Ed­ward Is­land, in the hope of re­tain­ing our young peo­ple or bring­ing them back to the Is­land so they can pro­vide Is­lan­ders with health care ser­vices in French. The win­ners were cho­sen at ran­dom at the last meet­ing of the PEIFHN, on June 3.

Ma­cAdam, the win­ner of the $1,500 en­trance bur­sary, will be start­ing his stud­ies in paramedics at Hol­land Col­lege in Septem­ber. It is very im­por­tant to him to be able to of­fer health care ser­vices in French.

“I love the lan­guage and I am care­ful not to lose it. When peo­ple need health care, the abil­ity of providers to com­mu­ni­cate in French gives them re­as­sur­ance.”

“I think ev­ery­one should have ac­cess to ser­vices in both of Canada’s of­fi­cial lan­guages,” said Cuf­fley-He­bert, win­ner of the $1,500 health-care stu­dent bur­sary. He will be start­ing his third year of ki­ne­si­ol­ogy stud­ies at Univer­sité de Monc­ton in Septem­ber with the goal of be­com­ing a phys­io­ther­a­pist.

The PEIFHN plans to award these bur­saries again next year. Any stu­dent who is a na­tive of Prince Ed­ward Is­land and is are cur­rently study­ing in a healthcare pro­gram and who has not yet added his or her name to the data­base is in­vited to register on the PEIFHN web­site at www.san­teipe.ca (by click­ing the “Étu­di­ants en santé” but­ton) to re­ceive in­for­ma­tion about train­ing and em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in Prince Ed­ward Is­land.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Gre­gory Ma­cAdam and Alexan­dre Cuf­fley-He­bert, re­cip­i­ents of the two bur­saries, are shown with Pa­tri­cia Richard, as­sis­tant di­rec­tor of the P.E.I. French Health Net­work.

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