Me­mo­rial schol­ar­ship ben­e­fits pair of CNC nurs­ing stu­dents

The Prince George Citizen - - Front Page - Cit­i­zen staff

Tu­ition for two semesters will not be a worry for two CNC nurs­ing stu­dents named the re­cip­i­ents of the Dil­lon Adey Me­mo­rial 10th An­niver­sary Schol­ar­ship.

This spe­cial award, val­ued at $7,000 each, was cre­ated to com­mem­o­rate the pos­i­tive in­flu­ence and sup­port that the Dil­lon Adey Me­mo­rial En­dow­ment and an­nual golf tour­na­ment has brought to CNC, its stu­dents and the com­mu­nity in the decade since Dil­lon’s pass­ing.

Want­ing to do some­thing spe­cial for the 10year an­niver­sary, Perry and Cindy Adey pro­posed a $10,000 schol­ar­ship in memory of their son that would sub­stan­tially im­pact the life of one stu­dent.

When re­view­ing the ap­pli­cants, how­ever, the Adey fam­ily came to a dead­lock between CNC nurs­ing stu­dents Shaudee Lavoie and Lisa Black­ley.

“Both stu­dents had sto­ries that touched our fam­ily,” Perry said.

“We re­ally couldn’t choose. Since Dil­lon’s favourite num­ber was 14, we de­cided to in­crease the amount to $14,000 and give two schol­ar­ships worth $7,000 each.”

Black­ley, who is in the first year of CNC’s prac­ti­cal nurs­ing pro­gram, said she was in shock when she learned she was cho­sen to re­ceive the award. A mother of two, she said the money will ease the fi­nan­cial stress of liv­ing on her hus­band’s in­come alone while she at­tends school full time.

“I’m very hon­oured to re­ceive this gen­er­ous award,” Black­ley said.

“Words can­not express my grat­i­tude. It’s life chang­ing, re­ally.”

Lavoie, like Black­ley, is a mother who had her house­hold drop to sin­gle in­come when she went back to school full­time.

As a stu­dent, she said Dil­lon’s memory has con­tributed greatly to her ed­u­ca­tion through the do­nated equip­ment that fills the nurs­ing lab.

“I’m beyond grate­ful to be se­lected for this award,” she said. “What they’ve done for us in the com­ing year is amaz­ing. We can fo­cus on our stud­ies while hav­ing more time for the fam­ily.”

On Satur­day, the 10th an­nual Dil­lon Adey Me­mo­rial Cup Golf Tour­na­ment at the Aberdeen Glen Golf Course raised more than $21,000. The Adeys are one of the col­lege’s long­est and most gra­cious donors, giv­ing more than $214,000 to CNC.

“For a decade, the com­mu­nity has come to­gether to cel­e­brate the legacy of an amaz­ing young man,” said CNC Pres­i­dent Henry Reiser. “Dil­lon’s legacy con­tin­ues to help make brighter fu­ture for stu­dents as they pur­sue their ed­u­ca­tional goals.”

CIT­I­ZEN PHOTO BY BRENT BRAATEN

Perry and Cindy Adey, right, along with Col­lege of New Cale­do­nia pres­i­dent Henry Reiser, left, pre­sented the Dil­lon Adey Me­mo­rial 10th An­niver­sary Schol­ar­ship to CNC prac­ti­cal nurs­ing stu­dents Shaudee Lavoie and Lisa Black­ley on Mon­day. The schol­ar­ships, worth $7,000 each, were funded by 10th an­nual Dil­lon Adey Me­mo­rial Cup Golf Tour­na­ment at the Aberdeen Glen Golf Course, which raised more than $21,000.

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