2014 HSRSAA Bursary Winner Michael Norton.
This year’s Bursary Award was notable not only for its very deserving recipient, but also for the opportunity it gave us to honour Bob Spencer, who passed away early this year after a lifetime of contributions to education, to Scouting and to HSR.
This year, the HSRSAA Bursary Fund was the beneficiary of remarkable generosity by Bob’s family in the most difficult of circumstances. His wife Eleanor and sisters-in-law Shirley and Lois Whitwell agreed that donations-in-lieu of flowers should go to the Bursary fund.
We are profoundly grateful for this, and as a dedicated Scouter and Educator, We are sure that Bob would have been very pleased with this idea. The HSRSAA Executive agreed that the 2014 award should be presented in his name.
In the presence of Bob’s family, who made the long trip to HSR to participate in the the presentation of the award (which included heartfelt words from Eleanor about the importance of Scouting and the immeasurable value of being part of the HSR family), we were pleased to call on Michael Norton to receive the 2014 Bursary.
Michael joined the HSR Staff in 2011 as an IT, and has been on the Waterfront since 2012, where his desire to teach never got in the way of his eagerness to learn. This trait probably explains a lot about his decision to attend the highly-regarded Ryerson School of Journalism, which is very highly regarded.
He wants very much to return to HSR next summer, and we hope that this award will make it more likely. Congratulations to Michael, the very deserving winner of the 2014 HSR Staff Alumni Association Bursary Award.
More information about the HSRSAA Bursary Award, including a complete list of past winners is available on the Bursary page of the HSRSAA Web site.
Winner of the 2013 HSRSAA Bursary Award
The Haliburton Scout Reserve Staff Alumni Association is proud to continue its tradition of awarding a bursary each year to a member of the current staff who is beginning or continuing his or her post-secondary education when this summer ends. 24 bursaries have been awarded since 1998, and the winner of the 25th is Jacob Ursulak.
Jacob started at HSR as a camper in 2008, joining the staff in 2010. During that time, he has worked with Alumni member Ken Wrigglesworth to reinvigorate the Trapper’s Cabin program, won a purple bead and shared a Supervisor’s Award. Given the reaction in the Hub when his name was announced (a loud, sincere and heartfelt standing ovation), there is no doubt that many of his HSR friends could add something to this list of accomplishments.
This fall, he is attending the University of Waterloo to pursue a degree in Environmental Engineering, and the HSRSAA is very pleased to be able to make a contribution towards making that possible.
One of the things that the Haliburton Scout Reserve Alumni Association is especially proud to be able to do is award a bursary each year to a member of the current staff who is beginning or continuing his or her post-secondary education when the summer ends.
We know that every little bit helps, and we know that the recipient will by definition be “wise in the use of the resource”. Because we believe that just choosing to work at HSR demonstrates an admirable strength of character, choosing a winner is always a difficult decision.
The winner of the 2012 HSRSAA Bursary was Michael Fengler, who had already graduated from Timmins’ Northern College as a Civil Engineering Technologist and has begun work at the University of New Brunswick this fall to start earning a Bachelor of Geomatics.
He has been coming to HSR since 2006, working there since 2008 and, like many of us, would love nothing more than to spend a few more summers there, and the HSR Staff Alumni Association is pleased to be able to make a small contribution towards making that possible.