Leeds and Thousand Islands hands out bursaries to local youth

Pictured, left to right, are Couns. Brock Gorrell, Jeff Lackie, Angela Kelman, recipients Seth Morency and Siarra Walpot, Mayor Corinna Smith-Gatcke, recipient Claire Warren, Couns. Terry Fodey, Brian Mabee, Mark Jamison. – Submitted photo

The Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands council awarded bursaries to three exemplary young people this week.

This occurred during Monday’s council meeting at the council chambers in Lansdowne.

The township views this as an opportunity for recognizing local young people for their successes and supporting them with their future goals, with the Youth Bursary Program.

Township officials received several bursary applications from outstanding students who showcased their academic excellence, volunteer work, leadership skills, and active participation in extracurricular activities.

And staff said that choosing the top three candidates was a tough decision, as all the applicants were deserving of recognition.

The bursary was awarded to the top three candidates in the amounts of $1,000, $600, and $400, respectively, to assist them in their post-secondary education.

The top-placed applicant is Seth Morency, who will be attending Dalhousie University in Halifax, N.S., to pursue a degree in environmental engineering. He hopes to develop innovative methods to clean up the world’s oceans.

The second-place applicant is Claire Warren, who is enrolled in the fish and wildlife technician program at Fleming College in Lindsay, Ont. She aims to work for Ontario Parks, Parks Canada or the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

The third-placed applicant is Siarra Walpot, who plans to study Ancient Greek and Roman studies at Trent University in Peterborough, with the ultimate goal of earning her PhD, making discoveries, and conserving history for future generations.

Mayor Corinna Smith-Gatcke congratulated all three winners.

“Each year, I am truly impressed by the applicants for the Youth Bursary Program. Each person has accomplished so much academically, in extra-curriculars, with their family, and in their community,” said Smith-Gatcke.

“The support from the township is a small way to recognize their achievements and help a little with the next chapter in their lives. On behalf of council, I congratulate Seth, Claire, and Siarra. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for these remarkable young people.”

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