TD Bank Financial Group and The Health Foundation announced the recipients of the Fall Education Awards for 2013. Applications are considered twice each year and awards are given each spring and fall. The fall awards saw 13 successful applicants for a total of $11,500
The Health Foundation’s Scholarship Fund awards approximately $24,000 a year to help further the training and education of health care staff in east central Saskatchewan. The TD Bank Financial Group contributes $12,000 annually to fund 50% of the awards.
For 12 consecutive years TD has partnered with The Health Foundation, making a very significant investment in local healthcare through this education program. Since the program started in 2002, there have been 261 awards totaling $242,600. TD Bank Financial Groups has invested $120,000 in this education program in that time.
“TD Bank Financial Group is committed to investing in the future of this area by helping to ensure that nurses and other practicing caregivers have access to funds to upgrade their skills and further their education.” said Les Arnelien, TD Canada Trust Area Manager for east central Saskatchewan.
“This program has been very successful since its’ beginning.” said Mr. Arnelien. “We have helped nurses and therapists from our region to enhance their education and improve their skills. This program has helped improve the quality of healthcare available in our local medical facilities.”
The recipients of TD Bank Financial Group’s scholarship awards are:
•Yvonne Kerr, an EMS technician from Langenburg, who will be taking the Medical Laboratory Assistant program;
•Brittany Babyak, from Esterhazy, who is taking the 3rd year of the RN program
•Jennifer Dominey, an LPN and currently a Home Care Manager, who is taking the 3rd year of the Bachelor of Nursing program
The recipients of The Health Foundation’s scholarship awards are:
•Janice Flaman, an RN on 3rd South of the regional health centre, taking her post RN Bachelor of Nursing
•Bren Thompson, of Human Resources, who is taking her Business Diploma
•Lauren McVey, a medical radiation technologist with St. Anthony’s and St. Peter’s hospitals, who is taking the CT Imaging course.
•Pat Kuspira, in the Human Resources department, taking her Human Resource Management Certificate.
The recipients of The Health Foundation’s awards to attend workshops and conferences are:
•Marcella Fedak, an LPN with Yorkton and District Nursing Home, to attend the course “Foot Care Modalities for the Elderly Person”
•Savannah Komaike, a Library Technician with Human Resources, to attend the Canadian Health Libraries Association Conference
•Brenda Pacholka, the Yorkton Regional Health Centre Employee Health Nurse, to attend the American Association of Occupational Health conference.
•Kimberly Weichel, a speech language pathologist with the children’s therapy program, to attend a conference on improving speech intelligibility and literacy skills in children with high unintelligibility
•Coreen Nagy-Malinowski, the Health Services Manager with St. Paul Lutheran Home, to attend a Canadian Gerontological Nurses Association Conference
There was one award for Educational Resource Materials and Equipment, and it was made to Yorkton Public Health for an education program called:
The Gift of Motherhood: Early Childbirth Education. This program will allow the classes to be taught online to better accommodate people’s schedule and reduce travel.
•Sheri Kirkham will accept the award on behalf of Public Health.
The Health Foundation normally grants up to $24,000 in educational awards, but if some awards are unused those funds are carried forward and made available in the next round of applications.