2021 Dale MacMillan Scholarships Announced
Lilyah Richardson and Nicholas Lozinski are the 2021 recipients of the Dale MacMillan Memorial Scholarship for Community Leadership.
Lilyah, a future nurse, and Nicholas, a professional firefighter, both accepted their $2,000 scholarships at the July 13, 2021, Sturgeon County Council meeting.
“I’m impressed by Lilyah and Nicholas, especially with their involvement in the community,” said Sturgeon County Mayor Alanna Hnatiw. “One thing we learned from Dale MacMillan is that our positive actions can have a lasting impact on where we live. This year’s recipients are each doing their part to leave this world a better place.”
Lillyah Richardson is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing at the University of Alberta while continuing to coach both cheerleading and rugby. In her application essay, Richardson mentioned her admiration for Dale MacMillan’s legacy, and her own plans to continue in his footsteps.
“Dale MacMillan demonstrated extraordinary amounts of commitment to his community,” writes Richardson. “I believe his memorial scholarship should be awarded to an individual who has and will do the same.”
As a long-term resident of Calahoo and father of two small children, Nicholas Lozinski is a full-time firefighter for Sturgeon County Emergency Services, and he has contributed additional volunteer time and leadership skills to the District of Calahoo’s volunteer fire department for 11 years. He will put his scholarship towards his studies at Lakeland College, where he is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Business within Emergency Services.
Like his co-recipient, Lozinski has heard many stories of Dale MacMillan’s community contributions and his overall positive attitude toward life, family and friendships. In his scholarship submission Lozinski wrote that “Dale’s wise words will constantly reinforce my passion for community involvement and always be a firm reminder to lead by example.”
Mrs. Gale MacMillan, Dale’s wife, and family members were also in attendance to assist with the presentations for the memorial scholarship.
The Dale MacMillan Memorial Scholarship for Community Leadership recognizes and commemorates the contributions of Dale MacMillan, who was instrumental in helping achieve a balance between residents and gravel extraction operations in the Calahoo and Villeneuve areas. Each year, two, $2,000 awards are available for Sturgeon County residents enrolled in a recognized post-secondary institution.
The scholarships are administered by the Calahoo-Villeneuve Gravel Extraction Advisory Committee, which evaluates the scholarship applicants, selects recipients, and maintains the scholarship through its Community Enhancement Fund.
More information is available at sturgeoncounty.ca/Scholarship