Shelby Pierce and Julianne Roe are the Dale MacMillan Memorial Scholarship for Community Leadership recipients for 2023. Sturgeon County Council presented the awards at the July 18 Council meeting.
Shelby is enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts degree program (Sociology), at the University of Alberta. She is employed with the Jessica Martel Memorial Foundation and a member of the Sturgeon County Youth Advisory Committee.
Julianne is also studying at the University of Alberta in the Bachelor of Science degree program (Nutrition and Food Science). She has helped in numerous volunteer roles through 4H in Bon Accord, Morinville, and Legal. She is currently a member of the University of Alberta Agricultural Club.
For Julianne, receiving the scholarship makes her feel proud of all her volunteer experiences and what it means to residents and her.
“Through volunteering, you become closer to your community,” said Julianne. “You have a sense of pride and accomplishment in helping to make your community a better place.”
Eventually, Julianne would like to use her degree to help her rural community by supporting producers as they market their products.
For Shelby, it is an honour to be chosen for the award that has such a strong focus on volunteerism.
“I value the time and effort that was given to me by volunteers growing up,” said Shelby. “By giving back that same effort and time, I hope to make an impact on someone else.”
In the future, Shelby would like to work in counselling continuing to help others.
The award is presented to a Sturgeon County resident enrolled in a recognized post-secondary institution who also practises community leadership and involvement.
Two scholarships worth $2,000 each were awarded in 2023. The awards are made possible through the Calahoo-Villeneuve Gravel Community Enhancement Fund.
Dale MacMillan was instrumental in helping achieve a balance between residents and gravel extraction operations in the Calahoo and Villeneuve areas. The scholarship also recognizes his commitment to community involvement.
The Calahoo-Villeneuve Sand and Gravel Advisory Committee ensures the sustainability of the scholarship fund, evaluates the applications, and selects the recipients. Applications are accepted in early April until the end of May.
More information on timelines and eligibility is available on the Dale MacMillan Scholarship for Community Leadership webpage on Sturgeon County’s website.
Shelby and Division 3 Councillor, Matthew McLennan.
Julianne and Division 5 Councillor, Deanna Stang.