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.
Two $2,000 awards are available annually for Sturgeon County residents enrolled in a recognized post-secondary institution.
The Calahoo-Villeneuve Sand & Gravel Advisory Committee ensures the sustainability of the scholarship fund, evaluates the applications and selects the recipients.
If no submission is suitable, the scholarship(s) will not be awarded. Scholarship recipients may not re-submit in a subsequent year.
The scholarships are made possible through the Calahoo-Villeneuve Gravel Community Enhancement Fund.
Who was Dale MacMillan?
Dale MacMillan was an integral member of the Calahoo-Villeneuve Sand & Gravel Advisory Committee.
Remembered in the County as a man with a quick wit, he had the uncanny ability to bring people together regardless of how far apart they may have been on any given issue.
Two of Dale’s favourite sayings were, “if you want something done or to see something changed, step up to the plate” and “people have a responsibility to leave this world a better place” — Dale lived up to both.
Born and raised in Edmonton, Dale pursued a career in accounting and after marrying Gale (GiGi) Quintal in 1974, became a long-term resident of Calahoo. The father of two children, Reagan and Damian, Dale enjoyed playing hockey and loved the outdoors. Dale very quickly became a strong community leader, active as a coach, fundraiser, and event organizer.
Dale also served as past president of the West Sturgeon Agricultural Society.
Dale passed away in 2002 and has left many legacies —his commitment to community involvement and education, his caring and compassionate nature and this memorial scholarship created in 2003 — but his greatest and most important legacy is his two children.
Criteria for Selection
To be considered, you must be a current resident of Sturgeon County*, but may be living temporarily outside of Sturgeon County for your schooling. Applicants will also need to provide the following documentation:
- Enrolment in a recognized post-secondary institution.
- Demonstrated community leadership and involvement within Sturgeon County
- Essay submission (300 words max.) identifying:
- Why you are qualified to receive the scholarship
- Achievements and contributions to the community
- Educational training being pursued.
- Up to two (2) letters of reference
Please note: Sturgeon County includes the communities of Alcomdale, Mearns, Calahoo, Villeneuve, Carbondale, Coronado, Rivière Qui Barre, Cardiff, Namao, and Edmonton Garrison (CFB Edmonton). Residents of the Towns of Morinville, Redwater, Legal, Gibbons, and Bon Accord are not eligible to apply.