Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Optimist Club Awards Scholarships

On September 9, 2009, the Coquitlam Optimist Club presented Robert Simms Memorial Scholarships to nine 2009 graduates of Tri-Cities secondary schools. The scholarship recipients and their schools were Sadia Badiei (Gleneagle), Caitlan Beattie (Dr. Charles Best), Esha Chakraborti (Gleneagle), Sara Goncalves (Dr. Charles Best), Alexi Jablonski (Port Moody), James Kim (Riverside), Crystal Li (Centennial) Stevie Pan (Dr. Charles Best) and John Vandergugten (Archbishop Carney).

The $1,000 Robert Simms Memorial Scholarship is named in honour of a long-time School District 43 educator and counsellor, who was a charter member of the Coquitlam Optimist Club. The selection of scholarship recipients is based primarily on the students’ service to their schools and the wider community.

Esha Chakraborti and John Vandergugten, who are attending Simon Fraser University; Sadia Badiei, who is attending University of British Columbia; Caitlan Beattie, who is attending Douglas College, and Stevie Pan, who is attending BCIT, were present to receive their awards. Parents or siblings accepted the cheques on behalf of students attending universities outside the Lower Mainland: Alexi Jablonski and Crystal Li (McGill University), James Kim (University of Toronto) and Sara Goncalves (University of Victoria).