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Olds College Students Honoured With Leadership Awards

Olds College is excited to announce the recipients of the Alberta Student Aid scholarships for 2018-2019. Congratulations to Jamie Kuzma (Bachelor of Applied Science, Agribusiness) and Anthony Focker (Business Management Diploma) on receiving the Dr. Gary McPherson Leadership Scholarship, and to Laura McKinnon (Land & Water Resources Diploma, Environmental Stewardship & Rural Planning Major) and Olivia Jasmin (Land & Water Resources Diploma, Land Reclamation & Remediation Major) on receiving the Laurence Decore Award for Student Leadership. The Dr. Gary McPherson Leadership scholarship recognizes students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, especially in the area of disability, and/or initiative to improve the conditions and lives of others.

Laura McKinnon is the current President of the Students’ Association of Olds College (SAOC). She has shown true dedication to her fellow students through a variety of committees and meetings that she attends on behalf of the student body. She has shown leadership through her understanding and commitment to improving SAOC and OC operations, her passion for implementing and supporting mental health and wellness, and overall student life.

Olivia Jasmin is a member of the Student Board of Directors for SAOC. She has shown tremendous interest in improving the Bylaws and Policies of the Association, and of student life in general, continuously providing support for her fellow students.The Laurence Decore Award for Student Leadership is intended to recognize post-secondary students who have demonstrated outstanding dedication and leadership to fellow students and to their community. 

Anthony Focker has spent much of his life volunteering. He has been a member of the Air Cadets since he was 12 years old, and has volunteered with the Special Olympics Olds & District swimming program, where he used his expertise as a lifeguard to help athletes increase their confidence and skill in the water. 

Jamie Kuzma has been a part of the 4-H program for the last 11 years, which has helped her to grow immensely as a person. She has been an ideal role model while in 4-H, hosting workshops and clinics for other members, an being honoured as a 4-H Alberta Ambassador, giving her the opportunity to travel the province to help younger members, attend events, and undertake new volunteer opportunities. This past summer, Jamie was a counsellor at Camp Sunshine in her hometown of St. Paul. This camp is a bereavement day camp for children who have experienced the death of a significant person in their life. She is also participating in the Student Athletic Leadership Team (SALT), which represents all student-athletes for the mutual best interests. 

Congratulations to all four of these well deserving recipients.