From left to right: Caroline Hadlock, Nominee; David Sangster, Program Coordinator; Julia Rochford, Winner; Ron Creary, Director General of the Butters Foundation; Angel-May Rowsell, Honourable Mention; and Amy Patrick, Nominee.
On Tuesday, April 16, Julia Rochford, a second year Special Care Counselling student at Champlain College in Lennoxville, was awarded the Doris Mildred Parsons Bursary and was presented with a cheque for $1,500. The Butters Foundation gives the bursary annually to a second year student, of the three-year technical program, who exhibits dedication, determination, professionalism, leadership, warmth, and a positive attitude – both in her fieldwork setting and in class. Julia has exemplified these qualities, excelling academically in her theory-based courses, and demonstrating enthusiasm and professionalism in her fieldwork stage placements. Originally from Montreal, Julia’s commitment to others in need earned her the Quebec Lieutenant Governor’s Youth Medal in 2015, the Nancy Mandigo Community Involvement Award at the Trafalgar School for Girls in 2015, as well as the Trafalgar Cup for school spirit in 2017. Since her time at Champlain College-Lennoxville, she has worked as a Residence Advisor, volunteers as a Cougar Ambassador, and is a student representative on the College’s Board of Governors, in addition to all of the work that she does as part of her SCC program. In her summers, she has been involved in day camps for children with physical and intellectual disabilities at Camp Massawippi in Ayer’s Cliff, and Camp VBS in Montreal. She is also the Chairperson of the Youth Committee of the St. Andrew’s Society of Montreal. Her passion for helping others has been appreciated at her fieldwork placements at Grace Village and at Sherbrooke Elementary School.
Angel-May Rowsell was given an Honourable Mention, and a cheque for $500. Hailing from Harrington Harbour, Angel-May is best known for her positive attitude, bright smile, and dedication to helping those in need. Her leadership skills were developed with the Junior Canadian Rangers, and her volunteer work did not go unnoticed back home, earning her the Strathcona Medal and Donald Cox Award in 2015, as well as the Jeremy Ransom Award in 2016. She brought all of her skills to her field placements as an activity animator at the Lennoxville Community Aid Center last winter, and is currently assisting students with various learning difficulties at Sherbrooke Elementary School. Caroline Hadlock and Amy Patrick had also been nominated by their peers to compete for the bursary. All four of the selected students met the bursary’s criteria and are great representatives of our SCC program. The bursary is provided by the Butters Foundation due to a generous endowment left by the estate of Doris M. Parsons. Ms. Parsons, of Moe’s River, spent her career teaching secondary school in the Townships, was involved in a number of charitable organizations, and felt strongly about supporting student excellence and achievement in the helping profession field of study.