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Carefor Announces Recipients of 2024 Staff Bursaries

Health care bursaries

May 29, 2024 – EASTERN ONTARIO – The Carefor Staff Bursaries have been a long-standing tradition at Carefor to support staff in the advancement of their skills and careers. The $1,000 bursaries are awarded to 10 Carefor staff who are enrolled in education or training programs related to their role at Carefor. The recipients are selected by a committee of Carefor staff who determine the impact the training will have on their work. This year’s recipients are:

  • CEO Bursary: Jessica Koury, Allied Health Manager
  • Board Chair Bursary: Sheltan Jayasinghe, Client Care Worker
  • Finance Committee Bursary: Pasan Sumathipala, Payroll Clerk
  • Pembroke-Renfrew Country Regional Council Chair Bursary: Kristyn Armolavicious, Talent Acquisition Advisor
  • Ottawa Regional Council Chair Bursary: Parinaz Bayrami, Application Administrator
  • Eastern Counties Regional Council Chair Bursary: Sheena Stoqua, Program Coordinator
  • Palliative Care Bursary: Kathren Tran, Registered Practical Nurse
  • Kathleen Elizabeth Ward Memorial Bursary:  Anic Perrier, Registered Nurse & Tatiana Basmanova, Registered Practical Nurse
  • E. Neville Ward Bursary: Allissandra Tesoro-Latawan, Personal Support Worker

“Every business, organization or agency has something that makes it special, for Carefor, it is our people. Our staff are our greatest asset,” says Carefor President & CEO Steve Perry. “While their education may be unique to them, it makes them better people. And when one person improves, we all improve.”

“What we’ve seen throughout the applications is a desire not just for yourselves but for your clients,” says Carefor Board Chair, John MacKenzie. “These bursaries are for you, but we all know that our clients are an important beneficiary. Your commitment to giving them the best care possible is what makes Carefor such a well-respected agency in all the programs, services and regions we operate.”

The Carefor Bursaries are a product of donor support. This year’s bursaries were funded by E. Neville Ward and his family in honour of his late mother Kathleen Elizabeth Ward who was a schoolteacher and received care from Carefor nurses prior to her passing. As an act of gratitude for the care his mother received, Mr. Ward created these bursaries to be given to Carefor employees attending or registered in an education program and who have committed to providing home health care.

The remaining seven bursaries were funded this year by Carefor donor Claude Chapdelaine whose husband received care from Carefor’s Personal Support Services team prior to his passing, in addition to Claude herself receiving care from our nursing team.

Next year’s bursary program will be launched in December with winners being announced in the spring of 2025.

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