The 2017 recipient of the TL’axsam Memorial Bursary Marlo Grimolfson‐Brillon with Judy Hagen (left) and Dallas Smith, president of the Nanwakolas Council. Supplied photo

Golf Challenge supports First Nations students

Register now for the 2018 Nanwakolas Council Corporate Golf Challenge and you will help support First Nations students entering NIC.

This year’s challenge takes place July 13 in Campbell River at the Storey Creek Golf Club.

“The Golf Challenge is a wonderfully successful event that supports Aboriginal students and their dreams of pursuing post-secondary education,” said Dallas Smith, president of the Nanwakolas Council. “I’m very proud we have raised almost $80,000 for students over five years, and I hope we can bring that total to $100,000 this year.”

Proceeds go to the TL’axsam Memorial Bursary Endowment to support First Nation students entering NIC. The endowment was established in 2012 to honour the late Comox Valley MLA Stan Hagen, whose contributions to the community are commemorated by the Golf Challenge each year.

In 2017, the bursary went to Marlo Grimolfson-Brillon an aspiring Haida artist and community volunteer in her first year of NIC’s Fine Arts diploma.

“It’s an honour to support First Nation students like Marlo through this golf tournament each year,” said Randall Heidt, NIC’s vice president of strategic initiatives, “Thanks to the hard work of the Nanwakolas Council, sponsors and participants are able to contribute to Aboriginal education in a fun, active and engaging way.”

Space is limited for the 2018 Nanwakolas Corporate Golf Challenge. To register or sponsor the event, visit www.nanwakolas.com/online-registration-form-golf-tournament or email Curtis Wilson at curtiswilson@nanwakolas.com.

The funds are distributed annually through the NIC Foundation, which has been advancing student success, education and community growth for more than 25 years. It is dedicated to supporting NIC students through scholarships and bursaries, equipping classrooms with current technology and ensuring the best possible learning facilities are accessible on the North Island. To donate to the NIC Foundation, or for more information, visit foundation.nic.bc.ca or call Avry at 250-334-5000 extension 4267.

The TL’axsam Memorial Bursary Endowment is an example of how legacy gifts can support local students in the form of a bursary, scholarship or equipment donation while honoring the memory of a loved one.

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