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Helen Betty Osborne Memorial Award Recipients

Thank you to everyone who applied to the Helen Betty Osborne Memorial Fund Award.

176 applications were received and reviewed by a selection committee that included representatives from the Indigenous Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR). The awards were available to Indigenous persons who reside in and are enrolled in post-secondary studies in Manitoba.

Thirty, $2,500 awards were disbursed from the Helen Betty Osborne Memorial Fund to Indigenous students.

Many of the selected applicants highlighted wanting to return to their home communities upon completion of their education as a way to give back. Other educational paths included health care, social work, education, law, and addressing the legacy of missing and murdered women and girls. Recipients for the award also included single parents and LGBTQ2S+ individuals.

Applicants shared their enrolment in post-secondary, a resume and essay outlining educational and career goals, community involvement and what Helen Betty Osborne’s life and legacy means to them.

2021 Recipients

Marilyn ButlerSandra HartJanelle Poirion
Brandi CableChelsey HillShayleen Ponace
Charisma CastelDarlene KeeperAshley Prince
Sarah DeLarondeJustin LanganRaven Richards
Brighton DesjarlaisBrittany LaplanteKylee Sinclair
Danielle DesjarlaisJenna McKayMallory Sinclair
Floyd DuclosMarsha MoneyasPatti Lynne Sinclair
Nicole FontaineDavilene MoniasRayel Smoke
Jayelle Friesen-EnnsVirginia NataweyousJohn St. Pierre
Dakota HarperNatalie OgryzloKiana Tait
2021 Recipients

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