August 28, 2017

2017 Student Bursary Report

2017 PPCLI Association Student Bursary Report


The selection board sat in Wainwright, AB on 27 July 2017. The board consisted of Michael Austdal, Director Bursaries, Jim Croll, Association Treasurer, Major Tony Ross, 3CDTC and MWO Kevin Littlejohn, CMTC.

There were 25 applicants, 11 were awarded bursaries for a total of $17,000. This was the greatest number of applications to date and all candidates were well qualified. Three of the bursaries are awarded in the name of Association branches that donated money directly to the program.  One was awarded in the name of the Association and the remainder in the name of well-known Patricias. $17,000 is the largest cumulative amount awarded for bursaries and $2,500 is the largest individual award to date.  Our aim is to eventually reach $25,000.

 List of Bursary Awards

  1. Alissa Keer

Alissa comes from a second-generation military family, her father a retired Patricia. She was born and raised and still lives in Wainwright, AB. A previous winner of a bursary, she is entering her third year at the University of Alberta’s Augustana Campus in Camrose where she is pursuing a Bachelor in Management. She was awarded the Calgary Branch Bursary for $2500.  

  1. Blake Peloquin

Blake’s great grandfather enlisted in the PPCLI in Winnipeg in 1940. He will be entering his third year of Cellular, Anatomical, and Physiological Sciences at UBC. His goal is to achieve his Doctorate of Medicine in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He was awarded the SW Ontario Branch Bursary for $2500. 

  1. Tatiana Blackburn

Tatiana is the daughter of a retired Patricia (82-85). Her parents are currently serving as missionaries in Peru and are actively working to re-open an orphanage.  She intends to pursue a degree in Theology (Social and Family Ministries) at the Heritage College & Seminary in Cambridge, ON. She has been awarded Lady Patricia Bursary for $2000.

  1. Eleanor Van Gunst

 Eleanor’s father having spent World War 2 in the Netherlands joined the PPCLI as a tribute to being liberated by the Canadian Military.  Eleanor has been accepted and will pursue a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology degree at Yorkville University in Fredericton, New Brunswick. She was awarded the PPCLI Association Bursary for $2000.

  1. Allison Anderson

 Allison is married to a member of the PPCLI and has decided to upgrade her education from being a Registered Nurse to pursue a Master’s in Nursing at Queen’s University. She has been awarded the Saskatchewan Branch Bursary for $1500. 

  1. Cherie Topham

Cherie is a previous recipient of a PPCLI Student Bursary and is the daughter of a retired Patricia. Last year she completed a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology and has begun her Master’s in Business Administration at the University of Miami. She has been awarded the Lt. Jack Munro Bursary for $1500.

  1. Anya Maves

Anya is the daughter of a retired Patricia.  She is currently enrolled in Media Studies at the University of Vancouver. She has been awarded Major-General C.B. Ware Bursary for $1,000.

  1. Sean Rea

Sean is the grandson of Bertrand Rea, a veteran of World War 2. He is completing his Grade 12 at the Dauphin Regional Comprehensive Secondary School and has been accepted into the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Manitoba. He hopes to become an Aerospace Engineer and help build the next generation of eco-friendly aircraft. He has been awarded LCol H.C. Buller, DSO Bursary for $1,000.

  1. Esmeralda Alfaro

Esmeralda is the 2554 PPCLI (Calgary) RCACC Chief Warrant Officer. She has completed her High School and has enrolled in the Continuing Education and Open Studies program at the University of Calgary. Her ultimate educational goal is to become a Neurosurgeon. She was awarded the LCol F.D. Farquhar, DSO Bursary for $1,000.

  1. Kaitlyn Kokoska

Kaitlyn is the daughter of a Retired Patricia and partner of a Patricia currently serving with 3 PPCLI. She is entering her fifth and final year of a degree in Fine Arts, focusing in Creative and Professional Writing at the University of Victoria. She was awarded a Hamilton Gault Bursary for $1,000. 

  1. Kristin Makulowich

Kristen is the daughter of a retired PPCLI Officer. She is entering her final year in Nanotechnology Engineering at the University of Waterloo. She hopes to continue her education by entering a Master’s program dedicated to clean energy technology. She has been awarded a Hamilton Gault Bursary for $1,000.


Prepared by:


Michael Austdal

Director of Bursaries

Past President

PPCLI Association

22 August 2017