WCMRC would like to congratulate the recipients of our 2023/2024 $1,500 post-secondary scholarships: Brendan Eshom, Beth Bexson and Daniel Hilbers.

Brendan, currently a third-year undergraduate student at the University of British Columbia (UBC), is pursuing a Combined Major in Science, specializing in Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Science. Over the recent summer, he contributed to the eHealth department at the BC First Nations Health Authority. A proud member of the Gitga’at Nation, Brendan is passionate about Sm’algyax and manages a language platform, Sm’algyax Word, which can be found at smalgyaxword.ca. Brendan’s father is a member of RCMSAR Station 80, a WCMRC response contractor.

Beth will be starting her first year this Fall at UBC in the Bachelor of Science Program, with the aim to pursue a career in the protection of endangered species and prevention of extinction. She has previously volunteered at the Bread of Life Soup Kitchen and at Fur Babies Furever Home, a local dog shelter and is both an avid pianist and basketball player. In her free time Beth enjoys sailing with her family in their 26ft monohull in and out of the Alberni Inlet, exploring small islands and fishing. Beth’s father works for Timberrose Ventures, a WCMRC response contractor.

Daniel will be starting a Doctor of Medicine (MD) this Fall at UBC and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from Wilfrid Laurier University. His long-term goal is to become a family physician in rural B.C. Daniel has been an active volunteer with the Canadian Red Cross for three years and has held many different roles on several teams in emergency management. Daniel is an emergency planning analyst with the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (BC ENV), and works with the Environment Emergency Program (EEP) that is responsible for spills.

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