Each month our Newsletter will feature one of our Award Winners. Our Awards are funded by the proceeds from our Annual House Tour.

2017 Award Winners

February’s Featured Scholar

Upon meeting Madeleine Nolan, CFUW Math/Science Award recipient, who can miss her enthusiastic smile? Simply stated, she is fully engaged in life, enjoying challenges along the way.

At Saint Francis Secondary School, Maddie was a member of the cross country, track and field, soccer and volley ball teams, as well as the mathletes team. Life outside school included training with Niagara Regional Athletics in track and cross country, and playing the piano. Part time jobs in our Niagara community featured summer day camp counselor/YMCA Niagara, as well as lifeguard and swimming instructor for the City of St. Catharines and the Town of Lincoln.

At graduation, June 2017, that signature Madeleine Nolan smile was extra exuberant, once the Math/Science Award was announced and presented. She was now duly recognized in her favourite subjects. The granddaughter of CFUW member, Caroline Nolan, fully appreciated that our women’s club had presented her with a prestigious award and that this would assist with some of the costs of attending the University of Waterloo in biomedical engineering.

During her first term, Maddie has taken courses ranging from math, to computer programming, to design. Design is the clear favourite, as she embraces new ways of addressing limitations. Her group created a functional bike helmet adjustment system for children with disabilities that impact fine motor skills.

She proudly reports that she is “a member of the (University of Waterloo) cross country team, which has been a fantastic experience, so far. My team qualified for the 2017 cross country nationals, which took us to Victoria, B. C., to race against teams in Canada”.

This focused, strong young woman continues to accept challenges. Maddie the long distance runner comes armed with perseverance and patience. Madeleine Nolan knows what she wants in life, knows that placing first is not necessary and is determined to find a way to reach her goals, complete with a smile!

January’s Featured Scholar

This month’s featured scholarship recipient is Filda (Mercy) Achan, a recent graduate of Laura Secord Secondary School. Not only has Mercy been a high achiever receiving this Math award, but she is also highly motivated to contribute to humanitarian aid efforts in countries of strife to help those in need. She is beginning by attending McMaster University taking Medical Radiation Sciences. “My goal is to become a radiologist and my dream is to work with Doctors without Borders.” Mercy finished her correspondence saying, “thank you for your generosity. I am very blessed”. We wish her success in realizing her dream.



December’s Featured Scholar

Olivia Bouaban, is a graduate of the District School Board of Niagara (DSBN) Academy, and has achieved Gold Medal status with an above 90% average and awards in Math, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Within this academic environment, Olivia became a leader as a member of her Student council and participation in the Students in Action club. Her teachers describe her as “having a special gift for encouraging others when they see themselves as less than capable”. For exam-ple, as a team captain in sports, she would facilitate others to score goals and coached and tutored younger students to acquire skills. Olivia is studying Life Sciences at Queen’s University, and has written to us expressing her appreciation for the scholar-ship. She will use the money towards tuition and books. “This award has given me more confidence in pursuing my education”. Our thoughts of encouragement are with her at Queen’s!


November’s Featured Scholar

Our featured ‘scholar’ this month is Sophie Oprzedek, a graduate of Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School and a recipient of a CFUW Math/Science award. Sophie is an honour graduate with an impressive 92% average, graduating with a Specialist High Skills Major in Health and Wellness. She trained in ‘Safe Talk’ to help her peers and worked very hard on projects to raise funds for a sister school in Haiti and a local food bank. This caring, and very talented young woman, is attending McMaster University to study Medical Radiation Services. Wishing her continued success!



October’s Featured Scholar

This student, Donna Truong, graduated from Governor Simcoe School in June. Donna was a well rounded high school student. Not only did she maintain her marks in the mid 90’s, but she took on a role as a member of her Student Council. In addition, she was involved in the Simcoe Outreach Society, which fundraises and supports people both locally and globally. Donna also volunteered in the Simcoe Buddies program as a mentor working with special needs students individually, and spending lunch times with a group. Donna is pursuing an Accounting degree at Brock University. We wish her well in her studies!