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Wounded Warriors awards first WWC Veterans’ Child Scholars

Wounded Warriors Canada (WWC) announced today the recipients of the 2016 Veterans’ Child Scholarship (VCS). Through the VCS, eight children whose parents are former or current members of the Canadian Armed Forces and are affected by Operation Stress Injuries will receive one year of full-time post-secondary education.

“Each of the applications we received were deserving of this fund. Their heart-wrenching stories of what life can be like growing up in a home with a parent, or parents, who suffer with an Operational Stress Injury was a reminder to us all about the need to ensure the entire military family is supported when program options are considered. We look forward to watching the students grow and prosper in this next chapter of their lives,” said Phil Ralph, National Program Director for Wounded Warriors Canada.

Launched this year, the first ever WWC Veterans’ Child Scholar are:

Calissa Daley: Acadia University

Kayla Wiems: Camoson College

Ashley Pelletier-Simard: Dalhousie University

Julia Beekhouse: Saint Mary’s University

Katrina Hunter: University of Ottawa

Alisha Perreault: University of Ottawa

Mikayla Lively: Algonquin College

Alexander Jones: Queen’s University

“Wounded Warriors Canada is profoundly aware of the life-changing impact that mental health injuries have on our military families and, specifically, the children. The Veterans’ Child Scholarship represents Wounded Warriors Canada’s first initiative directly focused on the children of our ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces members and Veterans,” stated a WWC press release.

The scholarship is made possible through the support of The Bay Street Children’s Foundation, CIBC Capital Markets, RBC, and ITG.

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Mishall Rehman

Originally from Atlanta, GA, Mishall is a freelance journalist pursuing her passion for writing in her new homeland Canada. She currently lives in Trenton, ON with her husband.

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