Credit Unions of BC Bursary Program
Apply now! May 1 to June 15, 2022.
Apply now! May 1 to June 15, 2022.
Applicants who do not meet the following criteria are not eligible for a bursary.
Revelstoke Credit Union values education and we believe by helping students with their education goals we can improve our community. Each year we offer the "Fred Olynyk Bursary" to help with the cost of post-secondary education. For detailed information please drop by our office or call (250) 837-6291 extension 242 to speak with our bursary coordinator Erin Russell. She will assist you in completing the process.
Fred Olynyk was a long time resident of Revelstoke and lived until the age of 92 years. Fred and his wife Mary and family lived in Revelstoke until 1997 and then relocated to Kamloops, BC. Relations of the Olynyk Family still reside in Revelstoke.
Fred worked in the forestry industry, was an ardent vegetable gardener and a sports enthusiast. His grandson, Kelly Olynyk, has gone on to a long career in the National Basketball Association. Also, he was a very involved citizen in his community serving as an executive member on many boards.
Fred Olynyk's early association with the Revelstoke and District Credit Union began in 1958 when a committee was formed to study the possibility of purchasing a building to suitably accommodate the Credit Union. He was elected to the Okanagan Regional Executive of BC Central Credit Union in 1972, and became Vice Chair in 1975. His involvement with the Revelstoke Credit Union was commendable and this bursary was formed in his honor after serving as a Director for over 28 years.
2021 Fred Olynyk Bursary winner: Sophie Dorriuss - How has COVID-19 Affected you, your family, your community, and your future?
How has COVID-19 Affected you, your family, your community, and your future?
I took the school bus home for spring break in March of 2020, and remember thinking to myself that it might be the last time I stepped onto a school bus. I was right, but back then I never knew how serious things would get. Everyone suffered challenges and no matter how much I write about how bad I have had it, someone will always have it worse. Instead, I want to tell you about how covid 19 changed my life in a positive way and the things that I am grateful for.
When the lockdowns started, my family didn't lose jobs or money. We were privileged to have job security. I never worried about where my next meal would come from. When school went online, I had the privilege of having Wifi, and multiple sources of technology to choose from. My family stayed safe and healthy throughout the past year except for a few scares. Over the course of online schooling, I learned to persevere more than before, and I gained a new level of independence.
After struggling through the challenges of this pandemic, I am choosing to change my outlook. I want to watch my community come back together instead of watching it be split apart. If everyone chooses love and positivity over hatred and anger, this community will emerge stronger and more resilient, just like my family and I are choosing to do. I look forward to learning and growing more in this new abnormal world.
2020 Fred Olynyk Bursary winner: Cohen Lussier - My Vision for Revelstoke
My vision for the future of Revelstoke includes an improved park and trail system, increased funding for infrastructure, and a council that makes informed decisions on development and tourism initiatives. Firstly, I believe our city needs to increase the area of park space and number of trails in town. A bylaw or regulation should be introduced to have a set ratio of parkland to residential/commercial lots and the option to take cash in lieu of land eliminated. Revelstoke also has a limited trail system, with little outside of the Greenbelt and Big Eddy Dyke. Although an elaborate future design has been created, no concrete timeline has been set for implementation.
Secondly, my future Revelstoke has a higher budget for infrastructure maintenance and expansion. My primary focus would be on the addition of sidewalks throughout the city as well as regular maintenance to the roads. There are many areas in town with little or no sidewalks and/or pavement in rough condition. I was pleased to hear that the city has raised the budget for infrastructure in the coming years as well as the construction of a roundabout at the Fourth St/Victoria Rd. intersection.
Lastly, my future council would make decisions on development and tourism with meaningful consultation from the citizens of Revelstoke. They would take into consideration all points of view, the official community plan, the results from the visioning surveys, and potentially hold referendums for large issues. In conclusion, my vision for Revelstoke would have an extensive park, trail and sidewalk system, and a council that made their decisions with the values of Revelstoke residents in mind.
The 2022 Learning Grant Program runs Feb. 14 through April 17, 2022.