Burke's memory lives on in healthcare students

Sam McNeish
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AMHERST - Jeremy Colson, a graduate of Amherst Regional High School learned first-hand the value Lynda Burke had to this community.

AMHERST - Jeremy Colson, a graduate of Amherst Regional High School learned first-hand the value Lynda Burke had to this community. The first year Bachelor of Nursing student at Dalhousie University in Halifax was the first recipient of the Lynda Burke Memorial Bursary to help aid his education in a field the late Burke lived for. Burke died tragically last fall and since that time her family and friends have rallied to help create an activity that will help foster healthcare students. Colson was awarded his prize at the ARHS graduation. "Our idea over the next few years is to have enough money that scholarships will be given on an annual basis and for more years than we are around,' Greg Smith, chair of the foundation and the late Burke's brother said. "We hope it gets big enough we can give out more than one,' he added. Last year's event raised over $13,000, a number that is still amazing to the Burke's and Smith's. "We were blown away by the final sum last year and the vast number of people who showed up,' Molly Burke, Lynda's daughter said. "We don't expect to do as well this year, but it's not just about the numbers, it's about honouring her memory. This event has been a big help to our family and the public helps keep her memory alive,' she added. Several fundraisers have already been held and money comes from many sources throughout the community. "It's an honour that people had that much respect for Lynda to keep her memory alive through the walk,' Phil Burke, Lynda's husband said. "There are a lot of people that have passed away that have money donated to charities. Take the RN's for example. They held a nurses idol night and raised around $3,800. It's amazing,' he added. Cale Burke, the youngest of the Burke children was overwhelmed with stories about his mother and the amount of people who walked in her memory. "There were people there who really didn't know her, they were just people she talked to and they wanted to help,' he said. This was not lost on Smith either as the number of Cale's friends astounded him who showed up, donated what they could, and supported the cause. The 2nd annual walk is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 22. smcneish@amherstdaily.com Lynda Burke Memorial Walk Facts Registration - 10 a.m. at Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre Start time -10:30 a.m. (rain or shine) Walk - A 4 km route ending at Gables Lodge Proceeds - To educational bursaries Pledge Sheets - Available at Gables Lodge administration office, Maggie's Place, Amherst Golf Club, Amherst Community Credit Union, Blue Wave Energy, TD Bank, Mansour's Men's Wear, Dayle's Department Store, Amherst Town Hall and Amherst Family Health Clinic. Money - Can be turned in at the time of registration, at any time to the Credit Union or calling foundation chair Greg Smith at 902-694-0770 to make arrangements.

Organizations: Amherst Regional High School, Dalhousie University, Cumberland Blue Wave TD Bank Health Clinic Credit Union

Geographic location: Halifax, Amherst Community

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