The annual Bacon-Elliott Bursary Dinner was held Saturday at the Knights of Columbus Hall.
AMHERST – Reach for your dreams and don’t be afraid to change directions to make that happen.
Those words of wisdom were shared by Jeanne Sumbu during the annual Bacon-Elliott Bursary Dinner on Saturday at the Knights of Columbus on Saturday.
“Aspire to do anything you want and do whatever it takes to make those dreams come true, but there’s nothing wrong with changing your success plan,” Sumbu said. “Sometimes change is good, sometimes you want to be somewhere else or do something else.”
A recipient of a Bacon-Elliott bursary in 2001 Sumbu entered a career at CTV in Halifax before changing her mind about what she wanted to do with her life. She went back to school and recently graduated from Dalhousie Law School and is articling at Creighton and Shatford in Amherst.
Sumbu said receiving the bursary helped her with her education. She said the bursary program set up in 1994 in honour of former Cumberland East MLA and Premier Roger Bacon and longtime Conservative Party worker Glynn Elliott has provided so many benefits to the community in supporting its young people’s educational dreams.
Emily Pipes, one of three recipients in 2013, said the bursary does a lot to help defray the cost of her education.
“When you think about tuition, residence and the meal plan it costs about $20,000 a year to go to school and student loans don’t always cover what is needed,” she said. “That’s why bursaries such as this are so important. I’m honoured to have been chosen as a recipient. You are doing wonderful work and it’s truly appreciated by everyone who has won this award.”
The bursuaries are awarded annually to students from within the constituency (including the part of the riding south of the Nappan River that was moved to Cumberland South in 2013). They are awarded Grade 12 students at ARHS and Pugwash District High who have shown above average academic achievement, a keen interest in social and political affairs, leadership qualities and an active concern from others. Financial need is another significant consideration.
Bursary committee chairman Morris Haugg said 57 scholarships have been awarded in 20 years, totaling $50,000. Another $4,150 has been awarded as prizes. Haugg said last year’s event raised just over $4,600 while more money was received through donations and memorials.
With $3,376 in expenses, that left a surplus of $1,639 that was added to what has been earned over the years. He said the society has $23,000 available for future awards.
Haugg said the dinner and the program are completely non-partisan.
Cumberland North Liberal MLA Terry Farrell congratulated the society for its work. He said he has come to know many of the bursary’s recipients over the years.
“This is a great community event that has done a tremendous service to the community,” Farrell said.
Cumberland Colchester Musquodoboit Valley MP Scott Armstrong and Cumberland County Warden Keith Hunter were also on hand while Bacon presided over the live auction that culminated with the sale of a large poster featuring Bacon’s accomplishments over a 20-plus-year provincial political career.