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Participating in the education awards presentations were, from the left, Jacqueline Grotenco; Les Arnelien, TD Canada Trust Manager; Christina Santo; Suzanne Beck; Loretta Erhardt; Pat Kuspira, Diane Rusnak and Christine Molo. 

2017 Education Award Recipients

TD Bank Financial Group and The Health Foundation

Award $13,700 in Scholarships and Education Awards


TD Bank Financial Group and The Health Foundation announced the recipients of the Fall Education Awards for 2017. Applications are considered twice each year and awards are given each spring and fall. There were 15 successful applicants and a total of $13,700 awarded. 

Annually, The Health Foundation’s Scholarship Fund awards at least $24,000 a year to help further the training and education of healthcare staff in east central Saskatchewan. The TD Bank Financial Group contributes $12,000 annually to fund 50% of the awards. This year the total of awards granted is $26,990. 

This is the 17th consecutive year TD has partnered with The Health Foundation, making a very significant investment in local healthcare through this education program. This brings the total contribution of TD Bank Financial Group to $182,000 for the Education Awards. Since this education program began there have been 408 awards totaling $377,476. 

“TD Bank Financial Group is committed to investing in the future of this region by helping to ensure that nurses and other caregivers have access to funds to upgrade their skills and further their education,” said Les Arnelien, Branch Manager with TD Canada Trust. “We are pleased that TD Bank Financial Group is presenting six (6) awards today; all six are in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Five recipients are currently working LPN’s and one is an RN.

"These awards will help the individuals pursue their education aspirations and improve their clinical skills and the knowledge they bring to their job working with patients.” 

The recipients of TD Bank Financial Group’s scholarship awards are: 

  • Christine Bermejo from Yorkton and currently working at St. Paul Lutheran Home in Melville and at the Yorkton & District Nursing home;
  • Loretta Erhardt from Togo and working in Infection Prevention & Control;
  • Tori Geddes from Esterhazy and working in the Centennial Special Care Home in Esterhazy; 
  • Mackenzie Moore from Stockholm and working in the Centennial Special Care Home in Esterhazy; 
  • Amanda Skiba from Melville and working in St. Peter’s Hospital in Melville;
  • Shelly Watkins of Foam Lake, working in the Foam Lake Jubilee Home and with Home Care in Foam Lake. 


The recipients of The Health Foundation’s scholarship awards are: 

  • Dan Wlock of Yorkton, currently working in the ICU in the Yorkton Regional Hospital and taking the Master of Nursing to become a Nurse Practitioner; 
  • Emma Kristjanson of Foam Lake, who is taking Diagnostic Medical Sonography;
  • Shalaine Kelly from Canora who is taking the Geriatric Mini Series – Neurocognitive Disorders and another course on skin and wound care;  
  • Christina Santo of Yorkton, taking the Clinical Instructor Nurse Educator Course.


Health Foundation Awards were granted to attend the following workshops: 

  • Melissa Cursons of Yorkton, taking Pediatric Gait Rehabilitation;
  • Cosmin Coltea of Yorkton, taking Attachment, Neurodevelopment and Psychopathology;
  • Jacqueline Gotengo and Christine Molo, both with Cornerstone Therapies in Yorkton are taking a workshop on Blending Approaches to the Treatment of Neurological Disability.


In addition to the above The Health Foundation is purchasing the Pathways Singing program which is designed to work with patients with dementia. The course is being bought for the Therapeutic Recreation program in Yorkton.