TD Bank Financial Group and The Health Foundation announced the recipients of the Fall Education Awards for 2016 on January 10, 2017. Applications are considered twice each year and awards are given each spring and fall. There were 16 successful applicants and a total of $16,545 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 is the 16th 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 $170,000 for the Education Awards. Since this education program began there have been 374 awards totaling $350,486. 

“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 seven awards today, with all of the awards going to people in various nursing programs. 

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: 

  • Cristina Bermejo, of Yorkton, nursing re-entry program;
  • Christine Bermejo, of Yorkton, Bachelor of Science in Nursing;
  • Paige Fogg, of Invermay, Bachelor of Science in Nursing;
  • Kelly Gabriel, of Yorkton, currently an EMT, practical nursing program;
  • Tera Walsh, of Bredenbury, post RN Bachelor of Nursing,
  • Amanda Skiba, of Melville, Bachelor of Science in Nursing;
  • Arla Thompson, of Yorkton, post RN Bachelor of Nursing. 


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

  • Loretta Erhardt, of Togo, Bachelor of Nursing;
  • Emma Kristjanson, of Foam Lake, Diagnostic Medical Sonography;
  • Candice Nelson, of Norquay, Social Work;
  • Bettina Sies, of Yorkton, CT Imaging;
  • Kyla Fraser, a speech pathologist in the Children’s Therapy program, taking an advanced speech pathology course, called It Takes two to Talk; 
  • Joanne Stromberg of Yorkton, Health Information Management Course; 
  • Lacey Barker of Yorkton was presented an award to purchase select papers from the 44th Clinical Aphasiology Conference.


In addition Health Foundation Awards were granted for: 

  • Therapeutic Recreation, to put on a workshop for all therapeutic recreation staff in the health region; 
  • Therapies Department to put on course called Introduction to Myofacial release. The course is for therapists throughout the health region and should provide benefit to both patients and practitioners.

16 receive TD and Health Foundation education awards

From left: Les Arnelien, TD Canada Trust Branch Manager; Suzanne Beck; Kyla Fraser; Bettina Sies; Kelly Gabriel; Christine-Lois Bermejo; Christina Bermejo; Lacey Barker; Brenda Mager; and Diane Rusnak, Chair of The Health Foundation.

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2016 education award recipients