TD Bank Financial Group and The Health Foundation announced the recipients of the Spring Education Awards for 2017 on June 1. Applications are considered twice each year and awards are given each spring and fall. There were 19 successful applicants and a total of $13,290 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 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 393 awards totaling $363,776. 

"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 five awards today; four of those are going to women taking their Bachelor of Science in Nursing and one of the awards is to hold a K-Taping Workshop that we are funding with The Health Foundation for therapists throughout the health Region." 

The workshop is to teach the Kinesio Taping® Method, a definitive rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion as well as providing extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered within the clinical setting. This method successfully treats a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions and will assist in improving the skills of physio and occupational therapists who work with patients with any of these conditions. 

"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,” Mr. Arnelien added.

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

  • Christine Bermejo, Bachelor of Science in Nursing;
  • Shannon Dudley, Bachelor of Science in Nursing;
  • Serenah Rutzki, Bachelor of Science in Nursing; and,
  • Kaylee Zimmer, Bachelor of Science in Nursing.


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

  • Loretta Erhardt, taking the Bachelor of Nursing program;
  • Shelly Faye, taking the Novice IPAC course; 
  • Chelsea Fiege, taking the Lactation Consultant Training Program;
  • Candice Nelson, Taking the Social Work Practicum II course; 
  • Melissa Protsko, who is taking courses for her Bachelor of Social Work;
  • Moira Stoll, taking a course on the Role of the Practioner in Indigenour Wellness; and, 
  • Tera Walsh, taking a course in her Post RN Bachelor of Nursing program.


In addition Health Foundation Awards were granted to attend the following workshops: 

  • Melissa Cursons, will take the TMR Tots course;
  • Kristen Dereniwsky, for Foot care for Seniors;
  • Kendra Gibb, taking Standing Together for Children’s Health;
  • Arlette Howard, taking Foot Care for Seniors;
  • Lisa Sarauer, taking Preserving the Active Hip ;
  • Michelle Shore, taking Foot Care for Seniors;
  • Linda Spracklin-Cross, taking Supporting Oral Feeding Skills in Fragile Infants.


The Health Foundation and TD Bank Financial Group are also funding the K-Taping Pro Course which is for therapists from throughout the whole of the health region. 

Front row from the left: Shelley Faye, Melissa Cursons, Melissa Protsko, and Lisa Sarauer. Back row: Les Arnelien, TD Branch Manager; Pat Kuspira, Interim Manager of Staff Relations for Sunrise; Shannon Dudley, Loretta Erhardt; Linda Spracklin-Cross; Moira Stoll, Diane Rusnak, Foundation Chair; and, Ross Fisher, Executive Directior of The Health Foundation.

19 receive TD and Health Foundation education awards

2017 education award recipients

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