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The Health Foundation and TD Bank Financial Group Award $13,714.50 in scholarships and education grants


​TD Bank Financial Group and The Health Foundation announced the recipients of the Spring Education Awards for 2018. Applications are considered twice each year and awards are given each spring and fall. There were 16 successful applicants and a total of $13,714.50 awarded. 

Annually, The Health Foundation and TD Bank award at least $24,000 a year to help further the training and education of healthcare staff in east central Saskatchewan. TD Bank contributes $12,000 annually to fund 50% of the awards.  

This is the 18th 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 $194,000 for the Education Awards. Since this education program began there have been 424 awards totaling $391,190. 

“TD Bank 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 is presenting six (6) awards today: four are in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program; one is taking Speech Language Pathology; and, one is taking the Nurse Practitioner program.

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 of Yorkton and working at St. Paul Lutheran Home in Melville and at the Yorkton & District Nursing home. Christine is taking her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. 
  • Lesline Joseph of Yorkton and working in the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. Lesline is taking her Post RN Bachelor of Nursing.
  • Avery Schick of Melville and working in the Ituna Pioneer Health Care Centre. Avery is taking Speech Language Pathology. 
  • Tera Walsh of Bredenbury and working in the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. Tera is taking her Bachelor of Nursing degree. 
  • Shelly Watkins of Foam Lake, working in the Foam Lake Jubilee Home and with Home Care in Foam Lake. Shelly is taking her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. 
  • Dan Wlock of Yorkton and working in the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. Dan is taking the Nurse Practitioner program. 


The recipients of The Health Foundation’s scholarship awards are three people taking workshop called Assisting Individuals in Crisis & Group Intervention. The course is put on by International Critical Stress Foundation. The three are: 

  • Rhonda Hawkins, 
  • Tamara Krasowski,
  • Taren Nielsen.

All three work in the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. 

As well Jodie Yathon of Melville, who works in Stroke Services, is taking a program called Peer Training – Live Well with Chronic Conditions. 

Christina Santo of Yorkton taking a Skin and Wound Care workshop

The Health Foundation is also buying two Items that are Educational Resource Material

  • Wounds Canada – Wound Assessment Guides
  • A biofeedback system for Mental Health

Back row from the left:  Ross Fisher of The Health Foundation; Pat Kuspira, Interim Director of Staff Services for the Saskatchewan Health Authority; Melissa Czorobay; Tamara Krasowski; Kyla Shabatura; Taren Nielsen; Jodie Yathon and Les Arnelien, Branch Manager TD Bank.


Front row: Christina Santo, Tera Walsh, Lesline Joseph and Rhonda Hawkins.

2018 Education Award Recipients