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Child, Family and Community Studies awards

Multi-department

Amanda Todd Legacy Award of Distinction
Carol Todd established this award in December 2015 to pay tribute to, and honour, her daughter Amanda Todd who has been described as "a transformative angel".  Amanda died by suicide at the age of 15 in October 2012.  Eligible recipients must be enrolled in any program that focuses on mental health. This includes, but is not limited to, programs within the Faculty of Child, Family and Community Studies, the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences.

Betty Emery Award
This endowment was established by the Faculty of Child, Family and Community Studies of Douglas College to honour Betty upon her retirement and to celebrate her working life and her dedication to her students, colleagues and to Douglas College. The recipient must be a student of the Department of Child, Family and Community Studies. 

Beverley Miller Award
This award has been established to recognize the considerable contribution that Beverley Miller has made to the Faculty of Child, Family and Community Studies and to Douglas College as a whole. This award was named for Beverley when she retired from Douglas, where she was Dean of the Faculty of Child, Family and Community Studies as well as an instructor in the Health Sciences department. The award will assist students in the Faculty of Child, Family and Community Studies.

Canstar Restorations Award
The Canstar Restorations Award was established by company president, Jay Dargatz, in 2013 to support students in the Faculty of Child, Family and Community Studies at Douglas College. Recipients must demonstrate financial need, with preference to students who volunteer in the community.  Canstar Restorations was established in 1985 by Dargatz, a Douglas alumni and graduate of the Construction Management program.  Canstar is committed to excellence and providing clients with "peace of mind", and has partnered with the Foundation to extend this commitment to students in need at Douglas College.

Cheryl Hagan Memorial Award
In 2013, Amber Callaghan established the Cheryl Hagan Memorial Award to honour her mother and to assist students in the social services fields at Douglas College. Cheryl began working for Douglas College in 1994 and used her expertise as an employment, career and rehabilitation counselor to deliver, develop and manage award winning programs that helped people transition into the labour market. Cheryl served as an exemplary role model and was always the first to help those in need, both professionally and personally. She will be remembered for her compassion, bright smile and optimistic outlook. Recipients of the Cheryl Hagan Memorial Award must be enrolled in any program with the Faculty of Child, Family and Community Studies and demonstrate a commitment to helping others.

Jessie Fenton Canadian Daughters' League Award
The Jessie Fenton Canadian Daughters' League Award was established in 1992 with the purpose of recognizing students enrolled in any teaching program at Douglas College that supports individuals with disabilities. This includes, but is not limited to: Behaviour Intervention, Classroom & Community Support Worker, Co-occurring Disorders, Employment Supports Specialty, Sign Language Interpretation, Therapeutic Recreation and Psychiatric Nursing. Demonstrated community or College activity involvement is also taken into consideration. 

John Halani Award of Distinction
BC’s Honorary Consul General of Uganda, John Halani, created this award in 2016 to recognize and reward individuals participating in the Global Affairs Canada IYIP, Douglas College Uganda Project through two essay prizes valued at $500 each. Mr. Halani has supported the Douglas College Uganda Program since its inception in 2005.

Rotary Club of Port Moody Foundation Award
The purpose of the Rotary Club of Port Moody Foundation Award is to support Douglas College students enrolled in the Sport Science program, Bachelor of Physical Education & Coaching program, or any Health Sciences or Child, Family & Community Studies program.  Students must demonstrate a commitment to their community through volunteer work; with a preference given to residents of Port Moody and the Tri-Cities.

Child and Youth Care

Amanda Todd Legacy Award of Distinction supported by the Rotary Clubs of the TriCities
Carol Todd established this award, with the support of the Rotary Clubs of Coquitlam, Coquitlam Sunrise, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody, on October 10, 2015. That date marked the third anniversary of her 15-year-old daughter Amanda's death by suicide, as well as World Mental Health Day.  This legacy award pays tribute to, and honours, Amanda who has been described as "a transformative angel".  Up to four awards of $1,000 each will be available annually in the Winter semester, for a period of four years beginning in 2016 and ending in 2019.

Dave Burgess and Doug Estergaard Award of Distinction
Established in 2004, this award was initially created in Memory of Dave Burgess by his colleagues at Douglas College, including Doug Estergaard. After Doug passed away in 2016 his family decided to change the fund name to the Dave Burgess and Doug Estergaard Award of Distinction as both men shared a strong belief around the qualities that made for an outstanding student and youth support worker. Dave spoke often of the importance of “tenacity” and “humour” and not being afraid to express opinions that may differ from popular wisdom.  Doug translated that into "critical thinking skills" and "independent thought". Doug also valued humour and people who demonstrated leadership skills. These qualities, as well as excellence in academics, are what recipients of this award must exhibit. A recipient from the Child & Youth Care program will be selected in even years. A recipient from the Youth Justice program will be selected in odd years.

Early Childhood Education 

Anne Elizabeth Carscadden Award
This award was established, in April 2012, by Don Carscadden in honour of his sister, Anne Elizabeth Carscadden, who passed away on May 12, 2012 at the age of 48 after a battle with cancer.  Anne spent her life focused on helping children, including those with special needs, supported by her training in Early Childhood Education at Douglas College. Anne was born and raised in BC and lived in Vancouver for most of her career.  She was always passionate about teaching children about what is important in their lives, and how to have a positive outlook.  Anne was equally passionate about making sure the adults around her found a balance of fun and purpose, and wanted people to remember what is important in life and to pay attention to all the details along the way. It is the hope of those family members Anne left behind that new students will benefit from this Award and will take up the call to help children gain knowledge and confidence as they grow. The purpose of this fund is to support and recognize students enrolled in their first year of studies within the Early Childhood Education program at Douglas College.

Cathleen Smith ECE Award
This award was established to honour Cathleen Smith who was hired in 1974 as a member of the original teaching team in the Douglas College Early Childhood Education (ECE) Program. She pioneered and developed ECE courses for working with children needing extra support. She retired from Douglas College in 1994 and moved to Whitehorse where she continues to advocate for children and families and promote high quality early childhood programs. This award is for an ECE student with a preference for a student entering the inclusive practices option.

Christine Young Award
This fund was created by Jean Hammer in memory of her daughter, Christine, who was born with a congenital heart disease. Despite difficulties with her health, Christine lived a courageous and spirited life. This award provides aid to students in the Early Childhood Education Program who have a minimum GPA of at least 3.0 and have demonstrated financial need.

Employment Support Specialty 

Employment Support Specialty Advanced Certificate Award of Distinction
Community Living BC (CLBC) has been supporting students enrolled in the Employment Support Specialty Advanced Certificate program at Douglas College since 2013. CLBC is a provincial crown agency who delivers supports and services to adults with developmental disabilities and their families in British Columbia. They work to create communities where people with developmental disabilities have more choices about how they live, work and contribute. The purpose of the Employment Support Specialty Advanced Certificate Award of Distinction is to recognize and reward students enrolled in this program.

Employment Roundtable of the Tri-Cities Award of Distinction
The Employment Roundtable of the Tri-Cities has been bringing together service providers, employers, schools and colleges for over fifteen years, helping to improve the conditions for economic and social inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities. In 2017, they established the Employment Roundtable of the Tri-Cities Award of Distinction to support students at Douglas College enrolled in the Employment Support Specialty Advanced Certificate program.

Language Interpretation 

David Still Memorial Award of Distinction
The David Still Memorial Award of Distinction was established in 2009 by the family and friends of David Still. David was an instructor at Douglas College in the Sign Language Interpretation Program for many years. The purpose of this award is to recognize and reward students attending Douglas College in the Sign Language Interpretation program who mirror David’s dedication and passion for Sign Language Interpretation.

Sorenson Communications Award
Sorenson Communications works to provide the highest-quality communication products and services to all deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals and they are proud to support future sign language interpreters studying at Douglas College.

Vocational Education and Skills Training 

Business Advisory Council Award of Distinction 
The Business Advisory Council Bursary was established in 2006 to support students enrolled in the Opportunities Enabled Program (OEP). It was awarded annually to graduates who were continuing their post-secondary studies until cancellation of the OEP in 2008. Recognizing a need for assistance, the Business Advisory Council agreed to support Vocational Education and Skills Training, or VEST (formerly Adult Special Education), graduates who have barriers to education - diagnosed or undiagnosed. The purpose of this fund is to aid VEST graduates with the transition between school and employment by assisting with related costs, such as, work attire, transportation to interview sites, etc.

Canadian Federation of University Women Award of Distinction 
The Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) Award of Distinction was established in 2003. CFUW - Coquitlam applies annual to the Gaming Commission of BC to receive a grant through their Direct Access Funding. Funds obtained through that grant are used to support students at Douglas College.  Preference is given to students enrolled in the Career & Employment Preparation program with one award going to graduates of School District 43 and one to students with disabilities.

Norman J. Goode Award of Distinction
POLARIS Employment Services Society (POLARIS) established this award, in 2013, in recognition of Norman (Norm) J. Goode. Norm was a leader in establishing education, training and employment for job seekers who lived with the ever changing labels of developmental disability or intellectual disability (or mental handicap in an earlier era). As a volunteer with POLARIS Norm championed employment for all in the early 1980s before others saw the importance. POLARIS was the first competitive employment service in British Columbia established in 1977 and operated until 2012. Its purpose was to provide quality employment services to employers and to persons with a developmental disability. Employers were assisted to meet their business needs through the employment of persons with a developmental disability while job seekers would have the same opportunities as other citizens for employment consistent with their needs, interests and capabilities.

Youth Justice 

Bernie Agg Award of Distinction
The Bernie Agg Scholarship was established in 2003 by Tim Agg, former Executive Director of PLEA Community Services Society of BC, in honour of his father Bernie Agg's contributions to youth justice. Bernie was a probation officer, founder of the DARE Program and co-founder of Vancouver's Step Up School. The purpose of the scholarship was to recognize & reward academic excellence in students enrolled in their 2nd year of the Youth Justice Diploma program who planned to continue their education in a related field after graduation. In 2016, Tim wanted to ensure students who came just under the required minimum GPA of 3.5 for scholarships didn't miss out on being eligible for this award and lowered his GPA requirement to 3.33. As a result the fund was renamed the Bernie Agg Award of Distinction. After Tim's retirement in 2016, PLEA committed to continuing their support of this award with a $1,000 donation annually.

Dave Burgess and Doug Estergaard Award of Distinction
Established in 2004, this award was initially created in Memory of Dave Burgess by his colleagues at Douglas College, including Doug Estergaard. After Doug passed away in 2016 his family decided to change the fund name to the Dave Burgess and Doug Estergaard Award of Distinction as both men shared a strong belief around the qualities that made for an outstanding student and youth support worker. Dave spoke often of the importance of “tenacity” and “humour” and not being afraid to express opinions that may differ from popular wisdom.  Doug translated that into "critical thinking skills" and "independent thought". Doug also valued humour and people who demonstrated leadership skills. These qualities, as well as excellence in academics, are what recipients of this award must exhibit. A recipient from the Child & Youth Care program will be selected in even years. A recipient from the Youth Justice program will be selected in odd years.