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The Peter and Gonnie vanTongeren Early Childhood Education Scholarship (originally named the McDonald’s Early Childhood Education Scholarship) was created by Peter and Gonnie vanTongeren, McDonald’s Restaurant owner/operators (TYGO Enterprises Ltd.) and business leaders in the Tri-Cities. The vanTongerens believe in strengthening their community by supporting others, and have made a name for themselves by partnering with various local charities. Recognizing the importance of open and accessible post-secondary education, the couple established this scholarship to reward hardworking students in the Early Childhood Education Diploma program at Douglas College.
Ricoh Canada Inc. established this scholarship, in 2011, to recognize & reward students enrolled in the Faculty of Commerce & Business Administration at Douglas College. In 2019, they revised the purpose of the scholarship to support students enrolled in any Aboriginal Stream course within the Faculty of Child, Family and Community Studies. Preference will be given to Aboriginal students enrolled in these courses.
Established by faculty in the Therapeutic Recreation department within the Faculty of Child, Family and Community Studies, this award was named for Geri upon her retirement from Douglas College where she had been an instructor and coordinator in the Therapeutic Recreation department. The award acknowledges and celebrates her lifetime career and her considerable contributions to both the Therapeutic Recreation department and the Therapeutic Recreation profession.