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Youth volunteer scholarships

The 2017 application cycle is now closed.

Please check back for the 2018 applications starting on January 15, 2018

The Canadian Cancer Society’s scholarship program recognizes youth who through their volunteer activities with us, have demonstrated exceptional commitment to eradicating cancer and improving the quality of life for people living with cancer and their families.

Three scholarships valued at $5,000 each will be awarded yearly until 2021.   


Gertrude &  LeRoy Rellinger Youth Volunteer Scholarship

The Gertrude & LeRoy Rellinger Youth Volunteer Scholarship launched in 2012. From 2012 – 2021, up to two yearly scholarships of $5,000 will be awarded to students who are volunteers of the Canadian Cancer Society and entering post-secondary school for the first time.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the 2017 Gertrude & LeRoy Rellinger Youth Volunteer Scholarship, you are:

  • Entering your FIRST YEAR at a full-time post-secondary institution (University, College or Industry program) in Fall 2017, working towards a Degree, Diploma or Industry License
  • a Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division volunteer for the past year as of March 15, 2017 and you have demonstrated exceptional commitment to, and impact on, the CCS mission
  • Age 21 or younger as of March 15, 2017
  • a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • not the child of a current CCS employee

Please see the Application Guide for helpful hints when completing your application.

Application Page (only valid January 15 - March 15, 2018)

Please note that the Canadian Cancer Society reserves the right to change the scholarship’s eligibility criteria at any time.

For more information, please contact us at youthscholarship@ontario.cancer.ca


Stackhouse-Bates Family Volunteer Scholarship

The Stackhouse-Bates Family Volunteer Scholarship program launches January 15, 2017.  From 2016 - 2021, one yearly $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student who is a volunteer of the Society and in a post-secondary program.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the 2017 Stackhouse-Bates Family Volunteer Scholarship, you are:

  • enrolled in a full-time post-secondary institution (University, College or Industry program) and continuing in the program in Fall 2017, working towards a Degree, Diploma or Industry License
  • a Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division volunteer for the past 2 years as of March 15, 2017 and have demonstrated exceptional commitment to, and impact on, the Society’s mission
  • Age 24 or younger as of March 15, 2017
  • a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • not the child of a current Society employee
  • have not previously received the Gertrude & LeRoy Rellinger Youth Volunteer Scholarship

Please see the Application Guide for helpful hints when completing your application.

Application Page (only valid January 15 - March 15, 2018)

Please note that the Canadian Cancer Society reserves the right to change the scholarships’ eligibility criteria at any time.

For more information, please contact us at youthscholarship@ontario.cancer.ca


Past recipients of Canadian Cancer Society Volunteer Scholarships

2015
2015 Youth Scholarship Recipient 
Rakhshan Kamran

Hamilton Wentworth Community office

After losing his uncle to cancer, Kamran became involved with the Society’s advocacy and prevention work. Within his community and through provincial health groups, Kamran works to educate the public about the dangers of indoor tanning and tobacco use and advocates for better public policy.

“Many of my peers didn’t understand the dangers that indoor tanning posed to their health,” said Kamran. “The knowledge I provided, along with the letters, postcards and demonstrations we initiated calling on the government to pass province-wide legislation banning youth from using tanning beds, will have a lasting impact.”

Most recently, as a Big Tobacco Lies campaign leader, Kamran urged the Ontario government to pass Bill 45: Making Healthier Choices Act. The legislation bans the sale of flavoured tobacco -- including menthol -- and regulates the sale, use and promotion of e-cigarettes. It also requires menu labeling for restaurants with 20 or more locations.

2015 Youth Scholarship Recipient

Azana Hyder
Ottawa community office

Azana Hyder, was recognized for her leadership as chair of the Colonel By Secondary School’s Relay For Life event in Ottawa. Under her watch, the event has raised more than $198,000 in the past two years. It has also engaged more than 700 students and members of the community.

“It’s rare to find an event volunteer who delivered the incredible results that Azana has achieved,” said Cam Whalen, Youth Program Specialist for Eastern Ontario at the Canadian Cancer Society. “She has earned this scholarship through exceptional leadership, dedication and enthusiasm.”

“I’m incredibly proud of the amount our event raised for the Canadian Cancer Society,” said Hyder. “I look forward to passing the baton to the next group of students who will continue this fight.”

Money raised from Relay For Life events help fund life-saving research and the Society’s support programs within local communities across Ontario.

2014
2014 youth volunteer scholarship winner
Shadi Mousavi Nia

South York Community Office

Shadi Mousavi Nia has made many contributions to the Society, including her recent leadership role in supporting the creation of the Big Tobacco Lies campaign. She has also been a leader in promoting cancer prevention and advocating for policy change in the South York community.

“I am tired of seeing cancer ruin lives” says Mousavi Nia who’s been a leader in advocating for healthy public policies including a ban on flavoured tobacco. “It’s time that today’s youth, our future leaders, work together to stop this disease,” adds Mousavi Nia.


2014 youth volunteer scholarship winner
Alessandra Ceccacci

Essex County Community Office

Alessandra Ceccacci, also a youth leader within the Society has made many significant contributions in engaging fellow peers to participate in cancer prevention, advocacy and fundraising activities. The school youth troop that she led was so well recognized in her community that other schools have now reached out in interest.


“I founded the Youth Troop at my school in October of 2011. At the beginning, I recruited 15 youth and the group now has more than doubled to 38 members,” says Ceccacci who has spent over 300 hours volunteering as a Youth Troop leader. Ceccacci has also been a participant and volunteer at the Society’s local Relay For Life and Grapes of Wrath fundraising events.


2013

2013 youth scholarship recipients

Carley Oulette and Joshua Rosaasen

Essex County Community Office

Carley and Josh have each accumulated hundreds of hours of volunteer time with the Society in various activities. They have set up advocacy tents at Relay For Life events, collected signatures for a ban on indoor tanning legislation, helped establish and run the Essex County Youth Troop, brought Tan Free Grad to their high schools, coordinated UV skin clinics to raise awareness of sun damage, organized Daffodil Sales and car washes and created an arts fundraiser. The two have become local catalysts for change and significantly increased youth participation in their community.

Both Carley and Josh decided to help after experiencing firsthand what cancer can do to a family. “The Canadian Cancer Society has changed my life,” says Carley, whose grandmother died of cancer in 2009. While battling esophageal cancer, Carley’s grandmother used the free services of the Society, which helped lower her anxiety and stress levels. “I knew I had to do something to give back because of how much the Society helped my grandmother. That’s when I decided to get involved and volunteer,” she adds.

“My mother is a skin cancer survivor and she has been my motivation,” says Josh. “My goal is to help prevent other people from experiencing what my family went through, which is why I’m trying to make the biggest impact by helping youth today understand what cancer is and how to prevent it.”

“The Canadian Cancer Society empowers youth to gain leadership skills, obtain meaningful volunteer hours and engage their friends to join the fight against cancer,” says Christine Richer from the Essex County office of the Canadian Cancer Society. “We engage them on their own terms and focus all this positive energy towards fighting cancer,” she adds.

2012
2012 youth scholarship recipients
Julia Hanley

Georgetown Dufferin Peel Community Office

For Julia Hanley, age has never been a barrier to helping others. When Julia was just a little baby visiting her grandmother in the hospital, a nurse took her around the oncology clinic where Julia’s presence cheered up patients. By the time she was four years old, Julia was volunteering by selling daffodils for the Canadian Cancer Society.

Her early beginnings grew into a long-term commitment to fighting back against cancer. Julia now regularly takes on leadership volunteer roles with the Public Issues team, putting cancer-related issues on the political radar and protecting the health of Canadians.

“Volunteering with the Canadian Cancer Society brings the community together in such a fun and enjoyable way,” says Julia. “I would tell other youth to start volunteering as soon as you can!”

Karen Yu

South York Region Community Office

Karen Yu’s life has been deeply touched by cancer. She decided to fight back after the loss of her aunt and the diagnosis of her grandmother, starting her volunteer career with the Society by selling luminaries for a Relay For Life event.

Later, she joined a Youth Ambassadors Council organized through the local Canadian Cancer Society community office. There, she led other youth in her community to fight back by developing youth-friendly presentations for National Non-Smoking Week, participating at local events and organizing a youth leadership conference.

As Karen wrote, “The Canadian Cancer Society recognizes the immense power that youth possess and believes they can truly inspire change and progress in the fight against cancer”.

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