Russ Hiebert with the 2013 Macdonald Leadership Awards recipients.
The 2013 awards were presented on July 3rd in South Surrey at an award’s ceremony hosted by the local Member of Parliament, Russ Hiebert. The scholarships were presented to seven local area High School Graduates who have demonstrated not only academic excellence, but who have displayed qualities of leadership by assuming roles in their respective school governments. The event is held at a local restaurant, and features a Dessert Bar, which always goes over very well with the students. Heibert and the EDA are continually impressed with the calibre and maturity of the award recipients, and the Awards Ceremony is a highlight of their year.
MP Russ Hiebert speaking with the recipients and their families
Mr. Heibert had the opportunity to meet the students and their guests before presenting each recipient with their award and $500 scholarship. During his speech, Mr. Heibert said, “I want to congratulate each of you on your successes so far, and encourage each of you to do your best in college and university.” When asked about the history behind the scholarships and their relationship to Sir John, Mr. Heibert said that:
“Prime Minister Macdonald, the inspiration behind the scholarships, led the fledging Canadian Government to build the Canadian Pacific railway linking us sea-to-sea, allowing BC to join Confederation, and creating one of the largest nations on earth. These scholarships were created in his name to help inspire the next generation to pursue their studies and achieve their very best in whatever field of endeavour they might choose.”
The Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Commission would like to extend a hearty congratulations to all the award recipients, and to wish them well as they continue on with their academic and leadership pursuits. We would also like to thank the Electoral District Association of South Surrey and MP Russ Heibert for recognizing the accomplishments of the youth in their community, and for encouraging them to continue their hard work, as Sir John A. did long ago.