Exshaw Students Receive Post-Secondary Scholarship

Dec 18, 2017 | Community Support

Two Exshaw students each received a $5,000 scholarship from Lafarge in Exshaw to help them pursue their ambitious post-secondary goals. In 2017, Nickolas Kunz and Karey Suchan were both recognized for being excellent students, active volunteers and strong leaders in their communities.

Nickolas is currently working towards a degree in Natural Resource Conservation at Lethbridge College. This two-year course covers basic natural resource law, biology, and courtroom and patrol procedures. He will then pursue a Conservation Law Enforcement Bachelor of Applied Science.

Since he was 10-years-old, Nickolas has been volunteering with the Canmore Folk Festival. Over the last 8 years he was responsible for selling programs, working and coordinating opening gate operations and running errands throughout the event. He spent many hours volunteering after the 2013 floods and was on the Bighorn Library Board throughout most of his high school tenure.

“Nick has a lively imagination and a keen interest in a wide-ranging number of subjects. He is a highly intelligent young man with a unique way of approaching problems,” said Rose Reid, Town Librarian for 22 years. “Nick joined the Exshaw Library Society as a teenager and represented the voice of the youth of Exshaw. He always exhibited great patience in what were often long and tedious meetings.”

Karey is enrolled in a Graphic and Digital Design Program in Kelowna, B.C. He describes graphic design as a passion of his and is excited to create meaningful work for clients and consumers, specifically helping small businesses in the process. Karey earned his high school credits for volunteer work by assisting the Rocky Mountain Eagle Research Foundation with their spring count. He has also been involved with the Exshaw Library and was a tireless volunteer following the 2013 flood. Karey was also recognized with helping neighbours with yard work and snow shoveling.

“Karey’s strengths are his kind and generous spirit and his sense of humour. His ability to think independently is a quality that will help him develop leadership skills. I can’t think of a more deserving person of the Lafarge Education Endowment Fund Scholarship,” said Dan Huard, coordinator of the Spring Eagle Migration Count.

Both candidates are grateful for Lafarge’s positive impact in their communities and for the financial support, which will allow them to pursue their post-secondary education goals. In 2014, Lafarge in Exshaw announced the creation of a $315,000 endowment fund that would be used to support two $5,000 scholarships per year for future leaders in the Exshaw and Lac Des Arcs communities who are pursuing post-secondary training or education. The Lafarge Education Endowment Fund is managed by the Banff Canmore Community Foundation. Visit www.banffcanmorecf.org for more information.