Two local youth are each receiving $5,000 in post-secondary scholarship support from Lafarge in recognition for being excellent students, active volunteers and strong community leaders.

Congratulations to 2020 Lafarge Education Endowment Fund scholarship recipients, Brynn Elford and Keegan Bushulak. This fall, Brynn will begin studying to become a registered nurse and Keegan will be starting an architectural technologies program. They were presented with cheques on July 18, 2020.

“We are pleased to be able to help Brynn and Keegan pursue their education goals. Giving back to local students who have done so much to support our residents is one way this endowment fund has helped advance the social and economic conditions in our communities over the last six years,” said Kate Strachan, Plant Manager, Lafarge Exshaw Cement Plant.

Keegan Bushulak

Keegan is an engaged and supportive member of his community. He helped in the construction of Exshaw’s local skating rink, including maintenance of its ice, and conducting repairs. He also assisted in the multi-year process of building the Exshaw River Trail by marking trees and creating a suitable path for others to enjoy. He’s helped coach separate hockey teams in Canmore to help youths improve their abilities and confidence on the ice. Keegan will be attending the Architectural Technologies program at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in Calgary this fall. Following his graduation from the program, he hopes to transition towards a university program that would provide the education needed to begin his own architectural firm.

Brynn Elford

Brynn is set to attend University of British Columbia Okanogan (UBCO) in Kelowna, BC this fall. Following university, her objective is to become a registered nurse, eventually working with children in the fields of oncology and chemotherapy. Brynn has been a model member of her community, volunteering her time by collecting non-perishables for the local food bank and coordinating pre-season training camps with Canmore Minor Hockey. Her goal is to encourage younger girls to join the hockey community and stick with sports as they grow up because of the impact it’s had on her life. Pre-dating COVID-19, Brynn began volunteering at the hospital, which she hopes to return to in the future. Brynn also works as a lifeguard and swim-instructor at Elevation Place in Canmore, encouraging access to sports and a positive learning environment to uplift other youths.

About the Lafarge Education Endowment Fund

In 2014, Lafarge Exshaw Cement Plant announced the creation of a $315,000 endowment fund to support annual scholarships for future leaders in the Exshaw and Lac Des Arcs communities pursuing post-secondary training or education. The Lafarge Education Endowment Fund is managed by the Banff Canmore Community Foundation. More than $55,000 in scholarships have been awarded.

Past recipients include:

Tori Kelly, Hospitality Management, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT).
Dameon Blaser, Bachelor of Arts in Photography, Alberta University of the Arts (AUArts)
Stefan Judek, Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology, University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC)

Marina Neilson, Music and Technology Program, Selkirk College
Chasey Kutzner, Bachelor of Nursing, Mount Royal University
Joshua Carvelli, Information Technology, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT).

Nickolas Kunz, Natural Resource Conservation, Lethbridge College
Karey Suchan, Graphic and Digital Design, Kelowna Centre of Art & Technology.

Cheyenne Blaser, Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, Mount Royal Universty
Kate-Lynn Lautamus, Bachelor of Science, Vancouver Island University.