2013 Recipients

Congratulations to this years DB Perks/Lifesaving Society scholarship winners!

This year marks the 19th year of the DB Perks/Lifesaving Society scholarships. Since their inception in 1995, $30,000 has been provided to 60 recipients from 573 applicants.

Scholarships were presented at the Annual General Meeting March 1st, 2013 to the following recipients:

Vanessa Butler, Surrey - Fred Smith Award
Vanessa has worked in aquatics for nine years and is a full-time lifeguard/fitness instructor at the Bonsor Recreation Complex in Burnaby as well as being a swim coach for the Canucks Autism Network. She recently began attending Royal Roads University and said in her application that she “uses my certifications and experience in aquatics to make a positive impact my community.”

Melissa Gillespie, Saanichton – Derek Laverty Award
Melissa is a part-time Team Leader at Saanich Commonwealth Place and is currently enrolled in the Medical Radiography Technology program at Camosun College. She is one of the few students in that program who is combining work with schooling. She was a key player on the organizing committee for the 2011 regional lifeguard competition as well as for the Barnsley Championship held at Panorama Recreation Centre that year.

(Doug Perks & Ernst Wilmink Presenting the Mike Powley award to Melissa)

Sheena Fulop - Pender Island – Mike Powley Award
Sheena is currently employed by the City of Surrey as well as owning her own small business known as Waterwings First Aid & Swim School. While raising two sons she is working on her Early Childhood Education certification and training as a volunteer firefighter. One of her references said Sheena is “I would not change a thing about this courageous woman and mother. She is a fine, well-balanced person with an abundance of positive qualities.”

Colin Pistawka, Kelowna
Colin is a lifeguard employed by the Kelowna YMCA at the H2O Adventure & Fitness Centre where his supervisor describes him as having a ‘can do’ attitude and the ability to find the right balance between school with work. He is consistently on the Principal’s Honour List in high school and will be graduating this June and attending the University of Victoria in September to study science.