A Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School graduate is grateful for the opportunity to attend university thanks to a generous scholarship from a prominent local family.
Jayde Hurley has been awarded the Jim Fielding Memorial Bursary. The bursary, valued at $60,000, will enable her to study psychology at Laurentian University.
“Jayde is an incredible individual, strong student, outstanding athlete and so deserving of this opportunity to achieve her full potential,” said Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School Principal Pamela Potvin, in a press release.
“She is a role model for perseverance and resilience, a student who has consistently demonstrated tremendous leadership skills. We are very proud of her.”
“I am so appreciative of the Fielding family for establishing this bursary, which will enable me to pursue post-secondary studies,” said Hurley, in the press release. “I am also thankful for everyone in my life who has helped me along my journey.
“The last few years, I've always thought of my future in terms of what I had to do to attend university. With this scholarship, I can now think of my future in terms of what I want to do. I can now focus on my studies and achieving my goals.”
Hurley is an all-round student who aspires to work in the police force or the field of social services. She has been a Knights Scholar throughout her high school career and received the award for law during her recent graduation from Grade 12. She also contributed to the school newspaper.
Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School’s Female Athlete of the Year in 2019, Hurley has attended OFSAA multiple times for cross-country running, track and field, Nordic skiing and girls’ hockey. She led the senior girls’ Nordic ski team to two OFSAA gold medal performances.
In addition to her participation on school teams, she has volunteered in a number of community related activities in both running and skiing. Throughout high school, she coached children in cross-country running, Nordic skiing, and track and field, sharing her love of sports with those who are following in her footsteps.
This year, Hurley served as co-president of the Me to We Club at Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School. The club hosted a number of successful events, including a Terry Fox run, the collection of Christmas gift boxes for Genevra house, and a food drive for We Scare Hunger.
Students also raised money for Kenyan women and Indonesian people suffering from natural disaster and hosted a 24-hour famine, raising close to $1,000 for an orphanage in South Sudan.
Jim Fielding’s children - Norinne, Murray and Craig – established the bursary in his memory. Born and raised in Sudbury, Jim Fielding was proud to be a member of a large well-known area family.
He held the position of chairman of the Board of Alexander Centre Industries Ltd. (ACIL), Waters and associate companies and was a Director of Canadian Pacific. Jim Fielding had a passion for learning. Highly respected in the business community, he was known as a caring and considerate employer who was always interested in others.