Troop 17 Scholarship winners
Named after the first troop of women hired as regular members of the RCMP, Troop 17 Scholarships are awarded to full-time college or university students who've made significant efforts to prevent bullying or harassment in their schools and communities.
Anna Oliver, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
"I am grateful to be named as a recipient of the Troop-17 Scholarship for my efforts to increase inclusion and diversity. I believe that bullying arises as a result of ignorance. As a way to combat bullying, I created opportunities for my peers and community members to connect and establish meaningful ties with individuals of varying abilities, ethnicities and personalities. Receiving the Troop-17 Scholarship reaffirms the importance of establishing a more inclusive and accepting society and will support my professional endeavors in the medical field."
Alicia Lopers, Oshawa, Ontario
"I am honoured to be one of the recipients of the Troop 17 Scholarship. Thanks to your support, I am able to attend university, where I will strive to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. I believe that many children grow up in circumstances where bullying and harassment are becoming normal. This thought is unsettling. I believe that everyone should be treated the way they wanted to be treated. It is impossible to know what is going on in someone else's life, in fact, I often assume everyone is having a terrible day or is going through something I cannot resolve, so I make it my job to try to make things better. A simple act of kindness can go a long way. We are not alone in this world, so let's stop acting like we are. We can make the world a better place. Once again, thank you for your support and generosity."
Moulik Mathur, Brampton, Ontario
"Being acknowledged as a winner of the Troop 17 scholarship has given me an opportunity to share my positive experience with the Brampton Academy of Martial Arts. When I was young, I observed bullying and harassment, especially at my school. It motivated me to promote martial arts as a way to overcome the problem. I found that martial arts helped boost the confidence of bullied students and gave them a new approach to life. I have interacted with more than one hundred students and I hope I have helped them in some way. Many of them have matured and are not experiencing any sort of bullying or harassment, in fact, many have become leaders to others who are experiencing bullying. I would again like to thank the Troop 17 Scholarship for providing me with this opportunity and for giving me a chance to share my experience!"
Reese Estwick, Winnipeg, Manitoba
"Growing up, I always knew I had a role to play in creating systemic social change. I saw many acts of racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia in my community. When I was fourteen, I started the first Gender, Sexuality Alliance (GSA) in my school division in rural Manitoba. There was some pushback, but, as always, I persisted and ensured that all 2SLGBTQIA+ students and community members felt seen, safe and respected by at least one person. That's where social change begins. As a recipient of the Troop 17 scholarship, I vow to continue educating myself through school and community dialogues to ensure that justice is not just something we talk about, but something we put into action. When we know better, we can do better. As I embark upon a career in politics and social justice, I look forward to being part of the equitable, intersectional and powerful changes that are in store for this country's systems."
Jodi Cote, Edmonton, Alberta
"I would like to begin by thanking the RCMP for the privilege of receiving the 2021 Troop 17 Scholarship. Bullying and harassment exist in most aspects of our lives. I saw it myself in a medical work environment when I was part of a mentorship program established to bridge the gap between senior and junior staff, and create a safe and positive work environment in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. We each have our own stories, struggles and experiences with bullying. Kindness and patience help make a positive impact in someone's life."
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