Scholarship Recipients

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Each year the BCRPA awards scholarships to students at post-secondary institutions across the province who demonstrate leadership potential in the parks and recreation sector.

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2023 Scholarship Recipients

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Maggie Conway

Langara College, Bachelor of Recreation Management

Maggie is passionate about working with communities to enhance social inclusion and cultural representation and remove barriers to accessing necessary resources for individuals to develop and thrive. Maggie approaches recreation and community development through an equity lens as she continues to support her community through programs and services.

Maggie is HIGH-FIVE® certified and currently works as a Provincial Early Years Community Coordinator with Metis Nation BC. She has held previous roles as a Program Coordinator/Community Development Coordinator/Volunteer Coordinator, Recreation Leader, and Child Care Development Instructor in Richmond.

Maggie completed her bachelor’s degree in Recreation Management from Langara in April 2023.

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Andrea Pearson

University of Victoria, Recreation and Health Education

Andrea actively promotes healthy lifestyles in the communities where she lives and works. She has a long history both playing and coaching multiple team sports and is a BCRPA certified Group Fitness and Weight Training instructor.

Andrea works with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Victoria as a Development Associate and the District of Saanich as a summer camp Program Assistant. Upon graduation, she will also volunteer with the Victoria West Community Association supporting with community events.

Andrea will be completing her bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Health Education from the University of Victoria in Spring 2023.

Past Recipients


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Ashton Aumen

University of Victoria, Recreation and Health Education

Ashton is a decorated academic and athlete who was recently awarded the University of Victoria President’s Scholarship, Varsity Honour Role, and Academic All Canadian Scholarship, as well as winning three consecutive National Championships with the UVIC Vikes Women’s Field Hockey Team.

Ashton is passionate about coaching as a way to give back to her community and currently coaches the Spring League for Cowichan Field Hockey, Cowichan Indoor league, Field Hockey BC Technical Development Program, and junior girls’ basketball at Cowichan Secondary School. She is also an active umpire with Cowichan Field Hockey as well as Vancouver Island Ladies Field Hockey Association.

Ashton will be a graduate of the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Arts in Recreation and Health Education in the Spring of 2022, after which she plans to start a career working as a Recreation Aide at Sunridge Place Long Term Care and Assisted Living, where she completed two Co-op work terms.

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Julie Kaufman

Lanagara College, Bachelor of Recreation Management

Julia is a lifelong learner passionate about advocating for leadership development, barrier free recreation services, and drowning prevention initiatives. She is a BCRPA Registered Fitness Leader (Aquatics Specialty), is HIGH FIVE® certified, and has completed the Pool Operators Level 1 course.

Julia also has with a vast amount of experience working in professional recreation settings. She is the co-chair of the Lifesaving Society’s Program Advisory Group, a Master Instructor Trainer with the Canadian Red Cross, a National Trainer with the Lifesaving Society, and currently the Aquatics Supervisor for the City of Richmond.

Julia will be completing her Bachelors degree in Recreation Management from Langara in Spring 2022.

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Keenan Bevan

Vancouver Island University, Bachelor of Tourism Management (Recreation Major)

Keenan has spent 9 years working and volunteering in the field of recreation, including as a Senior Leader and Youth Recreation Advisor within the Regional District of Nanaimo’s recreation department. He believes community recreation is key to the healthy development and preservation of people, environment, happiness, culture, and most of all community.

Keenan brings his years of experience into the classroom and is known widely as a leader and a mentor. His academic achievements include making the Dean’s list at VIU and receiving the Recreation & Tourism Award for Excellence in 2019.

Keenan will be graduating the Bachelor of Tourism Management (Recreation Major) at VIU in Spring 2022.


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Alanna Tieszen

Lanagara College, Bachelor of Recreation Management

Alanna Tieszen has been described as intelligent, curious, and a life-long learner. Faculty of the program describe her as thoughtful and analytical, and she asks relevant compelling questions that push her thinking as well as that of her peers. She has a heart for building a community that is well and engaged.

Throughout her academic studies, Alanna has been able to maintain high marks, and produce works of academic excellence while also working full-time as Lifestyle and Program Manager at Chartwell Renaissance Retirement Residence in Langley, creating and delivering recreation programs to over 150 seniors. She also volunteers as Run Director for the DRIME Run for the Nations, and as Substitute Instructor at Richmond Academy of Dance, while also enjoying many recreational activities.

She is looking forward to continuing to help people reach their full potential and offering opportunities that challenge their perceived understanding of quality of life.

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Dave Osborne

Vancouver Island University, Bachelor of Arts, Recreation and Tourism Management program

David has been described as a leader and a mentor, in both his classes and in his work as a skating instructor in Nanaimo, helping youth develop their individual skating and hockey skills. He has also been described as an ambassador for community sport and recreation, and someone who creates positive and meaningful change within the local community.

David has been a Dean’s List student since 2019, while also working as a skating instructor for the City of Nanaimo. He is active in the community as a volunteer hockey coach with the North Island Silvertips, and is an athlete, participating in multiple sports. He’s also had experience working in municipal parks maintenance in Ladysmith.

David has a passion for sustainable outdoor recreation and protecting the environment, and sees recreation playing a large role in protecting it. His goal is to lead with ideas that will help shape the future world of recreation and leisure as well as motivate his peers to rise to their potential abilities. He looks forward to a career where he can provide recreation experiences for the community and create sustainable outdoor recreation spaces that protect our environment.


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Dylan Myers

Langara College, Bachelor of Recreation Management

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Megan Fortune

Vancouver Island University, Recreation and Tourism Management

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Nicole Bracewell

University of Victoria, Recreation and Health Education


Amy Cornish

Langara College, Bachelor Degree Program

Jewel Dimayuga

Langara College, Diploma Program


Emily Beaudoin

University of Victoria

Korine Hawksby

Langara College, Bachelor Degree Program

Sandip Gill

Langara College, Diploma Program

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Above: (Left to Right) Trisha Davison, BCRPA President Elect; Sandip Gill, Langara College; Doug Perks, DB Perks & Associates; Korine Hawksby, Langara College; and Rebecca B Tunnacliffe, BCRPA CEO.


Amy Cornish

Langara College, Diploma Program

Amy Scholarship

Above (left to right): Jennifer Wilson, BCRPA Board President; Doug Perks, DB Perks & Associates (Award Sponsor); Amy Cornish; Rebecca Tunnacliffe, BCRPA CEO

Lauren King

University of Victoria

Lauren Scholarship

Above (left to right): Jennifer Wilson, BCRPA Board President; Doug Perks, DB Perks & Associates (Award Sponsor); Lauren King; Rebecca Tunnacliffe, BCRPA CEO

Britta Peterson

Vancouver Island University

Britta Scholarship

Above (left to right): Jennifer Wilson, BCRPA Board President; Doug Perks, DB Perks & Associates (Award Sponsor); Britta Peterson; Rebecca Tunnacliffe, BCRPA CEO

Rachel Venner

Langara College, Bachelor Degree Program


Erin Henneberry – University of Victoria

Alexandra Lukac – Simon Fraser University

Rebecca Stephen – Langara College/University


Hiroko Shinozaki – Langara College

Sarena Jonah – Langara College

Ashleigh Hawes – University of Victoria


Blake Mansbridge – University of Victoria

Shelly Schnee – Langara College

Shannon Bence – Vancouver Island University


Nicole Barrett – University of Victoria

Tara Nazemi – Langara College

Jody Phibbs – University of Northern BC


Christeen Creer – University of Victoria

Steven McGee – Simon Fraser University


Claire Jean – University of Victoria

Geoff Langan – Langara College

Paul Sharp – University of British Columbia Okanagan

Dana Simpson – Kwantlen Polytechnic University


Charissa Steele – Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Suzanne Vander Wekken – University of Victoria


Laurel Liesl Beveridge – University of Victoria

Jody Lindsay Chan – University of British Columbia

Graeme Hall – Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Emma Peake – Langara College

Stephanie Walsh – College of the Rockies

Leah Warwick – Langara College