Recipients of BCCPA’s “40 for 40” bursary program announced

As part of its 40th anniversary celebrations, BCCPA is providing all-expenses paid trips to its 2018 Annual Conference in Whistler to students currently enrolled in full-time post-secondary programs in B.C.

To apply for the program, students had to submit a 500-word written application or a 2-minute video outlining why they want to attend the 2018 Annual Conference, and why they want to work in seniors’ care. Additionally, they had to pitch a safety innovation idea for seniors’ care or a social media strategy that would encourage B.C. students to consider a career in the sector.

BCCPA would like to congratulate the following recipients of the “40 for 40” bursary program:

University of Victoria
Ashleigh Parker (Neuropsychology)
Erin Donald (Doctoral Student in Nursing)

University of British Columbia
Laura Ledas (Masters of Health Leadership and Policy in Seniors Care)
Tomy Stephan (Master of Engineering Leadership – High-Performance Buildings)


Simon Fraser University
Shaun Leong (Gerontology)
Leslie Bresser (Gerontology)

“The high calibre of submissions we received just goes to show how passionate these students are about health and seniors’ care,” says BCCPA Director of Programs Snezana Ristovski.

“We look forward to hosting the successful applicants at the Annual Conference, and offering them an opportunity to share their ideas and learn about the latest initiatives and innovations in seniors’ care.”

The 2018 Annual Conference, which takes place from May 27th-29th in Whistler, includes inspiring workshops, high-profile keynote speakers, engaging networking events and a dynamic trade show. The 2018 theme Shift Happens! will focus on the many prevalent shifts that are occurring in the continuing care sector.

The bursary includes meals, two nights accommodation at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler and transportation—valued at $2,000. At the conference, students will network with thought leaders, care professionals, potential employers, and officials from the Ministry of Health and health authorities, and learn more about the continuing care sector.

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