Longtime community volunteer wins Medical Hall of Fame scholarship

    LONDON, ON, Aug. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - Eighteen-year-old graduate of South
Kamloops Secondary School, Ainslie Maynard, has had a rewarding few months. On
top of receiving her 10-year service award from the Alzheimer Society of BC in
May, she has been named the 2008 recipient of The Canadian Medical Hall of
Fame / Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life Scholarship Award.
    This fall, Ainslie will enter the Bachelor of Sciences program at
Thompson Rivers University - the first step towards her goal of becoming a
general practitioner in a rural community. The scholarship will help lighten
her financial load.
    "I began volunteering and helping others when I was very young. It gives
me great pleasure to know that I am making the days of others brighter. At
university, I plan to take leadership roles by organizing events and
activities that benefit charities and people in my community, Canada and the
world," says Ainslie, also a full-fledged Girl Guide volunteer and
Interact-youth Rotary Club committee chair.
    It was Ainslie's volunteer work and leadership skills in addition to her
accomplishments as a student and musician that stood out for the selection
committee. The committee is comprised of representatives from offices of
admissions/student affairs at Canadian medical faculties.
    "Choosing only one winner from a group of individuals where everyone is
an over-the-top achiever is always challenging, but the review team is
delighted to present this year's award to Ainslie. It was her genuine and
simple desire to make our world a better place that set her apart from the
other candidates," says Dr. David Hawkins, chair of both the selection
committee and The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.
    The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame / Great-West Life, London Life and
Canada Life Scholarship Award provides $1,000 each year towards a four-year
undergraduate degree in the health sciences at a Canadian university.
    "Our funding helps deserving students pursue their goals through a
Canadian medical and academic centre," says Jan Belanger, Assistant
Vice-President, Community Affairs, Great-West Life, London Life and Canada
Life. "Our support helps develop and keep medical expertise in Canada, for
Canadians. The future of health care rests with our youth, and we're proud to
promote the health sciences as an essential career path."

    Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life serve the financial security
needs of more than 12 million people across Canada. Through The Key to
Giving(TM) - the national corporate citizenship program of Great-West Life,
London Life, and Canada Life -- the companies contribute to non-profit,
charitable and community organizations across the country to address health
and wellness, education, social services, arts and culture and civic
initiatives. The Key to Giving program also supports the volunteer involvement
of staff and financial security advisors in their efforts to meet the needs of
the communities in which they live and work.

    The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame is a national charitable organization
dedicated to celebrating Canada's medical heroes and history, and fostering a
new generation of scientists, physicians and builders through our educational

For further information:

For further information: and photographs: Janet Tufts, Executive
Director, The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, (519) 488-2003,
jtufts@cdnmedhall.org; Marlene Klassen, APR, Assistant Vice-President,
Communications, Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life, (204) 946-7705,
marlene.klassen@gwl.ca; For more information about The Canadian Medical Hall
of Fame and our scholarship program, visit www.cdnmedhall.org.

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