Outstanding communty-minded youth recognized with 2017 Canadian Medical Hall of Fame scholarship

LONDON, ON, Aug. 31, 2017 /CNW/ - Four exceptionally bright and community-minded students are beginning
their university education with a little help from the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame |
Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life Scholarship.  One high school student in each of four regions across Canada has been named to this scholarship that provides $4,000 toward their undergraduate degree in medicine or a health science field at a Canadian university.

The 2017 scholarship recipients are: Anchaleena Mandal of Iqaluit, NU; Lisa Foudil of Montreal, QC; Matthew Faltyn of Mississauga, ON; and Mehul Gupta of Calgary, AB. Between them these young leaders have received more than 50 academic and leadership awards and have founded or contributed significantly to 12 community service and charitable organizations.  Read more about these accomplished students in the attached fact sheets or on our website. CLICK HERE

"Reading about the academic achievement, skill, and community involvement of these candidates is an exercise in optimism," said Lissa Foster, CMHF Executive Director. "I have immense confidence in their potential as future leaders in health and it is a privilege to support their path to further excellence."

"We congratulate all four recipients who are taking the first steps in their journey to build successful careers in medicine," said Cathy Weaver, Senior Vice-President, Human Resources, Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life. "Developing medical expertise in Canada benefits the long-term health and well-being of Canadians. We're proud to help support these four in achieving their goals."

Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life serve the financial security needs of more than 12 million people across Canada. Through their national corporate citizenship program, the companies work alongside non-profit, charitable and community organizations to build stronger communities together.

The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame is a national charitable organization that celebrates Canada's medical heroes and inspires young people to pursue careers in the health sciences through the annual induction of inspiring Canadian health leaders, educational programs and a virtual and physical exhibit hall.

Be inspired. Explore the stories of our Laureates. www.cdnmedhall.org

The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame / Great‐West Life,  London Life and Canada Life Scholarship Award

Report on 2017 Scholarship Winners

Four young Canadians with stellar academic careers and a passion for helping others and improving lives have been selected as this year's winners of the 2017 Canadian Medical Hall of Fame / Great‐West Life, London Life and Canada Life Scholarship Award. Each recipient receives $4,000 toward a four‐year undergraduate degree in a health sciences related field.  Our scholarship program is administered in association with the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC). The selection committee is currently chaired by Dr. Michael J. Rieder of Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University and includes the CMHF board student rep and a faculty of medicine administrator.

Anchaleena Mandal of Iqaluit, NU attending Queen's University
"I wish to express my sincere gratitude to the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life for this scholarship. To me, it is not just financial support, but also a source of impetus, confidence and inspiration on my journey to achieving my dream of becoming a physician in Nunavut and making a difference in the future of my small, isolated, Arctic community. Nakurmiik! Qujannamiik! Thank you!"

Lisa Foudil of Montreal, QC attending Université de Montréal
"I am extremely proud and honoured to have been selected as a recipient of the prestigious Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Scholarship. In addition to lightening my financial burden, this scholarship proves to me that effort and perseverance always pay off and this only increases my passion and willingness to practice medicine. Finally, I would particularly like to thank the CMHF for recognizing the efforts of individuals in pursuit of their dreams, and to you, I will be forever grateful."

Matthew Faltyn of Mississauga, ON attending McMaster University
"I am very honoured and thankful to be chosen as one of the recipients receiving this scholarship from the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.  This scholarship will greatly aid me as I pursue my passions and interests in the field of medicine. I would like to thank everyone who continues to support me on my academic journey; without you, none of this would have been possible."

Mehul Gupta of Calgary, AB attending University of Calgary
"I am honored to be recognized as a recipient of this scholarship in 2017 and it is extremely rewarding to see organizations such as the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life, appreciating the work and potential of young students across the country. This scholarship has only furthered my desire and commitment to helping those in need, both as a student and hopefully in the future as a neurologist."




SOURCE The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame

For further information: Lissa Foster, Executive Director, Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, 519.488.2003, x6110 lfoster@cdnmedhall.org; Tim Oracheski, Director, Communication Services, Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life, 204.946-8961, tim.oracheski@gwl.ca

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