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Darren Lee James Memorial Bursary Program accepting applications until March 27th, 2015

Darren Lee James, also known to his nieces and nephews as “Uncle Darren”, was supportive and close to his family. Throughout Darren’s life, he faced multiple barriers, including complications with diabetes and loss of vision. Darren met his health challenges sometimes with frustration but always with courage, determination and humour. He was a well known resident in his community, living life to the fullest and finding joy in the little things that life had to offer.

In 2010, Darren was introduced to the new roles of volunteer and athlete. Darren became an active member in the blind community and was involved in many organizations. He joined the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC) Halifax Chapter in May of 2012 where he became involved in advocating for equality for blind, deaf-blind, and partially sighted Canadians.

As a member of the AEBC Halifax Chapter, Darren volunteered to raise funds for a new bursary program for blind, deaf-blind, and partially sighted Nova Scotians. Today, the bursary fund has been named the “Darren Lee James Memorial Bursary” in his memory to continue his tradition of helping others.

To qualify, applicants:

  • Must be blind, deaf-blind or partially sighted. For our purposes, you are considered to be “blind” if you have no vision or only light perception in the better of your two eyes, and “partially sighted” if you have a visual acuity of 20/60 or less (as measured on the Snellan eye chart) in their better eye with best correction, or whose visual field measures less than twenty degrees; and,
  • Must be a resident of Nova Scotia.

The Bursary will be awarded on the basis of:

  • Financial need;
  • Community involvement; and
  • Overcoming adversity.

While each criterion will contribute in the overall evaluation process, equal weight will not be applied in determining a final score. Rather, each criterion will serve to assist in distinguishing the exceptionalities and strengths of one candidate from another in the awarding of the Bursary.

The Bursary Committee is comprised of three members of the AEBC Halifax Chapter. This committee reviews all applications and selects the Bursary recipient.

The successful recipient will be notified of their selection by Friday, April 3rd, 2015.

Download an information package and application form (as a Microsoft Word document)

Archival Date: 
Friday, March 27, 2015