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2004 Scholarship Winners

In 2004, the National Federation of the Blind: Advocates for Equality (NFB:AE) was pleased to award five scholarships to outstanding Canadians for their academic achievements and ability to meet life's challenges.

John Robert Doyle of LaSalle, Quebec, is the winner of the Alan H. Neville Memorial Scholarship. Not only was Doyle the first blind student to obtain a degree in Pure and Applied Sciences from Quebec's college system at Dawson College, he did it with an average grade of 92 percent. He continued his academic high standards at McGill University, completing a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Humanistic Studies and minor in Education. Battling juvenile diabetes all his life, Doyle says his wife and daughter are his two major inspirations.

Tejinder Kaur of Mississauga, Ontario, is winner of T-Base Communications' Business, Education and Technology Scholarship. Legally blind, she fled a life of abuse in India with her two young children. She is studying to become a Human Resources Professional at Sheridan College, and in her spare time works at a battered women's shelter. She speaks with love and pride of her children and looks forward to the day when she has a full-time job and can provide a good life for her family.

Chris Riccomini of Sarnia, Ontario, is winner of the NFB:AE's Toronto Chapter Scholarship, which also includes a lifetime membership to the organization. Born legally blind, he is in his second year of honours music at Wilfrid Laurier University and his goal is to graduate with a Bachelor of Music Therapy degree. Riccomini volunteers at a music program for adults with acquired brain injuries, and sits on a Canadian National Institute for the Blind music committee that organizes a yearly recital and provides scholarship money to young blind musicians. Music therapy allows Riccomini to combine something he loves with a practical career where he can help other people, many of whom face similar challenges because of a disability.

Norah Good-Broughton, winner of the Courtesy Call Scholarship, was born with 20/200 vision and moved to Ottawa, Ontario, at age 15 to finish high school because of limited school resources in her hometown of Halliburton. She became top female athlete in her final year and moved on to compete provincially, nationally and internationally in blind sports, culminating in becoming a member of the Calgary Winter Olympics torch run in 1987. After working as a Health Care Aide for a number of years, she returned to Algonquin College, where she is currently enrolled in a two-year Developmental Services Worker program. Good-Broughton lives in Ottawa with her husband and three boys.

Larianna Brown of Vancouver, British Columbia, is the winner of the NFB:AE National Achievement Scholarship. Having completed her undergraduate degree in Forest Conservation, she spent more than two years working and volunteering in southern Mexico and three Canadian provinces, helping with international forest certification policy revisions and community forestry initiatives. Brown now studies at the School of Community and Regional Planning at the University of British Columbia and hopes to complete her Masters of Science in Planning by December of 2005. She also volunteers at Crabtree Corner, a community support service organization for low income women in Canada's poorest postal code--Vancouver's Downtown East Side.

Congratulations to these Canadian scholars!