The legacy of Lambton County’s highly successful 1991 International Plowing Match (IPM) is continuing to help deserving students in Lambton County continue their post-secondary studies. Three students were presented with IPM ’91 scholarships of $1,000 each during a presentation ceremony held at the 2013 Brigden Fall Fair. The recipients included Nicole Kingston of Corunna; Kaitlyn Sinclair of Oil City and Carly Van Daele of Dawn-Euphemia. Lambton IPM ’91 Scholarship Committee Chairman Bill Bilton noted that the IPM local organizing committee was very proud agricultural community who worked so hard to make the 1991 IPM a success.
“The weather co-operated to provide excellent conditions before, during and after the match,” he said.
Bilton said through the various sources of revenue which included gate receipts, exhibit space rental and donations, a profit of well over $125,000 resulted.
“All those involved from the executive on down, were true volunteers,” he said, adding that none of them received any remuneration for their services which helped assure that the profit could be utilized for community purposes. Bryan Boyle, also Lambton IPM ’91 committee member noted that following the IPM the local committee decided that the money would be invested and only the interest be dispersed in the form of scholarships for deserving Lambton County students in their second year of post-secondary studies.
“That way the legacy of the 1991 IPM can live on in perpetuity with these scholarships,” he added.
He noted that until this year they had been able to provide four students with a $1,200 scholarship each but with the current low rate of interests, this year they had to reduce that to $1,000 each for three students. Bill Bilton noted that the hope is that when interest rates go back up they will go back to providing four scholarships.
To be eligible for the scholarship applicants must have completed one-year of post-secondary training or be enrolled in their second year of any college or university. Selection criteria is based 50 per cent on community involvement; 20 per cent on academic achievement; 20 per cent on financial need; and 10 per cent on discretionary need.
Nicole Kingston, 19
Daughter of Rob and Tracy Kingston of Corunna. She attended SCITS (Sarnia Collegiate and Technical School) in Sarnia and is now enrolled in her second year of the Civic Engineering Course at Western University in London, Ont. She plans to work as an engineer at the municipal or city level and also intends to pursue an architectural degree. Nicole was actively involved as a horseback riding camp counselor for several years and was also dedicated to drama, having been involved as a senior actor in the community theatre at Imperial Theatre in Sarnia. She has also worked with both young participants and long-time members of the SCITS drama club as a senior actor and stage manager. She extended her flair for the dramatic by participating in public speaking contests over the years. Nicole is also a regular attender of Christ Church in Corunna.
Kaitlyn Sinclair, 19
Daughter of Tom and Nancy Sinclair of Oil City. She attended LCCVI (Lambton Central Collegiate and Vocational School) in Petrolia and is currently enrolled at Springs Harbor University in Michigan on a softball athletic scholarship. Her career goal is to become a chiropractor. Kaitlyn contributed in many ways to the strength of fastball in her local area being involved with girls’ and ladies fastball as a player, coach, instructor, mentor and organization volunteer. She has also been involved with the Student Outreach to Senior’s Club and Ontario Students Against Impaired Driving Club based at her high school.
Carley Van Daele, 20
Daughter of Gerry and Nancy Van Daele of the Dresden area. She is a graduate of LCCVI in Petrolia and is currently enrolled at the University of Waterloo in the Environmental Resource Studies program.
Her career goal is to become an ecological conservationist. 4-H has played a big role in Carly’s life and has helped develop her leadership abilities, having been involved in 4-H horse, sewing, and photography clubs. Carley has demonstrated a passion for community service with her volunteerism at Brigden Fair and as a classroom helper at Saint Philip School in Petrolia. She has also shown a creative side by being an active member in the Lambton Youth Choir.
Also attending the presentation was Sarnia-Lambton MP Pat Davidson who congratulated all three ladies on their achievements.
“It’s remarkable that all three of you are women who have been successful and still found time for community involvement,” she said.
She added that there was no end to what they could accomplish and noted that there was nothing but good things ahead of them.
“It is gratifying to see young people from our community contribute the way these ladies have and have still kept up their studies,” she added.