Result - EMERGE’ scholarship

Result - EMERGE’ scholarship

Name: Ashlyn Clara Bona
School: North Nova Education Centre

4th EMERGE Award (2022)

Angad Hundal Society is happy to announce Ashlyn Clara Bona as the winner of 4th EMERGE award!

This 17yrs old student of North Nova Education Centre developed speech impediment as early as she learned to speak, causing her to stutter. She suffered bullying, lack of confidence and low self-esteem and struggled to communicate.

Her hopes, as told, that ‘it will go away once she turns 12’ proved to be false. But she is happy that it did not go away as now, she has learned to feel pride in it.

She says “Receiving this award has already done so much for me not only because it is going to be put to great use as I begin my studies at St. Francis Xavier University in the Bachelor of Art and Science in Health program, but it has also encouraged me to be more open about the struggles my speech impediment has caused for me.

Thank you, Ashlyn, for allowing us to share your story! We wish you great strides in future!

Name: Jillian Langille
School: Lockview High, Fall River

3rd EMERGE Award (2021)

Angad Hundal Society is happy to announce Jillian Langille as the winner of 3rd EMERGE award!

An artistic gymnast, Jillian has competed in five Canadian Nationals between 2016-2018 and is many national and international competitions as a member of Nova Scotia Canada Games team. She started training as gymnast at 4 years old and got recognised nationally at the age of 10.

Working in a very demanding environment at a young age, keeping up to the expectations of physical fitness, not being able to show any emotion, follow every order without questioning took a toll on her mental health pushing her to a breaking point.

Here are some quotes from her application:
“After months of fake smiling and constant sadness, I finally decided to talk to my mom about how I was feeling”
“After a long battle, I am finally happy and proud of myself”
“Mental Health is a serious issue, but it does not define a person. Those who seek help are not weak but strong”

She is joining Bachelor of recreational and sports studies at the University of New Brunswick. We are very proud of you Jillian!

Thank you for allowing us to share your story, it will be an eye opener and inspiration for many parents, teachers and coaches working with young kids in competitive sports!

Name: Sam Kohler
School: Halifax West, Halifax

2nd EMERGE Award (2020)

Angad Hundal Society is happy to announce Sam Kohler of Halifax West, Nova Scotia as the winner of the second Emerge Award.

Sam was born ‘a miracle’ 15 weeks premature, weighing just over 1Kg and fought unimaginable odds to survive and grow into a wonderful young man that he is today. He spent the first four months of his life in IWK and was followed carefully by professionals in the early years of his life.

Despite the challenges, he has shown remarkable resilience and determination by not letting it affect his education.

As described by his referees, he is kind, selfless, and never says no if asked for help. He has unwavering perseverance and exemplary work ethics. He is an enthusiastic member of a number of clubs and organizations. His deliberate nature guides him to stay and belong among those who share his vision.

Sam graduated from Halifax West High School with high honors and will begin his higher education journey at Saint Mary University where he will pursue a Bachelor of Science degree. He lives in Halifax with his parents and a twin sister.

We are very happy and proud to select him as the winner of the second Emerge scholarship!

We also want to use this opportunity to thank and congratulate his parents, teachers, and other professionals who helped and supported him throughout his journey.

Name: Abby Demeyere
School: Glace Bay High School

1st EMERGE Award (2019)

Angad Hundal Society is happy to announce Abby Demeyere of Glace Bay High, Nova Scotia as the winner of first Emerge Award.

Abby faced serious challenges in her childhood and has shown a remarkable ability to endure and push through all difficulties not just by helping herself but also her younger siblings. She chose to emerge stronger and wiser because of her circumstances and embraced every opportunity to learn and grow. We are very happy and proud to select her as the winner of first Emerge scholarship. She embodies and represents the true spirit of this award.

We also want to thank and congratulate the teachers and councillors at GBH who helped Abby through her journey and wish her very best as she pursues Bachelor of Arts and Science in Environment at Cape Breton University.

The quote below from Abby’s application describes why she is the winner!

My life has been eighteen years of trials and struggles and there were so many things that I could’ve used as a reason to completely give up on myself, but I didn't. I continued to push forward and I became the hero of my own story, and I refuse to think of myself as anything less than that.