Local students awarded McCall Huron County Scholarships - May 23, 2019
Five Huron County students will receive scholarships valued at up to $32,000 over four years to pursue their undergraduate degrees starting this fall. This is the inaugural class of recipients of the McCall Huron County scholarships, founded by Marcy and John McCall MacBain last year.
The recipients are: Sadie Collins (Central Huron Secondary School), Stephan Ducharme (South Huron District High School), Cameron Murray (F.E. Madill Secondary School), Mikayla Skyring (Goderich District Collegiate Institute) and Hannah Tait (St. Anne’s Catholic High School). In addition, three students received one-time grants of $1,000 each towards their university studies.
McCall Huron County Scholarship recipients are selected based on the demonstration of strong potential for leadership, positive contributions to their school or broader communities and an overall commitment to excellence. The scholarship supports them over the course of their first undergraduate degree at any Canadian public university.
“I come from a tight-knit family and my parents were highly involved in our community”, said Dr. Marcy McCall MacBain. “The activities I had the chance to participate in, and the support of my family and community, were foundational for me. They gave me the confidence and perspective to pursue higher education and encouraged me to strive to be a strong contributing member of society wherever possible. John and I are delighted to encourage these promising students through this scholarship to continue building on their skills and personal talents and continue down the path to realizing their full potential.”
The selection process began at each of the high schools, in which committees nominated a total of 20 students from those who had completed a comprehensive application for the scholarships. The students selected to move forward participated in extensive interviews which looked beyond academic achievement to examine activities and pursuits in the service of others and across a broad spectrum of leadership roles.
• Sadie Collins of Central Huron Secondary School has been volunteering with the Blyth Festival for the past four years, helping to ensure that shows run smoothly. She has played for various sports teams for both her school and the community. Sadie works to promote and encourage greater participation in competitive women’s hockey. She is employed with the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association as an official.
• Stephan Ducharme of South Huron District High School is currently the president of the Athletic Council at his school and captain of the cross country team. He works with coaches and other members to plan fundraisers and support the athletics teams. He has been volunteering with St. John’s Ambulance for two years. Stephan works part-time on a farm.
• Cameron Murray of F.E. Madill Secondary School is a volunteer coach and plays for his community minor hockey league. He is also part of his school rugby team and enjoys assisting with all elements of the sports games. He has been volunteering with Music in the Fields for three years and helps with set-up, painting and providing directions to festival attendees. Cameron works part-time at a local co-operative.
• Mikayla Skyring of Goderich District Collegiate Institute is the Minister of Communications on Student Council and a member of the yearbook team at her school. She participated in the Science Olympics for three years and has a passion for science and conserving our environment. Mikayla has worked on staff at a local library and at a coffee shop.
• Hannah Tait of St. Anne’s Catholic Secondary School is a student trustee for her school and attends monthly School Board meetings on behalf of her classmates. She is an accomplished hockey player on the London Devilettes Provincial Women's Hockey team and, as the Minister of Faith on the student cabinet, she helps create an inclusive environment for all students. Hannah has been employed at a local restaurant and as a retail associate.
Born in rural Ontario and raised on a farm near Walton, Dr. Marcy McCall MacBain holds a Bachelor of Kinesiology (Hons) from McMaster University and a Master of Science in International Health Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science, as well as a DPhil in Evidence-Based Health Care from the University of Oxford. Her doctoral research focused on evidence-based medicine databases, looking at how to improve the research methodology of complex interventions such as yoga for improving a patient’s quality of life in adult cancer.
In her current role as an academic, Dr. McCall MacBain supervises students in the MSc of Evidence-Based Health Care program and is developing educational tools to encourage the uptake of evidence-based practice through research and teaching initiatives with the Department of Primary Care Health Sciences and the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine at the University of Oxford. Her research interests include the prevention and management of chronic diseases, with particular emphasis on the application of mixed methods for complex interventions.
In addition to serving as Vice-Chair of the McCall MacBain Foundation, Dr. McCall MacBain is a member of the Geneva Committee of Human Rights Watch and is a board member of B2Ten, an organization focused on promoting sport excellence in Canadian Olympic athletes and improved physical literacy in youth. She has also been a volunteer healthcare policy and education consultant for the World Health Organization.
Dr. McCall MacBain is a recipient of the Bynum Tudor Fellowship at Kellogg College Oxford and the McMaster Alumni Gallery Award. She holds an honorary doctorate from Monash University in Melbourne.
The McCall MacBain Foundation’s mission is to improve the welfare of humanity by providing scholarships and other educational opportunities that nurture transformational leadership, and by investing in evidence-based strategies to address climate change, preserve our natural environment, and improve health outcomes.
The Foundation believes in the power of education, and scholarships in particular, to transform lives and in turn transform our communities to be fairer, healthier, and more prosperous for all; that climate change is the single most pressing problem facing our planet and that we must all do our part to address it; and in an evidence-based approach to health care that will lead to more efficient use of resources and greater impact for our communities.
The Foundation has made significant investments in the leadership potential of young people, most notably through the new McCall MacBain Scholarships at McGill, the Rhodes Scholarships, the Loran Awards, and scholarships at several universities in Canada including McMaster University and Dalhousie University, as well as the Mandela Rhodes Scholarships based in South Africa and the Kupe Leadership Scholarships in New Zealand.