Adam Canete- is a graduating student from Father Patrick Mercredi Community High School. Adam will be studying for a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia beginning in September 2019. Along with maintaining honour roll with distinction academically, Adam demonstrates a balanced commitment to the sport of baseball and has been a member of the Baseball Academy at his school. Adam has volunteered for many school events and consistently provides mentorship to younger students and athletes when called upon.

Sean Dunn-is a graduating from Father Patrick Mercredi Community High School. He is enrolled at the University of New Brunswick for the Fall of 2019. Sean is a member of his schools Baseball Academy and is a starting pitcher for our Fort McMurray Minor Baseball Academy (FMMBA) Midget Oil Giants. He has dedicated his time as a mentor for the sport of baseball and is recognized in the community for his kind spirit and positive attitude.

Matthew Lloyd- is a graduating student from Westwood Community High School. His academic excellence gained him acceptance to the University of Calgary, where he plans to pursue a Bachelor of Science, Major in General Mathematics. Matthew is an avid hockey player, having played in the Fort McMurray Minor Hockey Association (FMMHA) for 10 years. He also enjoys golf and was a member of the school track and field team. Matthew thinks globally and wishes to raise awareness of how deforestation is impacting wildlife. He has sponsored an orangutan, in Indonesia, for the past 4 years. He has proved to be resilient in the face of adversity; maintaining a positive disposition during his fathers health challenges.

Judah Legaree- is graduating from Westwood Community High School. He has maintained honours with distinction, securing acceptance to the University of Guelph, where he will be studying for a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. Judah demonstrates a high level of volunteerism and has been nominated as one of ‘Fort McMurray’s Top 20 Under 20’. He is an outstanding athlete, excelling at soccer, volleyball and basketball. In grade 12, he was chosen as the team captain for Fort McMurray Fury club soccer, futsal, volleyball and basketball.


Chelsi Ryan- is entering her fourth year at Keyano College for a Bachelor of Elementary Education in collaboration with the University of Alberta. Chelsi has been involved high school basketball and volleyball. She is also an avid snowboarder and has attained her Level 1 as a snowboard instructor. Chelsi is an extraordinary individual who volunteers her time coaching a Grade 5/6 Boy Basketball team, a Grade 3-6 Co-Ed Running Club, is the future President of the Education Students Association Local 9, a board/committee member for the Justin Slade Youth Foundation, Keyano College Research Ethics, and Anzac Family and Community Support Society. 

Particularly close to Chelsi’s heart, is her involvement with Honouring the Heroes of Wood Buffalo Memorial Park project in memory of her sister, Emily Ryan who lost her life during the 2016 evacuation. She is dedicated to expanding children’s programming for the rural areas of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

She has intentions to stay in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo as a teacher and a coach following her convocation.

Justin Breen was a grade 11 student at Father Patrick Mercredi high school in 2017/2018 who was enrolled in the Baseball Academy. Justin has overcome injury with a positive disposition, giving his time as a volunteer with younger levels of baseball and maintaining his commitment to his team. Despite the physical setbacks, Justin has emerged as a very talented and disciplined player, teammate and role model.

Mark Chappelle was a 2018 graduating student from Westwood Community High School and has been playing competitive baseball for 8 years. He is known as a hard worker and leads through both his words and actions. He has plans to continue playing baseball while he attends Lethbridge College for the Criminal Justice Program.

Jamie Ferns was also a 2018 graduating student from Westwood Community High School and has been involved in both high school and competitive volleyball. Jamie has also managed to maintain a honours with distinction average and has plans to attend Keyano College for the General Science Program.

CONGRATULATIONS to this years recipients!

2017 Recipients

Emily Barlett is a graduating student from Holy Trinity Catholic High School who will be attending the University of Alberta for a Bachelor of Science, Honors Biochemistry in September 2017. Along with her significant academic achievements, Emily enjoys playing hockey and volunteered her time with the post-fire cleanup. She hopes to continue playing hockey while she attends university and aspires to move onto medicine, following her undergraduate degree.

Mitchell Fradsham is currently working towards a degree in Health and Physical Education, Majoring in Physical Literacy at Mount Royal University. As a youth he was significantly involved in the FMMHA and earned a black belt in Taekwondo. His experiences with sport have inspired Mitchell's post-secondary education and career goals. He hopes to instill the values of leadership, discipline, and teamwork with the youth he mentors.

Alex Pike was nominated by his soccer academy instructor who has coached him for the past 6 years. He describes Alex as a skilled player that demonstrates strong leadership qualities and is highly respected by his peers and teammates. Additionally, Alex is dedicated to his studies and is a graduating student from Father Patrick Mercredi Community High School. He intends to begin the Civil Engineering Technology program in September 2017.

Jeffrey McCracken was nominated by his grade 7 teachers for his academic and athletic efforts and achievements. He is currently enrolled in the swim academy at Father Patrick Mercredi Community High School. His teachers commended his leadership ability and initiative. Jeffrey will once again be enriching his educational experience as part of the swim academy for 2017-2018.

CONGRATULATIONS to this years recipients!

2016 Recipients

Sarah Shannahan is a grade seven student at Ecole McTavish Junior High Public School  in Fort McMurray. Earlier this year she auditioned for the School of Alberta Ballet's 2016 Professional Division Summer Intensive and was selected to participate this July. Upon completion of the Summer Intensive program, she will qualify for the full time school program at the Alberta Ballet Academy. Sarah has maintained a high academic standard along with dedicating 16-18 hours/week to dance. Sarah also has time to volunteer for the Fort McMurray Food Bank and student council. 

Shauna Budden will be using her $1000 Scholarship to attend Keyano College to study Nursing in the Fall. She is and has been actively involved in Soccer playing for both the Fort McMurray Fury and the Keyano Huskies. Shauna is a very skilled soccer player who demonstrates a great attitude and strong leadership qualities. She also works as a lifeguard at MacDonald Island.

Camielle Devos is a graduating student from Father Patrick Mercredi Community High School in Fort McMurray.  She will be using her scholarship to offset the cost of studying Kinesiology at the University of Lethbridge this Fall. Camielle has been involved in both ringette and rugby and wishes to continue to play while enrolled at the U of L. Camielle was actively involved with Santa's Anonymous at Father Merc.

Ben Simmons is a grade nine student at Ecole McTavish Junior High Public School in Fort McMurray. Ben has been selected to play on the Team Alberta U15 Basketball team. His scholarship will help offset the financial burden of playing for Team Alberta. Ben maintains a high academic standard is a leader both on and off the court.

2015 Recipients:

Marcus Critch was a graduating Instrument Tech Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) student. He was active in competitive baseball and was recommended unanimously by the staff at Father Patrick Mercredi High School. Marcus has plans to  attend the Northern Institute of Technology to complete the Instrumentation program.

A grade nine tri-sport athlete showing significant growth in both athletics and academics was also recommended by the staff at Father Mercredi. His scholarship will be used to help subsidize his enrolment in the sport academy program. Father Mercredi offers a sport academy program; he can choose a sport of his choice to register in.

Lyric Whiteknife, a student from Holy Trinity High School, in Fort McMurray, was recommended by her mother. She was named athlete of the year at her high school and is a centre for a Midgit girls hockey team. Her team represented Canada in a 15 day girls hockey tournament in Scandinavia in August of 2015.

The last scholarship given out in 2015 was to Zachary Fradsham who created the Play 4 Daye stickers and helped lay the groundwork for the establishment and creation of this memorial foundation and the scholarship fund. The young man enjoys many sports including hockey and paintball and remains very passionate and dedicated to preserving the memory of Shane and Keith.