$20,000 Nursing Scholarship Honours J. Camille Gallant

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The Health Council of Canada has donated $20,000 for a full-tuition scholarship at the University of Prince Edward Island. This scholarship has been created to acknowledge J. Camille Gallant, a Charter Member of the Health Council of Canada from Prince Edward Island, and to recognize his Acadian background and work in health care. The scholarship will be granted to a full-time bilingual student entering UPEI's School of Nursing.

"Many students rely on scholarships, bursaries, and awards in order to fund the costs of their post secondary education," says Kim Critchley, Dean of Nursing. "We are very grateful for this important contribution in memory of J. Camille Gallant. This opportunity will be much appreciated by our bilingual students."

Gallant, a Charlottetown resident, passed away in August 2004. He had enjoyed a successful career as a Chartered Accountant that lasted more than 40 years. His expertise was in domestic and international health care finance management. His work included acting as team leader in the World Bank Health Reform project in Russia, and serving as Chair of the Nova Scotia Royal Commission on Health Care.

In 2003, J. Camille Gallant was appointed to the Health Council of Canada as a non-government representative. The Council is mandated to monitor and report on the progress of health care renewal and is committed to advancing the renewal of Canada's health care system and the health of Canadians. Michael Decter, Chair of the Health Council, stated "With his extensive background experience, Camille made an invaluable contribution to the deliberations of Council and served with distinction as Chair of Council's Finance and Audit Committee."

The student to be chosen for the J. Camille Gallant Scholarship will have achieved high academic standing, be fluent in both French and English, and have demonstrated financial need. It will be granted at high school graduation in June 2006. Applications will be available through the UPEI Registrar's Office and high school guidance counselors.

More than 50 new student scholarships, bursaries, and awards have been created by supporters of the UPEI Building a Legacy Campaign over the past two years. Generous families, individuals, and organizations have given over $1 million to the University to assist students who achieve well academically and students who are in financial need.

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