To invest in a better future for our communities, RTOERO awarded scholarships valued at $3,000 each in 2021 to 20 post-secondary students. The scholarships will help the students to pursue goals that support well-being, and the health of our people and places.
One student nominated by District 22 Etobicoke and York member received a scholarship for 2021. Avery Toepell is completing her Bachelor of Science degree program in Applied Health Studies at the University of Waterloo.
“The study of health science is often perceived as the study of treating disease and injury. However, as the population ages and public health advances, we are now learning to take an upstream approach to health promotion. The means taking actions that will prevent disease and injury from happening in the first place.
Avery’s career goal is to work in project management, so that she can implement public health ideas that will benefit the aging population. Her co-op experiences have also reflected her willingness to improve the lives of older adults, such as interning at a Community Health Centre facilitating day programs for seniors, and working at St. Joseph’s Hospital in the geriatric clinic.