2019-2020 BPW Educational Bursary Recipients

A heartfelt thank-you goes out to this year’s applicants. While we find ourselves in very difficult and uncertain times, we knew it was even more  important to push ahead and continue on with awarding the bursaries to two very deserving recipients. 

On behalf of the Bursary Committee, I am happy to announce the recipients of the 2020 Business and Professional Women of Saskatoon’s Educational Bursary.  Though we may not be able to celebrate together in person (until Accessory to a Change 2021), please join me in congratulating both women.

Congratulations goes to:

Taylor Vodden

My name is Taylor Vodden and I am a member of Keeseekoose First Nation. I am currently in my first year of law school at the University of Saskatchewan. I graduated from Carleton University in November of 2019 with my Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. My goal is to be a representative for Indigenous Peoples within the Canadian legal system- a system that has been- and continues to be the basis for systemic racism within this country. This bursary will help me in my pursuit of obtaining a law degree and getting a formal legal education to be a voice for my people. As someone who is passionate about human rights, I am hopeful that this bursary will help me stand up for those who are marginalized and vulnerable. I am beyond grateful to be a recipient of this bursary and all the doors that it will open for me. 

Stephanie Arcand

My name is Stephanie Arcand. I am from, Sturgeon Lake First Nation, but grew up in Prince Albert Saskatchewan. I moved to Saskatoon, to complete my education, and connect with more career opportunities. I am a single mother of two children; I always show them how important getting an education is and being a good role model for them. In the fall of 2020, I will be in my fourth year of Indigenous Social Work, through First Nations University. Throughout, my education has taught me a lot about, maturity and growth. It gave me a better vision of my Cultural Identity and of where I come from. My career goal has always been set on being a helping person. It is a rewarding job working with families and advocating for them. It is so important to help families heal and give them supports to connect them to their Cultural roots.

This bursary will help me in many ways. Being a student, it is a financial struggle. However, it all pays off in the end. During this COVID-19 pandemic it has been a struggle to find a summer job. This bursary will help pay my bills and get the essentials we need. I am very thankful to be chosen for this bursary and thank you so much for giving me this opportunity.

Jackie Martin Chair
BPW Bursary Committee 2020