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Janice Bye Memorial Fund

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Stuart Reid and Wendy Bachiu congratulate Natalie MacDonald in Hanover.

 

The newly established Janice Bye Memorial Fund gave out its very first award on Saturday, July 28, 2017, at a fundraising barbeque in Hanover with many of Janice’s family members present.  Janice Bye was known well by her community for her work as a physiotherapist with countless young people at Closing the Gap Healthcare. She passed away in June, 2015, after a traffic accident in Wellington County, spurring her family to continue her life's work in therapy by establishing an endowment fund with Community Foundation Grey Bruce.

The Janice Bye Memorial Fund supports graduating high school students with occupational, physical, and speech language therapy services or associated equipment that will help facilitate the student's integration into their post-secondary educational institution or chosen workplace, increasing productivity and boosting confidence.

This first scholarship recipient is Natalie McDonald of Hanover.  Natalie, who was a client of Janice Bye since she was four years old, talks of how Janice changed her life: "[I] believe that she has influenced me to be the person I am today, to be an even better person tomorrow. She helped me gain so much independence and fight so many battles and still is."

The inaugural grant will fund enhancements to McDonald's wheelchair in preparation for her future post-secondary studies. The grant will provide a mechanism to  allow Natalie’s wheelchair to elevate to reach common necessities, such as kitchen tools, desks, etc., without assistance from others.  The award will support Natalie’s independence in her post-secondary education.