The 2020 winner of our $1000 Bursary Award is Anja Leikermoser, who is enrolled at Mark R. Isfeld Secondary School in the French Immersion program and will be graduating this spring. She has been accepted into the Science Program at UBC to study environmental sciences, but has also applied to the Applied Science-Engineering faculty at University of Victoria. She hopes to pursue a career developing green technology to help promote a more environmentally sustainable future, marine biology or aquaculture.
Anja’s environmental volunteer work includes participating in: habitat restoration and salmon re-location projects on the Puntledge and Tsolum Rivers, broombusting in several locations around the Comox Valley, local beach cleanups, and planning for an extensive beach cleanup of debris deposited by storms in Cape Scott (which had been scheduled for this spring).
In addition, Anja is a straight “A” student and was the top student in many of her courses throughout high school, including Sciences Naturelles. She has been a volunteer with her school’s Rotary Interact club since Grade 9, helping to raise funds for local Rotary projects supporting teens at risk; and improving school facilities and other services in Honduras. Outside of school she participates at an elite level in sailing, and coaches sailing and skiing. Her references speak very highly of her and describe her great work ethic, professionalism, dedication and perseverance, team spirit and natural leadership abilities.
Congratulations Anja, and we wish you much success in your studies and future endeavours!