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Reid Family Scholarship recipient ready to make a difference

7/7/2009 12:00:00 AM

(Tuesday, July 7, 2009 – Orillia, ON) – At 18 years of age, Evan Lusty, a graduate of Patrick Fogarty Catholic Secondary School, is a leader, a volunteer and an environmental advocate within his school, his church, and at a global level.


In the fall, Evan will pursue studies in bio-medical sciences at the University of Guelph with the assistance of the Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Reid Family Scholarship.


“After completing my undergraduate degree I would like to continue into the medical field,” says Evan. “I have a strong interest in medical research, such as cancer and/or genetics, as well as paediatrics, or even starting my own family practice.”


The $10,000 Reid Family Scholarship provides Evan with $2,500 a year, renewable for the next four years, and will be a big help in financing his studies.


“Getting this scholarship is such a great opportunity and takes some of the financial burden off my parents, especially since I have two older brothers who are also still in school,” he adds. “One is just finishing his third year of medical school, and the other is finishing his undergraduate degree.”


After completing his education, Evan wants to bring change to his community, and eventually the world.


“I look to become a member of Doctors without Borders,” he writes, “as my passion for travel and culture is coupled with my desire to ease peoples suffering. I know that with the aid of this scholarship I will be able to broaden my sense of community and learn the skills necessary to further better the lives of people around the world.”


It’s this demonstration of work ethic, charisma and innovation that have made him successful.


“We have had successful applicants over the years, but we have never met a more charming and charismatic individual,” says Debbie Trickey, board member and chair of the Scholarship Committee. “We believe his personality and work ethic will make him a successful physician, and we can’t wait to have him back in our community.”


And for Evan, the opportunity to come back to Orillia is one he is looking forward to.


“Orillia has been my home for a long time, so I would love to come back,” he says beaming. “I want to learn more about global health and how it affects my community so I can gain the skills necessary to give the best possible care to the patients of Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital.”



Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital Foundation is a proud partner of Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital and the people of Orillia and North Simcoe/Muskoka. The foundation provides funds to the hospital to buy medical equipment, sustain programs and assist the hospital in maintaining its position as a leader in providing quality community based healthcare.




For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:


Terry Dyni, Director, Community Relations

T: (705) 327-9179

E: tadyni@osmh.on.ca

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