The Federation of British Columbia Woodlot Associations (FBCWA) promotes the economic and social interests of woodlot licensees, private forest landowners and others involved in small-scale forest management in British Columbia.
The FBCWA’s mission is for all its members to practice exemplary forest and natural resources management in a socially, economically and environmentally responsible manner.
FBCWA Scholarship Award Winners for 2015
We are very pleased to announce that two FBCWA Scholarships are being awarded this year. The two annual awards are given to students who are related to a woodlot licensee &/or a Private Forest Land Owner and are attending or planning to attend post secondary education, preferably in a forestry-related area of study.
Rachel Klassen, the recipient of the $2000 scholarship, is the granddaughter of Melvin Henderson (W0260) and the niece of Allan Henderson (W0259). Both her grandfather and uncle are members of the Stuart Nechako Woodlot Association. Their woodlots are both behind Rachel’s grandfather’s ranch and she has many fond memories of snowmobiling and cross country skiing through the woodlots. When Rachel was in grade 1 she planted her first seedling on her uncle’s CP Z; that seedling will soon be free growing. This summer Rachel will be helping with some brushing treatments on both woodlots so the areas can be declared free growing.
Rachel will be enrolling in first year Bachelor of Science courses at the University of Northern BC in September, with plans of going into a forestry or geography program. She says she has been able to juggle her academics, volunteer activities and a part time job for the past two years and through hard work and dedication has been on the school’s honour roll for all of her years at Fort St. James Secondary School. Her volunteer activities include being a work crew member, cabin leader and staff member at Echo Lake Bible Camp for three summers as well as a volunteer at the Fort St. James National Historic Site.
Sarah Bickerton, the recipient of the $1000 scholarship, is the daughter of David Bickerton (co-owner W1412). Sarah’s family is a member of the Quesnel Woodlot Association. She recently helped her father with walkthrough surveys and slash burning on the woodlot. Sarah says her father has shown her many of the things that they need to consider when managing a woodlot and that she looks forward to when she and her brothers can take on a more active role in the management of the woodlot as it passes through the family.
Sarah plays on several school sports teams, is a registered soccer referee, volunteers for a student run leadership program, and has been involved in many leadership activities including ‘Leader in Training’ at Camp Grafton for kids, Camp Counselor and Global Awareness Society. She recently went on a humanitarian trip to Nicaragua where she helped on various projects. Sarah has excelled academically, and has been named to the Principal’s list at South Kamloops Secondary every year, top all-around student and top academic student. Sarah has already been accepted to the University of Victoria, Peter B. Gustavson School of Business where she will be starting the Bachelor of Business Administration program in September.
You can read in the Summer edition of the Almanac the essays Rachel and Sarah wrote that describe “What steps and management decisions I would take in order that my woodlot can be the greatest benefit to my community”.
The five member scholarship committee was impressed with the quality of all the applications. Thank you to all who applied.
The funding for the $2000 and $1000 awards were generated through the ”Silent Auction” at the FBCWA AGMs. Please continue to support this worthwhile cause at this year’s AGM in Kelowna.