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Langley Kinsmen award honours volunteer spirit for university students

From left to right: Langley Kinsmen,  Dave Thom, Paul Trojanoski, Marvin Kale  and Richard Parker present their cheque to Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s chief advancement officer, Jeff Norris, board of governors chair, Gord Schoberg, foundation board director, Steve Paul and advancement officer Debbie Mellenger. -
From left to right: Langley Kinsmen, Dave Thom, Paul Trojanoski, Marvin Kale and Richard Parker present their cheque to Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s chief advancement officer, Jeff Norris, board of governors chair, Gord Schoberg, foundation board director, Steve Paul and advancement officer Debbie Mellenger.
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The Langley Kinsmen Club has donated $84,000 to Kwantlen Polytechnic University for an award in its name, the Langley Kinsmen Community Award.

“The Langley Kinsmen firmly believe in our youth as our future and we love the opportunity to sponsor a perpetual bursary to Langley students with volunteer spirit,” says Scot Jackson, Langley Kinsmen vice-president.

“Partnering with Kwantlen Polytechnic University is a perfect fit for us. The Langley Kinsmen Community Award is a legacy not only to help our community’s youth, but also to honour our Langley Kinsmen predecessors who we recognize for their contribution to the community. We trust that the recipients of the award will carry on contributing to their communities for generations to come.”

Students will receive $1,000 per year, up to four years, while studying at Kwantlen, based on the following criteria: recipients must be enrolled in a program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, graduated from the Langley School District, are Canadian citizens or landed immigrants, have a demonstrated financial need, and one involved in volunteerism or community service on an ongoing basis.

“As a long term member of a service club in Langley, I am deeply gratified by this most generous gift by the Kinsmen,” says John McKendry, president and vice chancellor of Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

“It not only reaffirms for me the importance of such volunteerism in our community, it also reaffirms the importance of supporting our students through their post-secondary education.

"We cannot say ‘thank you’ enough.”

The Kinsmen Club of Langley has a long history of helping others within the Langley Township and City. In addition to the Kwantlen donation, the Langley Kinsmen have been supporting the Langley Child Development Centre, Pacific Riding for Developing Abilities, Teens Mag and the Langley Christmas Bureau. The club has also recently supported the Langley Youth for the Fallen, Langley Lodge, Big Brothers/Sisters of Langley and various other groups and individuals.

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