Bursaries for PMES Volunteers

Bill Nicol and Richard Weldon Haley Bursaries

Bill Nichols, a long-time volunteer and recipient of the Port Moody Civic Award for his environmental work, collected over 60,000 cans since starting at the hatchery many years ago and this was used to give bursaries of up to $1,500 each year for eligible regular volunteers to use towards their higher education in the environmental field.

Sadly, Bill passed away in 2020 – however, he had such a positive impact on the local community that the Society continues to be inundated with these recyclable items for our bursary fundraising. We wish to thank all those that continue to contribute these items! Through our amazing donators, Bill’s legacy will never be forgotten.

In addition to Bill’s legacy, PMES was blessed in 2012 to have been gifted a substantial bursary fund from Mr. Richard Weldon Haley’s estate. His explicit direction was that this money should be used to help young volunteer stewards in their school and further education studies. This matched exactly with the philosophy of the Port Moody Ecological Society, so the money has been carefully invested and the annual returns are distributed among appropriate, qualifying Bursary applicants.

With these two bursary funding sources now combined, we are able to increase, depending upon applicant criteria, both the number of awards each year and the amounts awarded. We have awarded bursaries of over $5,000 for eligible applicants.

The criteria for bursary applications are detailed below. The deadline for applications is June 1st each year. The announcement of Bursary recipient will be made on or before June 30th each year.

We encourage ALL students who volunteer with us and are currently enrolled in or entering post secondary education programs in fish/wildlife/environmental or related areas to apply.

Criteria for Bursary Application

  • Strong ongoing volunteer record with environmental service groups
  • Good academic record
  • Career goals which reflect a commitment to the environment
  • Financial need
  • Minimum 100 recorded volunteer hours with the Port Moody Ecological Society since start date

Application Procedure

Submit a 1-2 page statement to our Scholarship Committee which includes the following:

  1. Name, contact information and the education program where you will be enrolled this fall.
  2. A summary of your volunteer work at this hatchery and elsewhere including the number of recorded volunteer hours you have done since starting as a volunteer at the Noons Creek Hatchery. These hours can include events that you have attended with us.
  3. Any awards or recognition received.
  4. A statement describing what educational program you are presently enrolled in (or will be enrolled in this fall) and why you feel you should receive this bursary.
  5. Please enclose a copy of the most recent transcript of your marks (an official transcript is not required)
  6. Provide a brief overview of your career plans.
  7. Leave your application at the hatchery in an envelope addressed to Bursary Committee or submit by email (with attachments) to portmoodyecologicalsociety@hotmail.com. The successful applicants agree to have their name and photograph used for publicity such as local media, website, and newsletters etc.