Vancouver, B.C. – The BC Council of Forest Industries (COFI) has announced the recipients of COFI’s 2021 Forestry Scholarships.

COFI established its forestry scholarship in 2007 with the goal of encouraging young people to choose professional, technical, or trades careers in the forest sector. Scholarship recipients will each receive $2,000 to support their studies at post-secondary learning institutions across British Columbia.

“We are proud to support and celebrate these future leaders of the forest industry as they pursue their educational journeys and careers” said Susan Yurkovich, President & CEO of COFI. “These students will play a vital role in B.C.’s forest industry, helping ensure we continue to keep our forests healthy and produce carbon-friendly products that are good for the planet.”

The forest industry has been a cornerstone of the B.C. economy for more than a century and supports 100,000 good jobs for British Columbians. It contributes $13 billion to B.C.’s GDP, helping support healthcare, education, and other important social services people rely on.

“These students will have the opportunity to play an integral role in moving the industry forward,” said Yurkovich. “From forest technicians to data analysts, and everything in between, these students will bring creative and innovative ideas and solutions to B.C.’s forest sector.”

This year, COFI was pleased to partner with the New Relationship Trust Foundation to provide funding for three Indigenous students who are pursuing careers in the forest sector.

“The New Relationship Trust Foundation has thoroughly enjoyed our partnership with the BC Council of Forest Industries,” said Matt Cook-Contois, Senior Associate – Programs Specialist, NRTF. “The Indigenous-focused forestry scholarships provided by COFI has made an immense and positive impact on the lives of our students Dorthy, Jody, and Jonathan who can continue their studies without financial stress. COFI has truly demonstrated a strong commitment to reconciliation by investing in Indigenous education and providing Indigenous students further opportunity to build a stronger Indigenous future.”

The 2021 scholarship winners are:

• Allison Amy, Kamloops, studying to be a Chartered Professional Accountant at Thompson Rivers University
• Jonathan Cardinal, North Vancouver, Construction Worker Program and Electrical Training Program, Squamish Nation Training and Trades Centre
• Tyler Emberley, Prince George, studying to be a mechanical engineer at the University of British Columbia
• Tyler Fenton, Quesnel, studying to be a forest technician at the College of New Caledonia
• Reilly Fuller, Williams Lake, studying to be a forestry resource technician at College of New Caledonia
• Sydney Goward, Victoria, is commencing a master’s degree in the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria
• Jody John, Merritt, pursuing a Kanawayihetaytan Askiy Certificate at the University of Saskatchewan
• Daniel Lecourt, Smithers, studying commerce at the University of Victoria
• Ashley Philip, Burns Lake, studying to be an engineer at the University of Victoria
• Sara Salad, Richmond, studying to be a forester at University of British Columbia
• Dorthy Stewart, Prince George, studying human resources at Native Education Training College
• Sophia van Varseveld, Salmon Arm, studying to be a forester at Thompson Rivers University
• Dana Wrigley, Whistler, studying Forest and Natural Areas Management at British Columbia Institute of Technology