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October 11th, 2012
Three students from North Island College (NIC) were the first beneficiaries of legacy funds created by VIREB and the Real Estate Foundation of BC (REFBC) to help celebrate its 60th Anniversary year in 2011. That year VIREB and the Real Estate Foundation of BC jointly donated $60,000 to establish an endowment fund at the college, a fund that would create bursaries on an ongoing basis.
“This award was established to financially support the educational dreams of North Island College students, allowing them to build a solid future for themselves and their northern Vancouver Island communities,” explained Darrell Paysen, Manager Member Services at VIREB. 
Recipients Nicholas Lade, Lane Pearson and Candace Pisto each received $860 towards their tuition at the college at an NIC Foundation Awards ceremony held September 13 in Courtenay. The value of this award will continue to grow over time. The bursaries have been created for outstanding students enrolled in Business Administration, Construction-Related Trades or Apprenticeship programs.
Lade is a dedicated lifelong learner. A member of the Rotary Club and interested in bolstering the tourism industry in the Comox Valley, he is completing his Bachelor of Business Administration - General Management degree and would like to find a way to enhance the local economy and keep the youth here on the island.
Once he completes his Electronics Core program, Pearson wishes to continue his education in the Industrial Automation program, offered at NIC’s Campbell River campus.
Having already completed a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature with a minor in History from Trinity Western University, Candace Pisto is now working towards a post-degree diploma in Business Administration at North Island College. A full time student and mother, Pisto is also working part time at the Comox Valley campus library while working towards her goal of becoming an administrator.
The Vancouver Island Real Estate Board represents approximately 1,000 REALTORS® in more than 80+ offices across all of Vancouver Island north of the Malahat.
The North Island College Foundation was created in 1991 and is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting North Island College in its task to provide the skills and knowledge students need for successful employment and further education. The Foundation’s primary objective is to provide student scholarships and bursaries, as well as operating equipment and educational resources.
For further information about the North Island College Foundation, please call Beth Turner at 250-334-5000 ext 4267 or visit www.nic.bc.ca/foundation.