United Food and Commercial Workers 1518 representative Fred Scott joined Nelson Save-On- Foods manager Pete Taillon and many of the store’s local staff in awarding Anna Harvey-Vieira with a $2,500 scholarship.
The L.V. Rogers graduate is the daughter of Jillian Harvey, a grocery clerk at the Nelson Save-On-Foods.
The scholarship comes from the Diversity and Training Trust which has been established to support diversity in the workplace and raise awareness through outreach programs and training initiatives.
This scholarship is offered to support the educational goals of employees or dependents of employees who have demonstrated strong academic standing, participation in their store and community, and support of diversity through their extracurricular activities. The trust was sent up through a joint effort between the company and the union.
Harvey-Vieira will be continuing her education this fall at the Quest University Canada campus in Squamish. She will be studying towards a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree.
Harvey-Vieira has maintained outstanding grades in her high school education, while offering her involvement in a number of volunteer organizations in her school and community. One of these organizations, Celebrate Africa, puts together events to build awareness and raise funds to support a village in Sierra Leone. Over the past four years, this group has raised enough money to provide the community with a drinking well, a school (including wages for a teacher and school supplies), a goat and health care products.
Another initiative which Harvey-Vieira has been involved in is the social justice group at her school which is focused on supporting diversity and social responsibility.