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General News · 3rd July 2022
Aaron Ellingsen
Emily's annual memorial bursaries support Cortes Island students in their pursuit of postsecondary education. Students who attended a Cortes Island school or home-schooled on the island for three or more years are eligible to apply.

Emily Ellingsen (née Woolley) was born on July 27, 1978. She spent her childhood on Cortes Island, before pursuing degrees at the University of Victoria and McMaster University in Hamilton. Emily passed away at the age of 31 on February 19, 2010, following two rounds of treatment for metastatic cervical cancer.

Although her life was cut short, Emily was blessed with a rare capacity for living well. She passed away after completing her Doctor of Medicine degree, only months away from becoming the first UBC medical graduate to complete a five-year Psychiatry residency in Victoria. A lovely maple tree and memorial plaque in the courtyard at the Royal Jubilee commemorate her social and professional connections with the medical community there.

Emily was proud of her many accomplishments. She loved her family and friends. She loved her work. She loved her pets. She loved to run. She loved to row. She loved her life. We family members are proud of her accomplishments and think of them often. We think of her often.

These annual bursaries are a reminder to all of us of Emily, keeping her with us and in her community.

Applications for two $2,000 2022/2023 Dr. Emily Ellingsen Memorial Bursaries will be accepted until midnight on August 15, 2022, with successful applicants contacted the following week.

This is the 13th annual cycle for Emily’s bursaries.

On a personal note, I’d like to offer a special thank you to Bobby Hayes for his generous contribution to the bursary fund. Going back a few years now, Bobby got to know and like Emily when she was a young server at the Taka Mika restaurant…. This takes me back to the late summer, fall and winter of 1996, immediately following her graduation from Vanier, and just as I was getting to know her too.
Many thanks, Bob.
Aaron Ellingsen