In 1992, Kingswood attended a conference in the United States where they learned about the Turnaround Achievement Awards Program; a program to recognize students for turning their lives around. In 1994, they initiated their own program in School District 18. They invited District 17 to participate in 1995. Forever it seems, students have deservingly been awarded for academic, athletic, and artistic achievement.
Now we are recognizing students who have struggled to turn their lives around. In the past twenty two years, students have been honored with an evening to mark their special accomplishments. The program reflects marked improvement in personal behavior, attitude, and academics. It demonstrates that there are students with serious educational and personal challenges who alter their future by changing their attitude.
Over 888 students have been honored in Districts 17 and 18 over the past twenty two years and $317,000 in scholarship money has been awarded. It is Kingswood and the Turnaround Achievement Award Committee’s commitment to this program that makes it a success.
This year we introduced a new student scholarship fundraiser called the Paint n' Sip with Andrea Milley on May 27th at the Kingswood Lodge. It was an excellent night for all those who attend with $500 being raised. Plans are now underway to host this event again soon.
Congratulations to Brandon Kennedy for winning the Wine and Dine for Eight draw. This dinner will take place at Sam Snead's hosted by Chef Pat Lewis and is valued at $600. Second prize went to Tyler Phillips who won a $250 Kingswood Golf Membership credit towards a 2016 golf membership. Congratulations also goes out to Nathan Banfield for winning the third place draw for the $100 Kingswood Gift Card. Thank you everyone who purchased a ticket from the May 4th draw a total of $2,500 was raised with all proceeds going toward student scholarships.
The Jake Allen Celebrity Classic has been established to create an event that supports causes important to the benefactor, showcases Jake’s home province and town to his friends in the NHL, and to bring an opportunity for the local community to meet and mingle with current and former NHL players. This year, Jake Allen has identified the Turnaround Awards as one recipient of support from the proceeds of the event. UPDATE: Jake Allen recently presented Brian Johnson of the Kingswood Turnaround Achievement Awards Committee a cheque for $25,000 from the golf tournament.
Kingswood provides a $1,000.00 bursary that is awarded to every Grade 12 student who goes on to continue their education. The Kingswood Turnaround Achievement Inc. is a charitable organizaion under the Income Tax Act. We would like to thank the following organizations for their generous contributions to this worthwhile event. For more information on these donors, please click on the organization below:
Central Branch of Retired Teachers $1,000
NBCC 3 scholarships at $500
University of New Brunswick $5,000
St. Thomas University $2,000
Atlantic Business College $1,000
Eastern College $1,000
Crandal University $1,000
NewCap Radio $5,000
Nashwaaksis Lions Club $1,000
Canadian Tire Smythe Street $500
The Learning Bar $1,000
Jenn Brewer Memorial Scholarship $1,000
Mount Allison University 2 scholarships at $1,000
The Kingswood Family lost a beautiful young person Jenn Brewer in June who was killed in the horrific car accident on waterfront drive. Jenn worked at the service counter in the Entertainment Center for the last few years and was known for her kindness, beautiful smile and positive disposition. For myself she made my day every time I walked by the service counter and saw that big beautiful smile and friendly hello, I loved that greeting! All our staff are dealing with the loss of Jenn, it’s been hard on everyone. We are in touch with her family and are helping in any way we can.
I would like to start a scholarship of $1000 in the memory of Jenn Brewer for our TAA and have Jenn’s family member present it every year. We contacted Jenn’s mom and sister and they are absolutely honored by this recognition for Jenn. Jenn won’t be forgotten by her family at Kingswood! Let your thoughts and prayers be with Jenn and her Family going through this very difficult time!