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Local philanthropist Tom Budd sponsors healthcare tuition

Win healthcare tuition funds

Philanthropist Tom Budd is offering residents the opportunity to win prize money to fund their healthcare career at Okanagan College.

The prize money will be distributed from The Payton and Dillon Budd Memorial Fund, set up by the local businessman to honour his two sons, who both lost their lives to suicide.

“The Payton and Dillon Budd Memorial Fund’s primary focus is mental health,” says Budd. “But our physical health is directly linked to our mental health, and so we have to take care of both.

“I’m proud to be able to help someone go to school and pursue a meaningful career caring for others.”

Residents from across the Valley can enter the Wishin for Tuition contest to win up to $5,000 towards their tuition to one of the 10 Health Sciences programs offered at the college.

These include certified dental assistant, health care assistant, practical nursing and early childhood education programs. 

The contest was planned prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, as part of the wider Our Students, Your Health fundraising campaign. 

Okanagan College Foundation executive director Helen Jackman says although the contest is not in response to COVID-19, it proves just how essential healthcare professionals are.

“Tom’s gift is timely. Now more than ever we need quality health care professionals to care for our community, and the new Centre will provide a state-of-the-art regional training hub for those frontline health care workers.

“We’re grateful that this contest will help not only a student pursue their dream but that student will go on to help countless community members who will be impacted by their care.”

Entries must be in by Apr. 12. 



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