Donna B reminded us that Maureen Smith was a beloved member of the Rotary Club Guelph Trillium for many years until her death in January 2023.  As Chair of the club’s Sunshine Committee, she provided leadership to the care of and compassion for club members.  Proud of her 45 career as a nurse, she was a tireless volunteer for many charities and her community. 
Through the generous donation of Maureen’s family, represented by her husband Peter, our club will give out a scholarship every year to a high school student embarking on a career in nursing (either RPN or RN program). 
This year we are proud to give out two scholarships in honour of Maureen.
Ryl Garrido is graduating from Our Lady of Lourdes High School and has been accepted into the BScN program at Western-Fanshaw.
Ryl credits his mom, who is a nurse, for inspiring him to pursue a career in caring for others.  Ryl contributed to the school community through leadership in the Athletic Council and Relay4Life Council.  He maintains a job at SportChek as well as at a nursing home.  His teachers let us know he is a driven student leader, who is admired by his peers for his exceptional academics, creative initiative as well as his kindness and compassion towards others – all desired qualities in a registered nurse.
Pictured with Donna and Peter are Ryl and his mother Jeryl
 April Guthrie is graduating from St. John Bosco Alternative High School and will be attending the RPN program at Georgian College.  April enjoys helping others and giving back to her community and has succeeded at school placements in long term facilities.   She has also played a large role in caring for her grandparents for the past while.   April was the school Senator last year and has represented the school at senate meetings with the Director of Education.  She was a member of the school Wellness committee and volunteers both in her Brant Ave Neighbourhood Group and her dance studio.  Her teachers say that April is welcoming, kind and compassionate – all attributes that will serve her well in her career as a Registered Practical Nurse.

Pictured with Donna and Peter are April and her parents Carla and Rob