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Cathy Pitt Memorial Scholarship

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The Cathy Pitt Memorial Scholarship is open to the children of OBEA members in good standing. Two $1000 scholarships are awarded each year. Winners were selected from valid applications received. This year's winners are Mark Scarmato and Brent Thorne.


2014 marks OBEA's fourteenth year of scholarships, open to children of OBEA members in good standing. Two $1000 scholarships are awarded each year. Winners were selected from valid applications received. This year's winners are Carolyn Berkmortel and Madison Hainstock.

Carolyn Berkmortel
Daughter of OBEA Member, Laura Berkmortel, Thames Valley District School Board

Carolyn Berkmortel attended high school at Strathroy District Collegiate Institute where she attained her high-school diploma, and a grade 12 average of 99%. To match her academic success Carolyn also was the Fundraising Chair for Student Council. In this position she raised a lot of money for various charities through the school. Carolyn was a key athlete for the school, playing both varsity soccer and senior basketball. Outside of the school she played competitive basketball for the Strathroy Spirit, and became a triathlete. Carolyn gave back to the community through the Spirit club, by being a volunteer coach and house-league organizer. This year she is attending the University of Western Ontario pursuing an undergraduate in engineering.

Madison Hainstock
Daughter of OBEA Member, Claire Hainstock, York Region District School Board

From my early days, I have been fortunate enough to have travelled and lived in several foreign locations. That experience and my interest in how food forms such an underlying foundation of how the world works will be the basis of my future studies at Ryerson. I plan to study global food security and develop my interests in policy formation as well as the practical applications both in Canada and around the world. The generous bursary from the OBEA will go a long way to help me in my studies.


Jordan Scolnik
Son of OBEA Member, Elliot Scolnik, Toronto Dist rict School Board

Jordan graduated with honours from Thornlea Secondary School in the York Region DSB. During his high school career, Jordan was actively involved in a Business SHSM while participating in various school organizations and clubs. Jordan was a member of DECA, representing his school at the ICDC in Orlando, Florida; the Accounting Club, attending the ICAO No-Limits Conference. and President of the Spanish Club. Jordan will be pursuing his degree/diploma in Business Administration at the University of Guelph-Humber.

Keanu Elliott
Son of OBEA Member, Valerie Campbell-Elliot, Peel District School Board

Keanu just recently graduated with honours from Cardinal Ambrozic Catholic Secondary School in Brampton. The most significant extracurricular activity he was involved in at school was being a link crew leader. This allowed him to be a tutor and peer mentor to grade 9 students. His most significant community activity was being a coach in the Brampton Minor Basketball Association. Keanu’s volunteer responsibilities enabled him to coach and supervise 12- 13 year olds and teach them the basic fundamentals of basketball. He took great pleasure in coaching the team and impacting positively in these young lives. Keanu’s church involvement includes ushering and working with the homeless. His main interest outside of academic pursuits is basketball which he played all four years of high school. He received an MVP award in grade 10. Keanu also received the Principal’s Award. His most significant honour was when he received the Edward King Memorial Award at graduation. This award is given to a student who has demonstrated academic excellence and leadership in the school programme. At Carleton Keanu will be enrolled in the honours criminology and criminal justice program. His immediate goal is to be on the dean's list, in his first year at Carleton and also to get involved in different school initiatives. Keanu’s future goal is to become a lawyer which will enable him to make a positive impact on society.

Andrew Kulcsar

Andrew Kulcsar
Son of OBEA members, John Kulcsar and Emily Marotta-Kulcsar, York Region DSB

Andrew recently graduated from Pierre Elliott Trudeau High School in Markham, Ontario, where he enjoyed studying Capital Markets, Political Science, Philosophy, and Psychology. Andrew hopes to attain a Bachelor’s degree with a major in Psychology from the University of Toronto at Scarborough College, where his father graduated from some years ago. While in high school, Andrew was committed to various school organizations and clubs. He was part of the Announcement Team, Empowered Student Partnerships, the Chess Club, and a four-year member of the school’s DECA Chapter. He was successful over the years in DECA, and he won multiple ribbons, medals, and certificates at regional and provincial competitions. In his Grade 12 year, Andrew became DECA President, where he co-ordinated the training of both junior and senior participants.

Conor O'Mara

Conor O'Mara
Son of OBEA member, Jerry O'Mara, Toronto DSB

Conor attended R.S. McLaughlin C.V.I. in Oshawa, where he graduated with honours. During his high school career, he was an active member of the school band, winner of the Gr.12 history award and Student Council Treasurer in his senior year. Conor is currently attending Wilfred Laurier University majoring in business with the intention of pursuing a career in accounting. At Laurier, he is active in several social committees as well as being a representative on his residence council.

Congratulations to these scholarship recipients!

2011 Recipients
Mark Scarmato
Brent Thorne

2010 Recipients
Sasha Gerster
Megan Heesaker

2009 Recipients
Nicole Fleming
Kathleen Moro

2008 Recipients
Robin Callaghan
Emily Thorne

2007 Recipients
Katherine Krozonouski
Julianne Vidug

2006 Recipients
Allison Rosien
Stephen Stankiewicz

2005 Recipients
Heather Bogue
Kristina Vidug

Important Dates

 April 28, 29  2016
OBEA Spring Conference

June 3 2016
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