Portraits of Honour Bursary

This week, in honour of Remembrance Day, we are highlighting the Community Foundation’s Portraits of Honour Bursary.

This bursary was created nearly 10 years ago to demonstrate community support for reservist members of military units who are undergoing training courses offered by the Canadian Armed Forces. The bursary provides financial support to help offset some of the personal and family costs arising from the considerable time commitment required by these training courses. It reflects a keen understanding that this type of training contributes directly to the success of the central Alberta community as it enables valuable leadership and technical training opportunities for our serving military citizens.

On a practical level, this bursary acknowledges that reservists serve in a part-time capacity and have significant other full-time employment and family responsibilities which are often impacted by this commitment to technical training and leadership development.

“I consider myself extremely fortunate to have been approved for the Portraits of Honour bursary for two career-critical training courses with the Canadian Armed Forces,” said Jason Taylor, recent Portraits of Honour Bursary recipient. “Having been able to complete these courses with the financial burden significantly reduced was critical in my success while on course, and my ability to transition back into civilian life with ease.”

“These military courses, not only critical for my career progression as an Artillery Officer, have changed my life for the better, and would not have been possible without the Portraits of Honour Bursary” said Taylor.
The Portraits of Honour Bursary was founded as a legacy of the Portraits of Honour Fund, established through the financial support of central Albertans to the 2012 Portraits of Honour Tour, which honoured Canadians who lost their lives in active military service during the Afghan war.