Bursaries & Awards

Leliefontein Memorial Bursary

Leliefontein Memorial Bursary 2021_Daniel Poirier
Daniel Poirier 2021 Leliefontein Memorial Bursary Recipient

Background

In 2000, The Guild of The Royal Canadian Dragoons initiated a program to recognize the 100th anniversary of the military action at Leliefontein by providing a bursary to a deserving member of The Royal Canadian Dragoons Regimental Family (defined below). The bursary will be awarded annually, with at least one award of at least $500.

Please send completed applications to the Secretary of the Guild.

Deadline for applications is the third Thursday of September each year.

Criteria

  • A serving member of The Royal Canadian Dragoons who is not receiving any government compensation for educational advancement; or
  • A retired member of The Royal Canadian Dragoons; or
  • A direct descendent of either a serving or retired member of The Royal Canadian Dragoons; or
  • A spouse of either a serving or retired member of The Royal Canadian Dragoons;
  • Able to demonstrate that the bursary would further a defined programme of self-improvement through advanced education;
  • Normally, but not exclusively, the bursary will be awarded to those applicants completing high school and attending their first year of post-secondary education;
  • Able to provide proof of acceptance at a post secondary educational institution; and
  • In competition with new applicants, the award is renewable to previous recipients provided the applicant is academically eligible to continue.

Volunteer & Community Service Award

MCpl Guzman 2021 Community Service Award
MCpl Guzman 2021 Community Service Award

Background

Established in perpetuity in 2014 by LCol (ret’d) Dean Tremblay, The Guild of The Royal Canadian Dragoons Award for Volunteer and Community Service has the objective of acknowledging individuals who exemplify the strength of the military community, both in and out of uniform. This is reflective of the leadership and selfless service inherent within our community volunteers, and more importantly that their commitment contributes directly to the mental and physical health of our friends and families. Family instability is often a reality of life in uniform, and those who dedicate their time, energy and often personal resources to creating a climate where stability is increased should be recognized appropriately. Their service is invaluable, and is entirely aligned with the vision of The Guild of The Royal Canadian Dragoons and promoting family Quality of Life.

Nomination Guidelines

Annual nominations may be submitted by peers, subordinates, or supervisors alike. Nominations for serving members should be submitted via the Regimental chain of command for furtherance to the selection committee. Nominations for extended Regimental family can be submitted to the Secretary of the Guild. A narrative that underscores the member’s suitability for the award must accompany all nominations.

The monetary award of $1,000 will be presented annually at the Leliefontein parade.

Deadline for nominations is the first Thursday of September each year.

Purpose

The Guild of The Royal Canadian Dragoons Award for Volunteer and Community Service recognizes a member of the Regimental Family who demonstrates outstanding commitment to community service through volunteer work, both in and/or out of uniform.

Eligibility

Members of the Regimental Family - regardless of rank, occupation, or years of service - are eligible for nomination for this award.

Selection Committee

The selection committee will mirror the process currently in place for the Leliefontein Memorial Education Bursary, with the inclusion of LCol (ret’d) Dean Tremblay as a voting member.

Criteria

Nominated candidates will have demonstrated a commitment to the promotion of community service that benefits the military families within the community. Factors to be considered by the selection committee will be evidence of leadership and/or innovation in volunteering with the public, and/or community organizations for the wellbeing of citizens and communities directly associated with the Military Community. For currently serving members, the following extra conditions must be submitted with applications:

  • Cover letter
  • Narration
  • Citation
  • MPRR
  • Supporting documentation (thank you letters, etc)
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