I would like to take this opportunity to thank the CAMRT Foundation for giving me the opportunity to further my education in the realm of Radiation Therapy. The grant allowed me to take distance education classes through the Sheffield Hallam University in the UK to obtain my Masters.
I would like to recognize the dedication of our members and volunteers. I believe that these CAMRT Foundation grants are a vital part of growing our profession and meeting the needs of the patients and communities we serve.
Jill Sutherland RTT BSc
I am writing to express my gratitude to the CAMRT Foundation for awarding me a member's grant. Your generosity is encouraging and lessens the burden of international student fees while pursuing my Masters degree. I am now attending my second year at City University London in the MSc in Radiography program.
Elise LeBlanc BHSc, RTR
I am very grateful for the bursary CAMRT Foundation provided to support the completion of my medical imaging degree at BCIT. Not only did this financially support my education, it allowed me to complete it in a in a more timely manner than I could have achieved myself. Focusing my time directly on learning rather than raising funds enabled me to concentrate on studying and applying the material to clinical situations. CAMRT Foundation’s financial support contributes towards this goal. Your efforts to promote the growth of this profession should be recognized and appreciated.
Janet Walker, RTT
I just wanted to thank the CAMRT Foundation for the financial support toward s my Master’s degree. The support I have received from the Foundation over the last three years has truly lightened the financial sacrifices required for me to continue pursuing my Masters.
Julie Avery BSc RTNM
I want to thank you for your letter of support and recognition of the work and challenges of completing a Masters degree in Leadership- Health at Royal Roads University. Your financial support means a great deal to me, as I see this as an investment by the CAMRT Foundation in creating a life-long learning culture within the CAMRT and as Ben Franklin once stated *An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.*
Lisa Pyke RTR, RTMR, MA(c)
I would like to thank the CAMRT Foundation for your generosity and support towards my future educational endeavours. I am currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Science Post Diploma Program majoring in Human Sciences at Athabasca University. I have recently commenced this program and am extremely grateful for the financial support the CAMRT Foundation has provided me. This is the second monetary grant I have received and do not think I would be able to take on the task of completing my degree if I did not have the aid from the CAMRT Foundation.
Renee Gentes RTT
The support I received from the CAMRT Foundation was significant in helping me complete my Master of Health Studies degree in 2012. The grant provided financial assistance, which offset some of the cost of my final courses. However, I place equal importance on the sense of support that I feel from having my continuing education efforts recognized by the Foundation. Pursuing my studies part time while working full time, meant that the path to completing this degree often seemed long and arduous. It has been encouraging to receive support from the CAMRT Foundation in 2011 and 2012, as a sign that further education is valued by my professional association.
Christine Baillie B.Sc., MHS, RTT
I would like to express my gratitude for receiving a 2012 Member’s Grant from the Foundation. The grant will be put towards the cost of my PhD studies in Medical Science. I have chosen to pursue graduate studies full time while continuing to work as Radiation Therapist part time, and believe the research I am undertaking will have a positive impact on cancer patients. Being supported by the Foundation in such a manner is a testament to its own vision which promotes the profession through education, and excellence in patient care through research funding.
Michael Velec MRT(T) BSc
Thank you so much to the CAMRT Foundation for the financial support provided to me through the members grant. This support eases the financial burden that comes with the pursuit of advanced learning. I enrolled in the Master of Education (Health Sciences Education) at the University of Alberta in September 2011. I have just reached my half-way point in this program. All the hard work is made so much easier when I know I am supported by my professional association.
Jackie Middleton BA MRT (T)
I have been working on Master of Health Studies (MHS) courses on and off for several years, and decided to officially enter a MHS program in September 2009. Managing an academic workload while working full time has been a challenge, but the knowledge that I have gained in many areas relating to our health care system (such as policy, program evaluation, and teaching) has already proved its value in my work as a radiation therapist and in my volunteer activities at the provincial and national level.
I would like to express my sincere thanks to the CAMRT Foundation for their support of my studies through an educational grant this year. It certainly helps to offset some of the financial burdens associated with graduate education
Christine Baillie BSc, RTT
Thanks to the Foundation so much for your generous support. It is times like this when I know why I am such a fan of all the hours you put in.
Great job, and thank you.
Fiona Mitchell DCRT, ACT, BSC (Hons), CMS, MA, FCAMRT
I would like to thank the CAMRT Foundation for their generous grant towards my continuing education in MRI. I will be starting my MRI practicum in September 2011 and the financial help from the CAMRT has alleviated some of the stress and financial burden from taking a four month leave of absence from my full time job. Thank you very much for your support in helping me achieve my goal.
Kristen Trenholm BHSc RTNM
I am writing to express my gratitude for making the member grant possible. It will be a significant help in lightening the burden of paying for my tuition.
The CAMRT Foundation does excellent work in supporting the advancement of MRTs as a professional group. Lifelong learning is a crucial element to this advancement and having a bursary program specifically for MRTs who are striving to complete advanced education is a tremendous support.
Not only does the bursary help me to finance my education, but I also feel honoured to be recognized for the hard work I put into my studies, and the volunteer support I give to my provincial and national associations.
Julie Avery BSc, RTNM
I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the CAMRT Foundation for your generous support while I pursue my Masters degree in Health Sciences (Medical Radiation Sciences). This is the second monetary privilege that I have received from the CAMRTF and I am truly grateful. It is a very proud feeling to know that your association can show support for continuing education and promotion of learning.
I have been actively involved in volunteering at the MAMRT and on a working group for the CAMRT. With close to 4 years of experience as a radiation therapist, continuing my education and volunteering within the association I can truly say that I am enjoying the experiences that I have come across thus far.
With the support, both monetary and socially I can say that I really appreciate everything that the CAMRT and MAMRT have provided me. Thank you again,
Nishala Goolcharan R.T. (T.), BSc.
I would like to extend my sincerest thanks and appreciation for the educational grant I received from the CAMRTF. The grant will cover a significant amount of my tuition. It is so refreshing and encouraging to have such a supportive group as the CAMRTF backing my education. As an employee and as an individual seeking continual educational and personal growth, I am proud to be a part of the CAMRT of whom has an agenda supportive in the continuing education of its’ members.
In such an evolving industry as radiotherapy it is important to keep abreast of new and up and coming technologies. Again, my sincere thanks to the CAMRTF for supporting me in my efforts at becoming the best I can be in my chosen profession. I am proud to say that I am the official new recipient of a Bachelor of Human Science Degree.
Rhea Garraway, RTT
I would like to thank the CAMRT Foundation for your generosity and support towards my future educational endeavours. I am currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Science Post Diploma Program majoring in Human Sciences at Athabasca University. I have recently commenced this program and am extremely grateful for the financial support the CAMRT Foundation has provided me. This is the first monetary privilege I have received and do not think I would be able to take on the task of completing my degree if I did not have the aid from the CAMRT Foundation.
I look forward to putting my skills to use by volunteering for the CAMRT as well as the MAMRT over the next few years. To help support these associations as they help support me on my educational journey.
Renee Gentes R.T. (T.)
“Leaders of Tomorrow” scholarship which was presented to me is something that I am grateful for and will always appreciate. It will be a drive to succeed, not just in my academic pursuit while in school but also in my career pursuit. It does not only help me with my finances but it recognizes and believes in my achievements as a student leader. Scholarships like this are what students as I appreciate because it
This scholarship, of which I appreciate, takes me a step further to realizing my dream as a researcher, who will influence tomorrow’s research and work with different sectors of the science field including energy; which is a growing field.
I live today not just as a technologist but as a community leader and a resource person. I know that with this scholarship, I can start creating awareness of the importance of community involvement despite field of study.
I would like to sincerely thank the CAMRT Foundation committee for awarding me a Member’s Grant again this year.
I am just over half way through a 6-year part-time program to obtain a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences. Because I am studying by distance education, I am not eligible for the usual sources of tuition support. Therefore, the funds from the CAMRT Foundation Member’s grant have saved me from significant financial hardship while pursuing my PhD.
I applaud the CAMRT Foundation for providing such a valuable service to its membership. The application process is short and straightforward, and I would encourage any radiation therapist considering higher education to apply for this fantastic resource. These funds will remove the financial barrier from many members who would like to embark upon life-long learning experiences of all kinds. This will undoubtedly result in substantial enrichment of the whole profession as well as its individual practitioners.
Tara Rosewall MRT(T), MSc.
Upon graduation from the Bachelor of Health Sciences in Radiography degree program offered at the University of New Brunswick I was offered a fulltime MRI technologist position on the condition of obtaining and NRI certificate prior to the end of 2010. As a recent graduate my financial stability was questionable, however, the benefit of a full time position was extremely desirable.
I enrolled in the MRI Program at Red River College in Winnipeg. I was fortunate enough to be sponsored by Saint John Regional Hospital; however their contributions were not enough to cover all of my expenses.
The monetary assistance received by the CAMRT Foundation allowed me to complete the necessary requirements. Without this generous contribution I would not been able to further my education and achieve my second discipline certificate in MRI.
Jenny Wright BHSc, RTR, RTMR
I would like to extend thanks to the CAMRT for granting me the 2009 Leaders of Tomorrow scholarship during my radiation therapy training at CancerCare Manitoba. This generous grant had enabled me to take time off work and focus more attention on school.
Many post secondary students support themselves financially during their studies and it is through financial aid and bursaries that this burden is minimized. It is comforting to know that the CAMRT recognizes this struggle and supports MRT students, and it is with great pride that I represent this association.
Tessa Erjavec (B.Sc.)
I would like to sincerely thank the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (C.A.M.R.T.) Foundation so much for choosing me as the recipient of the 2010 “Leaders of Tomorrow” Scholarship.
As a second year student, I have found at times it has been difficult to maintain a balance between work and school. This scholarship was a great help in paying for my second year tuition. I am very appreciative of the monetary and professional support the C.A.M.R.T. has provided to me.
I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the CAMRT Foundation for their support of my Masters program. The pursuit of a Masters degree requires a significant commitment, both in terms of time and finances. Maintaining a balance between work and studies can be challenging but I strongly believe the rewards to the patients we serve are well worth the effort
As a member of the CAMRT I have had the opportunity to volunteer at the provincial and national level. The people I have met along the way have only served to further instil pride in my profession. The dedication and commitment that our members show to the profession, lifelong learning and to our patients is extraordinary. I believe the support of the Foundation is a driving force behind this spirit and that it is serving to further our profession.
Once again, I would like to say a huge thank you to the CAMRT Foundation for supporting my education endeavours. I look forward to working with the CAMRT and the Foundation in the future.
Jill Sutherland, BSc, RTT
A little over 2 years ago I embarked on the daunting but exciting journey of completing a Masters Degree in Radiation Therapy. I have now completed all my courses and look forward to finishin
As a long time volunteer for the OAMRT at both the section and the Board level, I applied to the CAMRTF for a grant to help cover my expenses every year. Through the generosity of the CAMRTF, I was able to cover approximately half of the cost of my degree program. This certainly relieved some of my financial concerns and allowed me to focus more on the academic challenges I faced.
Our professional associations could not exist without the many volunteers that keep them going. I thank the CAMRTF for acknowledging my volunteer contributions and supporting me through this journey.
I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the CAMRT Foundation for your generous support while I pursuit my Masters degree in Health Sciences (Medical Radiation Sciences).
With 3 years of experience as a radiation therapist, continuing my education and volunteering within the association I can truly say that I am experiencing more than I bargained for. These steps have provided me with an overwhelming degree of satisfaction as I truly enjoy working as a medical radiation technologist.
With the support, both monetary and socially I can say that I really appreciate everything that the CAMRT and MAMRT have provided me. Thank you again,
Nishala Goolcharan R.T.(T.), BSc.
I would like to first begin by expressing my sincere thanks to the CAMRT Foundation for considering and approving my 2008 application for an educational grant. The grant was utilized to assist in my educational studies at Sheffield Hallam University where I am enrolled in the Masters in Radiation Oncology program.
The module that I took and completed with the assistance of the CAMRT Foundation Grant was titled “Portal Imaging”. It was an intensive module that focused on the various imaging modalities used in radiotherapy departments including historical technologies and future state systems.
I found the course to be challenging, educational and a great opportunity to network and interact with radiation therapist from many countries. Again, thank you so much for the grant and the great help it is to my pursuit of my Masters.
Carol-Anne Davis, RTT, ACT, DHSA, BSc
I would like to express my heartfelt thanks for your generosity in providing this award. I am happy to have been selected as one of this year’s recipient for the member grant and it will be a significant help in lightening the burden of paying for my tuition.
I have been a MRT for 20 years and have been aware of the Foundation and some of its work but was unaware of the grant program until last spring. I am a firm believer in lifelong learning and having a bursary program specifically for MRTs who are striving to complete advanced education is a tremendous support both financially and psychologically.
Not only does this bursary help me to finance my education, but I also feel honored to be recognized for the hard work I put into my studies, and the volunteer support I give to my provincial and national associations. The grants that are offered through the CAMRT foundation assist many students to pursue their career goals. Thank you for making the grant possible.
Julie Avery BSc, RTNM
I am delighted and grateful that I was recently awarded a member's grant from the CAMRT Foundation. I recently chose to return to school as a full time graduate student. I am completing a thesis-based Master of Science degree at the University of Toronto.
That is why I am grateful the Foundation offers these member's grants. Not only can they benefit the individual technologist by supporting their ongoing education endeavors, but when the grants are put towards research activities they can advance the science and practice of radiation technology, for the benefit of the whole profession.
I hope that the Foundation continues to support its members in this manner in the future.
Michael Velec, BSc, MRT(T)
They do say what goes around comes around….
Please accept my heartfelt thank you for the financial support received from the CAMRT Foundation to support my studies at Royal Roads University in Victoria BC. I am now enrolled in the 2 year program, Masters in Art in Leadership with specialization in health.
I have been a very active member in my provincial association, the CAMRT, and of the CAMRT Foundation itself, having served on the Board for several years. It was during that time that I became aware of so many other members who were continuing their studies, and of the endless possibilities opening up to our profession to pursue continuing education. The past recipients of Foundation grants have been my inspiration to once again return to life as a student.
Thank you to all those CAMRT members who continue to support the Foundation through fundraising activities and other events. It is each of you who enable the Foundation to support each of us!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and the CAMRT Foundation for the generous grant of $1500 that will be used to cover a portion of my MSc in Radiotherapy and Oncology.
Professional development is an essential requirement of any profession. The CAMRT plays an important role by developing courses specific to medical radiation technologists and by providing financial support to CAMRT members. There are many challenges to staff who are involved in professional development and finding the funds to pay for courses is certainly one of these challenges. The financial support from the CAMRT Foundation is available to all members of the CAMRT. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the application process for this funding was relatively straightforward and the guidelines were clear and unambiguous.
Thank you again for the financial assistance that has helped me in the completion of my Masters course. I look forward to continuing my membership of the CAMRT and reciprocating the support that you have provided.
Neil A Mc Parland RTT, BSc, MSc (c)
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the CAMRT Foundation for their generous support of my continuing education endeavour. Quite honestly, I was pleasantly surprised by the level of support provided.
Education itself is an expensive enterprise, both in monetary measures as well as time commitment. While the Foundation grant obviously doesn’t help me complete the school work, it definitely provides piece of mind in paying for it. Importantly, it also provided assurance to the value of the education that I am pursuing.
Your support offered a measure of sustenance as I head into the ‘final lap’ of my program. So once again, thank you and thanks to all whom raise the funds to allow the Foundation to continue its good work.
All around us we see the bar being raised. Young people entering post-secondary education require higher grades than in the past. Many professions have raised entry-to-practice educational requirements. Employers are seeking employees with increased credentials.
My decision to pursue a Masters degree was founded on the ideal that professionals in the Radiological Sciences are also raising the bar. My CAMRT member colleagues who are raising the bar by continuing their education and research initiatives have helped inspire me to reach higher.
There is a price associated with raising the bar. The price is paid in varying amounts of three components: time, effort and money. I have learned it is an expensive endeavour to pursue a Masters degree. The CAMRT Foundation has generously provided a members grant to assist me with the financial cost associated with reaching higher to raise the bar.
Thank you for the generous financial contribution to assist my pursuit of a Master of Arts degree in Leadership with a Health Specialization.
March 11, 2009
I would like to express again my sincere appreciation and thanks to the selection committee of the CAMRTF for their contribution towards my Masters Degree in Radiation Therapy. As an active member of both the CAMRT and the OAMRT, this financial assistance has strengthened my resolve to continue volunteering and promoting the profession of Medical Radiation Technology. I have now completed 30 credits towards my Masters (only 150 to go!) and this grant helped to cover the costs of my first year. Thank you again.
Linda Bunch MRT(T) BSc
I am honoured to be the recipient of the “Leaders of Tomorrow” Scholarship. I would like to thank the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists Foundation and Canadian Nuclear Safety Services Inc.
It is a great joy to be recognized for my academic achievement and community involvement. As a final year radiation therapy student at Laurentian University, I rely on financial aid, grants and student loans to help finance my education. This scholarship will help reduce my financial burden and allow me to focus on becoming a healthcare professional.
I am grateful for the opportunities this award will provide me. Your generosity has made a profound impact on my life and I am truly grateful to be the recipient of the “Leaders of Tomorrow” Scholarship.
Thank you once again,
I would like to pass along a sincere thank you to the CAMRT Foundation!
I am very appreciative that the Foundation values life-long learning as much as I do. It would have been very difficult to pursue my continuing education without the generous support of the CAMRT Foundation! I am a post-diploma student working to achieve my Bachelor of Health Science degree in Radiological Technology. It is difficult to balance financial responsibilities as well as making my educational goals a priority. The generous support of the CAMRT Foundation will make this goal attainable.
The monetary support is much valued as is the moral support that comes from the Foundation as well. It is sometimes difficult to keep motivated when there are so many competing priorities but when there is added support from family and friends and from the CAMRT Foundation, there is extra motivation to keep going and keep doing well. I cannot express just how appreciative I am.
I have in the past and will continue well into the future to volunteer in my provincial association as well as the CAMRT.
As I said I am a strong believer in life-long continuing education and am proud to be a part of an association that has the same values.
Thank you again.
Michelle Hayden, R.T.R
August 06, 2008
I would like to thank the Foundation for considering my request for the William Doern Training Scholarship. The criterion for the award was to demonstrate volunteerism at the provincial or national level for the Medical Technologists profession and have a child enter the MRT program. After reading the biography of William Doern I am humbled. That any one member could do so much for our profession is outstanding.
My contribution was miniscule in comparison; however my enthusiasm for my career choice ‘rubbed off’ on one of my three children. My daughter, Anna, has now graduated, with honors, from the BCIT program and is gainfully employed as an MRT in Kamloops, B.C.
I have spent my life volunteering for many organizations (much to my husbands dismay!...what? you’re the President again?!!) and already my daughter has taken up the cause. She presented a humorous and poignant presentation on the life of a student to the Interior Health managers meeting in April ’08. She has been asked to do a presentation at BCIT, SAIT and NAIT in the spring of 2009.
I have enjoyed my time spent on various committees for the BCAMRT and will continue to stay involved.
Thank you again.
Loretta Robinson RTR, RDMS
Many thanks to the C.A.M.R.T. Foundation!
I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the C.A.M.R.T. Foundation for their very generous support and contribution to my continued learning. The foundation grant I received has enabled me to continue with my formalized studies in the pursuit of a graduate degree in education. Accomplishing this goal would have been extremely difficult if not for the provision of the grant. As with most parents, we put the needs of our children first. I presently have one child attending university and another will be pursuing post-secondary education in the very near future. As you can well imagine, the costs associated with three family members attending school are significant! If this grant had not been available, I would have put my needs to the very bottom of the list.
The degree I am pursuing will help me develop my knowledge and skills in educational program design, development, evaluation and administration, all very pertinent to the field of Radiation Therapy education.
A mandatory requirement, after receiving a grant, includes a two-year commitment to volunteer in the professional association. Presently, I am Chair of the Exam Validation Committee, Radiation Therapy. I have been involved, in various capacities, with the C.A.M.R.T. for over ten years and the opportunities and learning I have acquired through this involvement are immeasurable.
Again, thank you to the C.A.M.R.T. Foundation and the donors for providing this type of assistance to our members! It is so appreciated.
R.T.T., A.C.T., M.R.T. (T.), BSc
August 26, 2007
I am writing this letter to express my sincere appreciation and thanks to the Donor(s) and CAMRT Foundation Selection Committee for the William Doern Training Scholarship. I recently received this award for use during my second year in the Nuclear Medicine Technology Program at SAIT. You have my sincere apologies for this letter taking so long to arrive at your office; I have been very busy this summer and definitely meant to send you a thank-you far earlier than I did, but better late than never.
Receiving this award was highly encouraging, and meant a great deal to me. I worked very hard during my first year to obtain a GPA between 3.83 and 4.0, which was a goal I had set at the beginning of the program, and I succeeded. If not for the support of donors like you, it would be much more difficult to concentrate on my studies to the extent needed to obtain these grades.
I have a fair amount of experience in health care behind me, and I am looking forward to contributing even further to the field of Medical Radiation Technology when I receive my new diploma. I would very much like to become an expert in my field, as well as to be actively involved in my professional associations, as my mother has before me in the fields of X-Ray and Magnetic Resonance Imaging. You are helping me to achieve that goal. I appreciate the support given to students who have chosen to follow in the footsteps of their parents by entering the MRT field.
This award will considerably ease financial pressures for the coming year as well, as I will be able to work less and focus more on my studies. It also means a great deal to me to be recognized for the hard work that I have put in so far, and will continue to do. I hope that other MRT students will have your continued support, and would like to thank you personally, as well as for the entire MRT student community, for your recognition and support of the importance of post-secondary education.
Once again, thank you very much!
July 31, 2007
Dear Trustees of the CAMRT Foundation and Canadian Nuclear Safety Services Inc.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support of the “Leaders of Tomorrow” Scholarship of academic excellence and community service. As this year’s recipient, I am grateful for the opportunities this award will provide me. Throughout my studies I have often had to work two jobs to pay for my living expenses. Despite this charged schedule, I have maintained excellent grades and served my community. My most valued work has been in the service of others—be it tutoring students at Dawson College in chemistry and physics, serving in the Canadian military as a reservist, or working as an assistant in the Radiation Oncology Department of the Montreal General Hospital. Receiving this scholarship will help reduce my financial burdens and provide much needed assistance as I pursue an internship in my third year of studies. Upon completion of my diploma I would like to find employment in a hospital as a Radiation Therapist and pursue a higher education in physics.
I would also like to thank Jocelyn Napis-Pheiffer and Elias Katsaros for encouraging me to apply, as well as Dr. Podgorsak who has been very encouraging and inspirational.
Once again, to the CAMRT Foundation and Canadian Nuclear Safety Services, thank you for supporting students in Radiology Technical Studies.
Your generosity truly makes a difference.
I want to write and thank you and the foundation for your generous support of my educational pursuit of a doctorate in education. As you are aware, graduate degrees are not cheap but I am committed to complete this and with the CAMRT foundation grant, this years cost have been greatly reduced (thank you). I am looking for other possible funding opportunities but have no success other than the foundation grant at this point, but I will continue to apply. I just completed my year 1 residency and at present I am taking more online courses. The courses last 8 weeks and are quite intense but I love the learning and soak up as much as I can. Soon I will be searching for a topic for my dissertation, being a professional doctorate this will be related to medical radiation technology which means that the profession of medical radiation technology as a whole will also benefit from your support as I will produce some original research which I hope will be useful to those who follow us over the years.
The foundation work to raise funds and provide scholarships for medical radiation technologists is to be applauded. I appreciate that many volunteer hours and dedicated service go into the foundation from the board of directors and its supporters. I just want you to know that your efforts are greatly appreciated and while I am rather busy at present, I am happy to support the foundation in anyway I can in the future
Thank you again.
Fiona Mitchell DCRT, ACT, CMS, BSc.(Hons), MA, FCAMRT
I would like to express my gratitude to you and the CAMRT Foundation for sponsoring the Dr. Marshall Mallett Lamp of Knowledge award. The Foundation is to be commended for its’ continued initiatives towards advancement of the profession.
Terry Ell RTNM, FCAMRT, BSc., MEd., PhD.
2007 Dr. Marshall Mallett Lamp of Knowledge Recipient
25 July 2007
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the CAMRT Foundation for their financial support and lovely letter of encouragement. This was in response to my application for assistance with tuition fees for a PhD in Health Science through Charles Sturt University in Australia (commenced February 2007).
I have been working as a Radiation Therapist for close to 20 years now, though it seems like only yesterday that I received my Diploma. We all work in an environment of constant change and never cease to learn, but it was just several years ago that distance education enabled me to gain a BSc, then an MSc and now apply for a PhD. These opportunities are available to all of us, but unfortunately require time and money - be encouraged however that the CAMRT Foundation is willing and able to help. The only condition is a two-year commitment to our national or provincial association. I am even finding this commitment to be valuable in itself since the experience is giving me insight into our profession, which is not only widening my horizons but useful for my studies.
The CAMRT Foundation has not only helped me in a tangible financial way, but has also given me much appreciated moral support. During my PhD I will have to explore many sources of assistance, but none will mean more to me than this vote of confidence from my own profession’s national association.
Valerie Kelly MRT(T), CMD, MSc.
July 12, 2007
I would like to sincerely thank the CAMRT Foundation committee for awarding me a Member’s Grant.
I have just started a 6-year program to complete a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences and, because I am studying by distance education, I am not eligible for the usual Doctoral research grants and university tuition support. Therefore, the funds from the CAMRT Foundation Member’s grant have saved me from significant financial hardship while pursuing my PhD.
It is particularly wonderful to be supported by my peers in this way, and I am very grateful to the committee. Until recently, I was unaware that a grant like this existed for radiation therapists. It enables us to enroll in further education without concerns regarding high tuition fees. The application process is short and straightforward, and I would encourage any radiation therapist considering higher education to apply for this fantastic resource.
I commend the CAMRT Foundation for providing such a valuable service to its membership. These funds will remove the financial barrier from many members who would like to embark upon life-long learning experiences of all kinds. This will undoubtedly result in substantial enrichment of the whole profession as well as its individual practitioners.
Tara Rosewall MRT(T), MSc.
The William Doern Training Scholarship is gratefully accepted on behalf of my son, who is currently in the Radiation Therapy training program.
Years ago, when many of us were studying in this field, we were provided with a monthly bursary to help with expenses through the student years. Students in our programs have very little access to scholarship funding, and without the "university summers" to earn money, have very little opportunity to subsidize the ever increasing cost of tuition and living expenses.
In addition, we are now actively recruiting and requiring university graduates, so many of the students entering our field have already been at university for at least 4 years. In order to entice these highly qualified and talented individuals into our profession, and to help them cope with increasing costs, incentives such as the William Doern Fund are much appreciated.
I think that it is critical that we work hard to provide additional sources of funding for our students. At this point in time, these very well educated individuals are faced with a myriad of choices for professions, funding opportunities and and career paths. I feel that it is very important for us to challenge ourselves to aid in the recruitment of the best candidates, help them through this critical phase, and hopefully they will be joining us and challenging themselves in the future with ongoing educational opportunities and the advancement of their professional practice.
Debbie Mallett, RTT-ACT