Anna Sarafis awarded the 2016 Robert T. Reynolds Memorial Scholarship

June 07, 2016

The Delta Hospital Foundation is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2016 Robert T. Reynolds Memorial Scholarship is Anna Sarafis, a graduating student from South Delta Senior Secondary. This annual scholarship marks its 20th Anniversary this year. Delta Hospital Foundation presented Anna with the scholarship Monday, June 6th at the Delta Hospital. Mrs, Reynolds, wife of late Robert T. Reynolds, and son, Hugh were in attendance to congratulate Anna.

This annual scholarship of $1,000 is given in recognition of Mr. Robert T. Reynolds’ dedicated community leadership. Mr. Reynolds was a member of one of Delta’s pioneering families that worked tirelessly towards the development of a hospital in this municipality. His tenacity and perseverance were contributing factors in the founding of the hospital in 1977. Mr. Reynolds went on to become one of Delta Hospital Centennial Society’s first Chairmen.

The scholarship is open to all Grade 12 students residing in Delta who intend to undertake post-secondary education. In a group of outstanding and deserving applicants, Anna Sarafis was chosen as this year’s  Robert  T. Reynolds Scholarship recipient. While maintaining academic excellence throughout her high school years, Anna has also proven herself to be a strong leader and an eager contributor to many social causes. She has been deeply involved in the Me to We student leadership club and with the school council. As well, Anna successfully initiated a blood drive awareness campaign, Young Blood for Life, to the student body. She has also been involved in dance and co-choreographed the school’s production of Legally Blonde the Musical in 2015.  

In the community, Anna is an aquatic fitness instructor and lifeguard at Winskill Aquatic Centre. She volunteered as an instructor in the Specialty Splash program where children with disabilities can learn to swim in a safe and non-intimidating environment.   

 Anna was truly inspired to pursue a career in medicine by the Mini Med School Program she attended at the Child and Family Research Institute. Since then, she hasn’t been able to imagine herself pursuing any other field. Anna will begin her post graduate studies this fall at the University of British Columbia in the Department of Kinesiology.

 “On behalf of the Reynolds Family, and the Delta Hospital Foundation, I am happy to recognize and celebrate all of Anna’s achievements so far, and to help her out just a little bit along the way,” says Veronica Carroll, Executive Director of Delta Hospital Foundation. “We know she has a bright future ahead pursuing all of her academic and career dreams. We look forward to hearing about all about her great accomplishments!”