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Former UBC student-athlete helps others find unclaimed scholarships and awards

Paying for school just got easier!

Check out  This site has a lot of fantastic resources to help you with University Admission and Scholarship Applications.

Here is a bit of information from the website founder, Madison Guy.

Stressed about money? Let me help you find access to free money in the form of scholarships, bursaries, and grants from a variety of third-party sources. After having collected over $50,000 for my own education, I know how to access simple and easy money for other students.

Need help with budgeting, finding jobs or looking at your financial aid options? I can make sure you head into your school year feeling secure about your financial situation.

Concerned about getting into your first choice school? I have a wealth of experience with the application process to the top schools in Canada and I would love to help make the application process as seamless as possible for you.

And the financial award goes to … those who apply, apply, apply

Tips for finding free money

Most students could use help paying for school, and one important source not to forget is scholarships. Here is some advice on seeking and successfully finding some education funding.

Cast a wide net

Create a profile on scholarship websites such as and Check out Universities Canada awards at

Build a foundation

Start early to build a profile as a scholarship candidate. Find your passion. Volunteer and participate in activities that can demonstrate leadership, initiative, and innovation.

Get organized

Read the award criteria carefully. Get reference letters and school transcripts well before deadlines. Spend time to craft an essay template that can be adapted to different scholarships.

Don’t ignore the small fry

It’s tempting to target big-ticket awards and snub those offering $500 or $1,000. But winning several smaller ones, which may have fewer applicants, can still add up to a tidy sum.


Student Research Opportunities at BC Children’s Hospital

The research community invites teachers to nominate promising future scientists and researchers to attend the following free education events at BC Children’s Hospital.

Intended for students in grades 10-12, these events are an opportunity to learn about new and exciting research discoveries, meet some of Canada’s leading researchers, and get a behind-the-scenes look at a variety of research-related careers.

Nominations are accepted on first-come, first-serve basis. Students cannot register themselves. As space is limited, not all nominated students are guaranteed a seat. All events are extremely popular, we encourage you to nominate students as soon as nomination forms are available. 

Please let Mrs. VanderHorst know as soon as possible if you would like to be nominated for any of the events.  Details for each event are listed below.

Mini Med School

Curriculum – The 2017 Mini Med School series, presented by Mini Med School Dean Dr. Kishore Mulpuri, will provide insight into the world of surgery. Topics will include: neurosurgery, orthopedics, anesthesia, plastic surgery and surgical training.

Schedule -This 6-part series takes place Wednesdays, October 18 to November 227:00-9:00 pm at BC Children’s Hospital.

Nominating Students – Nomination forms will be available online starting Monday, September 25 at 3:00 pm. Each school can nominate a maximum of 2 students to attend, please refer to the Nomination Guidelines for details.

Gairdner High School Symposium

Curriculum – The Gairdner High School Symposium gives students the opportunity to hear from Gairdner award-winning scientists and attend a behind-the-scenes tour of BC Children’s Hospital research facilities. Event Poster

Schedule – This half-day event is scheduled for Monday, October 23, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Nominating Students – The registration form will be available online starting September 25. Each school can register a maximum of 20 students to attend, please refer to the Registration Guidelines for details.


Discovery Days in Health Sciences 

Curriculum – At Discovery Days in Health Sciences students explore a variety of careers in medicine and the health sciences, interacting with researchers, clinicians and educators in their real-life work setting. The day is comprised of a dynamic keynote lecture, hands-on workshops and a career panel discussion.

Schedule – This event is scheduled for Friday, December 8, 8:00 am to 3:15 pm.

Nominating Students – School registration is now available online. Once a school has been registered teachers may nominate students to attend. Each school can nominate a maximum of 2 students to attend, please refer to the Registration Guidelines for details.


Research Open House

Curriculum – The Research Open House at BC Children’s Hospital is an interactive morning event that offers high school students an opportunity to visit research labs, interact with research trainees and participate in research activities

Schedule – This half-day event is scheduled for Tuesday, April 17, 8:45 am to 12:00 pm.

Nominating Students – Nomination forms will be available online in early March 2018. Each school can nominate a maximum of 3 students to attend, please refer to the Nomination Guidelines for details.

Vancouver Aquarium is recruiting student volunteers!

Educate, amaze and inspire young minds.

Join the Vancouver Aquarium Youth Volunteer Team

If you have a passion for animals, biology, and amazing children, apply now and become a Youth Marine Educator through the Youth Work Experience Program at the Vancouver Aquarium.

You will learn how to handle invertebrate animals and how to use the wet lab to teach and inspire children about aquatic conservation.

Training is provided.

See attached files for more information.


Youth Work Experience – Wet Lab Fall 2017

Welcome to 2017/18

Welcome to TLA!  My name is Mary-Anne VanderHorst and I work as the Graduation Counsellor and the 10-12 Vice Principal for our online and blended programs.  If you are interested, I have included some more information about myself at the end of the post.  For now, we will stick to the important details!

I will use this space to post important and interesting information throughout the year.

Please connect with me if you are ever needing advice about courses or your educational program now or after high school.

Here are a few important details on how to get off to a great start.

  1.     If your son or daughter is unable to login, please contact our tech department by filling in a help desk ticket here.
  2.     Have your son or daughter complete our newly improved Intro to Online and Blended Learning course here.I highly recommend this course for anyone who has never taken an online course!  The course will allow your child to become familiar with TLA’s systems as well as gain some very valuable tech skills. By completing this course your son or daughter will earn 2 credits. The Intro to Online and Blended Learning course also has some great tips on how to be a successful online and blended learning student – all the more reason to complete the course!
  3.   Create a weekly schedule for yourself.  Print your weekly schedule and have it posted by your workstation. How will you spend your time each week?  You should be adding to your weekly schedule when you will work on each of your courses.  No schedule often means no work gets done.
  4.  Take some time to become familiar with your courses.
  5.  Add your online and blended course due dates to an agenda or wall calendar.  This will help you stay organized and will be a good reminder about upcoming due dates/deadlines. Perhaps divide your course into three equal sections and plot out how far you need to be at the end of each term.
  6.  Add your teachers to your TLA webmail chat.
  7.  Set up a comfortable, well lit work station for yourself.


If you want to know a little bit about me: 
I studied at TWU and obtained by BBA.  I then went on to UBC to and obtained by BEd.  My husband is a Math and Science teacher.  I have 4 kids, 2 boys and 2 girls.  We all love soccer, track and field, hiking, camping……pretty much most outdoor activities.  One of the highlights of this summer was our trip to Whistler.  We hiked the short trail to the Whistler train wreck (very cool) and we hiked Joffre Lakes (beautiful).