Lauren Hale headed off to her first year at Dalhousie recently. She had some help getting ready to depart from Pat Lord. That’s because Lauren is the recipient of this year’s Pat Lord Award.
The Pat Lord Post-Secondary Education Award for Pictou County Adoptees was created to recognize the work of Pat Lord, an Adoption Worker with the Children’s Aid Society of Pictou County, who retired after 39 years of service. When this agency was integrated into the Department of Community Services in 2010, funds from donations and bequests were transferred to the Aberdeen Health Foundation, and the Foundation now administers this award.
Awards are based on the recommendation of a Selection Committee. This award is not based on academic success, but it requires the applicant to have demonstrated involvement in their school or in the community at large.
“Lauren is a dedicated student and athlete who applies herself to both with a genuine desire to learn and grow,” says Robyn Eaton of the Aberdeen Health Foundation. “Lauren has demonstrated great resilience and ability to succeed, we wish her well as she begins her degree at Dalhousie.”
“Not only has being an adoptee left me with many questions throughout my years, but it has also left me feeling more and more grateful for the family that I was given,” says Lauren. “Receiving the Pat Lord Award means a great deal to me. I am a local girl who owes a great amount of thanks to Pat Lord. If it wasn’t for Pat Lord, I would not have the family or the life I have today.”
Full details on this award are available at: www.aberdeenhealthfoundation.com/patlordaward/