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First recipient of Leeson Family scholarship

Stuart Reid congratulates Melissa Yeo


Community Foundation Grey Bruce is pleased to announce that Melissa Yeo, of Owen Sound, received the inaugural award from the Dr. James and Charmaine Leeson & Family Endowment Fund on July 14th. The $1,000 scholarship will support Yeo’s studies as a medical science student at Brock University. Melissa plans to apply for medical school upon completing her Bachelor's Degree in order to pursue her dream of "helping patients in their time of need" and opening a practice in her home town.

The Dr. James Leeson & Family Endowment Fund was established by Charmaine Leeson and family in  memory of her late husband, Dr. James Leeson. The  fund was established to support Grey-Bruce students studying medicine and nursing. Both Charmaine and her husband James were introduced to the region after opening a Wiarton-based medical practice in 1958, which they operated  until 1999. The couple were prominent members in the community even after their retirement to Sauble Beach, with Dr. James Leeson serving as president of the Bruce Medical Society and Wiarton Rotarian for several years.

The Dr. James and Charmaine Leeson & Family Fund will continue to support Grey-Bruce students with yearly awards for those pursuing a career in nursing or doctorates in medicine.

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