2017 BC Angus Scholarship
I am so honoured to be awarded the 2017 BC Angus Association Scholarship. It is greatly appreciated and will be used to help me further my studies as I work towards finishing my last two years of my Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Physiology at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. As I work towards a future career in medicine, I could not be more thankful for the life experience, opportunities and networking our breed association has offered me and I cannot wait to stay involved in the future.
I grew up on Jocko Creek Ranch in Kamloops BC where my family raises purebred and commercial Angus cattle. The ranch has been in my family for over a hundred years and is a very special place to me. I was given my first commercial cow at the age of two and since then I have continued to expand my herd, learn about genetics and take an interest in Angus cattle. Currently, I own and manage a small herd of purebred Angus cows with a focus on maintaining straight Canadian genetics. In 2013 I attended my first CJAA event at Showdown held in Armstrong, BC followed by attending my first GOAL conference in 2014. The more events I took part in, the more excited and interested in the CJAA I became. In 2015 I started my first term as the BC CJAA director and I currently starting my second. I have had an amazing experience on the board and I have truly enjoyed helping other BC juniors get more involved in our association!
Although my role on my family’s ranch changed when I moved to Montreal to pursue my education in the fall of 2015, I have continued to stay involved by taking on a more administrative position and visiting home whenever I can. I love both ranching and my current studies at university. I am very fortunate to have a family who is so supportive of both endeavours and is willing to work a little bit harder while I am away so I can pursue my dream career.
Once again I would like to extend my gratitude to the BC Angus Association not only for this scholarship but also for all of the incredible experiences I have had over the past few years thanks to our association!
Every year I look forward to announcing the winner of the BCAA scholarship award. It is always great reading the applications and stories of the applicants. This year is no different.
This year’s applicant has many accolades already to her name. She is currently enrolled in McGill University working on obtaining a degree in Physiology with the hopes of later earning an MD. She is currently the BCAA Junior Director and last June hosted an event called “Beef it Up”. This event was meant to promote the cattle industry to young people. It was an amazing two day event that was educational, interesting, fun and I believe a great success.
It is with great pleasure that the winner of the BCAA Scholarship Award is Meghan McGillivray. We all wish you the best on your many endeavours and can’t wait to hear of your future accomplishments.