Four Halton high school grads win OMDREB scholarships

  • June 10, 2016

OMDREB 2016 President, Charlotte Forget, Miriam Snow, Kyle Bernat-Riddle, Jakob Newton, Oakville Mayor Rob Burton and Milton Wards 2 and 3 Councilor, Colin Best at the OMDREB Scholarship Award presentation on June 8. Not pictured is winner Catiyana Adam.

OAKVILLE, ON, JUNE 8, 2016 – Four deserving Grade 12 students from the Halton area were awarded $2,500 scholarships for their submissions to the Oakville, Milton and District Real Estate Board’s Scholarship Award. The students’ work ranged from video submissions to written essays on topics about the economy, how critical and mental illness impacts families – which is associated with the President’s Charity, Nanny Angel Network – and shelter-based initiatives.

Miriam Snow from Acton District High School, Kyle Bernat-Riddle from St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School, Jakob Newton from Oakville Trafalgar High School and Catiyana Adam from Craig Keilburger Secondary School were the recipients of this year’s Scholarship Award program.

Snow submitted a video on shelter-based initiatives; Bernat-Riddle wrote an essay on the importance of small businesses in communities; Newton wrote about the impact critical illnesses has on families; and Adam wrote about her family’s struggle with mental illness.

“[These students] have demonstrated an incredible drive and passion to excel both inside and outside of the classroom,” said 2016 OMDREB President, Charlotte Forget. “Their essays and video submissions were thought-provoking and heart wrenching.”

“We are truly fortunate to have these bright young people among us.”

The OMDREB scoring panel were faced with a challenge after receiving 24 submissions, as each submission was well thought out. However, Forget says the panel is confident it chose well.

“We are confident that we are recognizing the cream of the crop here today,” she said.

Oakville Mayor Rob Burton was at the celebration and imparted some words of wisdom to the graduates as well.

“I don't think it matters where you go to school; I think it matters more what you do with what you get,” Burton said. “Focus on learning to learn; learning as much as you can, and developing your ability to be a learning sponge. That will take you very far in life.”

To read the winning essays, please visit

About the Nanny Angel Network
The Nanny Angel Network is a registered charity and the only organization of its kind in North America to provide free in-home childcare support for mothers who have been diagnosed with cancer, those requiring palliative care and for families requiring additional relief during the bereavement period.

About The Oakville, Milton and District Real Estate Board (OMDREB)
The Oakville, Milton and District Real Estate Board represents over 1,500 REALTORS® who serve the communities of Oakville, Milton, Halton Hills and the surrounding areas. OMDREB serves its members through a variety of support and services, including professional development, technology and advocacy.

Established in 1954, the Board also champions shelter-based charitable endeavours that are important to the local communities in which its members work and serve.

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For further information:
Stephanie Lai, Communications Officer
The Oakville, Milton and District Real Estate Board
905-844-6491 Ext. 101