2019 Scholarship Award Recipients

Luca Ramelli (Bill Winsor Award)

Luca Ramelli (Bill Winsor Award) - Luca is a young man who strives to live his values of caring, innovation and excellence in all that he does. From a very young age. Luca has been curious about the world around him and passionate about helping others. Growing up Luca channeled his energy in achieving academic excellence, conducting research, playing sports, composing music and giving back to his community through volunteer work.

Luca has always possessed a keen desire to serve others. He has spent the last four years as a volunteer coach with Hamilton Challenger Baseball Association, an organization that provides social and recreational activities for individuals with cognitive and physical challenges. When asked about his volunteer work with HCBA Luca said “I feel so lucky to be able to coach these amazing athletes. Their perseverance, team spirit and passion for the game are truly inspiring!” Luca is also a passionate and accomplished musician, who creates original compositions and volunteers to play for patients at a local hospital. “Music transcends time, it has a such a positive impact on people’s emotional and physical wellbeing – it is amazing to see how music brings joy to others, especially patients during their time of suffering.”

One of Luca’s aspirations is to improve people’s lives as a physician and researcher. His passion for medicine is fueled by his desire to help others. Watching his grandparents’ health decline has taught him about the complexity of health and the power of compassion at a young age. Luca is very passionate about improving people’s health by creating innovative solutions to complex healthcare problems. He has conducted biomedical research on smoking and cancer and has recently led a research project at Hamilton Health Sciences to explore the use of augmented reality to reduce falls in seniors. Along with an interprofessional team, Luca developed an augmented reality solution to help seniors reduce their risk of falls in their home.

Along with serving the community, Luca was an active member of the Bishop Ryan High School community. He was a member of the baseball, badminton, curling and robotic teams and has played competitive baseball since the age of 10.

Luca recently graduated from Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary in Hamilton, Ontario and will continue his education at Queen’s University in September where he has been accepted into the Queen’s University Accelerated Route to Medical School (QuARMS) program. Here, Luca will pursue his aspiration of becoming a physician and researcher with the hopes of one day improving quality of care and enhancing the lives of others.

When asked about the scholarship and advice he has for others, Luca said "I am honoured to be a recipient of the Bill Winsor Scholarship and hope that my experience will inspire other young people to give back to their community. Everyone has talents, find yours and share it with others – this is how we can make the world a better place!"

Stephanie Quon (Karthiha Guruparan Award)

Stephanie Quon (Karthiha Guruparan Award) - Stephanie is a student from Vancouver, British Columbia, passionate about sustainability, accessibility, and mental health. Stephanie recently graduated from Eric Hamber Secondary as top overall student out of 246 students. During high school, she was involved as a leader in many extracurriculars, such as the Compassion Club, TED-Ed Club, Student Forum, and Coffeehouse, where she organized events and provided leadership opportunities to students. When Stephanie was 15 years old, she founded the Sprout-Save-Share initiative, an organization that engages youth in projects focused on minimizing waste, such as collecting end-of-day produce to donate and encouraging people to reduce their plastic waste. Stephanie also volunteered at her local science center and children’s hospital, voiced her opinion on multiple youth councils, and worked to create a sensory room for special needs students at her school through a federal grant. In her spare time, Stephanie worked part-time at a grocery store and trained competitively in dragon boat at the national level.

In the fall, Stephanie is beginning her studies in engineering at the University of British Columbia. Stephanie entered university as the winner of multiple national post-secondary scholarships and awards, such as the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award, National Scotiabank Youth Award, and NAAEE’s Top 30 Under 30 Environmental Educators. Recently, she received a role within the university’s engineering faculty to create video content that encourages women and underrepresented groups to pursue engineering. During university, she plans to be involved in design teams and research, lead a national accessibility project, and continue to run the Sprout-Save-Share initiative. Stephanie aspires to positively impact the world through engineering by pursuing a career in biotechnology or bioinformatics.

Om Bhatt (Jacques Laredo Award)

Om Bhatt (Jacques Laredo Award)- Om is a graduate of Abbey Park High School in Oakville, ON. He chose to study at McMaster University for the Integrated Biomedical Engineering and Health Sciences program in order to give himself a solid background in both the biological and technical aspects of medicine and patient care. He is a gritty individual who strives to achieve excellence both inside and outside of the classroom. His major awards include receiving a Gold Medal (1st place) in Pathophysiology at the HOSA Canadian National Spring Leadership Conference; receiving the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award at the Bronze level, an award to honour youth with demonstrated dedication in a range of fields (athletics, service and creativity); receiving numerous Subject Excellency Awards throughout high school (highest course mark) and academic honours; placing 3rd in the Halton Group Mathematics Championships; placing in the top 15% in the University of Toronto National Biology Competition; and receiving numerous presidential awards and scholarships from top Canadian universities. Conferred these awards, Om has demonstrated excellent time-management skills, persistence, and academic ability.

Om channels his compassion and desire to improve his community into his service with numerous not-for-profit local organizations. Volunteering at the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, as part of the Dialysis team, Om assists patients suffering from kidney-related ailments through difficult times. He has been involved as a mentor and counselor for summer camps at ArtHouse Oakville, led programs at a Reader's Theatre run by the Sanctuary Church Oakville, and actively leads the Bal Vihar Children's Group at the Vaishno Devi Temple in Oakville, organizing and planning events and helping junior members implement strong morals and values in their everyday lives. As an Environmental Council representative from his school, Om works to promote environmental stewardship throughout the Halton community, obtaining a Platinum-level Eco-Schools certification for his school. Aside from his community activities, he works part-time and enjoys playing cricket; along with playing for Oakville at the rep level, he co-founded his school’s cricket team and led them to regional runners-up. Om wishes to pursue a medical doctorate; he hopes for his diverse experiences to assist him in contributing to the ever-evolving field of medicine. As a physician, Om aspires to apply his passion for science and technology along with his desire to help others in order to help people live healthier lives and to have a positive contribution to society and his community.