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G.W. Cooke Awards

HISTORY

The George Willoughby Cooke Fund was established in 1992 by Bill and Shirley Walker of Mission, and is administered by Mission Community Foundation. Its purpose is to recognize students in Grades 7 and 8 in each of our district schools for achievement in Math and Science. Recognition medallions are provided to the recipients, and interest from the fund is used to inscribe the medallions.

Amended in 2012 to align with the Middle School approach in Mission Public School District. Grade 7's will receive double awards (potential of 2 male/female students in both categories (8)), Grade 8's and Grade 9's (one male/female student in both categories in each grade (4)).

George Willoughby Cooke was a long-time friend of Bill and Shirley Walker. Mr. Cooke and his wife, Marjory, were residents of Mission, where he worked for many years on steamships in the area, and also at the Herman Sawmill. During his lengthy friendship with Bill and Shirley Walker, Mr. Cooke extended many kindnesses to them. As an honour to his name and in remembrance of his friendship and generosity, Mr. and Mrs. Walker established this fund to share with others the type of kindness George Willoughby Cooke shared with them.

Although this fund is intended to honour individual achievement, it is apparent that friendship and kindness are also significant factors in our contribution to others during our lifetime. We hope you will be proud of the recognition, and trust the medallions will serve as a reminder of the significant achievements, but also of other personal characteristics which make an individual memorable.

CRITERIA

This award is given to students in grade 7, grade 8 and grade 9 to provide encouragement for higher achievement in mathematics and science.

Recipients can only receive recognition for one subject only and cannot receive a second award the following year.

Because of the nature of this award the purpose is to give as many individuals encouragement and therefore the reason for only giving and receiving one award.

Recognition by way of an inscribed medallion is presented to each recipient at a special evening, usually in June.

Students must attend a school in School District #75 Mission or Ecole des Duex-Rives.