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2021 Winners

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Alene Dzerounian


Alene arrived in Canada with her family from Jordan in 2017. Alene had to overcome obstacles to upgrade the gaps in her education and she excelled while earning her Adult Dogwood Diploma in 2018. She remained engaged with the school by volunteering at the Orientation/Registration for new students as well as referring other

resettled youth to the bursary program exemplifying the principle of paying it

forward. After completing her secondary

school equivalency at Columbia College, Alene applied and was accepted to both Kwantlen Polytechnic and Simon Fraser University in the faculty of Sciences. Alene has witnessed, first hand, the diffculties and sacrifices faced by our health care workers as they work tirelessly to help those in need. Upon completion of her Science Degree,

in two years, Alene’s desire is to pursue her goal of becoming a Cardiovascular Perfusionist. Continued success to you,
Alene, in your future studies.

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David Darbinian


David, a Canadian born Armenian and, a recent graduate of White Rock Christian

Academy, International Baccalaureate

program has excelled academically as well as on the athletic field. He obtained the Governor General Award, conferred upon the student with the highest class average upon graduating from secondary school. David was elected as most athletic in Grade 12 and has participated in Track and Field, Soccer and Cross Country. He is also a chess club champion and participated in a volunteering program in Guatemala, organized by his school. His future goals include becoming a mental health professional. He is currently an undergraduate at the University of British Columbia studying psychology and planning on graduating next year, with hopes of continuing his studies towards a Master’s degree in order to become a clinical psychologist. Congratulations David! Well done!


Daniel Cavak


Daniel currently attends Capilano University

in his 4th year, concentrating in marketing

and human resources. He will be graduating

next summer with a Bachelor of Business

Administration Degree and plans on

pursuing a career in that field. Daniel has grown up within the Armenian community here in Vancouver. He has been part of the executive committee of AYF Canada; and as part of the Vancouver Homenetmen men’s soccer team he attended the 2019 Navasartian games in Los Angeles. Good luck Daniel! Your future looks bright.

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Mariam Karabet


Mariam was born and raised in Aleppo, Syria.

She is a graduate of the University of Aleppo

with a degree in food and agricultural science.

After working for the ministry of agriculture for

23 years Mariam and her family, including her

husband and two children, took the bold step

of moving to Canada. They landed in Montreal and lived there for a time before making another move to Vancouver two and a half years later. After obtaining her diploma as an Early Childcare Assistant in 2018 Mariam

decided to continue her studies with the North American Montessori Center in order to obtain her full Early Childcare license.In addition to her busy schedule Mariam still  finds time to volunteer at her children’s school with new immigrant families. Mariam, your hard work and perseverance is commendable. We wish you continued success.

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Palig Kostanian


Palig graduated in 2018, with Honours, from

Burnaby North Secondary school where she

volunteered helping younger students who

needed extra tutoring. She also volunteered as a Peer Mentor with the Burnaby North

Embrace Club leading a group of immigrant

students newly arrived in Canada. Palig has

also been active with AYF and some of her

other hobbies include basketball and art. Since a young age she has had a passion for biology, health and helping others. Palig is enrolled in the Pharmacy Technology Program at Stenberg College and will complete her studies in the spring of 2022. Her concern for

others will surely hold her in good stead as she pursues her goals. Much success to you Palig in your future endeavours!

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Sergey Mkrtchyan


Sergey was born in Yerevan where he lived for

almost 30 years. Sadly, he lost his mother at a

young age and his father fought for Armenia in Artsakh in 1991. In spite of these difficult

circumstances Sergey was able to pursue his

favourite subject, Mathematics, leading to a

Bachelor’s degree in Physics and Mathematics

from Yerevan State University in 2002, followed

by a Master’s degree in Mathematics in 2004.

After completing his military service in 2006

Sergey started his professional career which

took him to numerous countries in Western Asia and resulted in him working for the distributor of Schindler Elevator in Armenia. In 2011, after receiving a job offer in Canada,

Sergey and his family moved to Alberta, followed by some time on Vancouver

Island before putting down roots in Burnaby. Sergey, a proud father of two, obtained his Red Seal in July 2020 and since August 2020 has been enrolled in the 2 year, Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology Program at BCIT. Continued success, Sergey! You clearly deserve it.

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Patil Kostanian


Patil arrived in Canada with her family in 2016

and integrated quickly into her new surrounding, graduating from Burnaby North Secondary as an Honours student two years later. While there, Patil took an Economics course which inspired her to pursue a career in business. To this end Patil’s career goal is to be an accountant. Her love of math and problem solving certainly signals a bright future in her chosen field. Her strong sense of responsibility resulted in her spending time volunteering at local elementary schools. Currently, Patil is enrolled as a full time student at Douglas College in the Accounting Bachelors Degree program and hopes to graduate in 2023. Much success to you Patil!

For more information about ACA of BC’s

Scholarship Program please visit our website

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