Once again, this year, 3 recipients have been selected and will receive a $2,500 scholarship in recognition of their volunteer involvement as well as $1,000 to donate to a food security NGO of their choice.
Since 2018, the Stop Hunger Foundation has launched a scholarship program to honor the memory of Gina Gentleman, a Sodexo employee with 41 years of service who donated her time by volunteering and inspired others to feed children in need. Discover the story of our 2021 recipients!
Luca David Parnas
Luca David Parnas is currently studying Arts & Language at Dawson College in Montreal. Several years ago, his youngest sister was diagnosed with cancer, a difficult ordeal that led his family to get involved with Leucan. In the last 9 years, Luca has raised over $1,500 by participating twice in the Shaved Head Challenge. He and his family have also received a lot of help and support from those around them through this ordeal which has really inspired Luca on the importance of helping others. For the past three years, he has also been involved with Chez Doris, a women's shelter, making food deliveries with his mother twice a week. The entire Stop Hunger team was truly touched by Luca's resilience and desire to help, and we are proud to grant him with a $2,500 scholarship that will allow him to pursue his education. Luca also decided to donate his $1,000 to Chez Doris, a women's shelter that offers a wide range of services to women in need so that they can develop to their full potential.
Megan has just been accepted to McMaster University in Kinesiology. For over three years, she has been involved with the Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga and has logged over 172 volunteer hours. Her duties include supervising elderly patients in their rehabilitation, leading patience exercises and other various needs. Since the pandemic, Megan has unfortunately not been able to get involved with the hospital as usual and has decided to get involved in her community by running errands for her loved ones and cooking meals for them to reduce their risk of exposure. In addition, she stayed in touch with the hospital team to help her patients remotely. Through all of her involvement, Megan has truly proven that caring and community involvement are important to her and the Stop Hunger team is proud to present her with a $2,500 scholarship to further her education. Megan has also decided to donate her $1,000 to Basket Brigade Canada, a charitable organization that delivers food to needy people in Mississauga, Ontario.
Andrea Cantin has been working at Sodexo for 2 years now and is pursuing a Master's degree in Management and Sustainable Development at HEC in Montreal. Growing up in a country like Peru, volunteering has always been important to her, as she has seen many communities living in poverty and environmental problems affecting these communities and the country as a whole. Andrea really wants to help create a better world for everyone and that is why she created The Blooming Human, a podcast aimed at motivating others to have more sustainable practices. She has also put her communication expertise to good use in her community by volunteering for the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Ecoquartier in Montreal. The entire Stop Hunger team is proud to recognize her implication with a $2,500 scholarship to pursue her education. Andrea also decided to donate her $1,000 to Dans La Rue, a Montreal-based organization that takes a multi-faceted approach to helping homeless and at risk youth.
Congratulations to all 3 recipients!