It is with great pleasure that the Lac du Bonnet Ice Fishing Derby award Dallas Gaffray and Cassidy Witnicki with a $1,000 student bursary to pursue their post-secondary educational endeavours.

Dallas Gaffray – Natural Resource Diploma

Dallas will be heading to college in the fall to attend Natural Resource Compliance courses and then enter into a two-year program in Conservation Enforcement. Growing up in Lac du Bonnet, Dallas surrounded herself with the outdoors. She grew up to appreciate the wildlife and scenery and is enthusiastic about using her education to help others learn to appreciate it as well. Although she has to move away from the province to earn her diploma, Dallas’ goal is to return to Lac du Bonnet to help educate the younger generations and guide residents and visitors alike to appreciate and sustain our local environment.

Cassidy Witnicki – Degree in Natural Resource Management

Cassidy will be heading to college in the fall to pursue an education in Natural Resource Management. First, she will obtain a degree in Forestry and further her studies in Wildlife and Fisheries with the goal of becoming a Conservation Officer. Choosing this field of study primarily for her love of the outdoors, Cassidy also has a desire and motivation to help maintain, protect, and sustain a healthy environment in the backyard she grew up in. Although she has to move away from the province to gain the skills and knowledge she needs for her career choice, Cassidy dreams of returning to Lac du Bonnet to help protect and sustain the Four Season Playground that surrounds us.