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Posted: May 13, 2019

Sunrise Rotary Club 2018 scholarship recipient

By Dan Schellenberg

Rebecca Bermel

Rebecca Bermel, of Cranbrook, was a proud recipient of an undergraduate scholarship granted by the Rotary Club of Cranbrook Sunrise, last year.

Rebecca has been attending post-secondary school since 2014. She completed three years of Kinesiology at the University of Lethbridge and entered her second year at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in Toronto, last year.

In addition to Rebecca’s educational aspirations, she strongly believes in community service.

“I believe in giving back to the community, especially in ways that are important to me. I have always had a passion for health and wellness,” she said.

Rebecca was instrumental in running a multisport camp of girls. “This camp was important because it gave younger girls the opportunity to try out different sports, without the intimidation of boys,” she remarks. This in turn helped the girls lead an active lifestyle.

Rebecca’s venture into volunteerism, led her to participate in the Wasa Triathlon, running water stations. Rebecca has also enjoyed helping at ski races at Kimberley Alpine Resort, forerunning several races for both able and physically disabled ski racers.

The role of a forerunner is to ski the course before the athletes compete in order to ensure that the track is safe and all the equipment is in working order. “The disabled races are inspiring to me because the athletes have such a positive outlook on life and they showed me that challenges can always be overcome,” says Rebecca.

While attending the University of Lethbridge, Rebecca participated annually in a program called Operation Red Nose. This is a service that runs in December during the time of Christmas parties to give people a safe ride home in their own vehicles

“I think that keeping rooted in the active community will continue to inspire me and help create connections which will help me strive in my career,” she added.

Rebecca’s goals include graduating from CMCC as a Doctor of Chiropractic in 2021, after which she plans to move back to Cranbrook and begin her career as a chiropractor.

“In the past, I have had numerous injuries leading to chronic pain in my body. I only wanted to get back to my regular self and activities, thus, I tried a lot of different treatments and therapies for my pain. Not only did my chiropractor help relieve my pain, but he inspired me to want to help others not live with their pain. I not only want to provide relief to my patients, but it is also my goal to help educate them on preventing their pain, while inspiring them to make small changes in their lives which can have large benefits on their health,” she concluded.

The members of Rotary Cranbrook Sunrise are happy to have provided Rebecca with financial assistance through a Club grant.

We wish Rebecca the very best and look forward to her return to Cranbrook in order that she can set up her chiropractic practice.


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