BCHF Scholarships Awarded to Exceptional BC Wine Professionals

BCHF Scholarships Awarded to Exceptional BC Wine Professionals


The BC Hospitality Foundation (BCHF) was delighted to award 10 Sommelier Scholarships at the 2019 Vancouver International Wine Festival Awards Lunch on March 1st. This year’s Scholarships are sponsored by Sunrock Vineyards, Authentic Wine & Spirit Merchants, Da Silva Vineyards & Winery, Hester Creek, and Okanagan Crush Pad. All sponsors also made additional donations to the BCHF Beneficiary program.


The BCHF is perhaps best known for providing support for hospitality workers in financial crisis due to an extraordinary health issue, but the charity also administers a scholarship program.


The Sommelier Scholarships are awarded to individuals already working in BC’s hospitality industry who are furthering their wine knowledge through a course of study at an eligible institution.


In 2019 the BCHF received the 28 applications for the scholarships, which was the largest number ever, and the organization thanks the 18 judges who undertook the difficult task of selecting a limited number of candidates from a very strong field. Each of the following scholarship recipients was presented with a $1,000 cheque at the Awards Lunch.


Ann Brydle – Cascadia Liquor
Suzanne Cody – Vij’s Rangoli
Jennifer Ellan – Fiore Famiglia
Shawn Jones – Nomad Restaurant
Erin Korpisto – Okanagan College
Matthew Landry – Stable House Bistro
Michael Littleford – Nightingale/Cin Cin
Melissa Lu – blue water cafe & RawBar
Meghan McDowell – Bistro Wagon Rouge
Aron Veen – Tap Restaurant


Congratulations again to all the scholarship recipients, and thanks to the sponsors for helping cultivate the next generation of workers in our industry!


Information about other scholarships offered by the BCHF may be found here.



About the BC Hospitality Foundation
The BC Hospitality Foundation (BCHF) is a registered charity that raises funds to support those in the hospitality industry facing financial crisis due to a medical issue. Each year hundreds of hospitality workers across BC face financial challenges and have nowhere else to turn. The BCHF helps them when all other options have been exhausted. In addition, the BCHF offers a scholarship program to foster the development of the next generation of hospitality workers and industry leaders.


Media release and images supplied by Dana Lee Harris, BCHS.


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