Dean Larivee Memorial Bursary

Each year the BCFTOA awards one or more $500 Bursary’s to the son/daughter/grandchild of an active member of a participating department to support post-secondary academic goals. We are happy to let you know we have up to three bursaries available for 2019 and have modified the eligiblity to include the relationship of nephew and niece.

The BCFTOA Bursary was first awarded in 2003 and was renamed the Dean Larivee Memorial Bursary in honour of Dean’s dedication and many contributions to the BCFTOA, fire service training and the fire service in general.

"ABBOTSFORD, BC July 14th, 2006 – Flags are flying at half-mast at Abbotsford fire halls after a local firefighter lost his battle with a disease linked to his on-the-job service. Capt. Dean Larivee passed away earlier this week, nearly nine months after he was diagnosed with leukemia. He is believed to be the first person to be covered under recent legislation that presumes firefighters diagnosed with certain types of cancer contracted the disease as a result of fighting flames."

Awarding of the bursary is based on:

• Academic standing – GPA
• Preference given to student taking a Fire Service related discipline.
• Association with the BCFTOA via a member of a fire department who is in good standing.

Application Deadline: In order to qualify applications must be received between January 1 and April 15 of the current year. Completed applications will be accepted by mail or email, no later than April 15 of the current year.



Completed bursary applications and any supporting material should be emailed to

Thank you,
Your BCFTOA Executive

Mailing Address: 
PO Box 415
Parksville, BC

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