Josie Gould Memorial Scholarship

Sister Josie Gould was one of the original members of the Union of Northern Workers.  Her untiring efforts had profound effects on union members who knew her over the years.  

Because of her staunch commitment to the UNW, and because of her devotion to helping youth, the Josie Gould Scholarship was created upon her retirement.  

After her death in 2008, the scholarship was renamed the "Josie Gould Memorial Scholarship."  


Today, in her name, scholarships are awarded annually to ten students who understand the importance of the Labour Movement and who have been accepted for full time post-secondary study.

Since the first Josie Gould Scholarships were awarded in 2002, the UNW has awarded over $400,000 in scholarships.

2022 Scholarship Winners:

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2022 Josie Gould Scholarship (listed below with the Essay title - in no particular order):

  • Mary Cairns "An Evidence-based Summary of the Universal Basic Income Debate"
  • Kyle Arink "Universal Basic Income in our Everchanging World"
  • Amanda Butler "The Reward Outweighs the Risk: The Pros and Cons of Universal Basic Income"
  • Lori MacMillan Gallant "Universal Basic Income"
  • Aimee Yurris "Health and Social Impacts of Universal Basic Income: Benefits and Drawbacks"
  • Pamela Senge Njume "Experimented with Universal Basic Income, Sometimes Known as Minimum"
  • Jesse Roberts "Universal Basic Income: The Advantages & Challenges of Creating Equity Within a Society"
  • Edith Vachon-Raymond "Balancing the Scale: An Incursion in Universal Basic Income"
  • Matthew Curtis "A Universal Solution vs. A Universal Band-Aid"
  • Kayla Cooper "Universal Basic Income: To Provide or Not To Provide"

Thank you to all who submitted and congratulations to our Winners.

2022 Scholarship

There are up 10 scholarships available in the amount of $3,000.00 dollars each for students enrolled in full-time study. 

2 of the 10 scholarships are reserved for successful candidates who have never attended post-secondary education (be sure to fill out this part of the application form if you wish to be considered for one of those)

Scholarships are open to UNW members in good standing as of June 30, 2022, as well as current, retired and deceased members’ spouses and relatives whose permanent place of residence is Canada

The definition of a relative is: a spouse, parent, child (including a step‐child or foster child) or grandchild.

No applicant will be awarded a scholarship in two (2) consecutive years

Please see also UNW Regulation I.3.(f).

Completed applications (along with the 3-page essay and photo) must be submitted no later than 5:00 pm, Thursday, June 30, 2022.

2022 essay topic:

  • A number of countries have experimented with Universal Basic Income, sometimes known as Minimum Income. Discuss the potential benefits and drawbacks of universal basic income plans.

Mailed applications must be postmarked by June 30, 2022.

Please see the application form for full instructions and eligibility requirements.

Past Winners/Recipients

2021: Cory Dohlen, Bethany Giovanetto, Samantha Morandin, Trisa Ngo, Joel Rhymer, Kateryna Staszuk, Shaun Thagard, Andrew Watson

2020: Kirianne Ashley, Mary-Lynn Berton, Amanda Bradbury, Mary Cairns, Annalise Couturier, Amelia Harman, Sarah Munro, Jade Riordan

2019: Devin Chase, Bethany Giovanetto, Curtis Herritt, Samantha Morandin, Tris Ngo, Ethan Phypers, Catriona Profit, Alexis Reuttnauer, Emily Sabourin, Kathy Spooner, Crystal Walsh, Kim Wilson

2018: Laurinda Cheng, Benjamin McGregor, Kelsey Wick, Bradley Hazenberg, Matthew Hart, Lorna Brinston, Shania Clark, Marisa McArthur

2017: Annalise Couturier, Maya Fernandez, Laura Giovanetto, Kathleen Glowach, Harold Ethan Hartley, Curtis Herritt, Amy Lam, Alex Lynch, Jade Riordan, Kateryna Stazuk

2016: Amy Badgley, Emily Muth, Danna Webster, Catriona Profit, Megan Fraser, Connor Goudreau, Geraldine Hunter, Marissa Gartner, Danielle Patzer, Sasha Watson

2015: Denise Bailey, Stephen Giovanetto, Trudy Nelner, Jessica Penney, Jade Riordan, Jasmine Maya St. John, Ariane Vincent, Kelsey Wick, Tammy Soanes-White, Jennifer McInnis-Wharton 

2014: Kristine McLeod, Kristy Ollerhead, Rebecca Robertson, Rene O'Reilly, Craig Ferguson, Arran Ferguson, Emily Joy MacKinnon, Sally Card, Andrew Hewitt, Hannah Bond 

2013: Jill Alain, Tess Alain, Allison Andrews, Paulina Brooks, Clement-Eric Demers, Gregory Huvenaars, Adam Lkusta, Morgan Moffitt, Emily Muth, Kelsey Wick 

2012: Jenny Aitken, Brandon Beaton, Liam Coady, Katie-Lynn Kimble, Margaret Lovely, Emily Joy MacKinnon, Bryana Matthews, Kurt Payne, Veronica Speers, Kathleen White 

2011: David Buchanan, Alexandra Budgell, Leanna Cazon, Sarah Daitch, Margaret Lovely, Elizabeth Purchase, Veronica Speers, Justine Volk, Megan Welsh, Colten Yee 

2010: Christina Boggis, Jessi Casebeer, Jeff Corey, Aston Debogorski, Bradley Hussey, James Mackenzie, Louise McLeod, Andrea McMullen, Melanie Morse, Amanda White


2002: Chris Powell, Sarah Daitch, James Hawkins