The Recipient of the 2022 Jim Hayter Memorial Scholarship Announced

The Recipient of the 2022 Jim Hayter Memorial Scholarship Announced

Metalfab is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2022 Jim Hayter Memorial Scholarship is Trenton James Straatman. Trenton is a proud member of the Township of Warwick Fire Department, following in his father’s footsteps. Nominated by his chief, Brad Goodhill, Trenton will be awarded $1,500 towards his continued education.

A student at Lambton College majoring in instrumentation and control engineering technology, Trenton joined the department in 2020 and has been an active member ever since. He is involved with the community through a variety of different sports and is a member of the Tanner Reddick Memorial Two-Pitch Tournament, which raises funds for a scholarship in memory of the volunteer firefighter who tragically lost his life in a vehicle accident. He includes the following among his many community endeavors: a volleyball coach and instructor, a Relay for Life organizer and participant, and a videographer for his local hockey games.

The Jim Hayter Memorial Scholarship was established in 2017 to honor the late Jim Hayter, a charter member of the Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association (CVFSA). Chief Hayter was also a firefighter with the Alvinston, Ontario, fire department for 44 years, 15 of which he served as fire chief. In addition to his dedication to the fire services, Chief Hayter was extremely active in the community, including serving as deputy mayor.

The award is presented annually through a partnership between Metalfab and the CVFSA . The winning recipient is selected based on his or her academic merits and community service.

“We at Metalfab all thought that this would be the best way to honor the memory of Chief Hayter and in turn give back to the community,” Ryan Stacey, Business Development at Metalfab LTD, said in a statement.

Eligible applicants for the scholarship are active firefighters or dependents of an active firefighter who are pursuing their goal of higher education and are under the age of 25. An applicant must submit a letter from their fire chief stating that the applicant or one of their parents/guardians is an active member. Applicants must be in the process of being accepted, or have been accepted, at an accredited university or college to pursue a course of study which will lead to a recognized degree. The awarding of the scholarship will be based on the academic standing of the applicant and their involvement with school and community.

Applicants interested in applying for the scholarship fund should apply each year between January and April. Metalfab and CVFSA will have information on the scholarship application process on their websites at www.metalfabtrucks.com and www.cvfsa.ca in the near future.

As an active member of the community, Metalfab is always seeking new ways to get involved. Creating the Jim Hayter Memorial Scholarship in 2017 was one way to give back while recognizing the passionate years of fire service and friendship Jim Hayter gave to so many. If you have questions about the scholarship, have a story to share about your own experience with Jim Hayter, or would like to hear more about what Metalfab is doing in the community, we would love to hear from you. You can reach out to Ryan Stacey directly by email at rastacey@metalfabfiretrucks.com.

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