YELLOWKNIFE (October 3rd, 2023) – The Yellowknife Community Foundation (YKCF) and NWT Legislative Assembly announce the name change of the Legislative Assembly of the NWT Fund to the Haylee Carlson Memorial Legislative Assembly Fund.
The Fund was originally established in 2014 by the Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly to support Northwest Territories residents pursuing post-secondary studies in political science or a related field. The purpose of Fund has not changed, and Northwest Territories residents of at least 10 years, pursuing studies in political science, public policy, law, political research, journalism, public administration or a related field can apply to the Fund each year through the Yellowknife Community Foundation’s scholarship application portal. The Foundation’s scholarship application portal opens annually in April/May.
Haylee was integral in establishing the Fund in 2014, and the Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly is proud to rename the Fund in Haylee’s memory. Haylee believed that education was life long and was on her own education journey before she passed away from breast cancer in 2020 at the young age of 37. Haylee was a compassionate, courageous, selfless warrior who always thought of others before herself even in the last stages of her life.
Quote by Laurie Gault, Chair of the Yellowknife Community Foundation – “We are deeply honoured to rename this Fund in honour of Haylee. We look forward to awarding scholarships to individuals in the field of political science, who exemplify the enthusiasm, dedication and passion for work and life that clearly Haylee lived in hers.”
Quote by Honourable Frederick Blake Jr., Speaker of Legislative Assembly– “We are happy to recognize Haylee’s years of dedicated service to the Legislative Assembly, her hard work and dedication are the reason that this scholarship is available to students across the territory. The renaming of this scholarship fund in Haylee’s memory is absolutely our honour.
Donations in Haylee’s memory can be made to the Haylee Carlson Memorial Legislative Assembly Fund online.
The Yellowknife Community Foundation was formed in 1993 as a charitable organization that inspires and enables impactful giving in Yellowknife and the NWT. The Foundation strives to align donor interests and community needs through evidence-based grant-making, fundraising, strategic investment, public education and community relations. Through the generosity of people in our community, we aim to be a catalyst for sharing, supportive and connected communities.
For more information contact:
Yellowknife Community Foundation: Sophie Kirby, Executive Director / Phone: (867) 446 4527