Golfing for Resilience, July 21, 2018 at Eagle Ridge Golf Course, Georgetown.
The 2018 Golf Tournament in support of the Zach Sutherland and Kaya Firth Resiliency Scholarship was another sold-out success. The golf course was filled to capacity and there was lots of fun, laughter and shared memories of Kaya and Zach as well as Eion Campbell. With the generous support of the Biehn Family, Eagle Ridge, the sponsors, donors, participants and volunteers, a total of $18,000 was raised this year. An endowment has been created to eventually make the scholarship self-sustaining for many years to come.
A book drive was organized at the tournament by Kara Brownlee and Tearney Johnson-Jones and a total of 62 books were donated to the Halton Hills Public Library. $100 was raised for the purchase of 3 books (refer to Resources page for details) for the library with bookplates in memory of Kaya and Zach.
The Sutherland and Firth families hosted a reception in the afternoon while the golfers were out on the course to welcome the scholarship recipients and their families and friends. This year, three scholarships of $2000 each were awarded in honour of Zach and Kaya to Emily Turner, Alicia Marrows and Malcolm Fellows. A $2000 scholarship in honour of Eion Campbell was awarded to Ruby Coles. In an intimate setting, the recipients shared their personal stories of finding resilience within grief and adversity. Together, a community of support is being built for young people like these recipients to offer hope in the face of loss. To read each recipient’s story, please visit the Previous Recipients page.
An Evening With Spirit, March 9, 2018
Spiritual Mediums Mary Anne Kennedy and Lynn Zammit kindly donated their time to provide a meaningful evening of messages from loved ones on the Other Side. Hosted at Eagle Ridge Golf Club in Georgetown, over 100 attendees shared in the incredible experience of witnessing Mary Anne and Lynn deliver messages of love and healing. A total of $4700 was raised to support the 2018 Zach Sutherland and Kaya Firth Resiliency Scholarships.
Golfing for Resilience, July 29, 2017
Organized by brothers Callum and Ryan Biehn, lifelong close friends of Zach and the Sutherland family, this event sold out to capacity within 10 days of being announced. The dual purpose intended was to gather Zach and Kaya’s friends and family and to celebrate a day of fun and share memories of two amazing people, as well as to raise money to support the Resiliency Scholarship started by both families.
Hosted as a Charity Event at Eagle Ridge Golf Course in Georgetown, 144 golfers enjoyed a day of beautiful weather, laughter and connection in honour of Zach and Kaya. A book drive was organized by Kaya’s close friends Kara Brownlee and Tearney Johnson-Jones with donations made to the Georgetown Library. Generous contributions of prizes, hole sponsorships and silent auction items were made by family, friends, community members and businesses. The support and response was overwhelming, with a total amount of $13,500 being raised to support the Resiliency Scholarship. Nathan Williams was presented with the inaugural Scholarship award at the dinner and spoke eloquently about his own experiences facing multiple adversities in his young life and finding resilience within himself.