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Once again, the Marie Dressler Foundation (MDF) has awarded bursaries to four outstanding students in Northumberland who are planning tertiary studies in the performing arts. On Saturday, 6 July 2019, awards of $1000 each were presented at Marie Dressler House which houses the amazing Museum dedicated to the memory of Marie Dressler - one of the few Canadian actresses to win an Academy award. One of the four winners was honoured with the 2019 Bill Patchett Devotion to Community Award for exceptional community service. Many will know that Bill Patchett left us recently after a long life of working for many causes, big and small, including the restoration of Dressler house after a disastrous fire.

Dressler Bursary groupAva Bogyay, Andrew Atanasoff, Olivia Rapos, Juliette SinnottFoundation Chair Rick Miller said that there were a good number of applicants this year but the selection committee chose the following winners:

Short Bios are available here.

The photo above right shows the four winners. As usual, click to enlarge.

More photos below - click to enlarge and scroll through them all.  Large photos have captions.

Olivia Rapsos - Scott Fraser Ava Bogyay - Leslie Benson

Juliette Sinnott  - Rick MillerAndrew Atanasoff - Delphine Patchett