A new Media Studies scholarship has been established in memory of long-time local Rogers television producer Darlene Vanwick.
Her husband, Paul Vanwick, said Vanwick, 43, died at her home in Allenford on January 3 after complications related to a liver problem.
The Darlene Vanwick Prize in Media Studies will be permanently supported by an awardee fund maintained and administered through the Gray Bros Community Foundation.
She knew former Owen Sound Mayor Ruth Lovell Vanwick for years, back in her council days and later through local Rogers TV shows in which they both participated.
Lovell said that some of Vanwyck’s friends decided to create a living legacy for her.
“Her profession and passion were obviously journalism, so we thought this would be a way to honor her memory,” Lovell said.
Students from Gray County who are currently entering or participating in post-secondary media studies including radio, television, broadcast, film or photography are eligible to apply for the annual award.
The award criteria require applicants to submit an outline of the program they wish to enter, and have demonstrated a commitment to community involvement, volunteering, as well as a history of work and/or collaboration.
The announcement of Vanwick’s death stated that she had developed a passion for storytelling and had advocated for causes important to the community and dear to her heart. She was an employee of Rogers for 20 years.
Among those she left behind are her husband and their five children: Sarah, Jake, Connor, Spencer and Riley.
The award amount is up to $1,000, depending on the size of the fund.
Donations to the Endowment Fund may be made with a check for Community Foundation Gray Bruce, PO Box 81, Owen Sound, ON N4K 5P1, with the name “Darlene Vanwick Award” on the note line. Donations can be made online through Canada Helps at the Community Foundation Gray Bruce website at www.communityfoundationgreybruce.com.