Gerda R. Bloemraad Scholarship Fund Recipients

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Yuliya Markova, Gerda R. Bloemraad and Xiaoyi Wang


Yuliya Markova and Xiaoyi Wang were the recipients of Gerda R. Bloemraad Scholarship Fund at CIWA's AGM on June 20th. Gerda R. Bloemraad Scholarship Fund aims to provide monetary assistance to CIWA clients or volunteers, who wish to further their education or commence a course at an accredited institution in a subject of their choice.


Originally from Russia, Yuliya Markova arrived in Canada in August 2015. Yuliya has an extensive background in IT, accounting and project management, having worked for several international firms. She is fully committed to jumpstarting her career in accounting in Canada and is actively working towards pursuing a CPA designation. She is currently enrolled in CIWA’s Bridging the Gap for Foreign Trained Accountants program as well as taking advanced accounting courses at Mount Royal University within their Business Administration Certificate program. The Gerda R. Bloemraad Scholarship Fund will enable Yuliya to make her dream a reality by relieving her from the financial burden of having recently been laid off from her part-time employment.


Currently enrolled in CIWA’s Office Administration Program, Xiaoyi Wang’s involvement with CIWA reaches back a couple of years to the time when she was a participant in New Friends and Neighborhood Groups. Born and educated in China, Xiaoyi arrived in Canada in 2016 with an extensive background in office administration and customer service in government and commercial real estate. She has recently been accepted into SAIT’s Business Administration Diploma program and hopes that funds from the Gerda R. Bloemraad Scholarship will enable her to earn her credentials and become successful in the Canadian business sector.