Mitchell Pellarin has his sights set on becoming an ophthalmologist in the Orillia community. Now, with the help of the Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital Reid Family Scholarship, he is one step closer to achieving that goal.
“I can’t wait to start my journey toward becoming a dedicated physician in my hometown of Orillia,” said Mitchell. “I am truly grateful for the opportunity to represent the city as well as our local Hospital as this year’s Reid Family Scholarship recipient.”
Pellarin is about to embark on his first year of post-secondary education at McMaster University as a Health Sciences student, following his recent graduation from Patrick Fogarty Secondary School in Orillia. Mitchell says he has a special place in his heart for ophthalmology after a health scare during his first year of high school.
“A large tumour was found in my nasal cavity during my ninth grade year,” said Mitchell. “After extensive nine-hour surgery and biopsy, it was diagnosed as benign osteoma. This experience is what reaffirmed my commitment to pursuing a career as an ophthalmologist.”
Despite this hardship, Mitchell excelled through his entire high school career, maintaining a 95% average, while also being drafted to the Ontario Hockey League by the Oshawa Generals.
“Mitchell is a fantastic student and athlete who exemplifies the passion and dedication it takes to succeed in the healthcare field,” said Mark Riczu, Executive Director, OSMH Foundation. “Our hopes are that by supporting Mitchell with the Reid Scholarship, he will be able to one day return to the Orillia area to provide exemplary care for patients.”
The $2,000 Reid Family Scholarship was started in 2005 through the generosity of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Reid of Oro Station, for students in Orillia and area entering into a field of health study in a recognized Canadian post-secondary institution. The scholarship program is intended to assist the Hospital in recruiting new healthcare professionals, while at the same time assisting deserving students in their education.