Kyle’s Story

  August 21, 2014

Youth Education Award Recipient 2014

Kyle Hoogstra (London, ON)
Pursuing a diploma in Culinary Skills Chef Training
Diagnosed with an ependymoma at 16 years old
Generously funded in memory of Jeff Davie

“I believe my brain tumour had a positive effect on the future of my life, without this experience I wouldn’t have been even slightly interested in post-secondary education. Throughout my entire experience with cancer, I always looked forward to tomorrow with a sense of optimism, knowing that with a little perseverance I could overcome this juncture in my life. Though the road I have travelled to get to this point has not been the easiest, I would not want it any other way.

Receiving this award confirms that I am headed in the right direction, and allows me to achieve my goal of becoming a chef without any of the financial burden that accompanies a college education. I am so grateful for all of my life experiences, the negative and the positive as they have shown me life is a roller coaster and you must enjoy every second because before you know it the ride is over and all you have is the memories.

I want to thank you for your efforts…it is because of people like you that the lives of those at their darkest moments are brightened. ”


September 2018 Update:

“In regards to my education, I have since completed a 2-year diploma for culinary management. I had an amazing experience, learning the ins and outs of the culinary industry. During my first year, I also participated in a 5-month co-op program. I worked at Rocky Crest Golf Course and Resort in Muskoka, working banquettes, weddings, and the onsite restaurant throughout the summer.

I graduated in June of 2016. Followed by some minor health issues and surgery. I have since been employed as a line/prep cook at a local fine dining restaurant for about 2 years now. Milestones Grill & Bar. My overall college experience was memorizing at times; some of the best moments of my life thus far. Filled with new friends and memories I shall treasure for a lifetime.

I want to thank you, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, all of the donors, and volunteers involved in allowing myself, and so many others to prosper from a college education. Enabling us to follow our hearts, and minds, to our souls content.

Thank you for caring, thank you for helping me reach the stars.

” It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves” ~ William Shakespeare.”