GRAVENHURST - The family of the late Kris Clement is ensuring his memory lives on through a new scholarship at Canadore College in North Bay.
LEGACY LIVES ON..
Kim and Bruce Clement congratulate the first recipient of the Kris Clement Memorial Scholarship at Canadore College, Chris Crossey, who received the award on April 8. Members of Clement’s family attended the athletic awards banquet for the presentation.
The Kris Clement Memorial Scholarship was awarded to its first recipient at Canadore College last month.
For Kris’s mother Kim Clement, a scholarship award was the best way to keep her son’s memory alive.
Kris, a Gravenhurst native, died tragically in November 2010, a week before his 20th birthday, when he lost control of his pickup truck on an icy road near South River and rolled over several times. He was attending Canadore at the time of his death.
The hope is that the scholarship will allow other students to benefit in their education in Kris’s honour. Kris himself received a number of scholarship awards as a Canadore student.
In the wake of his death, a bursary was established at Gravenhurst High School where Kris was a graduate. Kim said she has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of donations in her son’s name.
In December, Clement was approached about a fundraiser at Canadore’s campus pub for the GHS bursary.
Three carloads of students from Gravenhurst accompanied Kim, her husband Bruce and son Kody to the event that raised approximately $2,500 through donations.
Kim later decided to keep those monies in North Bay. Turning those funds back to Canadore’s bursary program actually led to the figure doubling to $5,000 because the government matches penny for penny college bursary donations, she said.
The Kris Clement Memorial Scholarship Award will be presented annually to a student that most exemplifies the attributes that Kris himself possessed.
He was a confident, friendly, outgoing, charismatic student in the business accounting program at Canadore. He also belonged to the Panther club hockey team and held a position on the Panther Athletic Council.
The scholarship criteria state that a male candidate should be studying their first or second year of the three-year accounting program, hold a minimum 3.0 Grade Point Average, be social and active in college life, and participate in athletics — either varsity sports or intramurals, with preference given to an applicant involved in a hockey program.
The award will hang at the college, like Kris’s memorial at GHS.
“The goal is to help as many students as possible,” she said. “The school has been amazingly supportive and honoured Kris with articles and a photo slide show.”
She and 19 others were invited to Canadore’s 42nd annual athletic awards banquet for the first scholarship presentation to Canadore hockey player Chris Crossey.
“To me, it’s really important to have those little things around that keep him close,” Kim said.
Following her son’s death, Kim has been constantly reminded of who he was and what he meant to others.
Different groups of students made up a variety of T-shirts with Kris’s name on the back. His college hockey team hung Kris’s jersey behind the bench and wore special jerseys throughout their season.
“It’s the little things,” she said.
Gravenhurst Minor Hockey Association, where Kris grew up playing hockey, has also retired his midget hockey jersey. Plans are for it to hang in the new trophy cases at the Gravenhurst Centennial Centre.
Kim Clement is confident the funds will support several students in both Gravenhurst and North Bay as a lasting legacy to Kris.