Healthy start: Members of the Bermuda Health Foundation with this year’s scholarship recipients. From left, BHF chairman and co-founder Philip Butterfield, Nena Richardson (Sergio Virgil’s mother), BHF co-founder Vincent Hollinsid, Salute to Service Award winner and former Premier Sir John Swan, Asha Ratteray, BHF co-founder and former Premier Dr Ewart Brown. *Photo supplied
Healthy start: Members of the Bermuda Health Foundation with this year’s scholarship recipients. From left, BHF chairman and co-founder Philip Butterfield, Nena Richardson (Sergio Virgil’s mother), BHF co-founder Vincent Hollinsid, Salute to Service Award winner and former Premier Sir John Swan, Asha Ratteray, BHF co-founder and former Premier Dr Ewart Brown. *Photo supplied

The Bermuda Health Foundation was founded 10 years ago by brothers Philip Butterfield, Vincent Hollinsid and former Premier Dr Ewart Brown, together with their friend, the late K. Murray Brown.

The Foundation aims to honour Bermudians who have provided outstanding public service and also to provide scholarships in the field of medicine.

Service

Since its inception in 2002, it has provided more than 30 scholarships to Bermudians of all ages. 

Many of the scholarship winners have graduated and are now practicing in their various fields of endeavour, including nursing, public health, forensic science and as physicians.

Asha Ratteray and Sergio Virgil were named as winners of the 2012 Bermuda Health Foundation Scholarship. Ms Ratteray — who has a Bachelor of Arts degree from York University in Toronto, Canada — is currently in her second term at the University of West Indies, where she is working towards a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery.

Mr Virgil has completed his pre-med studies at St George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada and is now enrolled at the American University of Antigua College of Medicine.

Ms Ratteray plans to specialize in internal medicine while Mr Virgil is interested in orthopaedic surgery.

The Bermuda Health Foundation hosts a charity golf tournament to raise scholarship funds.

This attracts participants from both the corporate sector and golfing community. 

The 2012 winning team was from the Bermuda Industrial Union.

The first prize winners received a $500 travel voucher each, while those in second place received watches. The third prize winners were given golf bags.

Past recipients of the annual Salute to Service Awards have included: Reginald Burrows, former Member of Parliament; Bishop Vernon Lambe, First Church of God; Liz Boden, Open Airways; Premier Paula Cox; Dr Clarence James, former surgeon and politician; and Alfred T. Oughton, former Senate president, to name just a few.

The recipients are recognized for stellar service to the Bermuda community in various fields of endeavour. 

The 2012 Salute to Service Award recipient was Sir John Swan, who was honoured for his outstanding service to politics, as Bermuda’s longest-serving Premier, and to business as the founder, CEO and chairman of the Swan Group of Companies.

Any Bermudians interested in applying for the 2013 Bermuda Health Foundation scholarships should contact LaVerne Furbert at lavernef@northrock.bm. The deadline is April 30, 2013.

Scholarship Recipients 2012