PML 2023 Equity Scholarship Winners!

January 19, 2024

Pattison Media Ltd. is pleased to announce the awarding of four scholarships valued at $2,500 each, to deserving students enrolled in journalism studies at institutions across Western Canada.

Pattison Media recognizes that there are significant challenges in both the recruiting of well-trained individuals for News and Information department positions, and there are significant challenges for individuals in the underrepresented groups including:

• Indigenous Persons

• Persons with disabilities

• Members of visible minorities

• Women

Pattison Media expanded the Prairie Equity Scholarship to cover all Western Canadian provinces and increased the annual scholarship offering to a total of up to $10,000.

Pattison Media is pleased to announce the four worthy recipients chosen from a significant number of applicants. The successful Pattison Media Equity Scholarship recipients are:

• Tchadas Leo Broadcast Journalism, BCIT Broadcasting & Online Journalism

• Cara Ellingboe Professional Communications Program, Grant MacEwan University

• Tracy Thomas Journalism Major, Grant MacEwan University

• Jura McIlraith Creative Communications, Red River Polytechnic

Pattison Media looks forward to continuing this annual scholarship plan in January of 2024.

About Pattison Media

Headquartered in Kamloops, B.C., Pattison Media, is the country’s largest, private, western-based media company. Spanning British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, their operations currently encompass 48 radio stations, 3 television stations, 19 online news portals, podcasting, and digital marketing agencies, in 29 different markets. Pattison Media is a proud division of the Jim Pattison Group, a diversified group of operating businesses, based in Vancouver, which has grown to become one of the largest, privately held companies in Canada. Please visit or for more information. 

About the recipients:

Tchadas Leo

Tchadas has been attending the BCIT Broadcasting and Online Journalism program since the fall of 2021. Along with his full-time schooling, Tchadas has also had the opportunity to work with Tourism BC and CHEK TV to produce and host programs and podcasts about the language and cultural traditions of all Indigenous communities across North America. Tchadas is a co-op student working for CHEK TV as he completes his Journalism program.

Cara Ellingboe

Cara is halfway through Professional Communications program at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton. Cara has focussed on Indigenous studies along with her focus on Foundations of Journalism and interviewing techniques. Cara will graduate in 2025.

Tracy Thomas

Tracy is greatly influenced by her late grandpa Alfred Thomas who was her best friend and a most fantastic storyteller while growing up in Nigeria. After earning a Law Degree in Nigeria, Tracy relocated to Canada in 2018 and started her journalism and communications journey in the fall of 2020. Tracy has a love of audio, and her desire is to join a Radio newsroom upon completion of her program.

Jura McIlraith

Jura is a first-year student at Red River Polytechnic. Along with her schooling, Jura is working as editor of the school newspaper The Projector. Jura looks forward to completing her journalism studies and becoming a storyteller in her home province of Manitoba as she embarks on her career.

Scholarship recipient,Tchadas Leo, with PML General Manager Rob Bye.
Scholarship recipient, Jura McIlraith, with PML General Manager, Mark Patric.
Scholarship recipient, Cara Ellingboe with PML General Manager, Jamie Wall
Scholarship recipient, Tracy Thomas with PML General Manager, Jamie Wall

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