Quebec City Women’s Club congratulates 2023 bursary winners

Quebec City Women’s Club congratulates 2023 bursary winners

Submitted by Marie Coyea, bursary chairperson, Quebec City Women’s Club

The Quebec City Women’s Club awards bursaries to outstanding women from the Quebec City region. This year, the Quebec City Women’s Club Bursary Committee is pleased to announce two deserving bursary winners, namely Wan-Li Sun and Marie de la Sablonnière. These two women demonstrated their academic excellence, their sense of vision and their community involvement.

Wan-Li Sun is a first-year medical student at McGill University who completed a bachelor of science in neuroscience in May 2023 from the same institution. In 2022, she was selected to work with MUHC neonatologist Dr. Pia Wintermark, supported by the Leduc, Davis, Brun & De Rito Undergraduate Award for Global Health, to help implement a clinical trial aimed at finding solutions to thrive after birth asphyxia in Uganda. She was involved with the McGill Students’ Cancer Society (MSCS), throughout her time at McGill and served as co-president last year. She contributed to a team effort that raised over $50,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society. Wan-Li communicates fluently in three languages, English, French and Mandarin. She is a graduate of Ste-Foy Elementary and CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence. She contributes a few hours a week to bioethics research and volunteers with SOS Grossesse. In any remaining spare time, she maintains her mental and physical health by swimming, reading, cooking and hiking.

Marie de la Sablonnière is a dedicated occupational therapy student at Université de Montréal with a passion for learning and serving her community. She began her university studies in the cognitive science program at McGill University, during which time she started working as a camp counsellor with autistic children. This oriented her in the direction of occupational therapy, where she is today. She is active in the Viser Ergo student club, developing a program for adaptive sports, including wheelchair basketball, and creating a podcast about rehabilitation. She has won numerous awards, including the Governor General’s Academic Medal at Cégep de Sainte-Foy. Marie grew up in the Quebec City region, developing her excellent English language skills throughout elementary school, secondary school and CEGEP. She main- tains several hobbies including sports, reading and cooking.

Congratulations to Ms. Sun and Ms. de la Sablonnière!

For those who are inter- ested, the advertising and posting of the 2024 applications will begin next spring. The deadline for the 2024 applications will be in September. Please note that to qualify, applicants must show proof that they are originally from the Greater Quebec City region or have been residing at a local residential address for the last three years. Be sure to stay posted through the Citadel Foundation website. In the meantime, if you have questions concerning the bursaries, please feel free to contact Marie Coyea at

Wan-Li Sun, a first-year medical student at McGill University, is one of two recipients of bursaries from the Quebec City Women’s Club. (Photo provided by Wan-Li Sun)
Marie de la Sablonnière, an occupational therapy student at Université de Montréal, received a Quebec City Women’s Club bursary. (Photo by Camille Laurendeau courtesy of Marie de la Sablonnière)

Quebec City Women’s Club congratulates 2023 bursary winners was last modified: December 12th, 2023 by QCT Editor

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