SURREY â€” The memory of innocent Surrey Six victim Ed Schellenberg lives on at Kwantlen Polytechnic University following the awarding of a scholarship in his name.
Douglas Rush, currently enrolled in KPUâ€™s appliance servicing program, was recently named the inaugural recipient of the $1,000 Ed Schellenberg Memorial Endowed Scholarship.
Schellenberg was an innocent victim in the gang-related murder of six people that took place in a Surrey highrise on Oct. 19, 2007. A gasfitter, he went to service the fireplace in the unit where the killings took place, and himself became a victim.
Since his death, more than $20,000 was raised during five memorial golf tournaments, all in the name of establishing the Ed Schellenberg Memorial Endowed Scholarship.
â€œItâ€™s really an honour,â€ said Rush on receiving the award. Previously, Rush spent 16 years owning and operating a Dogâ€™s Ear T-Shirt franchise before making his career change. During that time, Schellenbergâ€™s business partner was a customer of Rushâ€™s.
A single father also raising two teenagers, Rush enrolled in the KPU program with the goal of providing a better life for his family.
â€œDouglas is an intelligent, modest and hardworking student,â€ said instructor and program chair David Fengstad. â€œHeâ€™s had a few curveballs thrown at him â€“ life will do that â€“ and heâ€™s responded by making the most of this opportunity to get a great job that will give him and his family a more secure future.
According to a KPU release, â€œThe Ed Schellenberg Memorial Endowed Scholarship recognizes a student who demonstrates a passion for giving, at work and in life, and strives to perfect his or her skills in order to benefit the lives around them.