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January 1, 2021

Kathryn Rios

Killarney Secondary

Kathryn “Katye” Rios is a recent graduate from Killarney Secondary who is pursuing a career in nursing. Throughout high school Katye has enjoyed playing in Killarney’s wind ensemble and participating in her multiple English classes. She enjoys volunteering at South Vancouver Family Place and through them, has been able to connect to the South Vancouver Neighbourhood House, and help with the food bank. Katye hopes to help children and families in her chosen career path as it is something she loves and is passionate about. Being nominated and chosen for the Kristian Domingo #11 Forever award is an honour for her, and it greatly encourages her to excel in her academic career. School has always been one of the most important aspects in her life and she strongly values a good education. Katye aspires to make her parents proud of her achievements despite the circumstances she has been- and may further be- put in. She was symptomatic for many years before being diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos syndrome. EDS is a connective tissue disorder that includes symptoms such as unstable/hypermobile joints, chronic fatigue, digestive problems, and chronic pain, all of which she experiences. Katye would like to let people know that we all need to advocate for accommodations and better education about conditions like hers. Although school has been tough, she has worked through it and earned an acceptance to college. She hopes to be a good role model for BIPOC and chronic illness communities as she pursues her education and continues to enjoy activities that had once felt impossible. Katye believes in never giving up. Everything happens for a reason, and she was handed these obstacles because she is strong enough to handle them. Katye enjoys making the most out of life by going out with friends and family, and being creative. In her spare time, she finds joy in reading, playing music, and painting. Receiving this scholarship means so much to Katye and she will use it to push toward her goal of becoming a nurse.