A college bursary created in the memory of a slain sex-trade worker has received a $13,000 donation from city police.
Police Chief Mike Boyd said the bursary was created to remember Rachel Quinney, who planned to attend Edmonton’s NorQuest College, but was killed in 2004.
“She discovered a precious gift — the belief in herself to pursue her dreams and open the doors to a greater future,” he said.
“Rachel discovered this gift through the care and support of this caring community, but tragically, her life was taken away from her.”
To qualify for the bursary, a student has to be leaving a life of sexual exploitation on the streets.
The donation also makes the bursary large enough to be endowed forever, said NorQuest College president Wayne Shillington.
“This contribution does make a real difference in enabling access to education and helping individuals begin a better life,” he said.