Eva Ganson (DSMO) and Colin Kirkness accept the very generous donation from Lesley Johnson, representative from Shetland Catch.
The Ollie Leask Memorial Trust was started as a fund in memory of the late Ollie Leask who passed away in 1995. Ollie was head of Brae Junior High School from 1974 to 1988 and was a driving force behind the expansion of the school and it’s relocation from the previous site at the Brae Hall to its current Nursery, Secondary and Primary campus as we know it today.
Ollie was in charge of a rapidly expanding school roll through the era of initial North Sea oil and gas exploration and the subsequent construction of the Sullom Voe Oil terminal and left a fantastic legacy in the school we see today.
The Trust Fund was set up with the aim of providing bursaries to former pupils from Brae High School who are going into Further or Higher Education. The application process which happens in September of each year has benefitted over 40 students each who have outlined in their application process the uses to which the money - if they are a successful applicant - will be put.
This can be as diverse as help with medical equipment purchase, or assistance with field studies travel expenses to more straightforward text book purchase or travel costs.
Lack of access to decent sized student loans and reductions in other grant sources mean that Higher Education is an expensive business for families despite the waiving of tuition fees in Scotland so every source of income helps.
The Trust account which currently stands at approximately £20,000 can only distribute from the interest on its capital so the donation of £870 to the Ollie Leask Memorial Trust is received with sincere thanks to the staff and directors of Shetland Catch Ltd.