RCS Ottawa - Sir Charles Gunning Bursary
Sir Charles was born in London, England and immigrated to Canada with his family in 1948. He entered Royal Roads Military College as a cadet in 1952 and went on from there to serve for 28 years as an engineering officer in various Royal Canadian Navy submarines. Lieutenant Commander (Ret’d) Gunning continued to provide submarine engineering expertise to the Canadian Navy as a consultant for another 30 years.

Sir Charles’ deep commitment to the principles of Commonwealth, and his desire to promote collaboration, cooperation and consensus, have motivated his sharing of these beliefs through the leadership and mentoring of over 3,000 high school students attending the week-long National Student Commonwealth Forum (NSCF), now celebrating its 43rd Anniversary in 2015. His 30 years of organizing the Commonwealth Day Interfaith Service in Ottawa is yet another example of building bridges across various faith communities of the Commonwealth, emphasizing our common search for the good and appreciating the joys of diversity. Sir Charles has also taken leadership roles in the Royal Commonwealth Society - Ottawa Branch as three-time President, VP of Membership, and NSCF Liaison, not to mention a term as National President.

In 2014, a new initiative was successfully launched by the Royal Commonwealth Society - Ottawa Branch to establish an NSCF bursary in the name of Sir Charles Gunning, to facilitate the participation of youth from the northern regions of Canada (Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut) and the National Capital region in the week-long NSCF held in Ottawa every year.

Already registered NSCF delegates may apply for the bursary below:

Region Represented *
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Given Name *
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Delegate Email address *
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School Name *
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Student Initiative *
The applicant shall outline from their perspective a current issue within the Commonwealth and how it might be addressed in a one page essay.(max 3,000 characters)
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Leadership Endorsement by a School or Community Organization
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Letter of Endorsement (max. 3,000 characters) *
Description of bursary applicant's demonstrated leadership and/or potential to be a leader
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