We’re pleased to award two recent graduates from the Rising Sun program who have carried on into post-secondary school programs in 2019.

Lilly-Ann Nepinak and Saphire Fiddler both received Sister MacNamara awards for this as well as a Sister Bernadette O’Reilly Scholarship to help them with their individual goals.


Lilly-Ann Nepinak graduated from Rising Sun high school in June and enrolled in September 2019 at Red River College in the Aboriginal Language- Ojibwe program.

Lilly-Ann’s future plans include becoming a teaching assistant and taking more language education programs.

We’re very pleased to award Lilly-Ann with a Sister Bernadette O’Reilly scholarship. Congratulations!

Lilly-Ann graduated from RRC in June 2020.


Saphire Fiddler graduated from Rising Sun high school last June. Since February she has been enrolled in the Build From Within program in the Educational Assistant diploma program. In January of 2020 she will be taking courses at the University of Winnipeg while she waits to start the integrated BA and Bachelor of Education program in September of 2020.


Saphire’s goal is to become a middle years or high school teacher and eventually move back to her home community in Sandy Lake, Ontario to teach there.

Saphire is a mother of a five-year-old son, who is her main focus and reason for completing school and having a career to inspire her son and make him proud.

We’re thrilled to be able to support Saphire with her future plans and award her with a Sister Bernadette O’Reilly scholarship in 2019.