Mackenzie Investments unveils 2012 winner of Canada's Top Teen Philanthropist

Mackenzie Investments unveils 2012 winner of Canada's Top Teen Philanthropist 
TORONTO, Jan. 31, 2013 /CNW/ - Mackenzie Investments is pleased to announce 
that Firrhaana Sayanvala of Cambridge, Ontario has been selected by an 
esteemed judging panel as the 2012 winner of Canada's Top Teen Philanthropist. 
Firrhaana receives $2,500 in cash and $5,000 that will be directed in her name 
to the charity of her choice. 
Firrhaana, 17, has been actively involved in Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank for 
more than four years. According to its mission statement, this charity 
provides both emergency and proactive services that help people recover from 
or avoid another crisis. Best known for food distribution, the charity also 
offers abroad range of support programs that assist people to become, and 
remain, self sufficient. 
When Firrhaana began volunteering at the food bank, this student at Galt 
Collegiate Institute was impressed by the staff's supportive, friendly and 
non-judgmental approach. Over the years she has been involved in a number of 
fundraising events, often in a leadership role, to assist the food bank, plus 
she has assumed an activist role of promoting the charity and recruiting 
others to lend a hand. Through Firrhaana's tireless efforts, support for 
Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank has grown, allowing the charity to help more 
people in need, when they need it most. 
"Firrhaana is an outstanding contest winner," said Brad Offman, Vice 
President, Strategic Philanthropy at Mackenzie Investments. "She is humble, 
articulate and passionate about helping the less fortunate through countless 
hours of volunteering. She's living proof of the power of grassroots 
Congratulations to the finalists
The judging panel revealed that choosing a winner was the toughest decision in 
the contest's history. The five finalists are commended for their outstanding 
philanthropic efforts in 2012. Each of the following finalists receive $500 
and an additional $500 for the charity of their choice. 
Jenna Cottrill, 17, Wallace, NS: When a devastating earthquake hit Haiti in 
January 2010, Jenna wanted to help. She found a Canadian-registered charity 
called God's Littlest Angels Canada (GLA) that is dedicated to providing 
intensive nursery care for premature, malnourished and abandoned children in 
Haiti. Jenna engaged her community to collect relief supplies, plus she 
started a successful fundraiser by creating and selling cards and bookmarks 
featuring pictures drawn by children in the GLA orphanage. Jenna even spent 
two weeks volunteering in Haiti with plans for more in the near future. 
Hannah Dalton, 17, Montreal, QC: Hannah is committed to helping children 
around the world receive an education, escape poverty and avoid exploitation. 
A news report about horrendous working conditions for children at a clothing 
factory in India was the catalyst for Hannah to help impoverished children 
gain an education that may ultimately free them from abusive child labour 
situations. Her chosen charity, Free The Children, fights social injustice and 
gives a voice to the voiceless. Hannah has collected almost $4,000 from 
various fundraising events towards building a much-needed school in Sierra 
Arielle Grondin, 16, Tecumseh, ON: Having battled the debilitating and 
life-threatening effects of cystic fibrosis (CF) since birth, Arielle's 
commitment to Cystic Fibrosis Canada is both wholehearted and highly personal. 
She has rallied her community through a fundraiser called "Music for Life," an 
event featuring young performers that Arielle created to raise awareness of 
CF. This event has gained so much support that media interest has been 
widespread, helping to promote her charity even more. Inspirational and 
passionate, Arielle is doing everything she can to help find a cure for CF. 
Paige Roper, 17, Pitt Meadows, BC: Paige's journey to becoming a spokesperson 
for BC Children's Hospital Foundation was filled with challenges. At 10 she 
was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer. While being treated at BC 
Children's Hospital, Paige encountered enormous pain and suffering - both her 
own and that of other children. When she recovered the foundation asked her to 
be a spokesperson, a request she fulfilled without hesitation. Paige speaks at 
many fundraising events and writes a blog for the foundation, motivating many 
people to provide financial and emotional support to this worthy cause. 
Shannon Wong, 17, Richmond Hill, ON: Involved in her charity for over seven 
years and 2,000 hours of volunteering, Shannon is clearly committed to the 
cause. Free The Children works worldwide to help remove barriers like poverty 
and exploitation so children can lead active, meaningful lives. Touched by the 
inequity and deprivation many children face, Shannon has taken action and 
mobilized others to get involved. She participates in fundraising events and 
campaigns, committing her own money - from her part-time job, academic 
competition cash awards and donations she requests in lieu of birthday 
presents - to support her charity. 
This year's judging panel
The panel was comprised of high-profile individuals with expert knowledge of 
philanthropy and children's issues. The judges were Danielle Bedasse, 
Executive Director, Jays Care Foundation; Carlos Bustamante, Host, YTV's The 
Zone; Craig Kielburger, Founder, Free The Children; Brad Offman, Vice 
President, Strategic Philanthropy, Mackenzie Investments; and Jane Wu, 2008 
winner of Canada's Top Teen Philanthropist. 
How Canada's Top Teen Philanthropist was chosen
With hundreds of applications to consider, the panel judged the candidates on 
a number of factors, including: the breadth of their volunteering and 
fundraising efforts; leadership and creativity; hands-on involvement in their 
philanthropic pursuits; length and level of their involvement; and impact on 
their community and their charity. 
Mackenzie Investments was founded in 1967, and is a leading investment 
management firm providing investment advisory and related services. With $61.5 
billion in assets under management as at December 31, 2012, Mackenzie 
Investments distributes its investment services through multiple distribution 
channels to both retail and institutional investors. Mackenzie Investments is 
a member of the IGM Financial Inc. (TSX: IGM) group of companies. IGM 
Financial is one of Canada's premier financial services companies with $120.7 
billion in total assets under management as at December 31, 2012. For more 
information, visit 
Stephen Lee Director, Communications and Media Relations Mackenzie Investments 
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