Five Grade 10 students from Hamilton-Niagara Region awarded CIBC
One-of-a-kind scholarship celebrates 15 years and 450 lives changed
HAMILTON, ON, June 27, 2013 /CNW/ - CIBC (CM: TSX) (CM: NYSE) announced today
that five Grade 10 students from across the Hamilton-Niagara Region have been
awarded CIBC Youthvision Scholarships, valued at up to $38,000 each. This year
marks the 15(th) anniversary of the one-of-a-kind scholarship, which in
partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters and the YMCA, has changed the lives
of over 450 young people.
The 2013 Hamilton-Niagara Region recipients are:
Denzel Innis Hamilton, ON
Dawape Isekeije St. Catharines, ON
Darlene Lyon Hamilton, ON
Brandon Winnicki Welland, ON
Kevin* Hamilton, ON
CIBC Youthvision helps high-potential young Canadians who might not
otherwisehave the financial ability to pursue a college or university
education. This unique program provides scholarships to students in Grade 10,
which is when many at-risk kids lose focus at school due to peer pressure,
lack of role models and financial pressures. The scholarships provide tuition
support, six years of paid summer internships and dedicated mentoring through
the YMCA or Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Camilo Sanchez Galindo, 2011 recipient and Hamilton resident, reflects on how
life has changed just two years after receiving the Youthvision scholarship.
"As I look back now, I realize how many doors have been opened since winning
the Scholarship" says 18-year-old Camilo, who was recently accepted to
McMaster University. "I would not be where I am today if not for those doors
that were open. Thanks to the scholarship, I can only imagine what the future
holds as I enter University in September."
With so many opportunities and choices ahead, Denzel Innis, one of the 33
scholarship recipients for 2013, explains how it feels to pursue an education
without worrying about his finances.
"I honestly couldn't tell you how happy and relieved I am to be awarded this
scholarship" says 15-year-old Hamilton resident Denzel, one of three CIBC
Youthvision Scholarship Athlete Award recipients added this year, recognizing
impressive leadership in community sports as part of CIBC's commitment as lead
sponsor of the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games in 2015. "To be one of the students
chosen for this amazing opportunity is an indescribable feeling."
This year's recipients recently attended CIBC's first-ever Youth Forum in
Toronto, where past recipients, their mentors and families and a panel of
experts gathered to examine the issues youth face while pursuing their
academic goals. A video archive of the webcast is available at
"CIBC Youthvision is, and has always been, about investing in Canada's young
people so they can reach their full potential and build a better future for
themselves and their families," says Jonathon Dent, CIBC Region Head GTA West.
"On behalf of CIBC, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the YMCA, I extend my
congratulations to these exceptional scholarship recipients and wish them
every success on achieving their academic, personal and life goals."
Scholarship winners receive up to six paid summer internships through the YMCA
that begin right after Grade 10, and annual contributions towards tuition for
Over the past 15 years, CIBC has invested more than $170 million in programs
to support children and youth-in-need.
* Full name withheld by request
CIBC is committed to supporting causes that matter to our clients, employees
and our communities. We aim to make a difference in communities through
corporate donations, sponsorships and the volunteer spirit of employees. With
a strategic focus on Kids, Cures and Community, and employee commitment to
causes including the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure,
the CIBC Children's Foundation and United Way, we are investing in the social
and economic development of communities across the country. In 2012, CIBC
group of companies contributed more than $38 million to charitable and
non-profit initiatives in Canada to support national, regional and local
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About the CIBC Youthvision Scholarship Program
Each year the CIBC Youthvision Scholarship program commits more than $1
million to make post-secondary education dreams a reality for youth-in need,
ultimately helping to break the cycle of poverty in their family. Now in its
15(th) year, this one-of-a-kind program has already helped over 450 students
and committed over $15 million. To be eligible, Grade 10 students must be
enrolled in a mentoring program with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada or the
YMCA. Students receive ongoing mentoring from either Big Brothers Big Sisters
of Canada or the YMCA until they graduate from their post-secondary education.
In addition to the 30 students who receive the scholarship annually, beginning
in 2013, three additional scholarships have been awarded to students showing
exceptional athletic potential, as part of CIBC youth legacy commitment as the
Lead Partner of the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.
Along with the scholarship, each student participates in a CIBC Money Smarts
for Students Seminar and a mentoring session with CIBC professionals to help
them shape their financial and professional futures. For more information
CIBC Digital Youth Forum on Academic Success in Toronto
In celebration of CIBC Youthvision's 15(th) anniversary, scholarship
recipients attended a first-ever digital CIBC Youth Forum on Academic Success
on June 20 in Toronto. Moderated by MTV Host Aliya-Jasmine Sovani, the forum
connected recipients, their families and mentors from the past 15 years with a
panel of experts to discuss issues youth face while pursuing their academic
goals. Panellists included: Dr. Joanne Cummings of PREVNet; Adam Van
Koeverden, Pan Am Athlete; Jamie Golombek, CIBC; Megan Thomas, YMCA York
Region Employment and Community Services; Pattie Lovett-Reid, CTV Host; and
Eugenia Canas of MindYourMind.
*An archive of this webcast is available at
https://webcasts.welcome2theshow.com/cibc2013scholar Password: CIBC
A Word from CIBC Youthvision Partners:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada - "Having a volunteer mentor such as a Big
Brother or Big Sister inspires young people to realize their goals and
aspirations. Unfortunately inspiration alone isn't enough.This is why we are
so fortunate to have a partner like CIBC," says Bruce MacDonald, President &
CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada. "The CIBC Youthvision Scholarship
Program has been helping young people in our programs have the opportunity to
strive for a better future by attending post-secondary education.Time and
time again, we hear that these young people would never have made it beyond
high school without the support of CIBC.For this we are eternally grateful."
YMCA - "These youth are a great example of how young people who are given the
chance to grow, learn and dream, can reach their full potential. With a
strong start on their path to higher education, they will each have a great
future," says Medhat Mahdy, President and CEO, YMCA of Greater Toronto."Our
partnership with CIBC allows the YMCA to create a supportive environment where
young people flourish and build the foundation for a healthy community."
For more information and to interview the scholarship winner, YMCA or Big
Brothers Big Sisters representative, or CIBC representative, please contact:
Roderick Cumming, Senior Director, Communications Roderick.firstname.lastname@example.org,
Image with caption: "Hamilton's Denzel Innis celebrates his 2013 CIBC
Youthvision Scholarship as one of this year's inagural Athlete Award winners.
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Image with caption: "A group of Ontario grade 10 students celebrate winning
2013 CIBC Youthvision Scholarships at a youth forum in Toronto - L to R: Sidra
Khan, Melan Mustafa, Caitlyn Lyver, Darlene Lyon, Denzel Innis, Rayna
Critchley, Braydon Middaugh and Shania Reed. The scholarship program is
celebrating its 15th year and over 450 lives changed since 1999. (CNW
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