Post Secondary Challenge raises nearly $470,000 for breast cancer
TORONTO, Nov. 29, 2011 /CNW/ - CIBC (TSX: CM) (NYSE: CM) today announced
University of Toronto student Caroline Cormier as the top Ontario
Region fundraiser in the Post Secondary Challenge. The Challenge
inspired Canada's college and university students to raise nearly
$470,000 for breast cancer research, education, awareness and advocacy
through the 2011 Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the
York University students Simona Flumian and Psalm Cheung, and Queen's
University student Poonam Batra were also named among the top 10
"Congratulations to all four of these community-minded students from
Ontario for their commitment to raising funds for breast cancer," said
Christina Kramer, CIBC Executive Vice-President and the bank's National
Run Champion. "CIBC is thrilled to present them with awards of $10,000
each to help them with their post-secondary studies."
The four Ontario students are among 15 post secondary students from
across Canada to receive the $10,000 CIBC Education Awards presented to
the top 10 student fundraisers nationally and to the top student
fundraiser in each of the five Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
regions. Additionally, CIBC recognized the University of Toronto as the
top fundraising school nationally.
"This year, as CIBC marked our 15th anniversary as the title sponsor of the Canadian Breast Cancer
Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure, we were very proud to present the
Post Secondary Challenge in partnership with the Canadian Breast Cancer
Foundation," added Ms. Kramer. "Our hope is to raise awareness of
breast cancer among Canada's diverse student population, and motivate
as many young people as possible to raise funds for a very important
"Breast cancer has affected so many of the women in my life," said Ms.
Cormier. "It was witnessing their strength and perseverance that
inspired me to get involved with this important cause. Participating in
this year's Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure was
such an incredible opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way to the
invaluable programs offered by the Foundation and, ultimately, to a
future without breast cancer.
"I was absolutely delighted to find out that I was one of the recipients
for this year's CIBC Education Awards. I hope that my fundraising
efforts will encourage other university students to get involved with
the cause next year and to set the bar even higher. I strongly believe
that our generation has a responsibility to take action now to create
meaningful change for the future."
"It is wonderful to see the enthusiasm and participation from so many
universities across the province. Congratulations to University of
Toronto's Caroline Cormier who showcased her spirited dedication to such an important cause. Her
contributions will help fuel our efforts as a Foundation to invest in
the most promising breast cancer research, education and advocacy
initiatives that will one day lead to a future without breast cancer,"
said Sandra Palmaro, CEO Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation - Ontario
"We also wish to extend our gratitude to CIBC for their incredible
support as title sponsor and for providing the scholarship funding in
support of the Post Secondary Challenge program." added Palmaro.
The Post Secondary Challenge encouraged students to participate in a way that was both meaningful
and fun, while building awareness of the importance of taking steps to
reduce the risk of breast cancer by leading healthy lifestyles.
About the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure
Since 1992, the annual Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for
the Cure remains the largest, single-day, volunteer-led national event
in support of creating a future without breast cancer. In 2011, close
to 170,000 participants raised $30 million to fund innovative breast
cancer research, education and awareness programs. For more
information, visit www.cbcf.org.
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 2010, $33.7 million
was contributed through the CIBC group of companies to charitable and
non-profit initiatives in Canada, supporting a wide variety of
national, regional and local organizations. To learn more, visit www.communitymatters.cibc.com.
About the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation - 25 Years of Progress
For the last 25 years, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation has been at
the forefront of a nation-wide movement to raise awareness and mobilize
action on breast cancer. Today, the Foundation is the leading
organization in Canada dedicated to creating a future without breast
cancer. Since 1986, from coast to coast, we have invested over $248
million to fund vital research and community health grants that have
led progress in breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and
care. Visit cbcf.org and join the movement.
SOURCE Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
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Media contact: Kevin Dove, Senior Director, External Communications & Media Relations, 416-980-8835.