Working to assure the bright futures of Canadian youth, Standard Life's
contribution supports specialty and career mentoring programs
TORONTO, Aug. 28, 2014 /CNW/ - Standard Life Canada has reasserted its
commitment to helping young Canadians build their futures by pledging
to donate $150,000 over the next three years to Pathways to Education
Canada, a national charity that helps youth from low-income areas
graduate high school and successfully transition into post-secondary.
Standard Life's contribution will support specialty mentoring and
career mentoring programs in Toronto and Montreal, which are designed
to help older students as they progress through school.
"School dropout rates have a direct impact on our communities' futures.
This is why we've chosen to invest in youth mentoring," said Charles
Guay, President and CEO of Standard Life Canada. "Through our support
of Pathways, we want to help our youth prepare for their future — and
that of our communities."
At Pathways to Education, academic and social supports are delivered by
volunteer mentors, who are recruited, trained, and supervised in
delivering after-school programming. The programs provide students with
a positive environment to get support and give them exposure to a
variety of learning opportunities.
"We are thrilled that Standard Life is demonstrating such a strong
commitment to Canadian youth. Our mentoring programs are essential for
our students' long-term success," said Vivian Prokop, President and CEO
of Pathways to Education Canada. "Standard Life's generosity will give
many students the support they need to not only complete their studies,
but also to choose their best path."
Pathways to Education Canada has operated in Canadian communities since
2001, and is working towards a time when all students in Canada have
the resources they need to reach their full potential.
About Pathways to Education Canada
Pathways to Education Canada is a charitable organization that helps
youth in low-income communities graduate high school and successfully
transition into post-secondary education or training. Pathways
addresses systemic barriers to education by providing leadership,
expertise and a community-based program proven to lower dropout rates.
Founded in 2001, Pathways operates in 16 communities across Canada,
with programs in Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Manitoba and British
Columbia. Pathways was recently recognized with a 2013 World Innovation
Summit for Education award (WISE) from the Qatar Foundation for its
innovative and effective work in education - the first Canadian
organization to receive the honour.
About Standard Life
Standard Life provides long-term savings, investment and insurance
solutions to more than 1.4 million Canadians, including group
retirement and insurance plan members. It has 2,000 employees, and the
main operating subsidiaries in Canada are The Standard Life Assurance
Company of Canada and Standard Life Mutual Funds Ltd.
Its parent company, Standard Life plc, has its headquarter in Scotland
and operates in the UK, Canada, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
SOURCE: Pathways to Education Canada
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