Atlantic Canadian university students celebrate start to new year with Frank H. Sobey Awards



    $60,000 awarded for Excellence in Business Studies

    STELLARTON, NS, Jan. 14 /CNW/ - Six business students studying at
Atlantic Canadian universities will each receive $10,000 as recipients of the
2008 Frank H. Sobey Awards for Excellence in Business Studies.
    "We are proud to honour Atlantic Canadian university students with the
Frank H. Sobey Awards for Excellence in Business Studies, and we are once
again impressed by the caliber of recipients," said David F. Sobey, Chairman
of the Board of Directors for the Frank H. Sobey Awards for Excellence in
Business Studies. "From young entrepreneurs to business managers to active
volunteers, these award winners clearly demonstrate the passion and commitment
to succeed as business leaders."
    This year's award recipients will be formally recognized at a
presentation ceremony to be held in March 2008.

    The six recipients of the Frank H. Sobey Award for Excellence in Business
Studies are:

    Lynn MacKinnon, a native of Hampton, N.B., is a third-year Bachelor of
Business Administration student at the University of New Brunswick. She is a
Bachelor of Business Administration Peer Mentor, a member of the UNB Business
Society, and an active volunteer both on and off campus. Lynn will be studying
abroad in 2008 as part of the UNB Study Abroad Program at Umea University in
Sweden.

    Alison Starratt of Halifax, N.S., is a fourth-year Bachelor of Commerce
student at Mount Allison University. She is president of the Commerce Society,
a member of the President's Budget Advisory committee, and a math statistics
teaching assistant. Alison also manages a local restaurant and has worked with
a local communications firm. She is interested in pursuing a career in either
marketing or international business.

    Jessica Wise, a native of Halifax, N.S., is a third-year Master of
Business Administration/Master of Health Administration student at Dalhousie
University and is a member of the Dalhousie MBA Society Executive. She is also
an active volunteer who recently participated in an event that raised $15,000
for breast cancer research. Jessica is part owner of a small business called
Atlantic Business Consultants Ltd., and since purchasing the company with her
partners, profit has increased 300 per cent.

    Charlene McDonald of Glace Bay, N.S., is a fourth-year Bachelor of
Commerce student at Saint Mary's University. She has shared her skills and
learning with fellow students as a workshop coordinator for the Management
Department at the university. After graduation, Charlene plans to complete the
Chartered Accountants program and has been offered a position with a local
accounting firm.

    Blaire-Lindsay Cooke of Sydney, N.S., is a third-year Bachelor of
Business Administration student at Cape Breton University and is pursuing a
degree in accounting and finance. An active volunteer, she was exposed to
business entrepreneurship at an early age, and plans to continue her career on
Cape Breton Island after graduation.

    Matthew Cassidy, a native of Charlottetown, P.E.I., is a second-year
Bachelor of Business Administration student at the University of Prince
Edward. He is a former member of the UPEI Business Society Executive and is a
member of the UPEI Intramural Hockey Club. In his first year of business
studies, Matthew was recognized for achieving the highest grade standing. He
looks forward to completing the Chartered Accountants program after
graduation.

    In addition to the Award recipients, three runners up will receive a
$1,000 prize - the recipients include:

    Katie Kennedy - Memorial University, St. John's, N.L.

    Dominic Daemen - St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, N.S.

    Céline Poitras - Université de Moncton, Moncton, N.B.


    About the Frank H. Sobey Awards for Excellence in Business Studies

    Each year, the Frank H. Sobey Awards for Excellence in Business Studies
presents six awards of $10,000 each. All full-time business students attending
Atlantic universities are eligible for consideration. Deans of Business at
each university are asked to nominate candidates - based on academic standing,
entrepreneurial interest, extracurricular and community activities, employment
history and career aspirations.
    Since establishment of the Frank H. Sobey Awards for Excellence in
Business Studies in 1989, more than $650,000 has been awarded to business
students in the four Atlantic provinces. Since inception, every university in
the region which offers a business program has had more than one recipient of
a Frank H. Sobey Award.




For further information:

For further information: Jill Thomas Myrick, Director of Communications
and Corporate Affairs, Sobeys Atlantic, (902) 752-8371 ext. 8455

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