For the seventh straight year, Canada Company provides scholarships to
children of heroes who perished in the line of duty
TORONTO, Aug. 8, 2014 /CNW/ - This morning in the heart of Toronto's
financial district, eight exceptional children of military personnel
who perished while serving our country, received post-secondary
scholarships from Canada Company. Representatives from Canada's
business, political and military communities gathered together to
salute the children and families that have been left behind.
Lieutenant-General Marquis Hainse, Commander of the Canadian Army and
Blake C. Goldring, Chairman of Canada Company and Chairman and Chief
Executive Officer, AGF Management Limited were among those who
participated in the scholarship presentation ceremony.
"Canada Company is proud to support the men and women who serve our
country and will continue to honour the heroes who have fallen and
their families," said Blake C. Goldring, Chairman of Canada Company and
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, AGF Management Limited. "Over the
last seven years, Canada Company has seen children succeed, completing
their undergraduate degrees and transitioning into adulthood. We are
committed to ensuring that the children of those who have served our
Country and paid the ultimate price are supported and that the
sacrifice made by their parents is recognized."
"The Canadian Army appreciates all the support it receives from
Canadians, be it from individuals or organizations like Canada Company.
Today's scholarship recipients are a part of the extended Canadian Army
family and we applaud Canada Company for all they are doing to ensure a
bright future for these young people. The sacrifice of their family
members will not be forgotten", said Lieutenant-General Marquis Hainse,
Commander of the Canadian Army.
The annual scholarships are provided as a tribute to fallen Canadian
Forces personnel by Canada Company, a charitable business group that
brings community leaders from across the country together to support
Canadian soldiers in the work that they do at home and abroad. Each
recipient is eligible to receive up to $4,000 per year for up to four
years to help defray the costs of their post-secondary education. Since
the fund was established in 2007, Canada Company has provided nearly
$270,000 in scholarships to children of fallen Canadian Forces
Laura Squires, daughter of the late Sergeant Hedley Jerry Squires and
Mrs. Patricia Squires and Francis Paul, son of the late Captain Frank
Paul and Mrs. Jane Paul expressed gratitude on behalf of all of the
"Speaking on behalf of the 2014 scholarship recipients, I wanted to
express our thanks," said Laura Squires. "Paying for a postsecondary
education is not easy and we are grateful that Canada Company is here
to support us."
The 2014 recipients of the Canada Company scholarships are:
Gale Gillam of Petawawa, Ontario is enrolled in the Nursing program at
New Brunswick Community College.
Koven Mellish of Fredericton, New Brunswick is studying at the
University of New Brunswick.
Kiera Mitchell of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan is majoring in Psychology at
the University of Saskatchewan.
Francis David Paul of Ottawa, Ontario is now working on a Masters degree
in Film at York University after completing the Motion Picture Arts
Program at Capilano University.
Marisa Paul of Ottawa, Ontario will attend Osgoode Hall Law School.
Laura Squires of Edmonton, Alberta is studying Commerce at Grant MacEwan
Brittany Stewart of Petawawa, Ontario is enrolled in the Personal
Support Worker program at Algonquin College.
Jasmine Vialette of Winnipeg, Manitoba is enrolled in the Pre-Veterinary
Medicine Program at Dalhousie University.
About The Canada Company Scholarship Fund
The Canada Company Scholarship Fund provides $4,000 per year, for up to
four years, to support the post-secondary education for children who
qualify. Children of Canadian Forces members who have died on duty
while serving in an active role in a military mission of the Canadian
Forces or reserves are eligible to apply. The Canada Company
Scholarship Fund will provide scholarship grants to children dating
back to January 1, 2002.
Canada Company scholarships have received leadership funding in the
amount of $1 million from CIBC. Additional financial support was
secured from Paul Desmarais, Jr., Power Corporation; Peter Munk,
Founder and Chairman of Barrick Gold Corporation; Jim Balsillie; RBH
Inc.; The W. Garfield Weston Foundation; The TD Bank Financial Group,
BMO Financial Group; Scotiabank; Standard Life; Laurentian Bank of
Canada / B2B Bank (formerly B2B Trust) and AGF Management Limited.
Canada Company is calling on other members of the corporate community
to contribute to this important initiative.
Canada Company oversees the fund through an independent committee, along
with members of the Canadian Forces, to ensure that bereaved children
have the opportunity to receive this scholarship.
About Canada Company
Canada Company is a federally registered charity created in 2006 which
brings community leaders from across Canada together to support members
of our Military in the work that they do at home and abroad. The
organization is apolitical and is an advocate for Canadians who serve,
or wish to serve, in the Canadian Forces - regular and reserve - and
their families, ensuring that they receive the widest possible support,
recognition and care. Canada Company's motto is Many Ways To Serve. Visit www.canadacompany.ca
SOURCE: Canada Company
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