SURREY, BC, Sept. 20, 2011 /CNW/ - 48 students from across the province
started the new school year with accolades as Coast Capital Savings
handed out their annual Education Awards. In total, the credit union
handed out $144,000 to students who have shown exemplary efforts in
community leadership, academic success and the ability to overcome
hardship to succeed.
This year students from several B.C. communities including Victoria,
Nanaimo, Duncan Abbotsford, Burnaby, Surrey, Vancouver, Richmond,
Coquitlam, Delta, Langley and Kelowna were recognized with awards,
which include the Citizenship Award valued at $2,000 and the Standing
Tall Award worth $5,000. Coast Capital also fosters student leadership
through internships on its Youth Team and significant partnerships with
non-profit organizations dedicated to education, youth and community
Amandeep Parhar from Nanaimo received a Coast Capital Savings
Citizenship Award for his commitment to mentoring younger students
within his school through a program he created called After Hours.
"I can't express how thankful I am to have been recognized in this way
by Coast Capital Savings," said Amandeep, who is currently enrolled at
The University of British Columbia (UBC) where he will be pursuing his
Bachelor of Science degree with a longer term goal of attending medical
school. "I feel that I have a responsibility to give back to the
community that has given me so much. To be acknowledged for that work
is really a cherry on top."
Jennifer Andrews of Kelowna received a Standing Tall Award for her
outstanding academic performance and determination to overcome her
physical challenges, "I will continue to find ways to achieve my goals
regardless of my physical limitations," says Jennifer, who is now
enrolled at Okanagan College pursuing her Business Administration
Degree. "Whether it is academic or volunteerism, I get great
fulfillment out of being a busy, contributing community member. I am
happy that Coast Capital shares my values and acknowledges them through
their Education Awards program."
Wendy Lachance, Director, Community Leadership, Coast Capital Savings,
said the credit union received more than 1000 applications this year
from across B.C.
"Coast Capital Savings is committed to building a richer future for
youth in the communities where we live and work," Lachance said.
"Contributing to education is a vital component of that commitment.
Through our annual Education Awards program, we recognize students who
demonstrate a strong civic commitment and the perseverance to overcome
challenges while obtaining their education. Those are values that we
hold dear in our organization."
This year Coast Capital Savings presented a total of 48 awards totalling
$144,000 to deserving students from across the province. The BC-based
credit union also fosters student leadership through internships on its
Youth Team program.
Coast Capital Savings Credit Union is one of Canada's largest credit
unions with total assets under administration of $12.3 billion, more
than 454,000 members and 50 branches in the Metro Vancouver, Fraser
Valley, and Vancouver Island regions of British Columbia. Product
innovations include Canada's first free chequing account from a
full-service financial institution and the country's most flexible
mortgage product, the You're the BossTM Mortgage, which was named 2010 Mortgage of the Year by canadianmortgagetrends.com. Coast Capital is a member of Canada's Best Managed Companies Platinum
Club and an Imagine Canada Caring Company. To learn more, visit www.coastcapitalsavings.com.
SOURCE Coast Capital Savings Credit Union
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Coast Capital Savings