Honda Canada Foundation invests $125,000 in youth career development and awards



    TORONTO, Nov. 13 /CNW/ - Honda Canada Foundation Inc. has pledged their
financial and volunteer support of Junior Achievement (JA Canada) to inspire
thousands of youth in the next two years.
    The Honda Canada Foundation was created to lend a hand to registered
charities that work to make valuable contributions to Canadian youth in the
areas of education, the environment and engineering. True to its mission, the
Honda Canada Foundation enhances the social well being of Canadian communities
through responsible investment in organizations like JA who share the vision,
values and focus on youth in our communities.
    During 2007, the Honda Canada Foundation will provide funding and
employee volunteer support to deliver the Dream Big(TM) and Company Program
learning experiences. In addition, we inaugurate the Honda Environmental
Awards for Company Program students who have shown environmental consciousness
in the planning of their company.
    JA inspires youth about the career and life achievements that are
possible as employees, entrepreneurs and executives in the free enterprise
marketplace. Organizations like Honda Canada Foundation make JA part of the
solution to Canada's growing labour shortages, the talent gap, and
productivity challenges. Our youth are vital to any effective strategy for
competitiveness and prosperity as a nation in a global economy. The legacy of
today's leaders is to prepare young Canadians for the workforce by becoming
active mentors and role models.
    "We are excited to have the Honda Canada Foundation join us in advancing
the JA mission. As a business community we show youth the way to become our
productive and talented workforce. As a partner in the delivery of career and
entrepreneurial programs, Honda Canada Foundation will show youth the way to
become innovative leaders and responsible citizens," says Ross Maund,
President & CEO of JA Canada.

    JA celebrates the role of economics in our lives as an advocate for the
business community in the public school system. JA provides free-of-charge
business and entrepreneurial education for youth in grades 3 to 12. In
partnership with organizations like the Honda Canada Foundation, JA Canada
reaches over 230,000 students annually with over 10,000 corporate and
individual volunteers.




For further information:

For further information: Ross Maund/Matthew Sardina, JA Canada, phone
(416) 622-4602 ext. 232/222, Email: rmaund@jacan.org/msardina@jacan.org

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