Family Moved to Canada to Give Children Better Lives
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HAMILTON, ON, Sept. 13, 2011 /CNW/ - CIBC (CM: TSX) (CM: NYSE) Grade 10 student, Camillo Sanchez, has been
awarded a CIBC YouthvisionTM Scholarship valued at up to $36,000.
"I'm extremely happy about receiving the scholarship, but what made all
the hard work worth it was seeing my mom's reaction," said Camillo, 17.
"She immediately started crying and that's when I realized how worried
she was about paying for university."
Born in Colombia, Camillo and his family immigrated in Canada in 2002.
His mom moved here to seek better lives for her children - including
getting them a good education.
"The feeling of being a Canadian citizen is finally sinking in. I no
longer fear for my future, instead I work to be a positive voice in a
great country." Camillo has aspirations of becoming a politician and
volunteers for many advocacy groups.
Early intervention in Grade 10 makes this scholarship program unique in
Canada. CIBC YouthvisionTM targets high-potential young people who might not otherwise have the
opportunity to pursue a university or college education. To be eligible
Grade 10 students must be enrolled in a mentoring program with Big
Brothers Big Sisters of Canada or the YMCA.
"Congratulations to Camillo Sanchez on being awarded a CIBC Youthvision
Scholarship," said Larry Tomei, CIBC Senior Vice-President for Central
Canada. "Camillo was selected for his success in school, the support he
provides his family and the volunteer work he does. We are proud to
support such an outstanding individual."
On September 19, 2011 Rymel Road East and Terryberry CIBC Banking Centre
will present Camillo six summer internships through the YMCA that begin
right after Grade 10, valued at up to $20,000 and tuition for four
years, valued at up to $16,000. He will receive ongoing mentoring from
either Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada or YMCA until he graduates
from university. In addition, he will take part in CIBC Money Smarts
for Students Seminar to help him shape his financial future as he
prepares to head off to college or university.
CIBC is committed to supporting causes that matter to our clients, our
employees and our communities. We aim to make a difference in
communities through corporate donations, sponsorships and the volunteer
spirit of employees. With a strategic focus on youth, education and
health, and employee commitment to causes including the Canadian Breast
Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure, the CIBC Children's Foundation
and United Way, we are investing in the social and economic development
of communities across the country. In 2010, CIBC group of companies
contributed approximately $34 million to charitable and non-profit
initiatives in Canada to support national, regional and local
organizations. To learn more, visit www.cibc.com
Rymel Road East and Terryberry CIBC Banking is located at 2140 Rymal Rd E, Hamilton ON
The presentation will begin on September 19, 2011 at 5 pm.
For further information:
and to interview the scholarship winner, Big Brother Big Sister representative, or CIBC representative, please contact:
Kevin Dove, Senior Director, External Communications & Media Relations
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