Retail Council of Canada Announces the 2009 Retail as a Career Scholarship Recipients



    - $5,000 top prize to be awarded at national conference next week -

    TORONTO, May 27 /CNW/ - The future of retail is in good hands, as 28 high
school and post-secondary students from across the country will each receive a
$1,000 scholarship to assist in their pursuit of retail as a career. This
year, for the first time, Interac Association will award a $5,000 scholarship
to the top applicant in the program.
    Retail Council of Canada (RCC), in partnership with sponsoring retail
organizations, will award the scholarships at an Excellence in Retailing
Awards dinner on June 1 as part of RCC's national STORE Conference.
    "It is encouraging to see such a vibrant group of young individuals that
will help drive the retail industry forward in the coming years," says Diane
J. Brisebois, President and CEO, Retail Council of Canada. "This year's
scholarship recipients showed an excellent knowledge of the current trends in
retail and illustrated that they are in-tune with the many areas that
retailers are currently involved in - from technological innovation to the
environment."
    Over the past six years, RCC and its sponsors have given more than
$100,000 in scholarships to students who exemplify excellence in retail and
demonstrate a strong commitment to the future of retail through their
education. The Retail as a Career Scholarship Program continues to grow each
year, both in the number of applicants and in the number of retailers who
provide the additional funding needed to increase the number of scholarships
available.
    Recipients are currently working in the retail industry and pursuing
post-secondary education in related programs, such as fashion
merchandising/marketing, retail management, commerce, advertising,
communications, and human resources management.
    Applicants are judged by retail industry experts in three categories:
academic performance, reference letters and a personal essay explaining their
experiences in the retail industry and how their education would make an
impact on the future of the industry.
    In addition to the scholarships, recipients will receive an all-access
pass, including travel and accommodation, to attend STORE 2009 - Canada's
Retail Conference, where they will have the opportunity to meet with some of
Canada's most prominent retail industry professionals.

    
    The 2009 Retail as a Career Scholarship Winners are:
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    Sponsor          Winner      Employer    School         Program of Study
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    Best Buy         Jacquelyn   Ricki's     Olds College   Fashion
    Canada Ltd.      de Boer
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    Canadian Retail  Stephanie   Shoppers    University of  Business
    Hall of Fame     Dantas      Drug Mart   Guelph-Humber  Administration -
                                                            Marketing Major
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    Canadian Retail  John Paton  Bootlegger  University of  International
    Hall of Fame                             Calgary        Business
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    Canadian Retail  Michael     Winners /   University of  Bachelor of
    Hall of Fame     Wald        HomeSense   Calgary        Commerce
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    Canadian Retail  Emily       Home        Wilfred        Honour Business
    Hall of Fame     Fulford     Hardware    Laurier        Administration
                                 Stores Ltd  University
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    Canadian Retail  Darren      Almote Home University of  Bach of Commerce/
    Hall of Fame     Schnittker  Furniture   Ottawa         Accounting
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    Canadian Retail  Stephanie   Old Navy    University of  Commence
    Hall of Fame     Aprile                  Toronto
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    Canadian Tire    Jennifer    Staples     Vancouver      Bachelor of
    Corporation Ltd. Myhal       Canada,     Island         Business
                                 Inc.        University     Administration
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    Comark Inc       Robin Yeo   Best Buy    Fanshawe       Fashion
                                 Canada Ltd. College        Merchandising
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    Costco           Sonja       Sportchek   Medicine Hat   Business
    Wholesale Ltd    McGivery                College        Administration
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    easyhome Ltd     Erin        Ricki's     Georgian       Advertising
                     Francis                 College
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    Future Shop      Nick Apos-  Sobeys      University of  Human Resources
                     tolopoulos              Winnipeg       Management
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    Golf Town        Reem Kaskas Le Chateau  Fanshawe       Fashion
                                             College        Merchandising
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    Graff Retail     Telis Cara- Starbucks   York           Business
                     yannakis    Coffee      University
                                 Canada
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    GSI Canada       Paige       French      Ryerson        Fashion
                     Boersma     Connection  University     Communications/
                                                            Entrepreneurship
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    Home Hardware    Leah        Worlds      University of  Bachelor of
    Stores Ltd       Easterling  Famous      Guelph         Commerce/Business
                                 Dock Lunch
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    Hudson's Bay     Ruzzle Co   New Age     Langara        Marketing
    Co.                          Sports      College        Management
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    IKEA Canada      Ashley      Eclipse     Dalhousie      Bachelor of
                     MacDonald   Stores Inc. University     Commerce
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    Sears Canada     James       Hudson's    University     Bachelor of
                     Eisner      Bay Company of Victoria    Commerce
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    Sony of Canada   Erik        Zellers     Conestoga      Architecture-
                     Collings                College        Project and
                                                            Facility
                                                            Management
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    Staples Canada,  Ani Boyo    SportChek   Carlton        Bachelor of
    Inc.                                     University     Commerce -
                                                            Marketing
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    Talbots (Canada) Devon       T, Arnts    Wilfred        Honours
    Corporation      MacMurray   Loam Supply Laurier        Economics
                                 Ltd.        University
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    The Home Depot   Denise      Eclipse     Memorial       Masters in
    Canada           Green       Stores Inc. University     Business
                                                            Administration
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    Toys 'R' Us      Joseph Boi- Staples     University of  Business
    (Canada) Ltd.    ssonneault  Canada,     Calgary
                                 Inc.
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    Urban Barn Ltd.  Claudia     Rexall      University of  Bachelor of
                     Marcaida    Pharma Plus Manitoba       Commerce
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    Vivah            Marlo       London      Red Deer       Bachelor of
                     McAdam      Drugs       College        Commerce
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    Wal-Mart         Andrew      Shoppers    University of  Human Resources
    Canada Corp.     Belanger    Drug Mart   Western Ontario
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    Winners /        Aamir       Price       Kwantlen       Business
    HomeSense        Sheriff     Smart       Polytechnic    Administration
                                 Foods       University
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    For more information about STORE 2009 - Canada's Retail Conference, visit
http://www.storeconference.ca.

    About Retail Council of Canada

    Retail Council of Canada (www.retailcouncil.org) is the Voice of Retail.
It is a not-for-profit association representing more than 40,000 stores of all
retail formats, including independent merchants, regional and national mass
and specialty chains, and online merchants.





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For further information: Media are invited to attend STORE 2009. For
more information or to RSVP, contact Mark Beazley, Director, Communications at
mbeazley@retailcouncil.org


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