WINNIPEG, June 12 /CNW/ - Two students from Manitoba are among a total of
eight from across Canada to be awarded Aboriginal student awards from RBC this
Gary McIvor, a Treaty Indian from Wabowden, and Tara Williamson from the
Opaskwayak Cree Nation are both winners of the 13th annual RBC Aboriginal
Student Awards program. Each will receive $4,000 annually for education
expenses for a maximum of four years at university or two years at college.
"Investing in the bright future of these individuals is an investment in
the future of their communities," said Katherine Morrisseau-Sinclair, manager,
Aboriginal Markets. "Both Gary and Tara have demonstrated a capacity for
leadership, community involvement and creativity that RBC is proud to
Mr. McIvor is a father of two and a first year nursing student at
University College of the North, where he is currently the student association
council president and a member of the Ininiwi Kiskinwamakewin Centre student
advisory committee. In addition to a full course load, he works as an
emergency on-call worker at Wabowden Community Health Centre and as an
emergency medical responder with Wabowden Fire and Ambulance.
Ms. Williamson has a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of
Manitoba and is currently enrolled in the concurrent Law - Master's of Arts
program at the University of Victoria. She is actively involved in supporting
and serving the Aboriginal community and volunteers at a number of
organizations, including the Aboriginal Student Centre, the Native Women's
Transition Centre, the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, and the University of
Victoria Faculty of Law's Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Camp.
The RBC Aboriginal Student Awards Program is offered to students
currently enrolled in post-secondary studies. Recipients who are interested in
pursuing careers in the financial services industry are also considered for
summer and post-graduate employment opportunities with RBC. Selections are
made by an independent committee of academics from the aboriginal community,
and are based on personal and academic achievements as well as individual
financial need. To date, RBC has awarded 69 scholarships totalling $834,000 to
Aboriginal students in Canada.
RBC has a long-standing relationship with Canada's Aboriginal Peoples and
in 2006 donated over $950,000 to support Aboriginal causes. In addition to the
Aboriginal Student Awards Program, RBC also supports the Historica
Foundation's heritage programs for Aboriginal students and donated funds to
the Dominion Institute to support its Aboriginal Youth Writing Challenge.
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