University students receive Frank H. Sobey Awards - $60,000 awarded for Excellence in Business Studies



    HALIFAX, March 20 /CNW/ - Six business students studying at Atlantic
Canadian universities were honoured today with the 2008 Frank H. Sobey Awards
for Excellence in Business Studies during a special business luncheon hosted
by members of the Board of Directors, and executives of Empire Company and its
subsidiaries, Sobeys Inc. and Crombie REIT, along with Board members of the
Frank H. Sobey Awards.
    Each recipient received a cheque for $10,000 from David F. Sobey at the
presentation ceremony held today at the Halifax Club - Deans of Business from
each of the respective universities accompanied the students attending today's
event.
    "Today's awards presentation to recipients of the Frank H. Sobey Awards
for Excellence in Business Studies offers these talented students a unique
opportunity to meet personally with the Board of Directors, and executives of
Empire Company, Sobeys and Crombie REIT," said David F. Sobey, Chairman of the
Board of Directors for the Frank H. Sobey Awards for Excellence in Business
Studies.
    "We are especially proud that through these awards, we can help foster an
entrepreneurial spirit and build a close relationship between the business and
academic communities. I extend best wishes for success to each of our six 2008
Award recipients as they pursue their goals and careers in business."

    The six recipients are:

    Lynn MacKinnon, a native of Hampton, NB, is a third-year Bachelor of
Business Administration student at the University of New Brunswick. She is a
Bachelor of Business Administration Peer Mentor, a member of the UNB Business
Society, and an active volunteer both on and off campus. Lynn will be studying
abroad in 2008 as part of the UNB Study Abroad Program at Umea University in
Sweden.

    Alison Starratt of Halifax, NS, is a fourth-year Bachelor of Commerce
student at Mount Allison University. She is president of the Commerce Society,
a member of the President's Budget Advisory committee, and a math statistics
teaching assistant. Alison also manages a local restaurant and has worked with
a local communications firm. She is interested in pursuing a career in either
marketing or international business.

    Jessica Wise, a native of Halifax, NS, is a third-year Master of Business
Administration/Master of Health Administration student at Dalhousie University
and is a member of the Dalhousie MBA Society Executive. She is also an active
volunteer who recently participated in an event that raised $15,000 for breast
cancer research. Jessica is part owner of a small business called Atlantic
Business Consultants Ltd., and since purchasing the company with her partners,
profit has increased 300 per cent.

    Charlene McDonald of Glace Bay, NS, is a fourth-year Bachelor of Commerce
student at Saint Mary's University. She has shared her skills and learning
with fellow students as a workshop coordinator for the Management Department
at the university. After graduation, Charlene plans to complete the Chartered
Accountants program and has been offered a position with a local accounting
firm.

    Blaire-Lindsay Cooke of Sydney, NS, is a third-year Bachelor of Business
Administration student at Cape Breton University and is pursuing a degree in
accounting and finance. An active volunteer, she was exposed to business
entrepreneurship at an early age, and plans to continue her career on Cape
Breton Island after graduation.

    Matthew Cassidy, a native of Charlottetown, PEI, is a second-year
Bachelor of Business Administration student at the University of Prince Edward
Island. He is a former member of the UPEI Business Society Executive and is a
member of the UPEI Intramural Hockey Club. In his first year of business
studies, Matthew was recognized for achieving the highest grade standing. He
looks forward to completing the Chartered Accountants program after
graduation.

    In addition to the Award recipients, three runners up will receive a
$1,000 prize - the recipients include:

    Katie Kennedy - Memorial University, St. John's, N.L.
    Dominic Daemen - St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, N.S.
    Céline Poitras - Université de Moncton, Moncton, N.B.

    About the Frank H. Sobey Awards for Excellence in Business Studies

    Each year, the Frank H. Sobey Awards for Excellence in Business Studies
presents six awards of $10,000 each. All full-time business students attending
Atlantic universities are eligible for consideration. Deans of Business at
each university are asked to nominate candidates - based on academic standing,
entrepreneurial interest, extracurricular and community activities, employment
history and career aspirations.
    Since establishment of the Frank H. Sobey Awards for Excellence in
Business Studies in 1989, more than $650,000 has been awarded to business
students in the four Atlantic provinces. Since inception, every university in
the region which offers a business program has had more than one recipient of
a Frank H. Sobey Award.

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For further information:

For further information: Jill Thomas Myrick, Director of Communications
and Corporate Affairs, Sobeys Atlantic, (902) 752-8371 ext. 8455

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