African-Canadian Students to Receive Prestigious BBPA National Scholarships

    TORONTO, Oct. 16 /CNW/ - The BBPA National Scholarship Fund is proud to
announce the 48 African-Canadians from across Canada who will receive the 2008
BBPA National Scholarships. The BBPA National Scholarships provide financial
assistance to students of Black African ancestry currently enrolled in
post-secondary programs. Recipients were selected based on academic
excellence, demonstrated financial need and recognized contribution to their
    CIBC is pleased to join the BBPA National Scholarship Fund in hosting the
2008 BBPA National Scholarships presentation ceremony on Thursday, October 16,
2008, at the MaRS Centre, 101 College Street, Toronto from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Dr.
Chris Spence, Director of Education, Hamilton-Wentworth Board of Education,
will be the keynote speaker. CIBC is also sponsoring two scholarships of
$5,000 each.
    "Helping Canada's young people achieve their full potential is a top
priority of CIBC's community investment program," said Sharon Wingfelder,
CIBC's Vice-President, Human Resources, Resourcing. "We are proud to support
the BBPA National Scholarship Fund as sponsor of the 2008 CIBC Scholarships to
Pamela Kapend, a first-year medical school at McMaster University in Hamilton,
ON, and to Marcel Edwards, a PhD medical student and researcher at McGill
University in Montreal. These scholarships are helping young people like
Pamela and Marcel achieve their career goals. We wish all of this year's
recipients every success on their continuing journey and commitment to
    "We are very proud of the young men and women who are receiving the 2008
BBPA National Scholarships," said Stanley Julien, Chair of the BBPA National
Scholarship Fund. "They have achieved academic success while making
significant contributions to their communities. These young people will be
future leaders that all Canadians can be proud of."
    "I was so excited and I felt very honoured to have received a BBPA Harry
Jerome Scholarship in 2002," said Iania Thompson. "At that time I was trying
to put myself through school with very little support. My mother tried her
best but with four younger siblings and being a single mother she could only
do so much. The scholarship was a tremendous blessing! I completed my studies
at York University and earned an Honours Double Major B.A. in Law & Society
and Sociology, together with a Professional Human Resources Management
Certificate. I am currently working in the Employee Relations Department at
the Toronto District School Board."
    The BBPA National Scholarship Fund (formerly the BBPA Harry Jerome
Scholarship Fund) was established in 1986 by the Black Business and
Professional Association. The BBPA National Scholarships are made possible
through the support of the Fund's sponsors and donors. Since the scholarship
fund began, over 400 post-secondary students from the Black community have
been awarded scholarships totaling $1.1 Million.

    Sponsors of the 2008 BBPA National Scholarships are:
    -  BMO Financial Group           -  Queen's University
    -  Borden Ladner Gervais LLP     -  RBC Financial Group
    -  CIBC                          -  Dr. Miriam Rossi and Mr. Renato Rossi
    -  Professor Erma Collins        -  Scotiabank Financial Group
    -  Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP    -  TD Bank Financial Group
    -  Ms. Kamala-Jean Gopie         -  Tropicana Community Services
    -  Dr. Edith Guntley-Lorimer and -  The University of Toronto
       Professor Michael Lorimer     -  Urban Financial Services Coalition
    -  Maritime-Ontario Trucking     -  Drs. Leebert and Ouida Wright.

    Major donors to the BBPA National Scholarship Fund include:
    -  Bennett Family Foundation     -  The Government of Ontario
    -  Phil Deck and Kim Bozak       -  The Norman Middleton Fund of the
    -  Donald Cooper                    Toronto Community Foundation
    -  The Harry Gairey Fund         -  Western Union

             The 2008 BBPA National Scholarships recipients are:

    British Columbia:                    Wendell Adjetey, Mississauga
    -----------------                    Ida-Maise Famiyeh, North York
    Deronn Palmer, North Vancouver       Habibat Garuba, Ottawa
                                         Asha Jabril, Ottawa
    Manitoba:                            Pamela Kapend, Ottawa
    ---------                            Tatiana Sotindjo, Ottawa
    Mimi Brown, Winnipeg                 Jessica Alexander, Richmond Hill
                                         Akim Burke, Toronto
    New Brunswick:                       Adedeji Faseyi, Toronto
    --------------                       Milton Holness, Toronto
    Bernadette Kaloko, Saint John        Michael Jack, Toronto
                                         Mohamed Jama, Toronto
    Nova Scotia:                         Kwesi Johnson, Toronto
    ------------                         Cyrillia Louis, Toronto
    Yaw Amoako-Tuffour, Antigonish       Kwaku Opoku-Fofie, Toronto
    Monica Mutale, Dartmouth             Ed-Esther Petit-Homme, Toronto
    K-Lee Fraser, East Preston           Jamal Senior, Toronto
    Tesia Rolle, Halifax                 Hamzat Sualim, Toronto
    Curtis Whiley, Hammonds Plains       Lahoma Thomas, Toronto
    Michael Hampden, Lower Sackville     Chadd Williams, Toronto
    Bernard Burgesson, Port Hawkesbury   Dionne Woodward-Shirley, Toronto
    Chantal Paris, Truro                 Tiffany James, Uxbridge
                                         Faustina Otchere, Woodbridge
    --------                             Quebec:
    Chris-Ann Manning, Ajax              -------
    Simone Soman, Ajax                   Stephen Defour-Wyre, Montreal
    Cinera States, Belle River           Tracey Green, St. Laurent
    Alexis Charles, Brampton             Mireille Tchakdute-Kemadjou, Verdun
    Tyler Manning, Brampton              Marcel Edwards, Westmount
    Jo'Nielle Sinclair, Brampton
    Jordon Thompson, Guelph
    Rodney Diverlus, Hamilton
    Tomiwa Ajayi, London
    Kerry Deagle, London

    For details of the individual scholarships, biographies and photos,
please call the BBPA's office at (416) 504-4097.

    About the Black Business and Professional Association

    The mission of the Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA) is
"To advance Canada's Black community by facilitating the delivery of programs
that support business and professional excellence, higher education and
economic development." The BBPA sponsors the BBPA National Scholarships and
the Annual BBPA Harry Jerome Awards.

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