Desjardins to offer two scholarships in the Carrières d'avenir 2009 contest

    MONTREAL, Jan. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Desjardins Group, voted one of Canada's
50 Best Employers in 2009, is proud to be a partner in the Carrières d'avenir
2009 contest that will provide each of two qualifying students with a $2,000
    Driven by its unshakeable cooperative values, Desjardins encourages
ongoing education for today's students and its employees alike. As such, the
Group's first foray into the Carrières d'avenir 2009 contest, in cooperation
with Jobboom, is a good fit with the cooperative difference that sets the
Group apart from other financial institutions.
    Young people who want to participate have until February 26, 2009 to
apply on the Jobboom website. The drawing for both scholarships will be held
on March 2, 2009.
    "We are pleased to lend our support to two students and we believe these
scholarships will help them reach their educational goals," said Danielle
Talbot, coordinator - Human Resources Planning and Development Executive
Department, Desjardins Group.
    Carrières d'avenir, published by par Jobboom-the 12th edition of this
career and education best seller-is a perfect opportunity for Desjardins to
present itself as a potential employer for tomorrow's young talent. "We are
constantly on the lookout for people who want to rise to new challenges and
contribute to Desjardins' success. We have positions in a wide variety of
sectors that provide our employees with many opportunities for a rewarding
career," stated Ms. Talbot.

    About Desjardins Group

    Desjardins Group is the largest cooperative financial group in Canada,
with overall assets of $150 billion, as at September 30, 2008. It comprises a
network of caisses, credit unions and business centres in Québec and Ontario,
and some twenty subsidiary companies in life and general insurance, securities
brokerage, venture capital and asset management, many of which are active
across the country. Drawing on the expertise of its 40,000 employees and the
commitment of more than 6,500 elected officers, Desjardins offers its 5.8
million individual and corporate members and clients a full range of financial
products and services. Its physical distribution network is complemented by
leading-edge virtual access methods. To find out more, consult

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