Growing the community: U of C students win Ernst & Young's international campus competition

    Local team awarded $10,000 for Learn2Grow community garden in Northeast

    CALGARY, April 1 /CNW/ - Ernst & Young has announced that a student team
from the University of Calgary is one of three winners of the 2009 Your World,
Your Vision campus competition. The North America-wide competition, which
received entries from more than 60 colleges and universities, invited teams of
students to submit proposals outlining how they could make a difference in
their communities in the areas of education, entrepreneurship or the
    The University of Calgary team's winning program, Learn2Grow, includes
the implementation of a community naturalization garden at an underserved
community in Northeast Calgary. Beginning with one elementary school, the
program will create a garden featuring plant species native to Alberta and,
eventually, a vegetable garden. The garden will help teachers with their
lessons in science and environmental sustainability, and students will have
the opportunity for hands-on learning through cultivation of the garden. The
local community will also be involved in sustaining and growing the garden to
benefit future generations.
    "Through Your World, Your Vision, we want students to understand that our
firm is interested in more than their professional skills. We look for
candidates who share our values and who are passionate about making a
difference," said Ryan MacDonald, Ernst & Young's Campus Coordinating Partner
in Calgary. "In these challenging times, we cannot forget our responsibility
to the community. Our firm continues to channel corporate responsibility
efforts into three key areas: education, entrepreneurship and the environment.
We are very excited to fund these winning programs and to see the impact these
talented students will have on the Calgary community."
    The idea, approach and title of the community programs for this
competition were left up to the students. Highlighting the importance of
teamwork, the students were asked to form teams and submit creative programs
that would have significant impact in their communities - on campus, in a
nearby town or city, or in a virtual community. An Ernst & Young advisor
worked with the teams throughout the challenge, offering advice, insight and
other tips.
    The team from the University of Calgary is made up of students Samantha
Ma, Ryan Anderson, Carlos Cruz, Alex Watterworth, Rushil Barua, Tim Young,
Christi Merkel, Alicea Wiercinski, Brandon Keating, Ryan Stearne, Theresa
Duong, Gurpreet Chahal, Rashida Bhaiji and Michael Lam.
    Other winners included teams from the University of Minnesota and
University of Southern California. Each of the three teams will receive
$10,000 from Ernst & Young to implement the programs they have developed.
    Ernst & Young advisors will stay connected to these winning teams to help
them implement their community programs over the coming months.

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