Junior Achievement Students Awarded $30,000 in Scholarships

Deloitte Inspiration Awards, Peter Mansbridge Youth Leadership Award and Peter Mansbridge Journalism Award Presented at The Order of the Business Hall of Fame Companion Induction Ceremony

TORONTO, May 12 /CNW/ - Six outstanding high school students from across Canada were recognized at the Order of the Business Hall of Fame 2010 Companion Gala Dinner Induction Ceremony in Toronto last night.

Four students were awarded a $2,500 Deloitte Inspiration Award scholarship, one recipient received the $10,000 Peter Mansbridge Youth Leadership Award, and another received the $10,000 Peter Mansbridge Journalism Award.

The night's award winners were:

    Deloitte Inspiration Award

    -   Crystal Kyabaggu - London, ON, JA London & District
    -   Natalie Lau - Vancouver, BC, JA British Columbia
    -   Miguel Paquette-Gaulin - Boucherville, QC, JE Québec
    -   Jason Rondeau - Upper Tantallon, NS, JA Nova Scotia

    Peter Mansbridge Journalism Award

    -   Riley Chervinski - Winnipeg, MB, JA Manitoba

    Peter Mansbridge Youth Leadership Award

    -   Idel Riemer, Grade 12 International Baccalaureate Diploma student at
        Archbishop MacDonald High School - Edmonton, AB, JA Northern Alberta
        & NWT

All students were in attendance at the Order of the Business Hall of Fame gala to receive their awards.

The Deloitte Inspiration Award is a $2,500 post-secondary scholarship awarded to JA students who have demonstrated thoughtful perspectives on a relevant business topic and the attributes required to succeed in the workforce.

CBC Chief Correspondent Peter Mansbridge presents the Peter Mansbridge Awards personally to each student recipient. The Peter Mansbridge Journalism Award is a $10,000 post-secondary scholarship awarded to a JA student who promotes a vision of prosperity for our nation and is committed to positive change.

The Peter Mansbridge Youth Leadership Award is a $10,000 post-secondary scholarship awarded to a JA student who personifies the values and attributes of a successful business or community leader.

The students expressed gratitude for the scholarships and support, as well as their enthusiasm for the Junior Achievement program.

"Junior Achievement has changed my life. I was always shy and quiet, with the will to make something of myself but always lacking the means to," says Idel Riemer. "I have gained confidence, leadership and organizational skills and knowledge of the business world I couldn't have received anywhere else."

Adds Natalie Lau, "Junior Achievement has inspired me to self-actualize and do something worth while; I was given a chance to create a company, but in reality, it was more than that: I was given the chance to embark on my expedition to become a leader."

In addition to the scholarship, winners received an all-expenses-paid trip to Toronto and ticket to last night's gala dinner where they introduced the new Canadian Business Hall of Fame Inductees.

About The Order of the Business Hall of Fame

Established by Junior Achievement of Canada in 1979, The Canadian Business Hall of Fame celebrates the lifetime accomplishments of Canada's most distinguished business leaders, past and present. Each year, Inductees are chosen as Companions to the Business Hall of Fame for their enduring contributions to the economic development and prosperity of Canada. Nominated by their peers, Inductees are selected by an independent Selection Committee representing Canada's foremost business, academic and media institutions. As leading examples of achievement in business and in life, these individuals have demonstrated the qualities necessary to ensure the success and competitiveness of Canada in a global marketplace. As Companions, they become mentors and role models for Junior Achievement students and Canada's future business leaders. With the inauguration of the Order of the Business Hall of Fame(TM) and the National Business Archives of Canada(TM) the Hall is now a destination for business knowledge, information and celebration with the mission to secure Canada's economic prosperity and competitiveness in a global marketplace.

About JA Canada(TM)

For over 50 years, Junior Achievement learning experiences have helped young Canadians discover leadership, entrepreneurial and workforce readiness skills so they can achieve their highest potential as citizens of our global community. Across Canada, Junior Achievement reaches over 210,000 students annually with 10,000 dedicated business volunteers in over 400 communities delivering a suite of nine curriculum-matched programs. Since 1955, 3 million Canadian youth have participated in our business and entrepreneurial education programs free-of-charge.

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