More than $800,000 in scholarships, bursaries and awards help the education of Canada's most vulnerable children and youth
TORONTO, Aug. 29, 2012 /CNW/ - Celebrating the academic success of its scholarship recipients, the 13th annual Children's Aid Foundation Recognition Night will take place Wednesday, September 12 at the Royal Conservatory on Bloor Street in Toronto.
The generous individuals, families and corporations who make these crucial educational supports possible will also be honoured for their commitment to keeping kids who have faced a lifetime of hardship achieve academic success and pave their way toward a brighter future.
Also to be honoured at Recognition Night will be Andrea Weissman-Daniels and Mark Daniels, founders of the Children's Aid Foundation's "Ignite the Spark Fund", which helps children and youth in the child welfare system take on new challenges by funding enrolment, lessons or classes in sports, music, the arts and cultural activities. They will receive the prestigious Guardian Award, which is presented to those whose contributions help build awareness of the needs of Canada's most vulnerable children and youth.
"First and foremost, Recognition Night is an evening to celebrate the dedication these students have shown in working to achieve their academic goals," said Joe Canavan, Chair of the Children's Aid Foundation board. "Without our support, many of these kids would never have been able to finish high school, let alone attend university or college. We believe education empowers young people from challenging backgrounds to break the cycle of abuse, poverty and disadvantage, and to help them realize their potential. We are also profoundly grateful to the scores of generous donors who have made our scholarship program such a success", he concluded.
The Children's Aid Foundation's Post Secondary education support programs were established in 1995. In 2011-12, 260 students qualified for over $800,000 in scholarships and bursaries, including the newly launched Joe Carter scholarships. Our student scholars are enrolled in 22 universities and 14 colleges across Canada.
Further information about Recognition Night may be found at www.cafdn.org/events/recognition-night
|What:||Children's Aid Foundation's 13th annual Recognition Night and Award Ceremony|
|Why:||To award scholarships to our dedicated and determined youth, to honour the generous donors to the Children's Aid Foundation's Education programming, and to present the Guardian Award to Andrea Weissman-Daniels and Mark Daniels|
|Who:||Corporate and individual donors, student scholarship winners, Children's Aid Foundation spokespersons|
|Where:||The Royal Conservatory, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto|
|When:||Media are welcome to register from 4:00PM on. Cocktail Reception at 5:00PM, Awards Program at 6:00PM; Strolling Dinner at 7:00PM|
About the Children's Aid Foundation
One in every 25 children in Canada is at risk and needs our help. Many suffer in poverty, while others have been victims of abuse or neglect. A staggering 76,000 of them live in foster homes or a residential facility. The mission of the Children's Aid Foundation is to fund programs that give them skills and hope for a promising future. For more information, visit http://www.cafdn.org/
SOURCE: Children's Aid Foundation
For further information:
the media should contact:
Jeff Ball, Children's Aid Foundation, 416-923-0924 x 230 / [email protected]