TORONTO, June 6, 2013 /CNW/ - The Joe Carter Classic and Children's Aid
Foundation are pleased to announce Jessica Burke-Trebell of Oshawa, ON
and Eleazer Muacasso-Shour of Waterloo, ON as this year's recipients of
Joe Carter Scholarships. Jessica and Eleazer have each been awarded
$5000 for post-secondary education based on a combination of their
academic achievement, community involvement and personal essays, which
they will formally receive on June 18, 2013 at the Joe Carter Classic
charity golf tournament held at Eagles Nest Golf Club in Maple, ON.
"I want to congratulate Jessica and Eleazer and wish them continued
success in their studies," said Joe Carter, event co-chair and former
Toronto Blue Jays star. "I'm truly in awe of all that they have
accomplished, having overcome such incredible odds and adversity. It's
a great honour to play a part in helping them gain a better future."
"We want to break the cycle of abuse, neglect, abandonment, and
poverty," added Joe Canavan, chairman and interim CEO of the Children's
Aid Foundation. "We believe that education empowers young people
helping them heal, build self-esteem and better enable them to reach
their full potential."
Jessica, a Crown Ward, came to the Children's Aid as an infant and was
placed in a foster home until being able to be cared for by her
grandparents. Initially struggling in school and at home, Jessica
became a determine student and athlete to help cope with the loss of
her grandfather during her grade 10 year. She credits her change in
focus to education and athletics with turning her life around. Jessica
recently graduated from the University of Windsor with a Bachelor of
Arts degree in Criminology and also completed a Graduate Diploma in
Education at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia. In
September 2013 she will begin a Master of Education degree at Nipissing
Fleeing civil war in his native Angola, Eleazer came to Canada with his
family as a young child. When his mother's refugee claim was denied,
she returned to Angola with his sister and left Eleazer and his younger
brother to be raised by relatives, believing they would have a better
life in Canada. Unfortunately, his relatives could not provide
permanent care, and he and his brother were placed in a foster home.
Overcoming significant separation issues, as well as language and
culture barriers, Eleazer dedicated himself to school and graduated
from high school with honours. The Joe Carter Scholarship will allow
him to complete the third year of his Honours Bachelor of Business
Administration degree at Wilfrid Laurier University this fall.
"Jessica and Eleazer are two remarkable individuals who serve as
inspirational role models to us all," said James Dodds, event co-chair
and TD Bank Group executive. "We're honoured to name them as this
year's Joe Carter Scholarship recipients."
About the Joe Carter Classic
The annual Joe Carter Classic charity golf tournament pairs avid golfers
with top name celebrities from the worlds of sport and entertainment.
Proceeds from the event go towards supporting the education and
development of Canadian youth through the Joe Carter Scholarship Fund
and the Joe Carter Family Support Fund. Since 2010, the Joe Carter
Classic has raised and pledged a combined $750,000 to benefit the
Children's Aid Foundation. For more information, including sponsorship
details, visit http://www.joecarterclassic.com/
About the Children's Aid Foundation
One in every 25 children in Canada are at risk and need our help. Many
suffer in poverty, while others have been victims of abuse and 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: Joe Carter Classic Golf Tournament
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416-923-0924 ext. 244