Michaëlle Jean Foundation and TD Announce New Bursary Winners
OTTAWA, July 11, 2013—The Michaëlle Jean Foundation and TD Bank Group are proud to announce the winners of the first ever TD Michaëlle Jean Bursaries. Four highly deserving individuals were selected out of almost 100 applicants from across Canada.
“We are both very impressed by the caliber of this year’s winners of the TD Michaëlle Jean Bursaries. Their projects are as creative as they are innovative, and we look forward to discovering the fruit of their actions,” said the Rt. Hon. Michaëlle Jean and Jean-Daniel Lafond, Co-Founders and Co-Chairs of the Michaëlle Jean Foundation.
This year’s recipients are:
Freddy King: a former inmate who used the arts to turn his life around and who now empowers underprivileged teens in Toronto to pursue their dreams. He will be using his bursary to produce a Hip Hop album, which he will use to inspire at-risk youth to avoid the lure of crime.
Mark Siller: a self-taught bboy (breakdancing) who developed his own youth outreach program in Vancouver. Through mentorship by youth arts group Blueprint for Life, he will work with the Cowichan Tribes of British Columbia to provide sustainable hip-hop programming for youth.
Amanda Paris: an up-and-coming playwright who grew up in one of Toronto’s priority neighbourhoods and became a full-blown graduate student at the University of Toronto. She will be developing a play designed to promote healing and resilience among teenage girls and young women of colour.
Julian Dalman: an ardent environmentalist, aspiring poet and social justice activist who was selected as one of Alberta’s top 30 under 30. She will be leading an innovative program that uses arts to increase achievement in math and science among disadvantaged high school students in Edmonton.
“Every opportunity realized and every challenge addressed is first imagined. We must encourage and celebrate the ingenuity, inventiveness and inspiration of Canadians – especially our youth,” said Frank McKenna, Deputy Chair, TD Bank Group. “That’s why we’re thrilled to work with the Michaëlle Jean Foundation and support this incredible program that offers an opportunity for youth to foster their love for the arts, while making an impact in their communities.”
All four bursary recipients will be among the special guests presented, on September 27, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. during a town hall at the inaugural Power of the Arts National Forum: Advancing Social Change, taking place at Carleton University in Ottawa. The festive event will be open to the public.
About the TD Michaëlle Jean Bursaries
Launched this year, as a partnership between the Michaëlle Jean Foundation and the TD Bank Group, the bursaries provide up to $10,000 to youth seeking mentors to help them use the arts to better their communities. Over a one-year period, the recipients will work on innovative arts-based projects designed to better the lives of underprivileged youth and improve the quality of life in their communities.
About the Michaëlle Jean Foundation
The Michaëlle Jean Foundation supports youth arts initiatives that transform young lives and revitalize underserved communities across Canada. Through our programs, underprivileged youth are using their creativity to build new solutions to pressing social issues, like poverty, social exclusion and mental health. In so doing, they are catalyzing innovative community renewal projects, driving crucial Aboriginal cultural resurgence initiatives, and kick-starting cutting-edge business ventures, all over the country. For more info: www.fmjf.ca.
About TD Community Giving
TD Bank Group invests in communities in order to effect positive change in the places where it operates and where its clients and employees live and work. In 2012, TD donated over $65 million to support community organizations in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. In Canada, TD focuses on education and financial literacy, creating opportunities for young people and the environment. For further information, please visit www.td.com/corporate-responsibility.
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