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Recipients demonstrate student leadership to help find a cure for breast cancerTORONTO,
Dec. 18, 2013 /CNW/ -
CIBC (CM: TSX) (CM: NYSE) is pleased to announce this year's
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure Post Secondary Challenge CIBC Education Award winners
Each year, CIBC and Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation challenge post-secondary students to show their pink spirit, get involved, and raise funds for breast cancer research, education, and awareness initiatives. In celebration of their hard work and dedication to giving back to their community, the top five national and 10 regional individual fundraisers across
Canada receive a CIBC Education Award of
$2,500 to help with school expenses.
This year's 2013 CIBC Education Award recipients are:
Becky Bohlender - University of Calgary
Beatrice Britneff - Carleton University
Laura Coleman - University of Alberta
Caroline Cormier - University of Toronto
Simona Flumian - York University
Heather Friedt - University of Calgary
Devynn Helischauer - University of Lethbridge
Jessica Kilik - Grant MacEwan University
Anna Kovalchuk - University of Lethbridge
Sarah LeRose - University of British Columbia
Amanda Leung - University of Calgary
Isabel Mejia - Collège O'Sullivan
Paige Stannard - University of Calgary
Leah Stickel - University of Alberta
Brooke Turner - Mount Allison University
"This award is important to me because as a survivor myself, and someone who is pursuing post-secondary education, it made a difference" said
Heather Friedt, a breast cancer survivor, veterinary student at the
University of Calgary and one of 15 CIBC Education Award winners across
Canada. "It meant I could afford to go to school despite the year I took off when I was undergoing treatment. I am extremely grateful to have won the award."
The top fundraising school in this year's Post Secondary Challenge was Queen's University in
Kingston, Ontario. Queen's recently received an exclusive concert from musical sensation
Down With Webster, courtesy of CIBC, beating out other schools across
Canada for the second consecutive year.
"I would like to congratulate the 2013 CIBC Education Award recipients, and all students participating in the Post Secondary Challenge across
Canada, for your fundraising efforts and dedication to the cause," said
Christina Kramer, CIBC Executive Vice-President and National Run Champion. "You inspire hope that the legacy of the CIBC Run for the Cure will continue through the compassion, determination, and strong leadership of future generations."
This year, the Post Secondary Challenge program raised close to
$500,000 to help support the Foundation's vision of creating a future without breast cancer.
"We are delighted with the enthusiasm and support we received from the post-secondary community across the country and appreciate the dedication of all participants to the breast cancer cause," said
Jane Parsons, co-CEO, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. "We also wish to thank CIBC for their incredible support as title sponsor and for providing school funding in support of the Program."
To view the results of the 2013 Post Secondary Challenge online, visit
About the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure Since 1992, the annual Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure has been the largest, single-day, volunteer-led national event in support of creating a future without breast cancer. On
Sunday, October 6, 2013 this national movement connected 130,000 participants and volunteers in 66 communities across the country. For more information, visit
About CIBC CIBC is a leading North American financial institution with nearly 11 million personal banking and business clients. CIBC is committed to supporting causes that matter to our clients, our employees and our communities. We aim to make a difference in communities through corporate donations, sponsorships and the volunteer spirit of employees. In 2013, CIBC contributed more than
$41 million to nearly 1,900 charitable and non-profit initiatives in more than 430 communities. You can find other news releases and information about CIBC in our Press Centre on our corporate website at
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