Canada Company Salutes Families of Fallen Canadian Soldiers
With the motto Many Ways to Serve, Canada Company granted eight military children scholarships for post-secondary education.
On August 8, 2014 representatives from Canada’s business, political and military communities gathered in the heart of Toronto’s financial district to salute the children and their families.
Lieutenant-General Marquis Hainse, Commander of the Canadian Army and Blake C. Goldring, Chairman of Canada Company and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, AGF Management Limited were among those who participated in the scholarship presentation ceremony.
“Canada Company is proud to support the men and women who serve our country and will continue to honour the heroes who have fallen and their families,” said Goldring. “Over the last seven years, Canada Company has seen children succeed, completing their undergraduate degrees and transitioning into adulthood. We are committed to ensuring that the children of those who have served our country and paid the ultimate price are supported and that the sacrifice made by their parents is recognized.”
LGen Hainse added, “The Canadian Army appreciates all the support it receives from Canadians, be it from individuals or organizations like Canada Company. Today’s scholarship recipients are a part of the extended Canadian Army family and we applaud Canada Company for all they are doing to ensure a bright future for these young people. The sacrifice of their family members will not be forgotten.”
The annual scholarships are provided as a tribute to fallen Canadian Armed Forces personnel by Canada Company, a charitable business group that brings community leaders from across the country together to support Canadian soldiers in the work that they do at home and abroad. Canada Company oversees the fund through an independent committee, along with members of the Canadian Armed Forces.
Each recipient is eligible to receive up to $4,000 per year for up to four years to help defray the costs of their post-secondary education. Children of Canadian Armed Forces members who have died on duty while serving in an active role in a military mission of the Canadian Armed Forces or reserves are eligible to apply. The Canada Company Scholarship Fund will provide scholarship grants to children dating back to January 1, 2002. Since the fund was established in 2007, Canada Company has provided nearly $270,000 in scholarships to children of fallen Canadian Armed Forces personnel.
Laura Squires, daughter of the late Sergeant Hedley Jerry Squires and Patricia Squires and Francis Paul, son of the late Captain Frank Paul and Jane Paul expressed gratitude on behalf of all of the 2014 recipients. “Speaking on behalf of the 2014 scholarship recipients, I wanted to express our thanks,” said Laura. “Paying for a postsecondary education is not easy and we are grateful that Canada Company is here to support us.”
The 2014 recipients of the Canada Company scholarships are:
Gale Gillam of Petawawa, Ontario is enrolled in the Nursing program at New Brunswick Community College.
Koven Mellish of Fredericton, New Brunswick is studying at the University of New Brunswick.
Kiera Mitchell of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan is majoring in Psychology at the University of Saskatchewan.
Francis David Paul of Ottawa, Ontario is now working on a Masters degree in Film at York University after completing the Motion Picture Arts Program at Capilano University.
Marisa Paul of Ottawa, Ontario will attend Osgoode Hall Law School.
Laura Squires of Edmonton, Alberta is studying Commerce at Grant MacEwan University, Edmonton
Brittany Stewart of Petawawa, Ontario is enrolled in the Personal Support Worker program at Algonquin College.
Jasmine Vialette of Winnipeg, Manitoba is enrolled in the Pre-Veterinary Medicine Program at Dalhousie University.