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Castlegar kids corral KSCU kudos - and cash

Castlegar Source
By Castlegar Source
July 7th, 2015

Two Castlegar youth are $2,000 richer thanks to their own amazing efforts and Kootenay Savings’ youth-based funding programs. Twenty-six young people throughout the region received bursaries, awards and scholarships.

Community Champs Bursaries: Since 2001, the Kootenay Savings Community Foundation has awarded ‘Community Champs’ bursaries to local Grade 12 and post-secondary students who are doing their part to inspire community spirit and pride. This year, the Foundation is thrilled to reward four more amazing community champions – Logan Powell of Invermere, Sayde Butler of New Denver, and Svetlana Hadikin and Victoria Francis of Castlegar – with $2,000 towards their post-secondary education. Congratulations to these four very deserving recipients and thank you to all who submitted applications for the 2015 Community Champs bursaries. With so many young people actively involved in their communities the future will be in good hands.

High School Education Awards: Throughout the month of June, at high school graduation ceremonies throughout the Kootenays, eighteen $750 Kootenay Savings Community Foundation education awards were presented to graduating students who plan to pursue post-secondary education. While the Community Champs bursaries are open to credit union members as well as non-members, the high school bursary winners or their parents must be members of Kootenay Savings – another example of the power of membership that comes with being a credit union member-owner.

YES Camp: The Adventure of a Lifetime As well as rewarding youth for their community commitment, Kootenay Savings is also helping develop young leaders through an ongoing partnership with the YES Camp. A week at the YES Camp is an adventure like no other, and this summer four Kootenay-area youth will be heading o to camp thanks to sponsorship from the credit union. An amazing week-long experience at Vancouver Island’s Lake Cowichan, the camp provides youth between 14 to 18 years of age with real skills to use at home and in their communities by focusing on themes of self-awareness, co-operation, communication, leadership and global awareness. The camp encourages youth to grow as individuals and inspires them to create positive change in themselves and their communities, all in a fun environment that includes canoeing, swimming, hiking, dance parties, improv theatre, arts and crafts, and tons of other activities. To learn more about YES Camp, visit theyes.ca.

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