(Above) Brianna Francis and Robert Monague
AFOA Canada will recognize Amelia Boissoneau of Blaine Lake, Sask., studying at Simon Fraser University, B.C., Brianna Francis of Pictou Landing, studying at North Nova Education Centre, N.S. and Robert Monague of Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation, studying at St Mary’s High School, Ont., with PotashCorp Aboriginal Youth Financial Management Awards.
A ceremony will take place on Oct. 3rd with a special luncheon at AFOA Canada’s inaugural International National Conference in Vancouver.
“The accomplishment and drive shown by these students is commendable. They’re smart and they’re engaged. These are the students who will be making important future financial decisions for our communities. It is critical that we continue to provide mentorship, and support their journey in learning financial management,” said Terry Goodtrack, president and CEO of AFOA Canada.
Launched in 2007, the award was created to address demand in Indigenous communities for Aboriginal financial management professionals.
With the sponsorship and support of PotashCorp, AFOA is celebrating its 12th Aboriginal Youth Financial Management Awards.
“I am both honoured and humbled to receive this award and opportunity,” said Boissoneau. “When students are enabled with tools, support and mentorship, it gives us a greater chance of success and drive. It’s important that our voices are heard to assist in building our communities and serving ours and future generations.”
The awards are open to all Aboriginal youth in grades 11 and 12. Applicants are required to submit an essay which is reviewed and ranked by a selection committee.
Recipients are to be flown to Vancouver to participate in AFOA Canada’s International Conference and special youth program. Students will be introduced to career opportunities in financial management, meet financial management and academic professionals, as well as Aboriginal leaders, and are provided with information on pursuing an education in financial management. All award recipients also become eligible for a $5,000 scholarship.