National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS)

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May 19, 2010 10:50 ET

NEADS and BMO Capital Markets Announce Winners of Equity Through Education Student Awards

All recipients receive $3,000 for tuition and student fees

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 19, 2010) - The National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) and BMO Capital Markets (TSX:BMO)(NYSE:BMO) are pleased to announce the 12 outstanding winners of the 2010 NEADS Equity Through Education Student Awards Program.

The winners in the University Undergraduate Studies category are:
  • Naomi Harrington (Computer Science and Psychology combined major, University of Victoria)
  • Devin Ryan (Computer Science, Business option, Lakehead University
  • Katie Raso (Communication, Simon Fraser University)
  • Alexandra Papaiconomou (Law, University of Western Ontario)
  • Katherine Taylor (Psychology, French Minor, University of Lethbridge)
  • Tawnie Wilson (Communications and Women's Studies combined, University of Windsor)
Recipients in Graduate Studies category are:
  • James Bell (MA Criminology, University of Toronto)
  • Jessica Dunkley (Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa)
  • Kelly Fritsch (Ph.D Social and Political Thought, York University)
  • Chelsea Mohler (Masters of Health and Rehabilitation Science, University of Western Ontario)
  • Barbara Schober (Doctor of Philosophy/History, University of British Columbia).

The winner of the Equity Through Education Student Awards in the College/Cegep Studies category is Larissa Haluszka-Smith (Occupational Therapist Assistant/Physiotherapist Assistant, Centennial College). 

"NEADS congratulates the 2010 winners of the NEADS Equity Through Education Student Awards, said Dr. Mahadeo Sukhai, NEADS Past-President and Chair of the selection committee. "There were many excellent candidates and 375 applications for this year's competition. The dedication, perseverance and achievements of this year's winners embody the spirit of the Awards program. We wish them all the very best in their studies, and look forward to watching their successes in the future. We are grateful to BMO Capital Markets for its generous funding of the Equity Through Education Student Awards."

"Congratulations to all of this year's winners," said Mike Miller, Head of Equity Products, BMO Capital Markets and a champion of the Equity Through Education Program. "Your achievements serve as an inspiration for others and help reinforce the important work of NEADS. We admire the vital role of NEADS, which helps young Canadians with disabilities finish their studies and make a successful transition to the employment market."

About BMO Capital Markets' Equity Through Education Program 

Equity Through Education is a charitable initiative launched by BMO Capital Markets in 2005 to help people realize their educational ambitions by giving them the means to pursue those goals. Some of the proceeds of Equity Through Education, which has raised a total of CAD$8.1 million (US$7.4 million), are used to fund several NEADS initiatives including scholarships, bursaries, mentoring programs and job search strategy forums. 

For more information on the NEADS Equity Through Education Student Awards program please contact the NEADS office: National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS), Rm. 426 Unicentre, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5B6, tel. (613) 380-8065, www.neads.ca or Kim Hanson, Senior Manager, Media Relations, BMO Capital Markets, kim.hanson@bmo.com, (416) 867-3996.

Contact Information

  • NEADS office: National Educational Association
    of Disabled Students (NEADS)
    (613) 380-8065
    www.neads.ca
    or
    Kim Hanson
    Senior Manager, Media Relations,
    BMO Capital Markets
    (416) 867-3996
    kim.hanson@bmo.com