More Than $40,000 in Awards and Bursaries

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The Angel Foundation for Learning has awarded more than $40,000 in awards and bursaries to graduating students, and elementary schools this year.

New this year was the introduction of a bursary for Indigenous Youth. Jacob Bisson and Janice Sanderson-Wilson are the first recipients of the $5,000 bursary, which were presented at the National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration scheduled on June 21, 2022.

Four students received the Tom Leon Student Bursary, valued at $5,000 a piece: Shana Abraham, Ava Chau, Chloe Cusi and Quincy Okafor.

“We are immensely grateful for the partnership of the Equity, Diversity and Indigenous Education Department for co-funding the new bursary for Indigenous students,” says AFL Executive Director John Yan. “We extend our congratulations to the two recipients of this new award, and wish them well in their future studies.”

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“This year, we not only set a new record for the number of bursaries and awards that have been awarded, but also received a record number of deserving applicants, which made it extremely difficult for our review panels to make a determination,” says Mr. Yan. “We take great pride in knowing that through our Bursary and Award program, we are able to support the post-secondary aspirations of at least some students across the City of Toronto. We thank The Tom Leon Charitable Foundation, and the Leon Family, as well as other donors who continue to support these bursaries for students who

are facing financial challenges. We could not do all that we do without their assistance.”

Other Award and Bursary winners included:

  • Bacchelli Family Bursary Naomi Ibama
  • Exceptional Student Bursary Khayouri Johnson
  • Mary Jane McKeen Bursary – Joy Ogbonna
  • Murdocca Family Literacy Bursary Leon Li
  • TANDIA Bursary – Jayla Houston
  • AFL Music Bursary – Joshua Manrique
  • AFL Visual Arts Bursary – Erica Barrientos

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  • Spirit of Inclusion Award – Jahliyan Price

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Elementary School Awards

In addition to the student bursaries, The Angel Foundation for Learning also presented schools with awards to enhance literacy programs and materials, and purchase resources for school libraries. Receiving $500 each this year are Holy Rosary, St Joseph and St. Robert Catholic Schools.

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