More than 226 complimentary tickets were provided to students newly arrived from Ukraine along with their parents/caregivers as many of them enjoyed their first professional hockey game on Sunday, October 23, 2022 at Coca Cola Coliseum courtesy of the Toronto Marlies.
The excitement was palpable as the students and families cheered the Marlies against the Grand Rapid Griffins. Although the hometown team did not win the match up, a great time was had by all.
MLSE, and specifically the Toronto Marlies, have always recognized the growing needs among those hardest hit by escalating costs for basic essentials. With the arrival of close to 800 students from Ukraine, they saw the opportunity to give back to the community by offering complimentary tickets to these newcomers to welcome them to Toronto and to Canada’s much loved game of hockey.
“The Toronto Marlies and MLSE have been valued partners of The Angel Foundation for Learning for more than a decade,” says AFL Executive Director John Yan. “They are always willing to support our fundraising events, most notably the school day game, which all raise money to help students and families who are experiencing financial hardships. They are a wonderful example of corporate responsibility in action, and we are grateful for their continued generosity.”
The Angel Foundation for Learning supports in school student nutrition programs, provides emergency funds for students in need, and helps families with the cost of after-school programs and camps, as well as providing a number of bursaries to students pursuing post-secondary studies, vouchers for school apparel and grocery cards to support student health and well-being. To learn more, visit https://angelfoundationforlearning.org/
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.
“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
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.