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Capilano University Aboriginal students benefit from HSBC Bank Canada donation

HSBC Bank Canada presents a cheque for $30,000 over three years to support the HSBC Bank Canada Aboriginal Bursary at Capilano University. Pictured from left to right are: Loree Gray, district vice-president, HSBC Bank Canada; Dr. Greg Lee, Capilano University president and vice-chancellor; James Beck, First Nations representative for the Capilano Students’ Union; Shahla Besharati-Rad, branch manager, Edgemont Branch, HSBC Bank Canada; and David Kirk, Capilano’s First Nations advisor.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Contact: Jessica Thoms, Executive Director, Capilano University Foundation
Tel: 604.984.1765

(North Vancouver, B.C.)—Aboriginal students studying at Capilano University will continue to benefit from HSBC Bank Canada’s support thanks to a recent donation of $30,000 over three years.

The donation to the HSBC Bank Canada Aboriginal Bursary brings HSBC’s support to a total of $71,000 since the fund was established in 2003. Through interest and matching dollars, the fund has grown to $99,127 and provides one annual student bursary in the amount of $5,000.

“We are extremely appreciative of the ongoing financial support provided by HSBC Bank Canada over the years,” said Jessica Thoms, executive director of the Capilano University Foundation. “Their generosity has created a number of valuable learning opportunities for so many of our deserving students.”

The HSBC Bank Canada Aboriginal Bursary is intended to promote equality of opportunity and give students the gift of education when they might not otherwise have the chance.

“HSBC is committed to supporting improved access to higher education,” said Matthew Bosrock, deputy CEO, HSBC Bank Canada. “We are proud to support the HSBC Bank Canada Aboriginal Bursary so that more Aboriginal students have the opportunity to attend Capilano University and realize their full potential as future community leaders.”

Aboriginal students studying in all disciplines at Capilano University are eligible to apply for the HSBC Bank Canada Aboriginal Bursary. The next application deadline is September 2010. Complete details can be found in the Financial Aid and Awards booklet at www.capilanou.ca/services/financial/financial/scholarships

Capilano University is a teaching-focused university that serves the communities of the Lower Mainland, Howe Sound, and the Sunshine Coast through campuses in North Vancouver, Squamish and Sechelt. Enrolment totals 7,000 students in credit programs each term with an additional 7,000 people taking non-credit courses annually. Capilano offers a complete range of preparatory courses, university-level arts and science courses, business and management studies, creative and applied arts programs, health and human services programs, plus a range of services in support of student learning and success. Credentials awarded include bachelor degrees, associate degrees, post-baccalaureate diplomas, advanced diplomas, diplomas, certificates and statements of completion.

HSBC Bank Canada, a subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc, has more than 260 offices, including over 140 bank branches and is the leading international bank in Canada. With around 8,500 offices in 86 countries and territories and assets of US$2,422 billion at 30 June 2009, the HSBC Group is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organizations.

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