Nov. 26, 2004: Canada's best

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
      November 26, 2004
      Contact: Shelley Kean
      Tel: 604.983.7596

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—The Canadian government has honoured two Capilano College students each with $4,000 excellence awards from the Millennium Scholarship Foundation.

      Lauren March, a second-year Studio Art student from North Vancouver, and David Segal, an East Vancouver resident who is enrolled in the university transfer program, have that winning combination of being innovative thinkers, inspiring leaders, community contributors, and exceptional students.

      “Capilano College is delighted that the excellence and talents of these two students have been recognized by the Millennium Scholarship Foundation,” said College president, Dr. Greg Lee. “We are proud to have them attending our institution and know that they will continue to make a positive contribution in all their future endeavours.”

      Lauren, 19, had an early start in contributing to the North Shore community. As a Grade 7 student at Canyon Heights Elementary, she was presented with the J.S. Terry Award for volunteerism. While attending Grade 12 at Handsworth Secondary, she found herself back with her Grade 2 teacher, Mr. Cousineau, helping out as a tutor in literacy and math.

      A criterion for the Millennium award is having at least a B+ average and last year at college, Lauren maintained a grade point average of 3.43. She was the 2003 recipient of the Artists for Kids Scholarship, where she also volunteered one day a week as a teacher’s art assistant. That same year she received the Board Entrance Scholarship at Capilano College for maintaining an above average secondary school GPA.

      Most recently, Lauren volunteered her time working on a permanent sculpture that will be unveiled in the coming weeks at the Delbrook RecCentre. She’s honing her artistic skills while she contemplates her future.

      “My high school art teacher wants me to apply to Capilano College’s Illustration and Design program,” she said, “but I haven’t decided yet where I’d like to go. I still have one more year to complete in the Studio Art program and I’d like to focus on the work I’m doing now.”

      The Millennium Foundation honoured David Segal, 24, for his high GPA and for his tireless efforts with children with special needs.

      David spends his winters on the slopes of Seymour Mountain helping children with disabilities through Vancouver’s Adaptive Skiing program. After completing his last year of the university transfer program at Capilano College, David plans on attending either the University of Victoria or the University of British Columbia to obtain his undergraduate, then graduate degree, in psychology.

      “I’d like to run a organization that focuses on Aboriginal youth and their needs,” he said. “With a clinical background, I could have my own business and work with youths at risk on a volunteer basis. I’d especially like to provide outdoor programs for youths living in the Downtown Eastside.”

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      For more information, please contact Shelley Kean at 604.983.7596.