Recipient in the age 15 and under category
Tommy Vachon, 6 years old, QC
Leucan Challenge for My Friend Zachary
My name is Tommy, I’m 6 years old and I’m in the first grade. I have a friend at school named Zachary who has leukemia. Zachary is in grade 3, he has 2 sisters and 2 brothers, and his mom volunteers a lot in our little town.
There’s going to be a Leucan challenge at my school on May 31, 2023. I don’t want to cut my hair, I’m scared. So, my parents are donating money to the kids who are going to cut their hair. I’d like to get the grant to donate to the Leucan challenge, to help Zachary.
Recipient in the age 16+ category
Zachary Laplante, 22 years old
Tennis for Disadvantaged Kids
My project is to offer tennis lessons to children from disadvantaged areas. My plan is to help initiate kids to the sport by teaching them the fundamentals of tennis. This will allow them to start playing tennis in public parks. As an expensive sport, tennis is not accessible to everyone. These funds will allow me to reserve courts and hire an assistant if there is a significant number of registrations.
The funds will also provide for subsidized equipment from a Tennis Canada program. The result will be to encourage everyone to practice tennis, to use public infrastructure and to encourage socialization in a population that is experiencing isolation. Furthermore, the development of gross motor skills also promotes the development of fine motor skills. The kids will be recruited through schools in socioeconomically disadvantaged areas.
February 9 to February 28, 2023
March 1 to March 17, 2023
The committee, made up of employees from Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Quebec City, will choose 10 submissions (5 per category) from those received. Committee members will not see the employee’s name, the child’s name or where they are from, to guarantee transparency.
March 21 to April 4, 2023
Employees will be asked to vote on the submissions that inspire them the most (their 1st choice and 2nd choice for each category).
April 11, 2023
Announcement of the recipients
- One submission per child
- The child’s parent must be a permanent, temporary or contract employee of iA Financial Group or a Career network advisor
- The employee must be active when the bursary is awarded, if applicable
- The bursary must be used for the submitted project or dream no later than December 31, 2024.