The CPAEF was delighted to attend the 2018-19 Ch’nook Scholars Fall Gathering Opening Reception on Friday November 2, 2018.
The event was hosted by TD Bank, a key sponsor and donor of the program, on the 29th floor of TD Tower located in the heart of downtown Vancouver.
This stunning top floor venue provided a wonderful vantage point to see the skyline of Vancouver.
Dr. Frances Chandler, Ch’nook program director, welcomed guests which included indigenous and metis student scholars from across BC and Alberta, program faculty, donors and other supporters.
Each scholar introduced themselves and their university.
The Ch’nook Program was established in 2007 to recognize indigenous students studying at certain institutions across BC who demonstrate personal and professional achievements and who have made contributions to their university, college or community.
Students were from the following post-secondary institutions: UBC|Sauder, Thompson Rivers University, University of Northern BC, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver Island University, Royal Roads, Langara College, North Island College and University of Calgary.
For scholars, the program includes a $2,000 scholarship, expense-paid attendance at provincial gatherings (such as this Fall Gathering), business cards, professional photos, bios, membership in CANDO (a national Aboriginal organization involved in community economic development), and access to facilitated paid-internship programs, just to name a few.
In attendance was David Chiang CPA CA, CPABC’s vice-president of member advice and programs. Said Chiang, “the profession is proud to continue its support for indigenous and metis students.” He added, “This year, we’re thrilled that there are so many Ch’nook scholars interested in a career in accounting.”
Jessica Chan, CPABC’s recruitment officer – who was also in attendance at the reception, will be presenting a session to the scholars as part of their two day retreat.
The CPAEF wishes all Ch’nook Scholars success in their academic pursuits.