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Young Aurora community advocate awarded Meridian’s Commitment to Communities Sean Jackson Scholarship - August 16, 2017

2017-08-16 4:34:43 PM
TorontoAugust 16, 2017–Meridian, Ontario’s largest credit union, is proud to name Aurora resident Heba Shahaed as the 2017 recipient of the Meridian’s Commitment to Communities Sean Jackson Scholarship.

Named in honour of Meridian’s former CEO and community leader, Sean Jackson, the scholarship awards $10,000 to one Ontario student who demonstrates a strong commitment to their community while achieving academic excellence.

“Heba’s compassion, enthusiasm and entrepreneurial drive have made her a young leader in her community,” says Sarah Rea, Senior Manager Corporate Social Responsibility at Meridian.  “Her contributions will have a lasting impression and that makes her a deserving recipient of this award.”

A community and youth advocate, Shahaed played a pivotal role in bridging the divide between youth and seniors in her community.  Working in partnership with the Aurora Historical Society , Shahaed led an oral history project called Let’s Talk Aurora which focused on collecting and preserving Aurora’s intangible heritage by having local high school students interview local seniors.  The interviews were videotaped, transcribed and posted online to create a digital oral history library.
Shahaed played a key role in forming Aurora’s Youth Engagement Committee (YEC) that brings together students aged 12 to 17 and creates opportunities for them to engage in their community in positive and meaningful ways.  Through Shahaed’s leadership and efforts, YEC continues to empower and engage local youth and provide them with a prominent voice in the community. 
Her work to support students in her school community is also evident as she is President of the Empowering Students Partnerships, Co-ordinator of the Peer Mentors Team, President of the Health Sciences Team (HOSA), Vice President of Equity Council, Treasurer of Student Council, Relay for Life Team Executive and Announcement Team Member.
“I’m extremely honoured to receive this scholarship and be recognized for my youth advocacy work,” says Shahaed. “I will be attending McMaster University in the fall with a goal of becoming a pediatrician.  Receiving the Meridian’s Commitment to Communities Sean Jackson Scholarship brings me closer to achieving that goal.”

The Meridian’s Commitment to Communities Sean Jackson Scholarship is administered in partnership with the Niagara Community Foundation, and an annual call for applications from Ontario high school graduates is made each spring. Full details of the scholarship application can be found on Meridian’s website at www.meridiancu.ca/community.

About Meridian:
With over 70 years of banking history, Meridian is Ontario’s largest credit union, helping to grow the lives of its more than a quarter of a million Members.   Meridian has $17 billion in assets under management and delivers a full range of financial services online, by phone, by mobile and through a network of 88 branches across Ontario, and commercial banking services in 11 locations. Meridian Members also have access to THE EXCHANGE® Network, with more than 3,300 no-fee ABMs across Canada and 500,000 ABMs in the United States. For more information, please visit: meridiancu.ca. 

For more information call:
Diane Medeiros
Manager, Media & Stakeholder Relations
416-597-4444 Ext. 2667