Student leaders who are making a difference awarded 2012 Toyota Earth Day Scholarships

20 eco-conscious students from across Canada who will soon be graduating from high school receive $5,000 each to assist in their post-secondary education  
(TORONTO) – If Canada is to have a green future, bright and energetic young Canadians who are passionate about the environment must lead the way. In partnership with Earth Day Canada, Toyota is fostering the educational growth of young leaders who have a passion for environmental action.
Twenty special students who have demonstrated such leadership were recognized today for their outstanding contributions. They are the regional winners of the tenth annual Toyota Earth Day Scholarships, which were announced by Toyota Canada and Earth Day Canada in celebration of Earth Week.  
The students, who are in their graduating year of high school, will be honoured in local ceremonies across the country. Each will receive $5,000 to help them further their academic careers. They can apply their award funds directly toward educational expenses for the first year of full-time post-secondary studies in Canada.
“All Canadians have a role to play in helping make this country a greener place, by making smart decisions that minimize our environmental footprint,” said Seiji Ichii, President of Toyota Canada, Inc. “These young people will have a key role to play in helping the next generation of Canadians take our environmental sustainability to an even higher level. I congratulate all of them for their efforts to date and I wish them all the best in their very bright futures.”  
“These students are an inspiration to all of us,” added Jed Goldberg, President of Earth Day Canada. “They have already made a significant difference in helping the environment locally, nationally and internationally. And I am sure that in the coming years they will make even bigger contributions.”
The 20 regional winners will now move on as finalists for the 2012 Toyota Earth Day Scholarship National Award. One winner will be chosen from among these finalists to receive a Panasonic notebook computer in addition to the $5,000 scholarship. The national winner will be announced in May.
The Toyota Earth Day Scholarship Program was established by Earth Day Canada, with financial support from Toyota Canada Inc., to reward and encourage environmental commitment and action among students. This entrance scholarship is presented to graduating high school students entering their first year of post-secondary education. Recognizing that environmental issues are increasingly being tackled through multidisciplinary approaches, winners are selected regardless of their intended program of study.
Now in its 10th year the Toyota Earth Day Scholarship program has awarderd 160 Canadian students more than $800,000 through the program.
2012 Toyota Earth Day Scholarship Winners:
Lauren Basden, Halifax, NS
Genevieve Carpenter-Boesch, Gray, SK
Luke Ehler, Dartmouth, NS
Matthew Green, Toronto, ON
Simon Harmgardt, Oakville, ON
Veronika Bylicki, Vancouver, BC
Abigail Holt, London, ON
Brian Irwin, West Vancouver, BC
Simon Lespérance, Jonquière, QC
Liam Maclure, Victoria, BC
Janie Masse-Dufresne, Val-david, QC
Isabelle Neveu, Prévost, QC
Nikita-Kiran Singh, Red Deer, AB
Navarana Smith, Canmore, AB
Darren Touch, Calgary, AB
Olivia Toussaint Martin, Québec, QC
Laurissa Christie, Tara, ON
Hayley Whelan, Charlottetown, PEI
Sara Wyngaarden, Elmira, ON
Leehi Yona, Dollard des ormeaux, QC

Please click here for full profiles for each of the regional winners
About Earth Day Canada
Earth Day Canada (EDC), a national environmental charity founded in 1990, provides Canadians with the practical knowledge and tools they need to lessen their impact on the environment. In 2004 it was recognized as the top environmental education organization in North America, for its innovative year-round programs and educational resources, by the Washington-based North American Association for Environmental Education, the world's largest association of environmental educators. In 2008 it was chosen as Canada’s “Outstanding Non-profit Organization” by the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication. EDC regularly partners with thousands of organizations in all parts of Canada.
About Toyota Canada Inc.
Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) is the exclusive Canadian distributor of Toyota, Lexus and Scion cars, SUVs and trucks. Toyota Canada offers the most fuel efficient passenger car fleet in Canada, led by the industry’s largest selection of advanced technology vehicles such as the Toyota Prius. With a rich history of respect for the environment, Toyota Canada Inc. and its Dealerships align with like-minded organizations including the Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds program and through the Toyota Canada Foundation, Earth Day Canada and Scientists in School, to make things better where we live, work and play. Additionally, Toyota’s commitment to operating in harmony with the environment and sustainable mobility can be found here, in the Toyota North America Environmental Report. TCI’s head office is in Toronto, with regional offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Halifax and parts distribution centres in Toronto and Vancouver.

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