Submitted. Local students Tanner Friesen and Tristan Warmenhoven are now that much closer to reaching their educational goals after being selected as two of 11 recipients of the 2014 Envision Financial Education Award.
Pictured at right: Tanner Friesen. Picture of Tristan Warmenhoven was not available
Each year, secondary and post-secondary students throughout British Columbia who are also Envision Financial members are encouraged to apply for one of 11 $2,000 scholarships. These education awards recognize students who have demonstrated outstanding scholastic ability combined with exceptional community volunteer service. In recognition of its innovative community program, The Full Cupboard, Envision Financial also introduced The Full Cupboard Volunteer Award in 2013, which recognizes two secondary or post-secondary students who volunteer with their local food banks with a $2,500 education award.
Abbotsford residents Tanner Friesen and Tristan Warmenhoven are among this year’s winners. Tanner has shown exceptional dedication to volunteerism throughout his high school years as team captain at his school’s football team as well as president of his school’s grad council. He also volunteered as part of the Link Crew Leadership program to support students transitioning into high school. This coming fall, Tanner will be pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of British Columbia.
As a graduate of Yale Secondary High School, Tristan will be attending the University of the Fraser Valley and pursing a degree in criminology. He has dedicated significant time volunteering as a TREK camp counselor, an outreach camp designed to provide wilderness experience for children. Tristan also volunteered as part of a service trip to El Tizate, Guatemala to help at a local church and school.
“We’re pleased to recognize the hard work and dedication that both Tanner and Tristan have shown to both their education and their community,” says Susan Byrom, manager of community investment at Envision Financial. “They are both great examples of up-and-coming community leaders and we hope this education award will help them in their chosen education and career paths.”
Over the last 17 years, the Envision Financial Education Award has provided nearly a half million dollars in scholarship funds to help close to 250 students throughout B.C. finance their education.
About Envision Financial
Envision Financial is a division of First West Credit Union, B.C.’s third-largest credit union, with 38 branches and 29 insurance offices throughout the province operating under the Envision Financial, Valley First and Enderby & District Financial brands. Led by Launi Skinner, First West has $7.7 billion in assets under administration, more than 177,000 members and close to 1,300 employees. For its extensive community involvement, Envision Financial is designated a Caring Company by Imagine Canada. For more information on Envision Financial, visit www.envisionfinancial.ca.