26 August 2016 For Immediate Release
FREDERICTON, NB – The Fredericton Chamber of Commerce has awarded its annual postsecondary scholarship to Tanya Smith, who is currently completing a Master of Social Work program at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia.
Already a community leader, Tanya is an instructor at da Vinci College after several years of working with Kingsclear Child & Family Services. She also has extensive experience volunteering her time for various issues and organizations that include child protection services, the Fredericton Food Bank, Meals on Wheels and the Fort Smith Animal Society. She has been a director of the New Brunswick Association of Social Workers’ Social Action Committee. Tanya is also a high academic achiever, having received a 4.1 GPA during her undergraduate degree and now maintaining a 4.2 GPA in the masters program.
“Our postsecondary scholarship is one of the reasons I’m proud to be part of the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce” said chamber President Paul Simmonds. “It’s a good example of how our organization lives our vision Community Prosperity Through Business. A successful business community and growing economy is key to a healthy community that is able effectively do essential things like support students, provide effective social programs, offer a variety of recreational activities and all of the other parts of civic life that we deem important.”
Administered by the Fredericton Community Foundation, recipients of the scholarship are selected by a panel of Fredericton chamber pastpresidents.
“The scholarship fund has been an excellent way to keep our past presidents’ involved in our organization in an official capacity,” said Krista Ross, chamber CEO. “The passion and commitment to their community that these individuals have shown over the lives is inspiring, so it seems appropriate that they be involved with this selection process all of the applications we receive are inspiring in their own way.”
“Any employee of a chamber member; or their child or their spouse that is attending a postsecondary institution in the fall is eligible for the scholarship,” added Simmonds. “Our members employ about 27,000 people, so there was no shortage of highqualified candidates. Simply put, Tanya was the best of the best.”
Tanya received her scholarship at the chamber’s annual golf tournament on August 25, 2016.
With more than 950 members, the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce is one of Atlantic Canada’s largest chambers of commerce. A dynamic business organization, the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce is actively engaged in policy development that affects the competitiveness of our members and of the Canadian business environment.
Contact: Krista Ross, CEO – (506) 4588006
Pictured from left to right: Tanya Smith, 2016 Fredericton Chamber of Commerce PostSecondary
Education Scholarship recipient; Paul Simmonds, Fredericton Chamber of Commerce President