Jane and Finch Youth Changemaker, Amanda ‘Amiga’ Taylor, wins TD Michaëlle Jean Bursary Award

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(OTTAWA,ON) August 26, 2014—The Michaëlle Jean Foundation and TD Bank Group are proud to announce the 2014 recipients of the TD Michaëlle Jean Bursaries.

Created to empower underserved youth to use the arts to revitalize their communities, the bursaries are open to young Canadians from across the country. This year, three highly deserving individuals were selected out of close to 100 applicants. Amanda “Amiga” Taylor is one among three Canadian youth selected from across the country to receive the award.

Amanda was raised in the Jane and Finch neighbourhood of Toronto. After running away from her home as a young teenager, she found herself living in group homes and on the streets of Toronto for several years of her childhood. At age 23 to complete high school pursue higher education. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Radio and Television Arts (RTA) at the Ryerson University, she pursued her master’s studies in Media Production. An award-winning and multidisciplinary artist, she has worked in the creative sector, producing two documentaries for CBC Radio (99.1FM), a radio program “IN THA RED” on CKLN 88.1FM and an award-winning video for the Yeates Graduate School Video Competition.

Jack Volpe: born Deaf and raised in a hearing family, Jack is now a playwright and director who has co-founded a theatre organization for hearing and non-hearing audiences. With his bursary, Jack will use drama as a tool to break down stereotypes against Deaf persons by providing an entertaining and judgement-free environment to expose the wider Montreal community to their culture.

Paula Ikuutaq Rumbolt: raised by her mother and grandmother in Baker Lake Nunavut that was steeped in sacred storytelling, Paula is now a published author and arts activist. Paula plans to use her bursary to help youth in the Arctic use traditional forms of creative storytelling to build bridges between generations and promote pride and understanding of Inuit traditions and culture.

Amiga’s bursary project will use a variety of artistic disciplines, including documentary film, to give a voice to experiences and ideas of racialized youth in the Greater Toronto Area.

The other 2014 TD Michaëlle Jean Bursary recipients are:

Jack Volpe: born Deaf and raised in a hearing family, Jack is now a playwright and director who has co-founded a theatre organization for hearing and non-hearing audiences. With his bursary, Jack will use drama as a tool to break down stereotypes against Deaf persons by providing an entertaining and judgement-free environment to expose the wider Montreal community to their culture.

Paula Ikuutaq Rumbolt: raised by her mother and grandmother in Baker Lake Nunavut that was steeped in sacred storytelling, Paula is now a published author and arts activist. Paula plans to use her bursary to help youth in the Arctic use traditional forms of creative storytelling to build bridges between generations and promote pride and understanding of Inuit traditions and culture.

All three bursary recipients will be presented to the public on November 7, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. during a public event at the upcoming Power of the Arts National Forum: Acting Now for Social Change, to take place at Carleton University in Ottawa.

About the TD Michaëlle Jean Bursaries
Launched in 2013 as a partnership between the Michaëlle Jean Foundation and the TD Bank Group, the bursaries provide up to $10,000 to youth seeking training and mentors to help them use the arts to better their communities. Over a one-year period, the recipients will work on innovative arts-based projects designed to better the lives of underprivileged youth and improve the quality of life in their communities. For more information: http:// www.fmjf.ca/en/programs/bursaries/.

About the Michaëlle Jean Foundation
We support youth arts initiatives that transform young lives and revitalize underserved communities across Canada. Through our programs, underprivileged youth are using their creativity to build new solutions to pressing social issues like poverty, social exclusion and mental health. In so doing, they are catalyzing innovative community renewal projects,driving crucial Aboriginal cultural resurgence initiatives, and kick-starting cutting-edge business ventures, all over the country. For more info: www.fmjf.ca.

TD Community Giving
TD Bank Group invests in communities in order to effect positive change in the places where it operates and where its clients and employees live and work. In 2012, TD donated over $65 million to support community organizations in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. In Canada, TD focuses on education and financial literacy, creating opportunities for young people and the environment. For further information, please visit www.td.com/ corporate-responsibility.

Contact:
Peter Flegel
Director of Communications and Programs – Michaëlle Jean Foundation 613.562.5468 – pflegel@fmjf.ca

Courtesy 4Reasonz & Michaëlle Jean Foundation

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