Educational Awards and CYL

FirstOntario Student Educational Awards

FirstOntario is committed to helping our young Members achieve more than their financial goals. And when you make the decision to continue with post-secondary education your studies, not your finances, should be your first priority. FirstOntario strongly supports our young Members who are pursuing educational opportunities beyond high school. We understand the financial challenges this can present and would like to assist our Members who are making the decision for a better future.

“Learning how to manage my spending money was challenging but I learned to set a specific amount of money aside each month for things like textbooks, meals and entertainment to help stay within my budget. The FirstOntario Student Educational Award helped make my transition to continued studies less stressful because it completely covered the cost of my on-campus meal plan. With this award, all my meals in my first year at university were paid for!”

Savannah Buccella, University of Guelph – 2014 FirstOntario Student Educational Award winner

FirstOntario has available six educational awards valued at $1,500 each to young Members who exemplify leadership qualities and the drive to make our communities a better place to live.

Application Submissions

Applications for 2016 FirstOntario Student Educational Awards are now closed. The application process for FirstOntario Student Educational Awards will reopen in Spring 2017.

2016 Award Recipients

Congratulations to our six Youth Members who received a FirstOntario Educational Award for $1,500.

This year’s winners are (left to right)

Matthew VanLeeuwen – Fourth Ave Branch
Sara Asselin – Oakville branch
Sandra Lee – Upper Middle Branch
Christina Erstinian – Stoney Creek Branch
Eleanor Kenny – Thorold Branch
Matthew Olsson – Fourth Ave Branch

Co-Operative Young Leaders Summer Camp

Co-operative Young Leaders (CYL) is a leadership development program that brings together youth from across Ontario. Every spring FirstOntario accepts applicants to sponsor summer CYL camp opportunities to help foster community, growth and leadership with our young Members. This sponsorship includes meals, accommodations and materials. The selected applicants must arrange transportation to and from the camp.

The Co-operative Young Leaders (CYL) camp has all the things that make summer camp fun like hiking, campfires, swimming, volleyball and hanging out. During the week long session, you'll learn valuable skills like how to be a leader and a team player. You'll also learn how to co-operate with others, solve problems and develop an increased sense of self-awareness.

“I learned the 7 principles of co-operatives but also traits that have helped me grow as a person like leadership, confidence and team attitude. The many activities taught us how to work together and use each other’s skills to accomplish a common goal.”

Victoria Foxall – 2015 Junior participant

This unique co-operative leadership experience is specifically designed for young Members between the ages of 14 and 18. There are 3 camp levels beginning from Junior through to Intermediate and Senior.

For more details about the CYL summer experience, click here.

Application Submissions

Applications for FirstOntario sponsorship of 2016 CYL summer camp are now closed. The application process for FirstOntario sponsorship will reopen in Spring 2017.

Congratulations to this year’s attendees.

•    Sandra Lee – Upper Middle Branch
•    Sobia Nadeem – Lime Ridge Mall Branch


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