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Bestselling Young Adult Author Mentors Toronto High School

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SCARBOROUGH, Ontario (May 28, 2018) – On Wednesday May 23rd, bestselling author Victoria Aveyard visited Cedarbrae Collegiate Institute as part of the wildly successful Speak Up! high school mentorship program initiated by the RBC Foundation and First Book Canada. Over 65 grade 9 students benefited Aveyard speaking about her path after... Read more

Canadian Entrepreneur Mentors Hamilton High School Students

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HAMILTON, Ontario (May 9, 2018) – On Tuesday May 8th, Canadian businessman and entrepreneur Anthony Lacavera visited Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary School as part of the widely successful Speak Up! high school mentorship program initiated by RBC Foundation and First Book Canada. Over 100 grade 12 students received advice from Lacavera about... Read more

Raptors 905 Player Mentors Toronto Youth

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TORONTO, Ontario (May 4, 2018) – On Friday, April 27th, Raptors 905 player Kaza Kajami-Keane spoke with 70 youth from Toronto Community Housing’s Midnight Madness Basketball program about the challenges and successes he’s experienced in his basketball career and on his path to the Raptors 905 team and Team Canada.... Read more

High School Students Deepen Understanding of Reconciliation

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(The following Press Release was written in collaboration with Sutton District High School students.) Sutton high school students uncover Canadian history with Chanie Wenjack’s story in The Secret Path SUTTON, Ontario (April 16, 2018) – On March 21st, approximately 100 students at Sutton District High School (SDHS) gathered to watch the... Read more

Award-winning authors mentor Saskatoon high school students

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First Book Canada and RBC bring Yann Martel and Alice Kuipers to Saskatoon High School in SPEAK UP! Mentorship Program SASKATOON, Saskatchewan (March 14, 2018) – On Thursday, March 8th, award-winning authors Yann Martel and Alice Kuipers visited Bedford Road Collegiate as part of a high school mentorship program initiated... Read more