Commerce Student Named Canada’s Top Teen Philanthropist

Posted on December 22, 2008

Dec. 17 – QSB Commerce student Jane Wu was recognized as Canada’s Top Teen Philanthropist for her volunteer work with young women in Calgary.

Contest organizers Mackenzie Investments will donate $5,000 on Jane’s behalf to Child and Youth Friendly Calgary, a charity Jane has been supporting for the past four years. Jane will also receive $1,000 for her accomplishments, which she will use to support future philanthropy projects.

Wu created Beauty and Brains, a conference for girls aged 12 to 18 that introduces them to the full range of career opportunities available and inspires them to pursue their dreams.

Jane has been an avid volunteer and fundraiser since the age of 12. Contest officials said she stood out among an impressive group of nominations for this first annual national contest.

Applicants were judged on the breadth of their volunteering and fundraising efforts, their leadership and creativity, their hands-on involvement in their philanthropic pursuits, their length and level of involvement, and the impact on their community and their charity.

Five runners-up are also being rewarded with a $500 grant to their charity of choice.

Jane’s accomplishments were featured in the Calgary Herald on Dec. 17, 2008.