Wednesday June 22, 2016 




Abbotsford student Sydney Toews picks up Rising Star award Tashon Ziara, PCU


ducation is one of the best ways that young people can ensure a financially sound future.


Across BC, Prospera is helping students realize their dreams through the credit union’s Educational Awards Program.                                       Sydney Toews             


Every year the program distributes up to $21,000 to deserving individuals who are dedicated to helping others and planning to pursue post secondary education.

Prospera’s Educational Awards are offered in four different categories: Neutron Awards for those currently attending high school; Quasar Awards for those already attending post-secondary school; Nebula Awards for those pursuing an education in Athletics, Fine Arts or Culture; and Super Nova Awards for life-long learners who are balancing work, family and community participation while furthering their education.

Since 2012, the credit union has also given out a special award that honours long-time Prospera Credit Union director Ron Sweeney’s community spirit. Ron passed away last November at the age of 90, but his dedication to community will always be a shining example of the difference one person can make in the world. The Ron Sweeney Rising Star Award is given to one exceptional high school student who has made a difference for others and is pursuing a post-secondary education.

Prospera is happy to announce the 2016 Ron Sweeney Rising Star Award goes to Sydney Toews from WJ Mouat Secondary in Abbotsford. Sydney is an artistic young woman who uses her talents to help others, including auctioning off a specially commissioned piece of her work to raise $1,400 for the charity Run for Water.

Sydney also volunteers with the Abbotsford Food Bank and in 2014, she traveled to Mexico where she helped out with several projects at an orphanage. Sydney plans to pursue her passion for the Arts at Capilano University.

Congratulations to Sydney Toews and all of the 2016 Prospera Credit Union Educational Award winners (listed below).

About Prospera Credit Union

Building on more than 70 years of history in British Columbia, Prospera Credit Union is proud to be a member owned co-operative with operations from Vancouver to Kelowna. As a full service financial institution that prides itself on building relationships, we serve our members through sixteen branches; online and mobile banking; and a locally-based contact centre. Through our membership in The Exchange network, our members enjoy access to more than 3,300 surcharge free ATMs across Canada (that’s right, no ATM fees).

Making life better for everyone is important at Prospera. With an extensive community investment program devoted to supporting the organizations, events and volunteers that make our communities stronger, Prospera makes a meaningful difference in the financial well-being of our members and our communities. To learn more, check out Prospera’s YouTube channel and Facebook page or visit the credit union’s newsroom online at

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