MONTREAL - An agreement signed Tuesday by Mr. Richard Filion, Director General of Dawson College and Mr. Pierre Boivin, President of the Montreal Canadiens, establishes the Montreal Canadiens Dawson Women's Hockey Fund to award scholarships to graduating students, playing for the Dawson Blues women's hockey team, and who plan to continue their academic and hockey careers at university.
The announcement of the fund was made this evening at the Bell Centre during the Canadiens' game against the Florida Panthers.
"The inspiration for this award was the tragedy of September 13, 2006 and our will, shared by Dawson, to promote women's sports and academic performance," said Pierre Boivin. "Over the coming years, we will help them raise an endowment fund that will generate an annual $3,000 scholarship for one student-athlete on the Dawson Women's Hockey Team."
The scholarships will be named for Dawson graduate Catherine Ward, who is widely credited for turning the team around during the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons when she played for the team. Dawson women's hockey team has become a top performing athletic team that is undefeated this season.
"Catherine has shown outstanding character both in her athletic performance and in her pursuit of academic excellence," said Richard Filion, adding that her many talents have been recognized on and off the ice.
Ms. Ward was recruited by several Ivy League schools in the United States, but chose to remain in Canada and is today enrolled at McGill University. She was recently named to Canada's under-22 National Women's Hockey team. She exemplifies the missions and values of the Montreal Canadiens and Dawson College.
"The establishment of this fund with the Montreal Canadiens is a winning combination," said Mr. Filion. "Naming the scholarships for Catherine Ward brings honor to both our organizations and will inspire deserving young women to pursue their studies and their dreams."