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St. Boniface Hospital Research and the RBC Youth BIOlab Jeunesse were honoured to receive a gift of $15,000 from the Canada Post Community Foundation to support the purchase of a portable digital microscope, computer and projector. This equipment will support the Youth BIOlab’s work with northern and remote First Nations schools in Manitoba and allow staff to deliver programming and conduct hands-on activities with students.

“Bringing Youth BIOlab activities to these schools will increase the capacity of Aboriginal youth to understand and approach current health challenges in their own communities, and ensure they have the same opportunities to explore a future in science, medicine and medical research,” said Youth BIOlab Director, Stephen Jones.

Jason Candaele, Manager, Retail Business for Canada Post, explained how the Foundation supports a variety of community organizations that pave the way for a stronger future.

“Right now, 118 organizations across Canada are receiving grants close to $1.2 million. These funds will help organizations just like yours to build better, safer, and more supportive communities for Canadian youth,” he said. “Every penny we raise stays in this province, and the grant we are giving out today is the result of some of that effort from last year.  It should be noted here that there were 19 recipients in Manitoba this year, of which 9 are based in Winnipeg.”