Russ & Ellen Cmolik

Surrey, British Columbia

The Cmoliks believe in both the dreams of young people and the power of education. For example, they have initiated and funded a program for Grade Five children at an inner city school that provides all-day field trips as a way to expand the childrens’ horizons. This Horizons program is reinforced by five-day summer camps at the SFU Surrey Campus, where the students explore everything from business marketing to physics and digital media. The Cmoliks also provide post secondary scholarships for students who are financially challenged and who have overcome an obstacle. The payback to the community for the Cmoliks support is that the students are asked to give back to their community when they are able to do so. The story of the Cmolik’s generosity is inspiring for its unique approach to fostering aspirations and encouraging educational possibilities for students in their community.


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