"Talk about a kick-start. The Youthvision scholarship opened my eyes to endless possibilities, motivated me to reach my true potential and let me know that there are people who genuinely care about the underdog.”
Liam LaTouche received the CIBC Youthvision Scholarship in 2001 and graduated in 2007 from the University of Western Ontario with an Honours Bachelor of Science Specialization in Kinesiology. Liam speaks positively about the comprehensive nature of the CIBC Youthvision Scholarship Program and the significant impact it had on his life.
From the beginning of their relationship, Liam’s Big Brother played a pivotal role in every stage of his life. “My mentor taught me the value of honesty and integrity. He has always been someone I can turn to for advice and has helped me understand my worth. We are still very involved in one another’s lives and consider each other to be family,” says Liam.
Through the summer internships at the Scarborough YMCA, Liam gained professional experience within the fitness industry, which he credits for building his confidence, leadership and interpersonal skills. Liam also expanded his network and built lasting relationships with people who were influential in coaching him as he pursued a career in the health and fitness industry.
Today, Liam owns and operates a business in the health and fitness industry. Liam’s academic and professional aspirations are still evolving. He is in the process of applying to Physical Therapy programs at several universities in the hopes of pursuing his dream of working as a physiotherapist with the ultimate career goal of opening a comprehensive, revolutionary wellness facility.
“I could have never foreseen it at the time, but the scholarship opened me up to opportunity after opportunity for personal and professional growth. I am so grateful to have been one of the very lucky recipients of the scholarship program.”