Dilawri Partners with New Relationship Trust Foundation to Support Education Goals of First Nations in BC


VANCOUVER, BC (May 7, 2018) - Dilawri Group of Companies ("Dilawri"), Canada's largest automotive group, today announced that they have partnered with the New Relationship Trust ("NRT") Foundation, and over the next three years will provide the NRT Foundation with a yearly $5,000 student scholarship, and an exclusive vehicle purchase program on any vehicles from their BC dealerships. Dilawri will also sponsor the NRT Foundation's Annual Charity Golf Tournament, which is taking place this year on August 3, 2018. Dilawri's partnership with the NRT Foundation is in support of BC's First Nations' education and community.

The NRT Foundation is a charitable non-profit organization, and the largest Indigenous-run education charity in British Columbia (BC). It was created to advance and support the education goals of Indigenous students in BC. The primary focuses are scholarships, bursaries, and First Nations language revitalization. The NRT Foundation has supported 2,028 scholarship and bursary recipients from First Nations communities across BC and it continues to grow each year. This scholarship and bursary initiative helps to create a skilled workforce of Indigenous people in a variety of fields.

"The NRT Foundation is excited to partner with Dilawri, as their support will help to ensure Indigenous education awards continue in perpetuity," said Judith Sayers Chair of the NRT Foundation. "The goal of the NRT Foundation is to create a $30 million endowment that will allow us to be self-sustaining so that students have funding options to turn to for generations. We always hear that post-secondary education of Indigenous people is vital - we have taken on the challenge and we are fully committed to supporting our families and to strengthening our communities."

"Dilawri Group of Companies is proud to support the New Relationship Trust Foundation," said Brad Laviolette, Dilawri Regional Marketing Manager. "Education and community support are extremely important to Dilawri, and our investment in the NRT Foundation helps to enhance learning, and employment opportunities for First Nations graduates."

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NRT Foundation provides scholarships for Aboriginal students enrolled in Undergraduate, Masters, and Doctorate programs. Dilawri will provide a $5,000 scholarship every year to a recipient who agrees to achieve performance standards, which are monitored by the NRT Foundation on an ongoing basis.

The goal of the NRT Foundation's Charity Golf Tournament is to raise $50,000 annually to support First Nations education projects and post-secondary students across BC. All proceeds will support First Nations education now and in the future. Dilawri is a Premier Sponsor of this tournament.

Dilawri's exclusive vehicle purchasing program is open to all NRT members including employees, students and graduates. NRT members can purchase or lease an in-stock new vehicle of their choice from any of the Dilawri Group of Companies' owned dealerships in BC.

About Dilawri Group of Companies

Dilawri Group of Companies is Canada's largest automotive group with 67 franchised dealerships representing 30 automotive brands throughout Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia. Privately owned and operated by the Dilawri family since 1985, the company continues to expand its footprint in Canada, building on its history of excellence in the automotive industry. With more than 3,500 employees, Dilawri Group of Companies is proud to offer exceptional products and customer service in every dealership.

Dilawri Group of Companies is not only a leader in the automotive industry, it is also a leader in the communities it serves, having established The Dilawri Foundation in 2002. The Dilawri Foundation has contributed tens of millions of dollars throughout Canada supporting a variety of charitable causes.

About New Relationship Trust Foundation

The NRT Foundation is the largest Indigenous-run education charity in BC. Since 2008, the NRT Foundation has awarded 2,028 scholarship and bursary awards. By investing in Indigenous postsecondary education, the NRT Foundation is building the capacity of Indigenous communities, enhancing employment opportunities for graduates, and creating the skilled work force that will enable BC to meet its future economic and social development needs. For more information on the NRT Foundation visit www.nrtf.ca.

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