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A Daughter’s Note of Gratitude Turns Into $20,000 in the RBC Thank You Mom & Dad Contest

More than 50,000 students wrote heartfelt letters of thanks to their biggest supporters in education and in life

TORONTO, October 6, 2016 - Her parents fled a war-torn country to build a better life for the children they hoped to have someday. Jenny Tang, the winner of this year’s RBC Thank You Mom & Dad contest, now has the chance to pay her parents back for the sacrifices they made almost 40 years ago.

Jenny, a third-year biomedical student at York University, won $20,000 for her contest submission. She thanked her parents, Bill Tang and Hoa Dang, for their “courage” to leave Vietnam to establish a new life in Canada, and then raise her and her sister with patience, support, and unconditional love.

From amongst more than 50,000 entries that poured in from across the country, Jenny’s entry was chosen randomly to win the grand prize.

“I’m so happy that the contest reminded me to tell my parents how much they really mean to me,” says Jenny. “I don’t dare think that I can ever fully repay my mom and dad for the sacrifices that they’ve made for me and my sister. Growing up, I don’t remember them ever vacationing together. I hope this prize will let me give them a long overdue trip together to their homeland.”

During the RBC Thank You Mom & Dad contest, students told stories that showed their deep appreciation for the people that stand behind them, not just on their educational journey, but through life’s ups and downs. The thanks were not just reserved for moms and dads. Grandparents, siblings, aunts and uncles, teachers, spouses, children, and friends were all recipients of well-deserved praise during the 12-week contest sponsored by RBC and the Student Life Network earlier this spring.

“Most students need some financial support in school, but having someone help us through the highs and lows of life is priceless. Students benefit from this support network to navigate school and as they mature into adulthood. I congratulate all the students who shared their stories, and applaud the people who make a difference in these students’ lives,” says Laura Plant, director of student banking, RBC.

Many of the stories were steeped in emotion as students shared moving tributes to loved ones, past and present, recounted triumphs over illness and personal struggles, and some of the life lessons they learned along the way. The stories of gratitude -- shared through online letters, videos, photos and social media – were eligible to be the randomly selected winner of the $20,000 prize.


Watch Jenny reveal the good news to her surprised parents

Watch Jenny reveal the good news to her surprised parents

Note: English video only. French transcript available.

“I’m speechless. Being a refugee and an immigrant to this country, I worked so hard. I brought her up. [Jenny] is the reward that I get,” said Bill, Jenny’s father.


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About Student Life Network
The Student Life Network (SLN) is North America’s fastest-growing provider of awesome contests and exclusive experiences for Canadian college, university and high school students.

Founded in 2009, Student Life Network works with trusted brands to give back to students. Over the years, SLN has created a tight-knit community of like-minded students that feels more like a family. Through unprecedented contests like Thank You Mom & Dad, SLN has given away hundreds of thousands of dollars to over 1,000 SLN members, sent students on trips around the world and provided members with one-on-one meet and greets with stars like Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and Rihanna. Pretty awesome.

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For more information, please contact:
Ka Yan Ng, RBC Corporate Communications, 647-625-8726
Jill Anzarut, RBC Corporate Communications, 647-534-5118