Summer 2021 Update
A season of hope When we hear the gratitude in our students’ and alumni’s stories and we see the impact that kindness can have on a community, we are reminded once again that there are reasons to remain hopeful. It can feel increasingly challenging to find the good as we are constantly inundated with horrific news and traumas from around the world and right here in Canada. But together, we will continue to advocate and work for positive change. In this update, we share the highlights from the last quarter including new partnerships, student success stories, and to introduce a new fundraising appeal. Thank you for your support, you are leading the way.
Truth and Reconciliation, and the path forward On May 27, 2021, the residential school system - a shameful act in Canada - was once again brought into National focus. The bodies of 215 children, some as young as 3, were uncovered at the former site of the Kamloops Residential School, in British Columbia. Here is what NSCC is doing to move towards reconciliation.
Scotiabank funding launches NSCC grad’s new meal-kit business Kara Friesen, 2020 Business Administration grad who attended NSCC Kingstec Campus, had tried meal-kit boxes in the past. She was always disappointed by the lack of local produce and the excessive use of packaging she found in the boxes. She kept looking at them and wondering if she could create a more sustainable product.
Lead the Way. More help for students, now This past year has been hard for so many. The challenges that NSCC students face as they balance academics, career planning and financial security have been increased by the unique barriers presented by the pandemic. In response, we are launching Lead the Way—a fundraising initiative that will help remove barriers for students and alumni, fund new innovative programs at the College, and ensure that we can build our province, communities and industries back better than ever.
CIBC gift to support financial literacy workshop for small businesses CIBC's upcoming Financial Information for Small Business workshop has been specially developed to help support the small business community within NSCC and throughout Nova Scotia. Topics covered will include: achieving and maintaining financial solvency, maximizing profitability, advisory services, and more.
Recent grads paying it forward to empower future students The 2020 class from the Irving Pathways to Shipbuilding is paying it forward. Through their newly established award–The Black Empowerment to Success Award, two African Nova Scotian students will have the opportunity to receive much-needed financial support during their program at Akerley Campus. This initiative was born out of the group’s own experience being supported while at NSCC, and their desire to give back in the same vein.
Future Health Practitioner on the right path thanks to donor-funded community award Through the Jim and Dawn MacLeod Community Award, students like Kirsten Surette, a Mental Health Recovery and Promotion student at the Burridge Campus, have the opportunity to pursue learning in a field that they love, with great potential for positive community impact.
Donald R. Sobey – Lighting a path for future generations In March this year, NSCC and indeed, Nova Scotia stopped to celebrate the life of philanthropist, Mr. Donald R. Sobey. He was a champion of youth empowerment, education, and community development. His endowed award changed the lives of hundreds of students like Eric and April.
VERB Interactive launches NSCC bursary program for women in technology Through a partnership with VERB Interactive, the newly launched Women in Tech Award will support more women entering technology professions, including IT, Applied Media and Communications Arts, Digital Marketing, Business Intelligence Analytics, Cyber Security, and Graphic Design.
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