On November 23rd, the College of Biological Sciences held their first ever awards dinner to honour recipients of the various scholarships and awards. I attended the dinner and was pleased to present our Graduate Scholarship in Human Health Nutrition to Kaitlin Roke, our 2015 award winner.
The dinner, which was held in the Summerlee Science Complex Atrium, was extremely well done and I was most impressed with calibre of the students at the ceremony. It was easy to see that Canada will benefit enormously when these intelligent young women and men join our work force and begin to influence the future direction of our country.
One of the new awards that we are presenting in 2015-16 is $500 to the Lakeside Hope House Bridges out of Poverty Group that has been a part of our outreach program for the last two years. Mary Crome, a Circles Coach has informed us that they have selected a highly motivated leader who is currently working towards a specific Certificate for work. The social connections she has gained through her Circles Allies has led to an employment opportunity in her field dependent on her completing the course. They are very excited about this leader’s progress and are pleased to be able to offer her this money for educational support.
As many of you know, Circles is an evidence based initiative to fight poverty in the community. Different from other programs, Circles uses the power of social Capitol in the form of intentional friendships and community, to support people who are leading their families out of poverty. These people are called Leaders. Leaders who have an educational or employment based goal for self-sufficiency are matched with Allies who are economically stable for support guidance and mentorship along their journey. In the two years that Mary has been a Circles coach, she has witnessed people overcome huge debt, go back to school, gain valuable and meaningful work experience and increase their self-esteem. Some of their Leaders graduate to not only become self-sufficient but also give back financially to the program.
Chair, CFUW Guelph Scholarship and Awards Committee