Bursaries awarded to eight Coast women

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On the fourth Monday morning of each month from September to June, a group of women gather in Davis Bay to exchange news over coffee, attend a meeting and listen to a speaker. Occasionally, this group also changes lives.

On Oct. 23 at 10 a.m., the group, formally known as the Canadian Federation of University Women-Sunshine Coast, will have its Bursary Society’s AGM, complete with a financial report detailing the thousands of dollars raised for women on the Coast who are endeavouring to improve their education and change their lives.

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Eight women received bursaries recently from the Society and their own words best describe the impact: “This bursary has helped lift an immense financial burden from my shoulders … and is a great privilege and honour,” said one recipient.

Bursary Society chair Patricia Minnes, who contacted each recipient by phone to advise them of their award, said that a number were “brought to tears” by the news. “You know it’s a great cause, but hearing of the positive impact on the lives of the women and their futures was overwhelming,” Minnes said.

The CFUW-SC Bursary Society awarded $15,000, including a $2,000 bursary to Capilano University. In terms of selection criteria, women must be over the age of 21, living on the Sunshine Coast, enrolled in a program and able to exhibit a degree of financial need of a bursary. Award winners have included dental hygienists, educators and a Justice Institute enrollee, with a wide variety of ages and backgrounds. However diverse, the common thread among recipients is that of a desire to enrich their lives (and often, those of their families) by improved training and/or education, despite the obstacles they face of time, distance and money.

The AGM will be held at St. John’s United Church (lower level). Afterward, the Canadian University Women-Sunshine Coast will host a panel discussion on the challenges facing Sunshine Coast women in the pursuit of education. Panelists will include: Sechelt Nation director Lenora Joe, Capilano University’s Julia Denholm, and Open Door Group employment facilitator Laura Smit. All are welcome.

– Submitted by Beverley McEwan

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