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Celebrating partnerships by building bridges to success
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Max Blouw, president and vice-chancellor of Wilfrid Laurier University, recently hosted a gift announcement in the university’s Senate & Board Chamber to acknowledge the leadership and financial support of an important community organization, the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation.
In front of a crowd of more than 100 people, Blouw announced a $425,000 gift to Laurier, generously donated by the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation in support of the Building Bridges to Success: Creating Links to Post-Secondary Education project, in partnership with Mosaic Counselling Services and the Pathways to Education program.
“Laurier’s mission states that we are committed to diversity, accessibility and a culture of inclusivity, and that we work to establish integrated communities of learning and collaboration,” Blouw said. “Our partnership with the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation, Mosaic Counselling and Pathways to Education, embodies this priority.”
“Access to, and support of, higher education is an institutional priority at Laurier, added Rob Donelson, vice-president development and alumni relations. Through this program, students will experience university-level instruction and receive specialized support on how to succeed in the post-secondary educational environment.
The project will provide the opportunity to take approximately 180 to 250 Grade 11 and 12 students over the next five years, beginning this coming fall. The program is looking to have nine cohorts with approximately 20-30 students in each. Additionally, the students and their parents will benefit from a series of outreach activities provided through administrators, student leaders and academics. The program will be co-chaired by Laurier Registrar Ray Darling and Director of Learning Services Gail Forsyth.
During the event, foundation trustee Stephen Cameron expressed his gratitude for this unique partnership. “Lyle was a very kind and generous man, who wanted to make his community a better place for many. He spent many years of his life building homes and communities. Now, he has just built his first bridge – something he would be very proud of.”
The Lyle S. Hallman Foundation has a track record of great generosity in our community, and in particular, to Laurier. In 2004, a pledge of $2.5 million was donated to the Faculty of Social Work, and a $1.5 million personal gift from Lyle Hallman to establish the Lyle S. Hallman Chair in Child and Family Welfare, also in the Faculty of Social Work.