June 8, 2019Print | PDF
Good morning everyone and thank you for joining us.
It is a privilege to be here today as a sponsor of the Farmers’ Market and speak to you on behalf of Wilfrid Laurier University.
This market is evidence of the thriving community we have here in Milton – a community of which I am proud to call Laurier a member.
For the past many years, we have been working with town council, the Milton Chamber of Commerce and local businesses and organizations to bring the dream of post-secondary education to this region.
In this time, I have met remarkable people and we have formed strong partnerships.
Laurier is renowned for its exceptionally strong community spirit across all our campuses and locations.
When people first encounter Laurier’s community spirit, I often hear them remark that Laurier is a special place.
I have to say, having spent a significant amount of time in Milton, that this is a pretty special place, too.
It is incredibly gratifying to work with like-minded people on building a strong community with a clear vision for the future.
Everyone around the table can see the potential for partnerships in teaching, learning, research and industry.
Just this past week we held an information session for a Master of Education program we will offer out of the Milton Innovation Centre in winter 2020.
In fact, we will begin accept applications for this admissions to this program next week!
Almost 50 people attended the session, demonstrating how interested people are in local opportunities for higher education.
The excitement is truly palpable.
At Laurier, we are ready to begin this next chapter in Milton, delivering innovative programming that meets the needs of everyone in your community – from youth, to those looking to switch careers or enhance their credentials.
And we have a track record of success with this model – our Brantford campus will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year and has grown to more than 3,500 students from its humble beginnings of less than 40 students in one building.
Eventually, Milton will have a Laurier campus nestled alongside the Niagara Escarpment. This will be a hub of innovation and opportunity for the town.
Already, approximately 10 per cent of our total Laurier students hail from the Milton-Halton region. That’s almost 2,200 students!
Imagine if these people could stay in your community with their energy, enthusiasm and bright ideas.
It’s an exciting thought!
As we work together towards this shared vision of post-secondary education in Milton, I want to thank everyone here who has championed Laurier along the way.
Thank you once again for celebrating this morning and please enjoy the market!
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