On Wednesday, June 15th representatives from Renison University College (Renison) were invited to attend the 2016 Annual General Meeting of Family and Children's Services of the Waterloo Region (FACS Waterloo). At the event Renison was acknowledged by FACS Waterloo for its new Renison University College Crown Ward Housing Fund which has now accepted its first ever students to receive fully funded residence spots through the fund at Renison for the upcoming fall semester.
In regard to the importance of this fund to Renison, Principal Wendy Fletcher says, "It was incredibly moving to see how many young people, who have overcome incredible obstacles, desire to pursue higher education in the service of others. The significant majority of the young people going on to higher education whom we celebrated the other evening, are pursuing programs which will enable them to offer themselves in service to others who have suffered in the ways which they have. As a University College committed to engaged education for the well-being of the world through SDS and the School of Social Work, we are uniquely situated to equip these resilient young people with the tools they need to contribute as they hope to. It is great privilege for us to be able to support these stellar young people in the next stage of their education through this residence fund. Education changes lives, changed lives change the world.”
According to an article posted last month in This Week at Renison surrounding support from the Town and Gown Society at Renison for this initiative Alison Scott, Executive Director of FACS Waterloo stated, “This type of assistance is groundbreaking. Our youth often find it challenging to learn to balance education and living independently without the family supports other youth may have. This initiative will provide crucial assistance for our youth pursuing post-secondary education at Renison, enabling them to focus on achieving their academic goals. We applaud Renison for their leadership and commitment to youth as they pursue appositive path to the future.”
Individuals or organizations interested in supporting this important initiative are asked to contact Caroline Tanswell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-884-4404 ext. 28605