CALGARY — Bow Valley College (BVC) unveiled the 1,000 Women Rising Campaign at a breakfast launch at the BVC South Campus on June 10, 2015.
This initiative has a simple, but powerful goal: 1,000 women rising up to help other women finish their post-secondary education and achieve their career ambitions. Our aim is to raise $1 million in funding support to assist our female students in overcoming barriers to learning.
At the launch, Sheila O’Brien and Kevin Peterson announced their $100,000 pledge. This is a matching gift to help encourage others to participate in the initiative. For every dollar donated, matching contributions, up to $100,000, will be made to the campaign. RBC’s Tasha Giroux, Regional Vice President – Commercial Financial Services, Alberta & Territories, presented a $5000 donation from her bank towards the initiative. The total raised so far today was $120,940.
“This support makes a difference, not a subtle one that plays out at the margins. It is meaningful and enduring, this extraordinary power of 1,000 women rising above the constraints of circumstance,” said Sharon Carry, AOE, Bow Valley College President and CEO. The 1,000 Women Rising Campaign will aim to make a difference in four areas:
1. Return to learning
The fund will provide support for students who withdrew from their studies and want to return, but who face financial or other barriers that, with minimal assistance, can be overcome to get the student back on track.
2. Child care bursary
Most BVC learners qualify for government childcare subsidies. But even with these supplements, they can still face a substantial expense, which might lead them to withdraw from their program. This bursary will provide eligible learners with funds for child care expenses to support care at a facility, day home, or after-school care program.
3. Financial aid
The 1,000 Women Rising Finish Line Fund will be used to provide financial or academic assistance for at-risk learners, to a maximum of $2,500 per student. The fund will improve the rates of program completion, and subsequent employment for our female learners by providing funding support for students who need additional, individual tutoring, or students who face financial barriers.
4. Learning technology
This fund will help erase the digital divide for our female learners by helping them to acquire computers and laptops for classroom use, delivering responsive programming, increasing learning flexibility, and connecting students to online learning experiences and support.
Linda Olsen of Global News Calgary helped to host this event. Olsen’s distinguished journalism career has seen her work to support women, including hosting and producing the award winning Woman of Vision series.
For more information on the 1,000 Women Rising Campaign, and to find out how you can make a difference please go to: www.bowvalleycollege.ca/1kwr