Two years ago, Burridge Campus in Yarmouth became the first of the Nova Scotia Community College campuses to launch its Make Way campaign – part of a big provincewide fundraising effort for NSCC – and on Tuesday a wrap-up event was held at Burridge to celebrate the success of the Make Way campaigns in the tri-county region.
The campaign for Burridge (which included NSCC’s Digby Learning Centre) raised $661,750 while the total for the campaign at the college’s Shelburne Campus was $165,458.
The figures were provided by Mary Thompson, principal at the Burridge and Shelburne campuses and the Digby Learning Centre, during the March 26 celebration.
Funds raised through the tri-county campaigns are for student awards and urgent aid, for innovative programming and for leading-edge instructional equipment.
“It’s an incredible outcome,” Thompson said, “and we are so grateful to everyone who supported Make Way.”
In an interview after Tuesday’s formalities, Thompson spoke a bit more about the success of the Make Way initiative.
“You can’t do this without wonderful, supportive committee of volunteers,” she said. “But also it’s the incredible community donors ... People just were so giving, so open, not just with financial help but with advice on how to proceed. Again, very clear support for our students, which is just heart-warming.”
Citing the college’s efforts to help students – through its urgent aid program, for instance – Thompson said what might seem like a relatively small amount of money to many people can mean the difference between a student staying in school and leaving.
She talked about how great it is to see students complete their program, get a job in their field of study and improve their lives (and, depending on how old they are, improve the lives of their families too).
“It really is transformative,” she said.
“I think that’s what drove us in this campaign, knowing that every penny that we raised went to student supports, whether it be bursaries, whether it be urgent aid, whether it be for programming in the classroom.”