Impact of Giving
Impact Report 2021
Breaking Down Barriers
In November 2021, 127 scholars were recognized at a virtual Student Awards Ceremony. Thanks to our generous donors, five new awards were given out, including the Indigenous Student Award. This award is granted annually to a First Nations, Inuit, or Métis student based on academic achievement, community contribution, and financial need. Forty-nine donors contributed to this award and, with a matching donation from King’s, the fund was established with $56,835.
The first recipient of the Indigenous Student Award is Caitlin Morris. Catlin is a fourth-year student in the Sociology program. She works three jobs to support her family and finance her education. After graduating, she hopes to earn her Master of Social Work and work with the Children’s Aid Society. Support from this award has alleviated her financial stress and has allowed her to focus more on her son and her studies.
Meet our Student Scholars
Briane Gilkes, 3rd Year, Bachelor of Social Work
First recipient of the Dr. Linda Spano Student Award
Briane is a mature student who aspires to open a Social Work/Child and Youth facility. Receiving this award has allowed her to follow her passion for helping children, youth, families, and communities overcome adversities and challenges.
Hear more from Briane: https://youtu.be/ljTGWv-ZvAA.
Charles Skeete, 2nd Year, Master of Social Work
First recipient of the MSW Class of 2021 Black Student Award
Charles is a volunteer chaplain at London hospitals and works as clergy to assist families in Africa who have lost a loved one due to COVID-19. He hopes to earn his PhD and provide counselling services to black families. This award has provided significant financial relief and helped reduce his debt.
Hear more from Charles: https://youtu.be/t1wAUVnBiNU
Reflection Circle on the King’s Green
Situated on the land located at Waterloo and Huron Streets, the Reflection Circle is an inclusive space for private reflection and group gatherings. It also supports the needs of the Indigenous community at King’s by providing an outdoor location for sacred gatherings and Indigenous ceremonies.
A ceremony to dedicate the Reflection Circle and to recognize the generous support of Joanne and Peter Kenny was held in October 2021. Led by Knowledge Keepers and Elders Dan and Mary Lou Smoke, the ceremony included songs, prayer, smudging, and the hanging of flags of sacred colours. King’s student Russell Green was the ceremony’s firekeeper, responsible for maintaining the sacred fire.
Read more about the Reflection Circle: https://www.kings.uwo.ca/alumni/stay-informed/kings-herald/foundation-updates/emergency-funds/
Well-being and Mental Health Enhancements
The health and well-being of the King’s community has remained a priority throughout the pandemic. Thanks to generous funding from the Miggsie Lawson Fund through the Lawson Foundation, London Community Foundation/Community Foundations of Canada, Bell Let’s Talk funding, and other donors, King’s has added resources, improved access, and helped those experiencing anxiety, stress, and other mental health challenges.
Read more about King's mental health and wellness supports: www.kings.uwo.ca/current-students/student-affairs/mental-health-and-wellness-at-king-s/
Student Emergency Fund
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the financial stability of many students, we are grateful for the ongoing support from the King’s community to the Student Emergency Fund. This fund provides students with financial assistance for unforeseen expenses due to the pandemic.
Read more about the Student Emergency Fund: https://www.kings.uwo.ca/alumni/support-kings/student-emergency-fund/
For more information about how you can give the gift of opportunity, please contact:
Acting Executive Director
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