From left, Courtney Barrington, Mia Teal and Tenisha Poelstra smile at St. Lawrence College in Brockville on Sept. 7. The three women all participated in the first Homeward Bound Brockville program offered by The Employment + Education Centre and received scholarships to attend St. Lawrence College in Brockville this September. – Submitted Photo
Brockville – The Homeward Bound Brockville program is pleased to announce it has awarded the first tuition scholarships to Homeward Bound Brockville graduates. These recipients were acknowledged during a brief ceremony at St. Lawrence College in Brockville on September 7.
All three of these participants are set to further their educations at St. Lawrence College after having completed the earlier part of the Homeward Bound Brockville program. The deserving recipients are Courtney Barrington, Tenisha Poelstra and Mia Teal.
Homeward Bound is an innovative program that helps single mothers earn college diplomas, gain employment and achieve economic self – sufficiency. The first group of participants in the program took part earlier this year; Homeward Bound Brockville started in late 2016 and is based on a similar program to help lift single mothers out of poverty which has operated in Toronto by Wood Green Community Services. The Homeward Bound program is funded through the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
“I am very proud of the scholarship recipients for all their hard work and efforts,” states Loretta Corbeil, Program Manager for Homeward Bound Brockville. “The first cohort of Homeward Bound Brockville participants have been very successful; four women obtained their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), six women were accepted into college programs and one woman gained full time employment.”
Corbeil adds, “We will continue to build the scholarship fund so that more single moms in our community will be given the opportunity to further their education and pursue their dreams.”
For additional information about Homeward Bound Brockville or to donate to the scholarship fund, please contact Loretta Corbeil at (613) 803-8794 or firstname.lastname@example.org
An agency of the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities.