UWC (TORONTO) FOUNDATION
A New Beginning
The UWC Board is happy to introduce the board members of our new charity, the UWC Toronto Foundation:
Marianne Anderson is the president, Kathy Nolan-Garner the treasurer, Talisha Ramsaroop vice-president, Penny Vincent secretary, and Doris Geddes and Susan Freeman are directors. Additional UWC members are invited to contribute to the work of the Foundation as members of the UWC Charitable Activities Committee.
Board and Charitable Activities Committee
This Board and the members of the Charitable Activities Committee will be responsible for giving scholarships and financial awards to young women who are pursuing a university or college education. The new committee will meet regularly to decide what charitable organizations the UWC will support through the new Foundation.
The Foundation is now incorporated and papers have been filed for charitable status. As soon as this status is received, bequests or scholarship donations should be made directly to UWC (Toronto) Foundation.
We continue to support a student from Iqaluit, Emily Ann Niego, with $1500 per term. In 2018 - 2019 we’ll be supporting a second Iqaluit student, Anna Lambe, who will be starting a Bachelor of International Development and Globalization Coop Program at the University of Ottawa
We’ve also given a grant of $9,200, via Innis College, to provide residence for a young woman from a background of need
UWC’s annual donation to the Heritage Fund for scholarships has been approximately $30,000. Further donations have been made by the UWC to Iqaluit students, Indspire, Sistering, Innis College and Romero House from the Board’s discretionary fund, fundraising and the charitable activities work.
In the past, the Heritage Fund was responsible for the distribution of UWC and its members’ donations to scholarship recipients. The Heritage Fund, represented by UWC members Deborah Maw, Mary Sauriol and Glad Bryce and former UWC member Heather Pearce, made a decision in February 2018 to wind down over the next two years. Heritage Fund plans for the dispersal of the remaining scholarship money, held in their trust, are unavailable.
In November 2017 the UWC gave the Heritage Fund $30,000, some part of which has been used for the undergraduate scholarships and awards of $1000 - $2000 to high school graduates, college and university students. As well, the Heritage Fund donated $10,000 to the Mary Sauriol post graduate prize in Physiotherapy in 2018.
In setting up our new Foundation, we are ably guided by Shelina Ali, a lawyer at Iler Campbell LLP and an expert in not-for-profit law. The constitution of the new Foundation is grounded in the fundamental belief that there must be free and open disclosure of financial information between the Foundation and the UWC and that the Foundation is obliged, by its very nature, to award, in a timely manner, as much of its funds as possible each year to deserving students and charitable organizations, with the approval of the UWC membership at the annual business meeting. The UWC Board of Directors looks forward to working collaboratively with the new Foundation.