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Foundation raises $2.3 million toward student assistance and program enhancement

November 18, 2009

The Camosun College Foundation celebrates its many donors and a banner fundraising year with its Annual Donor Recognition Reception at the Liz Ashton Campus Centre, Interurban Campus, Thursday, November 19.

Founded in 1981, the Camosun College Foundation supports the College and its students. Over 1,130 students directly benefit each year from the generosity of Camosun’s more than 4,400 donors.

“Together, with the help of our community, the Camosun College Foundation touches lives everyday,” says Susan Haddon, executive director of the Camosun College Foundation. “Last fiscal year, with the help of our long-time and new donors, we raised over $2.3 million in revenue to support student financial aid programs, enhance learning environments and enable important capital projects.”

The Foundation currently manages over 675 award, bursary and trust funds. About 15 per cent of Camosun students benefit from the College’s annual bursary and award program – but more than 50 per cent of students apply for some kind of financial assistance.

Helping students succeed

Les Arcand is a recent graduate of Camosun’s Academic Upgrading and Community Mental Health Worker programs. This past spring, he received the Chuck Dowdeswell Award for achieving academic success while conquering adversity. After humble beginnings, he made the Dean’s Honour Roll and earned a full-time job as a counsellor with the Salvation Army. “I’m living a dream,” says Arcand. “It’s all because of Camosun College and the sponsors they have. I just want to say thank you.”

Raising funds for Library renovations

In addition to raising monies for student financial assistance, the Camosun Foundation focused on several major projects this past year, including the capital campaign for the Love Your Learning Library revitalization project. Camosun is updating both its campus libraries at Lansdowne and Interurban this year. Renovations include 90 new computer stations, two electronic learning labs, expansive study and lounge areas, student project rooms and more are beginning now at the Lansdowne Library.

“The Foundation has now raised over $220,000 for new books, computers, e-resources and classroom equipment with the help of many individual and corporate donors, including a $120,000 donation from Peninsula Co-op and a $20,000 contribution from 1st Team Consulting,” adds Haddon. And, thanks to a recent $4 million infusion from the federal-provincial Knowledge Infrastructure program, the building renovations are well underway.”

“We’re very excited about our new Library revitalization project and all the work we do to help our students succeed,” she added. “In the meantime, we wish to thank all of our donors for their continued inspiration, commitment and support over the years, and we are so happy they can share in the achievements of Camosun College and its students.”

Facts & Figures

  • 4,416 donors
  • 297 new donors in 2008
  • $12.4 million in total assets
  • 335 endowments
  • Governed by a 14-member Board of Directors and run by five staff members
  • 99 per cent of every dollar goes directly to a specific Camosun cause


Susan Haddon
Executive Director, Camosun College Foundation
cell: 250–588–9298

Last updated: November 18, 2009 9:39 am

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