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Release Date: November 26, 2019

When local humanitarian and long-time activist Andrew Beckerman learned that the Camosun College Student Society was matching donations to the college’s $25,000 Giving Tuesday fundraising goal for its new Erasing Barriers to Education Fund for Camosun students, he was so impressed he offered the first match of $1,000.

Efforts are underway to raise the money in time for Giving Tuesday. All donations made before midnight on Dec. 3 will be matched by the Student Society. Following the retail events of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday provides an opportunity for people around the world to support what matters most to them and share that support on their social media networks with hashtag #GivingTuesday.

Passionate about education and the future of youth, he partnered with Camosun last year to launch the Andrew Beckerman Inspiring Community Leadership Scholarship.

“When I learned that the student society had decided to put out a match challenge, I offered to be the first match,” says Beckerman. “The fact that the student society was willing to step up to the plate really impressed me.”

The Erasing Barriers to Education Fund will help students succeed in their studies when they are facing financial hardships that impact their ability to continue their education.

Donors will have their donations matched by the generous support of the Student Society.

"The Camosun College Student Society supports matching funds for the college’s new Erasing Barriers to Education Fund because we all understand that many students face barriers in achieving their post secondary goals,” says Camosun Student Society external executive Fillette Umulisa. “All of us have known students who have experienced drastic changes in their circumstances who have almost had to leave school. The ability for the college to support students to get through temporary financial challenges will go a long way to enhancing student success and will help students stay in class while they complete their well-earned credentials."

It’s not the first time that retired architect Beckerman has supported the college.

Beckerman credits much of his success in life to his education and he wants everyone to have the same opportunities he has enjoyed – a key motivation in the creation of his Camosun scholarship. The first recipient of Beckerman’s new Camosun scholarship, which came with a $2,500 monetary prize, was computer engineering student Solomon Lindsay.

“I felt really honoured and the scholarship really helps with my education,” says Lindsay. “This was probably the most impactful award I’ve received because I had the chance to meet Andrew and learn about him and his views on philanthropy. It was really inspiring that he is motivated to help young people with their education.”

Beckerman is impressed by Camosun’s approach to broad-based, applied learning.

“I like the fact that the college is both involved with established academic pursuits as well as a number of trades training programs and bridge programs to UVic,” adds Beckerman. “I see flexibility in Camosun that you might not find in a more traditional educational setting.”

Flexibility and working to ensure that every student has the chance to reach their potential is a key value of the college.

For people considering making a donation, Beckerman offers some words of encouragement.

“I’d like to emphasize that if you’re thinking about giving, the time is right now,” he says. “The problems that are facing our community exist in the present day and your gift to Camosun can help a student succeed today.”

For more information and to help a Camosun student erase barriers to their education, please visit: camosun.ca/givingtuesday.

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About the Erasing Barriers to Education Fund

The new Erasing Barriers to Education Fund is open to any student at Camosun facing difficult situations. It is designed to help students succeed in their studies when they are facing financial or other hardships that impact their ability to continue their education.

At Camosun we seek to remove barriers to student success by locating, partnering, coordinating, and helping students access comprehensive “wraparound” supports. We believe that when the academic, physical, financial, mental, social and emotional development of students are met their path to success is paved.

Last updated: November 26, 2019 11:44 am

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