1000 Women movement continues to create a million possibilities for students

June 08, 2017

Annual luncheon raises more than $213,000 and opens new possibilities for NorQuest students.

On June 7, the 1000 Women movement marked seven years of mobilizing the community to remove educational barriers for NorQuest College students.

The movement’s annual luncheon, held at the Shaw Conference Centre, was both a celebration of philanthropy and an opportunity to continue the momentum. The event raised $213,820 towards The 1000 Women Movement’s third $1 million campaign to fund learner access and child care bursaries. More than $440,000 has been raised to date.

“The 1000 Women Movement exists to help the students at NorQuest College fulfill their dreams for a career and a bright future,” said Sheila Witwicky, Chair, 1000 Women advisory committee, who spoke passionately about the opportunities that 1000 Women funding provides.

“These students are dedicated, committed individuals, some of whom have faced extraordinary challenges to get here to get an education. They just need a little help to cross the finish line.”

The speaker who had the most impact at the luncheon was Brittany Whitford, a NorQuest Social Work alumna who benefitted from 1000 Women funding to complete her education. Joining her onstage was her young daughter Brooklyn, who Brittany called "her greatest motivator". Brittany spoke about overcoming many challenges to complete her education.

Since the movement began in 2010, it has raised more than $2 million for NorQuest College students in need. The first campaign, completed in 2012, supported student emergency funding. Last year, it raised funds to create the 1000 Women Child Care Centre, targeted to open late fall of this year at NorQuest College’s new Singhmar Centre for Learning.

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Left to right: NorQuest College president and CEO Dr. Jodi L. Abbott, Brittany Whitford and her daughter Brooklyn, and Chair of the 1000 Women Advisory Committee Sheila Witwicky.