1000 Women

Since 2010, 1000 Women donors have raised over $2 million to support removing financial obstacles, enabling NorQuest College students to pursue education and achieve their goals.

Your Impact

1000 Women Learner Access and Child Care Access Bursaries

Donate to our current campaign to create two bursaries that will provide students with the money they need to confidently step through the door at NorQuest College each day in pursuit of their futures.
 

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1000 Women Child Care Centre

The second campaign, completed in 2016, raised the capital needed to build a daycare in NorQuest’s Singhmar Centre for Learning, as well as funds to establish a Child Care Access Bursary.

Million Possibilities Bursary

The first campaign, completed in 2012, created this emergency fund that helps students faced with unexpected expenses stay in school.

See the difference your support is making

Emergency Bursary

Students who have extenuating or emergency situations can seek assistance and receive an emergency funding application form in the Student Services Office, Room A125 in the Heritage Tower, Downtown Campus.

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1000 Women Campaign Video

Erin Babcock

Former NorQuest practical nurse student Erin Babcock in a 2013 1000 Women: A Million Possibilities promotional photo with her daughter.

Erin Babcock

Crossing the floor from health care to politics

Following graduation in 2013, NorQuest College practical nurse alumna Erin Babcock thought she was in the best position possible to help make a difference.

A nurse and a mother, she was providing for her children while at the same time being a source of care and comfort for patients at the Royal Alexandria Hospital.

That was until a dinner conversation in the winter of 2015. A remark from a friend resulted in her taking her responsibilities to an even higher level, going from frontline health care worker and mom, to provincial legislator and, of course, still a mother.

“It was just one of those supper conversations,” says the 35-year-old. “I was having guests over and a friend of mine who has been an NDP organizer for some time said to me, ‘Erin, I think you should run.’”

Thanks to that conversation, Babcock is now the NDP MLA for Stony Plain, presiding in a house where her expertise will be valuable and her decisions will affect the lives of millions of people.

“I have worked hard to become the very best nurse I could be,” she says. “And I have worked very hard to be a good mom. Now I feel I can advocate for our health care system and that means so much to me.”

Bianca Moyo

Bianca Moyo

Education saves lives

Imagine facing a life and death situation and not being able to communicate properly with the person providing your care.

NorQuest College practical nurse grad Bianca Moyo understands the importance of good intercultural communication skills. Growing up in Zimbabwe, where there are 16 official languages, you would think that her abilities to relate people’s needs and understand their concerns would come from her homeland—not entirely.

Now a full-time employee of the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital in Edmonton, Moyo graduated from NorQuest’s Practical Nurse program in 2009. It was the most diverse learning environment she had ever been part of.

“At NorQuest not only did I get an education, but it taught me to be world-ready and ready for the workplace. When I was in class I had students from all over the world. So when I graduated I was able to articulate and empathize with people from everywhere.”

Empathy. Another quality most would associate with good nursing. Moyo knows how hard it can be to empathize and take the proper courses of action with someone whose culture, language, or medical expectations differ from her own.

“I can relate to almost anybody,” she says. “I now understand so much about the local Indigenous culture, I know about Columbia, I know about Nigeria, and I know about Canadians who were born and bred here. And that is thanks to NorQuest College.”

At the Glenrose, Moyo’s managers and coworkers see firsthand the value she brings to the hospital.

“Nurses like Bianca play a key role in building a therapeutic relationship with our patients and their families to improve their rehabilitation, health, and well-being,” says patient care manager, Michelle Wallace. “Bianca’s training and experience are helping her understand our patients, and have given her the skills to communicate with them, their families, and the inter-professional care team.”

The Donor Roll

Who's in the movement

We treasure the women, men and organizations noted below who have invested $1000 or more in the 1000 Women movement. Cumulative giving to the movement is recognized by gem levels: diamond, emerald, ruby, sapphire, amethyst, pearl and opal.

$100,000 - $249,999

  • Allard Foundation
  • Dr. S. Ann Colbourne
  • Krishna & Radhe Gupta
  • Dianne & Irving Kipnes
  • 1 anonymous donation

$50,000 - $99,999

  • Brookfield Residential (Alberta) LP
  • Dr. Teresa Debevc & George Cantalini
  • Rosemary Paulencu
  • Rod & Patty Taverner

$25,000 - $49,999

  • Anne Finzer, CEO inc. & Etc. Décor
  • Focus Communications
  • Dr. Elena Hernandez-Kucey & Kucey Dental Group
  • Lindsay Nakatsui
  • Dale Sheard
  • Rick & Brune Sinneave
  • TD Bank Group
  • Sheila Witwicky

$10,000 - $24,999

  • Alberta Blue Cross
  • Marianne Brown
  • Sharon Brown
  • Katherine Caine
  • Canada Safeway Women's Networking Group-Edmonton
  • DIALOG
  • Enbridge
  • Ernst & Young LLP
  • Peggy Gouin
  • Hillberg & Berk
  • Wendy & Gerry Kinsella
  • Salma Lakhani
  • Ledcor Construction Limited
  • Leslie & Dave Leeworthy
  • Lexus of Edmonton
  • Carla, Don & Alex Madra
  • Thomas & Melanie Nakatsui
  • Sylvia Nasseri
  • National Growth Partners
  • Fran Olson
  • Darwin & Betty Park
  • John & Barbara Poole Family NorQuest Fund at Edmonton Community Foundation
  • RMC Group of Companies
  • Rohit Group of Companies
  • Servus Credit Union
  • Soroptimist International Club of Edmonton
  • Gail, Bernhard & India Rose Stepanik-Keber
  • Schoena Strudwick
  • Brenda Trendel
  • Debra Wooding
  • 2 anonymous donation

$5,000 - $9,999

  • Dr. Jodi L. Abbott & Mr. Michael Abbott
  • Allwest Commercial Furnishings
  • Laurie Anfindsen
  • Wendy Andrews
  • ATB Financial
  • ATCO Gas
  • Attain Solutions Inc.
  • AutoCanada Inc.
  • Tamara Baltzan
  • Carol Blair & Associates Inc.
  • Iola Bots
  • Sheryl Bowhay
  • Hilda Brown
  • Leah & Chris Burrows
  • Business in Calgary Magazine/Business in Edmonton Magazine
  • Butler Family Foundation
  • Canadian Western Bank
  • CHANDOS
  • Donna Clare
  • Dini Corbett-Lourenco, PhD
  • Jody Cormier
  • Judy Cosco
  • Davies Park Executive Search
  • Elly de Jongh
  • Deloitte
  • Dentons Canada LLP
  • Eberlein Family Charitable Foundation
  • Chris Ellingson
  • Lynn Faulder
  • Deborah Gordon
  • Alyssa Haunholter
  • Danita Haysom
  • Patti Hergott
  • Elizabeth Hurley
  • Kick Media Inc.
  • Irene Klar
  • Arti & Arvind Koshal
  • Angie LaBerge
  • Day LePoole
  • Lincolnberg Master Builder
  • Audrey E. Luft
  • Lynn Mandel
  • Leslie & Toby Marquardt
  • Jill Matthew
  • Melanie McCallum
  • A. Anne McLellan
  • Irene Mertz LaBonte
  • Maggie Mitchell
  • Marilyn Mucha
  • Pearl Nielsen
  • Peace Hills Trust
  • Jackie Polovick
  • RBC Foundation
  • Dr. Eric & Elexis Schloss
  • Norma Schneider
  • Sorrentino's Restaurant Group
  • Marianne Stewart
  • Dallas Stoesz
  • Denise Tambellini
  • Sue Trigg
  • United Sport & Cycle
  • Aurea Vasseur
  • Sheila Weatherill
  • Paddy Webb
  • Gay Young
  • Carlee Yukes

$2,500 - $4,999

  • Tara J. Adam
  • Susan Adams
  • Lee & Lore Ahlstrom
  • Beth Allard Clough
  • Monica Allen
  • Alquinn Homes Ltd.
  • Jo-Anne Anderson
  • B.J. Baldwin
  • Dianne Balon
  • Beaverbrook Developments
  • Vi Becker
  • Cindi Berg
  • Isabel Bernete
  • Naila Bharmal
  • Alva Blabey
  • In Memory of Manola Borrajo
  • Charlene Butler
  • Joanne Butler
  • Cameron Development Corporation
  • Kimberly Campbell
  • Capital Power
  • Susan Casey
  • Louise Charach
  • Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta
  • City of Edmonton
  • Caroline Clark
  • Clark Builders
  • Trudy Cormier
  • Tom & Betsy Cornwall
  • Nancy Cranston
  • Cougar Drilling Solutions
  • Jennifer Crosby
  • Decore Hotels
  • Deloitte & Touche Foundation Canada
  • DIRTT Environmental Solutions
  • Sue-Ann Donnelly
  • Drayden Insurance Ltd.
  • Darren & Laurel Durstling
  • EPCOR
  • Kevin Fitzgerald & Colette Orieux
  • Donna Fong
  • Cynthia Fowler & Emma Houghton
  • Marian Gayed
  • Jennifer Gericke
  • Darrell Giraldeau
  • Sharon Grant
  • Larry & Claudette Haggar
  • Isabel Henderson
  • Joan Hertz
  • Mr. & Mrs. J. E. Hokanson
  • Bonnie Hutchinson
  • Jiffy Lube
  • Miranda & Noah Jones
  • Salima Amir Kheraj
  • Heather Kitteringham
  • Galia Kwetny, Artribute Art School
  • Jillene Lakevold
  • T. Larsen
  • Colleen Lees
  • Karen Leibovici
  • Sally Lore
  • Doreen Lutsky Hooper
  • Dyanne Lyons
  • Elan MacDonald
  • Doug & Shauna MacIver
  • Manasc Isaac Architects Ltd.
  • MCW Hemisphere Ltd.
  • Merle Norman Cosmetics
  • Tina Naqvi-Rota
  • NEUMAN THOMPSON
  • Roy & Trudy Nickerson
  • Nobrega Financial Inc.
  • Northlands
  • Esther Ondrack
  • Optimum Talent|Conroy Ross Partners
  • Stacey Padbury
  • Pagnotta Industries Inc.
  • Raylene Palichuk
  • Della Paradis
  • PCL Group of Companies
  • Michelle Pilon
  • Karen Polowick
  • Qualico
  • Garry & Joyce Rathgeber
  • RBC
  • Jonathan & Laura Robb
  • Lillian & Larry Ruptash
  • Shelley and Guy Scott Family Foundation
  • Katie Soles
  • Janet Stalenhoef & The Artist Well
  • Stantec Consulting Ltd.
  • Lidia & Dennis Surman
  • Senator Claudette Tardif
  • Top Draw Inc.
  • Annette Trimbee
  • Kim & Don Wheaton
  • WMC
  • Roberta M. Van Wyk
  • Barbara Walker
  • Dr. Winnie Wong
  • 4 Anonymous

$1,000 - $2,499

  • Bonnie Abel
  • Academica Group
  • Academy Place Law
  • Jeannie Agrios
  • Felipe Aguerrevere
  • Alberta Union of Provincial Employees
  • All Weather Windows
  • Dawn Allard
  • E. Dianne Allen
  • Lisa Allen
  • The Allen Family in memory of Tim Allen
  • Alliance Building Maintenance
  • Carol Anderson
  • Angus Watt Advisory Group
  • Jenielle & Jocelyn Anselmo
  • Katherine Anselmo
  • Mark Asbell & Dawn Pentelechuk
  • Denise Assaly
  • Erin Babcock & Will Gammon
  • Kelsi Badry
  • Rhonda Baker
  • Tracey C. Ball
  • Dr. Barbara Ballermann
  • Linda Banister
  • Kendall Barber
  • Kathy Barnhart
  • Monique Bateman
  • The Beis Family
  • Karen Beliveau
  • Loreen Belovich
  • Jeanne Belzil
  • Carol Bentley
  • Janet Bentley
  • Ashlyn Bernier
  • Michelle Bessette
  • Hamida, Danisha & Zafira Bhaloo
  • Myra B. Bielby
  • Candis Bilyk
  • Bishop & McKenzie LLP
  • Blu's
  • R. & C. Bode
  • Kathy Bonazew
  • Anna Borissova - Pure Canadian Gaming Corp.
  • Shawna Bots
  • Melissa K. Bourgeois
  • Dianna Bowes
  • Valerie Bowlen
  • Marion J. Boyd
  • Beverley Brennan
  • Jacqueline Brisebois
  • Shirley Brooks
  • J. Brown
  • Tamara Buckwold
  • Cindy Bullerkist
  • Wanda Bursey
  • Andrea Butler
  • Shannon Butler
  • Adeline Cairo
  • Carol Cameron
  • Mary Cameron
  • Carolyn Campbell
  • Canadian Hadassah-WIZO
  • Don & Betty Carlson
  • Brian & Jeanne Carpenter
  • Carol Case
  • Dominic & Isabel Cave - Dominic Cave Prof. Corp.
  • C'est Sera Inc.
  • Louise Chadi
  • Seham Chadi
  • Molly Ann Chan
  • Sarah Chan & Don Iveson
  • Corrina Chetley-Irwin
  • Helen K.Y. Cheung
  • Deb Choma
  • City of Edmonton, Communications and Engagement Department
  • Patty Cleall
  • Glenda Coleman-Miller
  • Linda C. Cook
  • Salvatore N. Corea
  • Barbara Cote
  • Nancy Cumming
  • Jackie Cummings
  • Pemme Cunliffe
  • Dance Mover II & III
  • Elizabeth Da Silva
  • Dandy Oil Products Ltd.
  • Donna Daniec
  • Erin Davis
  • Kerry Day
  • Claire Desrochers & Doug McConnell
  • Vanessa Desa
  • Elaine Devine
  • Stephanie Donaldson Kelly
  • Cathy Douglas
  • Downey Norris & Associates Inc.
  • Richard & Marjie Drewry
  • Nisa Drozdowski
  • Melanie Ducholke
  • Sharon Duff
  • Carol Duggan
  • Lynne Duncan
  • Lori Dundas Interior Design
  • Tammy Dunnett
  • Edon Management
  • Elevate Consulting Inc.
  • Patricia Elzinga
  • Lorraine Enge
  • enPrivado
  • ENX INC.
  • Doreen Erker
  • Laurel & Trent Evans
  • Michele Evans
  • Tamara Evans
  • ExquisiCare Senior Living
  • Fabco Metal Products Ltd.
  • Nancy & Hany Fares
  • Cynthia Farmer
  • Cathy & Greg Farnell
  • Karina Farr
  • Karen Faulkner
  • Andrea Ferguson
  • Bunny Ferguson
  • Jackie Fetter
  • Brendan & Leah Fitzgerald
  • Melanie Fix
  • Patti Fleger
  • Dr. Cathy Flood & Dr. Harold Chyczij
  • Edyth Florence
  • Michelle Florence
  • Janet Folk
  • Tammy Forbes
  • Mary Ford
  • Joan Forge
  • Jennifer Forsyth
  • Sandra Forsyth
  • Sharilee Fossum
  • The Fournier Family
  • Rose Fowler
  • Kim Franklin
  • Yvonne Gagnon
  • Sandra Gajic
  • GEC Architecture
  • Olga & Trent Gelmici
  • Gelmici Jewellers Ltd.
  • Lori Gelmici-Hanni
  • General Recycling Industries Ltd.
  • Louise Gibson
  • Karen Giebelhaus
  • Aileen Giesbrecht
  • Jane Gilchrist
  • Rochelle Gilmour
  • Global Edmonton
  • Peggy Gouin
  • Crystal Graham
  • Lois Greabeiel
  • Susan Green
  • Dominique Gregoire
  • Angela Grekul
  • Kathy Grieve
  • Don Groot & Patricia Johnston
  • Gulnaz Jiwa Professional Corporation
  • Mona Hale
  • Jane Halford
  • Faye Haney
  • Cynthia Hansen
  • David Hardy
  • Glenise Harvey
  • Paul Hastings
  • Tamara Hauglum
  • Crystal Hawryluk
  • Louise Hayes
  • Tracey & Ken Healey
  • Ann Marie Heffernan
  • Maureen Hemingway Schloss
  • Kerri-Lyn Holland
  • Dorothy Hollands
  • Maria Holowinsky
  • Tanya Horvath
  • HSBC Bank Canada
  • Iris Huchulak
  • Linda Humphreys
  • DeAnn Hunter
  • Lynn Hyska
  • Jessica Jacobs-Mino
  • Mary Jane James
  • Shenaz Jeraj
  • Yasmin Jivraj
  • Anis Jiwani
  • Heather & Cameron John
  • Barry Johns
  • Vickie Kaminski
  • Nabat Kassam
  • Catherine Keill
  • Keill & Co.
  • Ruth Kelly
  • Khan Communication Services Inc.
  • Kimberley Homes Ltd.
  • Kimpton Beckford Family
  • Hayat Kirameddine
  • Lindsay Kirstein
  • Pamela Klemen
  • Heather Klimchuk
  • Derry Knaak
  • Kyla Knight
  • Kathy Knowles
  • Bernie Kollman
  • Marg Korby
  • Brent Kossey
  • Denise Koufogiannakis
  • Tina Krause
  • Leanne Krawchuk & Gregg Shavchook
  • Lillian Krawchuk
  • In Memory of Stephen Krolo
  • Kim Krushell
  • Diane Kubanek
  • Eileen LaBonte
  • David & Loren Labonte
  • Pamela & Jason Lafferty
  • Kanwal Lali
  • Lydia Lanman
  • Colleen Lathan
  • Colleen, Lawra & Ellexis Lathan
  • Adriana Lazarescu
  • Cathy & Del Lewis
  • Kelly Lilja
  • MaryAnne Loney
  • Raffaella Loro & Christopher Henderson
  • Jana Lumsden
  • Donna M. Lux
  • LUX Beauty Boutique
  • Linda Mabbott
  • Mary MacDonald
  • Patti Macdonald
  • Patrick & Angela Machacek
  • Tricia Machon-Carriere
  • Catherine MacKenzie
  • Rod MacLean
  • Alexis MacMillan
  • L & P MacPhie
  • Eva Mah-Borsato
  • Christine Maligec
  • Joyce Mallman Law
  • Mariah Consulting Limited
  • Chana Martineau
  • Pilar Martinez
  • Christine Massing
  • E. & M. Masson
  • Zainul Mawji
  • McCuaig Desrochers LLP
  • Jen McEwen/Kerri Sorochan
  • Maureen McCaw
  • Agneta McKenzie
  • Lazina Mckenzie
  • Cheryl McNeil
  • Iren Mertz
  • Brenda & Larry Michaud
  • Linda Miller
  • Linda Miller, EWI Works
  • Shauna Miller & James Gillespie
  • Marcie Milley
  • Stanley A. Milner
  • Judy Milton
  • Patricia Misutka
  • Jane & Jim Montgomery
  • Janice Moore
  • Patricia Morgenstern
  • Anton Morgulis
  • Dave & Julie Mortensen
  • Susan Moysa
  • Khatoon Murji
  • Kimberly Murray
  • Christine Myatt
  • Wanda Nadeau
  • Henrietta & Javaid Naqvi
  • Shaheen Nasseri
  • Valerie Neaves
  • Greg & Ronda Nedelec
  • Jackie Nelson
  • Dr. Cindy Neufeld & Mr. Herb Waller
  • Dianne Nikiforuk
  • Rachelle & Ashlynn Nimmon
  • Kimberly Nishikaze
  • Diane Normand
  • Monica Norminton
  • Maria Opara
  • Dianne Osback
  • Leigh-Anne Palter
  • Rose & Darcey Parasynchuk
  • Geeta Passi-Shourie
  • Anixa Patel
  • Aleda Patterson
  • Jennifer Pede
  • Rosemarie Pelz
  • Barb Perkins/Perkins Professional Search Ltd.
  • Alexandra Perras
  • Kim Petrin
  • Margaret Petrin
  • Diane Pettie
  • Netta Phillet
  • Rosanne & Nicole Pisesky
  • Dwayne & Gaylene Pohranychny
  • Eve Poirier
  • Prime Capital Group
  • Pro-Active IT Management Inc.
  • Maya Pungur-Buick
  • Colleen Purdy
  • PwC
  • Tiffany Pybus
  • Myrne Quaale
  • Kathleen Quinn
  • R3 Deconstruction & Demolition Inc.
  • Karen Radford
  • Stella Rago
  • Gulzar Rajan
  • RBC Wealth Management
  • Darcie-Lee Rea, Hallmark Management
  • Corrie Redl
  • Bryan & Theresa Reichert
  • ReidBuilt Homes
  • Glenda Renney
  • Jill Repchuk
  • Nancy Reynolds
  • Mildred Richardson
  • Evelyn Riedlinger
  • Janet M. Riopel
  • Tracey Riopel
  • Mary Ritchie & Dr. Bill Johnston
  • Michele Roach
  • William H. Rosychuk
  • Lillian & Larry Ruptash
  • Dr. Tiana Rust
  • Sharlene Rutherford
  • Lisa & T. Marshall Sadd
  • Salwa Samycia
  • Lea Sanderson
  • Sari Salmon Schiff
  • Lori Schmidt
  • Dr. Nan Schuurmans
  • Scotiabank
  • Marianne Scott
  • Betty L. Screpnek
  • Marg Sebzda
  • Carolyn Selin
  • Dr. Farha Shariff
  • Raj Sherman
  • Kayla Shoctor
  • Louise Shulko
  • Laura Shylko
  • Tom & Cheryl Sides
  • Michelle Sigurdson
  • Dr. Ameeta Singh
  • Dr. Prem Singhmar & Dr. Saroj Singhmar
  • Immo Sintenis
  • Lori Skrypnek
  • Karen Sliwkanich
  • Donna Smith
  • Lisa M. Smith
  • Leona Soley
  • Zahra Somani
  • Parviz Somji
  • Marie Soprovich
  • Lorraine Sousa
  • Patty Sowa
  • Nancy Spitz
  • Jane Squire Howden
  • Charma Stang
  • Lois Stefaniuk
  • Peggie Stevens
  • Liana & Marion Stevenson
  • Meg Stevenson
  • Darlene Strang
  • Stratica Medical
  • Christian Strigl
  • Dr. Oksana Suchowersky
  • Sureway Construction Group of Companies
  • Chantelle Svensen-Lewis & Sean Lewis
  • Svensen Neighbour Recruiting Inc.
  • Bronwyn Swanson
  • Gaye Sydenham
  • R.A. Sydie
  • Douglass Tadman
  • Angie Tarasoff
  • Samantha Taylor
  • Tash & Mike Taylor
  • Tedder Family
  • Margaret R. Thompson
  • Tracy Topolnitsky
  • Debra Tumbach
  • Michelle Turcotte
  • Joyce Tustian
  • Beth Tutschek
  • LeeAnn Tyrrell
  • Cheryl Uhlich
  • Vancity Community Foundation
  • Jolene Van Den Bruel
  • Trish van Doornum
  • Dixie Van Dusen
  • Vision Creative
  • Shawna Vogel
  • Heather Wagner
  • Lori Walker
  • Ann Ward
  • Elaine Warick
  • Laura Watkins
  • Karen Webb
  • Nancy Wendt
  • Jadeene Wheaton
  • Meryl Whittaker
  • Linda Wiebe
  • Lorne & Elaine Wight
  • Audrey Wilkes
  • Jean Wilkinson
  • Kristina Williams
  • Alexander & Irene Wilson
  • Carla Wilson
  • John Wilson
  • Windermere Golf & Country Club
  • Sandra Woolsey
  • Cory Wosnack
  • Ryan Wright
  • Yellow Pencil
  • Verna Yiu
  • Nicole York-Joly
  • Gillian Young
  • Shirley Yurkewich
  • Joe & Paula Yurkovich
  • Azmina Yusuf
  • Connie & Danny Zalmanowitz
  • Paola Zanuttini
  • Tai Ziola
  • 48 Anonymous

Join the Movement

Your pledge of $1000 changes lives and provides students with the boost they need to complete their studies on the way to a future full of opportunity.

Your contribution is worth a million possibilities. Donate today

Advisory Committee

  • Sheila Witwicky (Chair)
  • Tamara Baltzan
  • Kendall Barber
  • Dr. Ann Colbourne
  • Anne Finzer
  • Danita Haysom
  • Dr. Elena Hernandez-Kucey
  • Salma Lakhani
  • Elan MacDonald
  • Lazina Mckenzie
  • Sue Heuman
  • Lindsay Nakatsui
  • Chantelle Svenson
  • Patty Taverner

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780.644.5926
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