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.
 

View the 1000 Women Impact Report

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.”

Events

1000 Women Luncheon

June 7, 2017

We invite you to join us for the Annual 1000 Women: A Million Possibilities Fundraising Luncheon.

This is your opportunity to join a truly life-changing movement as part of our third million dollar campaign to aid NorQuest students by removing barriers to education. This is a fundraising event. All guests are encouraged to make a donation. A gift in any amount can help students reach their goals!

On June 7take a step forward with the 1000 Women. Your gift will have a tremendous impact on the lives of students, their families and our community. Be a part of something truly transformational. Join the 1000 Women movement.

Sponsorship opportunities are available; contact Lisa Allen for more information at 780.644.6747 or lisa.allen@norquest.ca.

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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
  • George Cantalini & Dr. Teresa Debevc
  • Rod & Patty Taverner
 

$25,000 - $49,999

  • Anne Finzer, CEO inc. & Etc. Event Styling & Décor
  • Lindsay Nakatsui
  • Dale Sheard
  • TD
  • Sheila Witwicky

$10,000 - $24,999

  • Alberta Blue Cross
  • Marianne Brown
  • Sharon Brown
  • Canada Safeway
  • Women's Networking Group-Edmonton
  • DIALOG
  • Enbridge
  • Ernst & Young LLP
  • Peggy Gouin
  • Dr. Elena Hernandez-Kucey & Kucey Dental Group
  • Hillberg & Berk
  • Wendy & Gerry Kinsella
  • Salma Lakhani
  • Ledcor Construction Limited
  • Leslie & Dave Leeworthy
  • Carla, Don & Alex Madra
  • Thomas and Melanie Nakatsui
  • Sylvia Nasseri
  • 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
  • Rick & Brune Sinneave
  • Soroptimist International Club of Edmonton
  • Gail, Bernhard & India
  • Rose Stepanik-Keber Schoena Strudwick
  • Brenda Trendel
  • 1 anonymous donation

$5,000 - $9,999

  • Dr. Jodi L. Abbott
  • Allwest Commercial Furnishings
  • Wendy Andrews
  • ATCO Gas
  • Attain Solutions Inc.
  • Iola Bots
  • Sheryl Bowhay
  • Hilda Brown
  • Leah & Chris Burrows Business in Calgary Magazine/Business in Edmonton Magazine
  • Butler Family Foundation
  • Katherine Caine
  • Canadian Western Bank
  • Jody Cormier
  • Judy Cosco
  • Davies Park Executive Search
  • Dini Corbett-Lourenco, PhD
  • Elly de Jongh
  • Deloitte
  • Dentons Canada LLP
  • Chris Ellingson
  • Lynn Faulder
  • Focus Communications
  • 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
  • Melanie McCallum
  • A. Anne McLellan
  • Irene Mertz LaBonte
  • Maggie Mitchell
  • National Growth Partners
  • Pearl Nielsen
  • Rosemary Paulencu
  • Peace Hills Trust
  • Jackie Polovick
  • RBC Foundation
  • Dr. Eric & Elexis Schloss
  • Norma Schneider
  • Sorrentino's Restaurant Group
  • Denise Tambellini
  • United Cycle
  • Aurea Vasseur
  • Paddy Webb
  • Sheila Weatherill
  • Debra Wooding
  • Gay Young
  • 1 anonymous donation 

$2,500 - $4,999

  • Tara J. Adam
  • Susan Adams
  • Monica Allen
  • Alquinn Homes Ltd.
  • Jo-Anne Anderson
  • Laurie Anfindsen
  • ATB Financial
  • Tamara Baltzan
  • Beaverbrook Developments
  • Isabel Bernete
  • Naila Bharmal
  • Alva Blabey
  • In Memory of Manola Borrajo
  • Charlene Butler
  • Joanne Butler
  • Cameron Development Corporation
  • Kimberly Campbell
  • Capital Power
  • Carol Blair & Associates Inc.
  • Susan Casey
  • Louise Charach
  • Donna Clare
  • Caroline Clark
  • Jody Cormier
  • Trudy Cormier
  • Tom & Betsy Cornwall
  • Cougar Drilling Solutions
  • Jennifer Crosby
  • Sue-Ann Donnelly
  • Drayden Insurance Ltd.
  • Cynthia Fowler
  • Jennifer Gericke
  • Darrell Giraldeau
  • Larry & Claudette Haggar
  • Isabel Henderson
  • Joan Hertz
  • Sue Heuman
  • Bonnie Hutchinson
  • Miranda & Noah Jones
  • Salima Amir Kheraj
  • Heather Kitteringham
  • Jillene Lakevold
  • Colleen Lees
  • Karen Leibovici
  • Doreen Lutsky Hooper
  • Dyanne Lyons
  • Elan MacDonald
  • Doug & Shauna MacIver
  • Manasc Isaac Architects Ltd.
  • Jill Matthew
  • MCW Hemisphere Ltd.
  • Merle Norman Cosmetics
  • Marilyn Mucha
  • NEUMAN THOMPSON
  • Roy & Trudy Nickerson
  • Nobrega Financial Inc.
  • Northlands
  • Esther Ondrack
  • Pagnotta Industries Inc.
  • Della Paradis
  • Michelle Pilon
  • Karen Polowick
  • Qualico
  • Garry & Joyce Rathgeber
  • Jonathan & Laura Robb
  • Shelley and Guy Scott Family Foundation
  • Katie Soles
  • Janet Stalenhoef & The Artist Well
  • Marianne Stewart
  • Dallas Stoesz
  • Senator Claudette Tardif
  • Top Draw Inc.
  • Sue Trigg
  • Annette Trimbee
  • Roberta M. Van Wyk
  • Barbara Walker
  • Dr. Winnie Wong
  • Carlee Yukes
  • 2 anonymous donations

$1,000 - $2,499

  • Bonnie Abel
  • Academica Group
  • Jeannie Agrios
  • Felipe Aguerrevere
  • Lore Ahlstrom
  • Monika Alder
  • All Weather Windows
  • Dawn Allard
  • E. Dianne Allen
  • Lisa Allen
  • Alliance Building Maintenance
  • Carol Anderson
  • Angus Watt Advisory Group
  • Mark Asbell & Dawn Pentelechuk
  • Denise Assaly
  • AutoCanada Inc.
  • Erin Babcock/Will Gammon
  • Kelsi Badry
  • Rhonda Baker
  • B.J. Baldwin
  • Tracey C. Ball
  • Dr. Barbara Ballermann
  • Dianne Balon
  • Linda Banister
  • Kendall Barber
  • Kathy Barnhart
  • Monique Bateman
  • Muriel Becker
  • Vi Becker
  • Karen Beliveau
  • Loreen Belovich
  • Jeanne Belzil
  • Carol Bentley
  • Janet Bentley
  • Cindi Berg
  • Michelle Bessette
  • Hamida, Danisha & Zafira Bhaloo
  • Myra B. Bielby
  • Blu's
  • R. & C. Bode
  • Kathy Bonazew
  • 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
  • C'est Sera Inc.
  • 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.
  • Louise Chadi
  • Seham Chadi
  • Molly Ann Chan
  • Sarah Chan & Don Iveson
  • Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta
  • Corrina Chetley-Irwin
  • Helen K.Y. Cheung
  • Deb Choma
  • City of Edmonton
  • Patty Cleall
  • Beth & Brad Clough
  • Glenda Coleman-Miller
  • Conroy Ross Partners
  • Linda C. Cook
  • Salvatore N. Corea
  • Barbara Côté
  • Nancy Cranston
  • Nancy Cumming
  • Jackie Cummings
  • Pemme Cunliffe
  • Elizabeth Da Silva
  • Dance Mover II & III
  • Donna Daniec
  • Erin Davis
  • Kerry Day
  • Decore Hotels
  • Deloitte & Touche Foundation Canada
  • Vanessa Desa
  • Claire Desrochers & Doug McConnell
  • Elaine Devine
  • DIRRT Environmental Solutions
  • Stephanie Donaldson Kelly
  • Cathy Douglas
  • Downey Norris & Associates Inc.
  • Richard & Marjie Drewry
  • Nisa Drozdowski
  • Melanie Ducholke
  • Sharon Duff
  • Carol Duggan
  • Lynne Duncan
  • Tammy Dunnett
  • Edon Management
  • Elevate Consulting Inc.
  • Patricia Elzinga
  • enPrivado
  • ENX INC.
  • EPCOR
  • Doreen Erker
  • Laurel & Trent Evans
  • Tamara Evans
  • 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
  • Kevin Fitzgerald & Colette Orieux
  • Melanie Fix
  • Patti Fleger
  • Edyth Florence
  • Janet Folk
  • Joan Forge
  • Jennifer Forsyth
  • Sandra Forsyth
  • Sharilee Fossum
  • The Fournier Family
  • Rose Fowler
  • Kim Franklin
  • Yvonne Gagnon
  • Sandra Gajic
  • Marian Gayed
  • Gelmici Jewellers Ltd.
  • Olga & Trent Gelmici
  • Lori Gelmici-Hanni
  • General Recycling Industries Ltd.
  • Louise Gibson
  • Karen Giebelhaus
  • Aileen Giesbrecht
  • Jane Gilchrist
  • Global Edmonton
  • Crystal Graham
  • Sharon Grant
  • Lois Greabeiel
  • Susan Green
  • Dominique Gregoire
  • 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
  • Louise Hayes
  • Tracey & Ken Healey
  • Ann Marie Heffernan
  • Maureen Hemingway Schloss
  • Mr. & Mrs. John Hokanson
  • Kerri-Lyn Holland
  • Maria Holowinsky
  • Tanya Horvath
  • HSBC Bank Canada
  • Iris Huchulak
  • Linda Humphreys
  • DeAnn Hunter
  • Lynn Hyska
  • Jessica Jacobs-Mino
  • Mary Jane James
  • Shenaz Jeraj
  • Jiffy Lube
  • Yasmin Jivraj
  • Anis Jiwani
  • Heather & Cameron John
  • Barry Johns
  • Vickie Kaminski
  • Nabat Kassam
  • Catherine Keill
  • Ruth Kelly
  • Khan Communication Services Inc.
  • Kimberley Homes Ltd.
  • Hayat Kirameddine
  • Pamela Klemen
  • Heather Klimchuk
  • Derry Knaak
  • Kathy Knowles
  • Bernie Kollman
  • Marg Korby
  • Denise Koufogiannakis
  • Tina Krause
  • Lillian Krawchuk
  • Kim Krushell
  • Diane Kubanek
  • David & Loren Labonte
  • Lydia Lanman
  • Colleen Lathan
  • Colleen, Lawra & Ellexis Lathan
  • Adriana Lazarescu
  • Cathy & Del Lewis
  • Kelly Lilja
  • MaryAnne Loney
  • Sally Lore
  • Raffaella Loro & Christopher Henderson
  • The Lusok Family
  • LUX Beauty Boutique
  • Donna M. Lux
  • Linda Mabbott
  • Patrick & Angela Machacek
  • Tricia Machon-Carriere
  • Catherine MacKenzie
  • Rod MacLean
  • Alexis MacMillan
  • 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
  • Agneta McKenzie
  • Lazina Mckenzie
  • Cheryl McNeil
  • Iren Mertz
  • Brenda & Larry Michaud
  • Linda Miller
  • 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
  • Dr. Cindy Neufeld & Mr. Herb Waller
  • Dianne Nikiforuk
  • Rachelle & Ashlynn Nimmon
  • Kimberly Nishikaze
  • Monica Norminton
  • Maria Opara
  • Dianne Osback
  • Stacey Padbury
  • Raylene Palichuk & Darren Clark
  • Leigh-Anne Palter
  • Rose & Darcey Parasynchuk
  • Geeta Passi-Shourie
  • Anixa Patel
  • Aleda Patterson
  • PCL Construction Management Inc.
  • Jennifer Pede
  • Rosemarie Pelz
  • Alexandra Perras
  • Margaret Petrin
  • Netta Phillet
  • Rosanne & Nicole Pisesky
  • Dwayne & Gaylene Pohranychny
  • Eve Poirier
  • Prime Capital Group
  • Maya Pungur-Buick
  • Colleen Purdy
  • PwC
  • Tiffany Pybus
  • Myrne Quaale
  • Kathleen Quinn
  • R3 Deconstruction & Demolition Inc.
  • Karen Radford
  • Stella Rago
  • Gulzar Rajan
  • RBC
  • RBC Wealth Management
  • Darcie-Lee Rea, Hallmark Management
  • Corrie Redl
  • Bryan & Theresa Reichert
  • ReidBuilt Homes
  • Glenda Renney
  • Nancy Reynolds
  • Evelyn Riedlinger
  • Janet M. Riopel
  • Tracey Riopel
  • Mary Ritchie & Dr. Bill Johnston
  • Michele Roach
  • 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
  • Donna Shew Fong
  • Kayla Shoctor
  • Louise Shulko
  • Laura Shylko
  • Tom & Cheryl Sides
  • Michelle Sigurdson
  • Dr. Ameeta Singh
  • 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
  • Stantec Consulting Ltd.
  • Lois Stefaniuk
  • Peggie Stevens
  • Liana & Marion Stevenson
  • John & Paddy Storey
  • Darlene Strang
  • Christian Strigl
  • Dr. Oksana Suchowersky
  • Sureway Construction Group of Companies
  • Lidia & Dennis Surman
  • Bronwyn J. Swanson
  • R.A. Sydie
  • Angie Tarasoff
  • Samantha Taylor
  • Tash & Mike Taylor
  • Tedder Family
  • Margaret R. Thompson
  • Tracy Topolnitsky
  • Michelle Turcotte
  • Joyce Tustian
  • Beth Tutschek
  • LeeAnn Tyrrell
  • Cheryl Uhlich
  • Jolene Van Den Bruel
  • Trish van Doornum
  • Vancity Community Foundation
  • Vision Creative
  • Heather Wagner
  • Lori Walker
  • Ann Ward
  • Elaine Warick
  • Laura Watkins
  • Karen Webb
  • Jadeene Wheaton
  • Kim & Don 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
  • WMC
  • Sandra Woolsey
  • Cory Wosnack
  • Ryan Wright
  • Yellow Pencil
  • Verna Yiu
  • Nicole York-Joly
  • Gillian Young
  • Shirley Yurkewich
  • Azmina Yusuf
  • Connie & Danny Zalmanowitz
  • Paola Zanuttini
  • 50 anonymous donations

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

Contact Us

Department of Advancement
A810, 10215 108 Street NW
Edmonton, AB  T5J 1L6
780.644.5926
advancement@norquest.ca

Kevin Fitzgerald
Director, Advancement
780.644.5919

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