TORONTO, March 27, 2017 /CNW/ - The Carole and George Fletcher Foundation, established by the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT), is celebrating the success of one its most ambitious fundraising ventures, announcing that the 25 for 25 Building Forward Campaign has achieved its $1 million goal of establishing an endowed fund at each of Ontario's 25 colleges.
"We did it," said David Tsang, A.Sc.T., chair of OACETT's Carole and George Fletcher Foundation. "Hitting the $1 million goal has expanded the bursary program's reach and has enhanced support for engineering technology education."
Tsang and fellow Foundation trustees launched the ground-breaking campaign with the goal of creating a sustainable $1,000 annual award for students enrolled in a recognized engineering or applied science program who best exemplify integrity and professionalism. To support the bursary program, the trustees came up with a strategy to create a $40,000 endowed fund at every Ontario college. To achieve this goal, at least $1 million would have to be raised through the generous support of donors.
"The success of this campaign would not have been possible without the commitment of OACETT members, industry, colleges and the Ontario government," said Tsang. "Thank you all for supporting the next generation of engineering technology professionals."
Cambrian College in Sudbury is the most recent college to grow its endowment fund to $40,000 with the support of the 25 for 25 Building Forward Campaign donations.
"We're grateful for the acknowledgement and support from leading industry associations like OACETT and from the many donors who contributed to the Carole and George Fletcher Foundation campaign to make this endowment a reality," said Bill Best, Cambrian College president. "Awards like these give students a real boost, offering financial aid and industry encouragement that helps them to focus on their studies and achieve their goals. Cambrian is committed to making post-secondary studies more accessible and affordable for students, and this endowment and our partnership with OACETT help the college fulfil that commitment."
About the Carole and George Fletcher Foundation
The Carole and George Fletcher Foundation, created more than 25 years ago in honour of OACETT past-president George Fletcher, C.E.T., awards bursaries to exceptional students, and, through donor support, continues to promote students in achieving excellence in engineering technology and applied science.
The Foundation is managed by a Board of Trustees, comprised of the following OACETT members: Mazin Audeh, C.E.T., Bob Jameson, C.ET., Fellow OACETT, Daryl Keys, C.E.T., Fellow OACETT, Dave Saunders, C.E.T. and David Tsang, A.Sc.T.
Representing more than 25,000 members across the province, the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) is a non-profit professional association that promotes the interests of engineering and applied science technicians and technologists among industry, educational institutions, the government and the public. OACETT is Ontario's independent certifying body for engineering and applied science technicians and technologists. Members hold one of the following designations: C.E.T. (Certified Engineering Technologist), A.Sc.T. (Applied Science Technologist) or C.Tech. (Certified Technician).
SOURCE OACETT - Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians & Technologists
For further information: Melissa Wood, Acting Director, Professional Affairs and Services, OACETT, [email protected], (416) 621-9621 ext. 266; Lynn Bulloch, Communications Officer, Cambrian College, [email protected], 705-566-8101 ext. 6375.