Dara Stephenson | Sep 20, 2016
The RBC Foundation is helping to make the DSBN Academy’s inaugural class’ final year of high school extra special. The Foundation is donating $20,000 to the Academy’s Grade 12 students to assist with the cost of attending a postsecondary institution.
The DSBN Academy opened its doors in September, 2011, with modest beginnings. The school initially began with a Grade 6 and Grade 7 class. All had made the decision to pursue a college or university education. This June, 45 students will be eligible to walk across the stage and become the first Argonauts to graduate from the Academy.
“I can’t say enough about the students who make up the Class of 2017,” said Lisa Nazar, the Academy’s Secondary Principal. “They have been entirely committed to their goal since day one and will soon be ready to take the next step towards becoming the first in their families to complete a postsecondary education. We are all very proud of them.”
Recognizing the significance of the RBC Foundation’s contribution to the students’ success, Nazar adds that “This generous gift from RBC Foundation will support a much smoother transition to the next stage of their learning by removing many of the financial barriers that students encounter.” Such barriers include post-secondary application fees ranging from $95 to $155 and computer costs that can average $800.00 per student.
Dave Murphy, a wealth advisor with RBC Dominion Securities Inc. in Niagara, says the connection between the work of the DSBN Academy and RBC was clear and compelling from the start.
“As wealth managers, we know that there is no greater resource than human potential especially among our youth,” Murphy says. “We hope this donation will help the first graduating class approach the next phase of their development with a sense of pride in what they have already achieved and optimism about the future.”
With a mission to provide young people with needed funds and resources where government funds are not available, the Education Foundation of Niagara oversees various donor-funded programs for the DSBN Academy. The Foundation’s Executive Director, Cindy Paskey, says that the school is an initiative that is working largely because the students are fully committed to their own success.
“The school is built around a culture of achievement,” says Paskey. “Students are supported through a number of initiatives, such as an extended school day with unique programming options, designed to assist them reach their postsecondary goals.”
“RBC has demonstrated true leadership with this gift,” says Paskey. “They are role models for other financial institutions and donors who also understand that an investment in youth is not just a means of ensuring the success of the individual, but it also creates future prosperity for the Niagara Region as a whole.”
For more information please contact:
Education Foundation of Niagara
191 Carlton Street
St. Catharines, ON L2R 7P4
Phone: 905.641.2929 x37711
About DSBN Academy
The first school of its kind in Ontario, the DSBN Academy was born out of the recognition that education plays a vital role in helping children overcome the effects of life's challenges. The comprehensive social and academic support provided by DSBN Academy teachers, families and community partners empower students to become the first in their family to graduate from a post-secondary institution.
About the Education Foundation of Niagara
The Educational Foundation of Niagara supports District School Board of Niagara students by engaging the community to provide needed funds and resources where government funding is not available including support for basic necessities, extra-curricular activities, awards, bursaries, educational programs and innovative community initiatives.
Our vision is a community where every student has access to all of the enriching opportunities school life offers.