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Golden Spruce committee members, front row from left, Jane Dickson, Nancy Ross and Lori Merrill.  Joining the women are NWCC staff Cathay Sousa and Dave O'Leary.
NEWS RELEASE · 3rd November 2008
Starting next September, Northwest Community College (NWCC) will award a yearly bursary thanks largely to a $25,000 donation from the Terrace Women’s Resource Centre Society. The new permanent endowment fund, known as the Terrace Women’s Resource Centre Award Fund, has been buoyed by a $10,000 donation from the College. The fund will generate a yearly $1,750 bursary.

This is the third award donated to the College by the Terrace Women’s Resource Centre. Like the two existing annual awards, the new bursary is born out of the Golden Spruce project and is available to a deserving woman taking steps to re-enter the workforce by enrolling at NWCC.

“We’re so pleased that the money is going into the College,” says Golden Spruce committee member Jane Dickson. “We were waiting for the right time and place and a suitable avenue to put these funds.”

Dickson adds the group didn’t hesitate to go to the College again and stresses they chose the same route because of the lasting nature of the award. “We really wanted the funds to be used in perpetuity for women in the College environment,” she said.

NWCC President Stephanie Forsyth says that, together, the Terrace Women’s Resource Centre and the College continue to demonstrate a long-term commitment to women in the Northwest. “We are both working toward the same goals. Education changes lives, and it is necessary to encourage and foster that change because it benefits us all.”

Lack of financial aid is a major barrier to post-secondary students and we are grateful for the opportunities the new award will create for our women students.”

The new award will be given to a female student who has been out of school for at least one year, who plans to enrol in a NWCC program at Terrace Campus, and who provides a one-page letter outlining how the award will help her achieve her goals.

Preference will be given to applicants who have been out of school for at least three years, are single parents, and have minimum sponsorship from other sources.

Dickson, along with fellow committee members Nancy Ross and Lori Merrill, formally made the donation on Tuesday, Oct. 28 as part of an award ceremony at NWCC’s Terrace Campus.

Anyone interested in creating an Award fund through NWCC is encouraged to contact Associate Registrar Jill Girodat at jgirodat,,, or 250-638-5477.