One of the highlights of this week greeted me on Tuesday morning, in a special section in the Globe and Mail newspaper on independent schools. On the second page of the section was an article featuring our school, discussing the role of financial aid in making schools like ours accessible to students from a wide range of economic backgrounds. For those who missed it, here is a link to the article:
The article focuses on one particular student, Ryan Taylor, of Port Alberni, who is able to attend the school through financial support, and who also works during the summer on a double shift to help cover the remaining costs of attending the school. Ryan isn’t alone in this situation, and I am sure every recipient of financial support has his or her own story. An equally impressive story is the satisfaction donors feel in making such opportunities available to these deserving students; in our Annual Fund, for instance, financial aid is now the largest single target of donations, adding a sizeable chunk to the $1.7 million that is given out each year to students from kindergarten to Grade 12. Truly inspiring.