Georgian College students will soon be able to access support services more easily thanks to a donation toward a new Student Service Centre and online portal.
Jane Jackson, daughter of the late Arch and Helen Brown, has announced the $500,000 donation to students on behalf of her mother’s estate.
“This gift to Georgian students is not just about their successes in the classroom, but also to support them as they are in a new world outside their homes, growing as individuals,” says Jackson. “We all need support to make it through the challenges of life, and I am proud that my family legacy can be a part of that support at the college, in our own community.”
This donation brings the Brown family’s cumulative giving to Georgian College to $2 million.
Arch and Helen had a long history of championing postsecondary education at Georgian. Arch sat on the college’s first advisory board when the school was established in 1967. Over the next four decades, until he died in 2009, he was involved in many capacities, serving on the Board of Governors and fundraising cabinet as well as supporting the visual arts. In 1994 he was presented the Fellowship of Georgian College, Georgian’s highest honour.
Education was a passion of Helen’s, who had a career as a teacher. Her kindness made a lasting impression with her students, some of whom shared stories with Jackson upon hearing of Helen’s passing last year.
Many more students stand to benefit from the family’s philanthropy. Barrie Campus Students’ Administrative Council President Jordana Osetti says the centre and portal will ensure students can find the information they need, when they need it.
“Students’ schedules are all over the place with course loads, co-op work terms, extracurricular activities and part-time jobs so improved access to student services, and extended hours of operation via the online portal, will be really helpful to us,” says Osetti.
The new centre will be located at the Barrie Campus and the portal will allow students from all seven Georgian campuses to access services anytime, anywhere, from any device. Services include admissions, registration, financial aid, counselling and others that will help to transform the student experience.
“We need these services to be easily accessible and responsive so our students come to Georgian, stay with Georgian and graduate from Georgian,” says MaryLynn West-Moynes, President and CEO.
She adds that by centralizing these services, students will have access to a full range of support, advice and options right at their fingertips.
“It’s the campus of the future and we are grateful to the Brown family for supporting our vision to help our students navigate it,” says West-Moynes.
The donation was made in support of Georgian’s fundraising campaign, The Power of Education: Transforming the Student Experience.