Businessman Larry Law, who has owned and operated Cranberry Golf Resort and Living Water Resort and Residences since 1992, has always said one of his favourite things about his adopted hometown of Collingwood is that it’s a caring community. He too is showing he cares with a $100,000 donation to support students at the John Di Poce South Georgian Bay Campus of Georgian College.
The donation will go toward the campus, which opened in fall 2011, and to awards and scholarships for students. A portion will come from an annual golf tournament Law will host at his golf club.
“Collingwood will forever be a place that brought my family together. I want all families in our region to be able to live happy and complete lives here too. Postsecondary education is a critical component of most lifestyles today, so it is important that we have a local campus,” said Law.
Locally, Georgian offers full-time and part-time programs, College and Career Preparation services, courses by videoconferencing connected to programs at Georgian’s six other campuses, corporate training and special events.
Student David Wright told Law that having a local campus influenced his decision to retrain in the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician program.
“I used to drive by the campus every day on my way to work at the ethanol plant. When I was laid off I thought of this campus, learned about my program and decided it was right up my alley as a mechanically inclined person,” he said.
Campus Manager Lynn Hynd says community leaders such as Law have opened many doors for Wright and thousands of other students.
“Since this campus opened three years ago it has grown in size and scope, from introducing diploma programs to welcoming international students,” says Hynd. “That growth is in part thanks to donors like Larry who have the vision to see the positive impact our graduates will make in our community.”
Law’s donation was made as part Georgian’s Power of Education fundraising campaign. Learn more at www.GeorgianCollege.ca/giving.