Thanks to the financial contribution of two foundations, students with disabilities will be able to pursue their postsecondary education at Collège Boréal’s Timmins campus.
Christian Aubé is a young man with cerebral palsy. He requires the use of a wheelchair and communicates with his computer. Despite his physical limitations, Christian is determined to obtain his college diploma in the business field. And after speaking with Angèle Labelle, Special Needs Officer at Collège Boréal’s Timmins campus, Christian’s dream is now within reach.
Like many others with special needs, Mr. Aubé receives financial support from the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) to pay for living expenses, such as food and housing. However, this financial support does not help cover the costs associated with postsecondary education. When Mrs. Labelle shared Christian’s story with local organizations, Collège Boréal’s Foundation and the Joseph Fortin Foundation agreed to work together and help.
The Joseph Fortin Foundation has pledged to give Mr. Aubé $18,000 over three years, or $6,000 per year. This financial contribution will allow Christian to pay for support services required while in school. When on campus, Christian is accompanied by Manon Dejardins, a special needs assistant, to help him get to class and assist him with daily tasks as needed.
Collège Boréal’s Foundation has pledged $9,000 over three years in order to help other students with disabilities pursue their postsecondary education at Collège Boréal’s Timmins campus.
“Collège Boréal is committed to providing an accessible environment to ensure the success of students with disabilities. These financial contributions help our Special Needs Officers develop and implement a plan to meet the needs of our students. ”
Pierre Riopel, President, Collège Boréal
“Our staff is committed to helping students reach their full potential. Today, Christian is enrolled part-time at Collège Boréal and is well on his way to becoming a Business Administration graduate. We are so pleased to have him here. ”
Angèle Labelle, Special Needs Officer at Collège Boréal’s Timmins campus
“The Joseph Fortin Foundation is happy to help Mr. Aubé reach personal fulfilment as well as his professional goals in the field of business through this financial contribution.”
Fernand Tremblay, Joseph Fortin Foundation Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer
Joseph Fortin Foundation
The Joseph Fortin Foundation provides food and financial assistance to local families and individuals of low income, who required assistance for basic needs and for those who need to travel away from their homes for medical treatments. The Foundation also promotes organ and tissue donation as well as cornea transplants after death. The Joseph Fortin Foundation is named after a Knights of Columbus brother who succumbed to brain cancer in 2003.
Collège Boréal’s Foundation
Established in 1996, Collège Boréal’s Foundation helps the Collège play its part as an economic development tool. To do this, it provides over 2,000 grants and scholarships annually to students from all regions throughout the Collège’s territory.
Established in 1995, Collège Boréal is a French-language postsecondary training and learning institution dedicated to the development and growth of French communities throughout the province. For the second year in a row, Collège Boréal has the highest graduation and graduate satisfaction rates of all 24 community colleges in Ontario. Moreover, 100% of all surveyed employers would recommend hiring Collège Boréal graduates!
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