Short form: B4B
Established: 10 years ago
Definition: A morning that raises money for the Eleanor Donnelly Bursary Fund
Reality: SO MUCH FUN
Last Thursday I had the privilege of attending Brescia’s tenth anniversary of Breakfast for Bursaries, along with over 360 other attendees. This year, the event raised $40,000 will be matched by the Ontario Trust for Student Support (OTSS). For those of you who have never heard of this event, it is a morning dedicated to raising funds for the Eleanor Donnelly Bursary. This bursary is donated to a mature student who demonstrates academic excellence, financial need and is an Ontario (In particular London) resident. This year’s recipient of the bursary is Jessica Jackson. Congratulations!
Nazanin! Her natural personality made me even more motivated to become a leader in the future! If only I had her height and I could become "Miss Canada" :)
Not only was the morning filled with delicious delicacies such as chocolate croissants, muffins, yogurt, fruit, eggs, bacon, tea and juice, however it was overflowing with dynamic personalities! Despite the weather (Rainy and cold) and the time (I was on the bus by 6:15), the event continued to run successfully. It was so neat to see a diverse range in age. From professors to parents, alumni to current students, the audience was composed of a vast range of characters.
One of my favourite parts of the morning was hearing how grateful the recipients of the bursary are. The financial support is life changing for them. By allowing courageous women to focus on their education rather worrying about their tuition and expenses, the bursary gives individuals the opportunity to excel in their area of expertise. For many of the recipients, university would not have been the same (or even possible) without this bursary.
Another great aspect of the event was hearing the guest speaker, Nazanin Afshin-Jam. By sharing her life story as an international human rights activist and “voice for the voiceless”, she inspired (and continues to) me to take on more leadership roles. I thought it was interesting to learn that she began her journey as Miss Canada World. Nazanin decided that Beauty Pageants would allow hers to dedicate her time to bringing justice to a world fraught with civil and ethical injustices. It is incredible to see just how many differences she has made in the world in the past few years!
Next year, I would encourage anyone who is able to attend the breakfast to go! Not only are the proceeds going to an excellent cause, but it is a great networking opportunity, you have a chance to win wonderful prizes, you will be provided with breakfast and you will get to hear a guest speaker.
So although this is just one of the MANY benevolent and fundraising activities Brescia participates in, it is definitely significant. I feel proud to be able to say that I was part of it!