Canadore College poverty reduction through education programs receive special recognition from the Minister of Colleges and Univ
Feb 8, 2023 | Cindy Males, Public Relations and Communications Specialist
Minister of Colleges and Universities Jill Dunlop has recognized Canadore College’s Nipissing Poverty Reduction through Education Program (NPREP) and Indigenous Poverty Reduction through Education Program (IPREP) with an Award of Excellence in the category of Equality of Opportunity. The award recognizes college faculty and staff who have excelled at creating opportunities in post-secondary education for marginalized and underrepresented groups.
“Nipissing Poverty Reduction in Education Program has worked with hundreds of students to provide educational opportunities and support services which lead to meaningful employment opportunities and an end to the cycle of poverty,” said Ryan Drouin, Canadore’s Manager of Career Development, Sport and Wellness.
“The Indigenous Poverty Reduction in Education Program was designed to address the many barriers that exist for some of the Indigenous students prior, during and after their post-secondary education journey,” said Judy Manitowabi, Director of the First Peoples’ Centre and Indigenous Engagement. “The FPC team has been instrumental in providing those additional supports needed for their success.”
“It is such an honor that our team was selected for the Minister’s Award for Excellence, and I am happy to see recognition in the value and impact that projects like IPREP and NPREP,” said Sarah Julian, the First Peoples’ Centre Manager of Community Based and Contract Training. “This award is the outcome of collaborative efforts and teamwork between our college employees and our community partners, with student success at the forefront of everything we do.”
“Our Indigenous students have steadily expressed how the holistic approaches, as well as the academic and financial support from the IPREP program, have been an integral part of their access to and persistence in post-secondary education. An award such as this only strengthens the acknowledgement that the work we do is vitally important.”
“Congratulations to the NPREP and IPREP teams for this recognition,” said President and CEO George Burton. Students come to Canadore from diverse backgrounds and experiences. The Nipissing Poverty Reduction through Education Program and Indigenous Poverty Reduction through Education Program are helping Canadore break the cycle of poverty. The programs train, upskill and support low income students in their journey through post-secondary education to the workforce.
Since being launched in 2017, these poverty reduction through education programs have supported more than 300 learners.
Every year, the Minister’s Awards of Excellence recognize the exceptional performance of employees and graduate students from colleges, universities, private colleges, and Indigenous institutes. There were more than 540 nominations in five categories.