I wish to thank the Editor, Staff and Diane of the Seaway News for the fantastic coverage you gave to the Jeannine Roy-Poirier/Rudy Villeneuve Scholarship. You really brought out the essence of the scholarship: this new fund will provide scholarships to recipients from the S.D.& G. area registered in the Faculty of Education teacher education program, including the master's and doctorate programs. The funding is being matched by the Province of Ontario, and will exist in perpetuity. Having come from a very modest beginning in life, I was taught that if I wanted to accomplish something for myself and others, it would be through hard work and education. Buoyed by a husband, Donat who shared the same philosophy, and a very tolerant family, creating a university campus from one's home became quite a challenge. The results of these years however are quite gratifying. During its existence, the Cornwall Campus had 4,971 students, 18,475 courses were taught, and it produced over 2,000 graduates. One of the programs offered led to a Master in Education- a once only opportunity in Cornwall. The new scholarship will hopefully help a local person to pursue the dream of higher education, in Ottawa. The campus had many friends and supporters: Nick Kaneb, the Honorable Ed Lumley and others. But one person definitely deserves special recognition: Edith Stiles. She saw my husband and me through several overwhelming situations. On one occasion, we were taking in registrations from a throng of students, when her smiling and beautiful face appeared, saying, "Can I help?" This was only the beginning of a trustworthy, sincere helping role which she brought to the campus, as social convenor, negotiator etc. Again, many thanks, Seaway News for your article, and also for the fine contribution you bring to this community.
Jeannine Roy-Poirier, B.A. M.Ed., Ph.D
Jeannine Roy-Poirier/Rudy Villeneuve Scholarship
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