TORONTO – This evening, Toronto Community Housing alongside founding partners and donors Blaney McMurtry LLP and Scadding Court Community Centre are hosting a celebration to honour the 54 recipients of the 2022 Investing in Our Diversity Scholarship (IIODS).
The in-person reception is returning for the first time since 2019. The celebration will feature opportunities for students and donors to meet and mingle, a buffet reception dinner, photo opportunities and certificate presentations.
The IIOD Scholarships are awarded each year to youth (age 29 or younger) who live in Toronto Community Housing or the Scadding Court Community Centre catchment area. The scholarships are based on academic excellence, financial eligibility and volunteer involvement in community leadership, anti-racism or diversity initiatives. They promote youth empowerment, diversity and community safety in Toronto.
Students receive up to $4,000 for tuition fees and/or school-related expenses to pursue full-time postsecondary studies or professional training.
The Investing in Our Diversity Scholarship Program was founded in 2001 by the late Bill McMurtry, Founding Partner of Blaney McMurtry LLP, and Kevin Lee, Executive Director of Scadding Court Community Centre. The first scholarships were awarded in 2003. Toronto Community Housing became a program partner in 2006.
"Congratulations to these 54 remarkable students who have already contributed so much in their communities through their leadership in anti-racism and diversity initiatives. We are proud to celebrate their achievements as they take the next steps in their education journey.
- Jag Sharma, President and CEO, Toronto Community Housing
"Scadding Court congratulates the recipients on all they have already achieved, and thanks them for their vital work in the community. We are grateful to the donors for helping these amazing young people thrive and continue to give back."
- Herman Ellis, Executive Director, Scadding Court Community Centre
"We at Blaney McMurtry are very happy to congratulate each recipient of this year's Investing in Our Diversity Scholarship. Each of you have shown the kind of ambition, hard work, and dedication that will lead to your future success, in university and well beyond. We are so very proud to be able to enhance the opportunities that you deserve and look forward to seeing you continue to make your dreams come true."
- Larry Reimer, Partner, Blaney McMurtry LLP
2022 Investing In Our Diversity Scholarship Founding Partners
Blaney McMurtry LLP and Scadding Court Community Centre
2022 Investing In Our Diversity Scholarship Donors
Anne Fleming, Blaney McMurtry LLP, Brian Smith, Dentons Canada LLP, Ed and Fran Clark, Joe Pace & Sons Contracting Inc., Scadding Court Community Centre, Sinai Health, The Bay, Toronto (Central) Lions Club, Tridel, Wealthsimple Foundation, and Yardi Canada Ltd.
About Toronto Community Housing
Toronto Community Housing (www.torontohousing.ca) is Canada's largest social housing provider. We provide homes for nearly 60,000 low- and moderate-income households in neighbourhoods across the city.
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