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Bursary donors are helping Joshua's dreams to come true

I love running. I competed in track and field throughout high school, and am currently training with the team at Queen’s University where I just finished my first year. I hope to eventually make the team and win a title for them. Want to hear something funny? Years ago I was encouraged to join the Peel CAS run group and didn’t really like running at all. Now it is my passion. It’s a sport where the amount of work and effort you put in directly impacts what you get out of it. I like to compete and it inspires me to work harder.

I try to maintain this same passion for my education. I’m doing an arts program at Queen’s but eventually would like to pursue my masters in sports psychology. Another area I’m really interested in is urban planning – I think it is important to have a plan b!

One of the reasons I’m able to go to University is thanks to the generosity of donors who provide bursaries through the Peel Children’s Aid Foundation. Receiving a bursary means I am able to focus on getting good grades instead of worrying about money, and this really helps me to achieve my goals.

I’d like to thank all of the donors who make these bursaries possible. You are making dreams a reality. Not all youth involved with children’s aid have the same opportunities as other youth. Your support puts us on an equal playing field as our peers. Having a donor who doesn’t even know me but wants me to succeed has inspired me to want to become a donor. This way I can give back and support other students like me in the future. 

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Helping all youth leaving care to achieve success is a priority for Peel CAS. Peel Children’s Aid’s youth strategy focuses on education and employment. Youth are encouraged to stay in school and are eligible to apply for bursaries to pursue post secondary education. 
 
Did you know?
 
* In 2016/17 55 youth received bursaries totalling $202,000! A big thank you to our donors.
 
* May 14 is Children and Youth in Care Day! This day acknowledges the enormous contributions current and former Crown and Society wards make to the Province, as well as the strength, bravery and resilience shown by these children and youth in the face of adversity.