Professional Development Bursary

Project Student Bursaries

In 2015 the IPPC established university bursaries of $ 1,000 and college bursaries of $ 500. Bursary recipients were from Tyendinaga, Hagersville, Brantford and Oshweken. Students are selected by using our own Scoring Rubric. In 2018 we started to work with Lakehead University and the Confederation College in Thunder Bay. 

A big thank you to the Rotary Club Lakehead  who presented the bursaries on behalf of the IPPC.   They invited the students for breakfast and presented  the cheque and certificate to the recipient.  Since 2020 the program has been expanded to Laurentian University and the Cambrian College in Sudbury.  Approximately 20 bursaries have been awarded as of June 2021.  

In 2022 we expanded again to St. Lawrence College, Kingston and both, University and College bursaries are now $ 1,000 each. Every year we give out seven or eight bursaries between all our clubs.

Challenges In Education For Indigenous People

Guest Speaker Mary Ann Lyons

We would like to introduce you to Mary Ann Lyons, born and raised in Kingston, Ontario. Her father gives her Indigenous roots; through his mother, they are Haudenosaunee (Mohawk)  and through his father, they are Metis. Her mother's ancestry is Scottish, with some ancestors being UEL. 

Mary Ann worked as a teacher for the Limestone School Board for 30 years and then at St. Lawrence College, where she was the Coordinator of Indigenous Services for ten years and part-time faculty. She took the pandemic year off to look after her grandchildren and oversee their online learning. Mary Ann will be returning to St. Lawrence in the fall, where she will be teaching two classes of a course on the history of Indigenous people in the country we now call Canada and also working in a program called Community Integration through College Education.  Mary Ann sits on the Board of Directors of Tipi Moza (Indigenous Housing). 

She and her husband have five grown children and five grandchildren.