Douglas College Foundation
We believe in the power of dreams, and in the power of education to make them come true.
Since 1985, the Foundation has worked with individuals, businesses and corporations to help students reach their educational goals by removing financial barriers.
In 2013, thanks to the generosity of our donors, more than 1,864 bursaries, scholarships and awards were distributed to Douglas College students. You can help by donating now online or calling 604-777-6176.
From depression to joyful graduation
Taryn’s journey to successful student from clinically depressed and anxious adolescent started on a cliff overlooking the Gulf of St. Lawrence. It was there that she had an epiphany – that her life was her responsibility, that she was in charge of who she was and what she might become.
She returned home, switched schools and took summer classes to upgrade her marks, enrolling in Douglas with the idea of becoming a nurse. Halfway through her first year she discovered a passion for psychology and was accepted into the Psychiatric Nursing program.
“I couldn’t be more pleased with my decision. I love my school and the people in my program have become my closest friends. I love what I do and that I have the power to make a difference in someone’s day.”
Taryn graduated in June, the first in her family to have attended post-secondary. As the daughter of a single parent, Taryn says money has always been tight and the bursaries she received went “a long way to easing my anxiety.”
Taryn shared her story at the 2013 Celebrate reception to honour donors – many were moved to tears as she told of her struggle with depression, the steadfast support of her mother and the journey to the east coast that changed everything.
When Theatre student Chelsea Stamp-Vincent woke up in the hospital after being hit by a car, doctors told her she’d be a quadriplegic for the rest of her life.
Her first thought was that she wouldn’t be able to graduate with her classmates and fulfill her dream of becoming an actor.
But with tremendous determination, Chelsea slowly regained control of her body and her life. She learned to walk again and returned to school and the stage – in time to graduate with her class. The intense program of classes and rehearsals gave Chelsea little free time. But thanks to bursaries through the Douglas College Foundation, she’s been able to make ends meet. “It’s harder now because I can’t work while going to school,” she says. “My body just won’t do it. Getting these bursaries is a huge blessing and a weight off my shoulders.”
A classically-trained opera singer, Chelsea always imagined herself on the stage. But her accident has given her a new perspective. She now wants to become an occupational therapist working with young adults with spinal cord injuries.
“I want to show them that it’s possible to achieve the dreams they had before they were injured.”
Career change brings Darrin back to Douglas
Darrin spent 10 years working before coming to Douglas and discovering his passion - and a new career in Physical Education & Coaching. He was able to complete school while meeting the financial burdens of family life thanks to the generosity of strangers.
“It was a huge decision to give up my job and return to school because it would mean a drastic change in our lifestyle. Being chosen to receive a bursary made all the difference, it took away some of the financial stress and allowed me to concentrate on my courses.”
Darrin adds that receiving a memorial bursary was especially poignant. “I felt so honoured to receive a bursary that recognized a person’s life with a gift to someone else. It really motivated me to work harder and to consider how, one day, I can give back.”