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We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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The Joyce Foundation makes a $1 million investment in UOIT students

Establishes The Joyce Foundation Success Awards to support academic dreams of first-year students

The Burlington, Ontario-based Joyce Foundation makes $1 million cheque presentation to the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (January 28, 2016).
The Burlington, Ontario-based Joyce Foundation makes $1 million cheque presentation to the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (January 28, 2016).

OSHAWA, ONTARIO – A major gift from The Joyce Foundation is making the dream of a post-secondary education a reality for University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) students. The $1 million donation will establish The Joyce Foundation Success Awards, supporting first-year students from Durham Region and Northumberland County who have demonstrated financial need.

“The Joyce Foundation has demonstrated its commitment to improving the lives of Canadian youth time and time again,” said Tim McTiernan, PhD, UOIT President. “This gift to University of Ontario Institute of Technology students will not only remove financial barriers to education, but empower them to develop into citizen leaders who will impact our society.”

The Joyce Foundation is a private, family foundation created by Canadian entrepreneur Ronald V. Joyce. His philanthropy reflects a deep-rooted sense of responsibility to give back to his community. 

“The Joyce Foundation believes in opening the doors to education for those who face financial need. An investment in youth who dream of post-secondary training and education is an investment in their future and the well-being of the community. The University of Ontario Institute of Technology equips students with these tools for success.”
-Ron Joyce, Advisor Trustee

In recognition of the foundation’s support, Mr. Joyce was presented with a special token of gratitude signed by students. President McTiernan acknowledged the support of The Joyce Foundation Board of Trustees, including Grant Joyce, Steven Joyce, the Hon. Ed Lumley, Rob MacIsaac, Aileen O’Rafferty, Michele Thornley and David Wagstaff.

Since 2010, donors have provided more than 1,700 undergraduate and graduate awards at UOIT, enabling students to complete their degrees.  

“The generosity of others has profoundly shaped the lives of students,” said Anthony Boland, Bachelor of Science (Physics), class of 2012. “The kindness of The Joyce Foundation makes me proud to be a part of a community that supports the next generation of leaders, entrepreneurs and change-makers.”

The Joyce Foundation Success Awards will provide two $4,000 bursaries annually and the awards will grow to support eight students by the 2019-2020 academic year. 

About The Joyce Foundation

Through its strategic philanthropic work, The Joyce Foundation seeks to build a legacy for the future, through ongoing leadership and innovative partnerships, by promoting improved and meaningful social, economic and emotional engagement for young Canadians.

About UOIT

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) advances the discovery and application of knowledge through a technology-enriched learning environment and the delivery of innovative market-driven programs responsive to the needs of students and industry. With more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in more than 75 programs, UOIT promotes social engagement, fosters critical thinking and integrates outcomes-based learning experiences inside and outside the classroom. UOIT's commitment to accelerating economic growth and social innovation is realized through faculty research collaborations with leading organizations such as Ontario Power Generation, IBM, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and the Durham Regional Police Service. To find out more, visit


Bryan Oliver
Communications and Marketing
University of Ontario Institute of Technology
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