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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

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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Ontario Tech announces 2020 Joyce Foundation Success Award recipients

Polonsky Commons at Ontario Tech University's north Oshawa location.
Polonsky Commons at Ontario Tech University's north Oshawa location.

The Joyce Foundation continues to make the dream of attending Ontario Tech a reality for local secondary school students.

A donation of $1 million—in honour of Mike Harris—established two Joyce Foundation Success Awards to support first-year students who attended high school in Durham Region or Northumberland County.

Each year, two students are awarded $4,000. The student recipients have achieved academic excellence in their final year of high school, and come highly recommended by their teachers and guidance counsellors. In their first year at Ontario Tech, recipients are invited to participate as mentees in the Office of Student Life’s Mentorship program, and encouraged to act as mentors when they are upper-year students.

These bursaries are renewable to students who remain in good academic standing and who continue to participate in the mentorship program throughout their four years at the university. 

Ontario Tech University is grateful for the support from the Joyce Foundation—their donation continues to help bring out the full potential of our students year after year.

2020 Joyce Foundation Success Award recipients

Angela Karimzad, Biological Science

During her studies at Bowmanville High School, Angela maintained academic excellence while also spending much of her time volunteering within her community. Angela was highly recommended for this award—her teachers said she was as an exemplary student, leader and community member who showed incredible initiative throughout her high school career.

Sophia Tucker, Forensic Science

Sophia Tucker excelled academically while participating in extra-curricular activities throughout her time at Uxbridge Secondary School. In addition to being a member of her school’s concert band and track team, she spent much of her time volunteering with her church and at her former elementary school. Sophia’s past teachers said she is kind, responsible and hard working.

Previous Joyce Foundation Success Award recipients
  • Shabana Azizi - Biological Science
  • Kurtis Collins - Automotive Engineering
  • David Cucuteanu - Forensic Psychology
  • Kristin Davidson - Health Physics and Radiation Science
  • Lorena Diaz - Medical Laboratory Science
  • Dawson Fraser - Forensic Science
  • Rebecca Mosaad - Health Science
  • Quinlan Palmer - Health Science
  • Gemma Tyner - Forensic Psychology