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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’s 2021 recipients of The Joyce Family Foundation Success Award

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

The Joyce Family Foundation is making the dream of post-secondary education a reality.

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

Each year, two students are awarded $4,000 bursaries which are renewable annually over four years based on set criteria.

Students who receive this award 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, recipients are invited to participate as mentees in the Office of Student Life’s Mentorship program and will be encouraged to act as mentors in subsequent years.

2021 recipients of The Joyce Family Foundation Success Award 

Ashwin Gnanaseelan

We are excited to welcome Ashwin to Ontario Tech University this fall as a student within the Computer Science program (Faculty of Science). As a graduate of Maxwell Heights Secondary School in Oshawa, Ashwin has achieved an extraordinary academic average all while dedicating an immense amount of time volunteering within his community and taking part in his high school extracurricular activities. During his time at Maxwell Heights, he successfully completed the High Skills Specialist Major, was part of the soccer team and participated in the DECA Business Club. His precision and focus have contributed to his successes, along with positively influencing his peers learning.

Lauren Shields 

Lauren, a graduate of Clarington Central Secondary School in Bowmanville, is described by her teachers as diligent, driven and committed to her academics. We are thrilled to have Lauren join the Ontario Tech community where she will continue to thrive. She has maintained outstanding grades throughout her high school years while also taking part in a variety of volunteer opportunities within her school. Lauren is a role model who has made positive contributions to her school community as a student peer mentor and tutor, where she gets to help and support other students. Lauren is coming to Ontario Tech University to study within the Faculty of Health Sciences, where she aims to continue on her path of academic excellence and success.

Additional recipients of The Joyce Family Foundation Success Award  
  • Angela Karimzad - Biological Science
  • Sophia Tucker - Forensic Science
  • 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

Ontario Tech is grateful for the support from The Joyce Family Foundation. Their generous donation has made these awards and student aspirations possible.