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(Thunder Bay - April 7, 2006) On Friday April 7, the Premier of Ontario, Dalton McGuinty and Mr. Bill Mauro, MPP, Thunder Bay-Atikokan and Parliamentary Assistant to Minister of Northern Development and Mines, formally marked the closure of the first year of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine's Bursary Fund Campaign. During two separate announcements, in Sudbury and in Thunder Bay, NOSM's first year of public fundraising ended on a positive note with a balance of $12.9 million.
(l to r) Greg Pilot, NOSM Northwest Fundraising Chair; Liz Dougall, NOSM Board Chair; Michael Gravelle, MPP; Bill Mauro, MPP; and Dr. Fred Gilbert.
More than 300 of the 2000 donors to the Bursary Fund attended the announcements which highlighted the Ontario government's contribution of funds to match donations and pledges received through the efforts of over 90 members of volunteer fundraising committees across Northern Ontario.
Dr. Roger Strasser, Founding Dean of the Medical School, noted that the success of the campaign could not have been achieved without the leadership of the campaign co-chairs, "Greg Pilot (west) and Gerry Lougheed Jr. (east), who were tireless in their efforts to raise the awareness of, and ultimately the support for, the Bursary campaign."
Donors contributed $6.7 million. The Ontario Government raised this total to $12.9 million through a $5M matching grant from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation and additional provincial government funding.
Dr. Judith Woodsworth, President of Laurentian University and Chair of the NOSM Board of Directors noted that, "Raising $12.9 million over such a short period of time is a testament to the
generosity of Northerners, and their commitment to achieving quality medical education in the North, for the North."
Lakehead University President Dr. Fred Gilbert further expressed his appreciation for the financial assistance made available to medical students. "Every donation, sponsorship, and hour of volunteer time, regardless of the amount, helps to assist students to achieve a medical education in Northern Ontario."
The Bursary Fund will provide financial aid to Northern Ontario medical students on an as-needed basis, and will help them to avoid significant debt at the end of their training. The more opportunities students have to limit financial concerns, the better able they are to focus on their studies.
The Northern Ontario School of Medicine is a pioneering faculty of medicine. The School is a joint initiative of Lakehead and Laurentian Universities, with main campuses in Thunder Bay and Sudbury, and multiple teaching and research sites across Northern Ontario. By educating skilled physicians and undertaking health research suited to community needs, the School will become a cornerstone of community health care in Northern Ontario.
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