Brescia launches ambitious strategic plan and receives gift from Students’ Council to build new residence

September 15, 2010


The Brescia University College Students’ Council  presented a cheque for $40,000 to Dr. Colleen Hanycz, Principal, and Suzanne  McDonald Aziz, executive director of the Foundation as part of the launch of Brescia’s strategic  plan, Living Leadership.

London, ON  – Brescia University  College is planning to share the  unique experience of Canada’s  only women’s university with 10 per cent more students by 2015.

Today Brescia  launched its new strategic plan Living  Leadership in an event following the annual community bbq to open the new  academic year. More than 100 students, faculty, staff, Ursuline Sisters, and  volunteers at the event learned that the plan’s overarching objective is to  strengthen Brescia’s competitive position and embrace our values while growing  our student community to 1,200 full-time students by 2015.

Increased student retention and satisfaction are among the  nine objectives. In a special presentation, Brescia University College  Students’ Council President Cait Bionda presented a cheque for $40,000 to Dr.  Colleen Hanycz, Principal, and Suzanne McDonald-Aziz, executive director of the  Brescia Foundation. The gift is designated for the construction of a new  residence. “When we were trying to decide what we could support, we chose a new  residence as we think that residence life is a very important part of the  university experience and influences where students choose to study,” Bionda  said.

Living Leadership will guide that growth and other activity over the next five years. The plan  centres around these four vision elements: to increase Brescia’s  student-centred focus, to become Canada’s  pre-eminent leadership destination for women, to build its strong community  relationships, and to enhance Brescia’s  innovation in research, teaching, and learning.

To view the Living  Leadership strategic plan online, please visit

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Brescia University College, Canada’s premier women’s university college, is  affiliated with The University   of Western Ontario. The  1,100 women registered as either full- or part-time students at Brescia study a wide  variety of subjects in Arts, Social Sciences, and Foods & Nutrition in an empowering, compassionate, student-centred, and  invigorating environment. Degrees are granted by Western. The Catholic College  welcomes students from all backgrounds and values diversity. For more  information, please visit

For more information,  please contact:

Jim Mei                       Director of Library Services and Chair of the Long Term  Strategic Planning Committee                       E-mail:                       Phone: 519.432.8353, ext. 28296