Truppe, Brescia announce International Day of the Girl Scholarship

October 11, 2012

Post-secondary education will be a reality for a London girl


London, ON – Susan Truppe, Member of Parliament for London North Centre and Parliamentary Secretary for Status of Women, joined by Dr. Colleen Hanycz, Principal of Brescia University College, today announced the creation of theInternational Day of the Girl Scholarship.

“Since my election as Member of Parliament for London North Centre and subsequent appointment as Parliamentary Secretary for Status of Women, it has been my dream to make post-secondary education a reality for a London girl,” said MP Truppe. “Thanks to the generosity of London’s Phoenix Interactive Design and Labatt Breweries of Canada, this dream will come true. How fitting that this is launched on the inaugural International Day of the Girl at Canada’s only all-female post-secondary institution, Brescia University College.”

Working in partnership with Brescia University College, London’s Phoenix Interactive and Labatt have each committed $10,000 towards the cost of post-secondary education for a deserving London girl.  Phoenix Interactive will fund the 2013 scholarship, with Labatt funding 2014.

Dr. Colleen Hanycz is thrilled to be accepting the scholarship and says, “We are especially grateful to our donors for supporting the education of women here at Brescia, and the nurturing of leadership that we are able to provide due to gifts like these from community leaders like Phoenix Interactive and Labatt Breweries of Canada.”

“Earning a post-secondary education is a critical determinant of an individual’s ability to realize their full potential,” added Ms. Kyle MacDonald, CEO of Phoenix Interactive Design.  “On this, the International Day of the Girl, I am very proud to sponsor $10,000 towards the International Day of the Girl Scholarship to invest in the future potential of a young woman entering Brescia University College in 2013.”

Labatt Breweries of Canada is also pleased to act as a donor, explains Briar Wells, Manager Corporate Affairs. “Education is a critical step in the growth of an individual and Labatt proudly supports Brescia University College’s work in this field. We are delighted to announce our support of a $10,000 scholarship on the International Day of the Girl, to empower and fuel the potential of a future Brescia student. Since 1847 Labatt has been a dedicated member of the London community and we are pleased to further our support of the community through valuable initiatives that provide opportunities to future leaders and re-invest in local talent.”

Canada led the call for an International Day of the Girl at the United Nations to raise awareness about the particular challenges that girls face and to take action. The House of Commons unanimously supported a motion to have Canada lead this international campaign, and the Government of Canada partnered with Plan Canada to achieve that goal.

“London is the city of opportunity,” said MP Truppe. “There is no better opportunity than earning a post-secondary education.”


For More Information:

Nicholas Colosimo                                              Colleen Aguilar

Executive Assistant                                             Communications and Marketing Officer

Office of Susan Truppe, M.P.                             Brescia University College

613-995-1462                                                      519-432-8353 (ext. 28280)                   


The Government of Canada and Canadians will celebrate the first International Day of the Girl on October 11, 2012. Girls will be recognized as powerful agents of change and as leaders of today and tomorrow, and girl-specific issues will be highlighted both in Canada and internationally.

Organizations around the world are engaged in this issue. To learn more, see Plan Canada’s page on International Day of the Girl as well as their Because I am a Girl campaign.

Timeline: Establishing International Day of the Girl

February 2011: Minister Ambrose meets with a delegation of girls from Plan International/Plan Canada at the United Nations and is presented with the concept of creating an International Day of the Girl.

March 8, 2011: The Government of Canada announces its intention to support the establishment of an International Day of the Girl.

March 24, 2011: House of Commons gives unanimous support to a motion that Canada should lead an international campaign at the United Nations for anInternational Day of the Girl.

October 11, 2011: Minister Ambrose calls upon member states to support the proclamation of an International Day of the Girl during an address to the United Nations’ Third Committee on Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs.

December 19, 2011: Resolution designating the International Day of the Girlis formally adopted by the UN General Assembly.

October 11, 2012: First International Day of the Girl in Canada and around the world is celebrated.

Details of the International Day of the Girl Scholarship include:

  • $10,000 per year for two years
  • Will benefit a student entering Brescia from a London area high school
  • Preference will be given to a young woman who has demonstrated leadership in her family, school or community
  • Contact the Registrar’s Office at Brescia for application details

(519-432-8253 ext. 28266)

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For more information please contact Colleen Aguilar, Communications, Marketing & External Relations Officer, at 519.432.8353, ext. 28280

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