Who: The Joyce Family Foundation
The donation: $1.5 million
The recipient: University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation (UOHIF)
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The inspiration: “Ron’s life has impacted so many people and this is another example at the Heart Institute of how the Joyce Family Foundation has carried on his legacy. Nurses are a health-care priority and what we all experienced during the pandemic put a spotlight on the need,” said Ed Lumley, chair of the Joyce Family Foundation.
Ron Joyce, the legendary Canadian entrepreneur who is synonymous with the Tim Hortons coffee chain, was just as passionate about philanthropy as he was about business.
The Joyce Family Foundation recently announced a $1.5-million gift to the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation focused on a nursing bursary program.
Undergraduate students entering the first year of the university’s nursing program will receive a tuition bursary and opportunities to intern, receive enhanced training and participate in mentorship and employment opportunities.
“When there is passion and impact behind a gift of this magnitude, you can’t help but feel excited about what is possible for the next generation of nurses here at the Heart Institute,” said Lianne Laing, president of the UOHI Foundation and vice-president of philanthropy.
“We are so grateful for the generosity and vision of the Joyce Family Foundation toward realizing this initiative.”
The Joyce Family Foundation Nursing Bursary Program will be providing monies annually to recipients. Each bursary will be valued at $8,000 each and is available for nursing students who are enrolled for up to four years. Applicants from Inuit and First Nations as well as those facing the greatest financial need and socioeconomic barriers will be given priority by the selection committee.
“Ron remembered his own childhood with some financial challenges,” said Ed Lumley, chair of the Joyce Family Foundation. “He wanted to give back to people and provide them a start so they could be successful in their own career. The Joyce Family Foundation has given back to many universities. This gift to the Heart Institute is impactful.”
Joyce was born in Nova Scotia in 1930 and received countless awards for his success in business and his generosity across the country. As a recipient of the Order of Canada and an inductee into the Canadian Hall of Fame, Ron Joyce had a strong work ethic and a deep commitment to transforming the lives of Canadians. Joyce died on Jan. 31, 2019.