Assemblée générale annuelle 2019
Présidente : Linda Somers
Vice-Président : Doug Newson
Trésorier : Michael Woolnough
Secrétaire : Carol Galimberti
LLIR representative: Paul Muther
Student board members: Catherina Blair, Lucas Demirian
Board members: Dan Berbecel
Past president: Jaclyn Volkhammer
There are still open positions, so contact us if you’re interested in sitting on the board.
President’s letter 2018-2019
Here are some updates about the 2018-2019 year:
We are now working with a bookkeeper to transition our bookkeeping to Quickbooks. Using an accounting program was recommended during our audit last year, as opposed to using a spreadsheet that had been used in the past. This process is ensuring that everything is up to the standards of an accountant and will help with the annual audit. In addition, our bookkeeper is ensuring we are keeping track of the HST during expenses (such as for the book vouchers) which will help with the HST rebate the accountant completes when he files our taxes.
HARDSHIP BURSARY, EMERGENCY LOANS/BURSARIES, BOOK VOUCHERS
In May 2018 the Friends of Glendon chose to give $20,000 to Glendon in order to help students who were affected by the strike. As mentioned in last year’s annual report, a particular thanks must go to Living and Learning In Retirement for making this gift possible.
Over the summer (2019), we received good news from the Advancement Office at Glendon. York had given faculties back some of the money they had spent to help students during the strike and retroactively covered the cost. Due to this, $19,000 is back “in the pot,” so to speak, and available to help students. After consultation between Advancement and board members, some of this money will be used during the 2019-2020 year on a trial run of providing book vouchers and emergency bursaries.
This one-time allotment of funding for Glendon to use will help simplify the process. After this year, the board can decide whether to continue with this procedure or return to the previous method of book vouchers and emergency loans.
However it does provide some advantages. For the book vouchers, this reduces the back and forth between the Office of Student Financial Services (OSFS), the Glendon Bookstore and the Friends of Glendon treasurer. The previous procedure involved the OSFS giving a voucher to the student, who would get their books from the bookstore, and the bookstore would then send an invoice that would be paid by cheque by the FoG treasurer and one other signing authority of the board (often the vice-president or president, whoever was available to sign a cheque).
Giving emergency bursaries with this money, instead of emergency loans, is another trial change this year. The Advancement Office and OSFS signalled that this would be a welcome change to students. Obviously free money is better than a loan that must be repaid, even if it is interest-free. This also simplifies the process for the OSFS, which keeps track of loan repayments. The amount given in emergency loans had also decreased in recent years as the OSFS tried to find other ways to support students in emergency situations.
LIVING AND LEARNING IN RETIREMENT
We are pleased with our partnership with Living and Learning In Retirement. They donated $ 29,720 during the 2018-2019 year.
They also donated another $25,000 to establish the following two term awards:
- Bursary for Refugee Students will benefit a Glendon undergraduate student who demonstrates financial need and has a status as a refugee/protected person as declared when the student applied to York University.
- Bursary for Undergraduate Students will benefit a Glendon undergraduate who demonstrates financial need and lives at home as indicated on the Student Financial Profile.
Finally, our two boards agreed to a change of the criteria for the 25th anniversary LLIR bursary. If an award is not being allocated due to the difficulty of finding a recipient, the Advancement Office sometimes returns to a donor to see whether the criteria are suitable. The award was previously allocated to two incoming full-time students in exchange for 120 hours of community service in a francophone or bilingual education/community setting in Toronto or at Glendon.
Here is the new description of the terms:
The LLIR 25th Anniversary Internship is awarded to up to three Glendon students in need of financial assistance in exchange for a work-integrated learning experience, or community service in a francophone or bilingual education/community setting. These experiences must be coordinated with Glendon staff and recipients must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons, be Ontario residents and demonstrate financial need.
On a personal note, this is the end of my two-year term as president of the board of directors. I am not running again since I am not in Canada this year. It has been an honour serving as president from 2011-2019. I apologize for not being present at the annual general meeting as I am out of the country.
President / Présidente
We’re dreaming big!
In celebration of our best friend, Glendon College’s 50th anniversary, The Friends are raising $250,000 to increase bursary support to Glendon students in financial need.
You can give to our fund by setting up monthly giving, through a one-time donation, or by setting up a bequest.
Join us to raise $250,000 for Glendon students. And here’s how you can help:
Thanks, here’s a tax receipt and we’ll leave you alone! We won’t even come after you for more money… But we will not say no if you come back to give more. ;) P.S. You can check for your name in our annual report and website -- “Hey - that’s me! Jessica P.!”
You'll get a special thank you card with our heartfelt feedback on the impact of your gift. We can’t do this for everyone, our hands will get cramped!
We’ll shout your names from the rooftops of Glendon! You’re part of the fam and will be in our hearts forever! Plus a shout out on our Annual Report, our website, and on social media.
Your support makes an impact!
These are the stories and photos of the students whose life you changed.
Friends of Glendon has made a quiet yet vital contribution to the student life of Glendon almost since the founding of the college. I am fully in support of the ideals behind FoG, centred as they are on students. FoG in many ways represents the the spirit of Escott Reid and the goal of giving back to society while helping to shape and guide it. That spirit is the essence of Glendon and long may it grow and glow. Please keep up the good work.
- Glendon Alumnus
To me, receiving an award from The Friends means that I have a little bit less on my plate to worry about after I finish my studies. It also encourages me to strive for good grades because I know that academic achievement is recognized by donors too.
- Glendon Student
Receiving this award shows that the community outside of Glendon values making university education more accessible to all. Contributing to this bursaryis a priceless gift to Glendon students that will certainly give them the tools to give back to the community. For this, I sincerely thank you!
- Glendon Student
This bursary means that I can explore and learn without having the monetary stress. It means that I have support and encouragement to pursue my goals and passions.
- Glendon Student
This award does a great deal to relieve the financial burden of returning to school full time. It is humbling to be recognized by Friends that I didn't know I had. I will carry this encouragement with me when I graduate this spring and begin to look for work as a translator. Thank you!
- Glendon Student