Phase 2 of Shq’apthut, Vancouver Islands University’s Aboriginal Gathering Place, received a significant boost with a $50,000 donation courtesy of BMO Financial Group.
Shelly Jensen, vice-president, Vancouver Island, BMO Bank of Montreal, made the donation Aug. 22, presenting Bruce Williams, chairman of VIU’s Foundation, with the cheque.
“BMO is very pleased to show our support through this donation to the Vancouver Island University Aboriginal Gathering Place,” said Jensen. “We commend VIU for its strong commitment to welcoming not only aboriginal students, but for also creating a place for our community to come together to celebrate our diverse cultures in the Nanaimo region.”
Williams noted BMO, has a clear vision and understanding of the power and impact in wise investment.
“We are proud to accept their investment in both today’s students, and in future generations of VIU’s aboriginal learners,” he said
The Aboriginal Gathering Place addresses the education gap between aboriginals and non-aboriginals and increases opportunities for positive interactions through cultural sharing.
For more information on Shq’apthut or VIU’s Foundation, please visit www.viu.ca/gatheringplace/ or www.viu.ca/giving.