On Jan. 24, Warden Gerry Marshall and members of Simcoe County Council presented Lakehead University with a $1 million cheque to support growth and access to learning opportunities for students in the region.
The donation is part of the county’s annual pledge to improve access to post-secondary education, training and skills development. The announcement brings the County of Simcoe’s total contributions to the university to about $7.5 million since 2009.
The annual county investment has supported Lakehead’s growth and the positive impacts include the impressive growth of students enrolled at the campus, from just over 100 students in 2006 to more than 1,400 today; growth of academic programs and the expansion of research activities.
“County council understands the vital role our region’s post-secondary educational facilities will play for generations to come,” said Marshall. “Graduates end up living and working in the region, contributing to the sustainability of our communities.”
Lakehead University Vice-Chancellor Dr. Moira McPherson says the impact of the county’s contributions over the years has served as a value-added investment in the region.
“Today’s gift furthers Simcoe County’s growth – growth in the success of our teaching, community service, and research activities, as well as increased economic impacts,” she said, citing a recent economic impact study conducted by Lakehead’s business administration faculty, which concluded that the university’s impact on the County of Simcoe is between $80 million and $95 million.
In the photo, participating in the cheque presentation are (from l-r) Deputy Mayor John O’Donnell, Township of Ramara; Simcoe County Warden Gerry Marshall; Dr. Moira McPherson, Lakehead University interim president and vice-chancellor; Mayor Harry Hughes, Township of Oro Medonte; Dr. Dean Jobin-Bevans, Lakehead Orillia principal; Deputy Mayor Anita Dubeau, Town of Penetanguishene; Mayor George Cornell, Township of Tiny; and Deputy Mayor David Ritchie, Township of Tay.