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Paul and Shirley O’Neill Bursary Supports Multiple Fleming College Programs


Shirley and Paul O'Neill

City of Kawartha Lakes, ON – (August 15, 2022) – A new bursary will help Fleming College students for years to come thanks to a $50,000 donation from Lindsay resident Shirley O’Neill.   

The Paul and Shirley O’Neill Student Bursary is open to financially eligible students enrolled in the Practical NursingPersonal Support WorkerHeavy Equipment Techniques and Resources Drilling Technician programs. 

Shirley wanted to make the significant donation to honour her late husband, Paul. Shirley also wanted to make a contribution that would ensure the great work of future nursing and PSW graduates at Fleming College continues.  

Paul and Shirley O’Neill, both born in Lindsay, met as teenagers at a local dance hall. They married in 1962.   

Paul and Shirley O’Neill on their wedding day in 1962.

The couple spent most of their working years in Oshawa, devoting much of their 30-year careers to Oshawa Hydro and General Motors. They returned to the Lindsay area after retirement.  

Paul passed away in 2013.   

At 88 years old, Shirley is an avid sports fan and counts both the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Toronto Blue Jays among her favourite teams.   

Shirley O’Neill

A bursary is one of the many ways the community can support Fleming students in financial need. Visit here to find out more information.   

​Pictures of Shirley O’Neill and Shirley with her late husband Paul O’Neill are attached. 

About Fleming College

Fleming College respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg lands and territory. Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 80,000 alumni. 

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