Multi-Million Dollar Donation from Fleming Student Association Benefits Generations of Students

Peterborough, ON – (Dec. 7, 2022) – Fleming College’s Student Administrative Council (SAC) located at the Sutherland Campus in Peterborough, ON has donated $3,415,500 to Fleming College.

The funding was announced during a ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 7. The donation comes from funds which were designated for transportation and programming enhancements that SAC saved from student fees.

$2.3 million of the donation has been earmarked for an Endowment Fund to create a permanent legacy at Fleming College by supporting transportation initiatives and food security programs that directly impact student life.

“Fleming College’s Student Administrative Council continues to demonstrate student leadership,” said Fleming College President Maureen Adamson. “This significant gift will make a difference in the lives of students for generations to come. We appreciate SAC’s ongoing commitment to supporting Fleming students.”

“Fleming SAC is always there for students, and we have a deep history of supporting students while on campus,” says Joel Willett, SAC General Manager. “This donation to the college is important to SAC and our Board as it signifies our existing and future commitment to students.”

Fleming SAC is a non-profit corporation that advocates and serves the social and political needs of students at Fleming College. The SAC Board of Directors represent the collective voice on campus and implements programming that addresses the needs of students.

More than $2 million of the contribution supports bursaries that help alleviate direct student transit costs as well as create micro-bursaries for students facing emergency or hardship situations and unmet critical needs.

Additionally, $1 million will support capital enhancements at the Sutherland Campus related to transportation. These funds will go directly to improving the quality of transit spaces and amenities used by students. 

The remaining funds will support food security projects that directly help students who are struggling with food insecurity. SAC has historically supported many food initiatives including a student emergency food bank and a food box program. Food insecurity is a growing concern among college students where students are often forced to choose between paying rent and buying groceries. This donation will elevate these ongoing efforts.      

Today’s donation isn’t a first for SAC. The association previously supported transit student bursaries and capital renovations at the Sutherland Campus in 2019.

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.

For more information, please contact:
Sarah Deeth

Communications Officer

sarah.deeth@flemingcollege.ca

705-749-5530 ext. 1161

Peterborough
Sutherland Campus
599 Brealey Dr. Peterborough ON K9J 7B1
Ph: (705) 749-5530
Lindsay
Frost Campus
200 Albert St. S., Box 8000 Lindsay ON K9V 5E6
Ph: (705) 324-9144
Haliburton
Haliburton Campus
P.O. Box 839 Haliburton ON K0M 1S0
Ph: (705) 457-1680

Web: flemingcollege.ca

Facebook: facebook.com/flemingcollege
Twitter: @FlemingCollege

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

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. 

For more information, please contact:

Sarah Deeth 

Communications Officer 

sarah.deeth@flemingcollege.ca 

705-749-5530 ext. 1161 

Peterborough
Sutherland Campus
599 Brealey Dr. Peterborough ON K9J 7B1
Ph: (705) 749-5530 
Lindsay
Frost Campus
200 Albert St. S., Box 8000 Lindsay ON K9V 5E6
Ph: (705) 324-9144 
Haliburton
Haliburton Campus
P.O. Box 839 Haliburton ON K0M 1S0
Ph: (705) 457-1680 

Web: flemingcollege.ca 

Facebook: facebook.com/flemingcollege

Twitter: @FlemingCollege 

Instagram: @flemingcollege