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Zonta Club of Oakville Donates 36 000 Dollars to Sheridan College

June 08, 2009

On June 10, 2009, Zonta Club of Oakville members will attend Sheridan’s School of Community & Liberal Studies academic awards ceremony to present Sheridan with a cheque for $36,000.

For Immediate Release: June 8, 2009
Oakville, Ontario


On June 10, 2009, Zonta Club of Oakville members will attend Sheridan’s School of Community & Liberal Studies academic awards ceremony to present Sheridan with a cheque for $36,000.  The presentation will take place in Theatre Sheridan at 7:00 p.m.
The money was raised at "Rhapsody in Yellow", a fundraising event held last November to support bursaries at Sheridan and to raise awareness for women suffering from abuse in Halton.

The service club aims to help women trying to escape domestic violence. Many of these women have no current, marketable skills that are essential to finding a job. Without a means to support themselves and their children, victims of domestic abuse often return to their abusive environments.

"Our goal was to fund bursaries for full-time study programs at Sheridan College for women who have lived in abusive environments and wish to break the cycle by learning career skills to become self-sufficient, self assured women", said Cherie Duvall, past president of Zonta.

Access to educational opportunities at Sheridan will make a great difference in the lives of these women.

"Women who have suffered from abuse deserve the chance to receive a post-secondary education within their community", said Dr. Robert Turner, president and CEO of the Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. "With over 100 programs to choose from, these women will have the opportunity to find a career of choice that will be the turning point in their lives."

Sheridan is grateful for the support of the Zonta Club of Oakville and everyone who attended Rhapsody in Yellow. Sheridan is now accepting applications for the Zonta Club of Oakville bursaries.  Visit http://awards.sheridaninstitute.ca for more information.

About Zonta:

Zonta International is a global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy. The Zonta Club of Oakville is one of 1,200 Zonta Clubs throughout the world. Our mission is to assist women and children in Halton Region. For more information, visit www.zontaoakville.com.

About Sheridan:

The Sheridan Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning serves 15,000 full-time and 35,000 continuing education students at its campuses in Oakville and Brampton, Ontario. Sheridan offers an innovative learning environment celebrated for academic excellence, applied research and creativity.  Program options range from one-year certificates to four-year Bachelor’s degrees, in the arts, business, community service and technology fields.  We prepare students for career success; close to ninety percent of graduates are employed within six months of graduation.  Visit www.sheridaninstitute.ca to learn more.

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