Donation Largest In Brescia’s History

Ursuline Hall at Brescia University College. Photo courtesy of Brescia University College.

It’s the largest donation in Brescia University College’s history.

Canada’s only women’s university announced on Tuesday it is receiving $1-million from the Ursuline Sisters of Chatham, the female group that founded the school nearly 100 years ago.

The money will be used to establish the Ursuline Sisters Chatham Legacy Fund for projects that enhance educational experience, further education through innovation, and empower women to lead.

“I am humbled by the Sisters’ extraordinary generosity and I sincerely appreciate their recognition of the ever changing needs and priorities of post-secondary education,” said Dr. Susan Mumm, principal of Brescia University College, in a news release. “The Ursulines’ remarkable foresight to provide this level of flexibility is truly unique and positions Brescia well as we look to our next 100 years of educating women to lead with wisdom, justice and compassion.”

The Ursuline Sisters founded Brescia in 1919 in Chatham with a group of just seven students. The school later moved to a converted house in downtown London before growing into an internationally recognized institute.

“We are honoured to celebrate 100 years of Brescia and contribute in perpetuity to the active education of women leaders for the next century,” said Community Leader, Sister Theresa Campeau.

Brescia will formally recognize the Sisters’ donation at its 100th anniversary celebration in 2019.