Helping students overcome barriers

The Peel Learning Foundation, a community-based, charitable organization, will officially introduce itself to the Peel community at a launch event on Feb. 22.

In partnership with the Peel District School Board, the foundation was created to enable Peel board students to achieve personal excellence by providing resources to help them overcome barriers related to poverty.

“It’s simple. We recognize that there is a need in the Peel community to help level the playing field for Peel board students,” says Janet McDougald, foundation chair. “We want to create a community where everyone works together to help students achieve personal excellence, and if we can help create better tomorrows for children and youth, why wouldn’t we do that?”

In its first year, the foundation will support Peel board students through:

Student Emergency Needs program
Depending on the need, the foundation will support individual students with food and clothing, medical supplies, eyeglasses and transportation costs, or where there is an emergency situation that requires a compassionate response.

The foundation will provide backpacks filled with school supplies that students need to fully participate in regular classroom work. The backpacks will be provided to students in need in a  respectful and confidential manner. They are tailored for students in kindergarten to grade 3, grades 4 to 8, and grades 9 to 12. Student Backpack program

“We know the foundation will help support Peel board students who may be experiencing hardships. It’s critical that we look for all possible opportunities to ensure students have the ability to achieve their personal excellence,” says Stan Cameron, chair of the Peel board. “It’ll be critical to partner with organizations and private donors to help us make an even greater difference in lives of children and youth.”

“To meet our mission, we’ll need support from everyone, including staff, community partners, private donors and corporations to ensure we can provide support to students living in poverty or who have recently experienced hardship,” says Brian Hobbs, executive officer of the foundation.

A launch event will be held at the HJA Brown Education Centre, located at 5650 Hurontario St. in Mississauga, from 9 to 10 a.m. on Feb. 22. Visit to RSVP for the launch event. Individuals or organizations who are interested in learning more about and supporting the foundation can visit


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