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The Fu Hui Education Foundation maximizes its impact

A generous new gift from the Fu Hui Education Foundation will enhance learning and opportunities for University of Toronto students in the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work’s Indigenous Trauma and Resiliency (ITR) program — leveraging the Foundations’ already deep commitment to the program and amplifying its impact.

The new $50,000 gift will support the launch of a Leadership Scholars Program for ITR students, an initiative that will provide students with the opportunity to receive leadership training from mentors across a variety of disciplines. The new program will help ITR students develop skills that extend beyond social work, accelerating their professional and personal growth, expanding their horizons, and increasing the efficacy of their community work.

“We know that social workers are central to many systems in a front-line capacity, but there is now an identified need to develop social workers as leaders — and this process must begin early,” says Dexter Voisin, Dean of the Factor-Inwentash Faculty. “Our new Leadership Scholars Program will help expand the impact of our students exponentially, as they not only care for, but advocate on behalf of, the families and individuals that they serve.”

The Fu Hui Education Foundation’s support for the Leadership Scholars Program goes beyond its launch. The Foundation is also providing the Faculty with mentors, representing a diverse range of senior professionals and leaders from across multiple and wide-ranging sectors, who will work with students in the program.

“This commitment to fostering Indigenous leaders reflects the Foundation’s strong and exemplary dedication to uplifting Indigenous communities around the world,” says Voisin. “I would like to extend my immense gratitude to the Board of Directors of the Fu Hui Education Foundation, especially Ms. Judy San, the Foundation’s President and Mr. Stanley Kwan, its Chair. Without their commitment to supporting the Indigenous communities of Canada, what we have achieved in this partnership would not be possible.”