Gatineau, Quebec, March 27, 2023 - The CÉGEP Heritage College Foundation is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year! We are kicking off our yearlong celebration of events with a FOUNDER’S REUNION, Saturday, April 29th at 1 pm at Heritage College. Alumni, present and former faculty, administrators, and community supporters are all invited to a screening of the film “What We Choose to Remember” about the English-speaking community in Quebec, with Guy Rex Rodgers, the film’s Director, followed by a Q&A and reception. We are celebrating those who began the Foundation with the goal of providing financial assistance to support student success.
Although the Foundation is only ten years old, Heritage College itself began in 1988 some 35 years ago. Tireless work by many community members convinced the government to create the first and only English language post-secondary educational institution in Western Quebec. The Foundation since its inception has raised funds through government grants, individual, and corporate donations to help students to continue their educational path towards university or job market in their chosen fields of study.
The Foundation works with Heritage College to provide financial support in emergency situations like the flooding and the tornado that struck the region in recent years which greatly impeded student access to their studies. As well, support was provided for school supplies and books that were ruined by those disasters. During the pandemic, we helped supply computers so students could continue to access the online courses Heritage College created to assure students were minimally affected by the lack of access to the college campus.
We plan to reach out to the community and alumni throughout this 10th Anniversary year to raise funds, awareness and invite their participation in the excellent work the Heritage College Foundation has done in supporting student success, perseverance and resilience. Throughout this year’s celebrations, we look forward to sharing good memories and helping our present and future students realize their educational aspirations and participate in extracurricular activities that are part of a well-rounded college experience.
Together, we are investing in our heritage!
If you are an alumna/us of Heritage College or know one, please reach out to the Foundation office. We hope to be in touch with former students who have pictures or memorabilia of the College’s history and past Foundation events. For more information or to register as alumni please contact:
819-778-2270 ext. 2127
Investing in our heritage together means supporting not only the potential of students’ dreams and ambitions but also securing the foundation of post-secondary education in Québec that reflects our community’s aspirations.
When you give to Cégep Heritage College Foundation, your investment supports students who are just starting their studies or who are demonstrating perseverance and resilience in the face of obstacles as they work toward their goals. That kind of generosity makes a positive impact on those individual students, on the College, and builds up the broader community.
Graduates of Heritage go on to realize their individual academic and career goals and to make contributions that strengthen the economic and cultural roots of our society.
As we celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Cégep Heritage College Foundation in 2023, we plan to work with the College to reach out to Heritage founders and alumni to highlight their accomplishments and engage them in encouraging current students with their stories. If you are an alumna/us or know one, please get in touch with us!
"Upon receiving the bursary at the awards ceremony, I called my husband to tell him which bursary I received and he went very quiet on the phone. I asked him if everything was okay and he said, yes, everything is going to be okay. I cried. My husband was worried about the upcoming semester and was preparing to tell me that I may need to take a semester off because the costs of travelling to school had added up and we needed to get caught up on the bills. Your foundation has made it possible for me to persevere. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you. Thank you so much for making this happen and allowing me to continue my education."
Mandy Turcotte, Alumna
Cégep Heritage College is the only English post-secondary public learning institution serving the Outaouais population and is one of 48 CEGEPs (Collèges d'enseignement général et professionnel) in the province of Quebec. It serves students at its main Gatineau (Hull Sector) campus and at its Pontiac learning centre (Campbell’s Bay). Cégep Heritage College offers pre-university programs, career programs, and through its Centre for Continuing Education offers programs leading to Attestations of College Studies, as well as professional development programs for businesses.