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Support for Post Secondary Education

Thanks to the generous support of the Newton Eastwood Dietrich Wealth Advisory Group at BMO Nesbitt Burns, youth in the care of Family & Children’€™s Services of Guelph and Wellington County (F&CS) continue to receive education support for the post secondary education program of their choice. Breaking from their Holiday Season tradition of gift giving to their clientele, Geoff Newton and his team decided to reallocate those funds to Family & Children’€™s Services€™ Education Support Program, a program of the Children First Fund.

Mckay_Newton_Moore€œOur goal was to acknowledge the great partnership that we have with our clients and donate to a cause that is focused on family in our community,  says Geoff Newton, Senior Vice President of BMO Nesbitt Burns.  €œFinancially supporting the foster child / foster parent relationship to ensure the opportunity for post-secondary education seemed like a perfect fit for what we were trying to achieve.€

F&CS Board Director, Don McKay with Geoff Newton
and F&CS Executive Director, Daniel Moore

Newton Eastwood Dietrich Wealth Advisory Group at BMO Nesbitt Burns are also the proud sponsors of Handel Messiah Sing-A-Long presented by Family & Children’€™s Services in partnership with the Guelph Chamber Choir.

In Ontario, more than 51% of young adults aged 20 -€“ 29 are living at home. Young Canadians have increasingly delayed their transition from their parents’€™ home due to their pursuit of education, the economic challenges of setting up a new household or, in some cases, the need for caregiving (Human Resources Skills Development Canada).  Most youth in foster care do not have this option.  At 18 they may need to say goodbye to foster parents; move out on their own; pay for rent, food and utilities; hold down a job or two; take care of household needs “ all while going to school and keeping up with homework.

€œFoster children have countless hurdles they need to overcome and I think that if a youth wants to attend college or university money shouldn’€™t be another hurdle they have to jump over! I am so thankful for all the help and support I have received over the past three years!€
Former Youth in Care, Youth Leaving Care Hearings