Joseph Poitras and Abbeylawn Student Bursary
This bursary is named after a valued member of our local Métis Community – Senator Joseph Poitras. Joseph is currently a Senator with the Provisional Council of the Métis Nation of Ontario, and previously was a Senator first with the Toronto Métis Council and later with the Oshawa & Durham Region Métis Council.
Joseph grew up in Winnipeg Manitoba, has also lived in Vancouver but has spent the better part of his life in Ontario. He worked for many years in the area of Labour/Management relations, representing employees in the public sector at all levels of government. He also worked as a Mediator with the Ontario Ministry of Labour.
The support of student’s education aspirations is very important to Joseph. Over the years he found himself incredibly fortunate to have a job that was “as good a fit as he could possibly have hoped for”, enjoying going into work which - at the time he started -had few written qualifications. Today this would likely not be possible with a post secondary education being critical for most young people entering the labour market.
Because of this, Joseph feels strongly that barriers to Métis youth getting a post-secondary education need to be lifted, including the financial difficulty that many face in pursing that education. As Joseph so eloquently says: “It’s the first step to being able to lead the kind of life you would like to lead, not the life you are forced to live.”
In honour of Joseph’s commitment towards Métis youth and education, the Joseph Poitras and Abbeylawn Métis Bursary was born. In this regard both the Council and Joseph Poitras are very grateful for the work and help from the staff, management and owners of the Abbeylawn Retirement Residence, who along with many Métis citizens raised the necessary start-up funding for the Bursary. Together we hope that by starting this new source of educational funding we can encourage and support more Métis youth to obtain a formal education, and ultimately, pursue their dreams.
Please contact us for more information.Additional Bursaries and Scholarships can also be found through MNO Education Programs and Services.