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September 15, 2010

Brescia launches ambitious strategic plan and receives gift from Students’ Council to build new residence

Strategic Plan Launch 2010

The Brescia University College Students’ Council presented a cheque for $40,000 to Dr. Colleen Hanycz, Principal, and Suzanne McDonald Aziz, executive director of the Foundation as part of the launch of Brescia’s strategic plan, Living Leadership.

London, ON – Brescia University College is planning to share the unique experience of Canada’s only women’s university with 10 per cent more students by 2015.

Today Brescia launched its new strategic plan Living Leadership in an event following the annual community bbq to open the new academic year. More than 100 students, faculty, staff, Ursuline Sisters, and volunteers at the event learned that the plan’s overarching objective is to strengthen Brescia’s competitive position and embrace our values while growing our student community to 1,200 full-time students by 2015.

Increased student retention and satisfaction are among the nine objectives. In a special presentation, Brescia University College Students’ Council President Cait Bionda presented a cheque for $40,000 to Dr. Colleen Hanycz, Principal, and Suzanne McDonald-Aziz, executive director of the Brescia Foundation. The gift is designated for the construction of a new residence. “When we were trying to decide what we could support, we chose a new residence as we think that residence life is a very important part of the university experience and influences where students choose to study,” Bionda said.

Living Leadership will guide that growth and other activity over the next five years. The plan centres around these four vision elements: to increase Brescia’s student-centred focus, to become Canada’s pre-eminent leadership destination for women, to build its strong community relationships, and to enhance Brescia’s innovation in research, teaching, and learning.

To view the Living Leadership strategic plan online, please visit

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Brescia University College, Canada’s premier women’s university college, is affiliated with The University of Western Ontario. The 1,100 women registered as either full- or part-time students at Brescia study a wide variety of subjects in Arts, Social Sciences, and Foods & Nutrition in an empowering, compassionate, student-centred, and invigorating environment. Degrees are granted by Western. The Catholic College welcomes students from all backgrounds and values diversity. For more information, please visit

For more information, please contact:

Jim Mei
Director of Library Services and Chair of the Long Term Strategic Planning Committee
Phone: 519.432.8353, ext. 28296