Brescia University College receives $1 million donation to advance women’s education in Canada

June 27, 2017

London, ON – Brescia University College received a $1 million gift from the Ursuline Sisters of Chatham in Ontario, the single largest donation in the University’s history.

“The Ursuline Sisters founded Brescia in 1919,” says Community Leader, Sister Theresa Campeau. “We are honoured to celebrate 100 years of Brescia and contribute in perpetuity to the active education of women leaders for the next century.”

The Ursulines’ donation will establish the Ursuline Sisters Chatham Legacy Fund. This endowed fund will be flexible in its use, allowing the University to support projects that enhance the educational experience, further education through innovation and empower women to lead.

The Ursuline Sisters have played a pivotal role in the establishment and transformation of Brescia. From humble beginnings in Chatham with an eager group of seven students to a converted house in downtown London, Ontario, Brescia became an internationally recognized institute of learning and Canada’s only women’s university. One hundred years later, Brescia, a Catholic institution, remains committed to keeping the Ursuline values of social justice, community service and the development of women leaders embedded in every aspect of the Brescia experience.

“I am humbled by the Sisters’ extraordinary generosity and I sincerely appreciate their recognition of the ever changing needs and priorities of post-secondary education,” says Dr. Susan Mumm, Principal of Brescia University College. “The Ursulines’ remarkable foresight to provide this level of flexibility is truly unique and positions Brescia well as we look to our next 100 years of educating women to lead with wisdom, justice and compassion.”

Brescia will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2019, at which time this generous gift will be formally recognized.


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Brescia University College, Canada’s women’s university college, is affiliated with Western University. The 1,500 women registered as either full- or part-time students at Brescia study a wide variety of subjects in the Schools of Behavioural & Social Sciences, Food & Nutritional Sciences, Humanities and Leadership & Social Change in an empowering, compassionate, student-centred and invigorating environment. Degrees are granted by Western. The Catholic University College welcomes students from all backgrounds and values diversity.