We have created a new academic scholarship to help refugees realize their dreams and passions, to give them the chance to give back to their new home and to realize those hopes through the spark of education.
Our president, Father Sami Helewa, SJ went through a civil war from age 13 to 20 in Beirut, Lebanon which was, at one time, a picturesque city known as the Paris of the Middle East. It was heart-breaking for many, many people and was the reason his family came to Canada in 1981.
In his early years in this country, his journey took a turn when he pursued an undergraduate elective course in religion and felt drawn to it. Ultimately, that course put him on the path to discover his calling with the Jesuits over 20 years ago.
Education changed his life and we have heard the same story from others who have fled their lives and livelihoods. Many of our international students have come from the Sudan, Nigeria, Ghana, Syria and more. In 2016 alone, Canada admitted over 46,000 displaced people into this beautiful and welcoming land. Many of them are in need of – and yearn for – the opportunities an education can provide.
In the spirit and teachings of St. Edmund Campion, help us show leadership for these students. Please consider giving to the new Campion College Refugee Scholarship or one of our many other excellent initiatives so that for the next century, our college can continue to open our doors to create a community and refuge for those who need it, thanks to those who live their lives in service to others.