The Equitable Bank – Bill Walker Memorial – Madison Client Education Bursary Fund

With the generous funding provided by our Corporate Sponsor – Equitable Bank- the Bursary Program has proven to be extremely successful. The goal of the program is to provide our clients with the necessary funds to pursue learning through formal education or life skills/ employment related training. The joy on the faces of clients whose applications have been approved and their letters of appreciation about the numerous positive effects the bursary grant has had on their lives is testimony to the power of this program. A total of 325 clients have received bursary grants since the program began in 2013.

With the agreement of Equitable Bank – the Bursary Program has also provided grants for clients of our RISE program to pay the fee to become Permanent Residents; pay for the Canadian Citizenship test; and get their driver’s licenses – all of which support their successful settlement in Canada.

Client Testimonials

I want to express my sincere appreciation for your helpful financial assistance. This financial assistance gave me the opportunity to have peace of mind and focus in my studies and as a result I was able to complete the course with an A+. I hope that after continuing my education successfully with your help I can also contribute my part to society. 

I must thank the people who had first thought of the ‘Bursary Fund’ program at Madison Community Services. The ‘Bursary Fund’ is a wonderful thing for it allows people who face challenges within the mental health community and those who may not have the financial capabilities, to go back to school and gain the additional knowledge to re-enter the workplace.

I would like to acknowledge that this financial assistance was a good chance for me to participate in the TOEFL preparation classes and boost my English knowledge. I have applied for College and I am going to continue my education in child worker program. This assistance has been very usable for me and prepared a bright future for me and my daughter. Thanks a lot!

I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the funds you have provided to me so that I can take an Interior Design program course. This course will help me to put my life back on track. Decorating, design and art are all a huge part of who I am and it’s my expression to the world. It helps me to health through all the struggles that I have had through my mental health issues.

I am looking forward to and I’m excited about my future, which I have not felt in many years.