The Fort McMurray Catholic and Public School Boards are saying thank you to Tzu Chi Canada for its more than $700, 000 donation.
Back in January, the Vancouver-based Buddhist Compassion Relief Foundation contributed over $370, 000 to both school districts for their “Leader in Me” program, which is designed to help teachers develop leadership skills in students.
On Thursday, the FMCSD and FMPSD thanked Tzu Chi representatives during a joint press conference.
“This is a remarkable day that’s bringing us together in gratitude. We are grateful to the Tzu Chi Foundation for its generous donation of over $700,000 for our two districts,” said FMPSD Vice-Chair Linda Mywaart. “Fort McMurray Public School District has already made sure your donation is hard at work in seven schools. What a difference Tzu Chi’s commitment will make to Fort McMurray Public students and staff as we continue to work through the effects of the wildfire.”
FMCSD Board Chair Paula Galenzoski echoed Mywaart’s sentiments.
“We know that our community’s healing and recovery is far from over, but that makes this gift even more meaningful because the impact of your gift is going to impact our community for generations. It really is. We’re growing good citizens.”
Tzu Chi Canada was founded in 1992 by its current CEO Gary Ho.
After seeing what happened last May, Ho knew they had to help out in some way.
“We started raising funds and had volunteers to show our support. Then we send 4000 blankets to Alberta. That’s the kind of work we do,” Ho said during the press conference.
During his visit to the region, Ho and other Tzu Chi representatives also had a chance to tour schools in both districts.
“You can not see they’ve been through the fire. I saw so many smiling faces. It’s incredible. So thank you, teachers, thanks, principals, and school trustee to make this happen.”