A tribute to Gloria Rooney’s lifelong social and community activism, this fund supports initiatives in research, training and education with an emphasis on community groups and leadership development.
The Gloria Rooney Bursary Fund was established in 1992. It supports initiatives in research, training and education with an emphasis on community groups and leadership development.
About Gloria Rooney
Gloria Rooney made many contributions to her community. Active in politics, she worked with many marginalized individuals and groups, particularly in St. Catharines, Ontario.
In the 50′s and early 60′s she helped found the first Cub and Scout Pack in Canada for children with disabilities. In the mid 1970s she worked with Port Dalhousie seniors, securing for them the use of the
Muir Dry Docks after organizing a group to negotiate with the city to renovate the facility.
Gloria would always stand up for her community. During the late 30′s, in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, she helped form the first auxiliary for the first mine union in Canada in the midst of very bitter and very long battle. She was blacklisted and as a result she and her family lost their home. Despite these problems, she helped others with handouts, furnishings and money. She was a strong believer in the abilities and rights of women and gave as much support as she could.
She believed in education, especially post-secondary education, and hoped that everyone would be given the opportunities that had been available to her generation. She believed in fairness, honesty and hard work and she never accepted an “impossible” from anyone.
Her Church was the centre of her life and its teachings were the basis for her daily decision-making. She believed in using her own abilities but also in calling on her Maker when life was too difficult to “go it alone”. She was a humble, driven, determined individual whose actions were responsible for much change in her lifetime.
How to apply:
Submit a request outlining the following areas in detail:
- What you hope to achieve
- Time frames
- The amount of your request
- The source and amount of any other monies
- How a grant from this source would assist you (other than the financial reason)
- Long term goals
For more information
Please contact PCWF