Fanshawe College and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) are proud to celebrate an exciting student-focused initiative for CAF members, Veterans and their families.

Recognizing the need for meaningful supports to ensure academic and student success for our military-connected students, the College has been working to build a foundation for their transition to civilian life. Some of these initiatives include the launch of a Fanshawe Funder campaign to provide financial support for military-connected bursaries, academic credit for prior military training and experience and the recruitment of a student ambassador who will provide advice on student needs. In the military, the presentation of a coin is symbolic with being part of a specific group or honoured for service. Each military-connected graduate will receive a unique coin in recognition of his or her success.

“Fanshawe is proud to recognize the diverse and unique transferable skills military-connected students bring to the College,” says Fanshawe President Peter Devlin. “We look forward to building on their military training by providing a first-class college education that will lead to a new rewarding career.”

During the event, Canadian singer-songwriter, Terry Kelly announced a partnership with Fanshawe College for ‘Operation - A Pittance of Time’. This initiative is an invitation for Canadians to stop what they are doing for a pittance of time on Remembrance Day and feel gratitude for the commitment and sacrifices made by our serving women and men, veterans and their families. He encourages everyone to reflect on what it means to be Canadian and to be thankful for the freedoms we enjoy. Fanshawe is the first post-secondary institution in Canada to partner with the Operation. 

“I celebrate, admire and thank the visionary leadership and staff of Fanshawe College for stepping up and standing out by enriching their community with unique creativity that will embrace every military-connected student from far and wide with compassion,” says Terry Kelly. “This will ultimately set them on a path to enjoy a career that will serve each of them well so they can serve others to the best of their abilities.” 

Learn more about Fanshawe’s military-connected campus here