Loretta Saunders Scholarship Fund – updated April 25, 2014

Loretta Saunders was an Honour’s Student in sociology at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, NS. Her proposed thesis work was to study missing and murdered Aboriginal women. Her interest was motivated by her own experience as an Inuk from Labrador. She was never able to complete her thesis because she went missing and then was found murdered on February 26th in Salisbury, New Brunswick.

A scholarship fund has been arranged in her honour.

Cheryl Maloney – President, Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association
Darryl Leroux – Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Criminology, Saint Mary’s University [Loretta’s honours thesis supervisor]
Delilah Terriak-Saunders – Loretta’s sister

Raising money for a scholarship fund in Loretta Saunders’ honour that will provide financial support to indigenous women studying in Atlantic Canada.

This is a community-based fund that will be administered jointly by representatives of the Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association, a faculty member from Loretta’s home department at Saint Mary’s, and one of Loretta’s family members, plus 3-5 additional indigenous community and university representatives. The awards will be tenable at universities in Atlantic Canada. In addition to its primary function, the Fund will act as a means through which to educate the wider community about violence against indigenous women. The Community Foundation of Nova Scotia will be administering the financial side of the Fund in a transparent manner.

Donate as little as $5 as an individual, organize a fundraiser among your friends or in your communities and/or ask your employer, union, and/or university to donate to the fund.

1. Send an email money transfer to lorettasaunderslegacy@gmail.com
2. Send a cheque To: “Community Foundation of Nova Scotia.” Memo: Loretta Saunders Scholarship Fund. Community Foundation of Nova Scotia, 806-1888 Brunswick Street, Halifax, NS, B3J 3J8

In order to maintain a scholarship or bursary into the future, we need a minimum of $25,000. We are aiming for multiple awards per year.We intend to send all donors frequent updates as the fund develops. Once it is established, you will have the option of receiving regular updates on award recipients and related projects. We are also able to issue tax receipts. Please advise us if you’d like to receive one, with your enclosed mailing address.

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